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Explore Mozambique: from Kruger Park to the Bazaruto Archipelago

Mozambique | Big Game to Coral Reefs

This 9 night /10-day 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
price R15,950
next trip 14 Jun 2020
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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.

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

14 Jun 2020 - 23 Jun 2020
25 Jun 2020 - 04 Jul 2020
02 Aug 2020 - 11 Aug 2020
14 Aug 2020 - 23 Aug 2020
06 Sep 2020 - 15 Sep 2020
19 Sep 2020 - 28 Sep 2020

CHILDREN & SINGLES

Children under the age of 10 LESS 50%
Single Person: A supplement charge of an additional 30%.

Day 1

Our adventure with start at either Punda Maria Rest Camp  OR Pafuri Camp situated in the northern part of the Kruger National Park. Bhejane would have done the pre-booking for the tented overnight stay and supplied you with the necessary reservation number. Expected arrival is late afternoon but the early comers can enjoy some game viewing in the park whilst waiting for everybody to arrive. Gather around the campfire to enjoy a wholesome meal. Your tour leader will enlighten you as to what to expect over the next nine days. Everyone is supplied with two-way radios to be used for the duration of the trip allowing the guide to communicate snippets of biological, historical and cultural information en route.

Day 2

Travel towards the Pafuri gate, crossing the border into Mozambique. After having completed the quick and easy border post formalities we head approximately 80 km towards Mapai, driving along sandy, two-spoor tracks through the huge fever forests of the Limpopo valley. An alternate route will be considered if the Limpopo river is found to be in flood. Continue eastwards past the village of São Jorge do Limpopo towards Machaila. Stop for a light picnic lunch en-route before arriving at our overnight campsite on the banks of the Shefu River. The campsite will be rustic however there will be portable toilets available. Enjoy a delicious bush dining experience.

Day 3

Early depart after breakfast, continuing along the same track terrain towards Machaila. Along the way you’ll see some very interesting old steel bridges dating back to the old colonial logging industry. Continue eastwards towards mabote where we encounter the first signs of civilisation. Our next destination will be our own private beach lodge and Inhassoro as we travel eastwards along a gravel road and reach the main Maputu-Beira ‘highway’ where we turn north to Vilanculos. Accommodation for the next 2 nights will be a Beach Lodge which is close to the beach and comes with a view of Bazaruto Bay.

Day 4

Visit to Paradise Island by means of a 45-minute boat trip. The crystal clear waters of the Bazaruto Sanctuary are thriving with marine life and during the boat trip you could even encounter dolphins and turtles. Spend the day exploring the island, relaxing on the unspoilt beaches and snorkelling in the shallow clear waters with shoals of colourful fish and beautiful corals. Snorkelling is safe for young and old and the fabulous underwater scenery can even be experienced by just wading into the shallow waters.  A tasty brunch will be prepared and enjoyed on the beach. Return late afternoon to our private beach lodge as the sun sets over the palm fringed beaches of the mainland.

Day 5

Travel north along the Inhassoro Peninsula, driving on the dune tops being surrounded by the ocean on the one side and the lagoon on the other. Arrive at the famous mangrove forests where you must keep a sharp lookout for the rare mangrove kingfisher. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the northern tip, where Bartholomeuw Diaz came ashore in search of fresh water. More time is spent exploring the coastline, swimming and snorkelling. Return to the campsite driving along white beaches lined with towering palm trees. Being in the possession of the necessary permits we are legally allowed to drive below the high water mark being conservation conscious at all times. Arrive back at the campsite for some relaxation and a visit to ‘johnson’s bar’ which is situated on the beach. The beach bar extends great hospitality and enjoy the sounds of familiar south african ‘boeremusiek’ in the background. Dinner will be a magnificent seafood experience.

Day 6

Choose from a few options to occupy your day. Beach driving excursion with valid permits, a visit to Vilanculos and an interesting shopping experience at the local markets or get to explore the greater Inhassoro region.

Day 7 & 8

Depart for our next destination is Sunset Beach north of the town of Xai-Xai, driving along newly tarred roads. After a long drive we finally arrive at our campsite which is nestled in the dune forest only 200 meters from the ocean. Overnight and the next day is spent relaxing and enjoying the magnificent coastline. Sunset Beach boasts a stunning restaurant and bar with unbelievable views of the Indian ocean.

Day 9

Head inland towards Masingir, entering the great Limpopo Transfrontier Park at its southern gate. Continue driving for about 2 hours through the park until we reach our campsite overlooking Masingir Dam. We arrive to the call of the fish eagles and enjoy sundowners as we enjoy our last night together around the campfire and the unique friendship bond that can only be formed by fellow travellers who have just shared the same magical excursion together.

Day 10

Depart after breakfast, returning to the Kruger National Park via the nearby Giriyondo border post which is north of Letaba.

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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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Yes - but these 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