In an attempt to become more comfortable freedivers Sandy and I signed up for a freediving course with Enker Freediving. Understanding what factors affect the duration of our stay underwater and learning (how) to listen to the signals our body gives us during freediving, should enable us to extend our stay down below on one breath safely.
After the long winter we all expected spring to arrive during April and May, however even in these months there were only a few nice days to be enjoyed. The consequence was that the water temperature has been low for a very long time. This year we experienced hail and freezing temperatures still while we were diving with sepia's last year on the 4th of May. This postponed my return to the water as well. Despite these temperatures we went for a trip to Ireland, more specifically on the West coast of Ireland in County Clare.
Forget the migration of the wildebeest on the plains of the savanna. Forget also the Sardine run and visit the southern African coastline in wintertime where one of the most spectacular as well as long migrations on earth is performed by a majestic giant: the mighty humpback whale…
Getting around in 3rd world countries like Mozambique is a wicked experience, but sometimes hard and painstakingly slow. Using guided tours/travel often is the easiest way to go, but most of the time less memorable since you travel amongst other tourists with western habits, language and attitude. Travelling by public transport gives a traveller the best feeling for a country, the culture and its people. That is the way I like to travel, however on some of those days you get more than you bargained for..
While drinking a cold coke on the porch in Zavora we saw whales jump and slap their fins on the water's surface in the bay. Wildlife does not get any bigger than whales, although a few elephants might outweigh some whale species. Other than that, there were also big manta rays around on the local cleaning stations..
Day two of our dhow safari started off with a beautiful sunrise over Bazaruto island. A great warming-up for the day to come and a wicked scene to be spectator of.. Early that morning I woke up to the sound of birds and since I was unable to continue my sleep, I quickly searched for photo gear. I just had to take some pictures of this sunrise. Somehow it was lots easier getting out of bed for this, than for a regular day at work.. ;-)
After our wicked stay in Kruger National Park we flew out of Nelspruit into the fishing village of Vilankoulos in the northern part of the Inhambane province. This small town is growing in popularity with backpackers because it is the step off towards the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Various companies operate the waters with day trips or multi day excursions to the islands. Although tourists can visit the islands by other means of transport, the best way to go and see the islands is, in our opinion at least, by a doing a safari in a traditional dhow...
After our stay in Umkomaas it was time to set out on the long drive to Mozambique. We were aiming for the Kosi Bay border, which took us at least 6 hours to reach. We left our rental car in the lockup and transferred to the other side to meet our pickup. The main goal of this part of the trip was to snorkel with the inshore bottlenose dolphins of the waters around Ponta do Ouro.