Road conditions Mutare - Beira and Beira-Maputo

dkatz created the topic: Road conditions Mutare - Beira and Beira-Maputo

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We are travelling up to Mutare Zimbabwe on 26 September. I would like to go to Mutare - Beira and thereafter down to Maputo. We will be on two motorbikes. How are the road conditions and petrol and accommodation along the way?

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David

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mozman replied the topic: Road conditions Mutare - Beira and Beira-Maputo

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Hi David
Quite a big question. What is your starting point? You also need lots of advice for travelling in Zimbabwe, if you are not accustomed to this. So I will stick to the Moz section.

Mutare: Look up Ann Bruce backpackers. Mutare to Chimoio is generally good tarmac. Get into Moz when border opens at 0600 and aim for Inhassoro - about 9hrs from the border.I would not go to Beira as the roadworks are a problem, and sections in bad condition. So at Inchope turn south and the road becomes quite badly potholed to Muxungue (fuel) then sections OK, but bad Save bridge to turn off to Inhassoro.

In Inhassoro Dugong lodge is great.

Then go to Vilankulo, (look up Casa Babi and Baobab Beach) road bad at first, but good from turn off. Then all the way to Maputo very good tarmac.

Between Vilanculos and Maputo I would stay at Turtle Creek near Tofo and then East Africa Safaris just north of Xai-Xai. For Maputo look up Sommerschield Guesthouse.

A great resource is the DriveMoz group on facebook so join and you will be well looked after.

Go well

Mike

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dkatz replied the topic: Road conditions Mutare - Beira and Beira-Maputo

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Thanks for the info. I would dearly have loved to go Mutare - Beira.

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mozman replied the topic: Road conditions Mutare - Beira and Beira-Maputo

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Hi David

I see that you are now on DriveMoz Facebook - good move. My main reason for recommending you skip Beira is not so much road conditions for the 130km from Inchope to Beira, but due to the fact that you have to backtrack to Inchope so this is a 260km detour if heading to Vilanculos. (I see roadworks are now complete Inchope to Beira).

I am interested to know why you are keen to get to Beira? I have spent quite a lot of time there over the years (for various reasons), but it is certainly not a beach destination and can be quite hot and humid and unpleasant for the uninitiated.

My info on Mutare to Beira is out of date, so for the benefit of other folk who may be travelling the same route, I have borrowed the following info from the DriveMoz group:

"Greg Blignaut:
Road works are particularly bad right from border gate be careful big potholes all the way to Manica. After Manica road is nicely tarred except there are two bridges that there no warning signs and they have cut big squares out the tar and left them deep. One lane is blocked and no warning so if incoming traffic and you are not aware you will slam into some barriers and more. After Chimoio towards Gondola side they again have cut big squares out the road and not one warning sign. I saw them yesterday on the road when you are driving to Beira three weeks ago they were on the side Beira to Gondola. Quite a few traffic stop/go controls so be prepared to sit and wait at least 30 mins."

Mike

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dkatz replied the topic: Road conditions Mutare - Beira and Beira-Maputo

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Thank you for all the information. You ask the question of why Beira? The simplest answer is that I have never been there. I have read about it and I love Mozambique, its culture and especially its food. I want an opportunity to explore the second largest Mozambique city. We will be attending the Trout Motorbike Rally in Juliasdale which is near Mutare on the 28 September. Its also a first time for me in that part of the world. I thought that while I was in that part of the world I may as well hop over to Beira. I don't know if I will have another opportunity soon.

My wish list

Johannesburg to Dar Es Salaam on the motorbikes. One day!

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