Pafuri to Pomene in September

Barke created the topic: Pafuri to Pomene in September

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I have just joined your site & am planning trip from Pafuri to Pomene crossing Limpopo on Thursday 12th September next year. I am also a newbie to safari trips.

1. Will be pulling Xplorer offroad caravan with my Isuzu KB300 4x4 Auto. Will I manage?

2. Would we cross at Pafuri or Mapai & is that a good time of year for crossing the Limpopo?

3. Where would we sleep?

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mozman replied the topic: Re: Pafuri to Pomene in September

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Hi and welcome

Firstly note the new requirement that you stay a night in Kruger or PNL (Parque Nacional do Limpopo), so at to be allowed to use the Pafuri and/or Giriyondo border posts to and from Mozambique / South Africa.

Firstly yes your rig will handle the roads easily, so long as you drive according to conditions and not according to any schedule. September an ideal time to cross Limpopo and to be in Moz.

Get a Garmin, load T4A, and get the Globetrotter map of Moz (I did the research for it), and:

First night in Moz: Nhampfule camp at Mapai PNL gate. Next day cross the Limpopo on makeshift causeway so you don't even have to reduce tire pressure. Then take main road to Machaila and turn east to Banamana / Mabote (some signs point to Zinave).

Second night in Moz: Lago Banamana. Folow T4A and when you get to the marked steel bridge, turn right onto the Banamana pan (unless we have a huge rainy season it will be mostly dry), and camp right in the middle somewhere. Or just pull off in the forest just before Banamana and bush camp.

Next day to Mapinhane on main road then south to Massinga and Pomene.

Alternative is Mapai - Combomune (on Chicualacuala railroad towards Chokwe) - follow signpost to Parque Nacional do Banhine via Mungazi entrance. Camp at Banhine HQ camp then go via Funhalouro to Massinga.

Do a search on this forum for terms such as Mapai, Machaila, Banamana, Mabote etc for lots of great info.


Mike

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Barke replied the topic: Re: Pafuri to Pomene in September

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Mike,

Thanks so much for a great website & your very detailed assistance.

Where can I get the Globetrotter map? I have a Garmin nuvi 500 so have downloaded the T4A Moz map.

Roy Barke

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mozman replied the topic: Re: Pafuri to Pomene in September

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Hi

if you live in SA go to CNA or Exclusive books or in Joburg go to Map Studio in Wynburg or to Maps 4 Africa in Craighall.

Or otherwise order the Globetrotter Travel pack (include the guidebook) online from Amazon.

Mike

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Barke replied the topic: Re: Pafuri to Pomene in September

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Mike,

We are planning to stay 2 nights at Punda Maria & will leave early in the morning. Will we still need 2 nights camping en route to the coast?

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mozman replied the topic: Re: Pafuri to Pomene in September

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Hi

From Pafuri to mapai is at least 3 hard hours. Mapai to Banhine Camp via Combomune and Manguzi is 7 hours. Then Banhine to Massinga via Funhalouro is 6 hrs, and Massinga to Pomene is 1 hour.

So yes, if all goes well, you can make it with one overnight.

Mike

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