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South Africa Beach and Wildlife

$6,850.00

This Beach and Wildlife getaway leads you through the unforgettable wildlife and wetlands of Zululand.

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South Africa Beach and Wildlife

Zululand – Kosi Bay – Swaziland – Inhambane – Kruger National Park

South Africa Beach and Wildlife getaway leads you through the unforgettable wildlife and wetlands of Zululand. It will take you to marvellous beaches, where you can snorkel, dive and fish, making this a tropical bliss. It also includes a bush walk in Swaziland and fantastic game viewing in the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Days 1-2: Johannesburg to Zululand
Leaving from the City of Gold, Johannesburg, at 06h30 we journey through the undulating grasslands of the Highveld before travelling down the slopes and into the centre of KwaZulu-Natal where we reside in the Mkuzi Game Reserve.The Reserve was constructed in 1912 and boasts a wide array of natural habitats, resulting in abundant game and birdlife. The Mkuzi Game Reserve forms a portion of the Greater iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site. We embark on game drives to explore the Reserve and pay a visit to a hide that overlooks one of the various waterholes in order to observe the different game that roams down in search of water. The Mkuzi Game Reserve plays a crucial role in the conservation of the threatened black and white rhino, and we make an effort to seek out these majestic animals during our game drives.
 
Trip Highlights: Entrance fee to Mkuzi Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives
Accommodation
Chalet – 2 twin shared bedrooms in each chalet with 1 shared bathroom
Swimming pool, restaurant & shop
Meals Included:
 Breakfast, Lunch (X2), Dinner (X2)
Distance Covered: +/- 550kms
Day 3-5: Kosi Bay

Kosi Bay Nature Reserve spreads over an area of fruitful estuaries, mangroves, dune forests and tidal lakes. We explore this incredible ecosystem on foot and have the opportunity to snorkel at the mouth of the estuary. A distinct characteristic of the estuary in Kosi Bay is the traditional act of subsistence tidal trap fishing.

Later in the day we will be taken on a stroll by a local guide to the adjacent village, where we are introduced to the Zulu people and are educated about their culture and customs. Leather back and loggerhead turtles lay eggs during the evening on the sandy beaches which makes for an incredible sight, and an outing can be organised in order to watch this magnificent natural event.

Trip Highlights: Snorkelling at Kosi Bay River Mouth (mask & snorkel can be hired from the lodge at a nominal fee), Zulu village visit AccommodationChalets – twin chalets with en suite bathrooms Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Covered: +/- 180kms Optional Activities: Leatherback turtle excursion (only available November – January)

Day 6: Swaziland

Hlane Game Reserve is the biggest National Park in Swaziland and the chalets in which we reside in are encircled by gorgeous African bushveld, such as Knobthorn, Leadwood and Tambuti trees. In front of the camp lies a waterhole where you can watch as rhino and various other animals wander down to drink. We meet up with a local ranger who guides us on a bush walk in order to exercise our skills in game tracking and to spot amazing bird life.

Trip Highlights: Entrance fee to Hlane Game Reserve, bushwalk with local field ranger Accommodation: Chalet – 3/4 twin bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms shared between rooms Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Covered: +/- 350kms

Day 7: Maputo

We make our way into Mozambique at the Namaacha border and journey to Maputo, previously known as Lourenço Marques. Located on a natural harbour, Maputo is the economic centre of Mozambique. At one point known as the ‘African Riviera’, Portuguese and African cultures join in an exceptional mixture of delicious seafood. Take some time to taste the magnificent seafood at one of the local restaurants at your own expense.

Accommodation: Hotel / guest house – 2 twin bedrooms, en-suite Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Distance Covered: +/- 120kms

Days 8-10: Inhambane

Journeying north along the coastline of the Indian Ocean, we travel through mango and cashew nut plantations on the way to Inhambane. There are solid and evident Arab influences in Inhambane that date back to the days when slaves, ivory, gold and spices were traded. We spend some time exploring this interesting town and its majestic cathedral that is over 200 years old. We also pay a visit to the lovely fresh produce market before making our way to Praia de Tofu.

Unwind and take pleasure in the inviting ocean water and vast, sun-kissed beaches. For those who wish to do something more exciting, there are plenty of Optional Activities in which to partake, such as dhow rides, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and surfing (at your own expense).

Accommodation: Casa John – 2 twin bedrooms with 1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms Meals Included: Breakfast (X3), Lunch (X3), Dinner (X2) Distance Covered: +/- 500kms Optional Activities: Scuba diving, ocean safari, sailing and many more.

Day 11: Bilene

We make our way south along the coastline toward the town of Bilene, located on the shores of the sparkling, clear Uembje lagoon. The lagoon is 8 kilometres in width and 27 kilometres in length with white beaches, and is divided from the Indian Ocean by a thin band of sand dunes.

Our afternoon is spent exploring this wonderful lagoon, with the choice of participating in kayaking and snorkelling at your own expense, or taking a refreshing dip in the still, shallow waters. At night we indulge in a delicious supper at a local restaurant that boasts splendid views overlooking the lagoon.

AccommodationCasitas – twin rooms with en-suite facilities Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Distance Covered: +/- 355kms Optional Activities: Snorkelling, sunset cruise & fishing (please note that these are subject to time availability)

Days 12-13: Kruger National Park

Departing from the coast of the Indian Ocean, we journey through the Limpopo Transfrontier Park and make our way into the famous Kruger National Park, South Africa. A symbol of nature protection, the Kruger is a massive game region. We embark on thrilling game drives in search of lions, giraffe, the majestic elephant and much more wildlife. Unwinding in the serene bush, we are able to experience the wonder of an authentic African wilderness.

Trip Highlights: Entrance fee to Kruger National Park, morning and afternoon game drives Accommodation: Chalet – twin chalet (or lodge tent) shared facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Covered: +/- 350kms Optional Activities: Night game drive in National Parks with open game viewing vehicle

Day 14: Johannesburg

Following a game drive at dawn, we head back to Johannesburg in the late afternoon, bronzed, relaxed and prepared to return to our everyday lives. Our tour winds down to an end in the evening.

Included Services
  • Local tourist taxes
  • Binoculars for game drive viewing
  • Bottled Water at all times while on safari
  • Park or reserve entry fees – where applicable
  • Driver’s salary and allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
  • Game drives or sightseeing as detailed on the itinerary – where indicated
  • All meals at hotels as mentioned in the itinerary – ( Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner )
  • Ground transportation with an English-speaking driver/guide or naturalist guide
  • Pick up from airport of arrival and drop off to the airport of departure while on safari
  • Transport based on excellent 4X4 Vehicle (Landcruiser) with open roof for game viewing
  • Full board Accommodation and If accommodation is fully booked we’ll suggest a comparable alternative
Excluded Services
  • International flights
  • Tips and gratuities, which are optional
  • Airport customs entry visas (currently US$ 50 per person)
Optional Services
  • Optional Night Game Drives or any tour mentioned as Optional Tours

**PLEASE NOTE: The tour can be upgraded to a higher standard accommodation at an extra cost. It can also be cheaper if less expensive (but still good quality) accommodation is used. The final cost of the tour depends on your budget and preference.

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