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    Hi Everybody,
    I'm new on this forum & I've already found quite a lot of valuable infos !
    So first of all thank you guys for all your contributions ...

    Now here come more questions !
    I'm planning to join Vilanculos from Pafuri with only one vehicule (Defender), and I am worried about the Limpopo crossing around the end of August, should be ok at this time of the year right? any tips about the mapaï crossing?

    I also read in this forum that It is easy to bushcamp on the way, any recommendations? (I've heard about Fly Camp
    S22 19.760 E32 49.771, Close to Machaila??) seen no info on T4A maps but I'm rather looking for a quiet place in the bush to set a camp...

    Well thank you in advance !
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    End of August the crossing at Mapai will be a breeze. About 8 or 9 kms south west of Mapai is a nice campsite (forget the name now). Toilets showers etc.

    If you are looking for a bush camp, anywhere along the route, fly camp being one of the popular spots.
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    Great, Thank you Bruce.

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    Hi, we crossed the Limpopo in early July and it was easy. We crossed at Pafuri and not at mapai, but we were heading north to the Rio Save and up. Camping on the way was fine for us, but I don't know enough about the route from mapai to Vilanculos. Watch the potholes on the En1 !
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    what is the river crossing like in late December at mapai? looking at comming back from vilanculous via Pafuri. Can vilanculous to pafuri be done in a day?
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    You have about a 5% chance that you will be able to cross at Mapai late December. Last year we missed the crossing by about 4 to 5 hours and that was around the 16th December. The previous year the crossing was easily done up until about the 28th December. (but this is unusual)

    Rather plan to do the Giryondo route.

    Both these routes are slower than the EN1 Maputo route but are far more satisfying if you are not in a hurry.

    Vilanculos- Pafuri in a day is a push but is possible in the dry but it will not be very enjoyable though.

    Where are you stying in Vilanculos?
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    Thanks Bruce, was worried about that. We still looking at dates for vilanculous and accommodation. We heading up to Moz via Giryondo then 6 nights in guinjata and then hopefully a night or two in vilanculous. thought pafuri was a better option to save us the trek down again.
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    hi bruce.
    planning a trip through knp up to pafuri -mapai- save river - vilanculos during december '08( no fixed dates yet) and will be traveling alone with a trailer. i see that there are problems with the limpopo crossings. sounds like you know the area. any other routes to use and give me some details on vilacoulos accom as you are in that line. my e/mail [email protected] it will be a complete camping holiday. not scared of mud and water.wife and kids never been to KNP.

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    I did this trip 4 weeks ago and here are some pointers which you might find useful.
    1. Be at the border 10 minutes before opening time .(left Punda Maria at 6 , arrived border 7-30)
    2. Authorities on both sides were very pleasant and efficient. SAPS staff even checked our cars out before the office had opened.
    3. There were a few small payments (legitimate) to be made on the Moz side - have R10 notes available
    4. Pafuri to Mapai is slow - plan on 30 km/h - so river crossing late morning
    5. Met one "chance" along the road to Mapai - had a barrier across road - wanted R100 / vehicle toll fee - would not "negotiate" , so we bypassed him by driving to the right , thru heavy sand in dry river bed - no problems .
    6. Many chancers at the river - wanting R60 to cross over the "best " spot. Not necessary - went 100 m to the right and found far easier crossing - water was ankle deep. You should walk it first - always a good policy.
    7. We spent 2 nights in the bush en route to Vilanculos - would not reccommend travelling faster. Roads varied from wide gravel , with corrugations , to small sandy tracks thru the bush.
    8. There are a few villages where you can buy a bottle or two of "diesel" - not reccommended. My Defender Tdi (with 120 l total fuel capacity ) reached Vilanculos with more than half the fuel remaining.
    9. No garage in Vilanculos would accept credit card payment - diesel price is about same as in RSA , petrol is about R15 /l. At Inhambane and Xai Xai garages accepted credit cards.
    10. ATM at Barclays in Vilanculos accepted Visa and Mastercard - dont use it on a Sunday - one of our friends had his swallowed and retained on a Sunday as he was leaving Vilanculos.
    11. There is a Spar like store in Vilanculos called "Taurus" - good for groceries etc.
    12. Road is very dusty - take spare air cleaner elements . Check your air cleaner before you leave - a friend checked his after two days driving in the dust - to his horror he found that the filter element had not been replaced . He had had his Cruiser serviced before leaving by an independant Cruiser" specialist" in Cape Town... go figure.
    13. We pulled off the road and camped 20 m into the bush on both nights - best ensure that you are far from a village - or you could have a crowd of youngsters asking for sweets as you sit around the fire.
    14. We found the villagers friendly along the route - Vilanculos locals were a bit sullen . You might like to take some small gifts for kids along the way - pens etc . It is important that we retain local goodwill - or this route could become problematical.
    15. The pics show a friend crossing the river , a typical road scenne and one of the camping spots - if needed I can supply the GPS co ords for the spots we used
    Any further quries - dont hesitate

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    Amazing road, We did it in 2005 (december) alone in my Hilux, It was great adventure and I got to use all my tricks (winch, hilift jack etc) to get to Vilanculos... here is a teazer for the crossing at mapai in dec...

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    More pics here ! http://sysie.com/moz2005/
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    Hi BruceT,

    What do you mean you missed the croosing by 4 to 5 hrs? Does the river rise that quickly?

    I've been through Giryonda route in Dec 07, was awesome - thought we'd try another route this year.

    What date do you think is the latest to cross the Limpopo?

    Guys - any advice will be welcomed, last thing i want to do is head south to Giryonda cross into Moz.

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    You have about a 5% chance that you will be able to cross at Mapai late December. Last year we missed the crossing by about 4 to 5 hours and that was around the 16th December. T
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    Guys we did Vilanculos to Pafuri last week - moving average was 34 Km/hour. I would not recomend on planning for one day only! Buy Tracks4Africa - moz map - it is now routable and will keep you on the right road - No problem.

    Check vehicleweight for the crossing at Mapai - Prado got stuck with trailer no big deal little help and OK.

    Route is very dry right now but not to bad ito holes and ruts.
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    Yes we saw the river rising about 10cms in 30 mins and according to some guys who drowned a Cruiser just before we got there, some of their guys had made it across the river and the river had suddenly risen about 30 to 40 cms in about 15mins.
    We were "trapped" by heavy rains through the night and saw the amount of water that came through the bush (between ankle and knee deep for many kms) so can easily believe what they said.
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    Thanks BruceT wasn't doubting you... just wanted clarity. Much appreciated.
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    Hey Skim

    Im planning a trip from Vilanculos to Pafuri around end April 09 did you have any hassels crossing at Mapai

    Thanks Brad

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    Nothing - water was 6 inches deep and 3 feet accross. One vehicle stuck in sand for purpose of using snatch strap
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    So if I did the trip from Pafuri to Vilanculos in winter when there was no water, would I be able to make it in my 4x2 with diff lock, or do I have to wait until I am rich and can afford a 4x4?
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    Easily.....the locals do it all the time in normal bakkies. (even in the rainy season - but they get stuck allot abviously when its very wet)
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    Ad Bruce said - you should not have a problem in winter
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    Currently the river is very low.

    It was higher about a week ago.
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