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Mozambique Beach Paradise

Most day in Tofo I surf twice, and I improve day by day. I’m still really a beginner, though now I can stand up on almost all the waves I try, and as long as I pick the right waves I can get a decent ride. Towards the end of my stay I graduate up to the bigger break around the corner at Tofiño and get thoroughly pummeled. The big waves terrify me and I don’t even try to catch any, though the smaller ones are still much bigger than at the beginner break and I learn a lot in a short time.

It’s hard to return the rental board, and I’m already looking forward to the next time I find one to rent someplace.

On the advice of many locals I move North to a very remote beach. After asking the chief of the tiny village for permission I setup camp right on the sand at sunset, and I’m again blown away by how friendly people are on this continent. As a complete stranger I show up in a tiny town right around sunset asking for a place to camp. With smiles and handshakes I’m shown the perfect place, less than a hundred yards from their own houses. Even in my terrible Portuguese I know the word “welcome” is said repeatedly.
As I watch the spectacular sunset I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the hundreds and hundreds of people I have met along my journey who have treated me so kindly.
This continent really is special.

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Sunset just as I arrived

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Camping right on the beach.. pure sand behind me taking the pic

In the morning I explore up and down the beach, talking to local fishermen before exploring the ruins of a massive old Portuguese hotel high on the bluff.

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The old hotel must have been massive!

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The ruins of the old hotel

On day three I bump into some Zimbabweans camping down the way, and they are soon filling my head with stories and circling places on my map. I have always been excited for Zimbabwe (many people say it’s their favorite country on the continent) and now I’m really amped.

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Catch of the day, every day

The stunning and peaceful paradise is hard to leave, though I have great things in the near future.

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The full beach, the jeep is not quite possible to spot, about center frame

-Dan

PS. I’m sworn to secrecy about the name of the beach. If you know it, please don’t mention it simple smile

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