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    Default Easter 2011 Moz trip report at last finalized

    Well we have been waiting and the one who was tasked with doing this report had some issues the last year and has not gotten to this.

    I know its a bit late now and its the first time i'm trying one of these reports so bare with me, please.

    These were the days when I was still a "4x2" braggart.....

    The trip meeting point was Phalaborwa, and we came from far and wide:



    Me (Mazda BT 50 3.0 crd), Os (Land Rover D3 V8), and Louis (BMW X5 3.0d) came from Rustenburg.







    Sennin, from Centurion, driving with his brother (Navara 2.5d 4x4 with echo3 trailer) from Thabazimbi.
    Dr0ne (BT 50 3.0 Crd 4x2) from Witbank!!!

    We left the next Morning @ 4am to be first at the Kruger gate... Yet we were not first!!




    The gates eventually opened and it was really boring up to the Gyarondo border post.

    After the border we encountered nothing special in the Moz side of the trans frontier park:


    This guy was either mad,stupid,or very rich:



    Some typical African transportation:



    Some typical African kids asking for sweets:

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    Default Next

    We came upon Massingir damn, and its pretty awesome!!!






    We picnicked just outside Massingir:



    Massingir:

    We bought "puos"(bread made from a root) there for the picnic....

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    Default All in one day

    From Massinger on it's potholed tar again. All of us had our turn to hit one, but no damage.






    We crossed the Limpopo at the bridge near Joao, we stopped at the big Baobab tree (Tracks 4 Africa - Picnic Site) and then took the route less travelled.






    From Joao, we took the dirt road to Guija - I must tell you, this road is bad, with some tricky sections from the recent rains. But an awesome adventure! We could have saved time and stayed on the tar, but why?!







    It started getting dark when we entered Chibuto, from there the road was fine with the occasional pot hole, but - let me warn you - when you see a bridge - slow down! Most are not level with the road surfice.




    We continued on to the EN1, Paradise Magoo. Took us from 6:00am to 8:30PM driving with probably a 2 hour break with the stops we made.





    Our original plan was also to bush camp before or around Chokwe, Chibuto - but whenever there was a suitable spot - there were people. So we decided to push on to our destination.
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    Default Next Morning

    The next morning we woke to a stunning view, just away from Paradise Magoo...
    (We are not going to share the exact spot, because we do not want it ruined)

    Btw; To get to this spot you have to go up a huge dune..... the 4x2 bakkies made it up first time..... The 2 4x4s were not so good......





    We then explored the area and came upon this abandoned place..... This was AWESOME!!!!!!!! Felt like your own lost Paradise...








    We then traveled back to the EN1 to head to Inhambane (Spelling?)



    No the Datsun did not break down... We pumped and pumped and pumped....




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    Default The third day

    The map/ GPS said its only 260km But it took almost 5 hours......:





    Some Mozambiquian innovation:




    Inhambane: Quite stunning, simply stunning. The way that the old and the almost new mix, the war damage, the innovative Mozambique-ans, the African-ism, the harbor, and the feeling of "vooruitgang" all transpire to give a unique feeling to this vibrant city!!!!:







    Our Mechanic that helped Louis to fix his X5..... And the place were it was fixed:


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    Default From White sands near Barra

    Awesome sunsets:






    Awesome place to stay... Who needs Hawaii?



    Near and at Paradise beach:





    200Mtc:






    Wonderfull!!!!!

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    Thanks stunning places -
    can one make the trip solo ?
    the distances that you travelled there and back ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulletjie-3 View Post
    Thanks stunning places -
    can one make the trip solo ?
    the distances that you travelled there and back ?
    From Rustenburg to Inhambane, was about 1200km.....

    I would not recommend travelling in Mozambique alone....
    The people are friendly, but opportunistic....... they are VERY poor...

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    Default Not the way to do it....

    No not this way, some times a 4x2 is just NOT good enough. Because it was his fault we left him there for a while.....:






    On our way back to Paradise Magoo.....:
    Not how soft my tires are....:




    Almost new:

    New:





    First some lunch!!!!!!




    WOW!!!!!!


    Double WOW!!!!

    On the road again, stomachs full:




    At our spot near Paradise Magoo....:


    Teach them while they are young... My son doing some delicate work....



    The best TV in the world:




    Nicely does it:






    Unpacked at Magoo!!!! at last rest!!!
    and Breakfast:





    There were long nights:.....





    And Long warm days....... :




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    Default Churches

    Some churches around Xai -Xai:











    All these churches had a special feeling about them.... in one of them I felt obligated to take my shoes off.....!!!




    Helping some people after their taxi broke down..... I was a hero for 30min!!!!





    Xai-Xai.... The tale of 2 cities.......:





    Some Portuguese specials:





    We left for home the day after this..........

    I was distraught!!!! I love Mozambique, Its just Awesome!!!!


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    I mis it. Going back in April, cannot wait!!!

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    Yes, it will be our third year! Can't wait!

    Best of all - Myself and Andrew both upgraded to 4x4's during the past year... No more getting stuck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr0ne View Post
    Yes, it will be our third year! Can't wait!

    Best of all - Myself and Andrew both upgraded to 4x4's during the past year... No more getting stuck!

    hmm, I have a funny fealing youre still going te get stuck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sennin View Post
    hmm, I have a funny fealing youre still going te get stuck
    Well, we are going to try VERY hard to get stuck
    Just to let you brag that you recovered us.


    There I have my excuse down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewfus View Post
    Well, we are going to try VERY hard to get stuck
    Just to let you brag that you recovered us.


    There I have my excuse down.
    hmmmm, not fair to start with excuses already

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    I need another loooong trip...

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    Thanks Andrew I have recently read this report of yours for the first time. Cue reminiscence. Now, I just want to jump in the Suzuki and head to Inhambane immediately! Great report.
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