During the recent holiday I once again had the chance to visit Francois and Alta Rauch with a group of 20 vocational explorers. Once again, it was a brilliant adventure to northern Mozambique, and luckily we did not have to dodge bullets like the previous time: (2013) (2012)
We loaded the bus and left Stellenbosch around 19:00 on the Friday to drive straight to Johannesburg to pick up the rest of the crew and spent the next night in Musina.
Early the next morning we left for Beitbridge. It took some time to get us through the border and whilst waiting there it was dusty and windy but we felt safe and excited. The locals had that very specific ‘serious eye’ about them. That did not fool us and we left smiling and well on our way to the Great Zimbabwe ruins.
We saw this family Land Rover on a very big expedition:
We stopped at the Lion and the Elephant for lunch, located approximately 75km’s north of Beitbridge. We strectched the legs and had some cold cokes and beers and took to the road again to reach Morgenster just as the sun was setting.
We made our way through the Zim/Mozam border with relative ease and arrived on the farm in time to put up the tents in daylight and made a very big fire and great food.
Visiting the farm again was as good as being home. It was great to share this with new friends and family. We stayed there for eight days and visited our old friends, great entrepreneurs and submerged into various projects that Francois and Alta is running.
Associação Amor Moçambique (ASAM) is a registered non-profit organization located in the Manica province of Mozambique. Here, founding members Francois and Alta Rauch collaborate with their dedicated team in addressing the everyday challenges facing Mozambicans. Operating from the 2350 acre Vanduzi farm, the ASAM team focuses on an array of programmes. This ranges from education, child sponsorship, leadership training, orphans, widows, women, agriculture, aquaculture, aviation, health care to church planting.
How do they do this? Through leadership training, community care, skills development training and providing an effective infrastructure for the programmes. These programmes are actively managed on the Vanduzi farm, but also within the surrounding communities. Besides this, ASAM is now extending its development initiatives to the Sofala, Tete, Zambezi provinces as well as Angola.
Together, the team’s vision is to love God and love the people of Mozambique so they can be empowered spiritually, physically, and economically to help reach and teach their own people. In support of ASAM’s activities, Francois and Alta have established the South African non-profit organisation, Love Mozambique, of which Stellenbosch Congregation is a significant sponsor.
After submerging into all of the above we left the farm smiling a vocational smile of anticipation and headed back south to the Great Zimbabwe ruins again on our way with the long journey back home!
After a wonderful and quick stop at the ruins where we also had a chance to visit the Great Zimbabwe Hotel for dinner, we headed back home the next morning for a stay at Doorndraai lodge. This was a magical stay indeed, where I got to go on a game drive in a LAND CRUISER, as well as experience a truly beautiful part of Southern Africa!
Thank you to all the fellow explorers for your sense of adventure and exploration spirit! If this looks like fun, get in contact so that we can share the real stories and have some coffee!