|A crossroads of civilizations, cultures and landscapes, influenced from the early days by nomadic tribes, Arab traders, British sailors and Portuguese colonials, then torn apart by over 20 years of civil war.|
With newfound peace, and a fast growing economy recently reopened to tourism, Mozambique offers the explorer a wealth of treasures in the form of untouched wilderness areas, natural beauty, deserted beaches, and unique cultural heritage. This tour combines the well-known attractions of Kruger and Hluhluwe National Parks - where animals abound, living in their natural environment, with the recently initiated Transfrontier Peace Park, and a Swaziland Game Park. The tour will also visit natural and cultural attractions, and will spend time at deserted Indian Ocean beaches.
We also visit the capital Maputo, where we experience the almost Latino culture, and enjoy the city. A safari truck is used for this tour, but clients must expect delays, or inconvenience associated with exploring such terrain. Bad roads, flooding rivers and other factors beyond our control may necessitate unplanned adventure, detours, etc. An open mind-set is essential.
We may run this tour in the reverse direction on occasion.
Detailed Itinerary - 2014
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DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – BUSH CAMPDeparting from DRIFTERS JOHANNESBURG LODGE at 06h30, we head for the spectacular scenery of the Mpumalanga province. We will visit numerous sights including the pioneer gold mining village of Pilgrims Rest and the Three Rondavels that tower over the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Late in the afternoon we descend from the escarpment to the Lowveld area where we overnight in the comfortable DRIFTERS BUSHVELD CAMP within the Balule Game reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. After dinner we will enjoy an open vehicle night game drive. D
DAY 2: BUSH CAMP - KRUGERArising with the African sun, we set out on foot in this “Big 5” reserve for a lengthy walk. Our tracker will attempt to show us animals in their natural habitat and to give us some insight into the art of tracking. We return to camp for a healthy brunch and a swim before packing up and moving on to the world-renowned Kruger National Park - widely acclaimed as being Africa’s most successful Nature Reserve. We will spend our time here game driving in search of the many animal and bird species that inhabit the area, and will camp two nights in the parks rest camps. Brunch D
DAY 3 : KRUGER NATIONAL PARKThis entire day will be spent viewing animals in the Kruger Park from our well-equipped vehicle. We will search for the “Big 5” today. Camp the night. B L D
DAY 4: MOZAMBIQUE TRANSFRONTIER PARKThis morning, after a short game drive we leave South Africa. At this point the road becomes a bush track which we follow into the area that forms the Mozambique side of the Transfrontier Peace Park and is privileged to have remained virtually unexplored by humans. The bush is exceptional, and offers areas of exquisite natural beauty and wildlife. The diversity of the flora ensures some of the finest birding in Africa. We will spend the night camping near Massingir Lake and will explore both on foot and by vehicle.
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DAY 5 – 6 : XAI – XAI Leaving the Park today, we make our way across the Limpopo flood plains, through numerous villages and finally down to the inviting Indian Ocean.
Our stop for the next two nights is at a remote beach resort hidden on the large dune separating the inland fresh water lake system from the pounding ocean. We have a full day to enjoy the surf and to explore the surroundings. B L D ; B L D
DAY 7 – 9 : INHAMBANEFollowing the coast, we make our way north to Maxixe from where we enjoy a trip with the locals, across the bay on a traditional Dhow while the guide drives around to meet us in the ancient trading port of Inhambane. We spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our camp under the Coconut Palms on the beach. We will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in Casitas at this camp on the Barra peninsula. During our time here we will relax, snorkel, and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. On the last night we enjoy a catered meal (own expense). Those who wish to have the options of scuba diving or horse riding on the beach (own expense).
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DAY 10: MAPUTOWell relaxed and sun-drenched, we return down the coast to the capital Maputo where we spend some time driving around and exploring this once grandiose city. Maputo boasts a Latino culture of street cafés, music and bustling markets. We spend the night in a comfortable hotel. Tonight we will eat in a local restaurant, sampling some of the local seafood (own expense). For the brave, Peri–Peri is a must. B L
DAY 11: SWAZILAND GAME PARKIt is with new excitement that we back into the bush. Today we wind our way south and cross into the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland. We will spend the entire afternoon exploring one of the game reserves that this area is renowned for and will camp the night. B L D
DAY 12 – 13: ZULULANDReturning to South Africa today, we enter the area once ruled by the famed Shaka Zulu. We will spend two nights at the DRIFTERS ZULULAND CAMP, a rustic camp in the sand forest on our private reserve adjoining Lake St Lucia near Hluhluwe. During our stay we will enjoy game walks through the forest, experience an open vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe National Park and will visit a rural Zulu school which Drifters sponsors through the benefits of tourism. B L D ; B L D
DAY 14: JOHANNESBURG Our journey today takes us through the heart of Kwazulu – Natal, we will pass many rural Zulu villages and some spectacular scenery en-route back to Johannesburg. We arrive back at the DRIFTERS JOHANNESBURG LODGE in the late afternoon. B
IMPORTANT INFORMATIONWe may on occasion run the tour in the reverse direction. Road conditions, rising rivers or other factors beyond our control may necessitate major detours and/or inconvenience - particularly after heavy rains. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour.
Besides an adventurous spirit, visas are required by most nationalities for Mozambique, these are the client’s responsibility and can be obtained in advance. Seasonal Malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable.
If available, bring a mask and fins for snorkeling. Scuba diving will be available at some of the beach resorts - clients wishing to partake must bring the necessary certification.
The recommended currency for this tour is the South African Rand, and this can be purchased at Johannesburg airport.
Our price includes all transport, accommodation, meals as specified, entry fees, permits, group equipment, and professional guide. Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, curios, tips, visas, taxes, optional excursions and items of a personal nature are for the client’s own expense.
Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.