Laguna Camp, Bilene, which is situated in the Maputo province of Mozambique is one of those absolutely Magical Southern African Safari Destinations.
It is situated on the banks of an immense lagoon separated from the sea by a series of huge sand dunes.
From the moment you arrive here you can feel the peace and quiet which surrounds Laguna Camp steal over you and start working its special magic on you.
Long walks on the beach or just sitting somewhere watching the day go by until the sun sets and long shadows and reflections creeps across the lagoon.
Seafood and wine by the campfire at night in the company of good friends...
What better place just to unwind, relax, chill...?
Enjoy the pictures...
|Cashew nuts are one of Mozambique's crops that are sold along the road in these "Cashew Trees". It is cheap, freshly roasted, healthy and makes a tasty snack. Always handy to have a bag of cashew nuts in the car to keep the hunger away! Tonight we can splash out on Mozambique's other culinary treat - Seafood! Crayfish, Prawns, Fish, Calamari are all sold freshly caught out of the sea at all resorts along the coast.|
|The road to the town of Bilene is in excellent condition and can be traveled safely in an ordinary sedan.|
|Once you exit the town it is back to sandy tracks. Bring on the 4X4!|
|We camped at Laguna Camp which is a few kilometers out of town. This suited us fine as we got to travel through the scenic country side...|
|...until we arrived at our destination, Laguna Camp. This campsite is situated on top of dune overlooking the Bilene Lagoon.|
|All the camp sites are enclosed with a reed Boma. Electricity is provided and every Boma has its own toilet, shower and scullery. Hot water is provided in the morning and in the evening by stoking a "Donkey". Not the kind that goes: "Hee - Haw!" No, a donkey is a metal container, usually an old gas bottle or similar type of container, filled with water which is heated by lighting a fire below it.|
|The Boma's are spacious, shady, offers privacy and shelter from the wind. All in all, a great camping site.|
|After setting up camp we promptly headed for the bar and restaurant...|
|Relaxing on the veranda of the bar with a cold drink on hand. The local 2M beer is great. We needed this after our safari of two weeks through Mozambique!|
|This is the view from the veranda of the bar / restaurant. Just look at those reflections in the water...all you want to do is sit back and watch the changes on the water as the sun goes down.|
|For me, the magic and tranquility of Bilene is in the endless, peaceful shoreline of the lagoon...|
|A lonesome Hamerkop wading the shallows in search of something to eat. We saw a number of these birds along the edges of the lagoon.|
|While wandering along the beach you will likely meet someone selling fresh seafood of some kind or the other. This lady was selling prawns. The prawns that we bought here were not as large as the Tiger Prawns that we bought in Inhambane further north but was still an excellent treat.|
|Another picture of a Hamerkop and it's mate wading in a stream feeding the lagoon...|
|A fishing boat on the beach. Fishing is one of the main sources of income for the local people.|
|Another picture of a boat lying on the beach...|
|This abandoned boat is a haven for the Hamerkop's...|
|Cormorants resting on the beach...|