Ndzou camp

André L. created the topic: Ndzou camp

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Hi Mike,

I am back with questions again;-)! Our original plan was to travel from Great Zimbabwe to Vilanculos via Gonarezhou, staying over at Mabulauta, then crossing the border at Chicualacuala and staying one night at Machaila Community Camp. I have now seen that another alternative might be from Great Zimbabwe via Chipinge to the Espungabera border crossing, and stay 2 nights at Ndzou camp, before pushing on to Vilanculos. I have a few questions, which I hope you can answer.
- is Ndzou camp still operational? Or has it been affected by the Renamo activity? What's it like?
- how is the route from Espungabera via Dombe to the EN1? Any security issues?
- Is Masvingo-Ndzou camp easily doable in one day? And how about Ndzou to Vilanculos? Do we still need to use a convoy?
- which of the two routes would you recommend, taking into account travel time, scenery, safety, bureaucratic hassle, etc.
Thanks again, André

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mozman replied the topic: Ndzou camp

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Hi again Andre
See my responses below:
- is Ndzou camp still operational? Or has it been affected by the Renamo activity? What's it like?
MIKE: Yes Ndzou is still open. I was last in touch with Ndzou Camp in January this year (2017) and this is part of the response: "In terms of security, the ceasefire is holding and the convoys are not operating. It's calm, and certainly on our most recent trip (to Tete) we found that the police were really relaxed. It was as if they too were relishing the peace. There is widespread hope that the ceasefire will be extended but we shall see.

NDZOU Camp is operating... The welcome will remain warm of course! And the food is good. But we've got a few leaks to repair in the thatching after some terrible storms. And it's buckets for the showers for now (though the staff will heat up the water). As a result, we haven't changed prices so it's still good value (more or less $30 equivalent for the rondavel)."

- how is the route from Espungabera via Dombe to the EN1? Any security issues?
MIKE: No security issues. Road is new tarmac Espungabera to Dombe and Ndzou Camp. Good to fair gravel Dombe to Buzi on the main road EN.1

- Is Masvingo-Ndzou camp easily doable in one day? And how about Ndzou to Vilanculos? Do we still need to use a convoy?
MIKE: Yes both trips are doable, but depart no later than 0600. The border is usually a formality. Make sure you get a TIP and visa (if you need one) valid for 30 days at Espungabera, and that your passport is stamped with the correct entry date. Get Moz 3rd Party Insurance online at www.hollard.co.mz/insurance/third-party-car-insurance

- which of the two routes would you recommend, taking into account travel time, scenery, safety, bureaucratic hassle, etc.
MIKE: Difficult to say. Border at Espungabera probably less complicated and scenery in Moribane forest very nice. Overall I would choose Chicualacuala - Mapai - Machaila - Mabote - Mapinhane - Vilanculos as it currently still very wild with almost no traffic. This will change as the roads become upgraded. Your choice, really.

Go well,

Mike

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