Mutare Zimbabwe

Mutare Zimbabwe (30.05 – 01.06.2012)

Unfortunately we had to repair our car in Mutare. On our way here about 100 km before Mutare our exhaust manifold broke again and one of the twin carburetors made problems. So we asked the guy from the campsite for a garage. he said that the best to repair the Land Rover would be the police. I was surprised that police fixes cars from tourists but you never know in Africa. So the guy made some quick phone calls and we drove to the police. Indeed they had a garage and the mechanic had a look at our problem. We agreed for the repair 50 US$ and he started immediately. He had to take off the carburetors and the exhaust manifold. But they could not weld, so they went to a welder. This guy had no material for cast iron welding, so the police guys had to organize some. Back at the car with the welded exhaust they repaired the carburetors. Between the twin carburetors there is a little petrol hose, rather old and that dissolved and brought parts of the hose into the carburetor. So A new hose had to be bought and the valve was cleaned. Fixed now we went back to the campsite. Next morning we left Mutare Zimbabwe and headed to the border.

Mutare – Border Crossing

The exit was no problem and was quite fast. But at the Mozambican side, the officer said he cannot issue a visa we must go back to Harare/Zimbabwe. A helper was here and discussed things with the guy. Finally they were willing to issue one for 30 days. 82 US$ per Person, then we had to get the TIP, the temporary Import Permit 23 US$ and the local insurance for 28US$. For our dog we had to pay 1000 Metacais (about 27US$). Finally we could pass and we left Mutare Zimbabwe.

The roads were worse in Mozambique but as it was late again we stopped 100 km away from the border at a hotel called Milpark, where we could pitch our tent and got a room key for shower and toilet (600 MT = about 24 US$). The night was cold but quiet. In the morning we wanted to get until Beira at the coast, because there the climate should be much warmer. The closer we came to the coast the warmer it got. The roads even got worse.  Finally we reached Beira and tried to find the Campsite Biques, which was not easy to find, even with navigation device, but finally we were there. We pitched our tent directly at the beach, fantastic – we have reached the Indian Ocean again. We planned to stay here for about a month because we had to work a little bit and it became more clear that our friends from Cape Town will join us in 6 weeks, so we slowed down, that they can catch up.

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