Macaneta Island, Mozambique with Zeb the Duck

Today is our last full day in Mozambique and we are going to an island.   I, Zeb the Duck, love water, so I really love islands.   Alfonso picks us up at our hotel and we start driving, passing along the coast of Maputo Bay.

Maputo Bay

Maputo Bay

Leaving the city, we turn from the coastline, and continue driving in rural Mozambique.

Rural Mozambique

Rural Mozambique

After 40 minutes of driving, we encounter the town of Marracuene, walk 10 minutes to the Nikomati River. We wait to get on the small Nikomati River Ferry.

Nikomati River Ferry

Nikomati River Ferry

Our ferry takes six cars and many people.   The bridge you see on the left is not completed, so driving is not an option to cross the river.   We watch these people cleaning and cutting fish by the Nikomati River.

Cleaning fish

Cleaning fish

We stood on the ferry with many other people and watched the town of Marracuene fading away.

Leaving Marracuene

Leaving Marracuene

The cars in line are waiting for their turn to cross the river.  On the other side, we are met by a truck from the resort.   Driving on these roads is exciting.

Driving to the resort

Driving to the resort

Everything is so sandy here.   Afonso said many years ago crops were grown in this area, but the ocean gets too high in the rainy season and the ground has too much salt to produce crops now.   Perhaps this is our welcoming committee?

Welcoming committee?

Welcoming committee?

Or is this immigration,checking our passports?   But I like cows, so I, Zeb the Duck, am happy to see them.    Here we are.   This was our transport and we have arrived at Tan ‘n Biki Resort.

Arrived at Tan 'n Biki Resort

Arrived at Tan ‘n Biki Resort

We will have lunch here today.   This pool certainly looks inviting.

Looks good

Looks good

But mom says no swimming today.   After ordering our lunch, we returned to our transport vehicle.

Our transportation. Can I drive?

Our transportation.  Can I drive?

Now we are visiting another resort.

Nascer Do Sol Resort

Nascer Do Sol Resort

Mom, why does this resort say horses?   We are riding horses today?   Here I am, Zeb the Duck, in the saddle of a very big horse.

I am on a tall horse

I am on a tall horse

You will notice the top of the ladder.   The ladder is for mom and the other humans to mount their horses.   OK, mom’s on the horse, too.

Here we go

Here we go

We are ready to head to the beach to ride along the Indian Ocean.   This is so exciting.   This photo was taken from the back of Bonnie, our horse.

Indian Ocean from back of Bonnie

Indian Ocean from back of Bonnie

The beach and the Indian Ocean are beautiful.   I love this.  We rode our horse on the beach for more than one hour.   I, Zeb the Duck, did not want to get off this horse.   Her name is Bonnie.   But we did get off Bonnie.   Our driver took us back to Tan ‘n Biki Resort where our lunch was ready.   Because we are eating by the Indian Ocean, mom ordered line fish.   That is whatever fish they catch on the fishing lines today.   That is really fresh and tasty.   Our fish was so good.  Of course, we did get the whole fish again.   I am getting used to fish with heads on our plate.   We don’t eat the heads, but many people do.   After our delicious lunch, we wanted to walk on the beach.   Each of the resorts we visited were beautiful.   These are steps going over the sand dunes and on to the the beach.

Stairs to beach

Stairs to beach

Let’s go mom.   I am sitting on the beach and the waves from the Indian Ocean did reach me and I got wet.

I got wet in the Indian Ocean

I got wet in the Indian Ocean

But the water did not pull me out to the ocean.   And mom’s right there to protect me.  Here I am sitting on the boat.

Zeb on the boat in front of picnic shelters

Zeb on the boat in front of picnic shelters

These picnic shelters on the beach protect humans, and small ducks, from the intense tropical sun of the summer.   Even now, during winter in the Southern Hemisphere, the sun is intense.   Too soon it is time for us to get in the resort truck, drive down the sandy roads and get on the ferry.

Waiting for the Nikomati River Ferry to go back to Maputo

Waiting for the Nikomati River Ferry to go back to Maputo

After the Nikomati River Ferry, we took the same route, through the country side, along the Bay of Maputo and into the city of Maputo to our hotel.   This was a wonderful day and a great end to our time in Mozambique.   If you go to Maputo, Mozambique, call Afonso to go to Macaneta Island.   Go for the day, or stay longer at either of these resorts.   You will love it.

Lunch on Mazatlan’s Stone Island with Zeb and Eider Duck

Zeb and Eider Duck are going to an island today.   That means we will be on another boat.   When we arrived at Stone Island, these pelicans were there to welcome us.

Welcome to Stone Island

Welcome to Stone Island

We got off the boat and onto this wagon pulled by the big tractor.

Our ride from boat to the restaurant

Our ride from boat to the restaurant

Driving around the island, we arrived at our restaurant on the beach.

Beach front dining

Beach front dining

We like Molokay Restaurant.   We are ready to order our food.

Table with a view

Table with a view

Our table is really close to the beach!   While we waited for our food there were many activities for us.   First we rode horses with our humans.

This helped us with this horse.  It is much bigger than ducks

This helped us with this horse.  It is much bigger than ducks

That was the first horse ride for Zeb and Eider Duck.  It was fun!   We really like lounging on these chairs, enjoying the sun.

Lounging and enjoying the sun

Lounging and enjoying the sun

We wanted to see everything, so we walked on the beach.

Zeb and Eider love the beach

Zeb and Eider love the beach

Isn’t this beautiful?   Riding the banana is a lot of fun, too.

Fun but water is chilly at first

Fun but water is chilly at first.  Banana is pulled by a boat.

The humans could paddle this kayak.

Wow.  A kayak!

Wow. A kayak!

Some of the humans drove these 4 wheelers on the beach.

Our humans did this before we ducks joined the family.  Maybe next time?

Our humans did this before we ducks joined the family.  Maybe next time?

So many choices for us.   But, we liked the horses best.   Of course, mom always finds a place to shop.   She didn’t buy any silver today, but this man sold us this wooden sea turtle.

Mom liked this sea turtle and the man was very nice.  Ducks liked him, too.

Mom liked this sea turtle and the man was very nice. Ducks liked him, too.

It is coming home with us.  It is a great souvenir of this day.   Our food came and the humans all were eating.   The chicken looked and smelled good and everybody said it was very tasty.   If anybody dropped any food, these dogs were ready to eat whatever they could find.

So cute and waiting for food.

So cute and waiting for food.

I think many humans fed the dogs today, also.   When you are in Mazatlan, you would enjoy a day on Stone Island.   It was fun!