Car Hire

CVE created the topic: Car Hire

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Hi,
We are planning to come to Mozambique with two adults and a baby. Ideally we would like to be able to go at our own pace in a bit of comfort given that we have a baby up the coast from Maputo to Vilanculous. However, we are struggling to find affordable car hire companies so had a few questions:
- Are there any affordable local car hire companies?
- Is it possible to get transfers between places? We were thinking of going Maputo, Xai Xai region for lagoons, Tofo and then Vilanculous or the other way round.
- Just to double check, I see in previous posts that the roads for this route are OK, but please can you just confirm latest on this!
Thanks in advance!

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mozman replied the topic: Car Hire

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Hi and welcome to Mozguide.

Before I respond to your queries I have a few questions:
How many days will you have in Mozambique?
Is this your first trip to Mozambique, if not then where did you go previously?
Which country will you be travelling from?
Have you previously traveled independently in a "third-world" country?
What is your estimated budget per day?
Are you aware of the particular issues with malaria for children under the age of 5 years?

Once I have your responses to the above questions, I will be able to advise you more effectively and appropriately.

See my responses with your questions below:
We are planning to come to Mozambique with two adults and a baby.
MIKE: All of Mozambique is a malaria-risk area, and recently there has been an increase in malaria cases reported from Mozambique. Children under the age of 5 are at a greater risk of complicated malara. Be prepared to keep your child either in an air-conditioned room or under a good mosquito net, or both from sunset to sunrise. www.who.int/malaria/areas/high_risk_groups/infants/en/

Ideally we would like to be able to go at our own pace in a bit of comfort given that we have a baby up the coast from Maputo to Vilanculous.
MIKE: How far north I recommend that you will travel depends on how many days you have. Less then ten days, then I recommend you go as far north as Massinga (Morrungulo) which is 600km from Maputo. If you have two weeks then you can add in Vilanculos.

However, we are struggling to find affordable car hire companies so had a few questions:
- Are there any affordable local car hire companies?
MIKE: Depends on what you mean by "affordable". Rentals in Mozambique are quite expensive and I do not recommend that you go with one of the "cheaper" and less-know companies as they can be unreliable. I have used Europcar twice and was happy, but I was not paying.

- Is it possible to get transfers between places? We were thinking of going Maputo, Xai Xai region for lagoons, Tofo and then Vilanculos or the other way round.
MIKE: Yes as far north as Inhambane you can look up www.tours2moz.com/ which I can personally highly recommend. While I certainly wouldn't recommend traveling by bus in Mozambique, and certainly not with a baby, I see too that the Etrago bus company has recently introduced dedicated Maputo - Inhambane routes. Note that I cannot endorse Etrago's safety record, but I got this info from the fantastic DriveMoz Facebook page: If you drive in Mozambique, it is essential that you use all of DriveMoz's advice and services.

"New Bus service Maputo<-> Inhambane starts tomorrow 1st November. THEIR TERMINAL IS AT AVENIDA ACORDOS DE LUSAKA AND AVENIDA GAGO COUTINHO BEFORE RECHEIO, CLOSE TO JUNTA BUS TERMINAL. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT DENISE ISMAEL 823203600."

- Just to double check, I see in previous posts that the roads for this route are OK, but please can you just confirm latest on this!
MIKE: Yes the main roads from Maputo to Vilanculos is in excellent condition. Without a 4x4 vehicle you will be very limited regarding which lodges are accessible, but Bilene, some Xai-Xai lodges, Tofo, some Barra lodges, Morrungulo and lodges within the main area of Vilanculos will be accessible.

So, depending on your willingness to take an infant to a malaria areas and your responses to my questions above, hopefully we will be able to put together a suitable vehicle and itinerary.

Mike
Thanks in advance!

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CVE replied the topic: Car Hire

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Hi Mike,

Thanks a lot for your response and apologies for not responding sooner, it went to junk mail.

To answer your questions:
- we will be in Mozambique for two weeks
- I came to Mozambique once many years ago to a beach near Vilanculos I think
- we are travelling from
Zambia
- I am from Zimbabwe and my partner from Kenya and we have both travelled extensively independently
-we are aware of the malarkey a risk and used to managing it, but sounds worse than we realized so will look into it more
- our budget is $200 per day for the three of us

I have tried to contact Tours2moz on Facebook, WhatsApp and email but have not had a response. Do you have any other suggestions. I have also been in touch with other transfer companies but don’t have 4 wheel drives. I guess then we would just need to select lodges that do not require this or can we arrange for pick ups by 4WD from a town?

Looking at flights it is cheaper to fly into Vilanculos and out of Maputo so we were thinking of going Vilanculos, Tofo, Bilene and then Maputo. Please let us know your thoughts and if you would suggest Bilene as a stop or somewhere else between Tofo and Maputo?

Thanks again for all your help.

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mozman replied the topic: Car Hire

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Hi again

I am surprised that Zelma of tours2moz has not responded. I will follow up on this as she really is your best option.

o answer your questions:
- we will be in Mozambique for two weeks
MIKE: Great, then try to fit in both Tofo and Vilanculos. In Tofo I like Turtle Cove, or Mango Beach and in Vilanculos Baobab Beach is great and if your budget stretches to it, then consider Casa Babi.

- I came to Mozambique once many years ago to a beach near Vilanculos I think
- we are travelling from
Zambia
- I am from Zimbabwe and my partner from Kenya and we have both travelled extensively independently
-we are aware of the malarkey a risk and used to managing it, but sounds worse than we realized so will look into it more
- our budget is $200 per day for the three of us

I have tried to contact Tours2moz on Facebook, WhatsApp and email but have not had a response.
MIKE: I have sent a message to Zelma and I am sure she will respond.

Do you have any other suggestions. I have also been in touch with other transfer companies but don’t have 4 wheel drives. I guess then we would just need to select lodges that do not require this or can we arrange for pick ups by 4WD from a town?
MIKE: Zelma's bus is 2wd. The lodges I recommended above are accessible without 4WD

Looking at flights it is cheaper to fly into Vilanculos and out of Maputo so we were thinking of going Vilanculos, Tofo, Bilene and then Maputo. Please let us know your thoughts and if you would suggest Bilene as a stop or somewhere else between Tofo and Maputo?
MIKE: I would skip Bilene and split your time between Vilanculos and Tofo.

Keep well

Mike

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CVE replied the topic: Car Hire

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Hi Mike,

Thanks a lot for your responses and following up with Tours2moz- hope to hear from them soon. Will look into suggestions of accommodation-sound good.

Th reason we were thinking of Bilene is the drive between Tofo and Maputo is long with a baby so thought it would be good to stop off somewhere for one night. Is there anywhere you would suggest on this stretch?

I realize in my previous message malaria must have autocorrected to malarkey!

Thanks again for all your help.
Caroline

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mozman replied the topic: Car Hire

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Hi.

Ok, understood.

Yes some places in Bilene are accessible by 2wd. I recently stayed at Tenda Tora which is very nice, but make sure the air conditioners work.

Also look up Palmeiras Lodge, Bilene.

Mike

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