Pafuri, Espungabera,

Jay created the topic: Pafuri, Espungabera,

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Hi again Mike.
we were planning to enter via Mukumbura but my son has Auzzi passport and we have no chance to get a visa in time.
Our other options are and this is my favourite..leaving Pretoria 2/3 May.
1)Pafuri, crossing Limpopo and Save at Massangena. I will check with Chilo lodge in Zim as to Save levels... I hear its very low.
Espungabera, up to Chimoyo via eg Ndzou camp. Although I hear Ndzou is full, maybe there is somewhere else good to camp? We enjoy bush camping.
Is this doable?It seems we can get a visa at Pafuri?
Previously we drove up most of the way to Chimanimani under the power lines... most enjoyable.

2) Via Mutare and up to Tete. I suppose this is the best but love to get away from trucks and busses... not to mention avoiding 2 busy borders!
Do you know of any camping between Chimoio and Tete?
Ultimately heading for Malawi, Niassa reserve.
Btw I spoke with Niassa today ... they were not affected by Kenneth.
Many Thanks

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mozman replied the topic: Pafuri, Espungabera,

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Greetings

I will only give brief answers here. I can provide a full and detailed "Personal Mozguide" for which I charge $100.
See my responses within your queries below:

Hi again Mike.
we were planning to enter via Mukumbura but my son has Auzzi passport and we have no chance to get a visa in time.
Our other options are and this is my favourite..leaving Pretoria 2/3 May.

MIKE: As pointed out previously, officially visas are issued at Mucumbura / Mukumbura border. I have not heard of anyone being denied a visa here.

1)Pafuri, crossing Limpopo and Save at Massangena. I will check with Chilo lodge in Zim as to Save levels... I hear its very low.
Espungabera, up to Chimoyo via eg Ndzou camp. Although I hear Ndzou is full, maybe there is somewhere else good to camp? We enjoy bush camping.

MIKE: Limpopo easy to cross and I have no up to date info regarding Save crossing at Massangena, so yes find out from Chilo Gorge lodge. Have you contacted Ndzou? I have bush camped routinely on this route, but there are always risks if you do not have the time to first consult with the local traditional chief. I know that cyclone relief workers had filled the camp, but perhaps not into the future. Nelson the manager's number is +258 82 303 4285 and the coordinator is Andrew Kingman Andrew Kingman Managing Director, Eco-MICAIA Ltd, Cell: +258 82 303 4285.

Is this doable?It seems we can get a visa at Pafuri?

MIKE: Yes, visas are issued routinely at Pafuri.

Previously we drove up most of the way to Chimanimani under the power lines... most enjoyable.

MIKE: I have driven under the lines from the Limpopo to near the Save a few times. Once across the Save, did you drive under the lines? I have not tried that. I go Massangena - (Chitobe) Machaze - Muxungue (Nova Golega) - cross the Buzi River - Dombe - Moribane - Sussungenga - Chimoio etc.

2) Via Mutare and up to Tete. I suppose this is the best but love to get away from trucks and busses... not to mention avoiding 2 busy borders!

MIKE: Not my route of choice, either.

Do you know of any camping between Chimoio and Tete?

MIKE: Quite a long way off the route, but an option is www.tandikwe.com/tandikwe-bush-camp/4578994843

Ultimately heading for Malawi, Niassa reserve.

MIKE: I was up that way a year ago.

Btw I spoke with Niassa today ... they were not affected by Kenneth.

MIKE: That is good news.
Many Thanks

My pleasure

Mike

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