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 Post subject: Re: Leaving & entering Kruger to/from Mocambique
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:15 pm 
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you can find info on Giriyondo and border procedures as well as Limpopo NP on www.limpopopn.gov.mz


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 Post subject: Re: Olifants to Campismo Albufeiro
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:05 pm 
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Thank you
very helpful for our travel planning!


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 Post subject: Transfrontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:46 pm 
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We are planning a trip through the Mozambique side of the Park exiting Kruger at the Pafuri border post and entering Kruger again at the Giriyondo border post. We are planning on travelling the next few weeks. Would appreciate any advice! Thanks..


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 Post subject: Re: Transfrontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:50 pm 
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Hi Kayvz - You can contact the Park on pnlimpopo@gmail.com and they can answer any of your questions - they will send you a Park Fact sheet with information on the rates, roads, camps, border procedures etc - they can also send you a GPS track as none of the roads are signposted, being a 4x4 route.

Knowing the Park well here are some suggestions:
- The Park is still in its development phase so wildlife sightings are limited - however there are some attractive community villages that one passes through and you get to explore some scenic locations and views all to yourself - if you go with this understanding and enjoy the quiete of the bush you will thoroughly enjoy

- Make sure you make a pass by Shingwedzi Cliffs viewpoint and Ngwenya Pools (nice place to picnic)

- Make sure you overnight at least 1 night at Mbona Kaya which overlooks (20m high cliff camp site) a permanent pool in the Shingwedzi. There is an 8km loop road as well from this campsite

- The northern sandveld pan 4x4 camp site could also be a nice place to stay, there has been some good animal sightings in the area which has been picked up by the carnivore research project in the Park (www.wildedens.org)

Enjoy - and looking forward to the possibility of a trip report !


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 Post subject: Re: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:38 pm 
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Just returned from a 5 night stay on the Mozambique side.

Well I doubt I will ever return there again - the only high light of the trip was the Shingwedzi cliffs and Ngwenya pools. The road (4x4) track obviously not maintained in along time and rather overgrown with Mopane shrubs. At times we had to hunt for the tracks ever though we had 2 GPS's. we left the camp site at 09h30 and arrived after 60kms at 19h00 at the next camp site - we had just over an hour at the cliffs.
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The camping sites - one had ablutions but the Ellie's had paid the camp site a visit and the hot water system was damaged also the reed structure around the ablutions was damaged. It was obvious that this had not happened recently - no effort had been made to repair the ablution block. Another camp site - the Eco toilet had been removed and structure burnt down. No water available. Was about 10 km from the main 4 x 4 track. Yet another campsite - beautiful view over the Shingwedzi river, nice and shady, but the structure for the shower had been washed away and. No effort to rebuild it, at least there was an Eco toilet there. ( 2 nights there). The Giriyonda camp site was ok - had an Eco toilet and a structure for a shower but no running water.

The main 4x4 track northwards badly needs to have the vegetation cut back - our vehicles were horribly scratched.

Animal sightings were extremely limited.

A lot of work needs to be done before the Moz side can be promoted.


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 Post subject: Re: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:09 pm 
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Foxy wrote:
Animal sightings were extremely limited.
Are you surprised?

If SANParks and the SANDF, despite their best efforts, can't keep Mozambican (rhino) poachers out of South Africa, what do you think is going on across the border?

Johan


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 Post subject: Giriyondo Border Post
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Hi Everyone, We are traveling through to Xai-Xai in December using the Giriyondo Border Post. We will be staying at Letaba before we go through this border (Yay)...Im just wondering if anybody has used this border before and what it is like? Is it busy...What are the officials like etc

Not sure if this question has been asked but would really appreciate some info from those that have been there before :info:


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 Post subject: Re: Giriyondo Border Post
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:40 am 
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I have been through Giriyondo in 2011- it was September. Not busy at all, officials ok, passport for four people took 20 minutes to have official stamps etc put in on Moz side. Passports were taken away to a back room out of our sight which I did not like. :? Other than that no problems. Had rocks thrown at our car by kids in villages still in the park.
Endless speed bumps in the park but road good in the dry. The track through the village would be a bit yuk in the wet.

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 Post subject: Re: Giriyondo Border Post
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Hi Bush Babies, warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Giriyondo Border Post
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:25 pm 
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We have just used the border, must be early - try not to go over a weekend, on the Moz side they rather slow :roll: .
Fortunately the bulk of the traffic had gone through when we arrived at about 10a.m. but still took about an hour.
We had no problem taking meat through - they didn't even ask about it - but they did ask about wine and beer and also wanted to see a grocery list - we had one - the others didn't, but they didn't have much a problem. Once the Moz customs official had check the vehicle, barely glanced at the grocery list he left and next we had a guy with rifle who wanted to see all the docs again - this was the Moz police, so the same procedure but beware they do try and bribe you, just ignore comment, act dumb and pull out more documents.
(You should have original docs and copies of vehicle registration, bank letter re vehicle etc).
Coming back from Moz, the police asked if we had fish which we didn't.
No other issues.
The customs official seems to multi task (short staffed) - do office work before going out to check your vehicle - this happened with all the vehicles in our party, so is time consuming.

Good luck and enjoy...........


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 Post subject: Re: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:54 pm 
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Thanks everyone :wink: So looking forward to the trip...Read an article about the latest attacks in Moz and the thoughts about a civil war starting up again - really hoping this is not the case...


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 Post subject: Giriyondo border post
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:52 pm 
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Can anybody tell me if this border post is open ?


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 Post subject: Re: Giriyondo border post
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:53 pm 
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John T

Please note that the boarder post is open.

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 Post subject: Re: Giriyondo border post
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Thank you


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 Post subject: Re: Giriyondo border post
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:06 pm 
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