Sunday 13th & Monday 14th December
Paige and Zoe were the last to arrive in at Durban airport the flight only came in at 22:00 Sean programs host came to pick them up, so they and Sean stayed the night in a backpackers called Tekweni in Durban. The next morning we set off early to drive to St Lucia to pick up the rest of the team, who had been on another ROV trip for the week before this. In St Lucia we met up with Grant the owner of the lodge Bamboo Room In Ponta Do Ouro, he came down to help pick up the rest of the group. The rest of the team – (Andrew, Daniel, Geremy Coa, Sarah and Merinda), got some more money out of the ATM and stocked up on snacks and then hit the road. The girls went with Grant and the boys went with Sean to get some shopping on the way.
The drive from St Lucia to the border of Mozambique was around 3 hours. We got to the border at 5 minutes past 5, thinking it would close at 6pm, but it was already closed. We
had to ring around and find somewhere to stay for the night and try again in the morning.
In the end we stayed a camping lodge right near the border, where we ate a dinner of “shriz nyama” a traditional Zulu meal. After that we played cards and had a few drinks before settling down for the night.
Tuesday 15th December
We got an early start to try and get across the border, with half of us lining up by half past seven. The boys were going to finish the shopping as they couldn’t get the fresh food the night before as we couldn’t put it in the fridge overnight. Grant was really emphasising we have to check that they actualy stamp our passports and lucky we did because they forgot to stamp Merinda’s and we had to go back and ask them to do it again. Finally we were on our way to Mozambique! There are no roads here really, just sand, you couldn’t drive here without a 4WD. Once the girls settled in we went on a tour of Ponta with Grant in the car and then explored the markets on our own. We had prego rolls for lunch from Sean’s shop, which were delicious. mean while the boys took a detour to Kosi Bay Mouth a world heratage site right near the border “Way cool that was fun” Andrew said after they had swam across the lake mouth and explored the the mangroves. When the boys finally arrived we helped them unload the shopping and at around 5pm we headed down to the beach. The water was beautiful, perfect temperature. We got to see some jumping fish and really cooled off in the water. Afterward we came back to Grant’s lodge and had dinner, planning the activities we might do.
Wednesday 16th December
We got another start this morning, had breakfast early and then drove down to the school to have a look at what we would start working on and decide what supplies we needed. We then drove to Sean’s work-shed at his resort to get supplies such as shovels, cement and various tools. Sean also showed us around his resort. When we drove back to the school we began digging out some trenches so that we can lay the plumbing to set up some drink taps at the school. We got two main trenches dug and started opening the concrete to access the water pump. After working hard all morning, we came back to the lodge for lunch – but stopped for some Ice Cream from Sean’s shop on the way which was delicious.
After lunch we all went down to the beach to fly a power kite it was realy windy and the kite had a lot of power every one had a try and the boys all got some air time, the girls on the other hand needed one of us to hold them down so that they wouldn’t get blown away. everyone had a great time, but Sarah Said ” Wow that was awesome, can we do it again tomorrow” ( I done about that Sarah, tomorrow has other plans for us there are so many things to do in Ponta)
This is the team signing out,
sorry to all our families out there, you been a little in the dark but fear not were all having the time of our lives.