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    Thumbs up Trip Report Zimbabwe & Mozambique August-September 2012

    Trip Report Zimbabwe & Mozambique August-September 2012 (Part 1)
    25th August 2012 – 9th September 2012 ( The Planned Trip was as below)
    JHB - Masvingo Stay over http://www.normajeaneslakeviewresort.com (1 night)
    851 km (BIG DRIVE!!)

    Masvingo - Gorongosa National Park http://gorongosa.net/en/page/tourism/tourism (4 nights)
    510 km

    Gorongosa - Inhassora www.starofmoz.co.za (4 nights)
    420 km

    Inhassora - Inhambane http://www.jeffsmoz.com (4 nights)
    343 km

    Inhambane - Maputo (Southern Sun Hotel stayover)
    483 km

    Maputo - JHB
    542 km
    ** We had a deviation on the end leg which took us through Chokwe, Limpopo National Park & Kruger National Park.



    Hi this is Sean & Paula and we would love to share our exciting African adventure with you!




    “Planning a trip is one thing but doing it is another”

    Wow we were excited!! Months of preparation and anticipation had eventually worked down to the “D-Night” Trailer was packed, car was trip ready, we were to leave Bedfordview at 3am for the infamous Beit Bridge Border Post. And then on to our first night stop at Norma Jeans Lakeview Resort on Lake Mutirikwi.

    Border crossing was fairly effortless but I can imagine in peak time it will be a pain.

    I used this site for all Cross Border information http://www.aa.co.za/travel/into-africa

    Make sure you get everything right with stickers etc as we were stopped 8 times in road blocks up to Masvingo

    Anyway we arrived around 3pm and headed straight for the “Great Zimbabwe Ruins”





    Yes the “Great Enclosure







    Seen enough rocks? Yep so had we…
    Ah McGyver Power Plant for the small museum…



    I think this is where “Banana Republic” was created!!




    Anyway the jist is that some tribe built this place around 1400AD
    Time to move on next stop is our over night stop at Norma Jeans http://www.normajeaneslakeviewresort.com



    Lovely place overlooking the lake, trip down colonial Zimbabwe…



    Lets setup camp!



    Water, Power, clean ablutions with Hot water and $US17 per night



    We decided to dinner at the restaurant some pics of the inside house real colonial blast from the past.. (Much better than the rocks )









    Had dinner with the manager, nice food traditional English 5 course eating..



    Next morning up nice and early destination Gorongosa National Park 510Kms we weaved out and around the lake to get back to the main road for Mutare and over the border post into Mozambique.









    Border crossing was effortless 10 minutes each side into Moz on to Chomoio and to Gorongosa . .




    The EN1 eventually so bad with potholes we were doing some 40Kms hours veering from left side of road to right.
    Let me add that we are now flippen remote, there is nothing here and you can feel it. The Gorongosa turn off eventually came and we had to endure a really bad 18kms of dirt. Lots of corrugation took about 40minutes to the main gate.




    Yay we did it !!










    Ok we just learnt this is the main gate its another 20 odd Kms to Chitengo Rest camp.. Slow going and a speed limit of 40kms as with any National Park..
    Anyway we eventually get to the camp, again there is water, power and fairly good ablutions hot water etc. Here are a few pics of our camp site..







    Right time to explore again the feeling of remoteness is overwhelming you are just absolutely far away from everything its awesome..
    Today we are taking a guided walk to visit a community… off we go down the beaten track. .




    Oh! We need to cross this river!



    Shoes off then lets go!





    Hangon the water gets too deep and then this guy rocks up to help you across..





    Not really anything fantastic besides a community that the park is helping. These kids all ran out the there classroom to greet us..



    And back over the river we go..lets go and do a self game drive . .





    Just love the old Portuguese remnants that you find scattered around the country anyway read this link for some background on the park during the civil war
    http://gorongosa.net/en/page/civil_war/civil-war














    Game wise plenty of Buck a few elephant, lots of warthog, monkeys, hippo and beautiful savannahs’ that stretch back for as far as your eyes can see. The park closes during the rain season as it become inaccessible. So I would not compare it animal strength wise to the Kruger but its beautiful and I,m glad I made the trip.
    So not quite finished, the next day we are off to the Gorongosa Rain Forest to find this allusive bird called the round breasted red tit, oops sorry it’s the Green Breasted Oriel and the Gorongosa waterfalls. We again decided to take the trip guided as our local knowledge was limited on getting there.



    The rain forest and falls are outside the camp and we had to drive all the way back to the EN1 and then past Gorongosa the town and then deep into the land again, it takes about 3 hours when we eventually cannot drive anymore and its time to hike. This is why we went the guide route I would never have found this place…





    Ok to cut a long story short I saw the stupid bird lets get out of here … yawn …









    Anyway hike back to where we started and then onto the falls..















    Don’t you love Africa!!





    Found a drinking hole in Gorongosa Town








    Ok that’s Gorongosa done next stop the coast off to Inhassoro staying with Henry and Marikie www.starofmoz.co.za
    That crap dirt road back to the EN1 and then to negotiate the pot holes..

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    Thumbs up Part II



    We eventually arrive at Inhassoro and make it to our next camp spot..





    Really tidy place, power, water, nice showers right on the beach we had a great time here..actually I would not mind retiring here!



    Oh the best thing we bought was a ice machine what a winner!!

















    Organised Hey!! Highly recommended for camping..Nice Chalets as well ..





    Off to the town of Inhassoro…



    We need to buy a permit to drive on the beach…



    1000 Mets please…



    Ok lets visit the market . .









    Its hot and we hear the Johnsons Beach Bar is a must . .







    And here is the Man!! Introducing to you Johnson!!



    Anyway this is fantastic coastline Inhassoro is smack bang in front of the Bazaruta islands



    Anyway we have some visitors joining us for a few days Brother in Law and Sister in Law off to Vilankulos to pick them up from the airport..+- 80Kms from Inhassoro



    Brand new shiny airport!!



    Off for lunch and we choose Casa Rex in Vilankulos “Very Nice” http://www.casa-rex.com/









    Anyway back to Inhassoro and where are our guests sleeping?



    Next day we decide to do the 35km ride along the coast line up to BD point (Bartholomeu Dias Point) he landed here some time back..







    We eventually arrive here armed with a cooler box full of 2Ms, braai grid and meat, we have about 5 hours before the tide comes back to enjoy this exclusiveness. A very friendly owner of Lulus Paradise http://www.lulasparadise.com/, a resort in nowhere offers us a barracas, braai facilities and ablutions what a place, what a blast!!















    Tide is coming back lets go!!








    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/i...53817198304514
    Was just flippen awesome to experience this!!



    Next day we are going to visit Paradise Island or Santa Carolina, 40 minute boat ride out. This Island is where Survivor SA was filmed!!





    Sea was Flat!!



    Found some dolphins on route and dived with them, then the island..





    Had some great snorkelling! Time to Braai and 2Ms 8)






    Ok there is more to this island than the eye can see, this place in the 50’s was the holiday place for the Portuguese, check these pics outs, did we know about this when Survivor was being filmed??
    Old Landing Strip…













    Yes a promenade!



















    Even a church!





    Just a awesome place!!






    Great day out!!
    Time to move on..we drop off our guests at Vilanculos airport and off we go to Jeffs Places south of Inhambane http://www.jeffsmoz.com/ we want to dive!!

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    Thumbs up Part III

    Time to move on..we drop off our guests at Vilanculos airport and off we go to Jeffs Places south of Inhambane http://www.jeffsmoz.com/ we want to dive!!



    Maxixe






    We eventually arrive at Jeffs had to do all the low range, diff lock, deflate tyres etc to get in its pretty sandy but we got in all right.
    Colin the owner organises us a sand dune to camp on overlooking the sea what a view!







    And a Supermarket!! Guess who was happy!



    This was like a Woolies in nowhere!!



    Dive Camp





    In and out . .





    And then the wind started had to put up full tenting and double strap everything down!!



    Diving is cancelled and the weather is bad for the duration of our stay  That night we had wind gusts of 60Km per hour, nothing worse than camping when its windy. Thankfully all the tenting held strong and we did not blow away!



    Thank goodness for a gas stove, lamb stew tonight!






    Ok we need a new plan we can’t stay cooped up here in our tent for 3 days, diving is cancelled due to bad weather. We decide a new route back home..lets cut out Maputo and head inland to the Kruger Park, destination Giriyondo Border Post via Chokwe. We are now seasoned travellers and the new route sounded exciting
    We arrive in Chokwe around 7pm, as we are now winging it we are unable to find any camping places..



    But we do find this red carpeted hotel. White linen, hot water, aircon and a tv lol in for a treat. 1500 Mets for the night "Hotel Limpopo"



    Park the trailer and car behind the hotel and grease a night guard to keep KV on our stuff



    Next morning destination Massingir entrance to the Limpopo National Park



    And the roads are crap, though I have to admit they are fixing!



    Eventually get to Massingir lovely lake and dam..





    And the Park Entrance!





    Pay our park fees…





    Coffee and Sarmie



    +- 100Kms to the Giriyondo Border Post



    Roads were fine nothing hectic…40Km speed limit..roads well signed..





    2M time





    Just love our kit not one ounce of problems on our trip



    And here we arrive at the infamous Giriyondo Border Post and I must say its modern and the building is shared by S.A and Moz authorities alike..






    Some insight to this trip, they want you to sleep a night on either side and kept asking us for our booking numbers, I would suggest that you contact SA Parks make a booking and get a reference number. You only pay when you arrive so if you decide to go through there is no loss.
    We made a booking here for Letaba Rest Camp..







    That night was a lovely thunderstorm and it rained the whole night..pitter patter loved it!!
    The next day we road the 180Kms south to Malelane Rest Camp, saw lots of game, elephant, rhino, giraffe, hippo, Kruger is really great. Oh and I got bust doing 61km in a 50Km zone R100 fine



    Thats it folks!

    Total 3700kms
    Average Fuel Consumption 17,6 l per 100Kms
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    Very nice, thanks.

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    That's an awesome trip! We did a similar trip a few years ago but went to Vilanculous and Beira. It was only 2 weeks long but I think we'll have to "redo" the trip again, and maybe take a 4 week long trip this time.

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    Awesome photos. Thanks very much for sharing
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    Thanx Lobez, we're going to Inhassoro next year and the photos of StarofMoz, BD point and Santa Carolina really wet the appetite.

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    Shoe daai ou hotel op die eiland lyk of dit darm maar 'n paradys in sy eie reg kon wees, nice trip ook daar. Dankie vir die share
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    Baie nice,altyd lekker om so iets te doen.
    dankie!!!!!!!!
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    Thanks Sean & Paula - great, vibey report! Made a note of some of the places you guys mentioned.

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    Cool Trip to Moz

    Hello,

    First many thanks for the very interesting report.

    As I am contemplating a trip to Moz in the next months, I would like to ask some questions:

    - Somewhere you speak about rainy season in Moz, some parts beeing not accessible. What is actually rainy season like in Moz (what time of the year, what is actually difficult or not accessible).

    - Language barrier: do you speak Portuguese, or could you come through with english (I do not speak two words in Portuguese, only one - obrigado).

    - I heard from many directions that the people in Moz are not always very friendly to (white) foreigners. Did you experience anything negative or was everything fine ?

    Thanks for your answers.

    Cheers.

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    OK, this sets a new standard for trip reports!!!!!! Viva LoBez, viva!
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    Nice trip report, it was a brilliant adventure joining you two.
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    Nice report. I travel up and down Mozambique often and it is nice to hear about new places such as your camp in Ihassoro.

    What mods have you done to your Companion? I like the idea of the cammo net for extra shade (and privacy I presume). I also see that you changed the gas and water pipes going to the kitchen.

    How do you pack the trailer, all the weight on the front bench?

    I have tried different combinations with mine but it sways a bit behind the cruiser. The car is fortunately big enough to handle it but I cant really go over 90 - 100 Km/h, depending on the road of course.

    Do you use a stabiliser of sorts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbremer View Post
    Nice report. I travel up and down Mozambique often and it is nice to hear about new places such as your camp in Ihassoro.

    What mods have you done to your Companion? I like the idea of the cammo net for extra shade (and privacy I presume). I also see that you changed the gas and water pipes going to the kitchen.

    How do you pack the trailer, all the weight on the front bench?

    I have tried different combinations with mine but it sways a bit behind the cruiser. The car is fortunately big enough to handle it but I cant really go over 90 - 100 Km/h, depending on the road of course.

    Do you use a stabiliser of sorts?

    Thanks, Martin
    Hi Martin

    I see you have picked up on the Mods thread, we can discuss there if you want.

    I will open a new thread on the swaying..

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    Nice report.
    We did a similar trip earlier i the year.
    Our pics at:

    http://www.kevinandmichelle.co.uk/tr...bwe/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevh View Post
    Nice report.
    We did a similar trip earlier i the year.
    Our pics at:

    www.kevinandmichelle.co.uk/trip_20a_zimbabwe/index.html

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