Pafuri - Gonarezhou -Save river

Heighton created the topic: Pafuri - Gonarezhou -Save river

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Hi Mike
Could you please assist with some information,

I am planning a trip from Pafuri through to Lulas at BD point via Zinave national park.
Is it possible to cut through Gonarezhou Transfrontier Park after leaving Pafuri on the Mozambique side (not entering Zimbabwe) and reach the Save river?
What are the roads like in the Mozambique side of the park, is it worth the drive and how do you book etc if this is possible? We will be doing this in June in 2 off road vehicles and would like to try a different route if possible.

Any info you may have will be greatly appreciated.

Regards
Paul.

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mozman replied the topic: Pafuri - Gonarezhou -Save river

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Hi Paul and welcome to Mozguide.

Some initial comments. This is a very remote route which is dry season only - the rains are usually December to April. A properly prepaired and equipped good 4x4 vehicle is essential. You will need to carry enough fuel for at least 800km, but 1000km range would be comforting.

See my comments within your queries below:

I am planning a trip from Pafuri through to Lulas at BD point via Zinave national park.
Is it possible to cut through Gonarezhou Transfrontier Park after leaving Pafuri on the Mozambique side (not entering Zimbabwe) and reach the Save river?
MIKE: No. Two routes, one heads north from Chicualacuala (Malvernia) for about 40km then heads East north of the Chefu River to the Cahora powerlines servitude which you follow for a way then follow the used track off to the Machaila - Massangena road. There is a western entrance to Zinave on the Machaila - Massangena road.

A Second route is easier to follow and quicker. From Pafuri border drive about 21km towards Mapai, then just before a concrete culvert and near a small shop with a baobab in front, turn left and cross the Limpopo. Drive on a sand track about 3.5km to a junction with a bigger track then when you get to the first powerline turn left on the servitude track, cross the Nwenezi (Nuanetsi) river and follow most used track, (crosses a few times to the other servitude) then on a deviation up the escarpment to the Chicualacuala - Mapai (Railway station) road. Cross the road and continue under the lines to the turn off described in route one.

What are the roads like in the Mozambique side of the park, is it worth the drive and how do you book etc if this is possible? We will be doing this in June in 2 off road vehicles and would like to try a different route if possible.
MIKE: There are no facilities or camps between Chicualacuala and Zinave on the first (Chefu River) route. This route is quite scenic with nice bush camp opportunities. I have only used Chefu once and asked the as I progressed as it is quite easy to get lost. I don't have any GPS track or waypoints to help. There is the Machaila community camp on the second route, but bookings needed and no facilities except long drop.

Any info you may have will be greatly appreciated.
MIKE: If you are not in a hurry and expect two days from Pafuri to Zinave, I would use the Chefu River route. Make sure you cover front of vehicles with seed net as may be overgrown.

Mike

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Paul.

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