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Mozambique and Beyond Safari



A safari of sunrises, unchartered waters, virgin beaches and lone palm trees.
Of majestic rivers and waterfalls. We find that on these deserted white beaches we are able to make friends with someone we have known all our lives, ourselves. It is a safari for the romantic – moonlit beaches, ceilings of stars and carpets of sand. We meet Africa face to face, and in doing so, come away with emotions often buried by modern civilizations. We hope that those of you who join us on this tropical paradise safari will be enriched by the experiences we go through. The Luangwa Valley is the ultimate wildlife paradise. A special destination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAYS 1 - 2 Kruger National Park
We depart from Johannesburg and head east for our first wildlife adventure. We enter the Kruger National Park and head for our base for the night. After setting up camp we depart in search of the wildlife for which this park is so famous. We hope to capture the big five – lion – leopard – buffalo – elephant – rhino. After early breakfast we resume our search, often spending long periods waiting for that special moment at waterholes or in the bush. Not only the lion, the raptors and the small creatures will fascinate all wildlife enthusiasts.
Bungalows / Camping
Lunch & Dinner / Brunch & Dinner
Distance – 600 km
Duration – 7 hrs
Conditions – good

DAY 3 Transfrontier National Park – Massinger Resort
We pack up camp, load the landy and conduct a morning game drive in the Kruger National Park en route to our next adventure. On cross the border between South Africa and Mozambique at the Giriyondo border post we continue our endeavour in the Transfrontier National Park – the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. This area is totally uncommercialized, a birding paradise and we camp the night at the community campsite on the shore of Massinger dam .
Bungalows / Camping
Brunch / Dinner
Distance – 100 km
Duration – 2.5 hrs
Conditions – dirt

DAY 4 Chidenguele Beach Resort
We travel to the coastal area Chidenguele, where we set up camp and relax after the taxing off-road travel through the Transfrontier Park. Here we check into our bungalows and set out to explore the area. Spend the afternoon relaxing and tonight our first Mozambique seafood feast in the camp restaurant.
Bungalows / Camping
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner
Distance – 300 km
Duration – 5 hrs
Conditions – dirt

DAY 5 Praia do Tofu Bungalows
Today head north through Inhambane to Praia do Tofu, our base for two nights is a tropical resort called Mango Beach Lodge. The Indian ocean is magic, full of sea life and the opportunity to dive and snorkel the famous Mozambique reefs is a must. We enjoy long walks on the white beaches or a game of volley ball. Maybe even just relaxing at the beach bar, reading or writing to those unfortunate friends back home.
Bungalows / Camping
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner & Brunch
Distance – 350 km
Duration – 5 hrs
Conditions – tar

DAYS 6 - 7 Praia de Morrungulo
Today we visit Old World Africa. Inhambane, one of the oldest European settlements in Southern Africa. We spend an extensive period exploring the Afro-Arabian culture mix, historic buildings and 200-year-old cathedral. A short journey on to Morrungulo, our tropical paradise camp for the next two nights. Time off in Morrungulo on the endless deserted beaches, where the coconut palms meet the ocean. The clear warm Indian Ocean is ideal for snorkelling and diving. Whale watching trips are organized in season. All diving excursions can be booked at the campsite. (Excursions own expense)
NB: Look out for the falling coconuts!
Bungalows / Camping
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner & Brunch / Dinner
Distance – 200 km
Duration – 3 hrs
Conditions – tar

DAYS 8 - 9 Vilanculo & Bazaruto Island
Our destination, Vilankulo, a pristine beach lodge across from the Islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago.
We spend the afternoon lazing about the terrace observing the islands whilst contemplating the excursion that tomorrow promises.
The Bazaruto Archipelago was given National Park status in order to preserve the sensitive marine ecosystem that lies beneath the Indian Ocean waters. We do a comprehensive excursion to Magaruque Island. Here we spend time alone to snorkel and absorb the dramatic tropical beauty. Return back to the mainland in time to freshen up and enjoy a seafood feast at the Restaurant.
Bungalows / Camping
Brunch / Dinner + Breakfast
Distance – 300 km
Duration – 3 hrs
Conditions – tar

DAY 10 Gorrongosa National Park
Its farewell to the beach sand and inland we head towards Mozambique’s Premier game Reserve. Gorrongosa National Park. We set up camp and enjoy fantastic birding opportunities in the park.
This is wildest Africa at its best.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner
Distance – 500 km
Duration – 6 hrs
Conditions – bad tar

DAY 11 Gorrongosa National Park
We rise with the sun and set out in search of the wildlife endemic to this area. Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Buffalo are some of the exciting species found herein. After our drive / walk we return for a hard earned brunch. Late afternoon finds the group out in the wilds once more.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Brunch
Distance – Game Drives
Duration – 2 x 2 hrs
Conditions – 4×4 dirt

DAY 12 Tete Hotel
We leave Gorrongosa NP and transverse dense bush land broken by many granite outcrops and local thatched villages. Cross the mighty Zambezi River on a suspension bridge to camp in a small third world mission campsite in Tete. Meet the local villagers tonight.
Lodge / Guest House accommodation
Breakfast / Lunch
Distance – 500 km
Duration – 7 hrs
Conditions – tar

DAY 13 - 14 Lake Malawi

After border formalities, we enter Malawi, the “Warm Heart of Africa” and head for the “Lake of Stars”. Lake Malawi, the final lake in the Great Rift Valley of Africa.
The lake covers one third of the area of Malawi and is the lifeblood of the Malawi people. Camp on the white beaches of the Lake in a pristine campsite.. The morning is spent at a major craft market purchasing exotic masterpieces, carved in Ebony. A fine example is the Malawian Chair. You could lose yourself amongst the secretive coves of the bay enjoying the warm African sun, cool clear water and the cry of the fish eagle.
Tonight enjoy a meal in a local restaurant.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner
Distance – 500 km
Duration – 8 hrs
Conditions – tar

DAY 15 South Luangwa National Park (Wildlife Camp)
Early shopping in Lilongwe to re-stock supplies and finally it is time for wildlife in the South Luangwa National Park. This park is the ultimate game park in Zambia and is rated as one of the greatest National Parks in Africa.
After a strenuous drive, our campsite on the Luangwa River, bordering the National Park, is reached.
The evening is spent around the fire listening to the wild sounds of Africa.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner
Distance – 300 km
Duration – 5 hrs
Conditions – tar / 4×4

DAY 16 South Luangwa National Park (Wildlife Camp)
The absolute highlights of this safari are the game drives in an open 4×4 game-viewing vehicle in the pristine wilderness of South Luangwa National Park. We will do an extensive early morning game walk in search of the diurnal animals, hoping to observe elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and a great variety of antelope species. This Park has over 400 species of birds and, for those who enjoy birding; the Reserve will fulfil many expectations. Return to camp for breakfast and siesta. We board the game-viewing vehicle in the late afternoon for an exciting night drive. Here we search for the nocturnal animals. The elusive leopard, a species for which this park is famous, might appear in our spotlight. The nocturnal animals we hope to find include Lion, Hyena, Civet, Genet and the Birds of the night.Enjoy our restaurant dinner whilst we share the excitement of the game drive experience. The local guide will surely be rewarded for his efforts, dedication and knowledge that he has so humbly shared with us.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Brunch
Distance – game drives
Duration – 2 x 3 hrs
Conditions – 4×4

DAY 17 Luangwa River Bridge
Leaving the Luangwa Valley today we make our way back to the great east road and onto a local campsite called Bridge camp overlooking the Majestic Luangwa River. (Harsh Road conditions).
Relax after the strenuous drive and share a beer with the local people. Enjoy the Rural Zambian Culture.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner
Distance – 400 km
Duration – 5 hrs
Conditions – 4×4 / tar

DAY 18 Lusaka (Eureka Camp)
Midday finds us in the bustling city of Lusaka, where we have the chance to restock and enjoy civilization as we have come to know it. The late afternoon is spent enjoying the swimming pool and bar in our campsite.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner
Distance – 200 km
Duration – 3 hrs
Conditions – tar

DAY 19 - 20 Victoria Falls (Waterfront Zambia)
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls in Zambia, is our destination for the next two days. We have the opportunity to enjoy the myriad of adventure activities that are offered at the falls, be it Bungi Jumping, Rafting the mighty Zambezi, Elephant back riding and Micro or Ultra light flights over the Smoke that Thunders.
An enjoyable time.
NB: Victoria Falls entry own expense.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner / Brunch
Distance – 450 km
Duration – 6 hrs
Conditions – tar

DAY 21 Chobe National Park (Kubu Lodge)
On crossing over the Zambezi on a ferry into Botswana, we make our way to the Chobe National Park. We camp next to the park on the banks of the Chobe River. In the afternoon we do a boat cruise into the Chobe N.P., an area that abounds with Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo and many Antelope species. We hope to find the Puku Antelope, an antelope endemic to the Chobe floodplains. The park contains a multitude of aquatic bird species and the visitor is sure to observe the majestic Fish Eagle or the acrobatic Bee-eater.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Distance – 100 km
Breakfast / Lunch
Duration – 3 hrs
Conditions – tar


DAY 22 Francistown (Marang Hotel)
After breakfast we cross the migration corridor between Hwange in Zimbabwe and Chobe in Botswana, hoping to add to our long list of sightings. Lunch is spent at an oasis in the Makgadigadi Saltpans. We explore the pans in the afternoon in search of Flamingos and Pelicans. Camp the night in a beautiful campsite in Francistown.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner
Distance – 500 km,
Duration – 7 hrs
Conditions – tar

DAY 23 Khama Rhino Sanctuary (Khama Bungalows)
We travel the short distance towards Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a tranquil haven lying beneath huge Mongongo Trees. Khama is home to 33 of Botswana’s last remaining Rhinos and to several other mammal species, including the elusive Brown Hyena.
After a period at the poolside we enjoy our last afternoon game drive through the Kalahari Sandveld, along the pans’ edge. Relax in the evening on our last magic period in Africa.
Bungalow / Campsite accommodation
Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner
Distance – 200 km
Duration – 3 hrs
Conditions – 4×4 / tar

DAY 24 Johannesburg
The final journey. On leaving Botswana today, we make our way down into South Africa through the Northern Province of the country, reaching the “City Of Gold” in the late afternoon. The tour ends this afternoon upon arrival in the Johannesburg.
Enjoy an evening reminiscing about the incredible journey.
Breakfast
Distance – 600 km
Duration – 8 hrs
Conditions – tar

Cost - 24 day MEGA Tour : €7,800/ $8,640/£5,520 per person (minimum 2 guests/maximum of 8 guests)

African Pitta (Pitta angolensis)

Mozambique & Beyond Information Sheet
Included in the Mozambique tour price:

  • Itinerary and activities as specified, fully equipped safari vehicle, all camping and catering equipment, services of tour guides, all accommodation, all camp meals as specified and National Park entrance fees.
  • Accommodation Prior To The Safari: We arrange accommodation in Johannesburg at our designated guest lodge, and will make all reservations for you.
  • Airport transfers on request.
  • Accommodation on Completion of the Safari: The safari ends in Johannesburg late afternoon on day 24. We recommend flying out of Johannesburg International Airport the following day, to return to your country of origin.
  • Accommodation is available at our designated lodge in Johannesburg.  
  • Diving excursions and equipment can be booked at most camps sites along the coast.
  • Travelling Documents for the Mozambique Safari: A passport is required and it must be valid for a period of 6 months after your departure from Africa. For Mozambique apply for a visa prior to the trip at your nearest Mozambican embassy. Zambian visas are obtainable at the border.
  • Please note that these regulations can change, so please enquire at the relevant embassy. Visas own expense and responsibility.  
  • Spending money: For your personal expenses we recommend to bring US-Dollars in cash in small denominations, i.e.: $1, $5 and $10 bills. $100 bills will not be accepted due to falsification problems. Credit cards and travellers cheques can only be used in major cities or large hotels.Please do not change your foreign currency upon arrival at the airports in CT or JNB. We facilitate foreign exchange at a local bank to save you time waiting in long queues after your flight.
  • The airport transfers are done by our company, and paid locally.
  • Luggage: Maximum baggage allowance is 20 kg per person.The baggage limitation does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way.
  • Health: The only compulsory vaccination for this trip is Yellow Fever. You may have to show the International Certificate of Vaccination upon entering Zambia. Malaria prophylaxes are required for this trip and should be started one week prior to the start of the tour. Please consult your doctor or a tropical clinic.
  • Meeting / End Point And Time: We meet at 08H30 on the first day of your safari program.
  • Departure venue: Designated Guest Lodge in Johannesburg. / Airport