Lilongwe to Ilha de Mocambique family road trip

schoolhols created the topic: Lilongwe to Ilha de Mocambique family road trip

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Hi Mike,

We are an Australian family living in Lilongwe who are keen to do a road trip to Ilha de Mocambique over the school holidays in October. We have a Toyota Prado, petrol version with just one 80L fuel tank. My questions are
- which is currently the best route to take? Happy to travel a longer distance for a better road.
- where are the best places to stop overnight to find reasonable accommodation for two adults and three kids (ages 11, 9, 5)? Happy to pay extra for decent accommodation if any is available. Happy to do it in 2 days or 3 days depending on whether there is anywhere worthwhile to stop en route.
- are there enough fuel stops en route to cope with our single 80L tank or should we take a jerry can?
- can we do this trip solo or should we try and find another family to travel with us? We can change a tyre but other than that we're not much good at mechanics, especially on these new fangled electronic cars.

Many thanks.

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mozman replied the topic: Lilongwe to Ilha de Mocambique family road trip

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Hi there and welcome to Mozguide.

See my responses below:

which is currently the best route to take? Happy to travel a longer distance for a better road.
MIKE: It's a bit of a toss up which is better. Either go through Blantyre and head south to Mulanje and enter Moz at the Melosa (Milange border and go Mocuba - Nampula - Ilha - on this route just 20km or less of gravel road from Milange towards Mocumba, rest is good tarmac. Or enter Moz at the Mandimba border and go Lilongwe - Mangochi - Chiponde / Mandimba - Cuamba - Malema - Nampula - Ilha - Mandimba to Cuamba is rough gravel so will take 3hrs, then 20km's gravel towards nampula before you are on brand-new tarmac. As it is the dry season you should not have any drama on either of the recommended routes. so as the scenery is great go via Mandimba there and then via Mocumba - Milange back.

- where are the best places to stop overnight to find reasonable accommodation for two adults and three kids (ages 11, 9, 5)? Happy to pay extra for decent accommodation if any is available. Happy to do it in 2 days or 3 days depending on whether there is anywhere worthwhile to stop en route.
MIKE: If you go via Mandima your options are (google the places for more info) Cuamba (Quinta Timbwa), Malema (Complexo Malaya) and Nampula (Complexo Hotel Bamboo). If you go via Mulanje / Milange (Melosa), then in Milange there is Tumbine Lodge or www.airbnb.com/rooms/1498904 , in Mocuba there is Venus guesthouse and in Nampula Hotel Bamboo.

- are there enough fuel stops en route to cope with our single 80L tank or should we take a jerry can?
MIKE: Yes. Your range should be around 500km, and fuel in most towns these days in Moz. I always top up even if I have just done 200km from previous refuel.

- can we do this trip solo or should we try and find another family to travel with us? We can change a tyre but other than that we're not much good at mechanics, especially on these new fangled electronic cars.
MIKE: Solo should be no problem. Most roads now are in excellent condition.

Where will you be staying on Ilha?
Any other questions please ask, and have a great trip.

Mike

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schoolhols replied the topic: Lilongwe to Ilha de Mocambique family road trip

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Hi again and thanks for that very useful information. Sounds like the roads are in better shape than I imagined. Do you think we would have time to make a circuit including Pemba and Quirimbas before returning to Lilongwe? What are the roads like from Nampula to Pemba and further north to Quirimbas? We have 9 days in total.
Cheers.

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mozman replied the topic: Lilongwe to Ilha de Mocambique family road trip

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Hi again

9 days is too short to include the Quirimbas (Ibo) taking bad road to Quissanga (Tandanhangui dhow harbour) and tides into account it is a full day Pemba to Ibo and another back.

So I would focus on Pemba (Murrebue and Mecufi just to the south are nice) and Ilha de Mocambique.

Go well.

Mike

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