Accommodated Budget Mozambique & Kruger Safari

Tour duration is 14 days

Priced from pps $1347 R14750 £832 €1043 A$1465 C$1476 NZ$1644 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Accommodated Overland Tour

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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, this Mozambique Tour takes you game viewing in game-rich Hlane Royal National Park in Swaziland before heading to Mozambique's Praia do Tofo and the white sand beaches on the East Coast of Africa. 

Leaving Tofo we drive 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 sea life and offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Africa, as well as beautiful beaches!

We stopover in the historic coastal town of Inhambane before travelling to Maputo, Mozambique's bustling capital. Crossing back into South Africa we spend two nights inside the vast Kruger Park, South Africa's flagship game park home to a dazzling array of plants and wild animals. After game viewing in Kruger Park, usually spotting all of Africa's Big Five, we visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre.

Lastly we travel via the scenic Panorama Route stopping to admire the breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon and Bourkes Luck Potholes on our way back to the vibrant city of Johannesburg.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Johannesburg to Hlane Royal National Park – South Africa to Swaziland

This two-week Accommodated Mozambique & Kruger Safari departs from the dynamic city of Johannesburg in South Africa, early in the morning on day one.

We make our way to the small landlocked country of Swaziland via the scenic Mpumalanga province. Our first stop is the Hlane Royal National Park in the northeast of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Hlane Royal Park is Swaziland’s biggest game reserve at around 30000hectares, 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.

Optional Activities: Hiking, Mountian Biking, Game drive, Rhino Walk.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

We spend our first night at a comfortable safari camp inside the Hlane National Park.

Day 2: Hlane Royal National Park – Swaziland

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. We have the option of game viewing on foot or on mountain bikes in family-friendly Hlane Park, as well as taking a game viewing drive or Lion Tour.

At the end of an exciting day of game viewing we enjoy dinner at our camp, followed by a traditional Swazi dance performance.

Optional Activities: Hiking, Mountian Biking, Game drive, Rhino Walk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our overnight stay is at the safari camp in Hlane Park.

Day 3: Praia do Tofo – Mozambique

Today we leave the friendly Swaziland Kingdom behind making our way north into Mozambique on the east coast of Africa. We drive to Praia do Tofo passing through the beautiful coastal landscapes of tropical Mozambique.

At Praia do Tofo you a free to enjoy the variety of activities available or simply kickback and relax on the white sand beaches soaking up the sun. Activities include scuba diving and snorkelling, said to be some of the best in Africa, as well as surfing, kayaking, dhow trips and horse riding.

Tofo is considered one of the best places in the world for seeing Whale Sharks, the world’s largest fish. Our beach lodge is located in an area known for the resident Mantas, Whale sharks, Dolphins, Turtles and Humpback whales

Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Scuba Diving and Surfing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We spend the next two nights at a charming lodge tucked away in a coconut grove along a pristine beach. The lodge bar and restaurant overlook the scenic shores of the Indian Ocean and the lodge features hammocks and a swimming pool. The lodge is mainly constructed of natural materials reducing its impact on the beautiful natural environment.

Day 4: Praia do Tofo – Mozambique

Day four of this Mozambique & Kruger Tour is free for you to participate in some of the outdoor activities on offer in Tofo, laze in a hammock and unwind around the lodge pool, or relax on the unspoiled beaches of Mozambique.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We spend another night at the laidback and lively beach lodge.

Day 5: Vilanculos – Mozambique

Our next Mozambique stopover is the coastal town of Vilanculos, from where we will be exploring the idyllic Bazaruto Islands. We travel to Vilanculos via a local craft market stopping to browse and do some shopping.

We spend the night at a comfortable lodge set among palm trees in a lush garden. Lodge facilities include swimming pools, a restaurant and sports bar, as well as a pool table and volleyball court. Accommodation is in twin rooms fitted with mosquito nets and fans.

Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Horse Riding

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bazaruto Archipelago National Park – Mozambique

Our next Mozambique destination is the scenic Bazaruto Archipelago known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

This cluster of five unspoiled tropical islands lying off the coast of Vilanculos is considered one of the most beautiful places in Africa and is Mozambique’s top travel destination. Mozambique’s only marine reserve, Bazaruto is world-renowned for its superb diving and snorkelling given the abundant sea creatures inhabiting its intact reefs.                  

We sail to the Bazaruto islands on a Dhow, the sailing vessel traditionally used in East Africa.

The next two days are free for you to explore this beach paradise enjoying various optional activities including superb snorkelling and scuba diving in the clear waters of the Bazaruto reefs. Other activities include bird watching, fishing, hiking, relaxing on the white sand beaches and swimming in the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tonight we stay at a small B&B located on a quiet beach just outside the marine reserve. The lodge overlooks the ocean and the nearby Bazaruto Islands and features a restaurant and bungalows with mosquito nets and private bathrooms.

Day 7: Bazaruto Archipelago – Mozambique

On day two of our island getaway we have more time to explore the spectacular Bazaruto Archipelago and its natural wonders.

Bazaruto is home to an abundance of marine life including 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 the weather conditions are unfavourable we will use a conventional vessel instead of a Dhow, but this is rarely the case in this part of the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a rewarding day of adventure in the Bazaruto reserve we return to the comfortable lodge that we stayed at on day 5 for our overnight stay.

Day 8 – 9: Inhambane – Mozambique

From Vilanculos we head south to the old port town of Inhambane. Our journey takes us through vast coconut plantations and along the scenic coastline of Mozambique.

Inhambane, one of Mozambique’s oldest settlements, features colonial Portuguese architecture including a 170-year-old cathedral, palace, museum and municipal buildings, as well as remnants of its diverse history. The Arabic and Portuguese influences of the past can still be seen in the African town of Inhambane today.

Inhambane is ideally located close to several excellent diving sites and picturesque beaches. Numerous optional activities are available in the area, including surfing, fishing and horse riding.

Optional Activities: Scuba Diving, Horse Riding, Quad Biking, Snorkelling, Fishing, Boat Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We spend the night at a lodge set in a palm grove on an unspoiled and secluded beach. The lodge has a restaurant and bar area on the beach. We stay in traditional Mozambican style cottages made of reeds.

Day 10: Maputo – Mozambique

Today we continue south to the country’s largest city, Maputo, Mozambique’s capital. Mozambique’s most important port is in Maputo, a once glorious and trendy city. We take a tour of Maputo visiting attractions such as the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceiao (Our Lady of Conception), and the imposing Central Railway Station.

Although Mozambique gained full independence from Portuguese rule in 1975, it only regained political stability after a 1992 peace agreement. The country is presently seeing economic growth and development that make it a safe and attractive holiday destination.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our overnight accommodation is in chalets at a lodge with a swimming pool, restaurant and bar.

Day 11 – 12: Kruger National Park – South Africa

On day 11 we cross back into South Africa making our way to the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

We stay inside Kruger Park for the next two nights embarking on game drives in search of the Big Five of Africa and the variety of other wildlife found in this vast game park. Kruger Park, South Africa’s premier national park and one of Africa’s best safari destinations, is a world leader in terms of conservation policies and practices.

You have the option of taking an exciting guided game walk in the early morning and thrilling night drives with a professional game ranger (extra cost).

Optional Activities: SANP Night Drive and Dawn Game Walks (Subject to availability).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We stay at one of the Kruger National Park rest camps inside the nearly 2 million hectare game reserve. The camps are fenced off to keep out the roaming predators and generally feature a variety of facilities such as swimming pools, restaurants and basic shops.

Day 13: Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre – South Africa

Next we venture into the greater Kruger Park area where we visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The wildlife rehabilitation centre takes in orphaned and injured animals from across South Africa.

The wild animals are cared for at the centre and prepared for reintroduction into the wild. The Moholoholo centre also runs successful breeding programmes for endangered Crown Eagles, rare Serval cats and other animals. We get up close to the wild animals at the rehabilitation centre, and get the chance to learn more about Africa’s fascinating wildlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On the last night of our Accommodated Mozambique & Kruger Safari we stay at a lodge near Hoedspruit in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. In the evening we are treated to a traditional song and dance performance and enjoy a typical South African meal.

Day 14: Panorama Route to Johannesburg – South Africa

On our final day we travel back to Johannesburg via the Panorama Route. Driving through one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa we stop at Blyde River Canyon and Bourkes Luck Potholes to admire the spectacular scenery.

Our Budget Mozambique & Kruger Safari adventure comes to an end when we arrive in Johannesburg, the City of Gold.

Although the tour ends in the afternoon most safari groups choose to eat out together at one of Johannesburg’s many excellent restaurants in the evening.

Optional Activities: Dinner out

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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