It was bumpy, picturesque, 6 hour drive through the Swaziland countryside. The route took us through cities and remote villages with no electricity. After leaving Swaziland, cutting through South Africa we arrived at the Ponte de Ouro boarder post. Since the roads to the cottage were just tire tracks in the sand, only 4-wheel drive vehicles are allowed to enter the county. Unfortunately that meant we needed to leave our front-wheel drive Nissan on the South African side of the boarder. As we walked across the Mozambique boarded into the visa application trailer, it felt as if we were part of the global-travel community.
Eventually we met up a guy who could pile us along with all our luggage, into his jeep. As he navigated down the 'roads' and through the sand dune forests, the safari I had pictured in the states was taking place.
There was a collected sense of relief when we made it to the cottage where we will be staying for the next 4 days, until we noticed the 1/4 mile uphill wobbly boarded path we would need to drag our luggage up. Once we caught our breath and took in the view, those 105 steep steps were forgotten.