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Jan 20, 2018 - Ihla de Mozambique

Fortunately we and our luggage survived four aircraft changes to arrive together in time to meet our ship for the week's trip up the Mozambique coast. The highlight of the journey was clearly the opportunity to join the flight deck for the night landing in the small airfield of Arusha in Tanzania, the smallest airport on the KLM network that can take a Boeing 777 200. It requires a steep approach to avoid surrounding mountains including Kilimanjaro and the airfield occasionally suffers from approach landing light failures, but not this...

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Aug 1, 2012 - Day 37 Ponto Do Ouro to Maputo - Blue Sky

The weather had cleared up a bit so we had booked a dolphin tour in the morning – we all got up at 6.30 to be there for 7 AM – We got our instructions and off we went in the rocky sea up the coast about 20 km and we saw nothing – we were told that there was a nice reef and jumped in the water to see nothing and then headed back – Not much of an excursion other than a bumpy boat ride. We packed up at the house and headed for the ferry at Catembe across from Maputo – about 40 KM’s in deep sand was some kind of an experience, but we managed...

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Jun 13, 2012 - Maputo

The next morning we packed our stuff, said goodbye to Villar, Denis and Sara, the hostel manager and started our relaxed tour in direction Maputo, stopping at random village markets, trying to spot Baobab and Trumpet Trees. It was a very relaxing ride and we only got pulled over once and Evelyn managed with her charm that we only got a warning. We arrived at Maputo in the early evening where they dropped me off at a small hostel called Base. After having dinner with a Brazilian guy, I went to watch football with an English and a French...

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Hakuna Matata

Oct 21, 2010 - Maputo

Maputo - die Hauptstadt Mosambiks. Mit den groszen Haeuserbloecken und weiten Straszen und Gehwegen ganz anders als Bamako, irgendwie europaeischer. Witzig sind hier die Straszennamen: ueber Mao Tse Tung und Lenin bis hin zu Karl Marx und Friedrich Engels sind hier alle groszen Namen des ehemaligen Ostblockes vertreten, was an der langen sozialistischen Vergangenheit Mosambiks liegt. Die Stadt liegt am indischen Ozean und es gibt fast ueberall Fisch und Meeresfruechte zu essen. Leider sind die Straende hier nicht zum Baden geeignet und so...

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Mar 22, 2010 - Maputo

Monday, March 22, 2010 Maputo, Mozambique Our first stop today was at the Railroad Station, considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, built by Gustave Eiffel, one and the same as the Eiffel Tower, and celebrating its 100 hundredth anniversary. Inside were two engines from the very first runs to two different cities. Next we went to a fortress which guarded the city and was at the center of development. Inside the fort were canons, historical friezes, statues of heroes; and a short distance outside the fort a statue...

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University At Sea

Sep 2, 2009 - Chillaxing in Mozambique

After spending the last few months on the road, we decided to take some time out and go to Mozambique. Our aim was to relax and learn to dive and we had enrolled in the Open Water five course. We were going to be staying at a friend's place at Ponta D'Oura which was a small place on the border of Mozambique and South Africa. It was a tough drive to get there through some horrible roads. But when we arrived it was bliss. The temperature was around 20 degrees so warm in the sun but cool in the shade – just perfect for working on the tan. We...

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Jun 18, 2008 - Dinner with Kilara in Maputo!

We got up early today and left Barra at 7am to head back to Maputo for the night. It was a fairly long drive. We got to Fatima’s backpackers about 3pm. It’s a pretty crazy place… I was in my room getting ready to go out. There was another girl in there who wasn’t part of our group but spookily recognized me…turns out she had been at the same hostel as me in Cape Town back in January… I met up with Kilara at about 5.30pm as she is living in Maputo for two years. Was lovely to see her! We went for an ice-cream and a drink and then went and...

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Bridget's Trip!

May 19, 2008 - Maputo

This was going to be easy...the bus was to pick us up at the ON at 5 am and no hassles...hmmm, always too good to be true. Dennis said no it was now arriving at 4 since he couldn't get his regular guy. At 4 we waited, 4:15 Dennis came down and told us that if it didn't come in 10 min he'd take us to the bus sta. 4:30 no bus, 5 no bus...Dennis finally showed up with his "4 wheeler", no joke! We 3 fit our bags and selves in/on a 4 wheeler and proceeded to the bus station. There he did some haggling but in the end altho our fare was 300 ea, we...

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Africa Plus

Apr 12, 2008 - Maputo, Mozambique!

Oh gosh, to call this journey to get to Mozambique "long" would be one of the more ridiculous understatements I've ever made. It was... ferociously tiring, to say the least, and it took hours upon hours upon hours. I am NOT understating that I am currently the dirtiest I have ever been in my whole entire life ever. So dirty, in fact, that I could (and have been) wiping a dry piece of toilet paper across my face in order to get clean, and the results are shocking. And I know dirty, don't get me wrong, I've gone for a week at a time without...

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Apr 10, 2008 - Ponte Du Oura, Mozambique

Then back through South Africa to Mozambique... After clearing customs we got picked up in a 4x4 because there are no paved roads in this part of Mozambique – only sand. We rode in the back of the truck with Hank and Felisha, the two other people we met on the trip. We got to Ponto de Oura to chill out on the beach for a few days. The beach is truly spectacular... and the town very undeveloped. Take a look...

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Jul 21, 2007 - Tofo Beach, Mozambique

Hello Friends, We have been traveling hard and fast for 20 days. So, unfortunately, we have not had a chance to sit and write or download pictures. We'll do that when we get home. About Mozambique: its definitely a 3rd world country which is still trying to get on its feet after a 20+ year war to win independence from the Portuguese and then a civil war backed by Soviet and South African powers. The roads are very bad with huge pot holes, some are the size of children's wading pools. There are scores of empty abandoned colonial buildings...

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Mar 2, 2007 - Mozambique

Here I am, after 6 months in South Africa, now in mozambique. Itºs hot and itºs wonderful. I can actually speak the country's main language (Portuguese), so I have been able to communicate with the locals! This has been great, especially when it comes to finding directions, prices and general communication. What was a big surprise to me was that I became the translator for my friends! Once this occured, I knew that I felt like I was in a home away frmo home. I have been travelling with 2 people - peter and naoko. Peter, an American I met...

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