Mozambique

Our three day trip to Mozambique was very relaxing, even though it was short. The road trip there from Johannesburg took a while and there are a couple things you should be prepared for if you’re going to take a trip like this.

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When preparing for this kind of trip, pack everything you might need. Bring plenty of drinks and food, not just as snacks but also to eat at your destination.

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Plan your route well, along with possible places to stop for food. You should also plan the route so that you know what kind of a road you will be driving on, whether it’s a highway or dirt road. If you are going on a dirt road, be prepared for possible floods which will make the road muddy and sometimes impossible to take. So make sure you have a good car that would be able to take a difficult road.

 

The borders between South Africa and Mozambique can take some time and people there usually don’t speak a lot of English. So prepare your nerves when trying to get a visa. There’s also a lot of people trying to go between the two countries, so depending on the time of day, it might take several hours to go through.

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When we went to Mozambique we stayed in a little beach house, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. There is a small town close by and some more beach houses, but other than that the beaches are empty, which is absolutely amazing!

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If you scuba dive, definitely give it a go! I couldn’t go when I was there, but I heard you can see some manta rays! Apparently scuba diving is pretty easy going there, so it’s great if you want a relaxing dive. If you don’t scuba dive, you can just go fishing out on the sea. If you get lucky, you can catch tuna, and trust me, fresh tuna is the best! Small tip though, find out how to butcher a fish before you go! You might not have wifi wherever you are, so it’s probably a good idea to be prepared for things like that!

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For me, the three days in the middle of nowhere were amazing, even though it was a little short. So after three days we headed back, sunburnt. On our way back we spent 22 hours in the car, instead of the original 14, because of flooding and having to backtrack and go through Maputo, the capital city. Like I said, plan for everything, even cows blocking the road!


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South Africa Part 5

DSC_1815On my fifth trip to South Africa, I spent barely any time in Johannesburg and in South Africa in general. Mostly we were in Mozambique, again the details of which will come later! We spent a large portion of the week in the car, but the three days in Mozambique were so worth it! We were in the middle of nowhere and that was perfect. For three days we were separated from the world, completely off the grid. It was the best way to de-stress from school and work. It reminded me how great it is to get away from everything sometimes.

If you are renting a car, which you need to, rent a big and durable car. You don’t know what kind of roads you will take and you don’t want to get stuck somewhere!

It is important to mention, again, that for a trip across South Africa, planning is very important. You should know where you are going, because getting lost a) is not fun and b) isn’t really safe. You never know where you can accidentally end up, so planning well is just safer in general. Another tip, plan a backup route. Even though the backup route is more important for Mozambique, you never know what roads might be flooded or closed or if a cows will block your path. Bring your GPS, but don’t rely on it too much. It is always better to actually know where you are going and some roads don’t even show up as actual roads on a GPS.

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Also, when crossing borders, plan for spending a lot of time and prepare your nerves for complicated discussions with the border control if you are getting tourist visa into Mozambique. Be prepared for the fact that they either barely speak any english or they don’t speak it at all.

When we got back to South Africa, we were so exhausted from our relaxing trip to Mozambique, to the point where none of us actually wanted to do anything. The last couple of days we spent relaxing. The only new place we visited was Sandton City Shopping Centre, which is a huge mall, great for clothes, shoes, jewelry and they have great places for brunch!


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