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    Default Renamo continues attacks. Gorongosa evacuated

    Hi all

    Thurs 20 June at 0900.

    Just off the phone to Gorongosa and the very bad news is that
    Gorongosa that all tourists have been evacuated from the Parque Nacional da Gorongosa (National Park) and he saw about 30 military transport trucks heading north towards the Gorongosa Mountain. So looks like a big show-down to root out the rebels.

    This after Renamo on Tuesday looted a weapons depot at Savane (about 100km from Beira on the Dondo - Caia road), killing 6 soldiers, the Moz govt is now moving to attack the Renamo base at Satunjira also called Casa Banana.

    Renamo has vowed to sabotage the Beira - Sena railway and to attack any road traffic between Save and Muxungue (120km north of Save) on the main road EN.1

    While the disarming and disbanding of Renamo bandits is long overdue, this is a damned shame as this could spiral out of control and will cause a major blow to tourism and investment.

    Will keep posting as info comes in.

    Advice? Well right now no road travel on main road all the way from Save River in the south to Caia in the north.

    For those heading to Inhambane, Vilanculos etc area, no word on threats to these places, but I think things are about to get very ugly in Moz, so huge caution is advised.

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    just replying as I forgot to subscribe to thread

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    Typical Africa
    Sick of it

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    Is there any evidence that the rhino poaching in Kruger and the funds earned from that might be what paid for the re-arming of Renamo?

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    Nope.
    Renamo have always been "allowed" to keep some weapons on the pretext that they are needed to guard their President. And of course now who knows what they scored when they looted the Savane armoury a few days ago.

    The Moz govt's inability to sort out the Renamo situation is coming home to roost.

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    LATEST: 20 June at 16h20:
    Some good news from Gorogosa is I have just spoken to Sakkie van Zyl who has Gorongosa Adventures gorongosa-adventures.blogspot.com just outside Gorogosa Park gate and he is reporting business as usual with guests coming and going as usual. He lives amongst the local population and so far no reports on the ground of problems. So we hold thumbs that the Renamo bite is weaker than its bark
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    Thanks Mike...that is the friend I was referring to in previous post above...but could not get hold of him last night...glad to hear this positive news!!!
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    Just read a report that three (other reports say 'strafed') shots were fired at a bus and a Etrago truck north of the Save near Machanga. The bus continued without injury, but a the truck stopped and a woman was injured and taken to hospital in Muxungue.

    Machanga is about 40km east of the main road but I presume that the incident happended on the main road at the Bailey Bridge over Rio Ripembe (where traffic is forced to walking pace as the bridge has steep on and off ramps) about 20km north of the Save river.

    I have a contact in Machanga (which is across the Save from Nova Mambone)

    Portuguese report:
    http://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mund...o#.UcQYUzs3DJJ

    English report:
    http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/20...mozambique-bus

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    Default No Moz holiday

    I would appreciate some feed back, i am (was) planning a trip to Northern Moz,(August) going through Mutare to Gonogorosa then up to Pemba. I will be travelling with 2 small kids aged 5 and 8.

    What is the real risk, not the media reports.

    Any insight will be apprciated
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    Hi Nicki,

    What dates are you travelling? if it co-incides with our dates then you are more than welcome to travel in convoy with us...we are 3 vehicles.

    God bless

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    Difficult to say. By August Renamo could have retreated back to its bush bases to sulk or it could be continuing with sporadic attacks and sabotage. Right now, despite the bus and truck attack just north of the Save bridge (Today Fri 21 June, 2013), reports are that traffic is continuing as normal all along the main road Save to Caia, but the police have increased patrols. Yes the media do tend to over-dramatise events, but until the govt and Renamo sort out their differences (not likely for now as Renamo's demands are totally unrealistic), the situation is likely to remain tense.

    The developing socio-economic situation whereby a new very wealthy elite is benefitting hugely from all the coal and gas development, leaving 99% of the population in poverty is of course complicating the issue.

    Must add however that the overall situation almost everywhere in Moz remains as friendly and peaceful as ever.

    Will try to keep all updated when info comes in

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    Great to have this up-to-the-minute info, Mike. Thanks very much.

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    Mike you are a star, thank you!
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    Brian Robinson's boys ...

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    ... former commander of SAS involved in the formation of MNR (Renamo).

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    Reports are conflicting and unreliable but it seems that two people died in the Fri 21 June, 2013 Rio Ripembe attack (30km north of Save, 70km south of Muxungue on the main road E.N.1), and two trucks were burned out.

    It appears that an ETRAGO bus heading from Beira to Caia on the "old" dirt road, was attacked near Muanza but continued on with its journey.

    Reports are that following the above two incidents police closed the EN.1 at Save, for traffic heading north and at Muxungue for traffic heading south.

    Cannot say right now whether the road is now open or whether the police are organizing armed convoys.

    I have a contact who intends to drive north from Vilanculos in the next few days, and if he does, I will let everyone know how it works out.

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    Vrydag 5.10pm
    Update: Hier het nou net mense aangekom van Tete af. Hulle is op die pad gestop deur die weermag en moes wag vir ander voertuie om op te daag. Daarna het hulle toe in konvooi gery tot by die Save brug. Dinge is redelik stil, alhoewel ons `n berig gekry het dat daar wel geskiet is op `n voertuig. Ek kon tot nou geen bevestiging van die berig kry nie.

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    Just spoke again to Sakkie of Gorongosa adventures and his place is running as normal but he says that the Gorongosa people have not yet returned and he assumes the park is still not open to tourists after it was evacuated last Thurs 20 June 2013.

    Have asked Gorongosa park for update but nothing from them yet.

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    Just a correction. The steel bridge is over the Muari river, not the Ripembe, but same location.

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    Vasco Galante
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    Dear Mike,

    We are issuing this note to potential guests:

    Note: there is some civil unrest in the center of Mozambique and we recommend that you should check the news and be in touch with us before traveling to Gorongosa.

    The Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari is also sending this info to the persons trying to book for the coming days:

    Note: Due to access restrictions to the Gorongosa National Park at the moment we are not able to accept bookings till the end of June.
    As soon as the situation is normalized we hope that you can visit us.

    The best contact is the reception of the Girassol Gorongosa Lodge & Safari: (+258 ) 82 308 2252

    Best regards,
    Vasco Galante

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    Mobile: (+258 ) 82 2970010
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