End of November, too much rain?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 8, 2012 11:29 AM Last Post By: ozzieinmozzie
Nov 4, 2012 9:04 AM
End of November, too much rain?Hi,
I'm planing to stay a week in Maputo (got a small job there) and I have to catch a flight coming back from Johannesburg at 6pm. I have a couple of questions.
How long do you take to get from Maputo to the airport at Johannesburg by car? Can the trip be delayed by bad weather? What should I expect during the last days of November?
About Malaria/Dengue, how problematic is it? Are there a lot of mosquitoes?
Sorry for such apparently silly questions, but I need to make some decisions fast...
Nov 4, 2012 11:56 AM
1I would allow 6 to 7 hours to get from the border to O R Tambo airport (Johannesburg) and and hour or 90 minutes so to get from Maputo to the border. How long it will take you to get through the border post is anyone's guess, but allow another hour or so. If the flight departs at 6 p.m. you have to be there by 4.p.m. You should be OK if you leave Maputo at or before 6 a.m.
You can expect to pass through a thunderstorm somewhere along the way, but that should not be an obstacle - it might slow you down by 15 minutes or so, if that.
Malaria must be taken very seriously. See your doctor and with him decide on the best pills to take. Not necessarily the best pills for anyone else.
Nov 5, 2012 3:06 PM
Nov 5, 2012 9:15 PM
3Malaria is prevalent all year round and you must take anti-malarial precautions. It is more prevalent in the (southern) summer months.See your doctor about what is best to take for each of you.
Besides the malarial risk I do not understand why it should be more dangerous then than at other times of the year.
Nov 6, 2012 2:44 PM
Nov 6, 2012 9:27 PM
Nov 7, 2012 9:10 AM
6ORTIA to Nelspruit on the N4 > 4 hrs. Nelspruit to Komatipoort > 1.5 - 2 hrs depending on truck traffic through gorge. Borderpost > plan for 1 - 2 hrs. Once in Mozambique do yourself the favour of getting a Mozambican SIM card at one of the border stalls. Send your no. from there to your wife et al. It will be much cheaper than roaming, Cell Cinformed me that it takes up to 3 months to get the roaming info from their Moz. counterparts. I got it the next month and they charged me for usage after I had already returned to SA! Go figure.
Before you leave, make certified copies of your driver's licence, 3rd party insurance, car registration papers. Cops in Mozambique are known to take it and refuse to return it until they have been paid a bribe. Give them the copies instead, always friendly and with a smile, and hold the licence up against the window. Make sure you have a ZA sticker on the rear of your bumper and if you have a trailer, the yellow triangle sticker. Also carry 2 of the correct sized triangles (not the small SA ones) in your boot and a fire extinguisher and a yellow reflective jacket. You can get all of those from Outdoor Warehouse in Nelspruit, or from Dana Travel Experience at Sonpark in Nelspruit. Finally, drive within the speed limit in Mozambique and you're less likely to be pulled over. Yes, you need malaria precautions. Period. I found a red spray can called Vital Protection to be very useful.
Nov 7, 2012 3:34 PM
I bought my ticket, am going solo, and flying with LAM from O R Tambo to Maputo and back.
Not driving there. Any ideas for what to do for a day or 2? I'm into photography. Thanks
Nov 8, 2012 2:04 AM
8If you're by yourself it would be best to ask your hotel concierge about local tour options so that you don't walk down the wrong street with your big camera. Your wife will feel safe knowing that you won't allow yourself to be chatted up by local women as they go back to your hotel and you wake up the next morning without a wallet, camera, passport etc. realizing your drink was spiked and your mojo left unsatisfied.
Gustav Eiffel who built the Eiffel Tower in Paris, also designed several buildings in then Lorenzo Marques. One is a house of steel (useless, hopelessly too hot); another is the beautiful but poorly maintained art nouveau railway station. There are lovely buildings in Maputo adorned with masonry lace work, almost all of it decrepit due to local building taxes that require higher taxes for well maintained buildings. Likewise, some buildings were sabotaged by the departing Portuguese and Italians abandoning the city in the War of Independence. They still stand there just as they were then, useless. Plumbing cemented with concrete, monuments to the spites of war, i.e. "If we can't have it, they won't either".
The central Roman Catholic church in Art Deco style will offer you great photo ops from the opposite hotel's upstairs restaurant patio. You may get into trouble for photographing government buildings including the airport and the legislature near the church. Ask first. There's also a Voortrekker monument somewhere, though nothing awesome but surprisingly well tended to. Try and arrange a tour of the port. Not much there but you may get great photos of ships.
Consider the fish market close to the railway station for the market feel and the big stadium outside Maputo for the slum and Cairo traffic feel. Dunno how safe it would be with a camera and at any rate you'd need to drive.
A ferry crosses over to the island - think it's free. Makes for a good lunch trip, allow at least 1/2 day and have some prawns; or go to - Casa do Sol restaurant on the beach - everyone knows it. Great prawns & local beer. Have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maputo for more. Go with no expectations and you'll likely return again. And remember, everything is expensive.
Nov 8, 2012 11:29 AM
9For the sake of pedantry, Eiffel didn't design the train station, that rumour got out and somehow stuck, he's only real mark in Maputo is the Iron House.
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