|spotted hyena cub|
|they tried to put them in separate cages and they missed each other soo much that they wouldn't eat , so they put them back together, soo cute!|
|the white lion cub|
|getting ready to pounce|
|he was trying to play with me haha|
|our little cabin at Antsey's Backpackers|
After dinner some of the guys took everyone at the backpackers on an informal night game drive, which was fun. We didn't see too much just a bunch of night chameleons and hippos! It was crazy because the hippos were all over the place, just chilling in people's yard. People back home complain about deer eating their gardens, imagine if you went to take out the trash and full grown hippo was in your yard chomping on your flowers??? Crazy!!!
In the morning we drove around the Cape Vidal Park. It was pretty but the weather was pretty gloomy. We saw only a few animals, but did see a black rhino which was pretty sweet. We wanted to have a nice beach lunch and go swimming once we got to the beach but the wind and current was too strong. Our sandwiches ended up being really sandwiches and were pretty crunchy..yum yum. Needless to say we were a little disappointed that the weather wasn't allowing us to enjoy the beach so we only spent a few minutes there.
One day we decided go on a 9km hike through Monk's Cowl and see the Sterkspruit and Nandi Falls. The hike wasn't too bad and the views were incredible. The whole time I felt like I was on some kind of adventure and the views looked like something out of a movie. Along the way there were some pools you could go swimming in, so we made sure to take advantage of those to cool off from the heat. Nandi falls was probably my favorite. It reminded me a lot of the Hocking Hills Area near my hometown.
|one of the swimming pools|
|this one is called the elephant (can you see it?)|
|this one is called the monster...creepy!|
|sunrise at the border crossing into Mozambique|
Once we found the backpackers we were staying at we decided to set up camp and then explore the cite. Maputo is a very large city that seems to be crumbling before your eyes. Everywhere you look there are reminders of the time it was a Portuguese colony and of the brutal 16th century civil war. We found a little resturant that severed a seafood pasta complete with shrimp and crab! Yum! We also realized how little English the locals knew. Luckily Melissa is pretty fluent in French and knows some Spanish, which has some similarities to Portuguese, so we were able to get by. We also found the craft market and looked around there. Unfortunately I was pretty low on cash so I wasn't able to buy any of the wonderful crafts :(
|seafood pasta :)|
One night there was a jazz band that preformed, so we went and listened. It was soo nice to hear live music again. The next afternoon I was hanging out at the backpackers reading while Melissa had gone into town to get some more money, when one of them members I had made friends with asked if I wanted to come watch their practice jam session. I decided to go and on our way I let it slip that I knew how to play flute. So of course when we got there they wanted me to play the flute they had handy. I haven't really played my flute since highschool, this flute had some keys sticking, it was an open-holed flute which is more difficult to play, and I've never really been good at improvising music, so let's just say my addition to their jam session was interesting… It was a lot of fun to watch and listen to them play and even try to participate at times. Made me wish I had brought my flute or some sort of instrument to Botswana and worked on those skills during my down time. Maybe when I get back to the states I will try to learn another instrument..After a few hours I realized I needed to find Melissa since I had the key to our room. We had one last meal that night at a neat bar that turned into a dance party later on. It was a good way to go out and we ended up not sleeping at all since our shuttle back to Maputo left at 4am the next morning.
The last leg of our trip was a long one because we did it straight without staying over anywhere. We did the 8 hour bus from Tofo to Maputo. Then that night left at 7pm from Maputo to Johannesburg. Got in Johannesburg at 4am and the bus to Gaborone didn't leave until 2pm so we just hung around the bus station. Then got to Gaborone around 9pm where we stayed. I was pretty exhausted by the time I got there. But it was worth it to have an extra night in Tofo. I would definitely go back if I ever get a chance.