I thought I would start my first article on my blog ‘Beira, Mozambique living’ explaining where Beira is on the map of Africa. So that as you follow me on my adventure you always have an idea where my new home is.
Here it goes…
Beira was originally developed by the Portuguese Mozambique Company in the 19th century, and directly developed by the Portuguese colonial government from 1947 until Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal in 1975.
Beira is the third largest city in Mozambique. It lies in the central region of the country in Sofala Province, where the Pungwe River meets the Indian Ocean.
In layman terms if you look at the map of Africa and you follow the outline your first indent to the right across from Madagascar is the city of Beira.
It is 34.838890 S longitude and – 19.843610 E latitude where it lies and is 6m over sea level.
It holds the regionally significant Port of Beira which acts as a gateway for both the central interior portion of the country as well as the land-locked nations of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.
Beira has been described as “Faded, withered and decidedly rough around the edges” .by the lonely planet.
I hope that this blog tells a different story and informs you with what’s going on in Beira and the things that are going to keep us sane.
I am sure you’re now asking why Beira,
G and I decided that the next big thing for us would be to live in Africa. With G traveling to Kenya and Tanzania with his previous company quite a bit and me hearing all about it we decided that the Africa thing was for us.
A company reached out and we decided to take the leap of faith. As much as it was a huge momentous change for me, a lady born and bred in Cape Town and only knows Cape Town… I feel extremely calm about this decision.
I initially decided to start this blog because I couldn’t find anything on Beira but I have now realised that it’s going to be a great way to communicate to my friends and family back home.