We love it how some unexpected situations can lead to such positive outcomes. We have met a very nice person, and he helped us a lot during our stay in Vilanculos. Also he wrote a great article for Nomads of Life on what to do in Vilanculos, Mozambique. But first let us tell you all about what happened and introduce Larry, owner of Vilanculos Computer Services.
So obviously one of the most important things for us while traveling, is having a laptop charger that works. In vilanculos we found out that ours didn’t work anymore and we thought: “oke what should we do now, as there probably will not be anyone here who is able to fix it”. But then we met Larry. Besides fixing our charger right away, he helped us with lots of other things as well. There is actually a funny story behind meeting him. We walked into his store, introduced ourselves and told him about our charger. He asked us some questions about our travel and what we are doing in daily life. When we were explaining him about Nomads of Life, he said: “ohhh, I know about you guys”. We were like: how is that possible in such a small village? Apparantly we sent him an email days ago. Besides running an IT business, Larry also is a Tour Operator. During our search for some hotel cooperations, we contacted him as well. Funny how things can go right? Larry fixed our charger right away (all for free, like how nice can you be!) and also introduced us to some great hotels. We love it how everything seems to happen for a reason.
So who is Larry?
Larry is a reserved, easy going and fun 32 year old man. He is a Computer Technician, and a Landscape Architect by profession and he is also an accomplished Author. Larry originally comes from Zimbabwe, but currently makes his home in this beautiful costal town called Vilanculos. While studying in Zimbabwe his dream was to start a business in a place with almost no competition. Since he prefers to live in smaller villages, he decided to chase his dreams and move to Vilanculos all by himself. We definitely have to give him some credits for that, because Mozambique might not be the easiest place to start your life from scratch. Thanks to Larry we did some great cooperations with hotels like Dolphin Dhow and Casa Cabana. It was a pleasure meeting him.
Since Larry explored every part of Vilanculos, who else can give you better advice on what to do here than him? Below you can read about his nine tips.
Nine tips on what to do in Vilanculos, Mozambique
For anyone who has been in the city for so long that they’ve forgotten what it’s like to be relaxed and up for a good time, Vilanculos is the place to be for a few weeks of tropical village living. It’s a kind of rehabilitation retreat: no matter who you are, what you do or how strung out you are, it will (after a certain amount of time) force you to calm down, slow down and be at ease.This is a place that operates apologetically on ‘African time’ and it can either drive you to insanity or becomes your salvation. Just relax: a big smile, a sense of humor and a little time-urgency amnesia will get you far.
Once you’ve been in Vilanculos for a few days and have started going into the big-city detox and are acting a little irrational, don’t go hang around with other big city nuts. Instead take off your watch, put on those flip flops and say to yourself ‘Today I am going to achieve nothing.’ Its hard, but I know you can do it.
Here are a nine tips, from a self-confessed big-city nut, to get you on the slow track in Vilanculos:
1. Travel only by foot or by tuk-tuk. This way you are part of the sites, sounds and smells of this colourful little village.
2. Visit the Balinese-style Casbah Restaurant and Bar for a cocktail on the beach every afternoon. While at the Casbah try out the locally produced Piri-Piri Saboroso, a tasty chilli sauce with flavor.
3. Watch the locals play soccer and practice martial arts on the beach and, if you are up for it, join in. This happens every Sunday afternoon on the main beach.
4. Eat a pizza and chocolate pancakes at Casa Jules, have fun with Bruno & Valerie.
5. Go on a dhow safari with Sail-a-way Dhow for the day, spot dolphins, whale sharks and endangered dugongs, snorkel off the island of Margaruque and be spell-bound by the gorgeous island scenery.
6. Watch a rugby game on the big screen in Frutos Do Mar, preferably a morning game so you have a reason to start drinking beer really early.
7. Walk down to the fisherman’s market around three pm each afternoon on the beach and buy fresh calamari, prawns and fish straight off the dhow.
8. Ask a local lady to make you a pot of crab matapa, a delicious stew of crushed cassava leaves, coconut milk, peanuts, minced prawns and whole crabs. Eat it all under a palm tree with a glass of chilled white wine. Don’t share – you will only end this experience in regret.
9. Choose something completely weird to ask for at the Mercardo Municipal (local open air market) like an electric toothbrush or a small Elvis doll and see if they can rustle it up for you. It’s fascinating to walk through the multi coloured isles and challenge your own ideas about shopping and well, life in general.
This is a place where even time has its own agenda. Have fun!