From Zam through Mal into North Moz

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Hi!

with a friend I am planning to leave Lusaka where I live and work on 31 July, to park the car in Malawi, to get onto the Ilala at Chipoka, reaching Cobue' after 24H and start roaming around in Moz for 3 weeks, and back through Harare just for a change on the boring Lusaka-Chipata road.

About the Cobue' area, Douglas of Mchenga Wede has been really wonderful. The trekking along the the lake is almost organised!

Some questions about the rest:
1) any idea where to park the car in Malawi next to Chipoka? I tried to contact Mua mission but not reply yet.
2) Lichinga-Montepuez-Pemba: is it worth it (landscape) ? will we find public transport ? Hitchiking? how many days roughly?
3) Pemba-Ibo:is island hoping possible with a dhow?
4) Any other 'must' in the North between Ibo, Pemba, Ila, Nampula?
5)Pemba-Nampula-Cuamba: is it possible in one day by road as alternative to the train?
6) Is August a school holiday period in SA?

When I read the mozguide for the North, I got impressed by Mike's general Italian culture ranging from Umberto Eco to Spaghetti Western!).Congratulations!

Ciao

Alessandro

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Alez replied the topic: From Zam through Mal into North Moz

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Few more questions [:D]

1) In mozguide you suggest to buy train tickets (cuamba-nampula) in advance. Is it really necessary? how? any contact?
2) I have not found the website of transairways for the nampula-cuamba flight. Which days does it fly? how much?
3) Is it possible to hire a motorbike (no more than 250cc) in Nampula or Pemba. I did it in Zanzibar, a good way to go around for some days.

If you need any info on Zambia, am here. Though no as knowledagble as Mike.

Ciao

Alessandro

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mozman replied the topic: From Zam through Mal into North Moz

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Ciao Alessandro!

Hey some of my best friends are Italian!
1) any idea where to park the car in Malawi next to Chipoka? I tried to contact Mua mission but not reply yet.
MIKE: Chipoka is really quite a small, remote village so apart from suggesting that you approach the local chief and church to ask for safe parking, I would look up www.landlake.net who have been operating for 23 years, and ask them for advice.

2) Lichinga-Montepuez-Pemba: is it worth it (landscape) ? will we find public transport ? Hitchiking? how many days roughly?
MIKE: A great route and mainly so as it is not used much and is very wild and scenic. Perhaps one truck or pick-up per day from Lichinga to Marrupa (about 6 hours on excellent tarmac/asphalt if no breakdowns), but also some private transport that could also give lifts. Marrupa to Montepuez (12 hours?) part is being upgraded so perhaps hitch a ride with a construction vehicle but as you get to Balama you may run out of lifts with them and then wait a day or so.

3) Pemba-Ibo:is island hoping possible with a dhow?
MIKE: Once you get up to Ibo, yes BUT almost all islands are now under the control of expensive lodges so do not welcome budget travellers and the dhows are like taxis so unless you can wait a few days for them to get a full load of people and cargo, hiring one will cost perhaps USD100 per day!

4) Any other 'must' in the North between Ibo, Pemba, Ila, Nampula?
MIKE: Other than what's on the PDF guides, only Carrusca near Mossuril and perhaps the Malema mountains but you will have to have hiking gear including tents.

5)Pemba-Nampula-Cuamba: is it possible in one day by road as alternative to the train?
MIKE: Pemba to Nampula (6 hours) could take a day, then early start (0400) for transport next day to Cuamba (12 hours not including stops).

6) Is August a school holiday period in SA?
MIKE: No but SA school hols only really affect Moz from Vilankulo south - increasing the further south you go.

Few more questions

1) In mozguide you suggest to buy train tickets (cuamba-nampula) in advance. Is it really necessary? how? any contact?
MIKE: Tickets sold from around 14:00 at the station (estacao) on the day before the trip. A big fight so send in someone who plays rugby and watch out for thieves and pickpockets.

2) I have not found the website of transairways for the nampula-cuamba flight. Which days does it fly? how much?
MIKE: Yes difficult to updated info on Transairways. Try: Tel : + (21) 46-5108 Fax : (21) 46-5011 Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or + 21 465108.

3) Is it possible to hire a motorbike (no more than 250cc) in Nampula or Pemba. I did it in Zanzibar, a good way to go around for some days.
MIKE: Go to www.kaskazini.com and ask - also ask re Transairways.

A great trip, enjoy.

Mike



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mozman replied the topic: From Zam through Mal into North Moz

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Re transaireays I see that Hotel Vision 2000 in Cuamba claims to do flight bookings so look up www.vision-2000.biz and Hotel Vision 2000:
Av. 3 de Fevereiro 198 Cuamba
Tel: +258 271 62632
Fax: +258 271 62713
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mike

let us know whether they respond or not.

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Alez replied the topic: From Zam through Mal into North Moz

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Grazie Mike.

I will send you an update on the variuos issues once back in Lusaka if there is need.

For now, I have contacted landlake.net and they suggested to park the car at the local police station in Chipoka.
Having spent 9 years in Kenya I'd be inclined to consider it as a no-option...but if they say so[:)]

Ciao ciao

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mozman replied the topic: From Zam through Mal into North Moz

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Yes maybe the police are often unreliable so perhaps the local church may still be a better idea. Follow your instincts once there,

Mike

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