Woke up and went for a walk to see if any other backpackers had a chalet available because for 2-3 dollars more we get a private room with a lock and key.
We settled on a room at Josef & Tina’s, next door to Zombie Cucumber, because it offered hot water showers & a private bathroom.
After moving into Josef and Tina’s we went to explore the southern beach- a beautiful stretch of white sand, with swaying palms on one side and crystal blue water on the other. The tide was low so there was a large area of moist sand exposed where crabs scurried and bared themselves as we approached. Our stomaches began to growl so we decided to head back to J&T’s to ask about getting bus tickets back to Maputo and head into town for food.
Back at J&T’s we went to the communal area where a large number of staff (?) were hanging out (we were never sure who was staff and who was just visiting). We asked the group about how we would get TCO bus tickets back to Maputo & they told us that there was no way to get TCO tickets in town, which was opposite of what we had been told in Maputo.
Going off a suggestion from Lonely Planet we headed for the far side of town to NY Pizza. On our way we stopped at a cafe for bread and the local market for fruit to have for breakfast.
At NY Pizza we sat out on the patio that looked out on the beach and water beyond. We order two large pizzas to have for lunch and dinner, both were delicious (see review).
Returning to J&T’s we went and sat on the beach intending to read and enjoy the sunshine, but during a lesson on US soccer strategy the clouds rolled in and it cooled down, so we went back to our room. We waited expecting to hear voices of people gathering in the communal area to talk and share stories, like at Zombie, but only a few men showed up to watch TV in the dark. We ended up eating our left over pizza by ourselves in our room and deciding that tomorrow we were going back to Zombie whether there was a chalet available or not, the atmosphere & staff knowledge was incomparable to J&T’s.