Giriyondo to inhambane
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Feb 19, 2013 12:04 AM Last Post By: threedogs
Feb 16, 2013 12:02 PM
Giriyondo to inhambaneWe are planning a trip to Tofo overland from Kruger in April. We are currently exploring the option of travelling from crocodile bridge or malelane up through the park to Guriyondo gate into Moz. We think if we set off early we can get to one of the rest camps near Guriyondo for a night and then cross the border early and get to Tofo before dark ...
Any thoughts? Do we need 4x4? How are the roads?
Any hints or tips appreciated
Feb 17, 2013 1:35 AM
1Hi SallyWally, You may want ot check the flood situation, it's my understanding that Massingir is still cut off from Chokwé. It should be find by April but make sure you confirm before you leave. Technically you won't need a 4x4 but higher clearance is better, especially for the dirt roads in Limpopo National Park. Kruger to Tofo in one day is a massive mission, you'd have to leave at the crack of dawn. Some lodges in Tofo require 4x4.
Feb 17, 2013 12:55 PM
2We drove from Letaba camp via Giryondo to Vilankulos in August 2008. We spent two nights camping in the the Mozambican section of the Transfrontier Park (The Limpopo National Park)and then crossed the Limpopo at Mapai (we were driving 4x4's). We found another camp-site at Machaila before pushing through the following day. You are unlikely to make it all the way across in one day and may have to sleep out in the middle of nowhere. Your chances of crossing the Limpopo river before August are virtually zero - and I would not even attempt that route without a 4x4.
The Massingir / Chokwe route is (IMHO) less of an adventure, but I would not like to do the section from Giryondo to Massingir in anything other than a 4x4. #1 above has already pointed out that the flood damage is severe and that you will probably not make it through.
Feb 19, 2013 12:04 AM
3We drove from Mopani camp via Giriyondo to Bilene in 2011 in the dry season in a little 4x4 and was glad of the higher clearance. I have to say the drive was very tedious. It took all day on bad roads and left me exhausted. If you have a longer drive I wouldn't attempt it in one day especially if the road conditions are dubious.
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