When In South Africa, Go To Mozambique

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It’s a horrible analogy, but here it goes. Mozambique is to South Africa as Mexico is to the U.S.: Respites away from the home country where the currency goes further, the beaches go less visited, and the chance to get far away from it all is really not that far away at all.

This week the FT travels to Mozambique in an effort to highlight the attractions that World Cup goers can look forward to — especially with time to spare once their team is eliminated — when heading out of South Africa. As they point out, the ‘Bique (no one calls the country that by the way, but when they do, remember you heard it here first) is only a short plane ride or a few-hour car trip from most of the bigger cities in South Africa.

In fact, from personal experience, a road trip is highly encouraged. Heading south from the city of Nelspruit (the popular gateway to Kruger National Park), you can drive though the wooded highlands of Eastern South Africa, through scenic Swaziland, and be in the capital city of Maputo all in a day’s drive. From there, well, South Africa will likely be a distant memory, as well as your team’s loss.

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