Having got some advice from an Italian couple on the South African side of the border, we took a cross country route to the coast to avoid going through Maputo. They confidently informed us there was an excellent new tarmac road we could take - either they were misinformed or the road building project has not yet started! We enjoyed some pretty rough terrain and stayed overnight in a small town outside the local police station.
We were lucky enough to run into a South African farmer running a small farm in Mozambique who invited to his house for beers and lent us his fishing rod and tackle. The next day we went to the local dam and although we didn't catch any fish we had fun trying and avoided being eaten by crocodile!
From there we headed to the coast where we enjoyed what felt like a bit of a holiday at a few resorts in the southern and central part of the country. Our favourite was probably Tofo where we spent 4 nights relaxing and strolling up and down the wide sandy beach.
Ultimately we had to cut inland to make our way towards the southern border with Malawi. We took a road less travelled and enjoyed an overnight stay in a small village where we were assisted by an English speaking Malawian guy. The local kids were fascinated by our stuff and we had an audience of about 50 when we cooked our dinner!
Now we head into Malawi where life should be a little simpler in some respects, as they are English speaking, and more complicated in others as there is a massive fuel shortage!