Cahora Bassa and Lake Niassa/Niassa reserve

Jay created the topic: Cahora Bassa and Lake Niassa/Niassa reserve

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Hi Mike
In May coming from SA via Zim, 4 of us in Hilux 4x4 fully self sufficient, mainly keen on birding.
Do you know if we could enter Moz at Mukumbura and drive slowly to Magoe, Songo to avoid Nyamapanda, and if there are quiet places to camp/stay along the dam?
And on the river below the dam?
Birding spots, camping between Tete and Malawi?
Any suggestions of where to stay on the lake, we tried Ntendele lodge but its closed. Mbuna bay is open but v costly and we prefer more rustic, even camping.
We could go up the the islands but not sure if its worth the drive for 3 days.... eg Mango Drift.
Any Birding suggestions along the way would be very welcome! And any post Idai hazards...
Cheers
Jay

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mozman replied the topic: Cahora Bassa and Lake Niassa/Niassa reserve

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Hi Jay
Yes the Mukumbura / Mecumbura border is open 0800 - 1600. Sandy River crossing so sometimes floods wet season Dec to April.

Rough road to Magoe then good tarmac to Tete Moringa Bay has camping on Cahora Bassa. Get Moz 3rd Party online as not sold at this border. South Africans don't need visa, but others should get one in advance as not sure issued at this border. Hollard.co.mz/travel-insurance/third-party-for-foreign-vehicles

For Lago Niassa I have stayed at Praia do Chuianga (Chewanga), near Metangula but not sure of situation now.

I was at Likoma Island 3 years ago and well worth a visit.

When is your trip?
Mike

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Jay replied the topic: Cahora Bassa and Lake Niassa/Niassa reserve

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Thanks Mike, ive been trying to answer but somehow not posting...we leave Sa on 2 may. We have 1 Australian who will only have a day in Pretoria before we leave so prob will not be able to get a visa to go though Mukumbura in time .... unless i know for sure we can get him a visa at Mukumbura?
Otherwise were looking for an interesting route to Tete, any idea if we could get through via Espungabera, Chimoio Manica route? Or is that way affected by Idai?
Many Thanks!

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mozman replied the topic: Cahora Bassa and Lake Niassa/Niassa reserve

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Hi again

Officially in 2017 Mucumbura was added by Mozambique to the borders that are authorised to issued vistos de fronteira (Border visas) in 2017. See copy of the Boletim de Rep├║blica (govt gazette) below. I can only attach files up to 100kb so if you cannot read it send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will send the full size file. Print it out and carry with you to show at the border if there are any hassles.

Access to Espungabera from both sides of the border still difficult and the border was closed for a few weeks. Not sure if open yet.

If you don't want to chance not getting a visa at Mucumbura, then your only practical option is Nyamapanda.

Mike

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mozman replied the topic: Cahora Bassa and Lake Niassa/Niassa reserve

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9 ]Hi again

Officially Mucumbura was added by Mozambique to the borders that are authorised to issued vistos de fronteira (Border visas) in 2017. See copy of the Boletim de Rep├║blica (govt gazette) attached.
I SEE THE FILE WON'T ATTACH AS IT IS TOO BIG. WILL EDIT.
Access to Espungabera from both sides of the border still difficult and the border was closed for a few weeks. Not sure if open yet.

Mike

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