On the road again… After breakfast, we left Naara Eco Lodge & Spa and drove off-road as much as possible, a total of five hours to reach Tofo Beach. Our main destination in Mozambique, a place devoid of South African and overseas tourists, unlike Ponta do Ouro.
AN ARRESTING EXPERIENCE
A friendly laid-back vibe, vibrant people as warm as the beach sand at midday, intimate pulsating nightlife, popular Moz musicians, unique ocean life protected by an arresting bay ebbing and flowing onto a long arced beach, exquisite food, Tofo Beach breathed and oozed Paradise.
The bay dished out perfect ridable waves idyllic for both beginner and intermediate surfers. The pro surfers headed around the point to Tofino (little Tofo) for a ride of their life, where most tourists didn’t venture. During sunrise and low tide, a walk from Tofo Beach around the headland to Tofino made for an energising start to the day.
On Christmas day Mozambicans arrived in droves and celebrated as though the world were ending the following day. Police patrolled the market and beach, in case anyone turned too frisky. Fortunately, the people partied in peace and the enforcement was kept at bay.
COLLECTING MEMORIES NOT THINGS
The six nights we spent in Tofo, at the only hotel in the area, gave us enough time to explore the surrounding villages, return to favourite eateries for their unique offerings (such as cooking your food over ‘hot rocks’ at Branko’s Bar), improve our surfing; however, it wasn’t enough time to get to know some of the locals, making it tough to say goodbye. Never mind wanting to return for another holiday, but let’s buy a property and turn it into a holiday home, maybe even a lodge offering sail and trail adventures…
As Dylan sings…
I like to spend some time in Mozambique
The sunny sky is aqua blue
And all the couples dancing cheek to cheek
It’s very nice to stay a week or two
And maybe fall in love, just me and you
There’s lot of pretty girls in Mozambique
And plenty time for good romance
And everybody likes to stop and speak
To give the special one you seek a chance
Or maybe say hello with just a glance…
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