This accommodated Beaches and Wildlife Overland Safari combines off-the-beaten-track beaches with famous safari destinations in Southern Africa.
Start with a night game drive and a game walk in the Balule Private Game Reserve of Greater Kruger, before game viewing in world-famous Kruger National Park, home to Africa's Big Five. Next, head into Mozambique passing through the remote Transfrontier Peace Park and rural villages en route to the warm Indian Ocean and sandy beaches of Xai-Xai and Inhambane.
Then we go game viewing in the Kingdom of Swaziland and return to South Africa to explore top game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal, before ending our Mozambique & Kruger Park Safari back in Johannesburg, where this epic adventure began.
Our Mozambique & Kruger Park Safari departs at 06h30 from a selected lodge in Johannesburg, also known as Egoli - 'the City of Gold'. Leaving the major commercial hub of Johannesburg, we travel east into the scenic Mpumalanga Province of South Africa.
We visit several attractions en route to Greater Kruger, including the quaint village of Dullstroom, and the Three Rondavels formations along the beautiful Blyde River Canyon.
In the afternoon we leave the escarpment dipping down to the Lowveld, where our safari camp is located. We stay in comfortable accommodation at the safari camp, situated within the private Balule Game Reserve; which forms part of Greater Kruger National Park. Greater Kruger is home to the Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant, so with any luck we should see these heavy weights over the next few days.
After dinner at camp we embark on our first game drive: an exciting night drive in an open safari vehicle. Exploring the bush after dark is an exhilarating start to our safari, giving us the chance to spot elusive nocturnal animals.
Today we rise at dawn, venturing into the Big 5 Balule wildlife concession on foot.
Our game tracker will lead you into the bush on foot, taking you in search of the wild animals and birds found in this remarkable wilderness area. The bush walk is an engaging way to learn about tracking wild animals and gain insight into animal behaviour in the wild.
After working up an appetite on our thrilling game walk we head back to the safari camp for a wholesome brunch.
Then there is time for a dip in the pool, before we pack up and make our way into the world-famous Kruger National Park. Kruger Park is the leading game reserve in South Africa, and is considered one of Africa's most successful conservation areas. We spend our time in Kruger on game drives in search of the diversity of wild animal and bird species in this vast game park.
We stay in comfortable accommodation at rest camps inside Kruger Park for the next three nights on safari.
The next two days are set aside for game viewing in Kruger National Park. We explore this renowned national park in our well-equipped safari vehicle, keeping an eye out for the Big Five of Africa and more. Wildlife sightings include endangered wild dogs and rhinos, as well as elusive leopards and more commonly spotted mammals such as hippos, zebras, impalas, kudus, giraffes and elephants, to name a few.
After our game drives we enjoy the facilities at the rest camps inside Kruger Park, surrounded by the wilderness.
This morning we leave wildlife-rich Kruger Park, game viewing on our way out. Our drive takes us across the border into neighbouring Mozambique and through part of the Transfrontier Peace Park in Mozambique. The wild and less-visited bush that we travel through here, is beautiful and offers great wildlife sightings. Travelling on across the floodplains of Limpopo, we pass small villages as we head to the East Coast of Africa.
We spend the next two nights staying at a remote beach resort nestled in the dune belt, between the Indian Ocean and the inland lakes at Xai-Xai. On day six you are free to explore this lovely coastal stretch, swim in the sea and relax on the beaches.
On day seven, our Mozambique & Kruger Accommodated Overland Safari takes us north along the coast of Mozambique.
We drive to Maxixe where we take a Dhow sailing trip with the local people. We cross the bay by traditional vessel meeting up with our vehicle and guide in the old port of Inhambane. Then there is some time to browse the lively local market and explore Inhambane, before driving to our casita accommodation on the beach.
Our next camp is set amid coconut palm trees along the beach, near Inhambane on the Barra Peninsula. We stay here for three nights in the relative comfort of Casitas (beach chalets). You have time to go snorkelling and scuba diving (own cost) in the clear warm waters, or you can simply sunbathe, swim and enjoy the secluded beaches of Mozambique. This part of Mozambique is renowned for its top-notch snorkelling and scuba diving, with nearby Tofo being rated as one of the best places to see whale sharks and manta rays up close. Horse riding and sea kayaking are also available as optional activities (extra cost) in the Inhambane area.
On the last night at this Mozambique beach resort we enjoy a catered meal (own expense).
Well-rested and sun-kissed, we continue further down the coast of Mozambique, driving to Maputo. We spend a bit of time driving around the capital of Mozambique, Maputo. Once a grand city, Maputo has a Latin feel to it - a culture of street cafés, lively music and bustling markets.
After seeing a bit of Maputo we head to our comfortable overnight hotel in the town of Catembe, on the opposite side of Maputo Bay. This evening you are free to sample the local cuisine at a restaurant (own expense). Try out the local peri-peri dishes if you like it spicy, or taste some of the fresh seafood on offer.
Following our beach break, we return to the bush for more game viewing adventures.
We follow the winding route south crossing into the small landlocked Kingdom of Swaziland. Arriving in the elevated Swazi Kingdom we spend the afternoon searching for wildlife in a scenic game reserve, before settling in at our overnight accommodation.
Driving back into South Africa we travel via the Ponta do Ouro border post, entering Zulu territory. This beautiful area of Zululand is of historical and cultural significance, as it was once ruled by the famed King Shaka the Zulu. We spend two nights at bush lodge in Zululand, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys.
We spend our time in Zululand on game drives with experienced guides, going in search of the diversity of wild animals found in the excellent game reserves of the region. This lush region hosts some of South Africa's top game parks, incorporating wild habitats where black and white rhino roam. The guides share their in-depth knowledge of the flora and fauna with us as we look out for game and enjoy being in the African bushveld.
On the final day our journey takes us through the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal province, passing rural Zulu villages and beautiful scenery en-route back to Johannesburg. We arrive back at the selected lodge in Johannesburg in the late afternoon, bringing this Mozambique & Kruger Park Exclusive Budget Safari to a close.
This safari may run in the opposite direction and deviate from the planned route, due to external factors. Road conditions, rising rivers or other factors beyond our control may necessitate major detours and/or inconvenience - particularly after heavy rains.
This tour is ideal for those seeking real adventure requiring an open and flexible attitude. Besides an adventurous spirit, visas are required by most nationalities for Mozambique - to be obtained by travellers in advance. Seasonal Malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. Bring a mask and fins for snorkelling if you can and your certification for scuba diving. The recommended currency for this tour is the South African Rand, which can be purchased at Johannesburg International Airport.
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