OUTBACK TROPICAL EXPERIENCE
15 DAYS

A 15 day safari into South Africa's premier national park - the wildlife sanctuary of the Kruger national park. We spend a comprehensive period on the tropical beaches of Mozambique, we meet the noble Swazi nation in the Hlane national park before our return to Johannesburg. A safari of sunrises, of unsheltered waters, virgin beaches and lone palm trees. Of majestic rivers and waterfalls. We find that on these deserted white beaches we are able to make friends with someone we have known all our lives, ourselves. It is a safari for the romantic - moonlit beaches, ceilings of stars and carpets of sand. We meet Africa face to face, and in doing so, come away with emotions often buried by modern civilizations. We hope that those of you who join us on this tropical paradise safari will be enriched by the experiences we go through.

INTRODUCTION



The safari departs from our designated lodge in Johannesburg. Heading east, we explore the Mpumalanga region; thereafter we search for the big 5 in the Kruger national park. We travel in 4x4 conditions across the Transfrontier national park to spend seven days at four resorts on the Mozambique coast, relaxing and feasting on seafood and solitude. We are exposed to Swazi culture and wild- life excursions as we spend two days in Swaziland's premier game reserve - Hlane Royal Park. The safari concludes upon arrival back at our lodge / airport in Johannesburg.

Day 1
Mpumalanga - 600 Kms on good tar roads. 8 hrs.
We rise with the sun and, after breakfast, travel east to an area of great natural beauty, an area called mpumalanga. We spend the complete day immersed in god's garden. Majestic waterfalls, old gold town museums, mountain passes, and horizons that meet the sky. We will visit Bourke's luck potholes, Blyde river canyon, the three rondavels, pilgrims rest museum and numerous waterfalls en route to our bungalows for the night.
Bungalows. Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 2
The Kruger national park - 200Kms on tar & dirt. 5 hrs.
We enter the Kruger national park and head for our base the night. After settling into camp we depart for a day out in search of the wildlife for which this park is so famous. We hope to capture the big five - lion - leopard - buffalo - elephant - rhino. After lunch we resume our search, often spending long periods waiting for that special moment at waterholes or in the bush. Not only the lion, the raptors and the small creatures will fascinate all wildlife enthusiasts.
Bungalows. Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 3
The Kruger national park - All day game drives.
After breakfast we depart for our camp in the centre of the park. En route we resume our search, often spending long periods waiting for that special moment at waterholes or in the bush. Not only the lion, the raptors and the small creatures will fascinate all wildlife enthusiasts. We spend two days centre of the park; this gives the group the chance to enhance our wildlife experience.
Bungalows. Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 4
The Limpopo national park - 200Kms. 4x4 dirt. 5 hrs.
Massinger dam community campsite camping, wild camping. We pack up camp, load the landies and conduct a morning game drive in the Kruger national park en route to our next adventure. We cross the border between South Africa and Mozambique at the Giriyondo border post and continue our endeavour in the transfrontier national park - the Limpopo national park in Mozambique. The area is totally uncommercialized, a birding paradise and we camp the night at the community campsite on the shore of Massinger dam
Wild camping in tents. Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 5
Zavora - 350 Kms on 4x4 dirt & tar. 6 hrs.
Depart the wilderness area & travel to the coastal area. We are staying at a small resort called zavora on a deserted stretch of the coast. Enjoy an evening swim as we finally meet the Indian Ocean
Bungalows. Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 6 & 7
Tofu beach - 250 Kms on 4x4 dirt & tar. 8hrs.
Depart Zavora and head north through Inhambane to Praia do tofu. Our base for 2 nights. Here we check into our bungalows and set out to explore the area. The Indian Ocean is magic, full of sea life and the opportunity to dive and snorkel the famous Mozambique reefs is a must. Enjoy long walks on the white beaches or a game of volley ball. Maybe even just relaxing at the beach bar, reading or writing to those unfortunate friends back home. A seafood feast tonight in the camp restaurant.
Bungalows. Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 8
Vilanculos - 280Kms on tar. 4 hrs
Our destination, Vilankulo, a pristine destination across from the islands of the bazaruto archipelago. We spend the afternoon lazing about the terrace observing the islands whilst contemplating the excursion that tomorrow promises.
Bungalows. Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 9
Bazaruto Island
Bazaruto island hopping safari. Depart for Magaruque Island, landing on the north point of the island. Snorkel off the base reef and wander off along pristine white beaches. Set sail for Bazaruto Island, arriving late afternoon. Explore the island lakes and marshes and walk up the dunes of ponta dundo. After lunch, we set sail for vilankulo, arriving at about 4.30 pm. We spend the late afternoon refreshing after our nautical experience and tonight we savour a seafood feast in the lodge restaurant.
Bungalows. Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 10 & 11
Morrungulo- 140Kms on dirt & tar. 2hrs.
We retrace our footprints south to journey on to Morrungulo, our tropical paradise camp for the next two nights. Time off in Morrungulo on the endless deserted beaches, where the coconut palms meet the ocean. The clear warm Indian Ocean is ideal for snorkelling and diving. Whale watching trips are organized in season. All diving excursions can be booked at the campsite. Collect shells, visit the markets and bakery and trade with the locals. Nb: look out for the falling coconuts!
Bungalows. Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 12
Chidenguele - 400 Kms on tar. 5 hrs.
We depart this tiny piece of paradise and travel south, past mystical turquoise blue waterways - the Quissico lagoon and lake Poelela. The area offers fantastic photographic opportunities. En route we stop at markets and small road side shops to meet the Mozambique local people - friendly people. Tonight, another piece of paradise - Chidenguele for our last period on the beach
Bungalows Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 13 & 14
Hlane royal national park - 500Kms on tar. 6hrs.
We travel onto Swaziland and our last base for two nights in the hlane royal national park. Our last two days in Africa. We walk and explore the game reserve with a local guide - siesta period is spent game-viewing or birding at the waterhole. We spend the afternoon on a walk in the wilderness, hoping to get up close and personal with the elephant and rhino found herein. We will visit a hippo pool and enjoy our final African sunset.
Bungalows. Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
Day 15
Swaziland - ORT. Johannesburg. 550 Kms on good tar. 7hrs.
We rise as usual and pack the vehicle for the last time. Travel through rural Swaziland and stop at a major craft market before we depart via the Oshoek border post. We will stop at a roadside café for lunch and our safari concludes upon arrival at Oliver Tambo airport.
Breakfast. Lunch & dinner own account
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