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  •   Mozambique Trip Report  Easter 2011   Short version: Day 1: Joburg – Koomatiport – (camp short of Magude) Day 2: Magude – Chokwe – Nalazi (camp between Nalazi and Dindiza) Day 3: Nalazi – Dindiza – Chigubo – Saute (camp outside Saute) Day 4: Funhalouro – Massinga -Vilankulos No fuel between Chokwe and Vilankulos. No water either. Hilux with camping equipment, hired from Bushlore. All days involved driving approx 10hrs. Avg speed of approx 30km/h I would guess. Long version: Two guys late twenties. One based in Joburg with basic experience of over landing (trip up Mt Kenya and…

  •   The Best (just about) Of Mozambique – In a Nissan Pathfinder. "You have come to the factory..." I was recently at a presentation given by a pair of South African Microlight aircraft pilots who described how while they were flying up the west coast of South America they landed to refuel at a small town in Columbia, a country notorious as a producer of illicit drugs. A policeman approached them and, after making a half-hearted search of their baggage, asked whether they wanted to buy cocaine. While they were desperately trying to explain that they had no interest in…

  •   THE FAR SIDE. Why ask Toyota to lend me their latest 4x4 (the Condor RV 2.4i), and then drive it for 30 hours through eight border posts and four countries to a dead-end in northern Mozambique on the border with Tanzania, 3000km from here (Johannesburg)? This is what both Toyota and my wife, Karin wanted to know; I told Toyota: 'To find out whether or not the Condor lives up to the claims that it is not just another 'Toy-By-Four'. I told my wife: 'It's my mid-life crisis...'. I told myself: 'You've seen the Malawi side of the 'Lake…

  • Mozambique:  Top Three 4x4 Routes. Golden Sands, Extraordinary Elephants and Rushing River Crossings. (Ponta do Ouro to Macaneta via Maputo Elephant Reserve). The Lion House, a Mighty River, a Very LongBridge and an Almost Endless Beach. (Mutare back to Mutare via Chimoio, GorongosaNational Park, MountGorongosa, the Caia Zambezi Ferry, ZalalaBeach, The Dona Anna Bridge and Tete.) An Inland Sea, Island-Mountains and The 'Centre of the World'.(Blantyre back to Blantyre via Lichinga, Lake Malawi's Mozambique shores, the towering granite domes of Nampula, Ilha de Moçambique (Mozambique Island), Guruè and Milange). 1.  Gold, Extraordinary Elephants and River Crossings. (Ponta do Ouro to…

  •   I recently returned from central Mozambique where I viewed the solar eclipse from the remote 4km-long Dona Anna Bridge that spans the Zambezi between Sena and Mutarara. This spot is so remote that most maps don't even show the tracks which lead up to it. I had expected that my little group in our trusty Nissan 4x4 Double-Cab would be the only 'tourists' for miles around, but as the due time for this coincidence of celestial proportions approached, so too did about a dozen of us 'umbraphiles' who were soon gazing intently skywards through 'Darth-Vader' eye-wear. Having never before…

  • ANYONE SEEN A TOURIST AROUND HERE? South-Western Mozambique. Across the Limpopo.                                        Under the Lines.   Oh yes, it’s a Great Defender!  (Apologies to Buck Ram and the Platters). My first Landrover was a 1972 Series II.A 109” Station Wagon which, in it’s later incarnations, became the indominitable Defender CSW that is still so admired all over the world.  The 2007 Defender County 110 that I used in November to traverse parts of Mozambique that would have had lesser vehicles shaking in their hubs, still looks surprisingly similar to the long wheel-based 107” that first came off production lines in 1954. …

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