This Accommodated Budget Mozambique & Kruger Safari combines some of Africa's finest tropical beaches in Mozambique with one of Africa's best game viewing destinations - the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Starting and ending in Johannesburg, you explore the Panorama Route, go game viewing in Kruger National Park and game-rich Hlane Royal National Park in Swaziland, then travel into Mozambique to relax on the white sand beaches along the East Coast of Africa.
Enjoy the charming coastal city of Inhambane and go snorkelling with whale sharks and manta rays in Tofo, before travelling to Vilanculos from where we explore the spectacular Bazaruto Archipelago, a pristine cluster of tropical islands. The Bazaruto Islands marine reserve is home to an abundance of sealife and offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Africa, as well as beautiful beaches!
This two-week Accommodated Mozambique & Kruger Safari departs from the dynamic city of Johannesburg in South Africa, on the morning of day one.
From Johannesburg we travel northeast into the scenic Mpumalanga Province, making our way towards Greater Kruger Park. Along the way we stop in the historic small town of Dullstroom, also known as Emnotweni. This quaint town, founded in the early 1880's, is located high up in the Steenkampsberg Mountain Range and is most famous for trout fishing. We stop at Harries Pancakes to enjoy their renowned pancakes, with more than 35 kinds to choose from, sweet and savoury.
After our delicious lunch (own account) we continue to the Lowveld where many of South Africa's top game parks are located, including Kruger National Park. Our first overnight lodge is on one of the private game reserves that make up the Greater Kruger Park area.
An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment includes highly-recommended activities, considered as "essential activities" on the tour. This itinerary includes these activities. For those that can't afford all of these activities there is the option of doing the basic safari without the Activity Package. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package. See the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.
This morning we drive into the world-famous Kruger National Park, not far from our lodge in Greater Kruger. Kruger National Park is one of Africa's best game reserves and South Africa’s premier national park. We go in search of the Big Five of Africa and the variety of other wildlife and birds found in this vast game park.
For those who opted to take the Activity Package, the day is spent game viewing in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in Kruger National Park. Game viewing in the open safari vehicle you are immersed in nature and get to see the wildlife and birds without windows between you. If you chose not to take the optional Activity Package, you will go game viewing in the safari truck, offering an elevated vantage for spotting wildlife in the bush.
For the next two nights we stay at a safari lodge inside a private reserve, within the Kruger National Park, which covers nearly 2 million hectares of untamed wilderness. The camp is fenced off to keep out the roaming predators and features a variety of facilities including a swimming pool, shop, bar and internet.
On day three we travel along the Panorama Route on the edge of the scenic Drakensberg Escarpment. One of the most beautiful parts of South Africa, we take a leisurely drive, stopping to admire the views along the way. Panorama Route highlights include the eroded rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the impressive Blyde River Canyon. We stop at God’s Window to take in the sweeping views over the Lowveld of Mpumalanga.
Returning from our Panorama Route exploration you have the option of taking an evening game drive in the private reserve within Greater Kruger Park.
Rise and shine early on day four to enjoy a last bit of game viewing in Kruger National Park as we make our way out of the wildlife haven.
Leaving Kruger we travel to the small landlocked country of Swaziland heading to the Hlane Royal National Park. Situated in the northeast of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Hlane Royal Park is Swaziland’s biggest game reserve at around 30000 hectares, including the adjacent wildlife concessions.
Hlane reserve is home to lion, elephant and endangered white rhino, as well as seasonal wildebeest, impala and zebra. Vegetation in the flat, low-lying Hlane consists of hardwood trees, grasslands and shallow pans. The game park is also home to an abundance of various birds, including a variety of vultures and eagles.Once a private hunting area of the Swazi Royal family today Hlane is managed by Big Game Parks and held in a trust. The lions at Hlane are kept in an enclosure fenced off from the rest of the park, which makes hiking inside the reserve safe.
In the morning we head to a homestead nearby to experience Swazi culture and see how people live in rural Swaziland. We visit Hlane Umphakatsi, meaning chief village, where we find out more about the traditions and cultural beliefs of the local Swazi. The Swazi have kept their history and culture alive through a strong oral tradition, with storytelling carrying their rich cultural heritage from one generation to the next.
This afternoon you can participate in optional activities or simply relax in nature. You can join a bird watching walk or do a guided mountain biking trail in family-friendly Hlane Park, as well as taking a sunset game viewing drive.
Today we leave the friendly Swaziland Kingdom behind making our way north into Mozambique on the east coast of Africa. We drive to Maputo, passing through the beautiful rural landscapes of tropical Mozambique. Arriving in Maputo your safari guide drives you around the capital a bit and then you can relax at the hotel, or explore on foot and eat out tonight (own expense).
Mozambique’s largest city, Maputo is a chaotic, yet charming, African city. The city has a Latin flair and as Mozambique’s most important port is located on the coast of Maputo Bay. The city was called Lourenço Marques prior to independence and is known for its cultural richness, along with the acacia and jacaranda trees that line the streets.
On day seven we're up early and back on the road, heading north through coconut plantations and rural Mozambique, dotted with villages. Our next stop is the charming town of Inhambane, with its tree-lined avenues and old colonial buildings. One of the oldest settlements on the east coast, here Arabic, Indian, African and European influences blend together in a vibrant mix.
We spend the next three nights staying at a lodge along a sandy beach in Inhambane, exploring the town and nearby Praia do Tofo. Days are free for you to enjoy laid-back hours on the picturesque beaches or do some optional activities including watersports and a few land-based adventure activities - from scuba diving to horse riding.
On the afternoon of day eight your guide takes you to Praia do Tofo, to browse the market, sample local foods, walk in the village or lounge on the beach. Once a sleepy fishing village, today Tofo is one of the most popular beach destinations in Africa, considered the diving capital of the country, and one of the best places in the world to see whale sharks. Snorkelling with whale sharks and manta rays, on the Ocean Safari (own account) in Tofo is a not-to-be-missed highlight, so take the dive on day eight or nine!
In the evenings you can go to talks about conservation on the coast of Mozambique, focused on the work being done to protect large marine species such as sharks, manta rays and turtles.
This morning we take a short drive around Inhambane before setting off north along the coast. Our next Mozambiquan beach stopover is the coastal town of Vilanculos, from where we will explore the idyllic Bazaruto Islands.
The lively seaside town of Vilanculos is ideally located for exploring the three main islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago (Bazaruto, Benguerra and Magaruque), lying just off the mainland of Mozambique. The Bazaruto Archipelago is Mozambique’s premier travel destination - a tropical beach paradise with clear turquoise waters and palm fringed islands. As a protected area, the reefs are pristine and the sea life here is spectacular. Arriving at the lodge in Vilanculos late this afternoon your guide will tell you more about the trip to Bazaruto on day 11.
We stay at a comfortable lodge with a swimming pool, bar, shop and laundry facilities.
Today we take a day trip to the dazzling Bazaruto Archipelago (included in Activity Package), known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Early this morning we set off for the Bazaruto Islands by speedboat (or traditional dhow depending on the weather) heading to the renowned Two Mile Reef. Here we stop for a swim or some snorkelling, one of the best ways to enjoy this aquatic wonderland, before continuing to Bazaruto for lunch. You have the chance to explore the islands on foot and go snorkelling on the colourful reefs. After lunch, we make our way back to Vilanculos. Once back in Vilanculos you have some time to spruce up for our sunset Dhow cruise. The Dhow is a traditional sailing vessel that has long been used along the east coast of Africa.
This cluster of five unspoiled tropical islands is considered one of the most beautiful places in Africa. Mozambique’s only marine reserve, Bazaruto is world-renowned for its superb diving and snorkelling given the abundant sea creatures inhabiting its intact reefs. Marine life includes an impressive variety of tropical fish, whales and dolphins, as well as the rare Dugong (sea cow) and Nile crocodiles. Some of the aquatic creatures sighted on dives include whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, lobsters, barracuda, clown fish, Moorish idols and mackerel. Antelopes, Samango monkeys and around 180 bird species also inhabit the Bazaruto islands.
If you did not purchase the Activity Package you will spend the day in Vilanculos.
Please Note: If the tide is high when we set out in the morning we will go straight to Bazaruto and then to Two Mile Reef for some snorkelling. Thereafter we have lunch on Benguera Island, before returning for our sunset Dhow cruise. If the weather conditions are poor, we will visit Magaruque Island instead of Bazaruto Island.
Today we drive south along the pretty coast: mango trees dripping with fruit along the road, passing the cashew nut and fruit sellers and small villages, livestock roaming in the roads and children playing.
The town of Xai Xai is our last overnight stop in Mozambique, a lively holiday resort town on the coast beside the Limpopo River. Stop in at a market to feel the buzz, eat out or have a drink at a local bar as a group.
Today we leave Mozambique behind, returning to the Mpumalange Province of South Africa. Our next stop is Marloth Park, a wildlife haven on the southern boundary of Kruger National Park. The Crocodile River runs between Marloth, which hosts a variety of animals, and Kruger Park, so keep an eye out for elephants in the river.
On our final day we travel back to Johannesburg where our Budget Mozambique & Kruger Safari adventure comes to an end.
Although the tour ends in the afternoon most safari groups choose to dine together in the evening. Our post-tour lodge offers a traditional braai (barbecue) that can be booked with your guide.
We recommend arriving the day before your safari and only booking flights for the day after the safari ends. We can help arrange accommodation for before and after the safari on request.
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