Q: We have heard from other agency’s that there are a lot of bribary going on in Mozambique when travelling alone. Have you heard anything of the sort? Please let us know as we will then revert to another destination eg. Drakenberg
A: Mozambique has the most awesome coastline imaginable, but unfortunately the Mozambicans do spoil the fun a bit. Most of our clients going there encountered corrupt officials, and nearly every time one of our vehicles enter Maputo it is broken into. When we were the 4 years ago we were also stopped by a corrupt official wanting a bribe.
If you are hesitant to visit Mozambique because of bribery or Malaria I would really suggest visiting Swaziland, Northern Natal and Drakensberg. Below is a route a quickly put together just to give you an idea of the distance and lay of the land. Following the route below will take to Swaziland, Kosi Bay, Greater St Lucia Wetland Area(World Heritage Site), 5 x different National Parks in Northern Natal, down the coastline to Durban, Underberg (where you can drive up the famous Sani pass and sleep a night or two in Lesotho), you visit most of the famous areas in the Drakensburg such as Champagne Castle, Vergelegen Nature Reserve, Giants Castle, Monks Cowl, Cathedral Peak and Golden gate. You’ll also see Clarens and parts of the Eastern Freestate.
I have two small children, so we can’t go to Malaria areas such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe or Botswana. So our last 3 trips were to Lesotho, Golden Gate and Drakensberg – awesome!!!
This route below is 2480km long, you’ll visit 3 countries (SA, Swaziland and Lesotho) and you’ll see some of the most spectacular scenery South Africa has to offer.