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Date Place Comment
August 3rd, 2021 Ngoma Farm

Still very friendly and very quiet, still no ablutions, so just a grassy spot with a pretty view over the lake.
We gave a donation, no money was asked of us.

August 3rd, 2021 Livingstone Central Hospital- COVID testing

As described but note that they only test from 08:00 to 12:30 each day.

August 2nd, 2021 turn off here to Lotri Bay Campsite

Dirt road to Lotri bay, takes appr. 1:40 h to get to campsite. Call them on WhatsApp beforehand! No coverage at their gate which is usually closed.

August 2nd, 2021 Lukasa

We paid 12,5 dollars pppn and 3 for the washing machine. Recommended!

August 2nd, 2021 Woods Camp

As described. But beware that they seem to not have enough solar power and batteries as the generators are switched on at night. Ruth switched them off after we asked her to but the next day it was the same again. She apologised and switched them off again.
Showers were a little hard to control, either hot or cold, but apparently they are waiting for someone from Lusaka to correct that.
8 dollars pppn.

August 2nd, 2021 Entering Lotri Bay - phone them first!

Please call them on WhatsApp as they might not have any cell phone coverage at their lodge.

August 2nd, 2021 D500 to Siavonga/Kariba

From here to the T1 it is a dirt road, bumpy and steep in places and the last 15km before the T1 there are more potholes than tar. Expect 90 minutes from here to T1.

In the other direction, expect also 90 minutes to the turnoff to Lotri Bay.

August 2nd, 2021 Zambian Immigration and Customs

Mosambique -> Zambia:

Drive up to the boom, park on the right and enter the white building on your right. Immigration is to your left and customs to your right, all in one building.

Drive through the Moz gate and then through the Zam gate. Note that the latter might be closed when the officers have lunch...

Drive a few hundred meters to the red brick building on your left.

1. Enter through the main entrance and present your PCR test to the health official. He will only accept a Trusted Travel certified one, otherwise you are in trouble. Sadly he is backed by the Zambian law on that... Apparently the hospital in Tete can provide such a test.

2. After the Health Official has cleared your test you can go to immigration, in the same hall.

3. Then proceed to the left, walk along the outside wall and enter the next big waiting room. That's customs, although it says something else on the door.

4. Now you have to pay the carbon tax (also with a carnet). Proceed further left along the building till you reach its end. There is a room with a cashier for this tax. He can only accept Kwacha, though, so organise some beforehand. We needed 240kw (Hilux).

5. Go all the way back to the main entrance and continue to the right hand end of the brick building. There is another small room where you need to pay the road toll tax. Tell him to put all the roads in Zambia on your road toll document! Otherwise police might give you trouble if you are stopped somewhere that is not indicated on your document.
He prints out a very official looking document which you have to show at the toll stations or to the police. Cost is 20USD for a pickup.

6. Finally, you drive back to the main 'road' and find a light green shack on the right hand side. There you pay a small amount for the council fee, I think it was 50 kw, not sure anymore.

Now proceed to the boom, show them the road toll tax doc and the receipt for the council fee and off you go!

Note that the first 20km of the road north are absolutely terrible.
And note that you need a Zambian Third Party insurance. We got that in Chipata, but probably agents are stationed at the border as well.

July 28th, 2021 Sichuan Restaurant in Jubilee Hall

Very tasty Chinese food which differs pleasantly from your every day Chinese.
The restaurant is located on the top storey of an otherwise empty hall in which you can park your car more securely than anywhere else. It's not obvious from the road but look for Jubilee hall.
The neighbourhood is busy but feels completely secure.

July 26th, 2021 Camp Livingston

Camping on the parking lot inside the heritage site next to the village. Flush toilets but no light in the ablutions block and no hot water.
They actually try to charge 15USD pppn for camping AND 15USD pp for the site. The site consists of a naked room with tableaux to read, a TV which is not working, a hut with a scene of Livingston dying and the black memorial.

We paid 500 Kwacha for two and wrote a letter of complaint.

July 26th, 2021 Livingstone Memorial site

As described. 15USD pppn AND 15usd for the entry. Just don't bother going here.

July 26th, 2021 Livingstone Memorial site turn off

First 12km are fine apart from 2 stretches through the swamp which might be muddy in rainy season. last 12 km slow and bumpy, 45 min total with a car.
But don't go there! Far too expensive.

July 25th, 2021 Lumangwe Falls

Road from Ndole Bay Lodge to Kaputa, Nkosha School (D37), Mukunsa (D36) and then the falls is fine but takes appr. 8h. Road from falls to Moporokoso is still said to be terrible. Road from falls to Ntumbashushi Falls improves along the way and takes appr. 3.5h.

July 25th, 2021 Ntumbachushi Falls

Very scenic waterfall with a pretty spot to camp on. Paid 500 for 2 people and the car. If you don't camp here you probably invest your money more effectively in the Luambwe Falls and pass by this one here.
Also, it's crowded on the weekend and people leave their rubbish everywhere, but they leave at nightfall. And beware, there is a tree with a beehive in the parking lot which the insects defend furiously. Don't park under it as they attack.

July 25th, 2021 Lumangwe Falls

Both falls are impressive and in combination with camping probably worth the money. However, as there is no running water, the showers don't work and you cannot access the second falls by car because the road is blocked by huge pipes, we negotiated a discount and paid 500 for 2. On a Friday night we were the only ones and the place was clean.

The 3km walk to the second falls is well worth it!

July 24th, 2021 Chishimba Falls

As described. Negotiated and paid for one p and a car.
Tar road from Kasama to here and then to Mporokoso is new and almost perfect.

July 24th, 2021 Ndole Bay Lodge

We agree that everything is expensive and that the sales pitch you get from the manager when you arrive is not very welcoming, especially after the very rocky 7km to the lodge. However, if you bring everything you need you can enjoy the lake, the beach, the hippos and the mozzies-free bathroom with good hot showers and spotlessly clean toilets for 15USD pp plus VAT, which they did charge us. The location is worth coming if you haven't spent time at the lake already.

July 13th, 2021 road

dirt road broken off here. serious edge, no safe bypass.

July 13th, 2021 jesus é bom, campsite tete

Still open and still absolutely lovely and kept care of. Ablutions still clean and basic but flushing toilet and showers with good pressure. Cold, however, but we did not ask for warm water. As described, the river front location comes with a great view but also with an interesting array of sounds;-) You can party with some neighbours on a Monday afternoon, then hum with the traffic on the other bank of the river till your dinner is done, enjoy a relatively silent night in which you should listen for the frogs and hippos, and then start your day quite early with the muezzin's song.
Don't look anywhere else, this is the spot to camp in Tete.

July 12th, 2021 road

correction: from Chimoio to here the road is as described. But the 25 km from here to Changara, where the intersection with the N8 is, it's dangerously potholey and devilishly slow to travel on.

July 12th, 2021 road

Road from Chimoio to here in good to very good condition. Then potholes start but still easily driveable and repairs in progress. Much better than N1 between Inchope and Save river!

July 11th, 2021 Lake Chicamba - Casa Msika

Beautifully located lodge right next to the lake. Perfectly quiet at night.
We haven't seen the campsite but according to the owner, Peter, it is in terrible condition. Let us park in between the rondavels and use a bathroom there.
Price is 720 pppn and you get back the 200 pp which you pay when you enter the property. You get a receipt for your entry fee at the gate which you have to hand in to get it back. So keep that;-)

July 11th, 2021 Lamimos Lodge

As described. We paid 750 altogether and used the ablutions. Hot water was provided in a bucket.
The road is right next to the lodge so expect trucks passing frequently. Still a perfect stopover for one night.

July 6th, 2021 Wuyani Pariango

Tha campsite is in the sandy part of the yard of the hostel, together with a few huts, trees, bushes, grassy patches, a fire place and the owner's car. The ablutions are okay but clean and it was very quite at night. The beach is across the sandy track in front of the hostel.Very friendly owners!
Good place to stay for a few nights, 400Mets pppn.

July 6th, 2021 Palmview Lodge

We absolutely agree with what has been said about this place and would like to stress the helpfulness, friendliness, warmth and professionalism of the owners Greg and Gwen. If you do have a chance to come here, stay here or dive with them, definitely do so. You won't find a better option in Barra/Tofo.

July 6th, 2021 Palm Resort Mozambique

Super friendly welcome by Jay and his wife. We camped next to one of the cabanas as there were no other guests and were allowed to use the facilities of the cabana for a reduced rate. They also have cheaper camping facilities in the back but you can't see the ocean from there.
Hawkers are forbidden to enter the resort or the dive centre, a policy that Jay enforces and which works.
Thanks to Jay's wife's help we bought crayfish and fish from the local fishermen at local prices (350 Met for a kg of crayfish, 250 Mets for a kg of fish).
The dive centre is open as well and well stocked with great equipment. Ask Jay about the price for dives and any surcharges.

July 6th, 2021 Aquaholics - Barra Dive Centre

What a wonderful dive centre! Well equipped, spotlessly clean centre and super friendly, caring and knowledgable owners providing dives also for just 2 customers. Greg tries to get the most out of each dive for his clients, stops for whales, dolphins etc on the way out to the reef and really cares for his customers having a great time.
We did a double tank dive, which was 2250Mets for each dive and 400Mets for the gear for the day, so 4900Mets for two dives including gear (so 9800Mets for the day for the two of us). There where no far reef surcharges or anything extra because it was just the two of us. We communicated beforehand and his policy about pricing was completely transparent.
Our dives where extraordinary and we highly recommend diving with Greg and enjoying Gwen's lemonade later;-)

July 6th, 2021 Paraíso de Barra

The campsite is on a property right at the beach. There are grassy, well shaded areas and a sandy one with clear view of the ocean, as well as two wooden houses with verandas and outdoor showers.
The ablutions for the campers consist of 2 showers and 2 toilets and 2 sinks for men and the same for women. There is a fish cleaning station in the back of the property and two sinks for dish washing as well as the plug in for phones etc. Everything was clean and the hot water definitely hot.
It is true that the caretaker does not live on the premises and the gate is locked, but he is easily reachable via phone/messages (as is the woman who owns it!) and opens up any time you want. In our view the locked gate kept people from crossing through the campground to the road, so for us it was positive. At night we felt safe. During the day quite a few people offering various products stopped by but left again after we insisted that we don't buy at the campsite.
The price is 1000Mets for two people for the night.

July 6th, 2021 Nhanombe Lodge

As described. 4x4 needed to access the campsite, which is well shaded. Ablutions were clean and taken care of, hot water from a donkey, so tell Antonio when you intend to shower so that he can heat the donkey in advance. To the Ocean it is just a short walk over the dune.
100Rand pppn.
Manuel has opened a small dive centre there and takes you to the fantastic spots Zavota bay has to offer. We saw a Manta and a spinner shark and the other group had dolphins! There is also a potato bass on one site which comes so close that you can touch it. He is called Patrick:-) Prices for dives and equipment where fair, but you can only pay cash, so bring enough with you. No ATMs down there at Zavora.

July 6th, 2021 Paraíso de Barra

The campsite is on a property right at the beach. There are grassy, well- shaded sites and sandy ones with a superb view of the ocean. Also two wooden houses are available with verandas and braai areas.
The ablutions for the campers consist of 2 showers, 2 toilets and 2 sinks for men and the same for women. There are two sinks for dishwashing, a power plug for phones and a fish cleaning station as well. Everything was tidy, clean and the hot water really hot.
It is true that the gate is locked but that was rather an advantage in our eyes as it kept people from passing through the campsite on their way to the street or the beach. Also, the caretaker (and the owner) are easily reachable on their phones and the caretaker opens up whenever you need to go. As the campsite is very conveniently located you can do most things on foot anyway.
During the day quite a few people tried to sell their products because they saw our car from the beach. But they also left again when we declined. At night we felt safe.
The price is 1000Mets for two people for one night.


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