Mozambique 4x4 Itinerary

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Hi Mike
I hope you are well and are staying safe in these times.
I want to thank you for the really informative responses you give to questions and the detail is great.
I am planning a long overland trip through Africa in April to July 2021[God Willing].
I will have a 4x4 Hilux with a camper body and will be self sufficient. I have fair 4x4 experience after quite a few trips into Africa. I will also have a satellite phone & Spot as my wife and I plan to travel alone.
I have always wanted to visit Mozambique and thought to do this on my return. My idea of an itinerary would be as follows:
- Arrive from Liwonde in Malawi-about 350 k 6 hours- nightstop Tete-accommodation suggestions, please?
- I would like to visit Cahora Bassa- 150k 3 h- 2nights? Ugezi Tiger Lodge?
- I have always wanted to visit Gorogosa[ I corresponded wit Vasco in 2014, but he advised against it then]
Cahora Bassa to Gorongosa - 516k 8 h[is this do-able?] 4 or 5 days. Camping
[ I saw a note on their website that no private game drives are allowed at present. is this ongoing or a temporary problem?]
-Gorongosa to Banhine NP ? K? H? Fish Eagle Camp? 2 nights Camping[ can this work?]
-Banhine to Casa Bufalo Mapai ? K ?H[can this work?]
Mapai to Pafuri River Camp 150k 4 h. This trip is planned so this should be End June/Early July. Is this OK to cross the Limpopo?
I would really appreciate your input and help. Looking at a map and the internet is helpful, but input from some-one who is local is areal help.
Look forward to hearing from you
Best Regards
Gavin Mitchell
Cape Town

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mozman replied the topic: Mozambique 4x4 Itinerary

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Good day Gavin.

I am back and I apologise for the long delay in replying.

Borders are still closed, but in anticipation of them reopening (when, not even my crystal ball knows) I have spent a lot of time and energy preparing for my next trips with guests around southern Africa, with a special focus, of course, on Mozambique.

Note that tourist operators and infrastructure in Mozambique has been devastated by the total lack of business over the past few months, so there is the possibility that some of my recommended stop-overs may have not survived.

And so to your questions. See my responses within your message below:

I will have a 4x4 Hilux with a camper body and will be self sufficient. I have fair 4x4 experience after quite a few trips into Africa. I will also have a satellite phone & Spot as my wife and I plan to travel alone.

MIKE: You look well set. Sat phone can be a life-saver, but my experience is that having useful local contacts such as the nearest lodge, missionary or other organization based nearby can be far more useful.

I have always wanted to visit Mozambique and thought to do this on my return. My idea of an itinerary would be as follows:
MIKE: Mozambique does have its unique characteristics and challenges, particularly regarding language and thus communication, but generally the people are the friendliest I have encountered anywhere, and if you know where to go, your experiences cannot be matched anywhere else in southern Africa.

- Arrive from Liwonde in Malawi-about 350 k 6 hours- nightstop Tete-accommodation suggestions, please?

MIKE:
The Mwanza / Zobue border is a lottery. It may take you 30 minutes, it may take 3 hrs. So plan for a 9 hour day on the road.
For Tete accommodation firstly there is very basic, but clean, secure and friendly Jesus e Bom ioverlander.com/places/4699-jesus-e-bom-campsite-tete or for a bit more comfort, good restaurant and facilities, Cafe del Rio. www.cafedelrio.co.za/contact.htm

- I would like to visit Cahora Bassa- 150k 3 h- 2nights? Ugezi Tiger Lodge?
MIKE: I would far rather stay at Moringa Bay. www.moringabaylodge.com/

- I have always wanted to visit Gorogosa[ I corresponded wit Vasco in 2014, but he advised against it then]
Cahora Bassa to Gorongosa - 516k 8 h[is this do-able?] 4 or 5 days. Camping
[ I saw a note on their website that no private game drives are allowed at present. is this ongoing or a temporary problem?]

MIKE: I last visited Gorongosa a year ago and unfortunately no self-drive allowed, but the guided game drives are really worthwhile. The campsite has been renovated. There is also a very nice informal community camp a few kn down the road to Chitengo Gorongosa which is fine for a night or two. Note that the roads in Gorongosa are usually closed from Dec 01 to May 01 due to seasonal.
flooding. ioverlander.com/places/21018-gorongosa-adventures

-Gorongosa to Banhine NP ? K? H? Fish Eagle Camp? 2 nights Camping[ can this work?]

MIKE: I would rather go to Zinave. Route I would use is via Chimoio, Sussundenga, overnight at really nice Ndzou Camp (camping, chalets, restaurant) in the Moribane forest near Dombe. ioverlander.com/places/8796-moribane-forest-reserve-ndzou-camp Then if the Save river is low enough to drive, go via Muxungue (on main road EN1) and Chitobe (Machaze) to Massangena and cross the Save there, then enter Zinave at the western gate before Machaila. If the Save is too high to cross, then go via Muxungue, but continue south across the Save bridge and turn off at Panda and head west vaguely parallel to the river to the east gate of Zinave.

-Banhine to Casa Bufalo Mapai ? K ?H[can this work?]

MIKE: From Zinave about 7 hrs to Mapai, so yes a good option. In Mapai town there is a nice little restaurant called Ponta de Encontro which in my experience does very nice omelletes and chicken and chips (galinha com batatas frita).

Mapai to Pafuri River Camp 150k 4 h.
MIKE: I highly recommend that you spend a night or two at Dumela Wilderness Safaris www.pafurimoz.co.za 7km before the Pafuri Border. This is right there in my top 5 spots to visit in Mozambique.

This trip is planned so this should be End June/Early July. Is this OK to cross the Limpopo?
MIKE: Usually the Limpopo drops enought to drive through by July, but even if it is still a bit deep, there is a reliable informal barge at the Mapai crossing.

I would really appreciate your input and help. Looking at a map and the internet is helpful, but input from some-one who is local is areal help.
Look forward to hearing from you

MIKE: Always nice to share my knowledge and experiences of the this unusual and very rewarding country.

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