After leaving this really nice campsite and saying good by to the owners – Manuel and Maria Ferreira – we had to fill up vehicles in Nampula which seems to be the commercial capital of northern Mocambique.
By 7am the traffic was hectic and we had to que up at the filling station. It seems that from here all goods get distributed through to all areas in northern Mocambique . There is Warehouse after warehouse and huge fleets of trucks visible throughout the town.
We followed the picturesque route through the towns of Namiola ,Nacaroa and Namapa before descending from Metuge down to the coastal town of Pemba.
On the way Andre wanted to taste dry baobab fruit which was constantly on offer from the little African stores along the route. He offered Willy some of these chalky looking pieces of god knows what – Willy declined but promised to have some 1 hour after Andre has eaten it first and still breathes normally.
Within 1 minute of the Baobab fruit entering Andre’s mouth – big spitting ceremony was performed interrupted with shouts for water please. Having stopped the car on the roadsite Andre was able to empty whatever was left in his mouth and upper stomach.
We all assembled at a nice place called Russel’s Place after having stocked up with all necessities.
As we all decided to go to Situ Island which Mark and Willy together with a few other friends started to develop some 2 years ago we waited for their manager John and left for the harbour at 3.30pm.Paul from team Icevan however stayed behind as he wanted to repair some electrical problems with his car. Pieter from team halfway stayed with him as he wanted to leave a day before the rest to meet up with his wife due to fly to Dar Es Salaam.
The islands 38 feet catamaran – Situ 2 – was then used to transport us to the island where we arrived under a beautifull sunset.
Donne ( Managere John’s wife) prepared a wonderfull meal for us after we had engaged in sending won the sun sitting around the fire place on the beach It was Sundowner time at its best!