After a hectic five months, my holidays have arrived! I took off for Kruger Park and Mozambique shortly after my birthday, which was a lovely present. It took around 6 hours to get to Kruger from Manzini. Our little bungalow was tight but did the trick. Three bats in the curtains the first night! The rest of the game we saw was even more amazing. A pride of lions…at least 15 of them, during our night drive. During the day we saw tons of hippos, elephants, zebras, impala and quite a few rhino. I love the elephants and rhinos best. Such lovely majestic big beasts.
Following Kruger, we headed to Mozambique. Stayed in a sweet rest spot called Casa Lisa and then on to Tofo Bay. This is where the whale shark supposedly hang out. Unfortunatley, overfishing (nets) and too much curious human activity have driven them from the area. The tour info doesn’t tell you that of course. Oh well. We swam in an aqua Indian Ocean, saw dolphins and tons of small fish, lounged on sugary sand beaches, met fantastic fellow travellers and generally did not want to leave. Prawns and fresh fish can be bought at the local market. Coconuts are everywhere, people are lovely and friendly – patty caking with all the local children. Music booms from every grass shack. Our accommodation, Turtle Cove was lovely, off the beach, but very chill and fantastic food. Couldn’t have asked for more.
Now we are back in Manzini and had a wonderful Christmas dinner with some fellow expat volunteers, and Swazi friends. Turkey and creamed spinach and trifle. Yum! I feel very blessed to have been able to skype with my family back in freezing Ottawa. Saw the snow!! yeow!
We’ll be travelling Swaziland in the next week and visiting friends. It’s full on summer, so very warm. Any chance to swim is good.
Merry Christmas to all my readers. I appreciate your interest and support and wish you the best of the best in 2013!