MAP: NELSPRUIT TO
Barra GPS Co-ordinates:
S 23º 47'35.83"
E 35º 31'50.02"
General road information:
The road from Maputo up to Vilanculous is being upgraded by Sasol, but there are stretches which are not completed yet. From Maputo to Xai-Xai the road is in excellent condition and most of this road has been re-tarred and widened. From Xai-Xai, there is a 90 km. stretch which is presently (Aug 2008) in a medoicre condition, with an abundance of patched potholes. Never get hasty here and have patience with the local drivers, especially the bus drivers. Remember that impatience on a bad road like this can be fatal, ruining everyone's holiday. And there is no immediate help around, so rather be patient and arrive safely.
The tar road from the turn-off to Inhambane is also not in a good state, with numerous patched and open pot-holes. From Inhambane to Barra, the tar road is presently (Aug 2008) also in a poor state, with BAD potholes at very regular intervals - go off the road with two wheels if you have to. The gravel road from Bar Babalaza to Barra is always in a varying condition, but generally not that bad.
Directions from Inhambane:
When Inhambane is entered, carry on until you see the harbour and jetty on the left hand side. Just after the jetty, turn right and carry on up to the circle. Go 90 degrees around the circle to the end of town. The road turns to the left there and you would find a sign reading:
Aeroporto / Tofo / Barra
Carry on straight out of town and keep to the right where the road splits. This is a tar road and after about 16 km. you would find a place on your right called Bar Babalaza. Carry on straight onto the gravel road which would take you to Barra, a further 7 km. away. At Barra, the main gravel road turns towards the left towards Barra Lodge and Barra Reef.
Where it turns left, go onto the small sand road to the right, past Parisio de Barra and Andaca Lodge. Carry on straight past the double story house on your left and carry on for about 800M. You would now see a lake where you should bear right towards the dunes and follow the road running between the lake and the dunes. You would pass a couple of houses on your right. Once you get to the end of the lake, Barra Estates is on your right hand side. This is a fairly large Lodge and the only one there with a log cabin finish which can't be missed.
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