Help with 3 week itinerary for Northern Mozambique

ghurst created the topic: Help with 3 week itinerary for Northern Mozambique

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Hi Mike and hi all,

My partner and I are about to set off (31/12/17) on a 3 week adventure to Mozambique. Our main interests are having an adventure, getting away from the crowds, train travel, meeting local people and enjoying a couple of periods relaxing by the sea (3-4 days in each place works well for us). We are aware that the weather won't be perfect so some areas may be worth skipping but overall was just hoping for some general advice on the potential itinerary we've come up with below. Any help at all would be gratefully received.

THE PLAN:

1 Arrive in Maputo
2 Maputo
3 Fly to Nampula stay 1 night
4 Travel to Moz Island
5 MI
6 MI
7 Travel to Pemba
8 Pemba
9 Pemba
10 Travel to Ibo
11 Ibo
12 Ibo
13 Back to Nampula
14 Train to Cuamba (if the right day)
15 Cumba to Gurue
16 Gurue
17 Back to Nampula
18 Fly to Maputo
19 Fly home

Are there any places we should plan to avoid in January due to the wet weather?

Hope someone can help with some advice. Thanks

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ghurst replied the topic: Help with 3 week itinerary for Northern Mozambique

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Hi,

Since my original post we have bought a flight to Nampula on 3/1 and from Pemba to Maputo on 17/1.

We had planned to spend one night in Nampula then go to Gurué for 2nights and 1 in Cuamba so we are able to catch the Sunday train back to Nampula.

Does anyone have any experience of getting from Nampula to Gurué? Lonely Planet suggests there is a direct bus going the other way but a hostel in Nampula I contacted are not aware of it.

Would really appreciate some help because he if we can’t get to Gurué in one day from Nampula we will have to foroego this section our trip and spend more time on the north eastern coast.

Thanks,

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mozman replied the topic: Help with 3 week itinerary for Northern Mozambique

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Greetings

Firstly I do apologize for not responding properly and in time. I have been paddling a remote section of the the Gariep (Orange) River in South Africa and have had no signal.

Regarding going to Gurue, I hope that you spent more time north of Pemba, as Gurue needs more than a day to be worthwhile.

I hope that your trip was great!

Mike

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ghurst replied the topic: Help with 3 week itinerary for Northern Mozambique

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Hi MIke,

Thanks for getting back to us and hope you enjoyed the paddling trip.

We are most of the way through our trip now. Researching before we left the UK was difficult and if I'm honest if I was to do the trip again I wouldn't do it the same. We have just left Ibo which was deserted and many hotels and restaurants/shops were closed for January. The mosquitoes were also very bad. We left a day early as our hotel was closing down and there were no other guests there. We are now back in Pemba and stuck here waiting for an internal flight back to Maputo.

In hindsight we wouldn't have bought that flight and perhaps would have started in Ibo before heading south towards Nampula and perhaps we could have even if managed the train to Cuamba to add some more variety to our trip.

I'm sure once we are home we will look back with fonder memories but right now it feels like out of 19 days we have wasted 4 in Maputo ( due to international flights) and 6 in Pemba which should have been just 3 initially. Adding in Gurué and the train to or from Cuamba would have made the trip more balanced and interesting in my opinion.

Hopefully this post may help other people who are looking to travel to the north for just under 3 weeks and in January.

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mozman replied the topic: Help with 3 week itinerary for Northern Mozambique

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Many thanks for the feedback.

My favourite time to be in northern Mozambique is May to October, I find summer too hot and humid. Ibo is worth two days, but there are other places to visit such as Pangane beach and Matemo island, but of course relying on local dhow transport is difficult and time consuming.

Yes Gurue and other places in the north do make a trip more varied, but certainly not as a day trip - two nights would be worthwhile.

Go well

Mike

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