Mapai Gate to Giriyondo?

pemakus created the topic: Mapai Gate to Giriyondo?

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Hi there,
I could need your advice again.
We will be in Gonarezhou in October, and we will take Kruger/Pafuri/Chiqualaquala route.
We‘re trying to decide if we can take another way back: Chiqualaquala/Mapai Gate/Giriyondo/Kruger.
There should be a campsite at the gate, and maybe there is an overnight option on the way?

Is it possible, and how long would it take? Or maybe just a bad idea...

Kind regards,
Pemakus

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mozman replied the topic: Mapai Gate to Giriyondo?

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Hi Pemakus

There is a campsite called Nhampfule at Mapai gate. This route is not used a lot and I last drove it 5 years ago. My latest information is that the campsites are not well. Maintained and the track may be overgrown.

I would use the Pafuri Kruger route, but if you are not in a hurry and go with no expectations then the Mapai gate route is interesting.

Mike

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Rooikat replied the topic: Mapai Gate to Giriyondo?

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Morning Pemakus,

I have read your post and I am a bit lost with the Mapai Gate to Giriyondo Gate part of your route. Is there a direct route from Giriyondo to Mapai? I have had a look at Google Earth and T4Africa and could not see if such a route exist, the only route that I could find from Giriyondo to Mapai is going south almost to the dam and then back north-west to Giriyondo. If such a route exist, I will be interested in looking at it. I am planning to go to Morrungulo in mid December and need to plan alternative route options should we have had a lot of rains. I am staying in Letaba before entering LNP. Still in two minds between entering via Pafuri or Giriyondo. Last question, you refer to Mapai Gate? Is this an actual gate where you need to enter or exit through, costs etc? I could only see LNP costs and it seems payable at Giriyondo gate?

regards
Jaco

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pemakus replied the topic: Mapai Gate to Giriyondo?

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Hi Mike,
thank you for this reply. I think we stick with our first plan - just take Pafuri in and out of South Africa.
We drove from Giriyondo to Massingir once (2012), and it was veery disappointing. No game but livestock and villages.

I hope that MOZ will be bursting with animals one day - it’s a shame.

p.

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pemakus replied the topic: Mapai Gate to Giriyondo?

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Hi Jaco,
no - I am not really surte about the gate, either. There is not much information about the MOZ side of Limpopo park.
The route is probably the one that you mentioned.
We were just thinking of giving the park another chance, but as I said to Mike we will not use the route/gate this time but rather enter in Pafuri.

The Giriyondo border post was the only one (entering MOZ from ZA) where we had to pay any customs or similar.
They wanted 46% for the fuel in jerrycans, and only food for about zar 1.000 was free. For the rest they charged another 46% extra tax.
I have been to ZIM different times and through different border posts, but that never happened to me.
It was all just arbitrary - at least it felt like it was.
We went to the coast for some diving, and it was all fun and nice people, but a bit expoensive compared to ZA and BOT etc.

Enjoy your trip!
p

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mozman replied the topic: Mapai Gate to Giriyondo?

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Hi Jaco

The Mapai Gate (Nhamphule Camp) to Giriyondo route has been open for over ten years, but is not used much. It does pass through quite dense bush and can be blocked when the Shingwedzi river comes down in flood - usually between December and April.

There are guided tours that use this route, but I have not information about the condition this year.

Map here: sabirder.wordpress.com/tag/limpopo-national-park/

Mike

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