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    Default Our trip...my 5cents...

    Well,just the first of a few info pieces on Mozambique .The first is the issue of safety and corruption.We left for Mozambique last week on the 28th...sleepless nights and lots of question were our baggage.

    We had our first episode op crime at ...Burgersfort...yes good old SA! At a robot somebody climbed up the back of the Land Rover and tried to cut the tie-downs that held the stuff down.He managed to cut one before I was warned on the radio...he just jumped down and walked away....

    As for Giriyondo ,the best border post we have ever come across. Everybody was very friendly and we tried some of our new Portuguese words. We had a brief check of our papers and a check of our invoices for food.They do speak afrikaans on the Moz side,so the ass..... that badmouth the officials , will get what they deserve.

    The staff of the Transfrontier park was great and help to fill out the forms for us.Smiles and chat all around.This went for all 4 cars.

    As for the trip through the park ,we waved at all the locals in the area,received smiles and waves.The guy at the Limpopo crossing spoke afrikaans and we parted with R70 for the crossing with a smile....

    We took the long way to Inhassoro....Transfrontier,Limpopo all the way across the bush, camped at the dry lake at a Bailey bridge...and EVERYWHERE there we smiles and waves and friendly directions.

    The tar from Vilanculos to Inhassoro was rough...still smiles and waves.We spent a lot of time in the village and went into the market for beer,bread and Coke. We never felt threatened , were not harassed and did business with a smile.There was a guard at every ATM (2).

    We bought fish,bought the permit for BD point,where at the office the young gentleman asked us to sit down while he wrote our permits while we chatted about the area...all smiles.

    We decided to drive down to Xai Xai ( against all the warnings of cops and robbers)..we stuck to the rules of the land,drove the speed asked and smiled and waved...guess who never waved back....SA drivers....guess who sped past us.....SA drivers...(as aside...back in SA ...on our way past one of the mines...the speed dropped to 60....just for 500m..how many of ust drop to 60 at that point?....maybe this answers the question of SA drivers being caught in the 60 zones)

    We saw lots of cops...all waved....heard so SA drivers moan at petrol stations...maybe we were just lucky...

    I think the answer of safety in Moz lies in common sense and attitude,...we need an adjustment...

    So bottom line, pack your bags,renew the booking you cancelled and go have the best holiday...

    Will do info on our trip tomorrow...
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    Nice one!

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    Osiyesa.
    Can't aggree more. we went into MOz and expieranced the same friendly and beautifull people. will always go back
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    Fredor, jy ken die re๋ls pel...

    NO PITCHAS......NO HAPPEN

    Show them a few of those lekker photies!

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    Ek voel sommer beter na die fred...
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    Ja nee, niks het gebeur voor ons die fotos sien nie
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    Ek begin dink die trip het nooit gebeur nie.... Regard gaan kyk of die man se Landy darem lyk of hy getravel het Want ek dink hy jok vir ons
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    Hey Fredor, you are lucky you got METS whe you did...NO ONE in the country has METS...Inter Africa who are brilliant at getting are at a loss already for the last 2 weeks!!!

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    We were in Moz in the beginning of June for just on two weeks. Apart from one incident in Maputo were an official tried to solicit a bribe (He was not successful) I have to agree - if you abide by their rules, be friendly and accommodating you will enjoy your holiday in Mozambique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OSIYEZA View Post
    Well,just the first of a few info pieces on Mozambique .The first is the issue of safety and corruption.We left for Mozambique last week on the 28th...sleepless nights and lots of question were our baggage.

    We had our first episode op crime at ...Burgersfort...yes good old SA! At a robot somebody climbed up the back of the Land Rover and tried to cut the tie-downs that held the stuff down.He managed to cut one before I was warned on the radio...he just jumped down and walked away....

    As for Giriyondo ,the best border post we have ever come across. Everybody was very friendly and we tried some of our new Portuguese words. We had a brief check of our papers and a check of our invoices for food.They do speak afrikaans on the Moz side,so the ass..... that badmouth the officials , will get what they deserve.

    The staff of the Transfrontier park was great and help to fill out the forms for us.Smiles and chat all around.This went for all 4 cars.

    As for the trip through the park ,we waved at all the locals in the area,received smiles and waves.The guy at the Limpopo crossing spoke afrikaans and we parted with R70 for the crossing with a smile....

    We took the long way to Inhassoro....Transfrontier,Limpopo all the way across the bush, camped at the dry lake at a Bailey bridge...and EVERYWHERE there we smiles and waves and friendly directions.

    The tar from Vilanculos to Inhassoro was rough...still smiles and waves.We spent a lot of time in the village and went into the market for beer,bread and Coke. We never felt threatened , were not harassed and did business with a smile.There was a guard at every ATM (2).

    We bought fish,bought the permit for BD point,where at the office the young gentleman asked us to sit down while he wrote our permits while we chatted about the area...all smiles.

    We decided to drive down to Xai Xai ( against all the warnings of cops and robbers)..we stuck to the rules of the land,drove the speed asked and smiled and waved...guess who never waved back....SA drivers....guess who sped past us.....SA drivers...(as aside...back in SA ...on our way past one of the mines...the speed dropped to 60....just for 500m..how many of ust drop to 60 at that point?....maybe this answers the question of SA drivers being caught in the 60 zones)

    We saw lots of cops...all waved....heard so SA drivers moan at petrol stations...maybe we were just lucky...

    I think the answer of safety in Moz lies in common sense and attitude,...we need an adjustment...

    So bottom line, pack your bags,renew the booking you cancelled and go have the best holiday...

    Will do info on our trip tomorrow...
    ATTITUDE is the issue: the correct attitude and you have much less problems.

    - don't speed
    - be friendly
    - try out your spotty Portuguese
    - don't pay bribes
    - pay attention and stay alert
    - don't buy fish from the beach monkeys, talk to the resort owners
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    this is one fred that can uplift the spirit.

    Freds should be backed up by evidence....

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