After a good night’s rest and an even better breakfast we pack up and we make our way to the Pafuri Gate, where we cross the border and enter Mozambique.
We would have refuelled the vehicles on our way in on the day before and extra fuel should not be needed. On reaching the border post at Pafuri, it is a quick and easy formality to enter Mozambique.
Travelling through the huge fever tree forests in the Limpopo valley, along a two-spoor sandy track for about 80 kilometres, we reach the village of Mapai, where we cross the Limpopo. (Should the Limpopo be in flood – an alternate route will be considered).
Our route then takes us eastwards to the village of St. Jorge de Limpopo, and onward in the direction of Machaila. We have a light picnic lunch along the way and on reaching the banks of the Shefu River we set up camp for the night.
The camping will be “wild” but the crew will set up portable toilets, and the grub will be as good as ever.