Mozambique Bush & Beach Overland Safari

Mozambique Overland Safari mapThe Mozambique Bush & Beach Overland Safari 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, Banhine / Zinave wilderness and Maputo Elephant Reserves in Mozambique or Swazi Parks. The Transfrontier Park incorporates the existing Kruger Park as well as large adjoining parts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We will traverse the Mozambique section, using rough bush tracks, and camping wild at a remote, unspoiled, yet incredibly scenic bush camp. The tour will also visit natural and cultural attractions, and will spend time at deserted Indian Ocean beaches, including the Bazaruto Archipelago. We enjoy a night near the capital Maputo, where we experience the almost Latino culture, and enjoy the city.

A 4×4 expedition vehicle is used for this tour, but clients must expect delays, or inconvenience associated with exploring such rough 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.

Mozambique has long been 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.

Mozambique Bush & Beach Overland Safari Itinerary

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – BUSH CAMP
Departing from GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30, we head for the spectacular scenery of the Mpumalanga province. We will visit numerous sights including the quaint little town of Dullstroom 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 GREENFIRE 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 – KRUGER
Bull elephant up closeArising 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 three nights here and during the days will game drive extensively in search of the many animal and bird species that inhabit the area, and will stay in the park for 3 nights. Brunch D

DAY 3 – 4: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
With two full days ahead of us we spend as much time as possible viewing animals in the Kruger Park from our well-equipped vehicle. We will search for the “Big 5” and the multitude of other animals that live in the park. Our guide will take time to tell us more about the sights and sounds around us. We overnight in accommodation within the park. B L D, B L D

DAY 5 – 6: XAI – XAI
Mozambique beachLeaving the Park today, we cross the border into Mozambique and make our way across the Limpopo flood plains, through numerous villages and finally down to the inviting Indian Ocean. Our journey will include a section of the Transfrontier Piece Park that borders with Kruger Park.

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: INHAMBANE
Market in MozambiqueFollowing 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 accommodation on the beach. We will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in Casitas near Barra. 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). For those who wish, the option of scuba diving exits. (Own expense). B L D; B L D; B L

DAY 10: MAPUTO
Well 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 PARK
It is with new excitement that we return to 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 spend the night in relative comfort. B L D

DAY 12 – 13: ZULULAND
Rhino up closeReturning to South Africa today, we enter the area once ruled by the famed Shaka Zulu. This is an area of Game Reserves and impressive landscapes. We spend the next two nights at a bush camp in Zululand surrounded by breath-taking views. The reserves in this area are lush and offer protection to a variety of indigenous animals including Black and White Rhino. We will conduct an extensive game experience in the area led by our experienced guides. The activity will allow us to appreciate the fauna and flora of Zululand. 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 GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG in the late afternoon. B

Mozambique Bush & Beach Overland Safari Inclusions

13 Nights Established Camps, Lodges and Hotel. Most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, it is highlighted in the tour itinerary. An overland expedition vehicle is used for this tour