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Further to your earlier 'Moz in December' post ...

Can you give me ideas for spending two weeks travelling down into Moz from Dar-es-Salaam from mid December. I will just have spent two weeks diving, so looking for exposure to culture, wildlife, the odd beach, etc.

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May I assume that you are backpacking? Although I have stated that all borders in Moz are obliged to either issue a visa, the Nwambo/Namuiranga (or Quionga) entry from Tan to Moz has its own ideas. SO MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET YOUR MOZ VISA IN DAR ES SALAAM (unless you are South African, Tanzanian, Malawian, Zambian or Swazi, of course). Next thing to note is that the rains start in December (not huge yet, but can be a problem), and so if going by bus you are likely to get stuck between the Rufiji and Lindi, for a while.

Seems you are in Dar, so check out whether the ships (ferries) still run from Dar to Mtwara, that could be better than the (possibly two days on the bus. Once you get to Mtwara (I recommend the Millenium Village at around US$10), to avoid the rip-offs operating around the Rovuma crossing, ask for public transport to Msimbati (or if you do get to Quionga ask for Pastor Mutita Kashimoto who will look after you and see you on your way), get on a dhow there (may mean waiting for a day, but it's a nice beach) that's going to Palma or Mocimboa da Praia and take local transport to Macomia then turn left to Mucojo and hitch a ride Pangane where you must stay with Suki or Hashim (better). Possible to get a boat from Pangane to Ibo and then Ibo to Quissanga from where you can get transport to Pemba. After a few days in Pemba you may even have the energy to get to Ilha da Mocambique which is rapidly being fixed so get there while it still has that timeless mystique.

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Thanks Mike,

I don't think the diving in Tanzania I had hoped for will come off, so now I'm just going to combine the whole lot and have 4 weeks travelling and diving in Moz through December.

Should I get on with the diving first, as it's going to be in places popular with tourists and so likely to get very busy nearer Christmas? Then my remaining time could be spent travelling away from the tourist traps.

Am I already going to be in difficulties by not having reservations everywhere?

Within my month it seems rather ambitious to start in Tofu and attempt to get all the way north to Pemba if I have to travel overland back to Joburg or something to catch a flight home.

I am backpacking, but it's because I enjoy the experiences rather than being particularly budget-constrained. Hence if there were sensible options where some additional expenditure made life easier, more enjoyable or more practical, that would be fine. For instance, I could do the diving in Tofu, then fly off somewhere completely different I suppose. Indeed, my limited research does seem to support your obvious enthusiasm for the northern areas of the country. Alternatively, travelling north overland becomes more practical if I'm going to fly back down.

The reason I'm focussed on Tofu for diving is to see big fish. Although the reports on diving elsewhere are great too, that seems to be the place for big stuff rather than "just" lovely reefs and colourful reef-dwellers.
That then drives my initial thoughts on flying in to Joburg and bussing over the border, through to Maputo and Inhambane.

What are your thoughts Mike?

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Get the diving in first as by mid December Tofo will be crammed.

If you are reserving the more expensive options, you should not have difficulties.

Tofo is certainly the place for big fish, but also I suggest bussing up to Vilankulo, staying at Zombie Cucumber backpackers (no reservations taken) and arranging your diving from there. Options from Vilankulo are to fly further north and also direct back to Joburg on one of the regular charter flights.

Travelling all the way from Tofo to Pemba overland will take a week and it will be pretty arduous and perhaps impossible if the rains are early.

So go the: "flying in to Joburg and bussing over the border, through to Maputo and Inhambane". Option.

Mike

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Thanks again Mike - what a service!

I think using a couple of internal flights to drop into different regions then explore locally is the way forward. I might opt for the train from Joburg to Maputo though (I'm a romantic I guess!).

Now I just have to recover from my initial astonishment at the 'rack rates' for LAM or TTA flights. Am i likely to find better deals or will I have to get used to paying GBP150-200?

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You can also take a look at Air Corridor - far less flights and very limited routes, but who knows: www.flyaircorridor.com

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