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Mozambique | Big Game to Coral Reefs

This 9 night /10-day 4 x 4 adventure begins in the magnificent Kruger Park. We then travel east into the bountiful lowlands of Mozambique, crossing the mighty Limpopo as we head towards the coastal flood plains. As we travel overland, the land changes suddenly from wide belts of savannah and woodlands to palm-studded beaches along the shores of Inhassoro, an intimate fishing village located directly opposite the northern tip of the Bazaruto archipelago.

tour duration 10 Days
from R17,545
next trip 09 Sep 2022
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Starting in magnificent Kruger Park, we travel east across the mighty Limpopo onto the coastal flood plains of Mozambique. As we travel overland, the land changes from broad belts of savannah to a narrow, palm-studded strip of beach & the crystal clear oceans & coral reefs of the northern tip of the Bazaruto Archipelago - still one of the most beautiful places in Africa.

Declared a national park in 1971, the whole area between the mainland and the 150-fathom mark is a protected world-class conservation sight. The Bhejane team has obtained permits so that we can thoroughly explore the tropical beaches, discovering the wonders of the coral lined coast. With luck, we may even encounter the endangered dugong!

Home to over 180 bird species and 2000 fish species, you’ll have the opportunity to spot some of the world’s most exalted animals in their natural habitats. From dolphins and whale-sharks to sea turtles and giant lobster, the waters surrounding the islands are home to more than 80% of all marine fish families of the Indo-pacific.

This adventure requires a 4 x 4 due to the very sandy terrain in parts of the route.

Included

All meals
Professional guide
Tented & Chalet Accommodation

Excluded

Border Crossing fees & road taxes
Guide Gratuity
Out of country medical emergency evacuation cover

Tour Dates

09 Sep 2022 - 18 Sep 2022 - R17,545.00
20 Sep 2022 - 29 Sep 2022 - R17,545.00
24 Jun 2023 - 03 Jul 2023 - R17,545.00
05 Jul 2023 - 14 Jul 2023 - R17,545.00
18 Sep 2023 - 27 Sep 2023 - R17,545.00
29 Sep 2023 - 08 Oct 2023 - R17,545.00

Day 1

Punda Maria, KNP

We meet at Punda Maria Camp in Northern Kruger National Park, where we will spend our first night camping in tents. We will have paid the camp fees and you will receive your reservation number from us in good time.

For those of you who arrive early, you are welcome to spend the extra time “game viewing” in the park until we meet in the late afternoon.

In the evening, whilst sitting around the campfire, and before being spoilt with the first of many wholesome meals, your tour leader will elaborate extensively on what to expect over the next nine days.

We will also give all the vehicles a hand held two-way radio for the duration of the trip, to enable your guide to pass on snippets of biological, historical and cultural information.

Day 2

Wild Camping

After a good night’s rest and an even better breakfast we pack up and we make our way to the Pafuri Gate, where we cross the border and enter Mozambique.

We would have refuelled the vehicles on our way in on the day before and extra fuel should not be needed. On reaching the border post at Pafuri, it is a quick and easy formality to enter Mozambique.

Travelling through the huge fever tree forests in the Limpopo valley, along a two-spoor sandy track for about 80 kilometres, we reach the village of Mapai, where we cross the Limpopo. (Should the Limpopo be in flood – an alternate route will be considered). 

Our route then takes us eastwards to the village of St. Jorge de Limpopo, and onward in the direction of Machaila. We have a light picnic lunch along the way and on reaching the banks of the Shefu River we set up camp for the night.

The camping will be “wild” but the crew will set up portable toilets, and the grub will be as good as ever.

Day 3

Inhassoro

Early to rise and after a hearty breakfast, we break up camp and continue on to Machaila. Still on a sandy two-spoor road, with some very interesting old steel bridges dating back to the old colonial logging industry, we continue eastwards to the town of Mabote, where we encounter our first signs of civilisation.

Now on a gravel road we continue eastwards till we reach the main Maputu-Beira “highway” and turn north to Vilanculos and then on to our destination at Inhassoro.

At Inhassoro we will be accommodated in chalets almost on the beach with a view of Bazaruto Bay, and there will be a communal cooking area where our chef will be practicing his culinary skills and where we will enjoy our evenings together.

Day 4

Inhassoro

We do not go near our vehicles today – we visit the beautiful Paradise Island in the bay by boat. The boat trip takes about 45 minutes and hopefully we will get to see dolphins and turtles in the crystal clear water of the Bazaruto Sanctuary, with its bounty of marine life.

We spend the day exploring the island, relaxing on unspoiled beaches and snorkelling on beautiful coral gardens and a tasty brunch will be prepared on the beach. The snorkelling is safe for young and old and the wonders of this undersea paradise can be experienced by simply wading into the shallow water. 

In the late afternoon we return to our camp as the sun sets over the palm lined beaches of the mainland.

Day 5

Inhassoro

Today we take to the road and head north onto the Inhassoro peninsula. We drive along the top of the dunes, with the sea on our right and the lagoon to our left until we reach the famous mangrove forests, where we must all be on the “lookout’ for the rare Mangrove Kingfisher.

A picnic lunch will be served at the northern tip of this spit of land at BD, where it is said that Diaz came ashore in search of fresh water. Here again we can explore the coastline, snorkel and swim.

With the necessary permits, we return to camp, legally driving along the palm lined beach below the high water mark and practising “good conservation” driving techniques at all times.

Back in camp, we can all relax. We can visit “Johnson’s Bar” which is situated right on the beach just down the coast. “Johnson's Bar” welcomes South Africans with “lekker boeremusiek” and his hospitality knows no bounds.

In the evening we are all treated to a magnificent seafood dinner.

Day 6

Inhassoro

We have the whole day to relax. As our beach driving permits are still valid, those of you who want to head up the beach will be more than welcome to do so. For those of you who want to go shopping in Vilanculos, it can be a very interesting excursion. There is also time to explore the greater Inhassoro area.

Day 7, 8 & 9

Sunset Beach, Xai Xai

We have a long drive on the new, good tar road, down to our campsite, just north of the town of Xai Xai. This beautiful campsite is nestled in the dune forest only 200 meters from the sea. After the long drive, we spend three nights camping there and have a day to relax and enjoy the magnificent coast. The campsite also has a lovely restaurant and bar with a commanding view of the Indian Ocean.

Day 10

Home

This morning we pack up after a last breakfast together. The Bhejane crew escorts us to the Komatipoort Border Crossing where they leave us and everyone heads homeward.

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South Africa & Mozambique

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Approximately 1 500kms

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Kruger National Park

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2x4 not recommended
4x4 vehicles must have good ground clearance & high profile tyres which deflate in sand
Fuel range of approximately 500kms

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Not during the June & July tours when we will need to cross the Limpopo using a ferry. The ferry is only able to carry one vehicle at a time and with trailers, it is too time consuming.

However during the later tours in September and October when the river crossing is dry and no ferry crossing is required - then a trailer is possible but must be off-road trailers with big tyres not the entry level trailers with small wheels

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Yes these can be used

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This is a combo tour offering both;
Tented and En suite accommodation at private beach lodge while in Inhassorro

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Throughout the tour except on the second night, when we camp wild

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Yes, throughout the tour except on the second night when we camp wild

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Only Intermittent

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We recommend bringing enough alcohol for the first couple of nights and then replenishing your supplies while at Inhassorro.
The recommended allowance is 2L wine & 1L beer or spirits

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Not required for South African passport holders.
Passports must be valid for 6 months with at least 2 blank pages
Countries requiring visa’s must be obtained prior to departure