10 Reasons Not To Miss Out On Mozambique

Mozambique is a rather short drive from SA and is becoming one of Africa’s gems. Below are reasons why you need to visit soon.

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  1. Visit Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa, now under Carr Foundation has buffaloes, lions, and the majestic sable antelopes.

  1. Horse riding on Bazaruto

The indigo bay Island resort found on Bazaruto has boerperd horses that love to climb dunes and gallop on the long, beach on the eastern side of the island.

  1. Paradise snorkeling

The waters around Santa Carolina -the official name for Paradise Island- are warm, shallow and sheltered. The visibility is excellent. The reef is rather busy with a population of rays, reel fish, eels with the rare appearance of the blacktip reef shark.

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  1. Walk in the Lago Niassa

Mozambicans call is Lago Niassa and Malawians call is lake Malawi. A beautiful lodge, Nkwichi Lodge is built around the trees and into the rocks in the remote bays of the lake. This offers a great view of and an exotic travel experience of the lake.

  1. Experience History on Ilha

Ilha de Moçambique is a crumbling colonial masterpiece which has seen the succeeding waves of Chinese and Arab traders. You will also see the little chapel de Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, built by the Portuguese and still survives to date so do the original cisterns that get the island its fresh water.

  1. Ride the train across the North

The every day run between Cuamba and Nampula ranks as the worlds hardcore railway journeys in the world. You can buy your ticket a day in advance from the ticketing offices in Cuamba or Nampula. To avoid the overcrowding be sure to get a second-class ticket.

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  1. Dhow sailing on the Bay

Inhambane is the most relaxed and prettiest town in Mozambique. For an exotic travel experience, head down the beach, and hire yourself a good boat. Go down on the water and drift around the bay, chasing dolphins, chasing dhows and sipping coconut juice of its shell.

  1. Enjoy Piri Piri’s Pawn Curry

The stalwart restaurant café at Avenida 24 de Julho in the town of Maputo has a reputation for excellent yet simple food. Their grilled chicken, doused in the best peri-peri sauce in the world, is consistently excellent, so is their prawn curry which is renowned world over.

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  1. The beer

At the end of the war, the best beer in town was called Impala, Which had a sweet and yeasty taste. Impala has gone and now everybody drinks Laurentina or 2M and it worth noting there are very few things more satisfying in the world than a cold, dark Laurentina Preto beer on a hot day as you wait for your chips and grilled chicken, as you stare at the sea.

  1. The Gods seafood

You can enjoy seafood on the terrace of Costa do Sol, a deco art hotel and restaurant at the road out of Maputo while watching palms sway in the breeze. Make a point to have Africa’s awesome coffee milkshake as you chill on the lounger by the pool.

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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

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Fun things to do in Mexico

Mexico is full of hidden wonders. From its past Mayan history to its mastery of cuisine. Here is a short list of 7 fun places to visit while there.

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Visit Guanajuato
Originally built in the 16 century, Guanajuato is now a booming cultural destination. The city became rich in the mining industry where at their height, was responsible for two-thirds of silver production in the world. Now Guanajuato is mostly known for its brightly coloured alleyways, cathedrals and local music. Another one of city’s attractions is their mummy museum with some bodies dating back more than 150 years.

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Soumaya Museum
Soumaya is the most visited private museum in the world. Opened in 2011, this architectural innovation houses over 66,000 American and European art pieces. Its crazy hourglass shape was designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero. It holds expensive pieces from Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, and Degas. Although its popularity, the museum has been harshly criticised for the expensive design in a time of high pollution and violence.

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Guachimontones
This circular pyramid was re-discovered by an American archaeologist in 1970. It dates back to the Teuchitlan, an ancient society which put a lot of emphasis on religion. The pyramid was a known site for worshiping. Diagrams found from excavations also show the pyramid being related to feasting, music, and burials. Directly under the platforms shaft tombs were found. Although its mysterious past of the pyramid, this archaeological gem is a wonder to see.

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Museo Subacuatico De Arte
This museum is unlike any other. Jason deCaires Taylor and Jaime Gonzalez Cano built this underwater wonder in 2009. It was designed to represent the disastrous effects humans are having on coral reefs. They first started off with only a few sculptures and now have 500 permanent life-size pieces. The art was made with specialised materials and fixed to the seabed to act as an artificial coral reef. Being only 4 meters underwater, you can reach it by snorkel or glass tour.

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Playa Del Amor (Hidden Beach)
Mexico’s famed hidden beach is located on the Marieta islands, 20 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. The surrounding island were all formed due to underwater volcanic eruptions, but the beach was man made. In the early 1900s, this site was a popular military testing grounds. It is rumoured that this site was the cause of massive explosions. The island is now named a national park and although the devastation that took place, it now shows great recovery. On a boat ride there, travellers can see sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, tropical fish, and the occasional humpback whale. The place is a testament to the wonders of nature.

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City of Books at Biblioteca Vasconcelos
Not your average library, this Biblioteca is the compilation of 5 smaller libraries and holds over 470,000 books. It is located north of Mexico City and was built by architect Alberto Kalach. The design of this building was inspired by 5 of Mexico’s greatest thinkers: Ali Chumacero, Carlos Monsiváis, José Luis Martínez, Jaime García Terrés, and Antonio Castro Leal. Each of the 5 smaller libraries corresponds to the thinkers and their immense collections. The Mexican President at the time stated: “this was one of the most advanced constructions of the 21st century and that it will be spoken of throughout the world”. Try not to get lost.

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Going back to Basics – Tioman Part 1

If you are my regular follower, you are probably seething with envious that I just came back from a glorious trip to my favourite island, Tioman. This time round instead of staying at my regular hangout on the island, I decided to go for a full zero mobile technology retreat. This meaning I have no access to Internet, mobile signal and computers. I love doing this when I was in the corporate world, unplugging myself and clearing my mind full of clutter. And I just found a gem that allows me to do this because they advocate the best they can, going back to basics.  

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I have always wanted to visit Bagus Place back some 5 years ago and this time round, I finally have the chance to do so. First of all, it is the 2nd top resort on TripAdvisor. You actually can read through the positive reviews. Even as I thumbed through the negatives ones (not many), it is hardly tangible and more like from a personal perspective. Booking though their website is easy, you can either pay through credit cards or PayPal but I do wish that they would put more photos of their gorgeous rooms.

Their rooms are a tad expensive in comparison to other resorts in Tioman. This is due to their most unique selling point: they only have 10 huts (rooms) on their private part of the island. Tioman is split up between multiple ferry jetty and some of the resorts have their own space cordoned off from the rest of the island, making it exclusive and ability to crowd control. With Bagus Place’s limited 10 huts, meaning they are only able to have 30 guests at most at a time. This allows me as a guest to benefit from the peace and quiet I’m hankering from. No screaming parents, crying kids and cringe-worthy photo snapping elbowing tourists. So it’s no wonder they are pricier, you are buying the exclusivity and your peace.

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Their huts are wooden and very basic, with the necessities like hot water and air con but don’t expect more. There is no wifi, no television, no radio which suits me perfectly. The linens are clean, the air is fresh and my room comes with a fantastic enchanting view. I chose the Rock House but they bumped me up to Rawa Laut, their most secluded hut usually reserved for honeymooners during the reservation confirmation. I wanted Rock House because of the sea view and Rawa Laut gives much more, offering 280 degrees of unblocking sea view and I can see the sea in between my toes!

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There are several ways to reach Tioman and our drive was 4 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing Jetty Terminal in Johor. One tip is to secure your ferry tickets online way advance because there are limited trips that the ferries will make everyday. Usually after mid noon, the ferry ceased to bring passengers to the island due to low tide. You can park at the Mersing Ferry Terminal but please allocated at least half an hour into finding a parking space. The overnight parking charges RM15 a day and it can be quite a hectic experience because there was little organising and almost every car was parked in any kind of way possible. We ended up paying a local to park at his house. Just like Airbnb but only for cars.

The ferry journey is about 45 minutes, one tip: bring snacks and your earplugs along. Tioman is a family holiday destination for a lot of Malaysians and Singaporeans. Stuck 45 minutes in a small enclosed space with screaming kids running around and making faces at you can unnerve you, no matter how much you adore children.

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As reported in many blogs that ferry ticket collection booth are disorganised and disarray. Just grab any local (or anyone who looks like a local) and asks, chances are you’ll be directed to a booth to collect your ferry ticket with further instructions to queue for passport registration. After which, you’ll be directed to another booth to purchase a Marine Park Conservation Ticket RM20(taxes to the government).

A little introduction about Tioman:
Tioman Island is actually a very small island where it has a land area of only 136km2. Gunung Kajang is the highest peak here which sets at 1,038 meters while it has less than 500 people who are mostly from the Malay and Chinese communities. The densely forested island is still sparsely inhabited. Also, it is surrounded by numerous white coral reefs, making it a haven for scuba divers from around the region. 

I shall continue my breathtaking retreat to zero technology island in my next post. Keep a lookout for it!


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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com