Mozambique Hell Run

(10 customer reviews)

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You can purchase a print copy from Bush war books in South Africa, or Amazon. You can also pick up a copy from  Skoobs book store in Montecasino, Johannesburg.                                          Amazon

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Due to quite a bit of interest from Mozambicans, you can pick a copy from Carlos, my contact in Maputo. Send me a message for his details.


An unforgettable memoir about driving through Africa’s most treacherous roads during the Mozambican civil war. They called it the ‘Hell Run’. 

Miguel Mitras weaves a story of friendships, human vulnerability and navigating through emotions that come at you. In this candid account of trucking through Mozambique in 1991, you might even find a little laugh bubbling out as you read of the shenanigans of the author and his friends.  He relives harrowing tales of running the gauntlet through the bandit-infested countryside with humor and vivid imagery.

It’s a compelling read that offers new insights into the conflict, including the chaotic Portuguese departure from Africa in 1974-75. A brutal yet complex civil war followed, where danger lurked everywhere. Especially on the transport corridors which became a battleground.


10 reviews for Mozambique Hell Run

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amazon Customer

    The Author provides a very sobering view of his experiences and the historical and political landscape in Mozambique a time when the country was in a state of chaos.
    Although the seriousness of the war looms throughout the story, the author is able to deliver his life stories and experiences with an often humorous undertone, which provides a view to the state of mind required to endure such danger in the world’s most treacherous and isolated roads. I enjoyed the fact that while telling his collections of stories, he is able to do so in both an entertaining manner and at the same time providing an interesting insight to the often forgotten dark history of the Portuguese former colonies. Highly recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan T (Amazon Customer)

    Eye opening and beautifully written. A page turner and eye opener.
    Outstanding read from this new author. Capturing the Africa far less traveled. An honest and bare account of this most unique land – this mixture of brutality lawlessness and heart.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Editor (Lizette)

    When I read the first page, I thought “This is definitely not my genre”, however, a good 80% of books I edit are not my preferred genre for recreational reading (but I don’t let that skewer my work).

    However, by page 2, I was drawn in by your amazing story-telling. You have a captivating writing style. I could SEE the roads, the people, smell the smoke, hear the trucks, the guns… You could probably do political commentary and it would still be appealing to me. 🙂

  4. 5 out of 5

    Garret (Amazon Customer)

    You will never get any better!
    Take a historic journey into the history of trucking in Africa. Based on first-hand accounts of what happened to truckers and their experiences on a road that was filled with life, death, and satisfaction of making it out alive.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cangi (Amazon Customer)

    An incredible story.
    The tempo and flow of this story will keep you riveted to the pages. I particularly enjoyed the political backdrop and commentary wedged into this inspiring story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cristina (Amazon Customer)

    Gripping tales.
    This author’s firsthand description of Mozambique’s woes gives a window into previously unknown information of the conflict. It makes for captivating reading, there were times that I was literally on the edge of my seat with this book. He writes with tremendous clarity filled with rich imagery and detail.
    The unique military, historical and political context will be of interest to both a South African and Portuguese audience with an eye on the past. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ramona (Amazon Customer)

    “This is the true story of the nerve-wracking and life-threatening experiences of truckers hauling goods from South Africa to Maputo and farther north. The author vividly portrays the dangerous and hair raising moments, but also calls for a smile in the uplifting moments in this amazing narrative. A Truckers Tale will give readers an insight into what happened in war-torn Mozambique. Get the book!!”

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deon Herbst (Amazon Customer)

    Very well written book on not just the lives that people had to live, but also the issues around them that drove this insane period in a troubled region, and how it impacted the trucking community servicing a starving land. Very well researched

  9. 5 out of 5

    João Rebocho Pinto

    45 years after Portugal’s ‘Carnation Revolution’, one of its repercussions – the process of decolonization of the ancient Portuguese colonies – and the way it was executed in Mozambique is still an obscure topic, unknown to the vast majority of the public.
    It was a quick and chaotic abandon of the former overseas province, in a process that claimed many lives, split many families apart as and created the conditions for the civil war that broke out later.
    Miguel Mitras offers a vivid portrayal of tough and dangerous days spent behind the wheel of a lorry – in his own words ‘a big ass truck’ – in Mozambique’s Hell Run, the nickname given to those roads used to bring much-needed goods from South Africa, where there were no guarantees of arriving at your destiny alive.
    He offers a glimpse of Mozambican society and its ambiance after independence, its situation, and characters, its associated problems and inconsistencies. Mozambique eventually became the poorest country in the world.
    In spite of it’s the problems, an impression that endures from those days, and even from the colonial period, is a kind of tangible energy, a spirited optimism, a vibrancy. People were polite, helpful and tolerant in those days.
    But that sense of brotherhood, the vibe that the author describes had having evaporated with the mists of time, may have emerged again, judging by the accounts of so many volunteers that tried to help during the recent tragedies of cyclones Idai and Kenneth. They found a hard, battered but resilient people steered by brotherhood and faith in better days to come.
    There are two distinct kinds of brotherhood that permeate this book, both born and built on the harsh ground, the one already mentioned, and the other that bonded truckers that were lucky enough to survive the Hell Run, as much as the ones that fell at the hands of equivoque, greed and human stupidity.
    The author claims that what emerged of his experience from Mozambique’s Hell Run was a new man. One should admit that other than its toll of deaths, the Hell Run may be credited for, at least, one reborn…
    Mozambique Hell Run offers a historic insight based on intense moments mixed with well humoured scenes, written in a blunt and clear style, by someone for whom friendship and camaraderie prevail.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emil Lossifov (posted on Facebook page)

    Wow, just WOW!

    Mozambique has been my go-to holiday destination since I first went there in 2004, I love the country, the weather, the people, the beaches and the food!

    Only after visiting Mozambique, did I read up on the history of the country and the conflict that happened there. I was fascinated by the beauty you can still see in the towns and in the same picture the devastation and sadness it came to be.

    I came across this book, and I was immediately intrigued and curious. I started reading it, and I couldn’t put it down! The first hand tales of adventure, excitement, love, tragedy, sorrow, compassion and friendships had me laughing and crying.

    The author writes with extreme clarity and detail and I felt as though I was there with him. The political detail and history is rich with facts. The vivid descriptions of the war scenes were heartbreaking, and the friendships that remain are inspiring.

    Considering the state of our very own South Africa currently, this book was of great interest to me. Seeing a great country destroyed in such a short time was devastating.

    If you are looking for a book you won’t be able to put down, get this. I got mine from war books, but you can also get it from the authors website

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