Vilankulo to Chimanimani

Alix created the topic: Vilankulo to Chimanimani

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Hi EveryOne !

I'm busy planning our trip to Moz in August : Cape Town, Kruger, Massingir, chidenguele, Vilankulo, Chimanimani, Masvingo, Cape Town.

I have great difficulties working out the Vilanculos -> Chimanimani part.
I know you can go through 2 border posts : Mutare or Espungabera.
The Mutare option seems pretty straight forward : EN1 to Inchope, and then EN6 to Manica.
The Espungera option is somewhat confusing, as my 3 different maps all indicate different routes. Some roads exist in one map but don't appear on an other map etc....
so what is the route exactly ?
my guess is : Vilankulo, Save, Muxungue, Chitobe, Hacufera, Espungabera, although it is not clear to me how you get from Muxungue to chitobe ?

Also we have a more or less range of 500 km, in petrol. Do you know of the petrol situation if we take the Espungera option ?

cheers,

alix

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mozman replied the topic: Vilankulo to Chimanimani

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Hi

At Muxungue there is a turn-off to Machaze (Chitobe) to the left just after the BP service station (fuel and nice shop here), if coming from the south. Road goes straight to Chitobe and Espungabera, not much chance of getting lost but still ask fro Espungabera in Machaze (Chitobe). two fuel station in Chitobe so also fill up here as fuel only sold from drums in Espungabera.

Note no entry or exit for vehicles (pedestrians only) at Rotanda / Cashel as there is no customs on either side.

Mike

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Alix replied the topic: Vilankulo to Chimanimani

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Wow ! thanks a lot for the info mozman, and good news too about the petrol and shop...I'm really looking forward to the trip now :-)

Alix

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flatdog replied the topic: Vilankulo to Chimanimani

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Hi Alix,
the "interesting"route is either via Machaze (Chitobe)then via Hacufera to Espungabera. The rooad is good gravel/dirt, and from hacufera one begins a lovely ascent up a winding road into the highlands. In Espungabera you can buy fresh bread at the bakery in the main road. Petrol is available from the Indian shop from a conventional pump at S20 27.045 E32 46.375. Payment is in Meticals only. The border post is a few kilometres away and very easy going and relaxed both sides. The drive down towards Chipinge in Zim passes through the Mount Selinda forest, very scenic on a good gravel road. Overnight camping is available on a farm 30kms from the border en route towards Chipinge.
Or the option I would recommend however is to do it a little differently, and head north up the EN1 to the Buzi river, cross the bridge, then turn left towards Dombe. Pass thru Dombe (fresh bread,2M at shops) then take the road that winds very prettily up via Moribane indigenous forest towards Sussendenga. bear right via Mavita and then 10km further take the incredibly scenic 25km drive 4x4 low range only into Chimanimani Transfrontier park to camp at Chikukwa camp in the Mussapa gap.
Then retrace your steps to Dombe but take the right turn 250metres before town and go down to the Lucite river ferry (50 Mets vehicle) cross the river and drive to Espungabera on a good dirt road, very scenic before heading into Zim.
The EN1-Inchope-Manica-Mutare route is deadly boring and dull to be avoided unless one is headed for Gorongosa NP. The backroad routes describes here are little used, safe and very very scenic. Specific waypoint info available from me if needed .

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PalZim replied the topic: Re: Vilankulo to Chimanimani

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Hi Flatdog,
We doing an epic MTB ride East to West coast africaeastwest18degrees.wordpress.com/
So was wondering if you could send waypoint as per yr conversation...
'The EN1-Inchope-Manica-Mutare route is deadly boring and dull to be avoided unless one is headed for Gorongosa NP. The backroad routes describes here are little used, safe and very very scenic. Specific waypoint info available from me if needed.'
Thks
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mozman replied the topic: Re: Vilankulo to Chimanimani

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Hi

Firstly, note that in Moz the fuel supply situation is quite variable so my advice is always to top up, even if you have only done just 100km from your last fill. I always carry enough fuel for 1000km and this has often allowed me to continue on my merry way when all others are queuing at the pumps or trying to buy dodgey balck market fuel.

Your guess for the route is correct. At Muxungue you will see a BP garage on your RHS (if going north), and on this corner there is a wide gravel road leading to Machase (Chitobe), Inhacufera and Espungabera. There is usually fuel at Muxungue BP BUT SOMETIMES there is a scam running (usually at night) where the pump attendants pretend that the fuel has run out and point you to the informal roadside sellers where you will pay a high price. clearly the attendants then take a cut of the profits.

There is also a service station at Chitobe but this often runs dry.

My advice is that you carry enough fuel to make it from Pambarra (near turn off to Vilanculos) to Espungabera, at least, so that would mean an extra 20 litres in a jerry can.

The fuel situation in Zimbabwe has stabilized and you can expect to pay about $2 per litre there.

Currently the petrol price in Mozambique is MT47 and diesel is MT38. Todays rates Metical to Rand is 3,3 and 30 to the dollar.

Mike

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