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Monthly Archives: July 2011
11th July 2011 W/P 771 South 22’ 04.262 East 035’ 08.617 Altitude 23mtrs
THE MOST EXPENSIVE CAMPSITE WE EVER HAD….Parque Nacinal de GORONGOSA $72.00 per night
We could not pay…and negotiated with the American park Manager Todd…..for S50.00 plus Todd gave us a Sticker….thanks but still very expensive for us
FIFTY BUCKS poorer with left without seeing anything!!!!!
It was late arriving but we could not pass this newly re vitalized iconic wildlife park. It was impossible to understand the entry park guard, but one thing I did understand we had another 28klms to still drive and it was limited to 30klm per hour……It was almost dark when we arrived still the rain had eased off just enough for us to pop Victors Dingo dozer tent which had performed perfectly for 4 ½ years and we have no doubt after some 1000 days camping in this green canvass home it will make a few more years yet.
Local campers invited us over and we spent a fabulous night next to a large camp fire and all those hospitable South Africans campers again proved true.
It was not until we asked the fees when all went very quite our end….NO WAY….
9th July 2011 W/P 770 South 24’44.058 East 033’ 46.095 Altitude 85mtrs
4 A MOZAMBIQUE Please insert bottom 4 A
WILD CAMPING MOZAMBIQUE
Eventually the track we stuck to for the last 3 days pops out of the bush and hits a well made dirt road heading towards Massingir Dam ….Victor makes it to civilization and our limbs are intact.
The Safari park guards stop us at a boom gate and ask where we have come from….I hesitate but tell them our journey. They are confused and ask us to pay 250 metcais…..Sorry we do not have any money….the guards are not impressed……….where is the nearest Bank I ask them…..They tell me there is a Bank on the other side of the Dam wall 5klms we must return with the money…..
I have no idea where the bank is but returning with the money after we were on the menu for 3 days was not on my list of priorities but we were off hoping our visa cards would work…they did and we had some local cash at last.
They did work….great……. we can buy a cold beer at last and they went down very well. The weather looked as if it was going to pour down and not long after this observation the clouds opened up and the rain came down in torrents.
Victor checks out the endless charcoal along the EN1 MOZAMBIQUE
THE ROAD TO MANJACAZE
WE wild camped about 15klms from Chibuto the road was awash the thick wet red sandy road a nightmare, on coming cars weaved all over the road trying to miss large lakes of water which had
7th July 2011 W/P 764 South 23’ 17.997 East 031’ 38.027 Altitude 239mtrs
ALL COMES TO A GRINDING HALT………when the dung gets to big???
In stunned amassment we are stopped by a gate and large high wire fence. ……NO ENTRADA…..CLOSED…..NO….VEHICLES…….
The Limpopo Transfrontier was closed……
Border crossing Pafuri to of Kruger Park South Africa (fun facts)
Currency New metacal (MZN) USD 1 = MZN 34.00
Fuel per ltr MZN 41.80
The Border was a very quite crossing the South African police sleeping at their post, the customs officers are unsure why they need to stamp our Carnet the customs document almost not recognized by them. Elayne insisted they stamp with what ever stamp they had….finally Elayne emerged from the small Customs post thumbs up.
They insisted in inspecting under Victors bonnet which I showed them….nothing to declare I exclaimed insisting this was all we had to show them. No South Africans here …we were disappointed as we thought there would be a convoy of South African 4×4 chaffing at the bit to cross into this region……nothing had come through and we ask if there had been any foreign travellers coming this way recently…….NO….they replied.
Finally we were stamped out of South Africa and the Mozambique border lay a few hundred meters beyond. Portuguese was not on our language skills list, Brazil the last time we practise any ….ob re gardo….no other words came to mind except out rudimentary Spanish which did help sometimes.
We approached the Mozambique border