EN7 Condition

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What is the condition of the EN7 road from Milange to Gombe coming from Malawi. I know the route has been under repair for some time. Will it be advisable to tow on this section?
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mozman replied the topic: EN7 Condition

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Hi there.

A few months ago only 7km of the Milange to Mocuba route had not been paved (tarred). My guess is that roadwork's are now complete. So, yes this is a suitable route for towing.

Mike

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Archman replied the topic: EN7 Condition

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Thanks Mike,
What is the road conditions like from Mocuba to Nacala (via Nampula)?
Also, we have been looking at spending some time on the Nacala peninsula. What are the possibility (safety wise) to bush camp around the area from Messonta to Mattiquite? There seems to be a few accessible roads and isolated sandy bays. Can you stop and camp for the night without running into "issues"?
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mozman replied the topic: EN7 Condition

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Hi again
The road conditions are really good all the way from Mocuba to Nacala. The area that you mention has been designated for big tourism developements as part of the Anchor Investments Program. However this i
s currently in limbo.
What I do is to find the nearest village to where I plan to bush camp and to ask to speak to the "Chefe" (chief). This could be a traditional "regulo" or headman, or a political "secretario" or representative.

Portuguese will be a very big advantage, but it is essential that you are given permission to "campismo algumas dias" (camp for a some days), and that you are allocated a "guarda" (guard) who you will be expected to feed basic food such as Mcima (sima) maize meal and a protein such as beans or fish if available. Tea and or coffee also very welcome.

Regarding how much to pay the "guarda", note that the agriculture, livestock, hunting and forestry sector monthly minimum wage in Mozambique is currently 4,150 meticais ($70), but I think that MT200 - MT300 is a reasonable daily wage.

Even though you may have been given permission by the local authority, strictly speaking, camping is only legal at designated and licensed tourist facilities, so you could still have to explain yourselves to local police or other authorities.

Worth a try...

Mike

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