Leaving South Africa – Not so fast!


We had dinner and drinks tonight in the hope of planning a trip to Mozambique for late December.

There were some good deals to be had, to places like Zanzibar, who are subsidizing incoming tourists. Mauritius, seeing their market share being eaten up is getting in on the game. But at peak season…Hmmm. Maldives, Seychelles and the Comoros are all crazy expensive and I think are not bothered about catering for South African Rand bearers, withour 7.5 to $1 Exchange rate. Yuchh.

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The more flights we looked up the worse it became, as it is a last minute thing is so darn expensive especially for a larger group.

A return from Cape Town to Maputo (Mozambican capital) is around R4000 ($600) On the other hand you can get a return to London for R 5000 ?? I just want to get a few measly thousand Kilometers up the coast. Having spent time in the UK and US, you take for granted cheap domestic and competitive longer-haul flights, but not here at the tip of Africa, with no cross border competition for SAA. Getting here seems cheap enough from abroad, but leaving is a different story, especially with the exchange rate not working nicely in our favor.

So, what to do? I am sure we’ll make a plan, even if it’s a 6-in-a-car road trip!