Jozi - Maputo - Jozi OR Jozi - Maputo - Durban

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A friend and I will be traveling independently in Southern Africa for about 18 days. We arrive in Jozi on 27 March 06 and plan to take the overnight train on 29 March from there to Komatipoort. (We're on a budget, and my friend is a big train enthusiast.)

Question 1: From Komatipoort, how difficult is it to arrange transport to Maputo, where we'll stay for a day and then head further south for diving near Ponto do Ouro. (We'll arrange for transport from Maputo on our own.)

Question 2: I've read in other online guides -- most of which, I gather, are out of date -- that there's bi-weekly train service from Maputo to Durban. Is this true? If possible, we'd like to travel from Ponta do Ouro back to Maputo and onward to Durban. If not, we'll go back the way we came: via train from Maputo to Jozi. (From Jozi or Durban, I reckon we can catch a cheap flight to Cape Town.)

Question 3: Do you know what the going rate is for a private guided tour (English & French speaking would be preferable) for our day-long stopover in Maputo ? Or is Maputo best done on foot and independently ?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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A friend and I will be traveling independently in Southern Africa for about 18 days. We arrive in Jozi on 27 March 06 and plan to take the overnight train on 29 March from there to Komatipoort. (We're on a budget, and my friend is a big train enthusiast.)





Re: Question 1: Firstly get your visa in Joburg on same day for R85, (they are available at the border, but it's a hassle, costs double and a delay) the consulate is in a good part of town, 18, Hurlingham Road, Illovo, tel (11) 327 2938. The train, look at www.spoornet.co.za , do book 2nd class and carry some food for the route, is pretty nice. At Komatipoort there will be minibus taxis waiting to take you to Maputo, ask one of your fellow train passengers to help you and watch out as there just may be pickpockets around.

Re Q 2: No passenger train service from Maputo to ANYWHERE, nor has there been for a few years now. NEVER been one to Durban unless via Joburg. Cheap flights - try www.kulula.com

Question 3: Do you know what the going rate is for a private guided tour (English & French speaking would be preferable) for our day-long stopover in Maputo ? Or is Maputo best done on foot and independently ?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Re Q 3: There are private, guided tours of Maputo and if staying at Fatimas: www.mozambiquebackpackers.com or The Base www.mozguide.com you will be able to enquire as the operators seem to come and go. I would do it on foot and do get a taxi down to the Feira and eat at O Coquiero which is a good intro to Moz food and culture.

Please let us know how it goes and ask any other questions that may arise.

Cheers

Mike

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Moseley replied the topic: Jozi - Maputo - Jozi OR Jozi - Maputo - Durban

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Muito obrigado, Mike! You're a gold mine of information.

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