Ilha Mocambique - Mozambique


Our passage southwards was to be one highlight after the next. Sailing for the most part close to the coast, in smooth waters protected by offshore reefs and islands, we took in the sights and sounds of Africa. Huge Arab style sailing dhows plied the coastal ports with us, trading cargo as they have done for centuries. The ancient walled city of Zanzibar was a step back in time, watching the huge dhows manoeuvring in to tie up in the antiquated harbour, where they lay lined up atop of one another, just like something out of Ali Baba. After a couple more stops on the Tanzanian coast, we enter Mozambiquan waters. Chosing anchorages on offshore coral islands with only the odd fishing boat for company, we swim, snorkel and trade T shirts for bucketfuls of lobsters. After a stopoff in the original Portuguese Colonial capital on Ilha Mocambique, we begin making bigger hops down the coast. Further southwards, as we enter the Mozambique channel, weather systems became more important to us, the cold fronts bringing in strong southwesterlies that we try to shelter from. The last jump we make is from Inhaca Island, offshore from the present day capital of Maputo, on to our first South African landfall.  


Mozambique impressions                click picture to  enlarge                            

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