Moz army overruns Renamo base.
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Peik replied the topic: Moz army overruns Renamo base.3 years 1 week ago
Stayed one night at Pousada Magaço. It was pretty basic. Terrible bed which broke down when trying to innstall mosquito net. Nice dinner and breakfast. 800-1800 mts pr night for a double room.
We also visited Pousada Azul for lunch, which had good grilled fish with chima (pap). Rooms for 1800 mts pr night there. Seems to be a more professional Guesthouse than Magaço.
Arco Iris, on the road between Inchope and Gorongosa, also offer accomodation. Had a nice lunch there, but the place is run down and has probably suffered with low activity during the last years due to the political situation. I gueass that applies to all business in the Inchope and Gorongosa area.
A new and appearently more modern guest house is under construction on the main road north of the town centre. There are three petrol stations in the village, all along the main road. We also tried to make an excursion to Monte Gorongosa with Gorongosa Adventures, but didn't succeed due to insuffient preparation and agreements with the local people. We were told by other people that Renamo controls the forrests of the mountain and that a hike had to be approved by Renamo. We reached the foothill and met the local chiefs of the people living there. They were drunk and difficult to communicate with. Probabely they wouldn't let us go because they didn't had enough time to get an approvel from Renamo. Our guide was an mozambiquan from Gorongosa Adventures, which we were told by others operated illigally. We were also told that no unknown mozambiquans or representative from the authorities will be allowed to enter the mountain by Renamo these days. I would not recommand anyone to go there until the situation gets better.
Gorongosa National Park used to organize hikes, but are having some challanges with the local of the foothills of Monte Gorongosa.
The National Park was a great experience and the Chitengo lodge/Girassol Hotel is in excellent condition and has been rehabillitated during the last 2-3 years. We even saw elephant and lion on our game drive. They will also soon offer walking safaries and kayaking on the Pongue River. They are looking into different ways to offer a more diverse activity program for vistors, and to make vistors stay longer at the lodge.
mozman replied the topic: Moz army overruns Renamo base.2 years 11 months ago
Thanks for the update. Very useful info. I have stopped at Arco Iris and yes it is not in great shape, but my main concern was the caged animals and chained baboons. Chitengo Lodge has been renovated and is comfortable, but seems overpriced for what you get. Gorongosa Park is currently focussing on high end visitors and overland travelers are sometimes avoiding the place as private vehicles are not permitted to drive out of Chitengo.
Regarding Gorongosa Adventures, a very good friend who guides birding trips often uses them to see specials such as the Green-headed Oriole and he had a successful trip a week ago after the removal of obstruction by Renamo elements had been negotiated. Look up www.birding.co.za
Thanks again for the feedback.