14-day Mozambique and Kruger Beach and Bush

This is a tour for those looking for a different experience in Southern Africa. Exploring the culture of the Zulu nation, the Portuguese and Arab influences in food and architecture of Mozambique, and ending with time in the Kruger National Park, this itinerary offers beaches, snorkelling, dolphin viewing and the possibility of a dolphin encounter. Add to this big game viewing and bush walks with local rangers, and you have the perfect combination of beach and bush!

DEPARTS:  JOHANNESBURG on Sunday at 06:30am
ENDS: JOHANNESBURG on Saturday at 18:00pm

Highlights

* Zululand – game drives and cultural walks
* Kosi Bay – snorkelling & boat cruise
* Ponta do Ouro – dolphin encounter
* Maputo – seafood meals
* Inhambane & Chizavane – beaches, optional snorkelling, scuba diving
* Kruger National Park – game drives

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 in Mozambique is simple and the roads can be slow. Local facilities are limited so most of the meals are prepared by the Sunway crew. Malaria prophylactics are recommended. This is an easy paced, relaxing safari for those looking for a different experience in Southern Africa.

Note: you can fly out of Johannesburg airport on the last day of tour, we do a free drop off at JNB at +/-17:00

Overnight: The accommodations on this tour are chosen for their location and the activities available. 13 nights twin share en suite chalets, lodges and casitas. The guides will sort out room allocations.

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 7 dinners are included. Of which 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by the Sunway guides, prepared either at the truck or in the self-catering kitchen. Meals will be eaten either under the trees near your chalet or around the campfire at the truck.

Transport: Due to sometimes poor roads we use Sunway Safari trucks with 12 seats for this tour. On 5% of tours we may use Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 seats and air conditioning. Potholes, rain damaged gravel roads, livestock and children on the roads can make travel slow, but at the same time you’ll pass through villages and witness the local lifestyle all the way. Game viewing in the national parks will be in the Sunway vehicle

Limited participation: An essential part of your safari is participation. From carrying your own bag to your room to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do the meal preparation when required but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Highlights

  • Barra Beach
  • Chizavane
  • Hluhluwe
  • Johannesburg
  • Kosi Bay
  • Kruger Private Reserve
  • Maputo
  • Ponta do Ouro
  • Kruger National Park
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 – 3 : Hluhluwe

[permanent tents Bx2 Lx3 Dx3]
Zululand, home of the nation forged by King Shaka Zulu - stretches 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 its rich culture and spectacular wildlife. Our lodge for the next 3 nights is situated on a private nature reserve.

We explore the natural serenity of the bush on a morning walk followed by an exciting afternoon game drive in Mkhuze Game Reserve. Game Reserve. Mkhuze Game Reserve. 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 people.

Day 1: Breakfast is not included
Day 1: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 1: Dinner provided by the lodge

Day 2-3: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 2-3: Lunch provided by the lodge (packed picnic lunch)
Day 2-3: Dinner provided by the lodge

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Mkhuze Game Reserve/ Hluhluwe Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives
Overnight:                  Zululand Lodge - 3 nights we stay in the permanent tents, en suite.   WiFi not available
Distance/time:          550kms, ± 7½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & breakfast

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Day 4 : Kosi Bay

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Kosi Bay Nature Reserve covers a region of fertile estuaries, mangroves, dune forest and tidal lakes. This afternoon we walk down to the lake to explore this amazing eco-system by boat and the following morning we take a 4WD transfer to the Kosi estuary mouth. A special feature of the Kosi Bay estuary is the traditional practice of subsistence tidal trap fishing. We have time to swim, walk on the beach or snorkel the shallow reefs in the estuary mouth.

Day 4: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 4: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Dinner will be an own expense meal at lodge restaurant

Includes:                    Snorkelling at Kosi Bay River Mouth (mask & snorkel can be hired from the lodge at a nominal fee), boat excursion on lake system
Overnight:                 Kosi Bay Lodge – twin rooms with en suite bathroom. Swimming pool.  WiFi not available
Distance/time:          180kms, ± 2½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

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Day 5 – 6 : Ponta do Ouro

[lodge BL-]
Ponta do Ouro is the ocean lover’s mecca of Southern Mozambique. A highlight of this safari is the opportunity to join a local dolphin research team on ocean safaris. Research since the early 1990s indicates that there are approximately 400 individual dolphins moving through the Ponta do Ouro area, of which about 150 are resident. We have 3 boat launches planned which gives us a chance to snorkel on the shallow reefs, view dolphins and whales from the boat, and hopefully swim with dolphins if their activity at the time permits us to enter the water. A wild dolphin encounter is an extraordinary wildlife experience. (Should weather prevent a boat launch then a portion of your local payment will be refunded to you pro rata).

Day 5 - 6: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 5 - 6: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5 - 6: Dinner will be an own expense meal at local restaurant

Includes:                    Snorkelling and dolphin encounters
Overnight:                  Casa Ponta, for 2 nights we stay in twin rooms with en suite bathroom. Swimming pool  WiFi not available
Distance/time:          35kms, ±45min, excluding border formalities

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Day 7 : Maputo

[guest house BL-]
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).

Day 7: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 7: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7: Dinner will be an own expense meal at local restaurant

Includes:                    N/A
Overnight:                  Acacia Inn – 1 night in Maputo we stay in a guest house. Twin rooms en-suite. Swimming pool. WiFi available
Distance/time:          120kms, ± 1½ hours, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing

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Day 8 – 9 : Barra Beach

[chalets Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]
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, fishing and surfing (own expense).

Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the guest house
Day 8: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 8: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 9: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Dinner will be an own expense meal at local restaurant

Includes:                    N/A
Overnight:                  Bayview Lodge – for 2 nights in Inhambane (Praia do Tofo / Barra) we stay in en-suite rooms. Bar, restaurant, telephone.  WiFi not available
Distance/time:          500kms, ±7 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing and lunch
Optional Activities     Scuba diving, ocean safari & sailing and many more

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Day 10 : Chizavane

[chalets Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]
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! As we make our way to our camp, we enjoy an exciting game drive and hope to spot lions, giraffe and elephant among others.

Day 11: Breakfast provide by the lodge
Day 11: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal at local restaurant

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Kruger National Park, morning and afternoon game drives
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. WiFi not available
Distance/time:          350kms, ± 5½ hours, excluding border formalities & lunch stop (this is a long day!) + game drive from the border to camp on day 11 and a full day in the park on day 12.
Optional Activities:        Night game drive in National Parks open game viewing vehicle (on Day 12

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Day 11 – 12 : Kruger National Park

[chalets Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]
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! As we make our way to our camp, we enjoy an exciting game drive and hope to spot lions, giraffe and elephant among others.

Day 12: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Kruger National Park, morning and afternoon game drives
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. WiFi not available
Distance/time:          350kms, ± 5½ hours, excluding border formalities & lunch stop (this is a long day!) + game drive from the border to camp on day 11 and a full day in the park on day 12.
Optional Activities:        Night game drive in National Parks open game viewing vehicle (on Day 12

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Day 13 : Kruger Private Reserve

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The following morning, we are up early, and we spend the day exploring the national park before we leave and head to our private game lodge. Relax around the pool or the camp fire on our final evening in the tranquil African wilderness.

Day 13: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Dinner provided by the lodge

Includes:                    N/a
Overnight:                  Makuwa Safari Lodge – twin room with en suite facilities. Swimming pool.  WiFi not available.
Distance/time:          180kms, ± 2½ hours + game drive

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Day 14 : Departure

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Our final day on tour starts with an exciting game walk. We explore the private game reserve on foot with our rangers. While the opportunity to see big game on foot exists, our guides will also take the time to interpret the tracks and signs of the African bush. We head back to the lodge for brunch before we return to Johannesburg in the evening, sun-tanned, laid-back and ready to re-join life. Tour ends at +/-18:00 at the hotel.

Day 14: Breakfast provide by the lodge
Day 14: Lunch own expense

Distance/time:          500kms, ± 6½ hours, excluding stops for lunch

Included

Accommodation as per itinerary
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Excluded

International flights
Pre / Post tour accommodation
Airport transfers
Travel insurance
Visas
Vaccinations
Gratuities
Optional activities