Beach and Bush Adventure

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Johannesburg South Africa
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Johannesburg South Africa
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: South Africa Mozambique

Tour Dates

2018
  • 2018
January
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From EUR 1980 pp
(Excl. local payment )
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Overview

From the culture of the Zulu nation to the Portuguese and Arab influences in food and architecture of Mozambique. Beaches, excellent diving to big game viewing and bush walks with local ranger. The accommodation, particularly in Mozambique is simple and the roads can be slow. Local facilities are limited so most of the meals are prepared by the crew. Malaria prophylactics are recommended. This is an easy paced, relaxing safari for those looking for a different experience in Southern Africa. Excludes single supplement. However, if you are happy to share – no single supplement will apply.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - 3: JOHANNESBURG to ZULULAND

Zululand, home of the nation forged by King Shaka Zulu – from the warm Indian Ocean, across the rolling green hills to the Drakensberg Mountains. We depart Johannesburg at 06:30am, travelling across the Highveld before descending into the heart of Kwazulu Natal known for it’s rich culture and spectacular wildlife. Our lodge for the next 3 nights is situated on a private reserve. We explore the natural serenity of the bush on a morning walk followed by an exciting afternoon game drive in Mkuzi Game Reserve. Mkuzi plays a key role in the preservation of the endangered black and white rhino and we look forward to watching from a hide overlooking a waterhole, as the animals quench their thirst. On the third day we explore Hluhluwe Game Reserve, and in the afternoon get to know the people of the area as we visit a local Zulu village and our guides interpret the history, culture and traditions of the Zulu nation.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Zululand Lodge, - 3 nights we stay in the permanent tents, en suite.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 4 - 5: KOSI BAY

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. 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).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Utshwayelo Lodge, chalets – for 2 nights in Kosi Bay we stay in permanent tents. Each has twin beds and en suite bathroom.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities Leatherback turtle excursion (only available November – January)

Day 6: SWAZILAND

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Hlane Game Reserve ,chalets – for 1 night in Hlane we stay in the park chalets. Each chalet is en-suite.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 7: MAPUTO

We enter Moçambique at the Namaacha border post and travel to Maputo, formerly known as Lourenço 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).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Catembe Gallery Hotel – 1 night in Maputo we stay in a guest house. Twin rooms with a shared bathroom between 2 bedrooms. Bar, restaurant, telephone.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 8, 9, 10: INHAMBANE

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 such as dhow rides, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and surfing (own expense).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight:Casitas, Palm Grove Resort – for 3 nights in Inhambane (Praia do Tofo / Barra) we stay in en-suite rooms. Bar, restaurant, telephone.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner (Dinner on Day 10 at own expense).

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scuba diving, ocean safari & sailing and many more

Day 11: BILENE

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. We enjoy dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the lagoon (own expense).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Laguna Camp, chalets – for 1 night in Bilene we stay in chalets. These are twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Bar, restaurant, telephone.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch (Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Snorkelling, Sunset Cruise & Fishing (please note that these are subject to time availability)

Day 12 - 13: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Kruger National Park chalets – for 2 nights in Kruger we stay in national parks board chalets with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, and telephone.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Night game drive in National Parks open game viewing vehicle

Day 14: JOHANNESBURG

After an early morning game drive we return to Johannesburg in the evening, sun-tanned, laid-back and ready to rejoin life. Tour ends at +/-18:00 at the hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast (Lunch at own expense)

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