September 19th, 2008 – by: tpuell
We had decided to drive to Maputo, Mozambiqueâ€™s capital via Swaziland, where we would spend a night before continuing on, because there was no road up the coast. After a morning dive, from Sodwana Bay
, we chose the shorter sand track over the longer tar road. People were driving by in four-by-fours, riding by on bicycles, herding life stock along the roadside or just gaping. None could believe their eyes when they beheld two white people rattling along the track in their toy car. We shouted greetings back at laughing faces. After a couple of hours of this bumpy ride, we came back to a tarred road at last. It lead us alongside an enormous dam up the mountains to the Swaziland border. We arrived there at nightfall. After getting our exit stamp at the South African border patrol, we advanced 100 meters to the Swaziland immigration building. There, the neon lights were blinking on and off, on and off, making it impossible to write our data into the ledger legibly. A friendly customs official helped us out by turning her glowing computer screen towards us. The screen showed she was in the middle of a video game!
Driving through Swaziland at night, it was impossible to make out anything. There were no road lights and for many miles no city lights either. Finding our way was not easy, but we persevered and eventually made it to the Ezulwini Valley, where we checked in at a nice, laid-back backpackers and soon went to sleep.