Getting Around Mozambique

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    Ferry to Inhaca

    by cleocat Written Jul 14, 2005

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    To get to Inhaca you can take the ferry. There is one each day. Over weekends there are more than one. You can book at the Holiday Inn in Maputo.

    It is $30 per person.(weekends) Leaves around 08:00 and returns at 17:00. Stops at Portugese Island before continuing to Inhaca.

    There is secure parking at the port. Holiday Inn has a courtesy bus for their clients.

    Ferry to Inhaca
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    Bordercrossing Tanzania - Mozambique

    by WhereisWally Written Jan 16, 2005

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    A large river marks the border between Mozambique and Tanzania . There aren't any bridges between the two countries (one is planned, but it could take a while). Border-crossing is possible at some place by dug-out cannoo. At one place it's possible to cross the border with a vehicle. A small ferry takes you across near the coast. When the ferry breaks down it can take months before it starts opparating again, so it's wise to try and get advies in advance. We ended up leaving our car behind and crossing by cannoo. At the Mozambiquean side of the border it takes for ages before you reach the immigration office (see picture), so if there's a vehicle around, get a ride!

    immigration office mozambique
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    Driving in Maputo

    by deidrev Written Jul 26, 2004

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    Nothing compares to driving in Maputo! Pedestrians cross the streets
    whenever they feel like it and you have to stop or slow down - not that you
    can drive fast anyway. Vehicles change lanes without indicators on or stop
    infront of you all of the sudden. One needs to be very sober and very alert
    when driving there. Finding your way is also complicated by the fact that
    street names are virtually non-existent. At intersections, there's a robot
    only on your left hand side. The robot is also positioned at such an
    awkward angle that, when you are first in line, you can't see when the
    robot changes. In Maputo, the polite way of letting you know the robot has
    changed, is hooting. So, there's a lot of hooting going on and believe me,
    I was at the receiving end of a lot of that!

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    Potholes the size of cars!!

    by jenniferhen Written May 21, 2004

    Be prepared for some large potholes along the way!! I would highly advise you to have a spare tire as getting a flat is a very real possibility in this country. I have never seen so many potholes in my life on one single road. Also people are EVERYWHERE!! They use the edges of roads all the time so be very cautious of pedestrians.

    Slight exaggeration but close!! hehe!

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    Internal buses

    by rslyons99 Written Oct 3, 2003

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    I found travelling by public transportation to be a nightmare in Mozambique. Next time I'm hiring a car in Johannesburg and driving.

    Believe your Lonely Planet when it says that most buses leave at 4 AM. What's worse, there are essentially no taxi services within towns, so I was constantly getting up at 3 and hiking out to the bus station to try to find a bus to the next town. On a couple of occasions I bought a ticket for the bus the next day--I was suspicious, but it worked every time, and when they told me that the bus would leave at 4, it left at 4:00 exactly.

    I travelled from north to south through the country, and transport improved the closer I got to Maputo. Once I got into an area with enough minibuses (called "chapas") I took them--changing a flat is a lot quicker on a minibus than on one of the biggies.

    Prices were generally pretty cheap, 4-8 USD for a day's journey.

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    Ferry service across Rovuma river

    by trilbi Updated Sep 9, 2002

    If you come to Mozambique from Tanzania you can cross the border in Kilambo. From there, after a few kilometers drive you reach the Rovuma river where there is a ferry service that runs at full tide twice a day. In August the first run is at about 5.30 a.m. and since the closest place where you can find an accomodation is in Mtwara it may be convenient to camp on the river banks, as we did without any problem.

    Mozambique border in Namiranga

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    The busses will break down...

    by LAOWAI Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The busses will break down while you are on them. And if you are as lucky as me, they will have a pump and a spare tire. If you are unlucky like I was, the pump will not work and you will have to sit around for a couple of hours until you think of a bright idea- like hitching. I recommend trying the bus - if you have to. Otherwise hitch or share rides with people who have cars- it's a very common way to get around. Lord Jim only takes chapas (the mini-busses that have a rep or overturning and killing everyone on board) but that doesn't mean you have to- at least not ALL THE TIME.
    The Chapa is a great way to get around as a last resort or just around town if you can figure them out. They're only about 20 cents or a bit more to go around town or to another town.

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  • From South Africa, through the...

    by DukeyToo Written Aug 24, 2002

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    From South Africa, through the border point north of Sodwana (I forget its name) can get there by car, but after the border post you absolutely need a 4x4. Of course, this only applies to Ponto d'Ouro and Malangane, other places in Mozambique, through other border posts, have actual roads and stuff.
    4x4 only.

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    Airport Pick-up for Inahca island lodge

    by nora_south_africa Written Jul 15, 2006

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    Inhaca island lodge uses this airport pick up, Make sure you arrange with where you book for an airport collection...definitely no taxi here...

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