In April I finished my trip from Cape Town to Johannesburg, flew to Mauritius for a week before continuing my overland trip from Cape Town to Cairo by taking a bus to Swaziland.
Countries Visited: South Africa, Mauritius, Swaziland, Mozambique = 4
Cities / Towns visited: South Africa: Warner Beach, Umkomaas, Durban, the Northern Drakensberg, Johannesburg; Mauritius: Mahebourg, Le Morne, Le Gaulette, Chamarel, Trou d’Eau Douce, Ile aux Cerfs, Blue Bay: Swaziland: Ezulwini, Mantenga, Manzini; Mozambique: Tofo, Vilanculos
New Countries: Mauritius, Swaziland, Mozambique = 3
Country Count: 79/197
Modes of Transportation Taken: Baz Bus, airplane, bus, shuttle, minibus, shared taxi, car
Places I’ve Slept in: Hostels, guesthouses, hotels
Nights without a bed: 0 (Thanks to Baz Bus, no overnight buses)
Shark Diving Without a Cage
When I first did shark cage diving in Cape Town, I kind of became obsessed with sharks. Being in a cage, I didn’t get the adrenaline kick I wanted, and I felt like I wanted to see more of sharks. I then traveled to Umkomaas where I did one regular dive when I heard that you could actually do shark diving WITHOUT a cage! That’s what I did, and it was the best dive ever!
Hiking to the World’s Second Highest Waterfall
When I first heard about Tugela Falls, I knew that I had to do the hike. This waterfall is the world’s second highest one and is located in the Northern Drakensberg, in South Africa. The Northern Drakensberg and Amphitheatre Backpackers is the last Baz Bus stop before Johannesburg, and I highly recommend stopping here!
Finally Leaving South Africa and Reaching Swaziland
Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with South Africa! In fact, I love South Africa, and I felt like the three-month visa wasn’t enough for me. And don’t forget that this was my second time visiting the country! However, after spending three months traveling there, I was ready to see new places because the journey to Egypt is a long one!
Transportation in Mozambique
Most of the travelers in Mozambique don’t make it further than Tofo or Vilanculos, and I felt like I was the only one traveling north. Mozambique has suffered from political tensions for the past few years, and because of that, central Mozambique has been a bit unsafe. There have been armed attacks on vehicles (especially on buses), but the situation has been stable for a few months now. But because of that, most of the big busses were not running anymore and the ones left were just very old and in poor condition (even by African standards). Minibuses in Africa are always fully packed, but in Mozambique, that was the case for big busses as well. There was one 18-hour bus ride where I spent the first 10 hours standing before I got a seat!
Mauritius is so much more than just luxury resorts. The country is surprisingly multicultural, and people of different religions and languages live all peacefully on the same island. The nature is also beautiful: white sand beaches, waterfalls, and lush green forests. There are tons of things to see and do in Mauritius, but I’ll write a proper post about it later!
This is THE place for backpackers in Mozambique. Beautiful beach, warm weather, delicious food, and activities ranging from surfing to scuba diving.
Another great beach destination, just north from Tofo. Scuba diving is supposed to be amazing here, and you can also take boat trips to nearby islands.
Fatima’s Nest, Tofo:
I stayed at Fatima’s Backpackers in Maputo and Tofo. Fatima’s Nest in Tofo was my favorite because of the perfect location right on the beach!
Casa Babi, Vilanculos:
Casa Babi has an in-house dive center so if you’re planning to do scuba diving in Vilanculos – this is the place to stay. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t ideal for diving at the time I was there, but at least I could enjoy fantastic sea views, good food, and the swimming pool!
Away with the Fairies in Hogsback
Green Hills in Coffee Bay
The Southern Drakensberg
Coming up in May 2017
I had high hopes for May, but the reality is that I’ve spent the whole month in Dar es Salaam waiting for my visa for Burundi…