Renting a 4x4 in Northern Mozambique

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Hello,

We are coming to Mozambique next October for 3 weeks (we'll land and leave from Maputo). We were actually planning to rent a 4x4 and travel around with maybe a flight in between to sample a bit of the northern provinces (ilha and Niassa reserve).
The tricky part is that I cannot find any car renting company which allow dropping off the car somewhere else than in Maputo (I was thinking about Beira). I could not find any company (on internet or in travelling guides) renting car (4x4) in the northern provinces. Any tips ?
Actually my travelling plan was :
Maputo (2 days) --> Kruger (3 to 4 days) --> Vilankulo via giriyondo, mapai (5 days incl. travel) --> drop the car in Beira --> flight to Nampula or Pemba and rent a car and spend the remaining days in Niassa reserve and ilha do Mozambique. Is it realistic ? Is there any budget accomodation in the Niassa reserve ?

Don't mind If you can't answer all my questions :0)

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mozman replied the topic: Renting a 4x4 in Northern Mozambique

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Hi Eric

sorry for delay reply - did write one but the server here is about as reliable as politician.

Anyway... rental companies in Moz will allow drop-offs in other towns away from where you picked up the vehicle BUT you will have to pay the full costs of a driver flying to the town and for the drive back to start. So fly in to Maputo and rent from Europcar (search on this forum for details) and do a round trip as far north as Inhassoro staying at perhaps Bilene and Pomene and then back to Maputo staying perhaps at Morrungulo, Tofo (Casa de Mar) and somewhere else on the way back to Maputo.

Then get a return ticket with LAM Maputo - Nampula - Maputo and rent a vehicle from Imperial: www.imperialcarrental.co.mz/contacts.html (or other - ask www.kaskazini.com ) in Nampula. Then perhaps first night at Montes Nairucu, then Ilha de Mocambique - Chocas Mar (Carrusco) - Pemba (Pemba dive bush camp) - Reserva do Niassa or if not practical then go Quissanga (look up Mutita Kashimoto on this forum) - Ibo - quissanga - Pangane - Nampula. For the Niassa Reserve (see the "take mozguide with you" link to the PDF guides) you will have to be fully self-sufficient (tent, sleeping bags, extra fuel etc) as there are no proper facilities. You can bush camp north of the Lugenda river. Note that October in northern Moz will be very hot (nice along the coast but inland will be uncomfortable) so also carry at least 10 litres of water per person per day.

Let us know what deals you get from the rental companies.

Mike

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Eric replied the topic: Renting a 4x4 in Northern Mozambique

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Many thanks for your precious tips,
I checked on LAM site for Nampula -Maputo tickets : they talk about 700 $ (2-ways) quite a serious additional budget !
So far Europcar proposed me a Ford Ranger double cab for 15 days for 1200 € (unlimited km, - booking), is it a correct deal ? Do you believe I can find a better deal ?
As an alternative to the northern provinces (too short on time or on budget), we were considering exploring the central region up to the Gorongosa national park, eventually driving from vilankulo to chimanimani (I guess it is possible to explore it from moz side), Gorongosa NP, mount gorongosa, Beira and keeping 2 days for driving back to Maputo along the EN1 ... Any good tips for this area ?
Does the road Giryiondo - Vilankulo via Mapai requires a lot of experience in 4x4 driving (in october) ?

Greetz,

Eric

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mozman replied the topic: Renting a 4x4 in Northern Mozambique

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Hi

I think your Europcar quote is good - you will not find a cheaper option with Unlimited km. Your idea of doing south and central very good but I think that you should buy a tent, and water and fuel jerry cans in Maputo at Game as you may not find a bed in Chimanimani or Gorongosa and will have to bush camp in the Limpopo park and between Mapai and Vilankulo.

Unless rains are very early October should be quite dry and the Limpopo at Mapai should be very low but extremely hot (up to 45 degrees C) so carry at least 10 litres of water per person per day. If heavy rains come early in northern south Africa, Easten Botswana or southern Zimbabwe, then the Limpopo could rise quickly and become uncrossable so monitor this forum for news.

So (if no rain) go Maputo - Giriyondo - Mapai - Machaila - Mabote - Vilankulo - Muxungue - Chitobe (Machaze) - Espungabera - chikukwa - chimoio - Gorongosa park and mountain - skip Beira unless you like art deco buildings and no tourists -Inhassoro - Inhambane/Tofo - Chidenguele - Maputo.

You will need to carry 60 litres of extra fuel and 40 litres of drinking water, plus a tent and sleeping bags, and pots for cooking (use firewood, don´t buy a cooker).

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