Kruger & Whale Sharks Tour – 11 Days (B 11) From R12500

This tour offers a wonderful combination of game viewing and sandy beaches. We explore all the natural wonders of God’s Window, Bourke’s potholes, waterfalls and the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, as well as Pilgrim’s Rest and many other areas.
Then on to South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, followed by days spent relaxing and soaking up the sun on some of Africa’s most beautiful beaches.
The Mozambique coast faces the Indian Ocean and because of its climate, warm waters and vast beach area is rich in many marine species, some of which are unfortunately in danger of extinction. The sandy beaches with high dunes covered with low rough vegetation.
Parallel to the coast, are isolated or groups of islands, some of which provide the tourist with good conditions in terms of lodging and the opportunity to observe the very varied vegetation and fascinating wildlife.
Historic monuments are also to be found on these islands, a testimony to the Arabs and Europeans who settled there.
The magnificent transparent waters are an irresistible invitation to go swimming, snorkeling and diving and admire the extraordinarily beautiful coral reef and the underwater marine life.
lion, kruger national park

Lions in the shade near Orpen in the Kruger National Park

 

Tour Fare 2017:
Budget Tour   R12500
Single Supp.    R800
Activity Package/Local Payment  R3700
Accommodated Tour   R16300
Single Supp.  R3910
Activity Package/Local Payment   R3700

 

Day 1: Panoramic route – Blyde River Canyon (South Africa)

Departing early from Johannesburg & Pretoria we head off the plateau towards Mozambique to the town of Nelspruit to meet up with fellow travelers. We will also have time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Nelspruit.

From here we head north to our first stop which will be The Big Swing in Graskop, for those adventurous travelers who need a bit of an adrenaline rush.

Lunch will be in Graskop after which we head off towards the Panorama region for some stunning views.

Leaving the beauty of the 3rd largest canyon in the world we make our way through the mountains to our overnight stop, Shangaan Village. Here you will be introduced to their local culture and enjoy a typical African dinner around the campfire.

Meals: Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Chalets
Camp: Timbavati Lodge

Day 2: Shangaan Village – Kruger National Park

Today starts off with a 2 hour tour to the Cheetah research centre in Kapama where you will be able to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures and learn a bit more about them before heading off to the Kruger Park.
Once through the gates of the Kruger we will be on the lookout for wildlife en route to our campsite. After setting up camp you will have a chance to relax for a couple of hours before heading out on an evening sunset game drive with your experienced Kruger guide. This drive lasts between 3 and 3.5 hours, which gives you the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife.

On your return your guide will have dinner ready for you.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Chalets
Camp: Skukuza

 

Day 3: Kruger National Park

Starting the day early we go on a morning game drive and hopefully spot loads of animals and birdlife in their natural habitat. Returning to camp we will have a nice hearty breakfast before moving on to our next camp inside the Kruger Park. The drive will take us through most of the southern part of this beautiful park. We will stop off for lunch at the main campsite of the Kruger Park, after which we will head to the campsite.

A second optional sunset game drive can be arranged should you wish to do another one.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Chalets
Camp: Crocodile Camp

Day 4: South Africa – Mozambique (Bilene)

Our morning starts off with a 2 to 3 hour walking safari with an experienced Kruger NP guide who will be able to point out the finer details of the local flora and fauna in detail.

After breakfast we leave the Kruger National Park and make our way to Mozambique, passing the southern point of Kruger National Park. After the border procedures, we will make our way up to beautiful Bilene, a small town surrounded by inland lakes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 5: Bilene

After an early morning swim in the clear waters of the inland lake that stretches for 27 kms, breakfast is served, after which you can relax on the beach at our campsite. The rest of the day you can familiarize yourself with the local fisherman and maybe even go prawning with them. This is an excellent time to immerse your self in their culture and get to know how the locals live. There is a local market where you can find an assortment of curios, and a walk through the town is a must. In the afternoon we will take a boat trip across the lake to the beach and then a hike to the sandy cliffs of Bilene where you’ll have time to check out the turtles that live in the area (don’t forget to take your camera!)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Days 6, 7: Barra Reef Beach

After waking up to the sounds of the Indian Ocean, we will enjoy a hearty tropical breakfast. We will then journey north to the town of Inhambane, with one of the best curio markets in Mozambique. After a visit to the market, we head towards the beach of Barra Reef. The warm tropical waters of Barra attract many species of fish and other sea dwelling creatures such as Green and Leather-back Turtles, Manta Rays and the Whale Shark, the majestic giant of the sea.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Beach Chalets
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Days 8, 9: Tofo Beach

Leaving Barra Reef a short drive takes you to Tofo Beach.
The days are spent organising swimming trips, lazing in the sun, swimming in the tropical sea, playing beach volleyball and walking down to the beach bar for sun-downers. The small town of Tofo also has its own small curio and food market and one or two restaurants where they serve great seafood and other local dishes typical of Mozambique. Your guide will organise your Ocean Safari, which is included in the tour. If you would like to learn how to surf, you will have the opportunity to take some classes.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Backpackers style
Accommodated tour: Lodge

Day 10: Maputo

After time spent on the pristine beaches, our journey takes us south to Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique. Arriving late afternoon, we will settle into our hotel rooms, and later on your guide will take you out for the night to one of the restaurants in the city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Budget Hotel
Accommodated tour: 3* Hotel

Day 11: Pretoria/ Johannesburg (South Africa)

Before bidding a fond farewell to paradise, your guide will take you on a short tour of the city before making our way towards the border. As we slowly drive home, take a look out of the window, smile, and think to yourself that not many people get to do what you just did.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Highlights:
Panoramic Route, Shangaan Village, God’s Window, Cheetah Centre, Sunset Drive & Walking Safari, Bilene Turtles, Barra Beach, Ocean Safari & Tofo Beach
 
Tour Fare 2017:
Budget Tour   R12500
Single Supp.    R800
Activity Package/Local Payment  R3700
Accommodated Tour   R16300
Single Supp.  R3910
Activity Package/Local Payment   R3700

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