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TOUR: 7 Day Safari and Beach Experience 
ROUTE: Johannesburg-Johannesburg
DEPARTURES: Selected Saturdays

VEHICLE : Custom 17-seater adventure truck
DURATION : 6 nights Lodge
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A perfect getaway that combines some of the best game viewing in South Africa with the white sandy beaches of Mozambique. We explore the African bush, spending as much time as possible on safari in search of animals in the renowned Kruger Park area, before we cross the border into Mozambique. We spend several days at a private lodge located on a secluded peninsula enjoying the sun and surf along the shores of the warm Indian Ocean. Finally we cross back into South Africa, and spend some time in Zululand, on a private game reserve, before we make our way back to Johannesburg.

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – PRIVATE BUSH LODGE
Departing from the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg at 06h30, we follow the main road east to the Lowveld of South Africa, location of the famed Kruger Park and many well-known private game reserves. We spend the night on one of these private reserves, in the spectacular mountains of the big five Mthethomusha Game Reserve. This afternoon we explore the reserve on an open-vehicle game drive.

 Meals: D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through South Africa 
– Afternoon game drive 
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

 DAY 2: MOZAMBIQUE
As is custom in the bush, we wake up early to enjoy the African sunrise over a coffee, before we embark on a short morning game drive. We return to the lodge for breakfast, after which we drive the short distance to the Mozambique border, and then on to the capital city, Maputo. We make our way to the harbour, exchanging our vehicle for a boat, which transfers us to our lodge, situated on a secluded peninsula across Maputo Bay. We arrive in the afternoon, and settle in to spend the next 3 nights in a beach paradise.

 Meals: B D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Morning game drive 
– Maputo 
– Boat transfer
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 3- 4: MOZAMBIQUE
We have the following two days to soak up the sun and enjoy the warm Indian Ocean and white sandy beaches. Our accommodation offers a variety of optional activities from scuba diving and snorkelling to local village tours. Explore the estuaries on a kayak or test your hand at fishing. For those that prefer a more relaxed approach the private picnic on the beach is a must. Extra allowance for activities must be made and are all arranged on location.

 Meals: B L D, B L D
Optional Activities:
– Scuba diving
– Snorkelling
– Kayaking
– Village walks
– Many more

DAY 5: MOZAMBIQUE – ZULULAND
This morning, after breakfast at the lodge, we make our way back to Maputo by boat. Reunited with our vehicle, we travel south to enter South Africa at Kosi Bay Border Post. Now in the Kingdom of Zululand, we travel the short distance to one of the private game reserves in the area where we check in to our lodge for the next two nights. In the late afternoon we go on a game drive, exploring the area along the shores of Lake Jozini, before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Guests with limited time have the option to leave the tour in Maputo and fly home from here.

 Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Boat transfer to Mozambique
– Private game reserve 
– Open vehicle game drive
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

 DAY 6: ZULULAND
We rise early, and as usual, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea before embarking on a morning game activity.  Our expert local guides will tell us about the surrounding environment and all the animals that we find here.

We have some time in the afternoon to relax and take in the beauty of the surrounding bush, before again departing in the late afternoon on another open vehicle game drive. We return to the lodge for dinner, and make a toast to our last evening in the bush.

 Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Morning and afternoon game experiences 
– Private game reserve
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

 DAY 7: ZULULAND – JHB
After breakfast we depart for Johannesburg, stopping along the way for an own expense lunch, and arriving in Johannesburg in the late afternoon. The tour ends at the Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge.

 Meals: B
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive to Johannesburg

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This tour is fully accommodated and all linen and towels are supplied. Seasonal malaria precautions may be advisable and are locally obtainable. Game viewing on foot is difficult, so we also place importance on some of the smaller aspects of the bush. It can get very hot so suitable precautions against sunburn should be taken.

 Our price includes all transport, food, coffee, tea, accommodation, walks, game drives, entry fees and permits, group equipment and a professional guide.

 The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, curios, tips and meals whilst in transit to and from Johannesburg. 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.

A valid passport is required by everyone. This tour will visit South Africa and Mozambique, it is the client’s responsibility to insure they have the appropriate visas required for this trip.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that Southern African weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season.  During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C, although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C 

For more accurate information, please visit AccuWeather and choose your destination.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/browse-locations

CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:

For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Sandals
Hat
Sun Cream
Water Bottle
Smaller day pack
Camera, Binoculars
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)

For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal iPod
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)
Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. See examples below of what you will need.

 Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit
Shorts
Waterproof Windbreaker
Jersey / Jumper
T-Shirts / Shirts
Insect Repellent
Socks & Underwear
Personal toiletries
Swimming Costume & Towel
Hat or cap

 General Accessories
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Torch / Flashlight / Batteries
Refreshments
Pen
Passport / Visas (if applicable)

 Luggage and Packing space on our vehicles
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s

Each Drifters Traveller has their own locker on our trucks which is accessible even while driving. Backpacks, Barrel bags or Soft Suitcases are strongly advisable as your standard Hard Suitcases sometimes don’t fit into the lockers. Each locker could be locked with your personal lock (which you can also purchase from the Greenfire Johannesburg Inn upon arrival.

MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.

PERSONAL EXPENSES
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.

In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.

In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.

This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private game reserve
  • Mozambique
  • Private beaches
  • Boat transfer Maputo
  • African culture
  • Open vehicle game drives
  • Zululand
  • Secluded beach resort
PRE AND POST NIGHT ACCOMMODATION

PRE and POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg. It is advisable to overnight at the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg if you have not already made alternative arrangements. Accommodation at the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative. The Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg is located in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg – a safe residential area. The Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg has a lovely swimming pool, restaurant, bar & shop. The Lodge is within walking distance of various shopping centers and banks. The Drifters Office is located on the same premises should you have any queries regarding your tour.

Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.

ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR:
Please note that linen will be provided for the duration of your tour and there is no need to bring along a sleeping bag or pillow.

ON SAFARI
All our tours require a certain level of participation from all group members.

Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.

We are travelling in developing countries therefore please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavour to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.

Safari And Beach 7 Day Experience Tour Rate p/p
2020 € 2 595

Please note: As of 1 January 2020 Drifters will implement a minimum requirement of 4 passengers to confirm a tour departure. Our reservation office will be able to assist with any request or questions.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Village walks
  • Fishing
  • Dhow sailing trip

“I really enjoyed the tour! I would definitely do the adventure again and I will recommend it! Thank you so much.”

17 Day Namibia, Sep 2017, Ursi, Switzerland

“Great Tour! Great Crowd! I will come back to Africa as soon as possible!”

12 Day Kenya Tanzania, May 2017, Maaike, Dutch
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