Safest and most enjoyable route - north to south

Kdebs created the topic: Safest and most enjoyable route - north to south

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Hi Mike! We are looking to drive from Dar Es Salaam to Port Elizabeth through Mozambique (or maybe Malawi and Mozambique if northern Moz is still a bit dodgy) in about 6 weeks time. We have two questions that we are hoping you can assist with as you seem to be the most knowledgeable person on the internet when it comes to Moz!!

1. Are there any parts of Mozambique that you would avoid driving through at the moment? Either because of safety issues or really poor roads.

2. What route would you suggest we take? We are mostly interested the coastline (snorkeling, diving, surfing) but open to other sites worth visiting in Moz.

Thanks in advanced for your advice! Much appreciated.

Cheers

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mozman replied the topic: Safest and most enjoyable route - north to south

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Hi there and welcome to Mozguide. Sorry for the delayed reply.

See my responses after your queries:
1. Are there any parts of Mozambique that you would avoid driving through at the moment? Either because of safety issues or really poor roads.
MIKE: Regarding safety issues, no bandit activity anywhere for around 9 months. Poor roads? Well the worst section is currently Caia to Inchope via Gorongosa Town, but you can use detours. See below.

2. What route would you suggest we take? We are mostly interested the coastline (snorkeling, diving, surfing) but open to other sites worth visiting in Moz.
MIKE: Depends on how much time you plan to spend in Moz. If in a hurry, just use the main road all the way south, but perhaps go from Caia to Dondo via Inhaminga on the sand road instead of staying on the EN.1 via Gorongosa and Inchope. This would mean you skip a visit to Gorongosa Park and mountain which would be sad.

So with say 3 weeks available for Moz, I would include Ibo www.baobibo.com , then skip Pemba and go direct to Ilha de Mozambique www.ilhablue.com Then I would go on the main road via Nampula and Alto Molocue south, but turn towards the coast at Alto Ligonha and go via Gile and the Reserva do Gile to Pebane
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Then carry on south and cross the Zambezi at Caia and stay at Mphingwe Lodge (no camping) www.mphingwe.com From there you can either brave the terrible potholed road south to Gorongosa or perhaps take a back route that goes via Inhampinga to Dondo and skip Gorongosa. I would bite the bullet and carry on down the main road, but at the Maringue turn off, turn left and go around Monte Gorongosa to Nova Vanduzi and back onto the main road at Vila Gorongosa.

Once you turn off the main road to get to Gorongosa Park (Chitengo) a few km down the road on the rhs is Gorongosa Adventures camp. Google it.

Then carry on south to Inhassoro and Goody Vilas. Then Vilanculos Baobab beach then Morrungulo Beach Lodge. Head to Tofo where I like Mango Beach and Turtle Cove. Then perhaps East Africa Safaris before skirting Maputo on the new Ring Road that starts just after Marracuene - look for the ramp to Ressano Garcia. Then either head via Boane to Maputo Elephant Reserve and to Ponta do Ouro, or head via Goba or Namaacha to Swaziland. I do not like the Ressano Garcia / Lebombo border post.

Of course many other options so keep an open mind.

Go well

Mike

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