We have a long driving day today, trying to get as far as we can so we can relax at a nice beach campsite a bit longer. Last night I slept in a dorm room with 4 others, regretting it the minute I set up my mosquito net. Not because of the others, they were perfectly fine, but because the bed had two soft foam pieces instead of mattresses and because next door in the common room another group was having a really loud party with horrendous music blasting until late. I didn’t sleep well and the only consolation was that I didn’t have to take a tent down at 4.30am this morning.
We are on our way to Malawi, to get there we have to go through Mozambique. We heard stories of long border crossings so we set out early and arrived at the border at 11 am. I was the only person with a visa so I saved myself $30 although that was an error on their behalf. My visa is for single entry only and I already came to Mozambique in February. The immigration guy was sidetracked by my two passports and the few empty pages in the old one so he probably missed my entry and exit stamp from last month and he simply let me through. While he was going through my paperwork he lectured my tour guide about single and multiple entry visas but I didn’t mention that I had already used the visa, why would I? We then had two wait until the same guy manually filled out the remaining 13 visas, stuck them into all passports and copied every move into a big log book. None of this ever happens fast but we were lucky with only a 90 minute wait time in the end.
Mozambique instantly looked different from Zimbabwe. It’s still very green but now it’s also hilly. Kids come running towards the truck to say hi. We get a whole lot more curious stares here. And the police seems stricter. In Tete where we once again crossed the Zambezi River over a very modern suspension bridge we had to register with the police. Our driver said the last time the guys simply refused and demanded to be bought some drinks instead. It’s that sort of thing that derails any itinerary but for now we seem to be lucky. If we can make it to the Malawi border before 6pm we will continue driving further in the evening, if not we may have to bushcamp on someone’s property (with their permission and for a couple of dollars obviously).