Beaches, Elephants, and Three Countries all in One Weekend!

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At one of the local restaurant/bars near our hotel.

This is Monday morning, about 5:30 as I write. I will be leaving Maputo in about 3 hours and traveling to the western part of Mozambique near the town of Chicualacuala and north of the Limpopo Reserve. It is also close to the Zimbabwe and South African borders. I’m expecting to be there about a week. I hate to leave Maputo, with its beautiful beaches, but I am also excited about being near all the wildlife. Our team of volunteers is splitting up…with one group traveling far north to Beira and the other group to Xai-Xai, a coastal town about 200 km north of Maputo.

Taken at the Maputo Elephant Reserve.

On Saturday I worked at two different locations in Maputo setting up sound systems, projectors, and plastic canvas screens for more health seminars. After finishing up around 2 in the afternoon, I went with two others down to the Maputo Elephant Reserve and rode an elephant! It was a little scary, because if you fell off it was a long way down to the ground. But our elephant was quite gentle and obeyed every command his trainer gave. I was never in doubt….well that might be stretching the truth just a bit! LOL!

Sunday was a free day and several of us left early in the morning for a long walk down the beach. It was a very interesting stroll as we stopped and talked with locals and a few tourists who were here for scuba diving. We also learned that this is where the movie “Blood Diamond” was filmed. We returned back to the hotel in the afternoon.  

After lunch a few of us then took a ride with one of our drivers into the Kingdom of Swaziland.

In Swaziland.
Swaziland is a small country squeezed in between South Africa and Mozambique and is a relatively short distance from Maputo. For the most part, this tiny country is peaceful and safe to travel in. One of the most startling facts about Swaziland, though, is that 4 out of every 10 people in this country have AIDS!  On a brighter note, they also have a lot of wildlife. On our short drive inside the border we had an encounter with a mother elephant and her young one who were right alongside the road.

Our turn-around point was at the South African border, although we did cross into South Africa to make a quick stop at a gas station. The border back into Mozambique closed at 6:00 PM so we weren’t able to stay too long in Swaziland, but at least I was able to add another country to my list of African countries I have visited.

Border patrol into Swaziland.

There’s so much more to write about, but I do have to get ready and grab some breakfast before we leave. And I have no idea if I’ll be able to pick up internet where I’m going. I hope I can, but if not…this may be my last TB fix for some time.

***UPDATE***

Well, as I've previously mentioned, schedules change on a whim (it seems) around here! Now I will be staying on in Maputo for at least another week and will be traveling down to Ponta do Ouro every day this week. Ponta do Ouro is south of here, right on the South African border. I am tentively scheduled to go to Vilankulo sometime next week, which is another coastal city approximately 700 km north of Maputo.

July 30...

It's a little after 1 in the morning here. Yesterday (Tuesday) was a long day. Drove south near Ponta do Ouro early in the morning and worked at three locations.  Arrived back at Maputo at 9:00 PM. I did take about a two lunch break and visited diver's paradise at the beach in Ponta. Ate some scrumptious seafood for lunch (they have some of the best in the world around here) and then returned to work.  I'll be going back in about 6 hours.

Just heard something about an earthquake in SoCal, so I hope it wasn't too major. Doesn't sound like it was, but hope everyone is okay who lives in that area.

Orkide48 says:
Great writing, I like all the tiny details:):)
Posted on: Feb 07, 2009
Africancrab says:
You've always challenged me with wrtiing blogs. I will get better at the smaller details. You alwasy do a good job detailing things. Awesome!
Posted on: Aug 10, 2008
Wendyveer says:
Luv your storys and luv all the pics!
Posted on: Jul 30, 2008
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At one of the local restaurant/bar…
At one of the local restaurant/ba…
Taken at the Maputo Elephant Reser…
Taken at the Maputo Elephant Rese…
In Swaziland.
In Swaziland.
Border patrol into Swaziland.
Border patrol into Swaziland.
On the beach...locals selling thie…
On the beach...locals selling thi…
Maputo beach.
Maputo beach.
Swaziland/South Africa border.
Swaziland/South Africa border.
Beach kids in Maputo.
Beach kids in Maputo.
Elephant encounter in Swaziland.
Elephant encounter in Swaziland.
These zebra were nice enough to st…
These zebra were nice enough to s…
Selling fruit along side the road …
Selling fruit along side the road…
Billboard in Maputo.
Billboard in Maputo.
Heres a sign for one of the dive …
Here's a sign for one of the dive…
The menu...
The menu...
and more of the menu.
and more of the menu.
Did someone say crab for dinner???
Did someone say crab for dinner???
Sign for the restaurant I ate at t…
Sign for the restaurant I ate at …
You see a lot of these little boat…
You see a lot of these little boa…
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