Zalala Beach Resort

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Mozambique  , Zambézia,
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Munguzi and Licuare rivers come together to form one big river that flows in to Indian ocean at Quelimane.  Quelimane is a seaport in Mozambique. It is the administrative capital of the Zambezia Province and the province's largest city, and stands 25 km from the mouth of the Rio dos Bons Sinais (or "River of the Good Signs"). The river was named when Vasco da Gama, on his way to India, reached it and saw "good signs" that he was on the right path. The town was the end point of David Livingstone's famous west-to-east crossing of south-central Africa in 1856. Quelimane, along with much of Zambezia Province, is extremely prone to floods during Mozambique's rainy season. The most recent bout of severe flooding took place in January 2007.

This town is a buzz of activity and is clearly prosperous as a result of the port and railway. We found a fantastic supermarket with mostly South African brands. We planned on staying at the beach but it is non existent or rather "at your own risk" camping.  We will continue to Zalala Lodge about 40km north of Quelimane. 

Zalala Lodge stands at the mouth of a delta (Maquival River) on the Indian Ocean.  There is space and tranquility here but no camping site.  The manager offered us a stand but explained that it is not an official campsite and that there would be no cost.  All they ask is that we use the restaurant.  We were just too happy to do so and were well pleased with the wonderful food and service in the restaurant.

We really only had time for a walk on the beach before the sun set.  Early next morning we would be on the road again.
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