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Re: travel advice re mozambique via giriyondo

Unread post by octo » Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:44 pm

The road through Limpopo NP is about 70km long (2 hours drive) and the first 30km has just been re-graded so this section is in very good condition - the rest is mostly in reasonable condition but there are some stretches which need work and one would travel slower on these areas. Ideally you should have a high clearance vehicle (4x4 not essential) for this road and there are many caravans and boats that travel this route although being a gravel road one should maintain to the speed limits and you would be ok.

Limpopo NP (part of the GLTP along with Kruger) has 2 camps (Albufeira and Aguia Pesqueira which means Fish Eagle and has lovely views over the dam) on this road, both with chalets and camping and if you want to use these facilities you can book through Heloise at - and you could also stay at Letaba on route as well.

Giriyondo border post is very pleasant and reasonably quick (always under 1/2 hour) so this is far less stressful than the other border posts. It is currently open from 8am - 3pm.

As for times: Phalaborwa - Giriyodondo - 2 to 2 1/2 hours (at the speed limit) ; Giriyondo border post (1/2 hour) ; Giriyondo to Massingir LNP Gate (70km - 2 hours) ; Massingir Gate to Macia (I think about 170km or 2 1/2 hours - there is a 60km stretch of road between Massingir and Chokwe which is badly potholed but the good part is that there are no traffic cops on this road) ;Macia to Xai Xai (60km or 3/4 hour)

Which route to go is your choice - if you are travelling from North of Jhb/Pretoria then I would go via Giriyondo as it is shorter - but if travelling from Jhb or Pretoria then I would say the southern route is quicker by an hour or two but you miss out on some relaxing travelling through KNP / LNP and you have a more stressful border crossing - so you can balance time vs stress as to what is more important

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Camps on the Mozambique side of KNP

Unread post by kayvz » Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:22 am

My son is travelling to Mozambique through Giriyondo borderpost near Letaba. Are there any places to stay on the Moz side? Thanks for your help!

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Re: Camps on the Mozambique side of KNP

Unread post by G@mespotter » Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:00 pm

Jip if my memory serves me correct, there are 3 camps to stay at. Not sure whether they are camping only. Will have to look for my maps with more info :thumbs_up:
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Re: Camps on the Mozambique side of KNP

Unread post by rooikat75 » Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:00 pm

I drove to the border post on Thursday to check it out.
As they told me the most popular camp site is called Campiso Aquila.
It is at the Massingir dam.
If you get to the border post they will give you all the info.
I think its better to book before you go.
The name of the park is Limpopo national park or parque nacional do limpopo.
My map shows 4 camps (4 x 4) and 2 camps (sedan cars)
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Re: Camps on the Mozambique side of KNP

Unread post by rooikat75 » Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:03 pm

Almost forgot,remember to get all the papers you need to take your car threw the border post

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Re: Camps on the Mozambique side of KNP

Unread post by EleanorMuller » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:11 am

30kms into the Park on the Mozambique side is Machampane Wilderness Camp, a luxury camp with safari tents. ( Ph: +27 21 701 7860 to book.
Just south of the Park, 14kms outside Massingir on the southern shores of the Massingir dam is Covane Fishing & Safari Lodge. They have traditional units and camping facilities. Phone tel: +258 824 813 414 | email: for bookings.

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Re: Camps on the Mozambique side of KNP

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:34 am

I've stayed at Machampane (not as a paying guest, as a canoe guide) and its in a very nice setting :thumbs_up:
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going into limpopo park

Unread post by kitd » Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:53 pm

Does anyone know how expensive and difficult it is for 2 Brits to cross over the borderpost at Gyriondo and if it worth the trouble.

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Re: going into limpopo park

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:05 pm

Welcome to the forum kitd

I have driven the southern road towards Moz part and I have never got the impression that it would be better than the Kruger part.

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Exiting Giriyondo border post

Unread post by threedogs » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:54 am

next September we want to exit Kruger via Giriyondo and proceed direct to Bilene on the coast of Moz. Do we need 4x4 for the most direct route?
Thanks for any advice

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Re: Exiting Giriyondo border post

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:03 am

From what I can see on Google Maps you won't need to, provided that you go via the 'normal' Giriyondo - Massingir road.
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Crossing border to mozambique campsites

Unread post by -Joshua8- » Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:06 pm

I'm planning a trip from south Africa to Mozambique :dance: (12dec till 2jan) and wanted cross borders in Kruger park. the last stop before Kruger will be Sabie (will be staying there at a friends place) and had the idea cross Mozambican border @ macandezulo cause I have to end in Vilanculos (Moz.) I'll be driving a fully equiped 4x4 with tents.
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Re: Exiting Giriyondo border post

Unread post by Beachbunny » Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:48 am

Thr road will be fine for non 4x4 vehicles in September. After rain, it gets little sticky, but that is unlikely at that time of year. There are some beautiful camps on the road through, with both chalets and camp sites. Just a word of warning on visas for Moz if you are not on a SA or SADC passport. The fees have increased enormously to, at present, around R560 per passport. If you need a visa I would advise obtaining from overseas or in SA at Moz high commissions/embassies. Some borders have the capacity to issue these new biometric visas, but did not see the equipment when last at Giriyondo. Anyone planning to get a visa at that border (or Pafuri) should check well in advance if they are still able to issue them. You can get them issued at Komatipoort and the two Swaziland borders.

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Re: Exiting Giriyondo border post

Unread post by Sprocky » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:30 am

3dogs, sorry to be a pain in the butt, but will you be spending a night or two in Kruger or just using it as a transit route? If it is the latter, please keep to a reasonable speed and slow down and even stop when you see other cars that are stationary at a sighting. Don't spoil it for the Kruger guests and enjoy your trip to Moz. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Exiting Giriyondo border post

Unread post by threedogs » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:55 am

thanks for all the helpful replies! Sprocky - don't worry we are spending 9 wonderful days in Kruger first :dance:
The visa thing might be a bit tricky - will investigate further. Any Aussies passed through there recently who could advise further? Oh and one more question.. As we will be returning via the same route back to Phalaborwa, do I have to ask for a multiple entry visa for South Africa at OR Tambo when we arrive?
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