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    Default Ferry tanzania-mozambique

    Hi all, what is the best way to get into mozambique from mtwara (tanzania)? We hear there is a ferry running, but does it take vehicles? Or is the friendship bridge further inland best option? We prefer to travel the coast southwards.

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    Not sure if this is still current, but here's a post from 2015 from forum member Wazungu Wawili:

    Below is what I posted on the Mozambique section of this forum earlier this year. This is not your normal ferry. The roads on either side are dirt but fine, but there are no loading facilities apparent.

    "The ferry is running again, but it is tide dependant, goes once a day on a daylight high tide, and takes a maximum of 6 vehicles. We wanted to take this ferry from MOZ to TZ in late November 2014. However, when we got to Quionga near to the Ruvuma, we phoned the ferry captain and he told us the ferry wasn't sailing for the next three days. We don't know if this because of neap tides and low water levels or any other reason. We decided to go for Unity Bridge.

    Russell at Pemba Magic Lodge (AKA Russell's Place) in Pemba can give you the phone number of the ferry captain but I think it is+255 787 428100. Another useful contact is Andre and Anna-Maria Thiart on +258 866842675 email [email protected] who run a mission at Quionga and have a lovely little, cool and breezy campsite there for travellers seeking to cross (or have crossed) the Ruvuma.

    We decided to go for Unity Bridge. This was quite an adventure, and not to be tackled in the rains. The track on the Mozambican side is pretty intrepid, and it started raining when we did it, but since it had been dry up till then, it was rough and slippery, but not impassable. It took is 11.5 hours from Quionga to Masasi TZ including the border crossing, but we were having to keep up a very brisk pace."
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    And here's an earlier (2013) post I made on the same subject, quoting an email sent to me by a friend:

    The coastal Rovuma ferry is working again and we were given the phone number (+255 7 eight 772 492 eight - the last eight may not be part of the number). So we phoned, and hey presto, we got a person who could speak English and made the booking. You can only cross near to high tide. So the story is that this is a brand new ferry, which can take 6 bakkies (the old one could only take 4) and started service in Feb this year. It costs $15 per bakkie (the old one cost $25). It is owned and operated by the Tz govt and works very well.
    You are probably aware of the gas discoveries in S Tanz and N Moz. Well this has generated huge infrastructure spending in those areas. We were last there in 2006, and the area around Palma was almost unrecognisable to us. Both sides of the Rovuma have new border posts and big new wide roads, the small charming bush roads and quaint river crossings are gone forever, which is very sad for old Luddites like you and me.
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    Default Re: Ferry tanzania-mozambique

    Thanks a lot!

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    A search through the forum would have brought up two recent reports on the ferry over the Ruvuma river - and our report from 2014.

    See post 13 on this thread http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...rusha-and-back

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...n-Tanzania-Moz

    See post 3 on this thread
    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...-November-2014

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    Default Re: Ferry tanzania-mozambique

    Thanks Wazungu. Just a footnote to say that the Inchope - Inhassoro road has been patched in quite a few areas. Much more doable. Detailed reports in about 10 days when we are back in SA.

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    Default Re: Ferry tanzania-mozambique

    The following posted on the Land Cruiser Forum, same as what Tony said:

    Ruvuma River Ferry Crossing Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:49 am

    We crossed the border successfully yesterday by ferry from Mozambique (Namoto) to Tanzania (Mtwara). The Tanzanian ferry captain Abdullah can be reached on +255 787 724 928. The ferry has the capacity to carry a few cars and even a truck or two. It runs at high tide only.
    Make sure the trip is planned as no facilities exist on both sides of the river.
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