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This small group accommodated tour starts and finishes in Johannesburg. Wildlife and wetlands of Zululand, magnificent beaches, snorkeling, diving, fishing, sun, sea and sand…. a tropical paradise tour that includes a bush walk in Swaziland and game viewing in Kruger National Park!
Zululand – game drives & cultural walks – Kosi Bay – lake excursion & walks – Mozambique beaches – deep-sea fishing, snorkelling & scuba diving – Seafood meals – Maputo – Inhambane – Kruger National Park – game drives
The accommodation on this tour is simple in style, with 12 nights twin share en suite chalets and casitas (reed chalets). 1 night in Bilene has a variety of en suite rooms and two bedrooms sharing a bathroom in a casita, so you may have an en suite room throughout the tour. The guides will sort out room allocations. Limited Participation: An essential part of your safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal prepartion 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.
We accept children 12-18 with accompanying adults on scheduled tours (for private groups we can accept younger children). If the clients are older than 65 years, then we require a medical certificate too (stating client is fit and healthy to embark on a multi-day tour covering long distances etc) Average age of our clients on this tour is 46 years old.
Single supplement: €360. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.
Due to the early departure time of this safari we recommend that you stay in Johannesburg the night before safari. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the notes section of the booking process. This tour starts on day 1 from Rivonia Road Lodge, Johannesburg @06:30 a.m
Johannesburg – Johannesburg
Early morning on day of departure
(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
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 Mkuzi Game Reserve. Mkuzi 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 community and our guides interpret the history, culture and traditions of the modern 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 Mkuzi / Hluhluwe Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives.
Distance/time: ±550km, 7h30 actual driving time, day 1 is a long travel day of ±9h30 but we but we spend the next two full days in the area.
Overnight: Zululand Lodge – 3 nights we stay in the permanent tents, en suite. WiFi not available.
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.
Distance/time: ±180km, 3h30 actual driving time, through villages + an afternoon boat cruise we expect a travel day of ±4h30.
Overnight: Kosi Bay Lodge – twin rooms with en suite bathroom. Swimming pool. WiFi not available.
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.
Distance/time: ±35km, 0h45 actual driving time, the only delay can be the border crossing so we expect a travel day of ±1h45.
Overnight: Casa Ponta, for 2 nights we stay in twin rooms with en suite bathroom. Swimming pool. WiFi not available.
Maputo, formerly known as Lourenço Marques is situated on a natural harbour and 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
Distance/time: ±120km, 1h30 actual driving time, we depart after the morning dolphin excursion and an afternoon touring Maputo landmarks by foot, for an active day of ±5h00.
Overnight: Acacia Inn – 1 night in Maputo we stay in a guest house. Twin rooms en-suite. Swimming pool. WiFi available.
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
Distance/time: ±500km, 7h00 actual driving time, villages and lots of people along the route make for a very long travel day of ±9h30 (but the beach is worth it!).
Optional Activities Scuba diving, ocean safari & sailing and many more.
Overnight: Bayview Lodge – for 2 nights in Inhambane (Praia do Tofo / Barra) we stay in ensuite rooms. Bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
We turn south along the coast to a secluded fishing lodge on the beach north of Xai-Xai. The lodge is perched on the coastal dunes with a magnificent view of the surrounding natural bush and expansive beach. Low tide exposes a long rocky reef parallel to the beach, which creates a shallow, calm pool ideal for snorkelling and swimming. For our last night on the beach we enjoy a fish braai (barbeque) dinner at the lodge restaurant overlooking the warm Indian Ocean.
Day 10: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10: Dinner provided by the lodge
Distance/time: ±355km, 4h30 actual driving time, tarmac road followed by sandy track, we expect a travel day of ±4h30.
Optional Activities Snorkelling (subject to low tide) or fishing (subject to time availability).
Overnight: East Africa Safaris casitas – for 1 night in Chizavane we stay in casitas. These are twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available.
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
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
Distance/time: ±350km, 5h30 actual driving time, the road is rough gravel + a border crossing and then a game drive to camp, it’s long ±10h00 on the road.
Optional Activities: Night game drive in National Parks open game viewing vehicle (on Day 12)
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.
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 campfire 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
Distance/time: ±180km, 4h00 game drive out of Kruger, with some time to relax at the lodge this afternoon.
Overnight: Makuwa Safari Lodge – twin room with en suite facilities. Swimming pool. WiFi not available.
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
Day 14: N/A
Distance/time: ±500km, 6h30 actual driving time up the escarpment en-route to JHB, we expect a long travel day of ±7h00.
The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions.
That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.
The traditional fish traps of Kosi Bay mouth are cleared each day, by the local community. Only larger fish are caught as they cannot leave the estuary with the outgoing tide.
We spend 1 night in the Kosi Bay area. This KwaZulu Natal Park is an example of how conservation and the needs
of the local communities can work hand in hand. The local community is permitted to harvest fish within the
reserve using environmentally sustainable, traditional reed fishing nets. KZN Wildlife are pioneers in the
development of sustainable tourism.
On request we can book you a single room at additional costs. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.
You can use ZAR and your Bank card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars
We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.
I would just like to send a personal message to say a very BIG thank you for a fabulous adventure c/o Sunway Safaris. The itinerary was super, we loved the bush and beach combo. Ben was a star on every level, and it was hard to believe it was only Solly’s first safari with your company – a real asset. We have told so many people about our wonderful time, and have been loaning your brochure to lots of interested friends – I hope they book with you, and have the same great experience we. Again, many, many thanks. Amanda, Terry, Beau & Jade (I’m sure Ros will send her own thanks)
The trip overdelivered. William and Tony made the trip as there were efficient, friendly, professional and all around great company. The other guests were also great.
I just want to say thank you for a great tour. Our guides Tony and Brian were excellent and very helpful during the whole tour. Tony is a very safe driver with a great knowledge of nature and wildlife. So when I will book a Botwana tour I want to book the tour with this guide. He inspired me to discover more of the beautiful african countrys by talking about the great beauty of Africa.