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    Guys , as many of us are annual travellers to this part of the world , i would like to start a thread with some of the latest news , hints and tips .
    Road conditions , go/no go areas , good fuel stops , revised border times , good overnight stops , good poi's etc . Lets contrib our latest advice and info before we all hit the big road .

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    I will be departing Dbn 27 Dec 03:00 for Tofo , Inh , 1 day up . Return 5 Jan 07 , overnight Sundowns Maputo . Im taking my Merc Sprinter and all the toys . Our route DBN - Swaz - Goba - Maputo - Inh .

    Anyone who wants to convoys with us is welcome . Has any body got latest updates on the stretch north of Xai Xai , i hear its slow at the moment ?

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    End Sept - from Xai Xai north the next 100 km very bad - if towing max speed about 50Km not towing about 70km/h

    Watch for other (bigger) traffic from the front

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    thanks skim , it wouldnt be any fun without the potholes , lets just hope none of us break or bend anything this year . I normally use the BP north of Xai Xai on my return , any new stations gone up lately , and do you recall the price of diesel ?

    Has anyone taken a Code 10 ( gvm 3500 ) vehicle up that side before , any special requirements or hassles , i shouldnt imagine so ? .

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    As I recall it worked out at about R9.50 - R10 per Liter
    further North Inhambane there are new garages not at Xai Xai

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    i'm going 22nd December GTN-JHb-Komati-maputo-Inhambane-vilanculos till 5th Jan. Went there in April and the pot holes are quite bad on the roads at stages, I presume its worse in the rainy season.
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    BTw If you taking a code10 it maybe worthwhile to find out at the AA if you need a International drivers license
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    We returned from Paindane on 16-11-2007. The road north of Xai Xai still the same-potholes . Otherwise no problems, the shortcut (dirt road ) from Inhambane to Tofo is been worked on but not to bad ,but you will carry straight on with the tar road if coming from Xai Xai so it wont affect you. Enjoy your trip
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    Thanks Slabfish , what were your travel times like ? Any problems with the officials on your trip ? How's Paindane looking ?

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    Hi Grant , The return trip was from Zavora as we spent 2 days there on our way back home, it took us the best part of 10 hrs doing the Massingir road to Phalaborwa where we slept for the night, we made the Moz side border by 10 min`s as we did not know that they close at 16 00 hr. We wernt traveling fast and did about 4 stops for fuel, cashunuts and waiting for our other vehicle that left from Paindane the same morning, so i suppose it can be done in 8 to 9 hrs. Officials where good , no problems , i suppose if you respect their job and possision it works better than being harregat. Paindane had a bad fire that destroyed most of the top section and a couple of boats ,a vehicle or two and the dive centre . they are hard at work re building though.I have noticed that the whole coastline has had the same beach erosion problems as we have had in SA , at Zavora the see is eating away the dunes at a alarming rate.
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    Will leave Louis Trichardt on the 2nd Jan to Pafuri Rivercamp just outside the Pafuri gate. From there the next morning move on to Mopanie, sleep over and early next morning go to Giriyonde gate and on to Sunset Beach resort in Chidenguele. Will stay there for one night and move on to Jangamo at Guinjata Bay. I will be staying there for a few days. On the morning of the 9th I will go back to Sunset, sleep over and move on the next day to Campismo Aguia Pesqueira at Massingir. Will camp there for the night and then move on through Giriyonde up to Shingwedzi. Will be camping there one or two days and then go back home through Punda Maria.

    As you can see it will be a nice and slow tour with short legs to do during the day, to get some more time at more places.

    I will be towing the Conqueror Supra.

    Any places to keep in mind for re-fueling on this route?
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    Hi Henk,

    Fill up in the Kruger and then your next stop will be in Chokwe (if necessary).

    Look out for a red Disco 1 with trailer in tow. I will be comming back along that route on the 3rd.
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    Hi Henk,

    I am assuming that you want to bypass Xai-Xai and get to Chidenguele via Chibuto. If this is the case then I don't think you will be able to cross the Limpopo at Chokwe, the bridge was washed away and when I went through at the begining of the year it wasn't there. If you want to cross the Limpopo you will need to do it further up. At the T-junction take a left to Joao and then there is a sand track you can follow for about 15 - 20 km which will bring level with Chockwe except on the other side of the river, from here you join up with tar roads.
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    Have never crossed in via Komati , were in DBN so its golela , goba maputo for us . Our restriction is that Golela only opens at 7 . Are there queues at Komati at 5 in the morning ? Im thinking of getting a headstart this year . Has anybody been questioned lately about their cost of groceries going over , is this a new thing ? Never had it from KZN/Swazi side .

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    Any of you guys going between Nelspruit Malelane, Croc Bridge Go slow plenty of cop shops on the road this year!!!!!

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    Default Revised Moz Border times , certain dates only !

    Please note that these extended times are for certain dates only , and none of them help me out , damn!!! I hope they help you !


    Hours are to be extended as follows:
    Mpumalanga
    Lebombo Official hours 06:00 – 24:00
    Extended hours 30 November 2007 – 15 January 2008 24 hours
    Oshoek (Official hours 07:00 – 22:00)
    Extended hours 21 -24 Dec. 2007 07:00 – 00:00
    KwaZulu-Natal

    Golela (Official hours 07:00-22:00)
    Extended hours 14 Dec.2007 07:00 – 23:00
    15 Dec. 2007 06:00 – 22:00
    21 Dec. 2007 06:00 – 22:00
    22 Dec. 2007 06:00 – 22:00
    12 Jan. 2008 06:00 – 23:00
    13 Jan. 2008 06:00 – 23:00
    14 Jan. 2008 06:00 – 23:00
    Kosi Bay (Official Hours 08:00 – 17:00) (Official hours 08:00 – 16:00)
    Extended hours 14 Dec. 2007 08:00 – 18:00
    15 Dec. 2007 06:00 – 17:00
    16 Dec. 2007 06:00 – 18:00
    17 Dec. 2007 07:00 – 17:00
    21 Dec. 2007 08:00 – 18:00
    22, 23&24 Dec. 2007 06:00 – 18:00
    29 Dec. 2007 08:00 – 18:00
    31 Dec. 2007 06:00 – 18:00

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander View Post
    Hi Henk,

    I am assuming that you want to bypass Xai-Xai and get to Chidenguele via Chibuto. If this is the case then I don't think you will be able to cross the Limpopo at Chokwe, the bridge was washed away and when I went through at the begining of the year it wasn't there. If you want to cross the Limpopo you will need to do it further up. At the T-junction take a left to Joao and then there is a sand track you can follow for about 15 - 20 km which will bring level with Chockwe except on the other side of the river, from here you join up with tar roads.
    Thanks for this, Highlander! That is part of the planned route, so this info is very helpfull! Didn't know about that problem at the crossing.

    Do you got some more info in the by-pass part?

    Thanks for the feedback.
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    Hi Henk,

    My Garmaps are set at Datum WGS 84 and hddd mm.mmm. I am assuming you have a gps if you don’t have one I have given distances (+- 200m accuracy). I tried to attach a map but I have to make it so small that you cant see anything. Maybe send me a pm with your email address and I will mail it to you although you should be able to use the coords here.

    At the intersection S24 25.511 E32.50.715 take a left to Joao, follow the road over the Limpopo. This is approx 7km. At S24 24.816 E32 57.465 turn right into Joao, follow this road for 22km to Guija S24 29.844 E33 00.591.

    When you get to Guija you should be able to see if the river crossing has been repaired, if so won’t you post an update please.
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    Thanks again,

    I've look on T4A and Sa topo 1,5 and found the route that you've giving. Thanks. Will follow that one and will give an update when I'm back, but that will be around the 20th Jan 08 if that's OK?
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    The 20th will be great as I will only be going that way in April, I will also be going up to Guinjata so if you feel energetic you can post a whole trip report, I would like to know more about the facilities at Chidenguele.
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