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Kruger and Mozambique Explorer

From game drives and cultural walks in Zululand to snorkelling and walks in the amazing eco-system of Kosi Bay, this easy paced, relaxing safari is a unique way to experience Southern Africa. Witness the culture of the Zulu nation and discover the Portuguese and Arab influences in the food and architecture of Mozambique. Enjoy beaches, excellent snorkelling, big game viewing and a bush walk with a local ranger in the largest National Park in Swaziland. Journeying to Mozambique we discover beautiful Inhambane and relax on the coastal beaches or take part in various water activities. Heading to the largest game reserve in South Africa, Kruger National Park, we search for the Big 5! Our adventure continues with exciting game drives in the African wilderness before our adventure concludes in Johannesburg.

Inclusions

13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 10 dinners
9 nights in comfortable hotels, lodges and guesthouses on a twinshare basis
4 nights in basic chalets with shared bathroom facilities on a twinshare basis
Game drives, day walks and excursions as listed in itinerary
English speaking local guide
National park fees and site entrance fees as listed in itinerary
Private transport in minibus / safari truck
Hightlights
Search for amazing wildlife on Kruger National Park game drives
Discover the Portuguese and Arab influences in the food and architecture of Mozambique
Relax on the coastal beaches or take part in various water activities in beautiful Inhambane
Witness the culture of the Zulu nation
Enjoy excellent snorkelling, big game viewing and a bush walk with a local ranger in the largest National Park in Swaziland
Indulge in fresh seafood meals in Maputo
Explore the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve on foot and with a snorkel
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $2,980
Start Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
End Location
South Africa
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Slow paced, Walking
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
11 Nov 201824 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,980
14 Apr 201927 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
09 Jun 201922 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
30 Jun 201913 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
21 Jul 201903 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
04 Aug 201917 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
11 Aug 201924 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
25 Aug 201907 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
01 Sep 201914 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
15 Sep 201928 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
13 Oct 201926 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
20 Oct 201902 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
03 Nov 201916 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
10 Nov 201923 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,240
ItineraryExpand
Days 1-2
Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we travel through the rolling plains of the Highveld before descending the escarpment into the heart of KwaZulu Natal where we will stay in the Mkuzi Game Reserve. The reserve was established in 1912 and has a large diversity of natural habitats. This diversity of habitat means plentiful game and abundant birdlife. Mkuzi Game Reserve is part of the Greater iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site. We explore the reserve on game drives and visit a hide overlooking one of the waterholes to watch the game come down to drink. Mkuzi Game Reserve plays a key role in the preservation of the endangered black and white rhino, and we hope to see these amazing creatures on our game drives. Overnight permanent tented camp. Distance/time: 550 kms, 7 hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing & breakfast. Day 1: Breakfast is not included; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Days 3-5
Kosi Bay Nature Reserve covers a region of fertile estuaries, mangroves, dune forest and tidal lakes. We explore this amazing eco-system on foot and also snorkel at the estuary mouth. A special feature of the Kosi Bay estuary is the traditional practice of subsistence tidal trap fishing. A local guide will lead us on a walk in the neighbouring village where we meet local Zulu people and are introduced to their culture and customs. Leatherback turtles and loggerhead turtles lay eggs on the beaches at night (November - January) and an excursion can be arranged to view this beautiful natural occurrence (own expense). Overnight tented lodge, for 3 nights in Kosi Bay we stay in permanent tents. Each has twin beds and ensuite bathroom. Distance/time: 180 kms, 2 hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing. Days 3 & 4: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 5: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge.
Day 6
Hlane Game Reserve is Swaziland's is largest national park and our chalets are surrounded by beautiful African bushveld dominated by Knobthorn, Leadwood & Tamboti trees. In front of the camp is a waterhole where rhino and other wildlife come to drink. We'll join a local ranger on a bushwalk practice our game tracking skills and see fantastic bird life. Overnight chalets (For 1 night in Hlane we stay in the park chalets and each chalet is ensuite). Distance/time: 350 kms, 6 hrs, excluding border formalities, excluding stops for sightseeing. NB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Day 7
We enter Mozambique at the Namaacha border post and travel to Maputo, formerly known as Louren o Marques. Situated on a natural harbour, Maputo is the economic hub of Mozambique. Once referred to as the "African Riviera", Portuguese and African cultures meet in an exquisite blend of seafood and vibrant life. Sample the excellent seafood in a local restaurant (own expense). In 2019: Overnight hotel (twin rooms with ensuite). In 2018: Overnight guesthouse (twin rooms with a shared bathroom between 2 bedrooms). Distance/time: 120 kms, 1 hrs, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing. NB: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Days 8-10
Travelling north along the Indian Ocean coastline, we drive through mango and cashew nut plantations en-route to the town of Inhambane. Arab influences are strong in Inhambane dating back to when slaves, ivory, gold and spices were traded. Explore Inhambane and its 200 year old cathedral and we visit the enchanting fresh produce market before moving to Praia de Barra. Sit back, relax and enjoy the warm sea and expansive white beaches. For the more energetic, there are optional activities (own expense) such as dhow rides, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and surfing. (Please note on Day 10 dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant). Overnight casitas (reed chalets). Distance/time: 500 kms, 7 hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing and lunch. Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the guesthouse; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 9: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 10: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Day 11
We turn south along the coast to the town of Bilene situated on the shores of the crystal clear Uembje lagoon. The lagoon is 8km wide and 27km long with white, sandy beaches, and is separated from the Indian Ocean by a narrow strip of sand dunes. We spend the afternoon exploring the lagoon with options of kayaking and snorkeling (own expense), and swimming in the shallow, calm waters. Tonight we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the lagoon (own expense). Overnight chalets (basic twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities). Distance/time: 355 kms, 5 hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing and lunch. NB: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Days 12-13
Leaving the Indian Ocean coast, we travel through the Limpopo Transfrontier Park and enter Kruger National Park, South Africa. An icon of nature conservation, Kruger is big game country! We enjoy exciting game drives and hope to spot lions, giraffe and the mighty elephant among others. Relaxing in the tranquil bush we experience a land forgotten by time, a true African wilderness. Distance/time: 350 kms, 5 hours, excluding border formalities & lunch stop (this is a long day!) + 2 x 3 hour game drives. In 2019: 1 night in Kruger National Park chalets with ensuite facilities; 1 night in private game lodge with ensuite facilities on the border of the Greater Kruger National Park. In 2019: Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. In 2019: Day 13 - Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge. In 2018: 2 nights in Kruger National Park chalets with ensuite facilities. In 2018: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Day 14
After an early morning game drive we return to Johannesburg in the evening. Our tour ends at approximately 18:00 in Johannesburg. Please note: we can do a free drop off at OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport at around 17:00pm so you can book your flight out for the last day of the tour. Distance/time: 450 kms, 6.5 hrs, excluding stops for lunch. In 2019: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant). In 2018: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Lunch will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).