Maputo central market by Ryan Kilpatrick

Mozambique, Kruger & Swaziland Safari

Tour Length13 days
Priced from pps $2839 R36539 £2217 2539 A$3812 C$3818 NZ$4021 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Exclusive Small Group Camping Safari

  • Max. Group Size 9 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Overland Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

Travel into the Valley of Heaven in the scenic hills of Swaziland, where we take a guided bird watching, nature walk in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Then cross into rural Mozambique and drive to the capital, Maputo, before heading for the idyllic beaches of the east coast. 

Visit seaside Inhambane before we explore beautiful Praia do Tofo, famous for its superb snorkelling and scuba diving, especially the whale shark and manta ray sightings. Drive north to coastal Vilanculos, from where we embark on a dhow sailing trip to the unspoilt Bazaruto Islands. Swim in warm Indian Ocean waters, eat fresh seafood, snorkel on the famous Two Mile Reef and walk along the white sand beaches of the Bazaruto Archipelago.

Returning to South Africa we set off on the game viewing adventure of a lifetime, exploring Kruger National Park - one of Africa's leading safari destinations. From Greater Kruger we travel through the Panorama Route, back to Johannesburg where this Southern African adventure began.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Johannesburg - South Africa

This Mozambique, Kruger & Swaziland Safari begins with a pre-tour meeting at 18:00 on day one. Meet your guide and fellow travellers at the lodge this evening and get ready for an exciting journey through Southern Africa.

  • Accommodation: Lodge (or similar)

Day 2: Johannesburg to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Swaziland

Leaving the city behind we cross the border into the Kingdom of Swaziland, a small landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. One of only three monarchies in Africa, Swaziland is ruled by King Mswati III.

We make our way into the scenic mountains of Swaziland, heading to Ezulwini Valley, meaning the 'Valley of Heaven'. Arriving in Lobamba this afternoon we set off to explore the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Ezulwini Valley, on a guided nature walk. The two and a half hour walk offers excellent bird watching opportunities, as well as being a great way to enjoy the fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery. We may spot some of the small animals found in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland's oldest protected area.

  • Private Vehicle: Johannesburg to Lobamba (4h)
  • Border Crossing (South Africa - Swaziland): Golela - Lavumisa
  • Accommodation: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Campground (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Mlilwane to Maputo - Mozambique

On day three we drive from Swaziland into Mozambique, travelling to the capital city, Maputo. Arriving in less-westernised Maputo we set off on an orientation walk to experience this bustling city with its mix of African, Arabic and European cultures. We stop in at a local market, and historical attractions such as Praca dea Independencia and Jamma Masjid Mosque.

After the city tour you are free to continue exploring the port city, visiting highlights such as the Cathedral of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, the Casa de Ferro (Iron House), designed by architect Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), and the botanical gardens, Jardim Tunduru.

  • Private Vehicle: Lobamba to Maputo (4h)
  • Border Crossing (Swaziland - Mozambique): Lomahasha - Namaacha
  • Accommodation: Maputo hotel (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Maputo to Inhambane & Tofo - Mozambique

Travel from the vibrant streets of Maputo to the seaside town of Inhambane, where colonial Portuguese days linger in the architecture and culture. From Inhambane we visit the nearby village of Praia do Tofo (or just Tofo), a hotspot for marine life and water sports.

First we drive around the charming old town of Inhambane to see local life and crumbling colonial buildings, before heading to the picturesque Tofo Beach.

This afternoon we unwind in Tofo where you can enjoy the warm Indian Ocean waters - swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving. The snorkelling Ocean Safari is ideal for spotting the whale sharks and manta rays that this part of Mozambique is famous for, as is diving.

  • Private Vehicle: Maputo to Inhambane (7h)
  • Accommodation: Praia do Tofo Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Praia do Tofo - Mozambique

Beach day! Spend the day relaxing on the beach and exploring the village of Tofo, browsing the crafts markets and tasting the delicious local seafood and spicy dishes.

Activities include surfing, with boards available for rental, as well as canoeing and water skiing. Tofo is most famous for its marine life, especially the giant rays and whale sharks, so be sure to go snorkelling or scuba diving. Travel back in time and mingle with the locals in Inhambane, where you can experience the crazy bustle of the main market.

  • Optional Activities: Scuba Diving, surfing, snorkelling
  • Accommodation: Praia do Tofo Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Inhambane to Vilanculos - Mozambique

Most of today is spent driving up north along the coast to Vilanculos, another famous beach destination. Vilanculos is the base for exploring the Bazaruto Islands, one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa.

End the day with a cool drink and a walk along the beach, after a long and scenic day on the road.

  • Private Vehicle: Inhambane - Vilanculos District (5h)
  • Accommodation: Vilanculos Chalets (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Vilanculos & Bazaruto Islands - Mozambique

Today we go sailing in a traditional East African sailboat, known as a dhow. We sail to the idyllic islands of the Bazaruto National Park, stopping to explore Magaruque Island. Spend your time walking around the island, lazing on the beaches, swimming and snorkelling in the clear, warm waters. Snorkelling is a highlight here, as an array of colourful fish and other marine life can be spotted on the intact reefs of Bazaruto.

After a seafood lunch on the beach, we spend some time relaxing on the tropical island, before sailing back to the mainland on the dhow. The details of the dhow sailing trip vary slightly, depending on the weather and local conditions.

Tonight we tuck into a seafood dinner and camp on a beach in the Vilanculos area of Mozambique, sun-kissed and relaxed after our time on the stunning tropical islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. We camp in tents with mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags, at a rustic camp with lights, showers, and basic toilets.

  • Optional Activities: Snorkelling
  • Accommodation: Vilanculos Beach Campsite (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8: Vilanculos & Bazaruto Archipelago - Mozambique

Another day on the pristine islands of the Bazaruto National Park, hopping between islands onboard the traditional dhow. We visit the Bazaruto Island where you can hike up the sand dunes to enjoy sweeping views over the islands and blue waters, perhaps even spotting dolphins.

There is also time for a swim and a snorkel before we sail (or motor) over the the famous Two Mile Reef of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Here you have the chance to go snorkelling and see the abundance of marine animals and fish that make the pretty reef renowned.

After lunch on one of the Bazaruto Islands we make our way back to the Vilanculos on the Mozambique mainland for a fun night out on the town.

  • Optional Activities: Snorkelling & Bazaruto Island Hike
  • Accommodation: Vilanculos Chalets (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9: Vilanculos to Xai-Xai Area - Mozambique

On day nine we travel back south through the fields and coconut plantations of rural Mozambique, passing mango trees and cashew nut sellers along the road.

Our next lodge is situated near the coastal town of Xai-Xai, in a scenic area. Stroll along the beach and have a cold drink or local beer at the restaurant.

  • Private Vehicle: Vilanculos District - Xai-Xai (6h30m)
  • Accommodation: Lodge near Xai-Xai (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Xai-Xai - Mozambique

Today we head into Xai-Xai to explore the town and experience this hub of activity along the river and ocean. We visit the central market where fresh produce, fish and meats are sold, and stop at an open-air furniture workshop to see the local crafters practising their age old trade under the cashew nut trees.

Browse the shops and enjoy lunch (own account) at a local restaurant, then you are free to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the beach, sightseeing in Xai-Xai or resting at the resort.

  • Accommodation: Lodge near Xai-Xai (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Xai-Xai to Kruger National Park - South Africa

Day 11, time to return to the diverse and beautiful country of South Africa. Our next destination - the world-famous Kruger National Park. This massive protected area is one of Africa's finest game viewing destinations.

Spend the night at a rest camp in the national park, enjoying the wild surroundings and listening to the night sounds of wildlife and birds in the bush.

  • Private Vehicle: Xai-Xai to Kruger National Park (8h)
  • Border Crossing (Mozambique - South Africa): Ressano Garcia - Lebombo
  • Accommodation: Rest Camp in Kruger (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Kruger National Park to Manyeleti - South Africa

The whole of day 12 is spent game viewing in Kruger National Park, going in search of the rich diversity of animals and other creatures. We travel through the changing landscapes and vegetation zones in the tour vehicle

Keep an eye out for the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, along with an impressive diversity of large mammals such as hippos, zebras, giraffes, large antelopes, hyenas and cheetahs.

After exploring the wild bushveld and spotting all sorts of animals and birds we exit Kruger Park, via the Orpen Gate. This evening at the lodge, you can sit back and relax beside the campfire, enjoying a traditional dance performance by locals from the Shalati region. The safari lodge is located in the Manyeleti part of Greater Kruger, a less-visited area where you can soak up the peace of the remote African bush.

  • Private Vehicle: Kruger National Park to Manyeleti (6h30m)
  • Accommodation: Safari Lodge in Greater Kruger
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13: Manyeleti to Johannesburg - South Africa

On the final day of our Mozambique, Kruger & Swaziland Safari we leave the wilderness behind, returning to the metropolis of Johannesburg. Our drive takes us via an incredibly scenic area of the Mpumalange Province, known as the Panorama Route. Along the way we stop to admire the spectacular views of the mountains, valleys, waterfalls and open plains below. We pause at the highlights of Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window on the Panorama Route.

Arriving in Johannesburg this afternoon our Southern African adventure comes to a close.

We recommend spending some time exploring the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg after the tour, taking in the colourful cultures, historical attractions and more.

  • Private Vehicle: Manyeleti to Johannesburg (8h30m)

Tour Details:

  • Group Size: maximum 9 people (average 7)
  • Meals Included: 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 1 Dinners
  • Transport: private bus, walking & dhow (sailing boat)
  • Accommodation: hotels (3 nts), chalets/bungalows (7 nts, some multi-share), game park huts (1 nt), camping (1 nt).

Optional Extras and Excursions

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South Africa:

Johannesburg/Pretoria

  • Johannesburg City Tour 
  • Pretoria City Tour
  • Mandela Village Township Tour (full day)
  • Dinner in South African home 
  • Cradle of Humankind
  • Sun City and Pilanesberg Nature Reserve 
  • Excursion to Lesedi Cultural Village
  • Gold Reef City (full day)
  • Soweto cultural tour (half day / full day) 
  • Apartheid museum entrance

Mozambique:

  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Bazaruto Island hike
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South Africa:

Johannesburg/Pretoria

  • Johannesburg City Tour 
  • Pretoria City Tour
  • Mandela Village Township Tour (full day)
  • Dinner in South African home 
  • Cradle of Humankind
  • Sun City and Pilanesberg Nature Reserve 
  • Excursion to Lesedi Cultural Village
  • Gold Reef City (full day)
  • Soweto cultural tour (half day / full day) 
  • Apartheid museum entrance

Mozambique:

  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Bazaruto Island hike
+Included in the Tour Price
  • Wildlife walk in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Swaziland)
  • Maputo & Inhambane orientation walks
  • Beaches of Praia do Tofo & Vilanculos (Mozambique)
  • Bazaruto National Park entrance
  • Traditional dhow (boat) trip
  • Stay in Greater Kruger Park
  • Game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Panorama Route drive
  • Border crossing support
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
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