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Old 23 Jul 2013
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Border crossing Mozambique- Tanzania

does anyone have any experince with the border crossinng from Moz into Tanzania along the coast line north of Pemba. Plan is to drive up the coast to Dar es Salem and noticed there is a river to cross which is in fact the border. Is there a ferry and customs? any help would be much appreciated.
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Personally I havent done this crossing, however when I was at JJ in Nairobi I talked to a couple of people that had done this crossing. There are two options, either negotiate a crossing in a boat. Or, ride inland so many km (sorry I can not remember anymore) and take the new bridge! Yes a new bridge - however I think the catch was, its a long and sandy route to get to the bridge.

Customs in Tanzania and Mozambique are good everywhere no matter how big or small the border is. I think I managed to cross a total of four different ones and never had an issue.
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You can take the border near the coast. But the problem is, that you have to take a ferry boat over the river, which would cost a lot of money.
I crossed in February the border from Mueda to Negomane in Mozambique over the Unity bridge and the further on to Masasi in Tanzania.
On both sides there is custom and immigration.
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Yes you can.it is the Rovuma river, There is customs and immigration and when I did it 4 years ago they were great.There was ferry that took vehicles,I was in Land cruiser , but the ferry sank last year, On a bike you will easily arrange a boat.Ask at customs. Check route on Track4 Africa
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thanks for the replies, I was hoping at getting across with a Landrover so will have to check closer to the time to find out about the ferry... not planning to cross until December
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Below is a link to a post on the SA 4x4 community website.

Beattie (Southern Dreams) has some detailed info on crossing to Tanzania via Unity and I'm sure if you send her a message she'll share it with you.

I think Unity Bridge is probably the way to go even if the roads aren't great (which they won't be in December).

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I crossed a couple of weeks ago from Tz to Moz with my KLR. Easy on a bike as you can just chuck it on a small boat.

There is a new ferry now. It looks smart and can defo carry a landrover. Its a flat roll on roll off thing. It can only go at high tide and getting on and off the ferry will be the challenge as the banks are steep and sandy. No ramp or whatever.

But it can be done I'm sure. Border posts are super easy on both sides.

It's an easy drive to Mtwara on the Tz side.


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thats great news, I will take the ferry I think as I am not up for the inland drive having already done the Malawi- Nampula road in Janaury during the rains and this year it will be more or less the same time albiet a month earlier.
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Yeah the detour to Unity bridge inland is 700km of crap roads.

If you're coming from Moz side best to ask about the ferry at the border post which is a 30 minute drive before the river. There's not much at the river itself so if you need to camp or whatever might be best at closer to custom post. You can find tide tables on the internet. Also i'm not sure if its a fixed price for a car on the ferry so best to find someone before you get to the river to try and fix a price for you. Cost us 50USD for the bike and ourselves on a small boat but that was at low tide so was a very long way round! Beautiful trip with plenty hippos and good fishing!

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