Situation in northern Mozambique

gqueralt created the topic: Situation in northern Mozambique

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Hi Mike,
We are a couple that is planning a trip through Moçambique. After visit Kruger, We will spend 20 days visiting Moz in August/September.

Our idea is to know Mozambican culture, diving and resting.

Our first idea was to explore the north. We think is more idyllic and less crowded. After read the last news about the situation in the north ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamist_insurgency_in_Mozambique ), we are changing our idea and we are thinking go to the south and center.

Do you recommend visit the north? Or is better (safer) visit the south & center?


Thanks!!

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mozman replied the topic: Situation in northern Mozambique

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Hi there.

Firstly, all of Mozambique is uncrowded during August and September. Only over the Easter and Christmas holidays do some places become more busy.

Idyllic? Depends on your definition. Plenty of beaches and bush destinations you can have to yourself in the south.

Yes in the Palma area of Mozambique there is currently a few groups of bandits trying to control smuggling routes for drugs and precious stones, but they have not attacked travelers or tourists.
With twenty days in Mozambique I would enter at Pafuri then go to Zinave, cross Save River at Massangena then to Ndzou Camp near Dombe and carry on North to Reserva do Gile then Gurue - Cuamba-Marrupa- Niassa Reserve - Pemba - and if enough time Ibo or head back south.

See attached map to indicate how localised the area affected by banditry is.

Mike

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mozman replied the topic: Situation in northern Mozambique

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Here is the map.

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luton replied the topic: Situation in northern Mozambique

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Hi,

We as a family drove up to Pemba from Malawi for 10 nights (19-29th June 2018). The drive was perfectly fine all the way with tarmac roads. Malawi-Mocuba-Nampula-Pemba. Only on entering the Cabo del Gado province after crossing the bridge, did the road become bad. a lot of pot holes and evasive driving to avoid them (this patch was about 60km) and the rest was perfect tarmac. Entering Cabo del Gado, there were a lot more police check points with military and police checking identity documents and searching cars for precautionary reasons; other than that, they did not hassle what-so-ever. In Pemba itself, there are no issues that we heard of or saw as it was well patrolled. With regard to diving, at Avani beach hotel, the Dive Master Carlos Borges is a great person to contact and dive with.

We also did drive to Quisanga via Metuge. This road was quite rough with a lot of deep holes that are unavoidable. Max speed we managed was about 40 km/h at some points then down to a snails pace at others. it took us about 4 hours to drive this section. we then took a local taxi to Ibo where the island was quite deserted with respect to tourists. There were a lot of cancellations they experienced over that period. They feared the attacks were there but with all the army and police around, it was very safe. Even on entering Ibo, there were military making sure everything was safe and secured.

Lastly, just want to thank Mozman and the other threads for these posts as it helped us plan our trip to Mozambique.

Hope this helps!

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mozman replied the topic: Situation in northern Mozambique

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Hi and thanks so much for the informative feedback. Very pleased to be able to help.

Mike

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gqueralt replied the topic: Situation in northern Mozambique

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Hi,
A lot of thanks Mike & Luton for your information.

We continue in the other thread: www.mozguide.com/index.php/forum-main/po...blic-transport#11758

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