Backpacken Mozambique / Tour north mozambique?

jitsketje created the topic: Backpacken Mozambique / Tour north mozambique?

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Hi,

In september I am going to South Africa for around 6 months.
During my time there I would love to travel to Mozambique.
I am a girl travelling alone, is this ok for backpacking?
Are there enough options for public/tourist bussen?
Or are there shuttle/transfers in betweetn tourist places?

I am also looking at overland tours but they are Always very short or included oher parts (Like Kruger) which I allready plannend for other trips.

I would love to go up North to Pemba/Ibo Island etc. But this seems impossible with public transport and I can't fine any tours going that far.

Who can help me?
Finding a perfect tour or helping with travelling around alone.

Thank you!

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mozman replied the topic: Re: Backpacken Mozambique / Tour north mozambique?

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Hi
Mozambique is quite a good. place for lone female travellers. Yes bus trips can be long and tiring but the people at the bus stations will do their best to help you. I still travel sometimes using buses or in trucks and have always enjoyed the trips.

Is this your first time as am independent traveller in Africa?

Mike

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jitsketje replied the topic: Re: Backpacken Mozambique / Tour north mozambique?

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Thank you!
Ive been to South Africa before but this was only for volunteerwork and a bit travelling around Cape Town.
Nothing like Mozambique, haha.
In SA I am going to travel with the Bazbus so this is realy easy!!

Do you recommend to travel in the local busses/chapas? Or more in the busses from Intercape?

I am now thinking about going to Maputo - Tofo - Vilanculos...
and maybe some other nice places in between, any advice on a route for around 2 weeks? I don't know which places and if thats easy with transport?
Praia do Oura is an option as well..I was thinking if its maybe possible to travel from Durban to Praia do Oura and then further north? Would that be an possibility with local transport?

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mozman replied the topic: Re: Backpacken Mozambique / Tour north mozambique?

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OK here is what you can do.

Look up Thobeka lodge and backpackers www.kosi.co.za and ask them which bus to take to get to Manguzi and Kosi Bay from Durban.

From Thobeka you can arrange to get to Ponta do Ouro where you can stay at Kaya Kweru who do pick ups from the Ponta do Our border (visa here for $85), or at Humble Africa www.humbleafricavolunteer.org/pontadoourobackpackers.html
and then get on a local chapa to Catembe and Maputo where you spend a night at The Base Backpackers. You must book a bed at The Base in advance as it is often full.

The Base will be able to advise you on which bus to take north to Inhambane and Vilanculos.

Have a great time!

Mike

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jitsketje replied the topic: Re: Backpacken Mozambique / Tour north mozambique?

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Thanks.

There is no option to travel from Ouro to Tofo without going to Maputo?

How safe are the chapas?

Where does the Intercape bus drop you in Vilanculos? I heard that they do not drop you in the town but somewhere outside?

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mozman replied the topic: Re: Backpacken Mozambique / Tour north mozambique?

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Hi

difficult and time-consuming if you want to avoid Maputo as a backpacker, so I would recommend a night there - you might like it so much you decide to stay longer.

Since the bandit attacks on the main road in Sofala province, Intercape have suspended their routes to the north of Maputo. When they do run, the drop passengers at Pambarra a the turn-off to Vilanculos from where it is easy to get a chapa taxi ride the 25km to Vilanculos.

Chapas are often not very road-worthy so I avoid using them unless for short trips of approx. 50km or less.

Mike

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