2 Women trip in Moz

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Please give advice. Me & my daugther(14) plan to travel from Langebaan to Tete in Moz beginning May. Can you perhaps advise us on the best & safest roads to travel in Moz. I plan to pass through the Pafuri gate. I drive a Toyota 2.7 4x4 single cab, with extreme body lift with 33"tyres. My husband is on a contract in Tete currently & I have decided to go for adventure instead of flying up. I have many years of 4x4 experience and am a very capable person, but is it save for 2 women alone in Moz, which roads are the safest to travel & can I take petrol & meat for our own use across?
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Hi Janet.

I have met and spoken to many lone women travellers in Moz and have not heard of bad stories - the usual precautions apply. In the rural areas of Moz the women will probably be most surprised that you are travelling alone and will see to it that no-one bothers you especially as you are married and travelling with your daughter.

The big problem that I have with your plan is that while travelling via Pafuri, Massangena, Chitobe (Machaze), Espungabera, Dombe, Rotunda, Manica to Tete is a great route, it is not likely that you will be able to cross the Limpopo and/or Save rivers before the middle of June at the earliest - sometimes as late as beginning August - difficult to say as the summer rains in the basins of the Limpopo and Save rivers have not ended yet.

I would plan on going through Swaziland and enter Moz at Goba near Siteki (overnight at www.mabuda.com ) Then go to Moamba - Sabie - Magude - Xinavane - main road then overnight in Lindela at Quinta Santo Antonio: www.mozambique.stayonthebeach.co.za/lindela Then head all the way north on the main road to Inchope and, if you leave Lindela very early, you can make Tete.

To find out whether people are crossing the Limpopo you can try phoning the Pafuri SA police at 013 735 8936 and asking whether vehicles have been crossing at Pafuri or at Mapai.

If the Limpopo is low enough for your trip then look up words such as Pafuri, Massangena, Chitobe, Espungabera on the search top right of this page for lots of great info.

See too: www.mozguide.com/pdf/anyone%20seen%20a%20tourist.pdf

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Kobus Pietersen replied the topic: 2 Women trip in Moz

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Hi Janet,
We are a group from Paarl planning the same route in early July.If you have done the Massengana route over the Save I will appreciate some feedback

Hi Mike,
I will keep an eye on on your website for info on the level of the Save river.Is there no local Police or someone to check with before we go?

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mozman replied the topic: 2 Women trip in Moz

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Hi

sorry no-one I know. If anyone going this way try to get a contact in Massangena as cellphone signal now reaches there.

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[2 Women trip in Moz]Originally posted by Janet


Hi Mike
Thanx for advise. Will think it through, although the advise my husband was given by people who has been living in Tete for over 3 years was against my planned route. Apparently very rough and unsure. Do you know what the chances is for me to take petrol & meat across, for our own use?

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mozman replied the topic: 2 Women trip in Moz

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Hi Janet

If not in a hurry and the levels of the Limpopo and Save rivers are low, your route is far easier and safer than going along the main road where you find the idiotic drivers, traffic police and maybe, bandits!

I have not found a nicer drive anywhere in Africa!

You will be able to take vacuum packed meat and extra fuel across at Pafuri - included in the $200 per person (was previously $50) duty-free limit.

I have done this route on four occasions with my sons aged 9 and 13.

Mike

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