Beira, Mozambique

Beira Travel Blog

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Our ship racing a Maersk ship to the harbor of Beira. There was limited docking space and we did not want to sit on the anchor for days waiting for space at the pier.

Our ship was docked in Beira for 4 days unloading grain the UN had sent to Zimbabwe, Zambia, and some of the other landlocked African Countries and I was able to go ashore almost everyday. We toured around town, bought sim cards for our cell phones and generally behaved as tourists. The cell phone companies do not permit you to call the US though but I was able to keep in touch with my new Kenyan friends as we had just left Mombasa, Kenya after a 12 day stay there. Of all the places we visited on this "all around Africa" trip, Beira had the least amount of tourist type shops and sales of souvineirs. It does not seem that Beira is a big tourist destination. It is a very historic port though.

Main entrance and exit to the Port of Beira.

Many of the buildings reminded me of soviet era mass produced buildings of Ukraine and Russia, poured concrete slabs set in place by tower cranes in a unusual way by US standards. There were a  few pickup trucks with heavily armed soldiers in the back riding through town and I was told there were issues outside town in parts of the countryside. But other than that, we saw no armed guards except at the major stores such as large grocery stores and convenience stores. We  felt reasonably safe at all times.

Although the national language is Portugese, we were able to find someone to speak English most places and the members of our crew that spoke Spanish could get their idea across in that similiar language. All of the large shops had at least one English speaker as did the money changers at Barclays Bank.

Near town center Beira
I did not try the ATM at the Barclays in Beira but it worked in Mombasa, Kenya and some of the crewmen said  that Barclays ATM worked everywhere they had been.

The taxi drivers were for the most part friendly and I made friends with one older guy who I hired to just drive me around looking for souviniers and see the sites in the evening. I was trying to find a stuffed animal with the name of the location on it for my daughters collection but could not find anything like that in Kenya or Mozambique. I did find hundreds of very high quality carved wood animals, masks and other local lore for unheard of low prices by US standards. There were some really fun bars/clubs on the beach front and many many very pretty ladies. My taxi driver finally found us some individual sellers of carved wood animals that were of very high quality.

Near town center Beira
I bought a beautiful elephant and rino and they made exellent gifts for my friends and family. I was only able to find two Mozambique t-shirts though and neither fit me but I bought them anyway! I had duty on the ship from midnight to 8am every night but I was able to see a lot in the afternoons and early evening. Altogether, it was a fun visit!

Our visit there was a very interesting one  for me historically. I had  been studying the area of former Rhodesia, now Zambia and Zimbabwe and Beira played a significant  role in shipping by rail from the Port of Beira to the inland armies during the wars. I was able to see much of the now defunct railroad system although we not allowed to photograph in the area of the port or rail yards.

bigmac993 says:
Yes Ineke, I have been to a lot of places in the last few years. Thanks for reading my journals!
Posted on: Nov 30, 2009
Vlindeke says:
You're seeing many 'different' things! Have a safe journey!
Posted on: Nov 30, 2009
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Our ship racing a Maersk ship to t…
Our ship racing a Maersk ship to …
Main entrance and exit to the Port…
Main entrance and exit to the Por…
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
An example of the soviet era type …
An example of the soviet era type…
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Seems that Barclays bank was in ev…
Seems that Barclays bank was in e…
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Vendor selling his fabric wares on…
Vendor selling his fabric wares o…
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Me with a billboard sign in Portug…
Me with a billboard sign in Portu…
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Near town center Beira
Ships tied up at the pier in the p…
Ships tied up at the pier in the …
Beira harbor
Beira harbor
Beira harbor
Beira harbor
Our very good stewards assistance…
Our very good steward's assistanc…
Me in my engine room uniform
Me in my engine room uniform
Our very good officers steward as…
Our very good officer's steward a…
Beira Harbor
Beira Harbor
Fishing boat and tug area of Beira…
Fishing boat and tug area of Beir…
Part of our deck crew.
Part of our deck crew.
Beira harbor
Beira harbor
Big Shawn from Charleston, SC
Big Shawn from Charleston, SC
Downtown Beira from the ships chan…
Downtown Beira from the ships cha…
Beira beach with a shanty town area
Beira beach with a shanty town area
Beira beach with a shanty town area
Beira beach with a shanty town area
Beira beach with a shanty town area
Beira beach with a shanty town area
Beira beach with a shanty town area
Beira beach with a shanty town area
Beira from the channel
Beira from the channel
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