General

Full Itinerary

Tour Highlights:  Soweto, Panoramic Route, God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Cheetah Centre, Kruger National Park, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive, Early Morning Walking Safari, Open Vehicle Sunset Game Drive, Diving Tofo (OR Diving Barra), Diving Zavora, Bilene Turtles, Marloth Park

Countries Visited:  South Africa, Mozambique

 

12 Dives are Included in this Tour

 

 

Day 1:  Johannesburg

Upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport (OR Tambo) you will be met and taken to our lodge for the night, Safari Club SA.  The lodge is just a 5 minute drive from the airport, and is the perfect spot for relaxing after a long flight with beautiful gardens and a sparkling pool.  Wifi is available for those of you who may need it.  The lodge also has a restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There are no activities planned for today, so you may arrive any time you like.

Meals:  No meals included

Accommodation:  Twin / double en-suite rooms

 

Day 2: Soweto & Kaapsche Hoop

This morning after breakfast you will be collected by your local guide for a 4 hour tour to Soweto.  Your guide, who was born and raised in Soweto, will take you past all the hotspots in Soweto.  The tour will take you deep into the township culture, so you can enjoy a personal experience of how vibrant and lively this part of Johannesburg really is.  On our way to Soweto we pass by the National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010.  We enter the Diepkloof area, where we will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything.  In Orlando West we visit Vilakazi Street, and take a drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  You will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976.  On that tragic day an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa.  We will also pass by the Mandela House.  We continue our tour driving into one of the shanty towns where you get to interact with some of the locals.  By now you will have seen the good, the bad and the ugly facets of Soweto.  We drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University and end our tour with a stop at the largest hospital in the world:  Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Your guide will drop you off back at the lodge in Johannesburg where you will transfer onto the other vehicle, and we can head off on the start of an incredible African Adventure!

We have about a 3.5 hour drive this afternoon to get to our overnight stop, the Silver Mist Country Inn, situated in the small town of Kaapsche Hoop, not far from Nelspruit.  The town is famous for its wild horses which roam free, and if you take a stroll through the town you may well bump into a few of them!

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Twin / Double en-suite rooms

 

Day 3:  Panoramic Route & Cheetah Centre

Departing after breakfast we will drive along the Panoramic Route, stopping at God’s Window and the world’s 3rd largest canyon, Blyde River Canyon, for some stunning views.

From here we will head to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in Kapama, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals; cheetah conservation is one of their core disciplines.  Whilst here you will enjoy a 2 hour tour of the centre, which begins with a video presentation, and provides the opportunity to view Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Ground Hornbills and many other rare and endangered species in their natural habitat, as well as the fascinating vulture restaurant.

We will then continue on to the Timbavati Safari Lodge, where we will spend the night.  This evening we will enjoy dinner in the restaurant and be entertained with some traditional Shangaan dancing.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Twin / Double en-suite rooms

 

Day 4:  Kruger National Park – Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive

This morning you will be collected early by your local Kruger National Park guide who will take you on a full day game drive inside the Kruger in an open-sided game viewer, which is perfect for both game viewing and photographing!

The Kruger National Park is home to 502 bird, 114 reptile and 147 mammal species (including the Big 5 – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard).

During your game drive today you will stop at one of the park’s main camps for a rest and some lunch (own cost) in the heat of the day, after which you will continue on to our overnight camp, in the southern part of the park, where your driver & vehicle will be waiting for you.

An early night this evening is recommended!

Meals: Packed Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: National Park Chalets

 

Day 5: Kruger National Park – Morning Walking Safari & Sunset Game Drive

We have another early start this morning.  After a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits, you will head out on a 3 hour walking safari with your experienced Kruger National Park game rangers.  These walks get you into the real African bush, and your rangers will be able to point out the finer details of the flora and fauna for you.

Returning to camp for a late breakfast, we will pack up and do a slow game drive to our next camp.  You will be able to relax for a couple of hours this afternoon before transferring on to an open game viewer for your sunset drive.  This drive lasts approximately 3 to 3.5 hours, giving you the opportunity to spot plenty of game.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: National Park Chalets

 

Day 6:  South Africa – Mozambique

We leave the Kruger this morning after breakfast and drive the short distance to the border with Mozambique.  After border procedures the road takes us north through this awesome tropical country.  There will be short breaks along the road for you to enjoy some of the views before we reach the small town of Xai-xai and our overnight stop.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Chalets

 

Day 7:  Barra Reef Beach

We can have a late start this morning as we only have a short drive to get to Bara.  On the way we will stop in Inhambane to have a look around the craft markets and also to do some shopping.

Once in Bara we will organise our diving for the next 3 days. Bara also has its own food and curio market, well worth a look around, and some great bars where you can enjoy those sundowners!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Beach Chalets

 

Days 8, 9, 10:  Barra Diving

These are diving days, so after breakfast we make our way to the dive school and get ready for the day.

You will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best diving in the world here: Mantas, Whale Sharks and Turtles are just a few of the special species in the area.  During the months of June, July, August & September the Humpback Whales also frequent the bays along the Mozambique coast.

 

Dives:  2 per day (total 6)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Beach Chalets

 

Day 11:  Zavora Beach

After breakfast we will pack up and make our way to Zavora.  On our way there we will pass through Inhambane once again, and you will have time to pick up those souvenirs that you didn’t buy last time!  Arriving in Zavora you can settle in before lunch, and afterwards your dives will be sorted out for the next 3 days.  There will be enough time this afternoon for you to relax and go for a walk along the beach, do some shopping, and watch the locals bringing in the catch of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Nhanombe Lodge

 

Days 12, 13, 14:   Zavora Beach (Diving)

These 3 days are for you to enjoy your diving in Zavora.  The Dive School is on the beach so you can enjoy the view of the ocean from the school.  The restaurant also overlooks the ocean.

 

Dives:  2 per day (total 6)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Nhanombe Lodge (or similar)

 

Days 15, 16:  Bilene

Leaving the beach behind us we travel south to Bilene and the inland lake of this small Mozambique town, arriving early afternoon.  After settling in, you can relax on the beach or go for a walk along the 27km long lake.  Dinner on Day 15 will be enjoyed at the on-site restaurant.

On Day 16 your guide will organize you a boat trip across the inland lake to the beaches of the Indian Ocean, after which your local guide will then take you for a walk along the beach to one of the spots where you might be lucky enough to observe the Hawksbill and Green Turtles which make the Bilene area their home.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Beach Chalets – Praia do Sol Lodge (or similar)

 

Day 17:  Mozambique – South Africa

After time spent on the pristine beaches, our journey takes us back to South Africa, bypassing Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique.  Once across the border, it is just a short drive to our stop for the night, where we will spend the night.

This being the last night of the tour, we will go out for a meal at one of the local restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge

 

Day 18:  Johannesburg

After a final, leisurely breakfast, we will make our way back to Johannesburg, arriving mid- to late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

 

What’s included in the price:

  • Transport
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary

 

What’s NOT included in the price:

  • Flights, visas (if required), personal travel insurance (compulsory when travelling with Bluechilli)
  • Meals & drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

 

Please Note:

  • Tour prices are based on 2 sharing; should a client wish to have their own room, a single supplement will apply
  • The accommodations mentioned in the itinerary are subject to change, dependent upon availability
  • The tour will depart from Safari Club SA, Johannesburg (close to OR Tambo airport)
  • If clients wish to spend longer at Safari Club SA pre-departure, or perhaps spend time there post-tour, please contact us to book
  • If clients have some free days pre- or post-tour and would like to do some day tours in the Johannesburg / Pretoria area, please contact us for more information, tour options & rates

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