Cape Maclear to Gorongosa





Results 1 to 19 of 19
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Torquay
    Age
    40
    Posts
    234
    Thanked: 5

    Default Cape Maclear to Gorongosa

    Good day,

    We are heading to Malawi in December and need some recommendations.
    We will be up at Lake Malawi until the 23rd December and then be heading down to Gorongosa.
    Now seeing that this falls very close to Christmas, can anyone suggest a good stop over for a couple of knights from Cape Maclear down to Gorongosa.
    Would it be possible to reach Gorongosa in one day from the lake?
    Any suggestions are welcome!
    We will be using a RTT so any thing go's.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Johannesburg
    Age
    62
    Posts
    145
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Cape Maclear to Gorongoza in one day will probably not be possible. Think of the main roads in Malawi as the main streets of very long villages and you will have a good idea of the kind of speeds you can do. Then you have a border crossing which at that time of the year could take hours. The road will be a lot quicker in Mozambique but you should still plan to stop over.

    It is probably too close to Cape Maclear for your purposes but Chinguni Hills in Liwonde National Park is a worthwhile stopover. I can confirm that the Christmas dinners are excellent

    I don't know what is available in Tete but that would be a convenient place to stop. You might even consider a detour to Cahora Bassa.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Torquay
    Age
    40
    Posts
    234
    Thanked: 5

    Default

    Thanks JohnD, any suggestions regarding good accomodation around Cahora bassa?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Sandton
    Age
    41
    Posts
    1,626
    Thanked: 58

    Default

    We stayed at Ugezi Tiger Lodge @ Cahorra Bassa when we were up there a few years back and had a great time. The Tiger fishing was brilliant too

    Here is some info on the place...
    Last edited by GreenDisco; 2010/08/04 at 08:00 AM. Reason: info
    Mike


    Thanks to:
    M&P Fabworx
    Zone Offroad


    TJ Evolution - Jeep Builds - Overland Blog

    "Evolution through carnage, the Jeep will keep what its wants!"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Torquay
    Age
    40
    Posts
    234
    Thanked: 5

    Default

    Thanks, we will defnitely stop by there for a night or two, looks great!
    Any other suggestions heading up to Malawi?
    Maybe any other good stop overs in Zim?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Gorongosa National Park
    Age
    60
    Posts
    10
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Hi there,
    Gorongosa National Park during raining season December to March the road network are close due to floodings.

    For more information please visit www.gorongosa.net



    I am the Sales Manager for Chitengo Safari Camp and if you have any further questions you can contact me [email protected]

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Torquay
    Age
    40
    Posts
    234
    Thanked: 5

    Default

    Hendrik, thanks for confirming.

    Can you make any recomandations for stopping over for a couple of nights on way down from Malawi to Inhambane?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Umdloti
    Age
    48
    Posts
    3,136
    Thanked: 361

    Default

    Are you intent on going via Tete? If not look at going due South from Maclear-Zomba-Blantyre-Mulanje-Mocuba-Caia-Inchope-Inhambane. Better scenery and better roads.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Torquay
    Age
    40
    Posts
    234
    Thanked: 5

    Default

    Thanks Discobob, any good stop overs that you can recommend?
    Accomidation?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Umdloti
    Age
    48
    Posts
    3,136
    Thanked: 361

    Default

    I've got friends doing that route at the moment, so I can only give you up to date info in a couple of months when they are back.

    But they have been referred to Mphingwe Camp near Catapu (just south of Caia on the Zambezi). The rest they will make up as they go along.

    I reckon from Maclear you should be looking at a night near Mulanje, then Mphingwe, and from Mphingwe you could get to Inhassoro, but it will be a long day.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Gorongosa National Park
    Age
    60
    Posts
    10
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Yes,
    You can spent one night at Catapu - Mphingwe Camp, contact +258 82 3016436 nice place 30km South of Caia.
    The other stop could be Inhassoro CASA LUNA +258 84 665 7436. There you ask for Mrs. Aziza.
    Casa Luna is grea, very, very nice place; food is excelent, rooms very spaces confortable and clean, very nice people, unfortunality both place camping is not allowed.
    If you ned Camping in Inhassoro check Complexo Seta nice place too.
    I can ask for rates and availability if you give me the dates.
    I can help you making your bookings if you need.
    fell free to ask
    Best,
    Hendrik

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Gorongosa National Park
    Age
    60
    Posts
    10
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    From Catapu to Inhassoro is about 8 hours drive; road is ok
    You have a petrol station in Caia next one in Inhope and further down in Muchungwe.
    In Inhambane there is a new Hotel Casa Capitão

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Cape Town
    Age
    63
    Posts
    10,080
    Thanked: 2606

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Hendrik Pott View Post
    From Catapu to Inhassoro is about 8 hours drive; road is ok
    You have a petrol station in Caia next one in Inhope and further down in Muchungwe.
    In Inhambane there is a new Hotel Casa Capitão
    If you don't want to stay in chalets (Catapu) you can camp at Cua Cua Lodge on the north bank of the Zambezi at Caia.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Torquay
    Age
    40
    Posts
    234
    Thanked: 5

    Default

    Tony, thanks for that info.
    Where can I find more info regarding Cua Cua lodge?

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Cape Town
    Age
    45
    Posts
    10
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    I say that the real Mozambique only starts north of Vilankulo. There is a new campsite opening in dec 30 km north of inhassoro on the bd peninsula. that will be a good place to stop on the drive down because anything south of that is going to be pretty full that time of the year. so find something nice and out of the way and stay put before driving south and home. as for gorongosa see the nov issue of sa4x4 for more details. if you cant go to the park why not climb mount gorongosa and sleep on the top. we did it the other day. also if you have a good guide you will see the green headed oriole. it is only found on that mountain. good luck and happy travels.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Durban
    Age
    38
    Posts
    1,182
    Thanked: 4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bush Editor View Post
    There is a new campsite opening in dec 30 km north of inhassoro on the bd peninsula.
    Do tell us more , im looking for a few extra nights up that way in Dec/Jan .

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Pretoria
    Age
    64
    Posts
    2,018
    Thanked: 294

    Default

    Goody Villas just south of Inhassoro is also very nice, camping there is also good. Will rather camp there than at Hotel Seta. Blue Water Beach in Vilanculos is good.

    We drove from Steps in Senga Bay over Lilongwe to Blue Water Beach in Vilanculos in one go, 29.5 hours including 4 hours sleep in the car. Bridge at Tete is a huge delay, only one lane is open so they allow traffic for 30 min in each direction. Closed from 23h00 to 06h00. Other than that no issues, I would camp at Ugezi Tiger Lodge at Cahora Bassa next time.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Cape Town
    Age
    63
    Posts
    10,080
    Thanked: 2606

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MSR View Post
    Tony, thanks for that info.
    Where can I find more info regarding Cua Cua lodge?
    There's some info in my trip report lower down in the Moz section. I have a scribbled telephone number for them that looks like +258 823120528 and another +258 829601198. We were the only people in the chalets in mid-July and there was one group in the camp site, which is big. There's a restaurant with reasonable flat chicken and steak and cold beer. It's a lovely spot with great views out over the Zambezi flood plains. I doubt that booking would be necessary for the camp site. There's a brand new Petromoc on the southern side of the Zambezi, with a Standard Bank ATM that takes all cash cards, and a well-stocked small supermarket at the Petromoc.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Torquay
    Age
    40
    Posts
    234
    Thanked: 5

    Default

    Can anybody please give me the coordinates for Catapu - Mphingwe Camp?

Similar Threads

  1. Cape Maclear advice please
    By TStone in forum Malawi
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 2010/05/07, 08:34 PM
  2. a Brief History of Cape Town
    By SimonB in forum The 4x4 Pub
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 2009/01/30, 02:06 AM
  3. Overland to Cape Maclear
    By Tracey in forum Overland advice, reports etc
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 2008/11/09, 01:22 PM
  4. CAPE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AND LEISURE EXPERIENCE
    By jbeez in forum Calender & Events
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 2006/09/26, 12:12 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •