Route to Bypass Maputo from Komatipoort to Xai Xai

MaxB replied the topic: Re: Route to Bypass Maputo from Komatipoort to Xai Xai

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Hi Mike

1st time user on the site - really great with an incredible amount of info - Well done.

Looking to drive with family (10 year old kids) to Vilanculos from JHB in June / July 2012 & spend a few days on the way. In a Volvo XC 90 so do have 4x4 capability but not really for the rough.

Will the Moamba-Magude-Xinavane route be viable or do you think that it will be better to go via Maputo ?

Also, I note that you suggest a late border crossing but I would prefer not do drive at night - are there any other times that are OK ?

Thx

Max

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mozman replied the topic: Re: Route to Bypass Maputo from Komatipoort to Xai Xai

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Hi

just got an email from a friend that the Xinavane - Magude - Moamba route is in good condition now so by June / July it should still be fine.

Good time to get through Lebombo / R Garcia is between 8 - 10 AM.

Mike

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MaxB replied the topic: Re: Route to Bypass Maputo from Komatipoort to Xai Xai

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Thanks Mike !

Just one further question - you indicate in your 5th Feb2012 post that

"Moamba - Sabie - Magude - Xinavane is gravel but quite well maintained. Moamba direct to Xinavane (no crossing of Incomati river) is not well maintained"

i.e you suggest that one SHOULD take the left-hand route, crossing the Incomati towards Chidudo (no route number on Google maps) RATHER than continuing on route 570 / 405 (Mecomba, Massinguita) which seems to be a more major route.

Is this correct ?

Thanks

Max

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mozman replied the topic: Re: Route to Bypass Maputo from Komatipoort to Xai Xai

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Hi

yes, the so-called 'north-bank' route is better than the more direct route. Note that the bridge over the Incomati at Magude is shared with the railway line and one-way only so if you happen to arrive at the same time as the Chicualacuala train, you may have a delay of up to 30mins. An interesting delay.

Mike

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