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Riding together to Mozambique

November 1, 2017



Day 22-26 | Km 1631 | Mozambique 🇲🇿

Sewaktu tinggal di Backpackers di Manzini Swaziland,kami bertemu dengan pasangan yang sedang keliling dunia dengan menggunakan motor, Ferry (asal dari Belanda) dan Gulçin (asal dari Turkey). ternyata mereka pertama kali jumpa di Pulau Togean Sulawesi sehingga Indonesia sangat spesial bagi mereka. Bahkan Gulçin bisa sedikit berbahasa Indonesia. Setelah ngobrol panjang lebar petualangan bermotor kami dan ternyata memiliki rute yang sama yaitu ke Mozambique, akhirnya kami putuskan untuk riding bersama. Kebetulan mereka menungangi Honda CRF250L.

Dalam perjalanan ke arah perbatasan kami putuskan untuk kemping disebuah desa di atas gunung yang harus melewati jalanan offroad sekitar 15km. Disana terdapat mountain camp yang murah untuk kami membuka tenda di antara rumah tradisional dengan pemandangan spektakuler. Dan malamnya kami melakukan Braai (BBQ ala Africa) bersama sambil bercerita tentang keindahan alam Indonesia.

Exit dari Swaziland tidak ada masalah dan pemegang paspor Indonesia mendapatkan visa on arrival Mozambique dan proses sangat lancar, dan untuk sepeda motor kami di haruskan membeli third party insurance yang bisa di dapatkan di border. Proses ini kurang lebih memakan waktu 30 menit. Setelah semuanya beres dan siap riding, Ferry menyadari kalau handphone ketinggalan di tempat kemping di Swaziland yang akhirnya Ferry harus riding sendiri kembali ke Swaziland sekitar 25km melewati jalan offroad lagi dan kami menunggu di perbatasan Mozambique sekitar 1,5jam.

Riding di Mozambique sama seperti riding di Indonesia yaitu berada di jalur sebelah kiri, bahasa yang di gunakan adalah porto sehingga kami agak kesusahan ketika membeli sim-card karena minimnya yang bisa berbahasa inggris. Untuk masalah lalu lintas disini sangat ketat, banyak check-point di jalan raya, terkadang sambil menikmati suasana kami lupa mengecek batas kecepatan motor sehingga kami di berhentikan dua kali oleh polisi lalu lintas untuk menegur bahwa kami over speed. Dan syukurlah masyarakat dan polisi disini sangat ramah.

Hari sudah sore dan kami dapati lokasi kemping ditepi pantai namun harus melewati sekitar 10km jalur offroad berpasir untuk menuju tempat tersebut dan lagi-lagi Honda CRF250RALLY  tunggangan saya tidak buat kecewa, motor ini lincah dan ringan intuk medan seperti ini. View dari tempat kemping menghadap Indian ocean dimana pada bulan tertentu bisa melihat kawanan Paus namun sayang sekarang adalah akhir dari musim tersebut, tetapi bila jeli masih bisa terlihat beberapa Paus berada sekitar 500meter dari tepi pantai.

Memacu motor di track offroad berpasir saya pun bisa merasakan akselerasi motor setiap kali saya menarik tuas gas, performa mesin yang mantap dan tanpa ada masalah dengan Oli Castrol Power1 memberikan perlindungan mesin maksimal dan perjalanan kami sangat mengasikkan.

Dari sini kami pun harus berpisah dengan Ferry dan Gulçin karena mereka akan melanjutkan perjalanan ke bagian arah timur Mozambique sementara kami kembali menuju arah Barat. 

Nantikan kami petualangan berikutnya.  

 

Salam adventure.

 

English Version :

 

Day 22-26 | Km 1631 | Mozambique 🇲🇿

 

While staying at a Backpackers in Swaziland Manzini, we met a couple who were traveling around the world using motorbikes, Ferry (from the Netherlands) and Gulçin (originally from Turkey). apparently they first met on Sulawesi's Togean Island so Indonesia was very special for them. Even Gulçin can speak a little Indonesian. After chatting at length on our motorized adventure and apparently having the same route to Mozambique, we finally decided to ride together. They happen to be riding the Honda CRF250L.

 

On the way to the border, we decided to camp in a village on the mountain that had to pass the offroad road for around 15km. There is a cheap mountain camp for us to open tents between traditional houses with spectacular views. And at night we did Braai (BBQ ala Africa) together while talking about Indonesia's natural beauty.

 

Exit from Swaziland has no problem and Indonesian passport holders get Mozambique's arrival visa and the process is very smooth, and for motorbikes we are required to buy third party insurance that can be obtained at the border. This process takes approximately 30 minutes. After everything is all right and ready to ride, Ferry realizes that the cellphone lags in the campsite in Swaziland, and finally Ferry has to ride himself back to Swaziland about 25km off the road again and we wait at the Mozambique border for about 1.5 hours.

 

Riding in Mozambique is the same as riding in Indonesia, which is in the left lane, the language used is porto, so we are a bit troubled when buying sim-cards because of the lack of English. For traffic problems here is very tight, many check-points on the highway, sometimes while enjoying the atmosphere we forgot to check the motor speed limit so we were stopped twice by the traffic police to warn us that we were over speed. And thankfully the community and police here are very friendly.

 

It was already late in the afternoon and we found the location of campers on the beach but had to pass about 10km of offroad sandy path to get to the place and again my Honda CRF250RALLY ride was not to be disappointed, this motorbike was agile and light for terrain like this. The view from the campsite overlooks Indian Ocean where in certain months you can see the Pope's flock but unfortunately now is the end of the season, but if the jelly can still be seen some of the Popes are around 500 meters from the shore.

 

Driving motorcycles on sandy offroad tracks I can feel the acceleration of the motor every time I pull the gas lever, the engine performance is solid and without any problems with Castrol Power1 Oil provides maximum engine protection and our trip is very exciting.

 

From here we also had to part with Ferry and Gulçin because they would continue to the eastern part of Mozambique while we returned to the West.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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