Macaneta Beach, Mozambique - Incredible
We drove north for about an hour from Maputo to head to Macaneta, a beach area on the Indian Ocean on April 14th, 2017. We got to see a lot of folks out doing what folks do along the way. To actually get to the beach, you have to have a real 4 wheel drive vehicle, so we had to park and walk for about 20 minutes to be picked up by a car. Well, we thought it was going to be a car. The green ATV was our ride - 3 big guys and two little dogs and our gear. I couldn't figure out why the 4x4's were required the roads really didn't look that bad. Well, closer to the beach the "roads" are just sand, deep, loose sand. The ATV is actually ideal for such conditions. A herd of cows got to check us out along the walk too.
We spent the afternoon at Lodge Praia de Peixe which is owned by an affable South African named Stefan and his equally affable big dog. There is a large thatched roof main building that houses the restaurant the doubles as the great room. The accommodations are smaller thatched roofed buildings that are equipped for guests to "self-cater" or cook for themselves. After a nice lunch, we hit the beach. It was my first opportunity to swim in a new ocean and I wasn't going to miss it!
After lunch, we walked to the beach. You could hear the surf from the lodge but I hadn't seen any water yet. I had heard that the beaches are endless, beautiful and empty. Mozambique does not have the beach tourism infrastructure that completely changes the beach experience at so many other countries. I loved the rustic beauty of Macaneta. As you can see in the video linked below, a storm was rolling in by the time we got to the beach; nonetheless the sea, skies and surf were just spell binding. The warm waters touched my soul - Africa!