This Kruger, Mozambique & Swaziland Accommodated Overland Tour combines the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa with the idyllic tropical beaches of Mozambique and unspoilt nature in Swaziland.
Starting and ending in Johannesburg, we begin with exceptional wildlife viewing in Kruger National Park, one of Africa's best safari destinations, and sightseeing along the stunning Panorama Route. Then we travel into Mozambique, visiting the bustling capital of Maputo en route to the sandy tropical beaches of the warm Indian Ocean. Go snorkelling with whale sharks and manta rays in Tofo, unwind on Barra beach and discover Tofo village and historic Inhambane, before travelling to Vilanculos. From Vilanculos, we take a day trip to the spectacular Bazaruto Islands, a pristine cluster of tropical islands.
The last few days of our Accommodated Overland Safari are spent soaking up the scenery in Swaziland and experiencing Swazi culture. Go game viewing in Hlane Game Reserve, explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary on foot and visit a local village, before returning to Johannesburg.
This two-week Kruger, Mozambique & Swaziland Overland 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 to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Following the old trade route, we enter the Lowveld region where many of South Africa's top game parks are located, including Kruger National Park.
We spend the first three nights at a safari lodge inside a private wildlife reserve, within the Kruger National Park, which covers nearly two 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.
After settling in you have the option of embarking on an exhilarating sunset game drive in the concession area, stopping for sundowners in the bush. The sundowner game drive needs to be booked through your guide in the morning upon departure from Johannesburg.
An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment includes highly-recommended activities, considered "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.
Rising early this morning we set off into Kruger National Park, one of Africa's best game reserves and South Africa’s premier national park. We go in search of the Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) 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.
Late this afternoon you have a second chance to embark on a sunset game drive. This exciting excursion takes you into the wilderness to catch a scenic sunset and explore the bush after dark when nocturnal animals emerge.
On day three you can venture into the bush on an optional guided game walk. Walking in the game-rich African bush is a thrilling experience taking you up close to the flora and fauna, with the potential of encountering large animals on foot.
After the exciting optional game walk, 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 Three Rondavels hills, 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.
After sightseeing on the Panorama Route we head back to our lodge in the private concession of Kruger Park for a laid-back evening around the campfire.
This morning we leave the African bush behind and make our way to the East Coast of Africa where the warm Indian Ocean waters await. Crossing into Mozambique we drive to the capital city, Maputo, passing through beautiful rural landscapes.
Arriving in Mozambique’s largest city, we check into our hotel and go to a popular restaurant for lunch. Then your guide takes you on a walking tour of Maputo to show you the sights and visit a local market. Maputo is a chaotic, yet charming, African city with a mix of cultures and architectural styles. 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 its streets.
We overnight in en-suite rooms at a hotel in Maputo tonight. This evening we eat out at one of the city's excellent restaurants and sample the vibrant nightlife.
On day five we're up early and back on the road, heading northeast into the Inhambane District. Our long drive takes us through coconut, cashew and sugar plantations and the rural countryside of Mozambique dotted with small villages.
Today's destination is a beach lodge near the charming town of Inhambane. Settle in and take a stroll on the palm-fringed beach or enjoy your first dip in the Indian Ocean. This evening we are treated to a traditional Mozambiquan dinner at the lodge. We spend the next three nights at the lodge on Barra beach, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the idyllic beaches of Barra peninsula and nearby Praia do Tofo.
The next two 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 day seven your guide takes you to Praia do Tofo, to browse the market, sample local foods, participate in optional activities 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!
This morning we stop off in Inhambane town to visit a market and see some of the old colonial buildings. One of the oldest settlements on the east coast, here Arabic, Indian, African and European influences blend together in an interesting mix.
Your guide can arrange a ferry trip from Inhambane to Maxixe, crossing the bay in a dhow - a truly local adventure. Dhows are the traditional sailing vessels that have been used for trading along the East Coast of Africa for centuries. Alternatively, you can travel in the safari truck, meeting up with the rest of the group in Maxixe.
Then we drive north along the coast to Vilanculos, our next Mozambican beach stopover and base for exploring 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 tomorrow.
Today we take a day trip to the dazzling Bazaruto Archipelago (included in Activity Package), known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. This morning we set off for the Bazaruto Islands in a traditional dhow, 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.
This cluster of five unspoiled tropical islands is considered one of the most beautiful places in Africa. Mozambique’s only marine reserve, Bazaruto is renowned for its superb diving and snorkelling due to 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. You have the chance to explore the islands on foot and go snorkelling on the colourful reefs. In the afternoon we make our way back to Vilanculos, sun-kissed and relaxed.
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 Benguerra Island. If the weather conditions are poor, we will visit Magaruque Island instead of the main Bazaruto Island. If you did not purchase the Activity Package you will spend the day in Vilanculos.
Time to turn south, driving back along the pretty coast of Mozambique. Take in the rural scenery of mango trees dripping with fruit, cashew nut and fruit sellers along the roadside, small villages and roaming livestock.
The town of Xai Xai is our last overnight stop in Mozambique, a lively holiday resort town on the coast beside the Limpopo River. Stroll on the beach or go for sundowners in Xai Xai, enjoying your last evening on the coast of Mozambique.
Departing early this morning we drive back to Maputo and on to the border with Swaziland. Crossing into the Kingdom of eSwatini, as Swaziland is officially called, we make our way to Hlane Royal National Park. Hlane is the largest protected area in the landlocked country of Swaziland, one of Africa's smallest countries.
Embark on a game drive in Hlane Royal National Park this morning as part of the Activity Package. Situated in the northeast of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Hlane Royal Park hosts a rich variety of large mammals and birds. Hlane reserve is home to lion, elephant and endangered white rhino, as well as seasonal herds of 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 birds, including various vultures and eagles.
After our morning of wildlife viewing, we proceed to our next destination in Swaziland, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Mlilwane is the oldest game park in Swaziland, covering 46km² of scenic wilderness.
Day 13 kicks off with a nature walk in the scenic Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The reserve features a network of nine interconnected walking trails and this morning your safari guide takes you to explore. As you walk through the bush your guide tells you more about the local environment and history, pointing out interesting sights along the way.
After lunch at camp, we visit the Esijeni community on a guided tour of the village. A local guide conducts the two-hour guided walk through the village introducing you to Swazi culture. This interactive tour offers a chance to participate in some of the day-to-day activities of life in the village, from grinding maize to carrying water.
On our final day, we travel back into South Africa and head to Johannesburg where our Kruger, Mozambique & Swaziland Accommodated Overland Safari finishes.
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 on day 13.
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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