Moz to Tanzania or Malawi?

jgold created the topic: Moz to Tanzania or Malawi?

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Hello Mike,

Thanks for maintaining this very helpful website.

I am planning a journey through northern Moz. this coming July, likely flying into Nampula or Pemba. I am deciding between a few routes that would eventually have me fly back home to the USA out of Dar or Blantyre. Obviously, I have a fair amount of flexibility and am looking forward to a little adventure. I have a few weeks to play with. The amount of info on this site alone can be a bit overwhelming, and it's hard to know what is the most accurate and up to date info, so I thought I'd ask you directly based on your expertise and knowledge of the area.

Basically, if you had a few weeks to play with, and wanted some adventure on public transport, but not something so rugged that it would potentially cause delays of days and border on masochism, which of the following routes would you choose:

a) Nampula- Cuamba train, then cross to Malaw via Entre Lagos and then to Liwonde

b) Nampula-Cuamba train, then up to Mandimba, to cross into Malawi at Chiponde

c) Nampula-Cuamba train, transport up to Lichinga, to cross at Unity 2 on to Songea Tanzania

d) The Coastal route from Pemba to Mocimboa, up to the Rovuma for canoe crossing, onto Mtwara

Any of them surely would be a great adventure - which in your opinion offers the "smoothest" possible passage?

I ultimately will be doing some volunteer eco-tourism work either in the Morogoro Tanz, area, or south of Blantyre. Both destinations are equally appealing to me, so it really comes down to the route I want to take getting there...

Thanks very much - any info would be great!

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mozman replied the topic: Moz to Tanzania or Malawi?

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Hi JGold and welcome to mozguide.

The route I can recommend is d) The Coastal route from Pemba to Mocimboa, up to the Rovuma for canoe crossing, onto Mtwara
This is because there is regular public transport and worthwhile places to visit along this route. Using the train is a great adventure, but then getting to Tanzania or even Malawi can be rough and crowded. No regular public transport between Lichinga and Songea.

So go along the coast and do take time out to go to Ibo. There is a campsite on the north side of Quionga village run by missionaries so that is a good option for your last night in Moz before stamping out at the Namoto border, crossing the Rovuma by boat (or ferry if tide high) and stamping in at Kilambo, Tanzania.

Great trip

Mike

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jgold replied the topic: Moz to Tanzania or Malawi?

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Thanks for all of the very helpful information Mike. I really appreciate it. I'm leaning toward the coastal route you recommend.

Just a couple of follow up questions. Can you recommend a place with simple rooms or even camping in Mocimboa da Praia or Palma? Also, I'm assuming Quionga is a small village, so the campground you mentioned run by missionaries would be found just by asking around, correct? Is there a name?

Do you know of any camping options or simple budget guest houses on Ibo? The Kaskazini website is helpful and names a few places, but most are bit more expensive than I was hoping to pay.

And from Mocimboa or Palma, there is regular daily transport up to the Namoto border post, where I'd catch the ferry?

Thanks again

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mozman replied the topic: Moz to Tanzania or Malawi?

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Hi

see my replies after your questions below:
Can you recommend a place with simple rooms or even camping in Mocimboa da Praia or Palma?
MIKE: This part of Moz has undergone some rapid changes recently so my info may be out of day. In Mocimboa there is (was) Pensao Mahometana Magid, but also other pensoes so locals will be able to direct you. On the outskirts of Palma coming in from the south, across the road from the new service station there is (was) Pensao Wivo.

Also, I'm assuming Quionga is a small village, so the campground you mentioned run by missionaries would be found just by asking around, correct? Is there a name?
MIKE: Yes Quiongo is perhaps 1km by 1km. Andre and Anna-Marie, the missionaries, have been there for about ten years so everyone knows them. Their house is on the north side of the village overlooking the mangroves. It is a log cabin on stilts so not mistakable. Campsite is under the mango trees next door and has a small but nice ablution block. If they are not their one of their staff members will assist you.

Do you know of any camping options or simple budget guest houses on Ibo? The Kaskazini website is helpful and names a few places, but most are bit more expensive than I was hoping to pay.
MIKE: Karibuni Camp used to be cheapest and have spots to pitch a tent, but again not sure lately. Also there were community run rooms available, but you will only find out once on the island. Otherwise I usually point "budget" travelers to Baobibo Lodge which is a bit above a "backpacker's" budget.

And from Mocimboa or Palma, there is regular daily transport up to the Namoto border post, where I'd catch the ferry?
MIKE: Yes the chapas usually depart Mocimboa between 0500 - 0600 depending on how long it takes them to fill up.

Mike

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