Sadly today was our last day in Mozambique. So we got up early (5am early) and the morning was spent working hard to make sure we finished as much as possible! And boy did we see results. The septic tank was finished off and the huge task or refilling in the sides with sand began. With the use of many shovels, rakes and huge amount of elbow grease we got it filled in, and that huge hole we started with was no more.
It was also time to get the roof on the toilet block and continue rendering…not to mention adding our own beautiful artwork and signatures. We painted the building white and as you can see from the photos added some lovely touches. Working with the locals has been absolutely amazing. Gil and Lucas have been pivotal in making what we did here a success. Not only their skill but their contagious personalities have been an inspiration to work hard but also help us understand happiness is wherever you choose to make it. They will be missed immensely and I can tell you, everyone is so sad to leave our beach paradise little home away from home.
We finished up at midday, had some lunch, packed our things and made the most of the last hour or so by swimming and soaking up some sun! Now it was into the car, cross the border, back into South Africa and staying in Kosi Bay. This is where we met up with our newest volunteer Matt. Instantly he was welcomed into his new family 🙂
But tonight everyone was in for a treat! We were going turtle watching. Kosi Bay is famous for its beaches in which sea turtles come and lay their eggs, and we were in the perfect season to see them. An hour drive through the sand dunes found us at a stunning beach with our guide to show us around. Upon walking along the beach we discovered that the sand and water had bioluminescence in it! Bioluminescence is a zoo plankton that when disturbed glows a beautiful luminescent blue. So every step we took, lit up the sand beneath our feet. Absolutely spectacular but unfortunately not something easily caught on camera. So you’ll have to trust me that it was magical.
Then all of a sudden we came across tracks in the sand that led up the beach and to a beautiful turtle in the middle of laying her clutch of eggs. To see this happening right in front of us was just so special! All along the beach these turtles will come at least 5 times a season to lay a clutch of approximately 100 eggs…that’s almost 500 eggs laid in a season! Yet of all of these eggs only around 1% survive due to predation and other factors. A long and relaxed walk back down the beach just made the night perfect.
At the end of our walk and on the drive home, before heading to bed, I think all anyone could think was…nature is awesome.