Visa on arrival at Pafuri

Philandmickey created the topic: Visa on arrival at Pafuri

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Hi
In October we plan to hire a Land Rover in Johannesburg drive up through Kruger and enter Mozambique via Pafuri and cross the Limpopo at Mapai. (River levels permitting).
As there is no Embassy in Australia we have been advised we are able to get a visa at the border, but have been advised by a Consulate here in Australia, Pafuri may not issue one.
We are not sure weather to try our luck or change our plans and enter at Lebombo which we understand is a bigger crossing and should be more chance of issuing visas to Australians.
Any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated as we are very much looking forward to our trip.
Thanks in advance
Phil

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mozman replied the topic: Visa on arrival at Pafuri

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Hi Phil and good to have you on Mozguide!

Looks like a great trip. Last did a similar route in October 2016. The good news is that the Limpopo River has been crossable since June this year and no rain is expected until December, so it will be puddles in October.

Pafuri border has been issuing Mozambique visas for well over ten years. I have used this border frequently and on every occasion have confirmed that visas are issued. The cost should be US$50 or R750, cash only. I would carry sufficient cash in dollars and in rands to cover your visa costs.

Your best connection in this area is Dumela Wilderness Safaris that have a wonderful campsite just 7km from the border on the Mozambique side. www.pafurimoz.co.za

Punda Maria has the nicest campsites in Kruger so I would spend a few days there before crossing at Pafuri (0800 - 1600) and staying at least a night at Dumela Wilderness.

Next stay at Machaila Community Camp, and I would then head for Goody Villas at Inhassoro. There is a new campsite just north of Vilanculos, cant remember name, or Baobab Beach in Vilanculos is good, but can be quite busy and noisy.

What are your plans after Pafuri?

Mike

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Philandmickey replied the topic: Visa on arrival at Pafuri

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Hi
Thank you for your reply it has put our minds at rest and got us even more excited about the trip.
Do you know if we need to have our accommodation booked to get the visa? We would rather not as we like to stay flexible, but it is not a drama if we do.
Our plan after Pafuri is pretty well as you recommended, ie, Machaila 1 night, Vilankulos 3 nights. Then travel down the coast, 3 nights at Tofo beach and then a night in the Maputo area (Not sure if Maputo is worth a visit?) we will need to spend a night in the area as we think Tofo to the border will be too far for one day?
We will spend 3 nights in Swaziland and then cross back into SA returning the car to Johannesburg.
We will have the car for 17 days in total.
Do you think our plan is doable?
Any information/advice you can give will be greatly received.
Thank you once again for the advice and a fantastic site, it has been a godsend for us.
Phil

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mozman replied the topic: Visa on arrival at Pafuri

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Hi again Phil

See my responses after your query:
Do you know if we need to have our accommodation booked to get the visa? We would rather not as we like to stay flexible, but it is not a drama if we do.
MIKE: I have not heard of travelers being asked for accomm details at Pafuri. Always good to cover all eventualities with at least one confirmation from a Moz lodge / camp etc.

Our plan after Pafuri is pretty well as you recommended, ie, Machaila 1 night, Vilankulos 3 nights. Then travel down the coast, 3 nights at Tofo beach and then a night in the Maputo area (Not sure if Maputo is worth a visit?) we will need to spend a night in the area as we think Tofo to the border will be too far for one day?
MIKE: I still enjoy visiting Maputo, but I know my way around. I recommend that you do spend a night in Maputo, but only if you can afford a guesthouse. I highly recommend www.sommerschieldgh.com which is easily accessible via Costa do Sol so you don't have to brave the worst of the Maputo traffic. Coming from the north, just after Marracuene, watch out for the off ramp left to Costa do Sol. Not sure whether it is signposted.

We will spend 3 nights in Swaziland and then cross back into SA returning the car to Johannesburg.
MIKE: Where in Swaziland? I like the Goba border. From Maputo just head for Matola then carry on straight to Boane and turn off to Goba or Namaacha.

We will have the car for 17 days in total.
Do you think our plan is doable?
MIKE:
Yes, a sensible amount of time. Just bear in mind that on Moz sand roads work on ave speed of 40kph, and on the main tarmac roads, 70kph (due to frequent towns and villages where limit is 60kph, but drive at 50kph to be on safe side).

Any information/advice you can give will be greatly received.
MIKE: Best advice that I can give is to join the www.facebook.com/groups/DriveMoz/ and to read up on all the info given in the pinned post. Also use their 3rd Party insurance and legal and roadside assistance option - purchased online.

Thank you once again for the advice and a fantastic site, it has been a godsend for us.
MIKE: Good to know and enjoy your travels.

Mike

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mozman replied the topic: Visa on arrival at Pafuri

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Hi again

I can confirm that the turn-off (off-ramp left) from the EN.1 to Costa do Sol is clearly signposted about 500 metres past Marracuene. Watch out for speed-trapping before and after Marracuene as the limit drops to 60kph.

Mike

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