We have now all arrived safely in Mozambique! On Monday morning, we had an early start, and headed up the coast of Zululand to the Ponta D’Ouro border. We passed through lots of small villages and drove through a section of the Isimangaliso game reserve. We didn’t, unfortunately, see any animals other than cows!!
We arrived at the border with Mozambique at about midday, and waved goodbye to South Africa, and hello to sunny(!) Mozambique. After interpreting the Portuguese visa purchase forms, we all succeeded in getting stamped into the country, and sat down to wait for the mini-bus to take us up to Gamboozini Lodge, where we will be spending the next couple of weeks.
We were transferred up to the small town of Ponta D’Ouro by Isaac, a local Mozambiquan, who told us all about the area. The drive was great fun as the road is made of sand, and goes up and down over the dunes on the way to the town. We had brilliant views for miles around, and enjoyed the stunning countryside! We were were shown all the important places in the town (Pinto’s Beach Bar, the craft market, which sells brilliant multicoloured pants and all sorts of hand-carved items) and passed by the school where we are going to be concentrating our efforts over the next couple of weeks.
We arrived at the lodge, and were given a great welcome by Enzo, then shown to our rooms. Everyone was feeling a little tired after the travelling, so we settled in and were then briefed about what to expect over the next couple of weeks. Later we headed into town, down (and up again!) a huge hill, and got to know our area and the beach. Unfortunately the weather isn’t great, and we are having a bit of trouble getting online, but hopefully it will clear up in the next couple of days ready for the start of our project work and our first dolphin swim on Wednesday morning (weather permitting).
We fell asleep looking forward to the events of the upcoming week and looking forward to getting stuck in!