Mozambique road advice for motorbiker and pillion

Claire created the topic: Mozambique road advice for motorbiker and pillion

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Hi Mike, my partner and I will be travelling from South Africa through to Tanzania in Feb next year and wondered if there are any roads we need to avoid when exploring Mozambique along the way? My partner is a competent biker but the weight involved with me on the back with luggage etc made deep sand tracks/roads impossible when we were in Namibia last year. We don't want to miss out of anything in Mozambique but also need to be sensible. Any advice would be really appreciated! Cheers Claire.

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mozman replied the topic: Mozambique road advice for motorbiker and pillion

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Hi Claire

The only part of the main road all the way from the Komatipoort (Lebombo) border via Maputo and then onwards north to Tanzania, that is not tarred, is the final 40km from Palma via Quionga and the Namoto border to banks of the Rovuma river where the vehicle ferry crosses to Tanzania. Tarred beach access is available to Bilene, Tofo, Maxixe, Vilanculos and Inhassoro, south of the Save River.

From the Save River to Muxungue, a distance of 110km there are currently convoys escourted by the military due to the threat of Renamo bandit attack - thankfully this section has been quiet for months. Problem is that the convoy commander can sometimes decide that motorbikes are not allowed on this route, but I have heard that other bikers have got through. Vilanculos to Muxungue the tarmac is breaking up badly and severely potholed in places.

Muxungue - Inchope - Vila Gorongosa - Nhamapaza, no convoy, but from there to Caia it is 150km and there is another armed convoy that is not very well run. Inchope to Caia road is also in bad condition on long stretches.

I did a search on the mozguide forum and this came up: (note it is useful for you see how to plan for the convoy times, not to follow literally):
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Hi Chris
To my knowledge the two convoys on the EN.1 have been quiet for about 3 weeks. Past performance is no guarantor of the future, but looking positive. The inconvenience and stress of waiting for and then driving in convoy remains.

So if you do decide to drive and want to do it in the least days here's a suggestion:

Day 1: Depart Maputo at 0400 and stay the night in Inhassoro. About 9 hrs drive excluding stops.

Day 2: Depart Inhassoro at 0600 to drive the approx 1 hr to Save to be in good time for the first north convoy departing between 0800 and 0900. Overnight at Vila da Gorongosa (Kapulana Gorongosa has had very good reviews). Approx 8hrs incl. convoy delay.

Day 3. Depart Vila Gorongosa at 0600 to make the 120km to Nhamapaza for the approx 0800 convoy to Caia. Road is breaking up Inchope to Caia so ave speed about 60kph. Depending on convoy delay you should be able to get to Nampula before nightfall.

Day 4. Take an easy drive up to Pemba. Anticipate ave. speed 80kph.

So quite a trip if no time for diversions en route.

Mike

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Peik replied the topic: Mozambique road advice for motorbiker and pillion

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mozman replied the topic: Mozambique road advice for motorbiker and pillion

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Thanks Peik. Fantastic news. I see Dhlakama leader of Renamo has announced ceasefire for two months. I have a good feeling that this will be the end of attacks on convoys.
Mike.

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Peik replied the topic: Mozambique road advice for motorbiker and pillion

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Hopefully, this is a new beginning! :-)

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