Road Trip To Mozambique

Aaahhh, how I have missed a decent road trip! Here are three photographs that stand out for me from our road trip to Mozambique. I’ve never been and so I’m very excited to cross it off the bucket list, and hope to return again. On the first leg of the trip – while driving from Johannesburg to Louis Trichardt (in Limpopo Province) – we passed this informal settlement on the outskirts of Leandra. ‘Green’ grass was being sold from the side of  the road. On the second day, we drove from Louis Trichardt, along winding roads, down the plateau and through a fog that lingered longer than the mountains and koppies (small hills) would have liked. We traversed through Nelspruit and finally arrived at Ngwenya Lodge in Mpumalanga in the late afternoon, just in time to have sundowners overlooking the Crocodile River. The lodge is around 15 kilometres from Mozambique.

Road trip

The highlight of the road trip, for me, was spotting Lagoa Quissico from above, once we were finally in Mozambique. The lagoon seems relatively unposilt and natural. It brings to mind all the synonyms you’ll find in your thesaurus under the word ‘paradise’. The azure waters of the Indian ocean are only outdone by those of the Quissico lagoon, which is cradled within a sandbank, surrounded by curious palm trees. On day three, we awoke at 04:00 and arrived at Inhambane, a sleepy colonial town, in southern Mozambique 14 hours later. The sights, like this one along the way, made the road trip worth it!

road trip

Iga Motylska

Iga Motylska is a Johannesburg-based freelance writer, photojournalist, sub-editor and blogger. She is published in numerous local and international publications, including: Forbes Africa, Forbes Woman Africa, Forbes Life Africa, CNBC Africa, Ventures Africa, Marie Claire, Sawubona, AA Traveller, Fastjet inflight magazine and Seoul Magazine among numerous others. Her editorial interests range from documenting the entrepreneurial spirit to women's and human rights issues, environmental affairs and of course travel writing.


  1. How much? ;-) Might be a problem getting is shipped, and staying green, all the way to UK….

  2. Maybe it was a left over from their Xmas promotions and this was on ‘January Sale’ ??
    Here’s a mission for future – take this photo and go to the same street corner (the grass might still be there For Sale) and ask if anyone knows the person selling it and how much it is.. as there is a crazy guy in England who wants to buy it ;-)

  3. :-) ‘Green grass’… how much was it?? Well spotted, especially from a moving vehicle…

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