Beach in Vilankulo
Itâ€™s been almost two weeks since my last entry in this blog. I have been in Vilankulo for about a week, but today I am flying to Nampula, which is about 600 miles north of here. Last week was another busy week. The days were often very long because I had to travel several miles to get to some of the surrounding villages. Vilankulo is a town of about 30,000 people and is right on the Indian Ocean. The beaches here are even more spectacular than in Maputo. The white sand dunes in this area are impressive. I never knew Africa had these kinds of beaches, but I guess thatâ€™s because the wildlife gets most of the fanfare.
And speaking of wildlife, this past weekend we visited the Gonarezhou and Malilangwe Wildlife Reserves in Zimbabwe.
I was finally able to see the rhino in person! It was one of the last remaining animals that I hadnâ€™t seen. It seemed they were almost as common as the elephants and zebra, and we never knew when they were going to run out in front of our vehicle. During the weekend we stayed at the Singita Pamushana Lodge, which is in the Malilangwe Reserve. This was another amazing place! I will definitely be doing a review on this lodge.
This is a tourist bar on the beach in Vilankulo just down from where I stayed.
On Sunday we drove south into the Gonarezhou Park and visited the Chilojo Cliffs where many breathtaking views were to be found. Wildlife was not too abundant, though. It was very dry and dusty and many of the animals had migrated to other suitable places. The elephants in this area are sometimes hostile, so we never came too close to them.
Two weeks ago, before coming to Vilankulo, we spent a Sunday at Inhaca Island just a few miles off the coast from Maputo, and went scuba diving and snorkeling. Iâ€™ve had so many great adventures down here I feel like Iâ€™m in a whirlwind! Mozambique has gone above and beyond all my expectations.
I need to put away my computer in a few minutes, so guess Iâ€™ll have to finish this entry later from Nampulaâ€¦.