The Coconut Kingdom
Franki for Travel Ideas Magazine
The coconut is king in Mozambique. Every coconut tree in this narrow, Portuguese-speaking country is owned by a local and each owner gets his money’s worth. Every part of the coconut tree is put to use. Leaves are used to build shelters and to stuff mattresses, while the coconuts are used for food, water and oil. A local showed us how it’s done…
During a recent media trip to Mozambique, I discovered why our neighbouring country is such a popular holiday destination. We landed at the Inhambane airport and headed straight to the local market where you can buy everything from fish to baskets to hand-crafted bowls.
From there, we jumped on a catamaran and made our way to the luxurious Massinga Beach hotel (89kms north of Inhambane). Massinga Beach is the ideal place for romantics, honeymooners and wedding ceremonies. Local influences are tangible and very much alive at Massinga Beach. You can go shopping right outside reception. Massinga Beach Hotel has a fabulous beach bar and as a group of jolly South Africans, we weren’t shy to make ourselves at home. Next on the ‘to sample’ list was the coconut. You can even drink a cocktail from a coconut…
Our next stop was Castelo do Mar, an ocean-fronting hotel situated on the northern peninsula of the Inhambane Bay. Our journey to Castelo was a visual feast! Castelo do Mar is ideal for families and groups of friends. Boat trips, diving and fishing opportunities are on your doorstep. On the last evening we played poker and roulette’s for a grand prize of another weekend stay at Castelo do Mar. Stakes were high. It was a great evening filled with laughter, poker faces and lots of betting. Gina, one of my travel pals, walked away with the prize. I didn't win the grand prize, but I got four of a kind!
After three glorious days, it was time to board the Embraer 110 aircraft for the journey home (private charters can be arranged for guests).
Masinga Beach: www.massingabeach.co.za; [email protected], +27 11796 5029
Castelo do Mar: [email protected], +27117965029 or +27 828544521
Sean Furlong Photography: www.seanfphotography.blogspot.com
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