Inhambane to Salima (Malawi)

jhavenga created the topic: Inhambane to Salima (Malawi)

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I'll be traveling by private vehicle from Inhambane to Salima, Malawi early in the new year. Is it safe to travel up through Mozambique? Or should I rather drive down from Inhambane and head West to Zim and then travel up through Zim? We'll be three people in one car and I wouldn't want to risk our safety. Advice would be appreciated.

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mozman replied the topic: Inhambane to Salima (Malawi)

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Hi there and welcome to Mozguide.

Firstly even if you have a sturdy 4x4 vehicle, the route west that goes Macia - Chokwe - Guija (Canicado) - Mabalane - Mapai - Chicualacuala / Sango border into Zimbabwe, is usually impassable from now until perhaps April due to flooding and wash-aways.

So unless you go through South Africa, your only option is north involving at least the Save to Muxungue convoy which is well managed and has not been attacked for a couple of months. Of course no guarantee that attacks won't happen, but buses and trucks are almost always the target so that may be of comfort.

The two routes to Malawi that stay in Mozambique both have convoys that are regularly attacked and not well managed. So go up to Inchope and turn west and enter Zimbabwe at Machipanda / Forbes Posts (Mutare) border 0600 - 2200. Then to Harare and east again entering Mozambique at Nyamapanda then Tete and enter Malawi at Zobue / Mwanza.

Search this forum for Muxungue convoy for times and tips. Also note that there are numerous speed traps and road blocks in Zimbabwe where they really look for fault so be prepared.

Print these documents and study them before arriving at the Zimbabwe border:
www.bigsky.co.zw/cubbyhole-notes

www.aa.co.za/travel/into-africa/cross-bo...mation/zimbabwe.html

Go well and trip reports bring positive karma.

Mike.

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mozman replied the topic: Inhambane to Salima (Malawi)

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Hi again.

The good news is that last December Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama announced a truce for two months. The convoys have been suspended so road traffic is once again moving normally throughout Mozambique. I have not heard of any bandit related incidents over the past few weeks, but the normal sensible precautions such as not driving at night and being wary of stopping due to obstacles in the road, apply.

Mike.

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