Bush to Beach Safari : South Africa and Mozambique
Upon landing at Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg you will board a domestic flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. There you will be met by the Black Pot Safaris team and your own fully-customised Land Rover Defender(s). After a brief welcome and introduction you will drive the short distance to the luxurious Killarney Farm House which is nestled in the beautiful Schagen valley. The rest of the day will be spent familiarising yourself with the vehicles, camping equipment and your itinerary.
Day 2 and 3: Ndzhaka Camp, Manyeleti Game Reserve
Today you join ‘The African Ivory Route’ which winds its way through some of South Africa’s prime game reserves. This is a world of breathtaking scenery and endless vistas of African bush where to this day large herds of elephants and other big game roam. The route extends over more than 1000 km in a giant arc through remote wilderness areas and game reserves many of which border the Kruger National Park. The private Ndzhaka Camp will be your base and you will spend the next two nights in safari tents. This is prime Big Five country and game drives in open safari vehicles around the reserve ensure good wildlife sightings, but it is when you’re out on foot under the watchful eyes of trained guides that the adrenaline really starts to rush. You will enjoy two game drives in open vehicles and a guided game walk with experienced local guides during your stay.
Day 4 and 5: Mtomeni Camp, Letaba Ranch
After a leisurely breakfast, the Land Rovers will continue along ‘The African Ivory Route’ to the private Mtomeni Camp where you will spend the next two nights in safari tents. This 42, 000 hectare wildlife haven offers the visitor a true African experience which includes the Big Five and amazing sighting of wildlife from the camp which is situated on the banks of the Great Letaba River. Again you will enjoy two game drives in open vehicles looking for the ever-present elephant and buffalo and a guided game walk along the banks of the Letaba River in search of the spoor left by animals the night before.
Day 6: Machampane Wilderness Camp, Parque Nacional do Limpopo
Today we enter the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This is one of the boldest and most exciting cross-border initiatives currently unfolding in southern Africa. The park aims to bring together some of the best and most established wildlife areas in the subcontinent, namely South Africa's world-famous Kruger National Park with its extraordinary abundance of wildlife, the stunning geological splendour of Gonarezhou in Zimbabwe and Mozambique's Limpopo National Park with its pristine wildlife area which has only been open to visitors since 2005. Tourists will be able to drive across international boundaries into adjoining conservation areas in the three countries with minimal fuss, and this exactly what you are about to do! Once in the Kruger you will head for the Giriyondo border post and cross into Mozambique’s Parque Nacional do Limpopo where you will spend the night in tranquil seclusion at Machampane’s luxury tented camp. While in the park you will enjoy an afternoon and morning guided game walk with the camps knowledgeable local guides.
Day 7: Covane Lodge, Massingir
After breakfast and your morning walk you will drive through the southern section of the park to Covane Lodge. The lodge is located a couple of kilometres outside of Massingir on the southern edge of the Massingir Dam and is the ideal location from which to view the sunset and hear the call of the African Fish Eagle. The lodge is run by the local community and you will spend the night in traditional African houses and enjoy the local cuisine at dinner and breakfast the next day.
Day 8: Paraiso de Chidenguele Beach Lodge, around Xai-Xai
Today you leave the bush behind you as you head for the lush, tropical beaches of Mozambique’s endless coastline. Your first glimpse of the azure waters of the Indian Ocean will be from the Paraiso de Chidenguele Beach Lodge which is a coastal paradise 5 km from the sleepy village of Chidenguele. You will spend the night in thatched chalets that are set into the dunes above the beach surrounded by indigenous coastal forest.
Day 9: Flamingo Bay Water Lodge, Inhambane
From Chidenguele you will head north along the coastline to the historic city of Inhambane which was established in 1534 by Portuguese traders, and is one of southern African's oldest settlements.
Flamingo Bay is a unique, new luxury lodge, situated in the palm fringed Inhambane Bay on the Barra Peninsula, 25 km from Inhambane city. The Lodge is built on stilts over the waters of the Bay and offers guests unrivalled peace and tranquillity and the opportunity to snorkel straight from their balcony when the tide is in!
Day 10 and 11: Dhow Safari, Bazaruto Archipelago
The Bazaruto Archipelago is a chain of islands surrounded by the crystal-clear shallow waters of the Indian Ocean and one of the largest marine parks in Africa. This marine and terrestrial ecosystem is unmatched anywhere along the East African coast: 100m-high sand dunes covered in sprawling creepers, freshwater lakes, mangrove swamps, sea grass beds, coral reefs and sandy beaches. It is home to common, humpback and spinner dolphins, 4 species of turtle and the only viable dugong population remaining in this part of the world. You will explore and experience the treasures of this remarkable ecosystem on a dhow safari. You will sleep on board, snorkel on the pristine reefs of the archipelago, walk on the dunes and hike the trails of the islands visited. There is also the opportunity to meet with a local dive operator during the safari.
Day 12: Hotel Polana, Maputo
The dhow will return you to Inhambane where you will collect your Land Rover(s) and drive to Maputo, the capitol city of Mozambique. Here you will stay at the Hotel Polana - The Grande Dame of Maputo – which is situated in the heart of the city. The historic Hotel Polana is a cool and gracious haven that recalls the elegance and splendour of colonial times. Its perfect location offers guests a panoramic view of the Bay of Maputo from virtually anywhere in the lush, landscaped gardens. The Polana has everything to pamper and perk up the weary traveller and get you ready for your return home the next day – especially after a night exploring the city’s famous restaurants and jazz café’s!
Day 13: Return to Johannesburg
After a last breakfast together, the safari is sadly over and you fly back to Johannesburg and then home.
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