Final arrangements have been made for the trip to Mozambique. Many of the roads that we will be travelling on, are 'off-road' dirt roads, however nothing to extreme that the trailers won't easily traverse, so please bring your trailers for camping. We can easily accomadate a group of 42 people for the camping stop overs, however only Bartholomeus Diaz Lodge in Inhasoro can accommodate that many people to stay over, where as the other lodges are too small to accommodate that many and so we will be camping for most of the trip.
In places where we are unable to use S.A. Rands - tour guides will have Meticais available for exchange at the same rate of that of the Mozambique Banks, and extra money not spent can be exchanged with the tour guides, when returning home.
Since petrol/diesel is not freely available or reliable in the west of Mozambique, each driver/vehicle is required to carry their own fuel from Pafuri, enough to cover a distance of 700 km's, however the fuel amount should be calculated on a distance of at least 800 km's when driving on a relatively good tar road.
Tour Guides and operators will meet with Adventurers at Punda Maria in the Kruger National Park. Your entrance fee, supper and camping costs are included in the cost of the tour, where arrangements and bookings will have been made at a previous date by Hi Adventure Eco-Tour to ensure easily accessibility. Chalets are available for the nights stopover to Adventurers, however arrangements and costs must be made by yourself. Petrol pumps at the Punda Maria camping site are open between 6:00am until 6:00pm so please ensure that you fill up before embarking on the trip.
Please ensure that you have your vehicle papers - registration and licence available, and that you know where your engine and chaisis numbers are. Both are essential as usually the registration papers don't always have the registration no. included - so your license receipt is important. Third party insurance is a must for Mozambique and can be obtained at the border, cost per vehicle is R150.00 and R70.00 per trailer, and is also available from the AA and the Outdoor Warehouse.
The tour group will drive 68kms to the Pafuri border post - which can take a while to get through, sometimes even as long as 5 hours so please be patient. Once everyone is through the border we will drive through the Limpopo, which is relatively low at this time of year, and proves to be an exciting endeavour for our Adventurers especially if this is their first time crossing a river.
The drive to Mapai is 92 kms and gives a great idea of the beauty of Mozambique, reaching our destination we will organise camp for the night.
The drive to Mazaula is a relatively good dirt road of 138 km's until we reach the river, crossing on an old military steel bridge, which proves fascinating for our Adventurers who often stop to stretch their legs and take photographs. The tour then follows a route from Maxaula of a 146km's past the town of Mashilela onto the missionary stop at Mabote where we will camp for the night.
From the Mabote campsite we drive 98 km's North to the Save River at Jofane, then follow a 100 km's dirt road along the River until turning onto the N1 tar road which takes us to Inhasoro. The next 45km's on the beach will take us to the Bartholomeus Diaz Lodge and resort who specialise in the most delicious seafood.... to enjoy sun, sand and sea for two wonderful nights.
Beach driving for 45km's and weather permitting a boat trip to an island off the coast at Bazaruto. Lunch on the island and a relaxing time to enjoy the surroundings, before returning by boat to our vehicles and the trip back to the Lodge.
Time to take on the challenge of off road 4x4 driving - the 60km's drive to Vilanculos is on a dirt road, little more than a rough path and will take the better part of the day, before reaching camp for the night.
A relatively easy drive of 300km's on tar road, with the exception of the road between Maxixe and Massinga which is challenging. A dirt road of 60km's will take us to Inhambane where we will camp for the night at the resort.
Today we drive 370km's to Bilene where we camp for the next two nights at the resort.
The stay at Bilene allows fishing and a trip on the barge across the lagoon. Turtle bay is only 20km's away, and for our enthusiastic Adventurers a walk up to the cliff, allows breathtaking views and a lookout to the big turtles which are always there.
Since the drive to Maputo is only 177km's, we enjoy a slow turn through the town before driving to the border and camp at Komatipoort.
After breakfast.... Good-byes and then the looooong drive home.
Passports, ZA sticker, vehicle papers, letter of authorisation from your bank and insurance, Mozambique Third Party available at the border, your own refreshments and drinks, consult your doctor about malaria precautions, camping equipment, drinking water, cutlery.
NB: No visas are required. Your passport must have at least 2 open pages and must be valid for at least three months. SA drivers license. It would be wise to make photocopies of all your documentation beforehand and have them certified. Please ensure that you receive ALL your documents back at the border posts. Every vehicle must have a reflective triangle. The traffic officers are on full alert at all times, so please ensure that EVERYTHING on your vehicle is working according to laws and regulations, keep within the speed limit at all times and stay buckled up at all times. Please bring enough mosquito repellent and bug spray And don't take a chance with malaria.
You Will Need
4x4 Vehicle, Camping equipment and your own beverages. If it is a cross border 4x4 tour then you will also need: passports for all in your party, ID documents, drivers license, insurance consent letter, bank consent letter, third party insurance (for most countries), and if needed - malaria tablets. Please also consult with your General Practitioner and advise them of the country you will be visiting, and follow the necessary malaria precautions and take all necessary medications. Please note that each country has different malaria precautions, some require you have the injections and others that you take the tablets etc.View Our Tours
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