To Mozam­bique!

Mozam­bique is a dream des­ti­na­tion, even though there are peo­ple who be­lieve it’s dan­ger­ous and that you’ll strug­gle to find ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties. It’s not nearly that bad, says Lam­bert Baden­horst of Mooketsi in Lim­popo.

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Once you’ve buried your toes in the snow-white sand, swam in the warm wa­ters of the In­dian Ocean, en­joyed freshly caught fish and cray­fish, and washed it down with an ice-cold Lau­rentina Preta, you won’t ever want to leave en­chant­ing Mozam­bique. My wife, Mar­dene, our kids Lané (15), Du Toit (9) and Nuelle (5) and I had been here once be­fore, but with our last visit, in July this year, we camped in our Jur­gens Xplorer for the first time. It was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.

Where did you camp?

We stayed at Morrungulo Beach Re­sort, 150 km north of Imham­bahne, for 15 nights. It’s about 650 km from the Giriyondo border post. Here you camp in the shade of lush trees next to a long, white beach and clear-blue sea. James and Bar­bara Nel­son own the re­sort and make sure you re­lax and have every­thing you need. I can hon­estly say you won’t want for any­thing. You camp on grass and there are more than enough power sock­ets for you ap­pli­ances. The ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties are su­perb and you have a strong stream of hot wa­ter.

What ve­hi­cle did you use to tow?

We towed with my Volk­swa­gen Amarok. It only has a rear diff lock, but it’s more than enough. In fact, you can reach any well-known re­sort in Mozam­bique with a Toy­ota Tazz, although you will at some stage en­counter some sand or even a bad dirt road. Most of the time it’s in the re­sort you’re stay­ing at. In my opin­ion a diff lock is ad­e­quate.

What prepa­ra­tions did you make for your trip?

Although we trav­elled on our own this time, I can highly rec­om­mend that prospec­tive vis­i­tors join the Facebook group DriveMoz. Here you get ad­vice on travel doc­u­ments and other es­sen­tial in­for­ma­tion, and you can find other trav­ellers who want to drive in con­voy with you. It makes things a lot eas­ier.

What are the road con­di­tions like?

Most of the roads to des­ti­na­tions like Xai-Xai, Bi­lene, Guin­jata, In­ham­bane and Mor­run­gulu are in good con­di­tion, but don’t be sur­prised if you en­counter a pothole or three. Traf­fic of­fi­cials wear white shirts. Be friendly and if you can, greet them in Por­tuguese if you’re stopped. I’ve been pulled over many times and have never been treated ag­gres­sively. Mozam­bique has a lot of pedes­tri­ans. Be very care­ful, keep to the speed limit (it’s never more than 100 km/h) and try not to travel at night.

What about food and fuel?

You’re al­lowed to take a lit­tle bit of meat and pro­vi­sions, but ev­ery town has a shop that sells fresh bread, dairy, and fresh pro­duce. There are also well­known re­tail­ers like Sho­prite and they’re a lot cheaper than in South Africa. Al­most ev­ery town has a fill­ing sta­tion where you can pay with your bank card. Be on the look­out for Petro­mac, which (mostly) has clean toi­lets. Re­mem­ber, you won’t find 50 ppm diesel in Mozam­bique.

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