Mozambique: September 2004
Mozambique - an African dream
In a rented bushcamper we travelled from Johannesburg via Swaziland and Kosi Bay to Punta de Ouro, where we crossed the border to Mozambique.
Land and population: The current largely peaceful stability, which has been in place for the past ten years, had followed upon a twenty-year civil war. Much of the African joy of life and some of the original Portuguese charm has resisted the ravages of war. The formerly flourishing economy of the country has broken down. According to the UN statistics, Mozambique is one of the poorest countries of the world.
Portuguese is only taught as second language in school, mother tongue is one of the 13 languages spoken in Mozambique. The majority of the population works in agriculture - either as self-sufficient farmers or as hired labourer on a plantation.
The scars left behind by the civil war have not yet entirely healed. Large areas are considered unsafe due to millions of mines still buried in the ground. The estimates as to the explosives in the ground vary between 300'000 and 3 million. To place a personal mine costs one dollar, its removal however 1000 Dollar.
Every tree produces some 100 coconuts every year. There is no specific ripening period or time of harvest.
Inhambane city market
A life in modesty: most people live from hand to mouth.
A journey through this unparalleled scenery is an absolute delight.
Unparalleled beauty along the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Getting a hitch.
The art of weaving palm fronds.
Tailoring - a man′s job
off the main road
Paradise for lovers of sea food in all variations: lobsters, bought directly from a fisherman on the beach.
The common means of transportation along the coast: Dhow
The rural population often lives in modesty and self-sufficiency, whereas the „state“ lives off foreign aid.
water for the family
One of the most terrible legacies of the long civil war are the mines. De-mining is proceeding only slowly.
buying wood for the campfire
along the road