On the road in Mozambique

When we left the coast in Inhassoro, we knew that the road would get much worse from now on. The N1, the main road going up from Maputo was quite good so far, with just few potholes.

Already after Inhassoro, we had more potholes, then we reached the bridge over the Save River and not much later it got worse and worse. You couldn’t call it a road any more, it was just a mess and every driver was trying to find the best route to get through that. We admired the big trucks, making their way through half a metre deep potholes, or on sloping side tracks, and that for about 70 kms!

New bridge over the Save River
N1 – main road through Mozambique

We had heard, that there is a route to avoid parts of the N1, taking the turn-off in Chibamo and going via Dombe to Chimoio. The first day, we did 270km from Inhassoro to a mango farm just after the turn-off to Dombe. For these 270kms, we needed 8 hours of constant very concentrated driving, very tiring.

A tar road in Mozambique

At the mango farm, we could stay for the night and had an interesting chat with Greet. She recommended to ask Chris, a farmer further north for a stop for the next night. We contacted him and were invited to come and stay. Our visit there will be a separate story!

N1 north of the Save bridge

The road between Chibamo and Dombe was a good gravel road and from Dombe to Chimoio, we had a very good tar road. Chimoio is a big town on the route from Maputo/Zimbabwe to the harbour of Beira at the coast. We went to a Shoprite supermarket and the fuel station before we continued north in direction of Tete.

Infamous N1

One of the bridges must have some major damage, as there was a bridge on top of the bridge, already a little battered from the heavy trucks – very reassuring. We tried to pass it as quickly as possible.

Rubbish dump near Vilanculos
Crossing the Zambezi

The road until Tete was not too bad either, some good parts, some road works with deviations and of course many potholes, but nothing compared to the N1. We finally reached Tete and the Kukutana campsite, which Anke and Stefan had recommended to us. Here we will relax for a day, before we will leave Mozambique in direction of Malawi.

6 thoughts on “On the road in Mozambique”

  1. was sind wir in Deutschland verwöhnt mit Strassen wenn man diese Hauptrouten sieht. Euer Camper hats ja gut überstanden. Hoffe in Malawi und Kenya wirds besser.
    Bis bald und gute Fahrt

    1. Hallo Torsten,

      gestern hatten wir noch gebrochene Radbolzen nach einigen harten Einschlägen auf unserem Weg nach Malawi. Der “Bordmechaniker” hatte passende Ersatzteile und Werkzeug dabei …..
      Nun alles wieder ok.


  2. Hallo Ihr Beiden,
    schöner und informativer Bericht, tolle Bilder! Jetzt wissen wir, was auf uns zukommt…..
    Euch weiterhin gute Fahrt und sichere Verschiffung nach Salala.
    Liebe Grüße,
    Heike & Bernd

    1. Danke, euch auch weiterhin eine tolle Reise! Vielleicht sieht man sich ja mal wieder irgendwo auf dieser Welt. Alles Liebe, Cordy & Edi

  3. Great website and you’ve provided fantastic insight into the roads I’ll be motorbiking in Moz in April on a classic 2002 KTM.
    I have a bush home in Nairobi – let me know if you guys needed a place to stay within 30 min for the airport.

    1. Hi RJ,

      thanks for offering, but hopefully we can ship from Mombasa within the next weeks to Oman. So the chance for a visit to Nairobi is currently low ….

      What 2002 KTM is it?

      Thanks, EDI

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