Inhambane - Malawi - public transport - 2017

walvis created the topic: Inhambane - Malawi - public transport - 2017

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Hi Mike and members of Mozguide forum.

This might require more than one forum post because I have lots of questions.

We are an adventurous couple from South Africa, we are planning two stints of travel through Mozambique for next year. We are visiting a family friend in Inhambane in March, and from there we plan on traveling to Malawi using public transport. (We are budget travelers). After spending some time in Malawi, we plan on entering back into Mozambique in April from Likoma Isl. then train to Nampula, then Mozambique island, then pemba then slowly northwards along the coast until crossing over into Tanzania. Well that is the plan... My questions are as follows:

Part 1- Inhambane to Malawi:
We have about 5 days to do this (maybe six).
Is it even feasible to travel to Malawi using public transport at this point in time (taking into consideration current security issues (if any?) and transport availability)?
What would be the best route to follow and how long would this take? Will there be accommodation available along the way? any recommendations? We have family friend in Tete. I was thinking Inhambane to Vilankulo, spend a day at Vilankulo, Vilankulo to Chimoio, Chimoio to Tete, Tete to Malawi.
Which border crossing into Malawi do you recommend?
Which transport mode, bus servicess are available and/or recommended? or is it going to be chappa from town to town?
I said 5 days above, but can this be done quicker? We baslically just want to get from Inhambane to Malawi the cheapest possible way and within a 5-6 day time limit.

As I mentioned above, the purpose of this stint of the trip is just to get from Inhambane to Malawi. Our real travel experience in Moz for which we will have much more time is the part from Likoma-Ilha-Pemba-Tanzania.

For this post I would just like to get as much information as I can for the first part (Inhambane to Malawi). I will ask more questions later, otherwise this could be a bit of an information overload :)

I look forward to your response.
Kind regards

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mozman replied the topic: Inhambane - Malawi - public transport - 2017

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Greetings and welcome to mozguide!

Firstly apologies for the long delay - missed this one.

Please note that via this forum I am only able to make brief and general comments and responses to queries. For a completely tailor-made and fully comprehensive reply kindly consider making use of my Personal Mozguide service.

Firstly when are you doing this trip? The time of year does affect my responses.

See my replies within your message below:

Part 1- Inhambane to Malawi:
We have about 5 days to do this (maybe six).
Is it even feasible to travel to Malawi using public transport at this point in time (taking into consideration current security issues (if any?) and transport availability)?
MIKE: Yes, particularly that there is currently a temporary (until March?) ceasefire and convoys have been suspended.

What would be the best route to follow and how long would this take? Will there be accommodation available along the way? any recommendations? We have family friend in Tete. I was thinking Inhambane to Vilankulo, spend a day at Vilankulo, Vilankulo to Chimoio, Chimoio to Tete, Tete to Malawi.
MIKE: With a contact in Tete, this is a good route, but perhaps not the best.

Which border crossing into Malawi do you recommend?
MIKE: I would use Melosa / Milange via Inchope and Caia, but yes the road conditions Inchope to Caia very poor.

Which transport mode, bus servicess are available and/or recommended? or is it going to be chappa from town to town?
MIKE: There are long distance buses and best to enquire locally about which are recommended. Depart Maxixe between 0400 and 0600 heading for Chimoio or Quelimane.

I said 5 days above, but can this be done quicker? We baslically just want to get from Inhambane to Malawi the cheapest possible way and within a 5-6 day time limit.
MIKE: Yes, usual time Inhambane to Blantyre is 2 days / 1 night, but factor in an extra night just in case.

As I mentioned above, the purpose of this stint of the trip is just to get from Inhambane to Malawi. Our real travel experience in Moz for which we will have much more time is the part from Likoma-Ilha-Pemba-Tanzania.
MIKE: Nice route, but currently the Lichinga - Mandimba - Cuamba road is pretty much impassable to buses due to heavy rains and muddy roads.

Looks like a great trip and my experience of hitching rides on trucks, buses, tractors etc (always a fee payable) has always been tough at times but really life-affirming overall.

Mike

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