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Monkey Orange Mozambique

Posted by Marvin (admin) on Feb 12 2012
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Have you ever heard of a Monkey Orange?

Earlier this year, I was on a much needed holiday. The last time I was away must have been around 4 years ago visiting family in Europe where it rained most of the time. This time I made sure I picked a warmer holiday destination. 14 days travelling through Swaziland and Mozambique while stopping at the Kruger Park on the way back to South Africa.

It was amazing. I can honestly say that it was the best holiday I have ever had. Most of the time was spend in Mozambique which is just incredibly beautiful. White sandy beaches and palm trees everywhere you look while nature as largely been untouched. Also, even though the country was plagued by years of civil war – which is still evident by the state of the current infrastructure – most of the people are friendly and welcoming. I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to get back. [Overview: Mozambique Tour].

Mozmabique Tour

Since this is a food blog, I also have to write about the food we had. Mozambique is well known for seafood and we had plenty of it: prawns, crayfish & fish. It didn't disappoint - I was in food-heaven. But I also had a taste of this - have you ever seen this fruit?

Monkey Orange Monkey Orange

No! It’s not a cross between brains and canned peaches: It’s called a monkey orange. Monkey oranges are mainly eaten by animals although during food shortages they are also collected by the rural community. Far from small, these fruits have a thick protective layer and can weigh up to 1,5 kg. We used a knife to cut it around the side and then bashed it on a rock to break it open. It was very sweet and the taste is comparable to an orange or apricot. Although I have to say that it is an acquired taste – I didn’t have a lot of it.

Snorkling was also a big part of the tour. We went to four different snorkling spots and seeing the sea life from up close was spectacular. Other highlights included seeing the Big 5 at the Kruger National Park and visiting the Moholoholo Rehabilition Centre who do amazing work helping injured animals.

A few pictures of Swaziland, Mozambique & the Kruger Park

Mozambique

Moholoholo Reserve

 

 


 
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