Game Parks , Zanzibar and Mozambique

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Nairobi Kenya
Length: 28 - 42 Days
End: Johannesburg South Africa
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Kenya Mozambique

Tour Dates

2018
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2017
December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From ZAR 18795 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 530)
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Overview

This exciting holiday offers you a comprehensive insight into some of Eastern and Southern Africa’s best adventure attractions. Our unique itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experiences in the time you have exploring this incredible continent with us. From the undulating Maasai Mara, to the flat plains of the Serengeti, the majestic Ngorongoro Crater, sun kissed beaches on the tropical island of Zanzibar and the coastline of Mozambique to Victoria Falls, one of nature’s wonders of the world. Finishing with two great game parks – Hwange and Kruger to add a fitting finale to this comprehensive and memorable tour. Excludes Gorilla permit. Max age 18-39 only. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi to Arusha (Tanzania)

This morning we head out of busy Nairobi and travel south crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga. Tonight, we stay at a campsite in Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha, before heading out on our Optional Excursions to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Arusha to Karatu

This morning we visit the Meserani Reptile Park and Masai Cultural Museum. A few minutes? walk from the campsite is a gallery selling the bright and iconic Tinga Tinga paintings. Alternatively, the town of Arusha is nearby to explore. After enjoying lunch at our camp against the backdrop of Mount Meru we meet our Tanzanian guides and transfer into locally operated 4WD vehicles. These vehicles have been adapted for safari use and allow excellent viewing and photographic opportunities through the opening roof hatches. Leaving our camp, we travel via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and then up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the higher lying village of Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well-established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. Tonight, we spend the evening at a very pleasant campsite in Karatu (campsite has ablution facilities).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite in Karatu (has ablution facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park

This morning we depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken, unflooded caldera in the world. Comprising of open savannahs, acacia forests and both soda and fresh water lakes, the Ngorongoro Crater is truly a miniature ?Garden of Eden?. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa ? including the elusive Black Rhino.After our game drive in the Crater, we head down the Crater rim and past the ?Cradle of Mankind? on our way to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the vast plains as we game drive through the southern and central areas in the park. Tonight, we camp (no ablution facilities) in the bushveld surrounded by the sounds of the African wilderness. Without any fences surrounding our campsite we are truly in the midst of nature!

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bushveld campsite (no ablution facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania

After crossing the border into Tanzania at the busy Namanga frontier we arrive at our destination, Arusha, in the late afternoon. Situated mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ – a bustling city with colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556m). After exploring the curio markets, we head to our camp just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. This afternoon, if time allows, we enjoy a walk to one of the local Maasai villages to enjoy an insight into everyday life and traditions of this colourful culture.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meserani Snake Park - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Camel Ride US$10

Day 5: Arusha - Serengeti National Park

This morning we transfer to smaller, more ‘game park friendly’ vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We enter the park and drive around the ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge – indeed the name derives from the Maasai word Siringitu – ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, for an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Serengeti National Park: Bush Camp - Camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the altitude), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Simba Camp - Camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Serengeti Balloon Flight –from US$500

Day 7: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the “Spice Island,? where we spend the next 3 nights. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands. New passengers may join us to replace those that?ll leave us at the end of our excursion to Zanzibar.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Spice Tour & Dhow Excursion, Zanzibar excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

"Spice Island" campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Arusha – Bagamoyo

This morning we wake early and head south via Moshi to Bagamoyo. If the weather is clear we will be afforded a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m). The quaint town of Bagamoyo was founded at the end of the 18th century and was one of the most significant trading ports along the East African coast. Our camp for the evening is situated close by to the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Fire Fly Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam

Leaving Bagamoyo we make our way south to Dar es Salaam. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub of commerce and industry – a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast, accessing one of the most important sea routes in the world. To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of entry to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other archipelago islands. We set up camp on the beach just outside of the city, take in the balmy Indian Ocean sea breeze, and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kipepeo Beach Resort - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringed beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed the spice trade here is centuries old: Zanzibarians have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for many generations, navigating the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries. Our time on the island over the next 3 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, fabrics and wooden carvings, or visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Stone Town – Mazon’s or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast is included with hotel accommodation

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spice Tour US$30, Slave markets US$15, Arabic Fort US$10, Palace Museum US10

Day 11: Dar es Salaam to Iringa

This morning we leave Dar es Salaam and head south. We pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic. We travel towards Iringa where we spend the night in a beautiful rustic campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Zanzibar Island

Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast is included with hotel accommodation

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spice Tour US$30, Scuba Diving local US$130, Mnemba Island US$170, Dhow snorkelling safaris From US$65, massages from US$16

Day 13: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam

We have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening. Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kipepeo Village - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National park area

Leaving the bustling city and warm Atlantic coast, we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park where we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars. If time allows we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Tan-Swiss Lodge - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Mikumi Game Drive US$150

Day 15: Lake Malawi to Chipata (Zambia)

Today we leave Malawi and cross over into Zambia

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Transit day

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Chipata to Luangwa National Park

This breath-taking park is situated on the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, and it is the southernmost of three national parks in this region. South Luangwa was founded in 1938 as a game reserve, 1972 was the year it was declared as a national park, and today it covers over 9000 kilometres squared. Animals such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance. The Luangwa river is home to many a hippo and croc.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game drives through South Luangwa National Park in Overland vehicle.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Chitimba Beach, Malawi

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where, after an 11km hike, you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters from the beach.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba Beach Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Livngstonia day hike US10

Day 18: Eastern Zambia to Livingstone

Heading further south, we journey through the southern Zambian towns mostly supporting local agriculture and farming on our way to Livingstone. The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it?s not difficult to see why. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! The Falls can be viewed from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia – a fantastic photo opportunity. Tonight, we have the option of enjoying an optional sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Zambezi Sunset River boat cruise

Day 19: Kande Beach

Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving, snorkelling, and horse riding along the beach. Or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, by tradition very friendly, on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kande Beach Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Horse riding US$45, Village walk US$11

Day 20: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Once returning to camp, we get back on our truck and continue to the border of Zimbabwe. Once we?ve completed border formalities, we have a short drive to the nearby Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A short walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! After our adventure activities briefing (see price guide at the end of this document for options), the afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Entrance to Victoria Falls

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Brunch

Day 21: Chipata - Lusaka

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, cross the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7m inhabitants. It is located on Zambia’s southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Eureka Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 22: Lusaka - Livingstone

We head south to Livingstone and set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls. At various times of year the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry! The campsite management provide information on all activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next four nights.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Waterfront - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 23: Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia

We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town, pop over to neighbouring Zimbabwe or enjoy the many optional activities on offer such as rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, flights over the falls, just to name a few.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Waterfront - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Bungee jumping US$160, Full day abseil US$180, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, game walk US$100, Chief Mukumi village tour US$50, gorge swing US$95, Zambezi jet boat and cable car US$120, Half day canoe US$110, Zambezi sunset cruise US$55, Full day white water rafting US$200, Helicopter/ Microlight flights From US$ 185, half day fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65.

Day 24: Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia

Today we have a free day to enjoy the many optional activities on offer or spend your day at leisure by the poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Waterfront - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Bungee jumping US$160, Full day abseil US$180, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, game walk US$100, Chief Mukumi village tour US$50, gorge swing US$95, Zambezi jet boat and cable car US$120, Half day canoe US$110, Zambezi sunset cruise US$55, Full day white water rafting US$200, Helicopter/ Microlight flights From US$ 185, half day fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65.

Day 25: Livingstone, Zambia

Today is a free day to explore Victoria Falls. Why not enjoy a guided tour of the ‘Falls’ for a different perspective to watch the spectacle and see the enormous Batoka Gorge of which the Zambezi plunges or enjoy the popular activities include scenic flights for a birds-eye view of the falls, bungee jumping off the Livingstone Bridge, gorge swinging, jet boating, game drives, horse safaris, cultural excursions and river cruises to name a few.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Waterfront - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Bungee jumping US$160, Full day abseil US$180, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, game walk US$100, Chief Mukumi village tour US$50, gorge swing US$95, Zambezi jet boat and cable car US$120, Half day canoe US$110, Zambezi sunset cruise US$55, Full day white water rafting US$200, Helicopter/ Microlight flights From US$ 185, half day fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65.

Day 26: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today we will be transferred across the border into Zimbabwe to meet the new group and tour leader. Once we settle in, the rest of the day is yours at leisure. Here you have the opportunity to choose more activities or simply relax in the beautiful surroundings.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Victoria Falls Rest Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Day 27: Victoria Falls – Hwange National Park

We leave Vic Falls for the world renowned Hwange National Park. This is Zimbabwe’s largest and best known park, and was (in the early 19th century) the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi. In 1929 it was set aside as a National Park for the benefit of all Zimbabwe’s peoples. The park covers an area of over 14,600 sq kms and is particularly known for its elephant but contains over 100 mammal species including Africa’s “Big 5″ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), as well as giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok and the brown hyena and abundant bird species. Hwange is also known for its population of the Wild (Painted) Dog. Late in the day we take a locally guided open vehicle game drive and hope to glimpse some of the wildlife in the park before returning to camp for overnight.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hwange Rest Camp or similar– Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: Hwange National Park - Bulawayo

Departing Hwange we drive south to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city. Before reaching the city we visit the Khami Ruins, an important archaeological site and former trading centre dating from the 16th century. Bulawayo is a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide open spaces. There is a fascinating National History Museum, which recounts much of Zimbabwe’s traditional and colonial past, and near the Old Town Hall a lively curio market. A wide range of handicrafts and artwork are on display here most made by local craftsmen and women.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Burke’s Paradise – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Bulawayo – Matobos National Park - Bulawayo

We explore the Matobo National Park on our half day guided tour. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people. The reserve also has a large concentration of the Black and White Rhino and providing it’s safe to do so our guides will lead us on foot to search for these magnificent animals. Approaching these massive beasts is a heart racing, breathtaking and memorable experience. At such times it may be comforting to remember that rhinos are herbivores. The park also has a dense population of leopard and black eagle and we hope to catch sight of either (or both) these creatures. We also keep a look out for giraffe, zebra, ostrich and a variety of antelope and buck species.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Burke’s Paradise – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Upgrade to full day tour including historical tour and village tour US$45

Day 30: Bulawayo – Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Masvingo

Leaving Bulawayo, we continue south to the border at Beitbridge. Completing formalities we cross the Limpopo River -the second largest in South Africa and an important water source for this arid region. The Limpopo also acts as a natural boundary between South Africa and its neighbours Botswana and Zimbabwe, before it flows through Mozambique to the Indian Ocean. We continue to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. There is hot springs in the area which are surrounded by dense woodland comprising of Mopani, Red Bushwillow, Jakkalsbessie trees – and the third largest Baobab tree in South Africa. NB: Border formalities entering South Africa can be time consuming and your patience is greatly appreciated. We usually find the best way to proceed at border crossing points is to wait patiently while officials work at their own pace. A good book is highly recommended. Your tour leader will do most of the work but he (or she) will be grateful for your understanding if things seem to be taking longer than they should

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Norma Jean’s - Camping twin share dome tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31: Mazvingo - Bandula Area, Mozambique

We continue south toward southern Africa’s premier game reserve, the ‘Kruger’. We spend the night in Hazyview a short distance outside the reserve. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the entire area and this has become an incredibly diverse landscape for both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (148 species) is present. The birdlife is prolific (over 505 species) and there are over 330 varieties of flora. This evening we immerse ourselves in the local culture and enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire. It is an opportunity to learn something of the way of life of these fascinating local people.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Casa Msika or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32: Vilanculos

Waking at sunrise, we board our open 4×4 safari vehicles lead by a local expert guide and prepare for our full day game drive. Kruger is home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to understand why it is held in such high esteem amongst explorers from all over the world who visit this park. We take a well-deserved lunch break en-route before game driving out of the park to our accommodation for the night.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Baobab Beach or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scuba Diving from US$165, Horse Riding US$60, Kayak US$25, Island tours from US$60, Windsurfing US$35

Day 33: Vilanculos

Today we leave the Kruger for the Mozambique frontier. Again we may find border formalities lengthy but once completed we pass into the new country and continue east and north toward the Indian Ocean coast. Travelling is slower and road conditions more demanding than in Zimbabwe or South Africa. Similarly, campsites are less well appointed, towns and shops have fewer goods or less variety. This can sometimes be frustrating but many people come to find that after a few days they are used to the conditions and it becomes one of the more appealing and attractive aspects of the tour. Overlanding is an adventurous type of travel and not a ‘conventional’ holiday. We do urge you not to expect things to be the same as elsewhere in Africa. The town of Xai Xai is the capital of Gaza Province and situated on the banks of the Limpopo River. Rudyard Kipling called this the ‘great grey greasy’ river, and where we see it the Limpopo flows to the south of town in a wide, fertile plain providing irrigation to the main crop, rice. Our accommodation for the evening is a stretch of the beach near the coral reef which runs parallel to the shore.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Baobab Beach or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scuba Diving from US$165, Horse Riding US$60, Kayak US$25, Island tours from US$60, Windsurfing US$35

Day 34: Vilanculos - Inhambane

We continue north past the coastal town of Inhambane to Vilanculos one of Mozambique’s’ best known visitor attractions. This is a long day driving but we believe it is worthwhile to reach the beach and Vilanculos to allow time for the Dhow safari which follows.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Fatima’s Nest or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 35:Inhambane

We take a Dhow (traditional sailing boat) safari to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to Vilanculos. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy the island at leisure, snorkelling, swimming, walking, hike to the ruins of a 19 Century fort or simply enjoy lazing on the beach. A delicious seafood lunch will be served under shady palm fringes. Basic snorkelling equipment and the park fees are included, allowing you to enjoy your day in full. With its powdery-white, long stretched beaches, coconut fringed palms, crystal turquoise waters, and superb all-year round temperate climate this place is perfect to relax and unwind and watch the world go by.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Fatima’s Nest or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scuba Diving from US$70-110, Snorkelling Trips US$30, Quad Biking US$50, Deep Sea Fishing US$140

Day 36: Inhambane – Xai Xai

We turn south and drive to another of Mozambique’s attractions, the coastal town of Inhambane and the nearby Praia (beach) de Tofo. Time here is at leisure – enjoy the tropical beaches and activities typically available. Inhambane itself has a rich history and a fascinating ‘old’ city. Climb the ladder at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception for spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounds, or explore the local markets where fresh fish, seafood and farm produce are on sale. You’ll notice the mix of Arabic and African cultures here which come together to form a vibrant, eclectic style of its own. Tofo itself is a small coastal town with open beaches and a relaxed pace of life. Optional activities such as horse riding, snorkelling and scuba are normally available. Whale Sharks and Manta Rays inhabit the coastline year round but are in larger numbers in the summer months (Nov- Mar). Humpback whales are usually present June / October. The natural vegetation of the coastal plain is dune forest but at Tofo it has largely been replaced by coconut palms which were planted by the Portuguese colonists. Today the local Bitonga people used them to supply the thriving copra trade. Sample the local seafood – the area is well known for it – or try the local beer (called ‘2M’).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Montego Beach Resort or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 37: Xai Xai - Hazyview – Kruger National Park, South Africa

Slip slap slop! Beach, chill, relax. We recommend Factor 30! Optional activities are available or relax and enjoy the beach. Meals include breakfast and lunch only, giving you the opportunity to try something local. Today is a free day at leisure to enjoy the local tropical beaches and the many activities on offer. Nearby Inhambane has a rich history and offers a great opportunity to go out and explore the old city. Climb the ladder at the Cathedral of our lady of Conception Inhambane for fantastic 360 degree views of the surrounds. The local markets are also a highlight with fresh fish, seafood and farm produce on sale. You’ll soon see the mix of Arabic and African cultures that create a vibrant, eclectic style of its own.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hotel Numbi – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Dinner

Day 38: Hazyview – Kruger National Park

Reluctantly, we must leave the beautiful beaches of Mozambique and start our long drive back into South Africa. We aim to cross the border at the end of the day and camp overnight at Komatipoort

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hotel Numbi – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 39: Hazyview - Greater Kruger - Johannesburg

Our final day of the tour we make our way to South Africa’s commercial hub, Johannesburg, where our tour ends late afternoon/ early evening. We recommend that you plan to say that evening in Johannesburg)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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