Local Sim cards, road condition Chokué-Guja-Mohambe-Chibuto-Jantingue-Chonguene

Capegannet created the topic: Local Sim cards, road condition Chokué-Guja-Mohambe-Chibuto-Jantingue-Chonguene

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Hi Mike,
took me some time to re-register to your new website. I always though your old one was great.

1st: as a travelling non-resident, can I buy a pre-paid local SIM card & Nr. in Mozambique, if yes what are the requirements (Passport/ID/Visa ect.), which provider would you recommend and where to buy the eassiest way?

2nd: Can you give some updated info about the road condition as mentioned in subject?
I was travelling this route years before and thought it was great but did read some report last year about flood damages.
Will travel this early August Gyiriondo-Massingir-Maccaretane...and then looking for the easiest way to the EN1 and further North.

Thanks and wishing Mozguide the same success like former MozMan.
Roland

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mozman replied the topic: Local Sim cards, road condition Chokué-Guja-Mohambe-Chibuto-Jantingue-Chonguene

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Hi Roland and welcome back.

Yes you can purchase a SIM card in Mozambique from roadside vendors or "lojas" (shops). To register (RICA) your card they will send a photo of your passport so make sure this is done. I have a Vodacom and a Movitel SIM and mostly use Vodacom along main roads and in towns and cities, while Movitel is often better in rural areas. Also ask the vendor to show you how to convert airtime to data.

I drove the route that you describe this April and have contacts that have used it in the last week. After Guija there is some brand new tarmac and then a well maintained detour alongside the road that is being rebuilt until a few km before Chibuto which is a fairly large town with fuel, shops, lodging etc. Watch out for traffic police on both sides of Chibuto.

From Chibuto to Chongoene, which is 10km north of Xai-Xai, the road is good tarmac. There are frequent 60km/h zones on this stretch and a 40kph section for a few km before Chongoene.

Actually a nice, relaxed way to go until the rains in December make things interesting if the road works are not complete.

Good well

Mike

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mozman replied the topic: Local Sim cards, road condition Chokué-Guja-Mohambe-Chibuto-Jantingue-Chonguene

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Hi again

I must add that Mozambique 3rd party insurance is not sold at Giriyondo so buy online through Hollard Mozambique.

To use Giriyondo you must have a booking for the Kruger or Mozambique side of the Park. In SA I like Letaba Rest Camp and in Moz I like Covane Community Lodge.

The first ATM you will find is in Massingir on the LHS just after you have crossed the Massingir dam wall where you turn to Covane Lodge.

Mike.

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Capegannet replied the topic: Local Sim cards, road condition Chokué-Guja-Mohambe-Chibuto-Jantingue-Chonguene

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Thanks Mike for your fast reply,
we are coming from Letaba and are booked there.
Considering 3rd party insurance. I could never buy this at Gyiriondo (went through 3 times earlier) but could buy it at the out-gate of the park on the MOZ side. Any info about that?
Thanks
Roland

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mozman replied the topic: Local Sim cards, road condition Chokué-Guja-Mohambe-Chibuto-Jantingue-Chonguene

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Hi Roland. Insurance no longer sold at Massingir gate. Make sure you have informed your bank that you will be using your cards in Mozambique.

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Capegannet replied the topic: Local Sim cards, road condition Chokué-Guja-Mohambe-Chibuto-Jantingue-Chonguene

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Thanks Mike

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