This post is part of the Mozambique 2011 series.
This is how it starts . . . just a couple of crates and things propped against the living room wall. Within the next two weeks, this pile will have grown bigger, and others would have sprouted in various rooms in our house. Just wherever there is an open space. It’s the sign that an “expedition” is about to occur.
This time it is a fishing expedition to the Mozambique coast. In a couple of weeks time Willie and his fishing buddies will be on the long road north. For those travelling from the Southern Cape, it’s a 3-day journey. With 4x4s loaded with equipment and food, and each vehicle carrying at least one kayak, the driving is slow.
The planning for the trip started months ago. There have been several meetings (over coffee or drinks) between the Southern Cape members of the expedition. (Basically it is the drivers who get to determine what goes and what doesn’t.) With numerous long distance phone calls to those members of the group who live elsewhere in South Africa. Spreadsheets and lists have been drawn up and distributed (yes, Willie has been very “proactive” with the planning again!), so that everybody knows what is going on. The route is well-known by now, as this will be the 5th trip to Mozambique, albeit to different areas within Mozambique.
As with the Otter Trail earlier this year, I will be posting updates on my blog, and photos and a report back once they return. I’m trying to persuade Willie to write a couple of posts about the trip. Previously, he’s found it very useful to receive questions from readers about what they would like to know. So if you want to know anything about Mozambique, fishing or what they intend to do with those kayaks, leave a comment or email me directly here.
So what is at the end of the 2 300 kilometer journey? This . . .
Mozambique photographs featured were taken during the Mozambique 2005 and Mozambique 2009 trips to Pomene. See individual photos for credits.
The Mozambique 2011 Series:
- This is how it starts . . . (this post)
- Why I didn’t go along
- Daily life in Mozambique – hardship and happiness
- Arts and crafts in Mozambique
- Top Chef Mozambique 2011
- Chicken run to Pomene
- Sharks getting a raw deal – on the dark side of Mozambique