From a Seaside Village in the Republic of Mozambique, Africa to St. Lucia in South Africa

A woman carrying firewood through the residential portion of the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)

The Republic of Mozambique is located on the Indian Ocean coastline of Southern Africa. The drive from Swaziland on Wednesday morning, through South Africa, to Mozambique took pretty much all day with various rest stops including our usual stop at the SPAR grocery stores to pick up lunch and whatever goodies we want along the way. This time we had to stock up on water bottles since the water in Mozambique is not good for drinking.

Plus we had to have our passports ready to cross the border and money in hand to purchase our Mozambique visa of 750 Rand…about $53 U.S. for our two days.

Mozambique, at least where we were staying, at the seaside village of Parque de Malongane Resort in Ponta Malongane, is where people go to snorkel, swim at the beach and scuba dive. None of which I do or even like to do. The thing about this area of Mozambique is, once you get off the main road, a few miles from the border, you’re in sand. And, that meant parking the bus at the Mozambique border and putting everything we needed for the next two days onto 4×4 trucks to transport us through the sand. As we drove into Mozambique the weather had gotten cooler and rain was in the forecast. Thankfully we arrived on the 4×4 to the camp site before the rain and were able to pitch our tent in the sand…sand that gets everywhere. And, wet sand, well let me go on record as saying, that’s not much fun either.

Since Thursday was a free day my plan for Mozambique was to find WiFi, download my backlog of photos, finally get some serious writing done and hopefully get my clothes washed. Well some of that happened but in the end, it turned out to be a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable day.

I was able to get my laundry done by some of the women who work at the campsite…pants, shirts, socks and bras…cleaned, folded and put neatly back into the bag I brought them in for a whopping 100 Rand which equates to $6.78 U.S. And, I did get a hold of some WiFi and when it worked, it was great so I was able to do some writing and organizing of photos.

I did find a little corner to write in, but in the morning, I trudged through the wet sand into the village, while it drizzled, with several of my tour members and really enjoyed just hanging out with them. The sun did make an appearance in the afternoon so while many chose to hang out by the beach, I hung out at the bar/restaurant not to far from our campsite.

By Friday morning we were back to taking down the tents, packing up the 4×4 and heading back to the Mozambique border, which as it turned out was rather busy. Then back on our Intrepid bus to the South Africa resort town of St. Lucia where we arrived in the height of the heat to set up our campsite…which of course meant pitching our tent. If this was a Rick Steves Tour through Europe, like I’ve done a number of times before, I’d take a nap once I got to the hotel, which is exactly what I wanted to do when we arrived in St. Lucia. Instead, it was pitch tent time and quickly get ready for a cruise of World Heritage Site St. Lucia Estuary and a fabulous group dinner at the Barraca Restaurant.

Here’s the Republic of Mozambique and St. Lucia, South Africa. Next is the Kingdom of Zulu and the Valley of 1000 Hills in South Africa.

Unpacking our Intrepid bus Wednesday afternoon at the Republic of Mozambique border with the things we’ll need for our two nights at the seaside village of Parque de Malongane Resort in Ponta Malongane, Mozambique. The Intrepid bus can’t get us to the resort because of the sand so we’re having to unload the bus and load the 4×4’s ready to take us and our gear to the resort. (Oct. 3, 2018)
Once you get off the main road in Mozambique, the remaining roads into the seaside village of Parque de Malongane Resort in Ponta Malongane is all sand. (Oct. 3, 2018)
After unloading the 4×4 vehicles and setting up our tents, we were then able to check out the amazing beach at the seaside village of Parque de Malongane Resort in Ponta Malongane, Mozambique. (Oct. 3, 2018)
It rained the early part of the day on Thursday but several of us walked into town anyway and stopped at the Amigos bar and restaurant the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique for a pick me up…in my case it was coffee and a shot of whiskey. From left: Nick, Kate, Chin, Helen, Ian, Angela, Ray and me. (Oct. 4, 2018)
The boys and young men of the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique waiting outside of the Amigos Restaurant to sell their bracelets. They are not allowed by the restaurant to come in and as soon as you make eye contact with one, the others are also quick to want to sell their bracelets too. (Oct. 4, 2018)
The Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)
The Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)
When the rain stopped and the sun came out, my tour mates and I walked further along the sandy road into the residential part of the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)
The residential part of the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)
The residential portion of the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)
A woman carrying firewood through the residential portion of the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)
The outdoor shops in the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)
The outdoor shops in the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)
The outdoor shops in the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)
The outdoor shops in the Ponta Malongane village in Mozambique. (Oct. 4, 2018)
Tents down and gear packed up to place on the 4×4 trucks at the Parque de Malongane Resort in Ponta Malongane, Mozambique on Friday to cross the Mozambique border back into South Africa and on to St. Lucia. (Oct. 5, 2018)
Packing up the 4×4 trucks at the Parque de Malongane Resort in Ponta Malongane, Mozambique on Friday to cross the Mozambique border back into South Africa and on to St. Lucia. (Oct. 5, 2018)
This lone umbrella tree, seen on our way out of Ponta Malongane, Mozambique, and throughout South Africa, is more than just a beautiful grand tree standing strongly and bravely on its own…for me, it symbolizes Africa. (Oct. 5, 2018)
This the main, only and recently paved road from our seaside village of Parque de Malongane Resort in Ponta Malongane, Mozambique to the border crossing of Mozambique and South Africa. (Oct. 5, 2018)
The line we all had to stand in to have our passports stamped in order to exit Mozambique, walk outside the gate and have our passports stamped again to enter South Africa. (Oct. 5, 2018)
We got to St. Lucia, South Africa, in time enough to put up our tents and get ourselves together for a cruise along the St. Lucia Estuary. Plus, tonight’s tent pitching will be the last one for quite a few days and the last one for several tour members, including my tent mate, Julia, as this portion of the tour comes to an end for them in Durban. (Oct. 5, 2018)
My tent and tour mate, Julia from Germany, and I put up our last tent together on Friday at the St. Lucia Estuary camp site in St. Lucia, South Africa. Julia’s portion of this trip ends in a couple of days when we get to Durban, but I continue on with the remainder of our group until the tour ends in Cape Town. Thanks Julia for being patient with this novice camper. (Oct. 5, 2018)
Our Intrepid tour group boarding the boat on Friday to cruise the St. Lucia Estuary, a World Heritage Site in St. Lucia, South Africa. (Oct. 5, 2018)
The rhinos chilling in the water at the St. Lucia Estuary in St. Lucia, South Africa. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, the Estuary is home to thousands of varieties of birds, mammals and reptiles, with its most popular residents being the hundreds of hippos and crocodiles. (Oct. 5, 2018)
The rhinos chilling on the land at the St. Lucia Estuary in St. Lucia, South Africa. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, the Estuary is home to thousands of varieties of birds, mammals and reptiles, with its most popular residents being the hundreds of hippos and crocodiles. (Oct. 5, 2018)
The rhinos chilling on the land at the St. Lucia Estuary in St. Lucia, South Africa. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, the Estuary is home to thousands of varieties of birds, mammals and reptiles, with its most popular residents being the hundreds of hippos and crocodiles. Unfortunately, the alligators were not out in numbers but we did manage to see a couple. (Oct. 5, 2018)
The yellow weaverbird by their intricately woven nests at the St. Lucia Estuary in St. Lucia, South Africa. (Oct. 5, 2018)
The African Fish Eagles at the St. Lucia Estuary in St. Lucia, South Africa, are believed to mate for life. (Oct. 5, 2018)
Tour mate Lauren capturing the sunset at the St. Lucia Estuary in St. Lucia, South Africa.
No camp site meal this Friday night. Instead our group ate dinner at Barraca’s Restaurant in St. Lucia, South Africa. (Oct. 5, 2018)
I had the fried garlic shrimp with a baked potato and salad for our group dinner at Barraca’s Restaurant in St. Lucia, South Africa. Plus, I enjoyed two Long Island Ice Teas. It was a wonderful night. (Oct. 5, 2018)