Swaziland, Mozambique & Kruger Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length14 days
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Summary of this Overland Camping Tour

  • Max. Group Size 20 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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2018 Itinerary Overview 2019 Info

A great 14-day Budget Camping Safari that takes you to South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique.

This affordable camping tour includes:

  • South Africa: Camping in Kruger Private Concession, Panorama Route sightseeing and game viewing in Kruger National Park - one of Africa's top game parks, hosting the Big Five and an abundance of other wildlife and birds. 
  • Swaziland: explore the scenic mountains, experience Swazi culture and do optional activities, including a morning rhino game drive or mountain biking in Hlane Royal National Park.
  • Mozambique: see Maputo, relax on Barra beach, visit charming Inhambane and enjoy Praia do Tofo - famous for its snorkelling and scuba diving with whale sharks and manta rays. Go to coastal Vilanculos and explore the Bazaruto Archipelago of idyllic islands with tropical beaches and unspoilt reefs.

Diverse and iconic Kruger wildlife, scenic Swazi mountains, interesting African cultures, rich marine life and sandy beaches in Mozambique - a perfect beach and bush combo trip!

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Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park - South Africa

This two-week Mozambique & Kruger Camping Safari leaves the dynamic city of Johannesburg in South Africa, on the first morning.

From Johannesburg we travel northeast into the scenic Mpumalanga Province, making our way to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Along the way, we stop for lunch (own account) in the historic small town of Dullstroom.

Then we continue to the Lowveld region where many of South Africa's top game parks are located, including Kruger National Park. We spend the first three nights camping at a safari lodge in a private wildlife concession, 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.

After settling in you have the option of embarking on a 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.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Optional Activity: Sunset Game Drive (subject to availability)

Activity Package:

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.

Day 2: Kruger National Park – South Africa

This morning we are up early for our full day of game viewing in Kruger National Park - one of Africa's best game reserves. We go in search of the Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) and the variety of other wild animals and birds found in South Africa’s flagship national park.

For those who opted to take the Activity Package, the day is spent exploring Kruger National Park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. Game viewing in an open safari vehicle immerses you in untamed nature enabling you to see wildlife and birds without the obstruction of windows. 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.

In the late afternoon, you have the option of embarking on a sunset game drive in the private wildlife concession area. This exciting game drive takes you into the bush for a scenic sunset and game spotting after dark, when nocturnal predators prowl.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Included Activity: Full day Kruger Game Drive (in safari truck)
  • Activity Package: Full day 4x4 Game Drive in Kruger
  • Optional Activity: Sunset Game Drive (subject to availability)

Day 3: Kruger & Panorama Route – South Africa

Begin day three with an optional morning game walk in the private concession area. 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 optional game walk, we visit 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 we relax around the campfire in the private concession area.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Included Activity: Panorama Route Highlights
  • Optional Activity: Morning Bush Walk (subject to availability)

Day 4: Kruger Park & Hlane Area – Swaziland

Rise and shine early on day four to enjoy another day of game viewing in Kruger National Park, which covers nearly 2 million hectares of untamed wilderness. We drive south through the African bush in our raised safari truck, spotting a mix of antelopes, predators and other game roaming freely.

Leaving Kruger we travel into the small landlocked country of Swaziland, making our way to the Hlane Royal National Park area. Hlane Royal Park is Swaziland’s biggest game reserve at around 30000 hectares, including the adjacent wildlife concessions. Once a private hunting area of the Swazi Royal family today Hlane is managed by Big Game Parks and held in a trust.

  • Included Activity: Full-Day Kruger Game Drive in safari truck
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Umphakatsi & Hlane Royal National Park – Swaziland

This morning you have the chance to participate in one of the optional activities on offer in Hlane Game Reserve. Options include mountain biking, nature walks, birding and the highly recommended Rhino Game Drive.

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.

In the afternoon we head to a homestead nearby to experience Swazi culture and see how people live in rural Swaziland. We visit 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.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Included Activity: Umphakatsi Cultural Experience
  • Optional Activities: Rhino Game Drive in Hlane Game Reserve, Guided Mountain Biking, Guided Birding Walks

Day 6: Hlane Area to Maputo – Mozambique

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.

After settling into our en-suite rooms at the hotel we have lunch at a popular restaurant and walk around the city to experience this chaotic, yet charming African capital. On this walk with your safari guide you can see the unique mix of architectural styles in Latin-influenced Maputo. We also stop in at one of the lively markets to get a taste of local life in Maputo, formerly Lourenço Marques prior to independence.

Tonight you can eat out (own account) and sample the vibrant nightlife of Mozambique’s largest city, known for its cultural richness.

  • Included Activity: Walk through Maputo
  • Optional Activity: Dinner & Night Out in Maputo
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - 9: Barra Beach & Tofo – Mozambique

On day seven we're up early and back on the road, heading north through coconut, sugar and nut plantations, and rural Mozambique, dotted with villages. Our next stop is a beach resort on the scenic Barra Peninsula, near the historic seaside town of Inhambane, once a slave trading port. Day seven wraps-up with sundowners beside the Indian Ocean and a traditional Mozambican dinner.

We spend the next three nights staying at this lodge along the sandy Barra beach of balmy Mozambique.

Days eight and nine are free for you to enjoy laid-back hours on the picturesque beaches, swimming and exploring or doing some optional activities including watersports and land-based adventure activities - from scuba diving and snorkelling to horse riding and quad biking.

On day nine your guide takes you to Praia do Tofo, where you can browse the curio and food market, 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 scuba 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!

  • Optional Activities: Inhambane Snorkelling / Tofo Ocean Safari (snorkel with whale sharks) / Scuba Diving / Surfing etc
  • Included Activities: Visit Tofo
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (x2) / Breakfast & Dinner (day 9)

Day 10: Inhambane to Vilanculos – Mozambique

This morning we stop in at a local market and walk around 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. Your guide can arrange for a dhow ferry ride from Inhambane across the bay to Maxixe if you feel like an adventure in one of these traditional sailing boats. Alternatively you can hop back on the truck and meet the ferry on the other side of the bay.

Then we drive north along the coast to our next Mozambiquan beach stopover - the coastal town of Vilanculos. 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 lodge in Vilanculous has a swimming pool, bar, shop and laundry facilities, and serves as our base for exploring Bazaruto Islands. 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.

  • Included Activity: Walk around Inhambane / Traditional Dhow trip to Maxixe (not compulsory)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Bazaruto Island Trip – Mozambique

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 Benguerra Island, before returning for our sunset Dhow cruise. If the weather conditions are poor, we will visit Magaruque Island instead of Bazaruto Island.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Activity Package: Bazaruto Day Trip

Day 12: Vilanculos to Xai-Xai – Mozambique

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. End a long day of driving off with a stroll on the beach and sundowners beside the Indian Ocean.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Xai-Xai to Malelane – South Africa

Today we leave Mozambique behind, travelling via Maputo on our way back into the Mpumalange Province of South Africa. Our final overnight lodge is near Malelane, a town not far from Kruger Park.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Johannesburg – South Africa

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.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Optional Activities: Dinner in Johannesburg

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.

Optional Extras and Excursions

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South Africa Activities

  • Sunset Game Drive in Kruger concession
  • Morning Bush Walk in Kruger concession

Swaziland Activities

  • Guided Mountain Bike trail (2hrs) 
  • Morning Game Drive in Hlane Royal National Park 
  • Guided Game Walk in Hlane Royal National Park 

Mozambique Activities

  • Inhambane Snorkelling
  • Quad Biking 
  • Scuba Diving at Praia do Tofo
  • Ocean Safari: Snorkelling with Whale Sharks 
  • Dinner Out in Maputo
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South Africa Activities

  • Sunset Game Drive in Kruger concession
  • Morning Bush Walk in Kruger concession

Swaziland Activities

  • Guided Mountain Bike trail (2hrs) 
  • Morning Game Drive in Hlane Royal National Park 
  • Guided Game Walk in Hlane Royal National Park 

Mozambique Activities

  • Inhambane Snorkelling
  • Quad Biking 
  • Scuba Diving at Praia do Tofo
  • Ocean Safari: Snorkelling with Whale Sharks 
  • Dinner Out in Maputo
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