We will whisk you away from Johannesburg to the surfing mecca of Tofo where you can swim with whale sharks and dive with manta rays. On the way there we travel through emerald-hilled and game rich Swaziland. Once we’ve passed Tofo, we continue to the Bazaruto archipelago in Mozambique where you will take an overnight dhow safari and snorkel in aquarium like conditions. Don’t forget to gorge yourself on ocean fresh seafood while sitting on a white sand beach. Heading south, we catch up with the big five in Kruger National Park
Day 1 - South Africa - Swaziland - Hlane Royal National Park
Leaving Johannesburg early, we travel through the Mpumalanga province to Swaziland. After crossing the border we enter Hlane Royal NP, a huge nature reserve, home to lion, elephant and white rhino.
Day 2 - Hlane Royal National Park
At over 30000 hectares Hlane is Swaziland's largest protected area. Originally the private hunting area of the Swazi Royal family the area is now held in a trust and managed by Big Game Parks. As the lions are housed in a fenced enclosure it is possible to hike inside the park.
Day 3 - Mozambique - Praia do Tofo / Inhambane
Today we cross into Mozambique. Travelling north you can't help but be captivated by the beautiful coastal scenery before arriving in Praia do Tofo and our accommodation for the next two nights. Whether you just want to relax on the white sandy beaches or take on some of Africa's most amazing diving and snorkeling spots, there's plenty on offer in Tofo.
Day 4 - Praia do Tofo
In season Tofo is one of the world's best sites for the viewing of the world's largest fish, the Whale Shark.
Day 5 - Vilanculos
Bazaruto is Mozambique's premier destination and it's not hard to understand why. A protected area, the sea-life here is spectacular and snorkeling at one of the reefs is one of the best ways to enjoy it. On the way to Vilanculos, where we will spend the night, we will be stopping at a local craft market for a little souvenir shopping.
Day 6 - Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion
The Bazaruto excursion is taken on the traditional sailing vessel of the African East Coast, the Dhow. We sail out to the islands and have the opportunity to snorkel, swim and relax over these 2 days. The Bazaruto is one of Southern Africa's largest marine parks. We will overnight at a camp on the beach in our tents. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Vilanculos for this night.
Day 7 - Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion
The second day of this oceanic excursion is again spent exploring the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the abundant sea-life it supports. On rare occasions the weather may be unfavourable and in this case the Dhow will be replaced with a more conventional vessel.
This excursion is covered by your activity package. We leave Vilanculos and sail to Magaruque Island for some snorkelling and lunch. The third largest island in the archipelago, one can walk around this small island in a couple of hours. A base reef on the lee side of the island provides good snorkelling.
In the late afternoon we sail back to the mainland where we stay overnight at Villas do Indico Lodge. (At this stage it is not possible to overnight on the Islands, but our local operator is continually trying to get permission for this.)
On day 2 of the excursion we sail to 2-Mile Reef (depending on the tide). Beautiful and diverse coral formations and thousands of tropical fishes, from tiny clownfish to large wrasse and parrotfish can be found here. Moray eels, various rays and white-tip reef sharks can also be seen. Scuba diving and snorkelling are both recommended.
After spending the entire day out on the water we return to Vilanculos where we sleep this evening.
If the weather is not favourable for the excursion, you will receive a refund for the portion of your Activity Package not utilized.
Day 8 - Inhambane
Today we leave Vilanculos and travel back south through coconut plantations to the old Portuguese settlement of Inhambane. This coastal region is very relaxing and boasts incredible beaches. We spend the next two nights in our accommodation right at the beach.
Day 9 - Inhambane
You have the entire day at your own leisure, to participate in one of many activities available here.
Day 10 - Maputo Area
Today we return south towards the direction of Mozambique's capital, Maputo. Mozambique gained full independence from the Portuguese in 1975, but only gained political stability in more recent times and is undergoing a major upgrade as the country's economy grows.
Day 11 - South Africa - Greater Kruger National Park
Today we drive through Maputo's capital and return to South Africa to the world famous Kruger National Park, where we hope to spot Africa's Big 5. The Kruger Park is the most famous nature conservation area in the world.
Day 12 - Greater Kruger National Park
We spend the day game driving in our Nomad Truck through the Kruger Park, hoping to see the Big 5. Get your cameras ready for some memorable pictures.
Day 13 - Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Today we visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where animals are being re-habilitated before being
released back in to the wild. In the evening we enjoy a traditional song and dance evening along with a typical South African meal.
Day 14 - Panorama Route - Johannesburg
Travelling along the Panorama Route we stop at Gods Window, Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels and Bourkes Luck Potholes. The tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg. Johannesburg has many excellent restaurants and the group often spends this evening together.
All tours come with an Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.
- Activity Package Optional
- Bazaruto Island Camping Excursion Mozambique ZAR2750
- Full day 4×4 Game Drive South Africa ZAR550
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre South Africa ZAR200
- Total Price R2950.00
- Transport in a 24 seater overland truck (max 18 guests).
- 10 nights' camping.
- 3 nights' accommodated accommodation.
- 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners.
- Registered and passionate Nomad guides.
- Camping equipment (tent, mattress, crockery).