From Gonarezhou to Vilanculos

mozman replied the topic: From Gonarezhou to Vilanculos

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Glad to assist. Feedback always welcome.
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wickychicky replied the topic: From Gonarezhou to Vilanculos

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Perfect thread for us, thanks a lot to Andre for the question and you, Mike, for the detailed, clear response including routing!
3 questions now from me:

We'll be doing this route in reverse in a couple of weeks (mid May 2017), is there any reason to be concerned that any of the roads will be impassable?

What's this "police clearance" document? Is it only for hire cars or something else? We were in Zim 2 weeks ago and had no issues, would it be enough to show them our visas and the insurance we had to convince them we're all above board? We're in a German registered vehicle.

Finally, feeling a bit sheepish on this one (!): we entered Moz a couple of days ago at Giriyondo and no-one mentioned or asked to see or for us to purchase third party insurance. We have fully comprehensive insurance from our German insurer and a covering letter listing all the countries we are covered for, including Moz.
Do we still need to get the local one? Where would we get it now we are already in the country?

Thanks a lot for the advice and the site: great!

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mozman replied the topic: From Gonarezhou to Vilanculos

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Hi there WC

Welcome to mozguide.

3 questions now from me:

We'll be doing this route in reverse in a couple of weeks (mid May 2017), is there any reason to be concerned that any of the roads will be impassable?
MIKE: I drove Pafuri - Mapai - Machaila - Mabote - Inhassoro last October and between Mapaia and Machaila there have been extensive improvements to the drainage. The drainage ditches have now been replaced by culverts and bridges. The area received higher rainfall than usual, so between Machaila and Mabote I have received reports that some sections of road are still very waterlogged, but that locals have made indistinct detours around these, so watch out where there are tracks that go into the bush as they may be a sign of muddy sections ahead. You need good ground clearance and 4x4 low range. I usually reduce tire pressure to 1,5bar for soft sand and mud.

What's this "police clearance" document? Is it only for hire cars or something else? We were in Zim 2 weeks ago and had no issues, would it be enough to show them our visas and the insurance we had to convince them we're all above board? We're in a German registered vehicle.
MIKE: This is officially only a legal requirement if vehicles are being exported between countries, but over the years I have been asked for a Police Vehicle Clearance Certificate (note NOT a police clearance for individuals) at Sango/ Chicualacuala, Chirundu and Nyamapanda border posts. This is a way of extorting money from travelers, so look up ZIMRA as the regulations should be there. A rented vehicle should have all relevant documents provided, but expect the Zim officials at Sango to still ask for this and be prepared for a friendly discussion.

Finally, feeling a bit sheepish on this one (!): we entered Moz a couple of days ago at Giriyondo and no-one mentioned or asked to see or for us to purchase third party insurance. We have fully comprehensive insurance from our German insurer and a covering letter listing all the countries we are covered for, including Moz.
MIKE: The 3rd Party insurance is MVA insurance so it is not part of any other insurance package. It is compulsory and fines and even jail time can be a consequence of not having it - especially if you have an accident! It is available online so immediately look up www.hollard.co.mz/insurance/third-party-foreign-vehicles

Do we still need to get the local one? Where would we get it now we are already in the country?

Go well

Mike

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André L. replied the topic: From Gonarezhou to Vilanculos

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Hey wickychicky,

I'd be interested to hear your tripreport once you've done the trip, how it compares to the trip from Giryondo (which I did last year) and any difficulties you may encounter (roads, bureaucracy, etc.). And if you happen to stay there, I'd be interested in your views of the hotel at the station in Chicualacuala. In particular, I'd like to know if they have safe parking.

Enjoy the trip, André

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mozman replied the topic: From Gonarezhou to Vilanculos

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For advice and assistance regarding travelling in Zimbabwe and buying camping gear etc, go to www.bigsky.co.zw/
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wickychicky replied the topic: From Gonarezhou to Vilanculos

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Hi again,

André: I'll definitely post a report once we've done the tour (probably starting tomorrow from vilanculos.

Mike: thank you so much for the clear details: really appreciate that!
We got the insurance directly after your message, took 2 minutes. So far no one has asked for it, but better safe the than sorry.

I wrote to Zimra about the police clearance papers and after a couple of attempts I finally got the email saying we don't need it if we have a carnet. So we are armed and ready should we meet the nice customs man at the border.

Trip report on route and conditions next week or in 10 days.

Thanks again!
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