Mozambique: Tete Province and Maputo Unique Reserve

Mozambique: Tete Province and Maputo Unique Reserve

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Mozambique experiences continue …

… in Tete Province, where I invested a week catching stories of health and nutrition programs in towns like these:

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We flew into the city of Tete, which has a suspension bridge similar to the Verrazzano.

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At one point we climbed up 7 or 8 flights of stairs to the top of a federal government structure and got a good view of the surrounding city and countryside.

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We invested a couple of days in the field, i.e. in really backwoods near the Zimbabwe border.

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There was one town I went to in which the houses were all magnificently stuccoed and embellished in a manner I had actually never ever seen prior to:

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Likewise keep in mind the portable photovoltaic panel, which is charging a cellular phone. It struck me that there’s no factor I should not get one for my own phone, however I have actually been sluggish to act upon the idea. (I am now thinking about the ones at goalzero.com and I ‘d invite other tips!)

At the end of the journey we took a little detour back to Tete city in order to check out the biggest hydroelectric dam in Southern Africa.

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I discovered it entertaining just how much fishing and selling of fish was going on regardless of the big indications that stated “no fishing.”

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The surroundings en route to and from the dam was beautiful, and I delighted in the fast dip into autumnal topography. (It was technically winter season in Mozambique however it felt more like a moderate summertime the majority of the time.)

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As soon as back from Tete I invested another week in Maputo, however I currently covered that in my previous post … other than for the one-day safari I handled my day of rest.

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I went to Maputo Unique Reserve, which is a nature maintain about an hour and a half south of the city. What set it apart from other safaris, in my viewpoint, is mostly that there are no huge felines there, so you can leave the automobile and walk easily without questioning if you are being stalked by a lion (though you do need to beware by the lake, as hippos and crocs live there). Second of all, it is not overrun with safari vans, and hence you feel more like Jane Goodall quietly observing wildlife than like a traveler at some sort of Animal Disney. It’s a pity that it is not a more popular park; I envision that implies there is less cash to preserve it. However having actually been on 2 costly safaris throughout which the vans and individuals produced such a phenomenon that it felt more like a (individuals) zoo than real nature, I did delight in having the reserve practically all to myself.

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We saw not one however 2 huge herds of elephants. The 2nd time, we cut the engine and simply enjoyed them for twenty minutes. It was so peaceful that we might hear their trunks sweeping through the lawn and their teeth crunching on it. It felt meditative.

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In addition to elephants, crocodiles, and hippos, we likewise saw one or (lots of) more of these animals: impala, gnu, giraffe, zebra, mongoose, velour monkey, redbuck, guinea fowl, kudu (my favorite), and lots of birds.

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Since we didn’t need to stress over lions or leopards or cheetahs (or monkeys), we had the ability to establish a picnic table in a random lovely area near the lake rather of trying to find a devoted consuming location. We had a spread of charcuterie, fruit, and cookies. It felt really subtle glam. IMG_2200

Likewise, we got extremely fortunate that the hippos came out of the lake and based on a sand bar throughout our lunch hour, which obviously they practically never ever do (or a minimum of not in the existence of individuals).

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It was an actually lovely, relaxing experience. IMG_2254

From Mozambique I took a trip on to Kenya for sequel of the work journey. I took a week’s holiday at the end of it, for an overall of 3 weeks in among the most fantastic put on earth. Pictures coming quickly …