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We’ve been back on the road in Mozambique and Malawi

Back on the road

After being back in the Netherlands for several months after our world trip, it was time to get back on the road again. Because normal life is taking over again, this time we “just” went for a regular holiday. Our destination: a combination of northern Mozambique and southern Malawi.

What brought us there?

During our worldtrip we didn’t have a chance to visit Africa

So for us it was obvious that our next trip would be to a country on this continent. Our selection was based on 3 easy criteria:

  1. We wanted to drive ourselves. We wanted to have the flexibility and efficiency to see many things. Next to this we wanted to have the adventure to make it a DIY trip. Unfortunately, not in all African countries you can hire a car as a foreigner if you don’t opt for a driver.
  2. We wanted to go outside the rainy season. During our road trip in Uganda some years ago we had experienced driving on sandy roads during periods of rain, which was nice but challenging. Therefore, this time we wanted to avoid an adventure of being stuck in the mud.
  3. We wanted to have a good mix of activities, preferably including diving, hiking and safari.

Mozambique and Malawi both matched our criteria

First, there was a company in northern Mozambique willing to rent us a car without a driver. Second, according to the statistics the official rainy season would only start in November. This implied that we could be lucky and just have a few drops or unlucky and meet some more rain along the way. In either way, we expected to roads to be not too bad as it was the end of a long dry period. Finally, with a combination of both countries we could make it a very diverse trip. In Mozambique, there are beautiful beaches and opportunities for diving and snorkeling, while Malawi has national parks for wildlife spotting and hiking. So, this was an easy choice!

So, what did we do “back on the road”?

We started our trip in Pemba, which is a town on the coast of northern Mozambique. In Pemba we rented a car and crossed Mozambique from east to west in a couple of days. We crossed the border to Malawi, where we spent 12 days in the south part of the country. After that it was almost time to return the car, so we took 2 long days to drive back to our starting point. From there we continued by public transport (don’t expect a regular city bus or train) to our final destination: the Quirimbas Archipelago.

What were the highlights of the trip?

In northern Mozambique, we fell in love with the islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago. White sand beaches, turquoise water, beautiful snorkeling (even with dolphins!), but also mangroves and old colonial buildings… We could have stayed there a little longer if work was not calling again.

In Malawi, we liked the many grazing hippo’s in Liwonde National Park and the drinking elephants in Majete Wildlife Reserve. We also enjoyed the exhausting but rewarding hike in the mountains of Mulanje and were happy to relax and dive at Lake Malawi.

Read more about our highlights of northern Mozambique and highlights of Malawi.

Discussion

3 Responses to “We’ve been back on the road in Mozambique and Malawi”

  1. Zo interessant wat jullie allemaal doen. En ook de manier waarop jullie beslissingen nemen.

    Posted by Jeanne van de Pas | 20 February 2018, 9:11 PM
  2. Wauw dat ziet er weer fantastisch uit! Lijkt me geweldig om met onze kids te doen. Laten we te zijner tijd eens van gedachten wisselen. Misschien om Tim over te halen 😉.

    Posted by Angelique | 20 February 2018, 11:42 PM

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