Mozambique is an incredibly diverse and beautiful country.
From Muslim, matrilineal and more conservative culture in the North to the predominately Changana, patrilineal and more Portuguese influences in the South; from the dry and dusty inland regions to the lush green coastlines. It’s all different and it’s all here.
Following a Peace Corps conference in Maputo, several of us took advantage of the opportunity to stay in the south and explore. From the capital we took a chapa 45 minutes to the edge of the city, hitchhiked from Marracuene in Maputo province to Xai-Xai (pronounced shy-shy) in Gaza province, caught another chapa to Manjacaze, Gaza to visit a PCV’s site for a night, then backtracked to the beach town of Bilene, Gaza for a few days of bumming around an estuary of the Indian Ocean.