Mozambique is one of Africa’s last frontiers. While it can be quite difficult and very time consuming to make your way up the 1,500 miles of coastline, it is well worth it if one has the patience and the perseverance to travel through this long and undeveloped country.
I started in Maputo, the country’s capital city, and headed north, spending several days in an old, 12-person mini-bus that was turned into a 22 passenger vehicle. Fellow passengers also included live chickens, bags of raw fish, suitcases and random household supplies. To add to the inconvenience, each bus’s departure time was “when it’s full” – which the drivers took to a much higher level than I thought was physically possible. I often had to wait 2-3 hours for the bus to “fill.” After participating in multiple circus-like scenarios each time a bus unloaded and just before I admitted defeat to the transportation system, I was able to live “the dream.” My office for the week became a hammock on a nearly abandoned, three mile stretch of picturesque beachfront equipped with crystal clear water, soft white sand and warm weather. If that doesn’t sound amazing enough, most of my meals consisted of fresh barracuda and crab that I had watched be pulled out of the water just moments before by a local fisherman and I was able to partake in world class diving and boat trips to nearby islands throughout the week. And to top it off, this lifestyle cost next to nothing according to developed world standards.