From Maputo to Manhica to Maputo...not to mention a robbery!

Manhica Travel Blog

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Riding an elephant at the Maputo Elephant Reserve.

So much water has been under the bridge since my last entry, and it’s only been a couple of days. Wednesday morning I traveled up to Manhica and just arrived back to Maputo Thursday afternoon about 4:30. I was supposed to go to Limpopo, but was called back here to set up more equipment for three unscheduled health seminars. It appears I might be going to Limpopo on Sunday afternoon, but this is Africa, and you never know what’s going to happen because time has no relative meaning in these parts.

 

Upon arriving at my hotel here in Maputo, Marcy informed me that several rooms had been robbed and that mine was one of them! Inside the lobby, I was instructed to go through my belongings and write down anything that was missing.

The Polana in Maputo
The front desk would then send their report to the police. When I approached my room I immediately noticed the door jam had been forced open and broke. In fact, 14 other rooms had been robbed, including two in our team.

 

Most of my possessions that were worth anything, I had taken with me to Manhica, so I wasn’t too worried about losing something valuable. But the one thing that I did leave behind…my iPod, was missing. As I searched for any other missing items, our project manager showed up and informed me that the crew was moving to another hotel…the Polana Hotel! The Polana has security on site 24/7, and is a star above the Holiday Inn. Anyway, it’s doubtful I will ever get my iPod back, or that the robbers will even get caught…but there is a silver lining to this story!

Our new hotel is so awesome!!!! As soon as I put away my luggage in the room I came out and started taking pictures.

The Polana
I probably won’t be staying here for too many nights over the course of the next month, but I will enjoy it while I AM here!

 

My time in Manhica was very busy…we worked until 8:00 Wednesday night and then started to work at 7 yesterday morning until leaving for Maputo at 3:00 in the afternoon. Manhica is situated at a slightly higher elevation as the mountains give rise to the west, and the temps are near perfect year around….although this is the dry season and things are just a bit dusty.  

 

There are roughly 75,000 people living there, and it is a very poor community. In fact, Mozambique ranks in the top ten of the poorest nations in the world.

Maputo
After the wars and military conflicts in 1992, an estimated 1.7 million refugees returned to Mozambique, burdening an already bad situation. But one of the biggest problems facing Manhica and much of the country is that 45% of all the people are younger than 15 years old, meaning that the youth dependency ratio is very high. But the death rate is also high because of AIDS and Malaria. 1 out of every 8 babies born in Manhica die from one of these diseases, and 1 out of every 5 adults has AIDS. Children under the age of 5 die from malaria at a rate of 11 every single day. No one is left to wonder why these health seminars are so important in these parts of the world.

 

Before leaving Manhica, I left enough meticais (Mozambique currency) with one of the local market owners to buy the crowd of children who saw me off each a bottle of Coke. Many of them have never even tasted Coke! I wish I could have stayed to see their reactions, but my transport was ready to leave.

 

It is currently 2:30, Friday morning, and I should start thinking about the bed! But I don’t have to leave in the morning until 10:30, give or take an hour, so I may stay up a while longer and upload some pictures. Thanks to everyone for reading my entries and keeping up with me! I am so far away from home, but keeping in touch with all my TB friends doesn’t make it seem that far, after all.

snappyleathertooth says:
What kind of weather did you experience there in July? I'm thinking of going in July 2010 and want to know what I should prepare for.
Posted on: Jan 02, 2010
Isabetlog says:
If you can fly business, you could easily get another iPod! Could've been much worse though.

The situation in Africa is really something else. I can imagine how the stats don't tell you as much until you're actually there to witness the true meaning of poverty. Kudos to volunteers!
Posted on: Jul 30, 2008
sarah_82 says:
At least they didn't get your camera...that would have been a shame for all of us!
Posted on: Jul 30, 2008
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The Polana in Maputo
The Polana in Maputo
The Polana
The Polana
Maputo
Maputo
Hey! A KFC in Maputo!!! Just for H…
Hey! A KFC in Maputo!!! Just for …
Maputo
Maputo
Maputo taxis.
Maputo taxis.
Maputo government house.
Maputo government house.
Maputo at sunrise
Maputo at sunrise
A nice beach property that turned …
A nice beach property that turned…
One of Maputos theaters...they we…
One of Maputo's theaters...they w…
Looking out over the Indian ocean …
Looking out over the Indian ocean…
and a Dominos pizza, too!
and a Domino's pizza, too!
Coconuts is the hottest place to g…
Coconuts is the hottest place to …
The beach...
The beach...
THe beach from the other way...
THe beach from the other way...
Th Holiday Inn is that way!
Th Holiday Inn is that way!
Highway along the beach...the bett…
Highway along the beach...the bet…
A Marlboro billboard, but no PallM…
A Marlboro billboard, but no Pall…
Another Maputo theater
Another Maputo theater
Tang!
Tang!
Along the beach.
Along the beach.
Coconuts!
Coconuts!
We ate here...and I even tried som…
We ate here...and I even tried so…
More billboards.
More billboards.
The local TV station.
The local TV station.
A Total gas station.
A Total gas station.
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Yep, they have spiders...and this…
The Palano
The Palano
An old fort...
An old fort...
The fort.
The fort.
Natural History Museum.
Natural History Museum.
Old Rail Station
Old Rail Station
The market.
The market.
Looking out to the hotel pool.
Looking out to the hotel pool.
Karyn, my seatmate on the flight t…
Karyn, my seatmate on the flight …
Passing by some humble homes on th…
Passing by some humble homes on t…
Some girls working for the city of…
Some girls working for the city o…
Along the beach in Maputo.
Along the beach in Maputo.
Another cellphone billboard.
Another cellphone billboard.
Sunrise in Maputo...
Sunrise in Maputo...
Some boys in Manhica waiting their…
Some boys in Manhica waiting thei…
A shop in Manhica.
A shop in Manhica.
Children in Manhica.
Children in Manhica.
One of our coordinators...speaking…
One of our coordinators...speakin…
Radio, telephone, internet busines…
Radio, telephone, internet busine…
Manhica phone company.
Manhica phone company.
Manhica women along the road.
Manhica women along the road.
An Aids billboard.
An Aids billboard.
UN/UNICEF chopper in Manhica.
UN/UNICEF chopper in Manhica.
Selling their produce in Manhica.
Selling their produce in Manhica.
Woven baskets for sale.
Woven baskets for sale.
She was showing off for me!
She was showing off for me!
One of the instructors at a health…
One of the instructors at a healt…
Passing by a small village on the …
Passing by a small village on the…
Market in Manhica.
Market in Manhica.
Building in Maputo
Building in Maputo
On the beach south of Maputo...not…
On the beach south of Maputo...no…
This is Jindwi, my drivers daught…
This is Jindwi, my driver's daugh…
Maputo from across the port river.
Maputo from across the port river.
Market in Manhica.
Market in Manhica.
Maputo.
Maputo.
Market in Maputo.
Market in Maputo.
My hotel.
My hotel.
Beach in Maputo
Beach in Maputo
Beach in Maputo
Beach in Maputo
Beach in Maputo
Beach in Maputo
Beach in Maputo
Beach in Maputo
A pet monkey.
A pet monkey.
Coconuts dance club...going here t…
Coconuts dance club...going here …
On our way to the Maputo Elephant …
On our way to the Maputo Elephant…
Drive along the Maputo beach.
Drive along the Maputo beach.
Maputo beach.
Maputo beach.
Manhica
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