11 Need to know things about Southern Mozambique
Interesting facts and useful information about Mozambique
Self-drive Road Trip
In 2005 we took a self-drive road trip along the coast of Southern Mozambique. We had many adventures, loads of fun including some hairy moments with loose axles and landmines. The trip was well worth while and we don’t regret it for one moment. I’d like to share some information that you may find beneficial if you ever embark on a similar journey.
1. Every resort in Mozambique has its dog and sometimes cat too. I suspect they loved our company not just for the affection, but because they were hoping for the odd tidbit or two.
2. We travelled through the southern part of Mozambique out of season. As a result, not all the restaurants at the resorts were open. It simply wasn’t worth their while as there were too few patrons.
3. At the end of our two weeks of camping, we had a great system for erecting the tent and unpacking. We timed ourselves and it averaged 15 minutes from parking the trailer to erecting the tent and unpacking. It took us about the same time when we did it in reverse. We camped simply but comfortably.
4. This was one of our best trips (not that any of them are bad – in fact we love them all). We enjoyed not having to stick to a schedule and decide on a whim to stay an extra night. This of course was only possible because the campsites weren’t fully booked. When it is South African school holidays, it is an entirely different matter, as many South Africans venture across the border to explore Mozambique. We try to avoid going during those busy seasons.
5. Ablution facilities overall were basic but satisfactory and much better than expected. I am sure facilities have improved drastically since 2005.
6. Most of the driving was done on tar (or through potholes). By now most main highways should have been rebuilt, although the last section is often on a red gravel road or soft sand and therefore a 4x4 is generally a good idea.
7. Mozambique is...well... like the rest of Africa. Loveable with its own unique charm, chaos and catastrophes. It is a must do adventure. However, like traveling through the rest of Africa, do it with good planning and updated information. As with many countries there is often rising tension, so do your homework when you’re traveling. We have been so fortunate with all our travels and most of the time travel on our own, but often it is better to travel in convoy.
8. Like the rest of Africa, travelling takes time in Mozambique. Although some of the roads have been upgraded, there are still areas you need to slow down such as while travelling through villages or on sand roads. Allow extra time and if you get to your destination ahead of schedule, so much the better. I would advise against traveling in the dark.
9. Resorts often change owners and names over the years in Mozambique. As a result some years you may have poor service and a few years later have excellent service. Do your homework and rely on up to date information.
10. Did you know that Vilanculos used to be a popular holiday destination for people in Zimbabwe to travel to?
11. Do take malaria prophylaxis. Your chances of finding mosquitoes (or them finding you) are hugely possible. It is not worth taking the chance. Speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the choices and do mention if you are diving.
Apologies for dates on some of the photos. At that stage I didn’t realise the error and it was before I ever thought I would be blogging. Apologies for some of the quality as well, but it should give you an idea what we experienced in Mozambique.