December 2019

willemdercksen created the topic: December 2019

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Good day Mike.
We will be traveling Mozambique in December 2019. I would like to know if you can recommend places to stay and road conditions. We will enter at Pafuri gate and travel to Vilankulos. then south from there to Ponta du Ouro. Your advice will be appreciated.


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mozman replied the topic: December 2019

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Hi Willem

Firstly it's important to note that the summer rains in the Pafuri area can start during December, and if they are heavy there are numberous streams and pans that cross the route that can flood making progress difficult to impossible.

However, assuming the rains hold off, here is a brief suggestion. I can provide a comprehensive "Personal Mozguide" for which I charge if further details are required.

This Pafuri option is more adventurous, you need to be self-sufficient with a reliable off-road vehicle properly equipped and have a GPS with up-to-date maps, but it is my own favourite route to the Mozambique coast. I overnight at Letaba in Kruger and then take a slow drive north through Kruger and have lunch at the Pafuri picnic spot.

Letaba Rest Camp to Mapai:

Mapai to Vilanculos:

You enter Mozambique at Pafuri border (0800 - 1600) and then I overnight at Dumela Wilderness Safaris and early next morning drive to Mapai where you cross the Limpopo which is usually low enough by mid June to drive through.

If the river is still too deep there is a local homemade barge that takes vehicles across for R1000 negotiable. I have used it twice and when the Limpopo was too deep, but not flowing strongly.

From Mapai you go to Machaila where there is a very rustic community campsite (no water and one long-drop), then to Mabote - Mapinhane (on the main road) - Vilankulo. If you depart Dumela Wilderness at 0400 you should make it to Vilanculos before dark, or you will have to camp at Machaila.

From Vilankulo south I would spend time at the following lodges: then Mango Beach Tofo then Machubo beach and finally either in the Maputo Elephant Reserve or the Ponta Malongane area. Ponta do Ouro is very busy during December now that there is a bridge south from Maputo to Catembe and a tar road from there south to Kosi Bay border and to Ponta do Ouro village.

For a "Personal Mozguide", here are the details:
Starting at (South African) R1000 (USD100), per consultation you get:

My unique, comprehensive, intimate and FIRST-HAND knowledge and experience relating to almost every aspect of Mozambique, from Manta-rays and mountains, to trains and traditions, from the 2700km long coastline to the summit of Monte Binga, the highest point in Mozambique.

Access to my personal, very extensive (and expanding daily) collection of friends, contacts, officials, contributors and experts , who keep me informed of developments and incidents that may be crucial to the success or failure of your project, tour or expedition. To put it crudely, my input has in the past often been the difference between dream-trip and disaster.

A compilation of suggestions, advice, emergency contacts, accommodation options and contacts, routes, maps and more. All of this in the form of you own once-off and totally customized MOZGUIDE written guide to YOUR trip.

So to summarize: Before, during and after your trip to Mozambique I will at your service:

BEFORE your visit: I provide you with your very own, once-off MOZGUIDE guide to your trip.

DURING your visit: I continually monitor all incidents and events in Mozambique, such as bad weather, danger, festivals, and other unforeseeable circumstances, and keep you informed. You will also be able to contact me 24/7 via cell phone or email for advice, emergency help, or for a chat.

AFTER your visit: I will send you a short questionnaire so that you can give me any feedback that you may wish. Hopefully this will be detailed enough to for me to continue with the aspects that worked, and to avoid or improve on those that did not, in the future.

Now you can visit Mozambique with all the difficult issues of
where to go,
what to do
and how to organize it
all already solved."
On Facebook there is a fantastic community called DriveMoz and you must join and post your queries there and follow other information from travelers.

I do take escorted self-drive trips on the Pafuri route during June / July if I have enough bookings for a trip. I can add dates to this itinerary:
Have a great visit to Mozambique.



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