The Nyeleti (second picture in the sequence - and appearing in the background) is a state ferry which makes regular trips from Maputo to nearby Inhaca Island. But unlike Maputo's deep-water pier, the area around the Inhaca pier is so shallow that it necessitates the use of smaller boats to transfer passengers from the `mother ship' to the island. Everyone, including the captain, has to go through the perilous ritual of climbing over the rails, balancing on the buffering tyres, and finally getting onto the small boat with a little help from their friends. The pictures in this essay were taken on one of those small boats.

HUMAN INTEREST CONTENT: courtesy of two women and a crying baby.