The Pafuri Route. 3 days, 2 nights.
(Mozambican Coast to Kruger National Park. My own special route).
Trip departs Mozambique Coast: 27 OR 28 March, 2019.
Trip arrives Pafuri Border: 29 OR 30 March, 2019.
Note that these dates can be changed for a booking of two or more vehicles.
Three options: A proper 4x4 vehicle with 600km fuel range is required.
1) WITH YOUR OWN 4X4 VEHICLE AND OWN CAMPING EQUIPMENT AND FOOD (Me in my Prado as guide and back-up):
R2500 PER VEHICLE. (Minimum 2 vehicles, maximum 5 vehicles.)
2) WITH YOUR OWN 4X4, BUT WITH MY CAMPING EQUIPMENT, FOOD PROVIDED (Me in my Prado as back-up):
R1500 per person (minimum 4 people).
3) I TAKE YOU IN MY 4X4 PRADO: Fully self-sufficient. All meals, drinks and camping equipment provided. You need only your clothes and passport. We will depart Johannesburg a day prior to the above dates, and I can drop you at Vilanculos, Inhambane or Maputo, or you can return with me to Johannesburg. Itinerary is flexible with this option.
R3000 per adult R1500 per child (minimum 2 people, maximum 4 adults + 2 children.)
NOTE: If you choose option 3, I can collect you in Johannesburg on the day before the above departure dates. This means the trip will effectively be 4 days, 3 nights. At an additional cost, you may also return to Johannesburg with me, or be dropped off en-route in Vilanculos, Inhambane or Maputo.
IMPORTANT! Requirements for those travelling with minor (under 18) children.
Note that unabridged birth certificates and other paperwork are essential if travelling with your own or other people’s minor (under 18) children. It is ESSENTIAL that you prepare according to these regulations: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/621-advisory-new-requirements-for-children-travelling-through-south-african-ports-of-entry-effective-1-june-2015
VISAS: Citizens of South Africa and other SADC countries do not require a visa. For all other nationalities border visas (visto de fronteira) are routinely issued at Pafuri border for US$50 CASH (cards not accepted). No photos or other paperwork required.
YOUR OWN VEHICLE PAPERWORK:
- Original or certified and stamped copy of Vehicle registration document. NOTE COPIES MUST BE STAMPED AS ORIGINAL BY THE BANK OR COMMISSIONEF OF OATHS.
- Bank letter if financed.
- Vehicle 3rd party insurance. NOT AVAILABLE AT PAFURI BORDER. Purchase online before departure via www.hollard.co.mz/insurance/third-party-car-insurance
Detailed Itinerary: NOTE: Click on underlined blue text to open a link.
Day 1: On 13 OR 14 December.
We meet on the South African side of the Pafuri Border Post no later than 14:00. This a very quiet route and so it should take us around an hour to clear both sides of the border. We will then drive to Dumela Wilderness Safaris just 7km from the border. Here we will set up camp and enjoy a leisurely lunch and perhaps a nice afternoon nap before exploring the wide Limpopo floodplain and fever tree forest on foot. In the evening we will enjoy a braai (barbeque) overlooking the oxbow-lake. Note that if you are self-catering meals are not provided, but if I am providing camping gear then catering is included. A walk alongside the river and a peaceful evening chatting around the fire and listening to night sounds ends the day.
Day 2: On 14 or 15 December.
Up before dawn we will eat breakfast and pack and then drive alongside the Limpopo River on a track that is away from the usual route, but passes through magnificent riverine forest, to Mapai. From Mapai we will continue on my own preferred, but less-known route into the Banhine National Park and stop for lunch overlooking one of the pans. We will then continue on to Fish Eagle Camp at the Park HQ near Chai village where (if space available) you may prefer (at own expense) to stay in one of the reasonably priced fixed tents rather than setting up your own. After settling in, we will take a drive around the nearby wetland for bird-watching and site-seeing. Our evening meal will be taken around the campfire.
Day 3: On 15 or 16 December.
Again on my own route, we will head to Lake Banamana where will stop and my own special spot to explore on foot and to enjoy lunch overlooking pools that are usually home to hundreds of Flamingos. From there will continue to the Mozambique coast either ending at Vilanculos or at Inhambane (Tofo) or in Maputo or anywhere in-between.