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    Just got back from a very Very nice trip to Moz!

    Have to start of with saying that, because of pressure from the women folk, I had to change my plans and go with the 2x4 Isuzu LX 300 d/c rather than the cruiser. This had me thinking that, although it got diff-lock, to add a Duke 9500 winch just to be safe. The rest I will have to rely on my experience. I never towed the Supra in serious off-roads yet with the Isuzu, so this will be an adventure.

    The main plan for the trip was to relax and see more, have more quality time with the family and mainly no rush. That got me to break the whole trip up in short legs to have more time at the different venues to enjoy it.

    My first leg was from Louis Trichardt to Pafuri. Just before entering the gate I turned right and follow the gravel road next to the border of the KNP to a place called, Wallers camp or some knows it as Pafuri river camp and some tented camp.

    It is a very nice place there in the bush located next to the Mutale river. It got a few tented rooms on ďstilts in the treetops and some crocís in the river. Nice lapa, bar and pool. Very quiet.
    Price is R120,00 pp/pd self catering. Kids was half.

    The next morning we entered Pafuri and had a great drive in the park, sow a lot of game and birds(surprisingly more than expected in the lovely green bush). We overnight in Mopanie camp. Still a very nice camp to stay in. (sorry, it was prepaid long in advance so I donít know what the costs is now. Should be on the KNP web-site)

    For some reason, maybe old age, I got the bunch up very early and we where at Giriyondo border post at 06h30 only to realize that the gate only opens at 08h00! 08h20 we where through SA and Moz side of it and started our next leg. No hazzles at all. It took us longer to fill in the forms than the whole process!

    From there I followed the dirt road to Masingir dam. It had a few slight bad spots but 90% of it was great. You would be able to drive it with a car. A short stop a the dam we crossed the dam wall and carried on to the T-junction. The road is still bad and full of potholes but still luckily not to deep if you hit one. The small bridge halfway is still out of action and the small de-tour is good.

    At the main T-junction I turned left to Joao, entered the small town and crossed the Limpopo on ďbreakwaterĒ. You must look carefully here because it doesnít look like a real crossing until you are on it. As you exit the crossing follow the dirt road around a bend to the right and at the fourway dirt crossing, go straight.

    The dirt road to Guija was again a pleasure to drive and could have been done by car. When I got to Guija I didnít turned right into town to see if the bridge was ok, but it sure looked from where I was that there was some construction going on there. I kept on going to Chibuto and from there to Jantigua. Just after Jantigua I turned left to Mandlakaze and from there to main road just before Chindenguele. This route had some parts of it tarred but the rest was dirt, but realy nice to drive. Again you could have done it in a car.

    At Chindenguele I turned right from the main road and went to a place called Sunset Beach resort. It have some great camping spots. I opted to stay in one on the cottage/huts for the night because I planned to leave very early the next day. They were a bit pricy for what you get. Their beach is lovely with a very steep dune to get there. Half way down by foot ( I didnít even thought about going down there with the Isuzu) I found a black guy from Gauteng and his family with their Nissan car stuck. I was amaze that he got that far. He just told me that it was his first visit to the sea and that he didnít know that the road will be like that. I when back up and told management that there is a guy stuck and they went and helped him out with a major recovery effort. They havenít got any credit facilities.

    The next morning we left early north on the EN1 with it normal potholes. I drove all the way to Inhambane with the main aim to try and get some money. At this stage I stillhavenít manage to get hold of any Meticaís. Because it was Sat I couldnít get sorted.

    So we started again making our way to Jangamo. I followed the GPS and signboards up to a point where I thought that the Isuzu will not make this one sand hill and turned around to follow another path to Paindane and came in from that side. Needless to say that I got stuck twice on that piece of road. With the normal lower tire pressure to 1 bar, set the diff-lock and hook up the winch I manage to work the Isuzu with the Supra in tow and the women standing around free both times and we finally arrived at Jangamo.

    (Rest to follow)
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    Sal moet wag vir daai een, ek kan nie op "Photo hosting sites" ingaan in werks ure nie.
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    Part two

    Because we were booked into a chalet for four days, the trailer was parked right next to reception by the manager himself with the assurance ďit will be ok here, Iíve got night watches hereĒ. We took out what we need and went on enjoying ourselves. With Guinjata on the on side and Jeffís Place on the other it was a bit to modern for me but we where there from the 5th of Jan so the place wasnít crowded. There were still some fishing boats there. The weather was super!

    On Monday morning very early when I arrived at the trailer for the usual inspection I noticed that the solar panel on top of it was hacked off and gone. The cable into the trailer to the battery pack was also hacked off. This obviously had me in a state I donít like.

    What followed wasnít nice and after a trip back to Inhambane to draw money(the ATMís take visa) and back via the route that I first avoided, a couple of brandyís I started to relax. The rest of the time there was great. Iím just a bit worried about the management of the place, something isnít right there. But the food was great. I had some crayfish and freshly spear fished meals. Super! The locals wanted my spear gun with all might and tried everything to ďbuyĒ it from me.

    We left Jangamo and the plan was to backtrack most of the way but on our way to Sunset Beach it started to rain heavy. I was getting worried about the wet dirt road back and the rain didnít seem to stop, so I pasted Sunset and went throught to Xai-Xai where I slept the night at Xai-Xai camp. There we had a great fresh seafood dinner and to lazy to set the trailer, all four of us slept on the bed inside it.

    We left Xai-Xai very early the next morning with the aim Aguia Pesqueira camping site at Massingir. I followed the EN1 south till just before Macia and turned right there on the 205. I followed it all the way up to T-juction before Joao and turned left to Massingir. It was still raining by the time we got to the dam and we decided since it is still very early that we gonna push through to the KNP. We arrived at the boderpost just before 11h00, went through without a problem and was making our way back to Shingwedzi.

    About 10 kmís past Mopanie the lights in the Isuzu started to flash on and of and the next thing the Isuzuís engine cut out and there was smoke all-over. I stop opened the hood at the same time, seeing that the cables from the winch was burning I hack them off with my small axe. Everything was dead. The battery was cooked. I then saw that the whole winch had fallen apart in the winchbox on the bulbar. That had caused a dead short!!!!

    Same rangers arrived and help me jumpstart it(itís a diesel Isuzu) and I carried on to Shingwedzi. We camped there for two days and had a great time there. I manage to buy a new battery from their workshop. The next day we exit the KNP through Punda Maria and went back home.

    It sure was an adventure to remember!
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    As promised, here is the first few pic's of the trip.

    The Isuzu and Supra on arrival at Pafuri river camp.



    Our toilet left, kitchen middle and shower right at Pafuri river camp.



    Our room...



    and the girls room!



    Next to the braai




    The Mutale river



    The pool next to the bar

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    The new upgraded Pafuri gate



    Our first meeting about 50m into the KNP



    and then some more on our way to Mopanie









    This elephant was missing a piece of it's trunk and tusks and was realy battling to eat.







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    ....and some more





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    Things to remember:

    Giriyondo gate opens at 08h00
    Limpopo park permits are not at Massingir town anymore, you get it just after entering the first gate. Just before the second gate you turn left and follow the road and after about 500m turn left again. You'll drive into the new complex. Can pay in Rand or Metica. They still haven't got any change!
    On entering Moz they sell third party insurrance at this second gate, cost R160,00 for the bakkie and trailer.
    The small bridge on the Xai-Xai road is still Gone.
    At the MIZ bank ATM's you can draw close to double what your dailylimit on your visa card is.
    Must make a better plan on fixing my solar panel next time.
    At Jangomo/guinjata/Jeff's place there is a well stocked shop for all basic needs. Prices is good. Their is'nt any credit facillities at any of them, but I know that there is internet at Jangamo's reception.
    The piece of road north of Xai-Xai is worst than I've seen before.
    When bringing out stuff like fish/crayfish of any agricultural made stuff, you need a permit from the agri department. They didn't hassle me about it, but warn me about it for future.
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    Klink na 'n baie lekker trippie. Sodra my mannetjie bietjie groter is en hy malaria area kan betree maak ons ook so!
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    What is the problem - I cannot see any pics?

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    What happened to the pdf file that was here?
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    Some more....

    Just before the border sow this guy at a Zebra carcass at a small waterhole




    Then the gate













    Hippo's in Massingir



    The "breakwater" across the Limpopo at Joao



    Entrance to Sunset beach





    After I got un-stuck the second time

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    After I found out my panel was stolen



    One of the small freshly caught crayfish we had.



    My youngest enjoying herself



    Some pic's from allover



























    and my winch

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    Hoe het die winch gebreek henk?? Se my as jy n ander een soek!
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    It just rattled to pieces. Don't know if I was just un-lucky, but have never seen anything like this before. Like I said, was still driven and the next thing smoke.

    It is a month old and I have taken it back to the guys who fitted it, still waiting for the feedback on that, thanks Engel. Will keep you posted on it.
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    Looks amazing Henk. Ek is nou sommer groen van jaloesie...
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    Great share, Henk, and you have a lovely family!

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    Henk, did you stay at Paindane as well? If you did how do you rate it? Any spesific campsites that you would recommend?

    If anybody reading this has been at Paindane lately,I would appreciate some info on the condition of the place. I was there 4years ago 7 was not impressed with the management.

    Thanks
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    Sorry, didn;t stay there. Just visit it the one day, great looking place.
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    Stunning fotos what a lovely country do we live in.
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