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Unread post by Meg » Fri Jan 21, 2005 4:10 pm

May I ask a couple more questions on things you mentioned in your post?
How large is the Mozambique area, and when do you expect tourists to be able to go through?
Also, is it correct that there are local people living within this area?
I guess they must have mixed feelings about having their homes moved into the middle of a national park with elephant, lion, etc?
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Unread post by wanda » Mon Jan 24, 2005 4:19 pm

Dear Meg,

My apologies for only responding now.
A few quick answers to your questions.
The Mozambican area (i.e. Limpopo National Park) is approximately 1,2 million hectares.

Yes there are communities living in the area, about 15 000 along the Limpopo river and 6 000 along the Shingwedzi river.
At the moment plans are afoot to create a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Negotiations are being conducted with the communities along the Shingwedzi to try and voluntarily move them to other areas.
Those who opt not to move will have a choice of either being fenced in or not.
At the moment there have been some unhappiness about the human/animal conflicts caused by the close proximity to wild animals but these are problems that we are working through.

To answer your question about tourism, let me just say that construction of the border post on the South African side has been finished and on the Mozambican side it has just started.
We are estimating that before the end of the year (probably by August of this year) this facility will be opened for public use.
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Unread post by Guinea Pig » Mon Jan 24, 2005 4:33 pm

A question from my side ,Wanda. Will you need a passport to move between the two sides?
Thanks for your contributions. You have clarified a lot of issues about this for me. :)

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Unread post by wanda » Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:12 pm

Hi Santie,
If you will only be moving within the parks, e.g. taking a bush drive or something similar, you will not need a passport.
The understanding being that if you came in through the South African side you will exit through South Africa again. However, if your intention is to come through South Africa and exit through Mozambique or the opposite you will definitely need to go through the customs system.
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Unread post by Tokoloshe » Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:35 pm

Adding more info to the above posts, I have managed to get hold of this posted in The Argus on Sunday, 27th March.

The great elephant herds of the Kruger National Park, under threat of culling, are migrating in growing numbers across the border into Mozambique's adjacent Limpopo Park.

Flying by helicopter over Limpopo Park last Friday, we could see several herds and single bulls moving through the bush that had formerly been denuded of game by Mozambique's protracted war and by serving as a coutada, or hunting ground, under earlier Portuguese colonial rule.

Also on the helicopter flight, sponsored by South Africa's Peace Parks Foundation, was an excited Dr Markus Hofmeyr, head of Kruger's veterinary wildlife services.

He believes that the elephants are signalling each other that it is safe to return to their old stomping grounds in the Mozambican area now that the war is over and it no longer serves as a hunting place or as a "bush meat" abattoir for guerrilla fighters.

This is a remarkable change from four years ago, when most of the first group of 25 elephants, which were symbolically handed over to Mozambique by former president Nelson Mandela to start repopulating their park, made a dash back to the safety of Kruger.

Most found openings in the high-security fence at river crossings, but Hofmeyr says one bull trundled for many kilometres along the fence until he was able to round it where it meets the Limpopo River border in the far north.

Other game, notably giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, impala and kudu, have joined the elephants in crossing from Kruger through gaps in the fence, mostly at river crossings.

From the helicopter, fair numbers were spotted moving about in the unspoilt and beautiful Mozambican terrain of high-cliffed river gorges, valleys and rolling hills.

Hofmeyr says they, too, have probably been taking their cue from game translocated over the past two years by truck from Kruger into a 30 000 hectare enclosure in the Mozambican part to get them used to living on that side of the security fence.

The translocation of 3 000 head of game should be completed this year, and the enclosure will then be opened at the furthest point away from Kruger for the animals to start making their own way into their new country.

Professor Willem van Riet, chief executive of the Peace Parks Foundation, says the voluntary migration to Limpopo Park shows that translocations can work in the short term if done effectively. It is the small translocated groups that are enticing the others across the border.

Only a relatively small portion of the high-security border fence separating the two parks has been removed since they were ceremonially joined together two years ago, with, in name only, Zimbabwe's Gonarezhou Park.

Together they are called the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park but the actual link-up across the Limpopo River with Gonarezhou in troubled Zimbabwe will take a while longer.

Security concerns, especially about illegal immigrants and the smuggling of weapons and four-wheel-drive vehicles, have been hindering the removal of more sections of the border fence between the Kruger and Limpopo parks.

But control systems are now in place that will make it easier to proceed with the removal of more sections of the fence, which was put up in the mid-70s at the height of the regional conflict that also involved apartheid South Africa.

The migration of elephants into Mozambique will relieve some of the pressure on Kruger where their burgeoning numbers have been causing serious harm to the habitat. But it is unlikely to stave off culling.

The elephant population has simply gone too far out of control since a moratorium was placed on it in 1995. Kruger has about 13 000 elephants, and its maximum carrying capacity is set at about 7 000. Limpopo Park can at most take 3 000.

At a million hectares it is half the size of Kruger and an even bigger percentage of it is not suitable elephant habitat. So soon it, too, will be under pressure if Kruger's elephants keep migrating.

A final decision on culling, already building into a major bone of contention among animal-rights groups internationally, should be taken some time this year by Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the environmental affairs and tourism minister.

Meanwhile, the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park's elephant migration should serve as encouragement for southern Africa's transfrontier-park programme, in which the Peace Parks Foundation is playing a major facilitating role.

According to the 2002 African Elephant Status report of the World Conservation Union, the estimated population for southern Africa - South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Swaziland - now stands at 300 000.

Botswana has by far the worst problem, with an estimated 120 000 elephants in its Chobe Reserve and Okavango Delta

It's a fascinating subject indeed. It's just a pity that most of the old migratory routes were east-west and not north-south. Imagine adding even more to the east and west than what is currently proposed!
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Unread post by Foxy » Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:37 am

THE Giriyondo border post linking Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and the Kruger National Park in South Africa in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) will be operational from today, December 7.
When going through this access facility, tourists will be expected to produce valid passports.
Operational hours will be 08h00 to 15h00 from April 1 to September 30, while during the period between October 1 and March 31, the post will be open from 08h00 to 16h00.
The roads in the Limpopo National Park, part of the GLTP, are accessible only by 4x4 vehicles. No vehicles with an excess of maximum of four tonnes axle load are allowed to use the route that leads to the Giriyondo post.

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Unread post by gwendolen » Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:45 am

Thanks Foxy. :)

SANParks front page has an article too.

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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Tue Dec 13, 2005 7:07 am

News24 wrote:Giriyondo border post opens
08/12/2005 12:40 - (SA)

Fred Katerere

Nelspruit - Tourists can now travel through the Kruger National Park into Mozambique after the Giriyondo border post was opened on Wednesday.

The border post is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP), which straddles the borders of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

"This (border post) will facilitate tourism flow by providing easier access within the GLTP," said spokesman of the GLTP ministerial committee, John Louw.

The Giriyondo border post links the Kruger to the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.

The Mozambican part of the GLTP is only accessible in 4x4s, however.

Louw said tourists would also have to produce valid passports when using the border, and that the border is closed to commercial traffic.

The border will be open from 08:00 to 15:00 from April to September and 08:00 to 16:00 from October to March.

The GLTP was proclaimed in December 2002, when the presidents of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe signed an international treaty in Xai-Xai, Mozambique.

The three presidents will officially open the Giriyondo border post early next year.

The GLTP covers a vast area of the lowland savannah ecosystem, which is divided by the Lebombo mountains running along the border between South Africa and Mozambique.

It is expected to boost eco-tourism and regional socio-economic development.

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Unread post by Freda » Tue Dec 13, 2005 7:38 pm

Or is this a short cut for some people?
New border post 'for 4x4s only'
13/12/2005 18:10 - (SA)

Nelspruit - A Mozambican who hoped to take an enormous bakkie-load of goods from Johannesburg to Mozambique, was turned away when he tried to use the new Giriyondo border post on Tuesday.
The border post is in the Kruger National Park and was opened last week to link the park to the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique as part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
When Quessane Mapsanganhe heard about the new gate, he was excited at the prospect of a shorter route from Johannesburg to Chokwe in Mozambique's southern Gaza province.
But on Tuesday, Mapsanganhe was told he needed a four-wheel drive vehicle to use the roads on the Mozambican side of the border.
"I pleaded with the border officials to transport my load in batches, but they said the route was open only to 4x4 bakkies," he said.
He then had to drive another 300km to Nelspruit and about 140km further to Lebombo border post at Komatipoort.
Officially open next year
It would then take a further 80km from the border to Maputo, before he could head north to Chokwe.
Mapsanganhe makes a living by collecting goods in South Africa and delivering them to people living in Chokwe.
Raymond Travers of Kruger National Park said any member of the public could use the public roads in the park, even they carried big loads like Mapsanganhe.
"The road is a free access road and any member of the public can drive through that road," he said.
The Giriyondo border post will be officially opened next year by the presidents of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe

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Unread post by arks » Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:16 pm

Elsa wrote:Well from what I have seen the rules seem fairly clear, ie. no commercial traffic or non 4x4 vehicles. There should be no confusion but maybe the fault lies with the external entrances from either side, are they making people aware of these restrictions.

Well, whatever that guy was carrying, it sure sounds "commercial" to me, so what does the quote from KNP mean?
Raymond Travers of Kruger National Park said any member of the public could use the public roads in the park, even they carried big loads like Mapsanganhe.
"The road is a free access road and any member of the public can drive through that road," he said.

I shudder to think was that park of the park will become if such loads are allowed. I thought there was a rule that anyone using Giryondo had to have (at least) one night booked in KNP. Has this changed? What does KNP Spokesman have to say on this? I'm very concerned as I travel a considerable distance at considerable expense to visit KNP and would find such traffic over (over)loaded bakkies VERY off-putting. :twisted: :twisted: :sniper:
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Unread post by DuQues » Wed Dec 14, 2005 5:50 pm

The Giriyondo Tourist Access Facility is open from 08:00 until 16:00 (October - March) and from 08:00 until 15:00 (April - September) and is only open for 4x4 vehicles as the roads within the Limpopo National Park are still being developed. It is also not open to commercial traffic as its role is to facilitate tourist movement within the GLTP. Therefore, no vehicles with an excess of a maximum of four tons axle load are allowed.

Boats and trailers will be allowed “at the owners' risk" and the transport of firearms is not allowed except if the owner can provide the necessary export permits.

Found this on another website, written by Raymond as well.
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Unread post by Jumbo » Thu Dec 15, 2005 7:35 am

If I read it correctly, commercial is only defined by the following:

vehicles with an excess of a maximum of four tons axle load

As I've said in a previous post, you cannot really differentiate between a tourist vehicle loaded with camping equipment and a bakkie loaded to double it's size with plastic bottles, beds etc.
IMHO, this going to be a very busy border post the moment the roads on Moz. side has been upgraded.

It will be a good idea to have cell reception inside Kruger on the routes that lead to this border post

But, before "attacking" SANParks: I don't think they had much to do with the final decisions. I'm sure that they also do not what a string of loaded bakkies travelling through the Park. I believe the decision was made “higher up" and SANParks will again have to do the “dirty work". I certainly hope that who ever made the decisions, will also pay for more manpower that can make sure all goes well on these routes


Unread post by Jumbo » Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:06 pm

Hi all

This is a very long post, but hopefully it will be useful to those who wish to make use of Giriyondo in the future.

Just one point:
We used a Mozambican vehicle to go into SA at Giriyondo, thus we did not go through the same procedure and use the same forms as you will with a SA vehicle going into Moz..
However, I more than frequently go through the Lebombo/Resanno Garcia border post with a SA registered vehicle, so I will describe the documentation that I normally use at that border post – should not differ considerably.

What you need before the time:

* A Passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your return

* SA citizens DO NOT require visas.

All other passport holder, except Malawians, requires visas.
Visas can be obtained at the Mozambican Embassy in your country (they have a few all over the world) or you can buy your visa at the border.
At most port of entries you can purchase a 30-day visa – just double check if it can be done at Giriyondo.
A visa will cost you about R170

* The original vehicle registration document.
If you are not the titleholder, example your car is leased from the bank, you also require a letter from your bank authorizing you to take the car out of SA.
If you are towing a trailer you also need its registration documentation.

Rental vehicles can also cross the border, but you need to inform the rental company before hand and get all the necessary documentation from them.
There is normally a levy involved.
Most of the rental companies do not offer the service of renting a vehicle in SA and dropping it off in Moz.

* Saffies should also inform their insurance company that they are taking their vehicles into Moz.
Most companies issue you a letter stating that you vehicles will then be insured during your cross border trip.

* Compulsory Mozambican 3rd party insurance for your vehicle & trailer (if applicable).
You can purchase this before hand from an AA shop.
You can also purchase this at the border (I confirmed that they do sell the insurance on the Mozambican side at Giriyondo).
This insurance will cost you R150 – cover is for 30 days.

* Saffies DO NOT need an international driver’s licence.
Your SA driver’s licence is valid in all the SADC states.
Other passport holders do require international drivers licences.

* You are forced by local law to have at least two red emergency triangles in your vehicle at all times (can buy at most supermarkets)
In addition, if you are towing, you have to display a blue and yellow triangle on the front of your vehicle as well as on the back of the trailer/caravan.
These triangles can be purchased at AA shops.

* If possible, try to get some of the local currency, Meticais, beforehand.
You can also pay with Rand and USD at the border and use it inside Moz., but normally they give you a shocking low rate and change is mostly not “available”. :roll:
DO NOT exchange all your money in SA – the rate you get at the exchange houses (Cambios) inside Moz. is much better.

Currently the rate is 27 000MT for 1USD and 4 000MT of 1 SA Rand

There is a Foreign exchange bureau at the Crossings Mall in Nelspruit that you can use.
At Lebombo there are people selling Meticais just before you reach the border.
I don’t know how legal this is.
On the Moz. side there are also people selling, but I know for a fact that this is illegal – in 2004 several tourist spend a night in jail because they bought from these guys – they arrested the tourist, not the vendors…

Also a very important point: Moz. is in the process of changing its currency – they are throwing away 3 zero’s – there goes my status as a multi millionaire.. :cry:
They are currently running on a dual currency system.
The new currency is Novo Meticais (MTn).
In about July they are going to start printing the new currency and by beginning of next year the switchover should be completed.
SO, after July, be very careful that you don’t pay 5 000MTn for something that cost 5 000MT. :shock:
After January 2007 the “Novo” is going to fall away and it is then just going to be Meticais again.

* It will be a good idea to take out travel insurance to ensure that you will get evacuated in an emergency – Moz hospitals are not recommended…
When we get visitors, we normally make use of the travel insurance provided by Netcare 911 – they also have an office and experienced paramedics in Maputo.

* Make certified copies of all your important documentation.

Travelling Distances and times
Remember, we travelled from Maputo, so I’m giving the distances and travelling times from that direction.

Maputo to Macia 149 km – 1hr 50min
Our travelling time and distance is from our house in Maputo.
Travelling on this road is slow because it is busy and there are several small towns were you have to keep to the speed limit.
We travelled on EN1 and turned of inside Macia. Turnoff is well signposted – Limpopo National Park.
If you come from Giriyondo and you want to go to Xai Xai you will turn left at this intersection.
Macia – Xai Xai: 62 km
Macia – Bilene: 33 km (turnoff to Bilene is also in Macia)
Hint: :wink: Nice clean toilets at the Petromoc filling station (turn right at intersection…a small distance on you will see it on your right)

Macia to turnoff towards Massingir 82 km – 1 hr
Although narrow this is a very nice road.
The road surface is good tar and the road is quiet.
However, DO NOT SPEED – there are people, children and animals crossing the road.
The turnoff (left) is well signposted.

Turnoff – Massingir 103 km – 1hr 10 min
Also a relatively good tar road – small potholes every now and then.
The most stunning environment! You feel as though you are driving inside Kruger. 8)
The most pristine bush with only a small amount of people living in the area.


Massingir – Giriyondo 80 km - 2hr 20 min

NB: If you are travelling from the Moz side, like we did, you need to purchase your permit at the Park’s offices in the town of Massingir
I will give more detail later on regarding the cost involved.

Look out for this sign:


It is near this Baobab :D :


From Massingir town you travel a short distance to the Massingir dam.


They are currently working on the dam wall, thus you have to take a small detour around to get to the Park gates.

The speed limit inside the Park varies from 40km/h to 20km/h.

It is advisable to use a GPS in the Limpopo Park – signboards are non-existent and the roads can be somewhat confusing.
The current GPS map on Tracks4Africa is incorrect – will hopefully be updated soon…
But if you don’t have a GPS, I’m sure you will also get to the other side.

The roads are not THAT bad – one or two bad spots. IMHO, any vehicle with high ground clearance will make it – although, might need 4x4 after heavy rains.
We saw a normal “low” bakkie travel this road – will write about that in other thread!! :evil:

The roads are narrow, thus you have to go into the tick sand next to the road to give way for approaching vehicles (or eventually you get fed up and make the approaching vehicles give way)– 4x4 will also be required here.
We encountered several SA vehicles, some towing boats, trailers with quad bikes etc.
A lot of these idiots were speeding (will also write about this in another thread). :x
My husband is a painfully considerate person; at the beginning he patiently got of the road, waiting for the hooligans to pass – they did not even bother to thank us.
But then one approaching idiot flashed lights to us, “warning” us to give way!
There my husband's patience got lost and he decided that we are driving a Moz car and these hooligans are now in “our” country – after that a few Saffies almost overturned there vehicles to get onto the thick sand next to the road. :twisted:

The Park itself is not what I will call a nature’s area.
It is one big village with houses, people, goats, cattle and dogs (will also write more about this in another thread).



PLEASE respect these people through the speed you decided to travel.
If there are people inside the road DO NOT speed right up to them – slow down, give them time to get out of the road and pass them slowly.
Be careful of children and animals in the road.
The Mozambicans love and cherish their children – if you kill a child you are in BIG trouble!

Do not take video or photo of people without asking permission first.

Our first sign of wildlife was very dry elephant dung 18 km before Giriyondo.
The only wildlife we saw was impala and zebra about 1 km from the border post.
Birds were also noticeably absent up to about 5 km before the border.

Border procedures


Giriyondo is obviously much smaller than the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post – less counters etc.
Although you use the same forms the physical procedure is a bit more complicated at Ressano Garcia.
Those who want info on the procedure at Ressano Garcia can PM me – rather than using the obscure characters who offer their “help” at the border post. :wink:

SA to Moz: SA side

1. All passport holders must accompany their passports to be stamped by the migrations official.
2. A temporary import permit for the vehicle and (if applicable) trailer has to be completed and stamped. Unfortunately it seems that Giriyondo do not have stock of the quadruplicate DA 341 form and this makes the process a bit cumbersome – you will thus have to complete a form on the SA side as well as the Moz side.
I do not have a copy of the “old” form, but below is the DA 341 form and the info required is more or less the same (think the “old” form also require the chasis #)

The “old” form is completed in duplicate, stamped, and one copy is given back to you. VERY IMPORTANT:
Keep the form in a safe place but also handy in case you are stopped and the traffic officials/police request to see it.
With the DA 341 form the official just tear out one of the 4 copies and hand you the stamped form.


** If you haven’t purchased your 3rd party insurance yet, leave the space provided open and complete on the Moz side after you got the insurance.

IMPORTANT: Declare all valuables, like camping fridges and cameras etc. on this form.
If you don’t, the Moz. side is going to want to charge you import duty.
Items declared on this form have to be with you when you leave again.

3 The migrations officials at Giriyondo are very kind, they complete the gate pass (thin slip with registration number and number of occupants in car).
This is also were the procedure differs from Lebombo:
A police official then goes and checks your vehicle and take the stamped gate slip. (think these guys are actually doing their work and the guys at Lebombo not)
They mostly check the car serial numbers.

SA to Moz: Moz side

1. If you do not yet have your 3rd party insurance you have to purchase it – I looked around and it seems that this is done at “Tourist Information” (At Ressano Garcia the insurance companies have their own “stalls”)

2. Non-SA passport holders need to purchase a visa (R170)– just double check that this can be done at Giriyondo.
You will be required to complete an application form

3. Complete a Embark/Disembark Card for every passport.
Hand the completed cards and the passports to the migrations official to be stamped.
You are also required to pay border tax of R12 per passport (or 29 000 MT).
Try to give the correct amount – change is an issue… :roll:

Embark/Disembark Card


4. If the SA side do not have the quadruplicate DA 341 form, you will also have to complete another form in duplicate on the Moz side for the temporary import of the vehicle. (with the DA 341 you just hand the official the form and he tear out his copy after he stamped it ….you then get the form back).
You also need to pay for the temporary import permit – R7 (although they sometime insist on R10). In Meticais you pay 26 500MT

To sum it up: If you have to complete the “old” forms, you will have 2 stamped forms (one from SA and one from Moz)
If you completed the quadruplicate DA 341 from you will have the one form and there will be two copies left inside
Look after these forms… they are important.

5. Ok, now for the fun part: the Moz officials are going to inspect your vehicle. :lol: :?
They are going to snoop around, asking you to open this and that. Will also ask if you have anything to declare.

Some points to remember:

Each person is allowed to bring in 50.00 USD worth of foodstuff once every 30 days for personal consumption.
If you exceed the 50.00 USD limit an official tax rate of 52% is used to tax any foodstuff.
You should prove the value of the goods bought by showing the receipts (till slip).
If you do not have any receipts the custom officials will estimate the value of the goods and you will be taxed accordingly. (Make sure the tax is levied on the amount before VAT – no use paying tax on tax).
At RG you can only pay this tax with Meticais – no other currencies

You are allowed the following (but it forms part of your 50 USD)
1 L Hard liquor (more than this….151% tax…..rather buy in Moz…cheaper)
2 Bottles wine (same tax as above…wine is expensive in Moz)
1 Case Beer – don’t bother bringing, Moz beer is very good and cheap. :D
200 Cigarettes – also don’t bring if you are not fussy about your brand….cigarettes is ½ price in Moz and do not have “death messages” printed all over packets :shock: :roll:

You are not allowed to bring in sugar or salt – it is to protect their local industry…rather add beer to your coffee and on you meat :lol:

They currently have a problem with eggs and chicken meat … bird flue.

Meat: rather take with…. :wink:
Now the issue of meat is always a mystery.
I always take meat through the border at Ressano Garcia and don’t have any problems as long as it is part of my 50 USD (small lam chop).
BUT, the guys at Giriyondo on Friday kept on about meat…even though we were exiting Moz…we humoured them because I think it is so much part of their routine they did not even think that it has nothing to do with them if we take meat out – anyway, there was no meat in the cooler box.
If you take meat, rather vacuum pack it, will give them one less issue to find “fault” with.

DO NOT attempt to bribe these guys.
I do get the impression that they are used to “gifts”.
If you bribe them you are making the use of this border post very difficult for all the other people who wish to use it. Know what you are entitled to and follow the procedures.
That said, respect and politeness is two very important issues in Moz. society.
If you are friendly to these guys and treat them with respect, your trip will start on a good note. :D
Be arrogant, and it is going to cost you time and money.

6 You are now finished with all the “official stuff”.
You now need to complete the formalities for the Limpopo Park.
At the Tourist office you pay for your permit (we did that in Massingir)

The costs are as follow:
200 000 MT per adult (International, include Saffies)….100 000MT for Nationals
I unfortunately did not look at the price for children – might be 100 000MT
200 000Mt per vehicle
You can also pay in Rand

To conclude this “monster” post :shock: , some other point to remember while driving in Moz.:

* Avoid driving after dark.
It is VERY dangerous – look at the next point (rather sleepover in Letaba and enter Moz early in the morning)
* If you kill a person with your vehicle, whether it was your fault or not, there is a compulsory jail term of 72 hours. Nobody can get you out of that!
*Stick to the speed limits: normally 60km/h in towns and 120 -100km/h on the open road.
Every town has its traffic official just waiting for the hooligan Saffies… Fines are 1 000 000MT – ask for a receipt.
* Wear your seatbelt
* Always be polite as the Police do not like arrogance or disrespectful comments

PEW, hope this post will shed more light on the use of Giriyondo and the issues that need to be taken into account before you use it.
Mods, not all is SANParks related, but I think we are going to get more and more questions on the forum about Giriyondo and I hope this post will help.

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Unread post by DuQues » Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:13 am

Welcome joen!
how strict is the 4X4 policy seeing we will be travelling in convoy with one 4X4 one 4x2 and just a normal car...

If it says 4x4 they mean it! (That is to keep the roads in one piece, not because a sedan would not be able to make it.) I don't know about the Mozzie side, but in Kruger the road is great. However you may want to read the post made by Jumbo. She's listed all kinds of things you may want to know.
Not posting much here anymore, but the photo's you can follow here There is plenty there.

Feel free to use any of these additional letters to correct the spelling of words found in the above post: a-e-t-n-d-i-o-s-m-l-u-y-h-c


Unread post by Jumbo » Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:53 am

Southern Africa: Great Limpopo Opens First Border Post

ONE of the borders helping tourists roam the new Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park will be opened next week.

The opening of the Giriyondo Border Post between the South African and Mozambican centres will allow swifter passage into Coutada 16 in Mozambique, South Africa's Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe's second largest national park, Gonarezhou, forming the new transfrontier conservation park.

The three countries are still working on modalities to set up another entry point at a strategic site linking the three countries.

"This strategic border has been delayed because of a bridge we are supposed to construct linking South Africa and Zimbabwe. At the moment we need to discuss issues pertaining to the resources required and how and when the two countries can participate in the building of the bridge," Environment and Tourism Minister Cde Francis Nhema said.

In an interview, Cde Nhema said: "We understand we need an exclusive bridge to link Gonarezhou and Kruger. This is, however, a highly expensive project which might take longer than expected and as stakeholders, we agreed to build a temporary bridge while we work on the more permanent one," the minister said.

Cde Nhema said the Giriyondo Border Post would be opened by President Mugabe Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki.

"It took us a long time to organise that the three leaders be part of this important event. This is the first border to be opened for the entry into the other part of the park. This will also be an opportunity for all parties involved in the formation of the park to discuss issues pertaining to its development of other areas of the sanctuary and other areas of interest."

Kruger National Park was highly developed with tarred roads and electricity while Mozambique and Zimbabwe were still working on improving their infrastructure.

But Gonarezhou and Coutada 16 appeal to wildlife enthusiasts who wanted to view untamed game in the wild.

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