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Trip Reports / Mozambique July 2017 (Ponta Malongane)
« on: July 27, 2017, 10:45:31 PM »
So earlier this year I had a brain-fart and an idea popped into my head to go on a long roadtrip with the family during the school holidays.
Having been to southern Moz more than 10 years ago and knowing the Foz's love for sand.. the decision was an easy one, but only needing to convince the Mrs.
I chatted with a work mate and after showing him a rough idea of the route he just laughed at me and wished me luck.
Challenge accepted!
With two small kids and a reluctant wife, I knew I needed to plan this properly from the start.
We decided on Ponta Malongane as our destination and checked what options we had for accommodation to complete the trip.
After some Googling and AirBnB'ing our places were sorted and the planning continued.

A rough overview of the route:

I managed to find a set of 16" rims and got some new Geolander G015s fitted and lent a spare rim from another forum member (thanks David!)

Passports [emoji736]
All paperwork [emoji736]

First day was CT to Beaufort West, then onwards to Pretoria to following morning

My well thought out planning landed us in the middle of evening Joburg traffic on a Friday afternoon [emoji35]

A short stay with family in Pretoria, then off to a rustic farm retreat near Lydenburg.

After a few day's chilling, it was time to continue.
From Lydenburg to Pongola and then towards Kosi Bay border post.

As luck would have it, near Piet Retief, equidistant from Nelspruit and Petermaritzburg Subaru dealerships >300km awaythe triple combo engine warning lights came on.
CEL + traction control + cruise control blinking.
Car was still going strong but I had a moment of panic.
The WhatsApp group had some quick answers, and set my mind at ease to continue to our overnight stop 100km away.

A workshop, mainly dealing with Toyotas and tractors, and unfamiliar with "Japanese sports cars" had a guy "Poekie" who scanned the codes and managed to reset:

It confirmed the suspicions from fellow members, the codes were cleared and we continued our trip.

Next day mid morning we arrived at Kosi Bay border post.
Some paperwork checked and passports stamped we entered Moz and took the middle road towards Ponta Malongane.

A few hundred meters past the border post, the sand already became thick.
We deflated tyres a little (turns out I only went down to 1,9b)

We managed to head off course and ended up in Ponta du Ouro. Friendly locals directed us back on course

Ponta Malongane dive camp was only 1km from our place. Either a 10min beach walk or a quick drive to get there. I found as many excuses as possible to use the car to get around on the sand roads.

I suspect we had the only Subaru in southern Moz. The campsite looked like a Toyota dealership

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Spotted / Brother from another mother
« on: December 08, 2016, 05:53:37 PM »
Spotted in Cape Town...

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Spotted / Cousins?
« on: October 19, 2016, 05:06:20 PM »

Spotted in a basement parking somewhere in Cape Town

Subaru Forester 2011 XS

Trip Reports / Koeberg Nature Reserve NSRI 4x4 day
« on: October 08, 2016, 08:29:45 PM »
Was lucky enough to get a ticket for this once a year event.
A few Foresters spotted there.
Some hair raising moments out on the course especially considering three places that didn't have chicken runs and needed to be cleared to proceed.
Fun thick sand driving!
Well impressed at how the car handled it all.

Introduction / Greetings
« on: July 27, 2016, 08:46:58 PM »
Evening all,
Just dropping in and saying hi.
Newbie owner of a 2011 Forester XS.
Excellent forum to share ideas and resources.
Glad to be part of this community.

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