Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012


The night before leaving Pemba, an army of ants decided to invade our camp. I woke up at 12h00  with ants biting me.  When we put the light on, we could see that they were everywhere!! My scalp was on fire and it took a while to get them out of my hair.  They soon got hold of Carlos too. We discovered that there was about 5 nests that "came up" over night.  They were all over the tent and there was not a square centimeter to stand on.  After using an entire can of doom – which had very little effect. We abandoned camp to try to make sense of the situation.  The only other thing I could think of was to boil water and pour it down the nests.  It worked. An hour and a half later we could return to our bed.

 We were happy to be out of there after the episode with the ants.  Not nice to say goodbye to Lynn.  Hope to see her again. The road to Nacala was bad in places.  So much so, that we bent the hitch of the trailer rather badly.  We will get into contact with Hennie from Desert Wolf to see if he can help us out.  This turned out to take much longer than anticipated. Eventually we made a plan ourselves. With the help of Sean from EcoCrusher, a SA company based in Nacala, who made his workshop and employees available to do the necessary repairs.  We are gratefull for the kindness of a "stranger".

Nacala is a big town with lots of industries.  We would be staying at Libelula on the harbor side of town.  Libelula is on a cliff and thus one has uninterrupted views of the bay.  To get to the beach one has to go down 100 or so steps. But once there it is worth it.  “Come dive with us in our marine reserve which is now thriving after 7 years of TLC, enjoy cocktails on the pool deck or listen to the sounds of the humpback whales and every Saturday is beach party day.” This is how Mark welcomes you.

Soon after we arrived a Norwegian, Ole, arrived by bicycle all the way from Pemba too. He took the coastal route, which according to him, is basically just tract and beach driving.  He had some interesting tales to tell.

We took a drive to the other side of Nacala – unspoiled beach and bush for kilometers.  Guess it will not stay like that for much longer as a deep water port is being built. 

We invited Ole to join us tomorrow when we go to Ilha de MoCambique.
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