People: Again, locals were generally friendly. However, we did find them more pushy and a bit more exhausting again. Way not as much as in Ethiopia, but just not as relaxed as in the countries we travelled before. As in travellers, we met some cool backpackers in Tofo and Vilankulos as we stayed at nice hostels. Some were on longer Africa trips, some just on a detour from South Africa. In Pomene we met a fun South African group that was super nice and kept inviting us to join their delicious cooked dinner buffets.
Food: I don’t think I have ever eaten as much pizza within 3 weeks, as in Mozambique. Who would have thought!? Sometimes there just wasn’t much other Vegetarian choice, and in Tofo I volunteered to eat pizza again and again because it was so damn delicious. Apart from pizza, we had some really good BBQs in Pomene with the South African group. The rest of the food was a mix of international, self-catering and rather boring but cheap local cuisine.
Weather: Mostly sunshine, but for being dry season we caught a surprising amount of rain as well. Also, we had expected it to be just a little warmer on the beach, with a little less wind. But hey… that’s complaining on a high level of course!
Costs: We spent slightly over 41€/person/day in Mozambique, including our free diving course, 2 scuba dives for me and the tour to Bazaruto Archipelago. We didn’t watch every penny anymore at the end of our trip, so I guess we could have done it a bit cheaper. However, we still saved some money on camping, so without camping it would have been more expensive.
Accommodation: We stayed at a mix of accommodation: some AirBnBs, some hotels and a hostel where we camped. Most accommodation was actually quite nice, but we also paid a bit more than usual sometimes to treat ourselves at the end of our trip.
Infrastructure: The busses and especially minibusses were quite exhausting again. Annoying transport guys reminded me a little of Ethiopia here and there. Distances were also rather long…and to be honest we were just a bit done with long bus rides at this stage of the trip.
Illnesses: I got sea sick a couple of times (despite taking pills) and Mathijs had some issues with his ears so he couldn’t join me scuba diving in Tofo.
Safety: Maputo felt a bit sketchy sometimes, but otherwise felt perfectly safe again.
Itinerary: We followed the typical Southern Mozambique itinerary, stopping in Maputo, Tofo and Vilankulos. To that, we added Pomene and Ponta do Ouro – some rather unusual detours for backpackers. Originally, I had always wanted to travel Mozambique all the way from North to South, but due to the 2 cyclones that passed by just before we visited, that wasn’t possible/not recommended. I guess I will have to come back one day to see the North!
Highlight: Vilankulos and the Bazaruto Archipelago.
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