11 July 2005

Day 8

Left for Xai xai early in the morning- our last day of holiday and need to make the most of it! It was about an hours drive from Bilene- the roads in this country and terrible! You need to literally find bits of road in between all the potholes! Driving through the
countryside, you notice the stark contrast with life and infrastructure in South Africa. The beach in Xai xai was amazing- there is a natural layer of rock that separates the beach from the rest of the ocean. We went snorkelling and discovered an amazing shallow reef- it was like scuba diving without all the equipment! Big colourful fish and schools of smaller ones swimming all around you- also saw lion fish and some other weird looking stuff! Were supposed to be back in Maputo by lunch, but we had so much fun we didn’t want to leave! Ended up reaching Maputo in the afternoon and still had to pack car and buy prawns- border was supposed to close at 7pm and we reached there just at about 6:50! But rush was useless as we found out border closes at 10 during the holidays..
But it was good to be back on familiar soil- where we having drinkable running water and roads instead of potholes! Mozambique is not that far from Joburg and I think close enough to hit a short trip over the next long weekend!

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