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Welcome to South Africa! Arrive at Johannesburg airport. Complimentary transfer to our pre tour accommodation at the Safari Club near the airport. Tonight there is a welcome meeting at approximately 6.30pm.
Early this morning our tour departs from Johannesburg and we head south-east to see the Kwa-Zulu Natal battlefields and stay at the small, historical town of Piet Retief.
n early morning departure, we head through the Battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal to Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve. As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve became world renowned for its white rhino conservation and also contains an immense diversity of flora and fauna.
We have a full day of game drives today, trying to spot the wildlife.
After breakfast, we leave the lodge and game drive back through the game reserve before making our way to St. Lucia. Located within Isimangaliso - the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, which was declared a World Heritage Site in late 1999. St Lucia Wetland Park is a unique combination of subtropical coastline and classic African game park and one of the jewels of the South African coastline. The rest of the day is free to explore this beautiful area or take a relaxing boat cruise on the lake. Spectacular views of the ocean and lake system are complemented by likely sightings of leopard, antelope, hippo, crocodile and bush pig.
Today we journey over the border and into Mozambique. The quaint little town of Ponto D’Ouro is where we spend the night. It is a scuba diver and fisherman’s paradise, with beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear warm water.
There is plenty of time to explore the village which has numerous restaurants, bars and an open air market. There is also the opportunity to swim with the dolphins.
After breakfast we continue our trip through Mozambique, reaching Maputo the capital just after lunch, where we conduct a short tour of this vibrant city. Maputo (previously Lourenzo Marques) is the sprawling capital of Mozambique. Highlights of the city of Maputo include Maputo’s most important landmark, the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceiao (Our Lady of Conception), which was the nucleus of the original settlement. Another imposing building is the Central Railway Station, an enormous structure which looks more like a palace for kings.
After breakfast we head further north, leaving the bustling town of Maputo behind and head to the coastal town of Xai Xai situated on the banks of the Limpopo River. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the peaceful nature of Mozambique. There is a reef running parallel to the beach, making it excellent for snorkelling.
Today we travel to Inhambane, an ancient trading port. Inhambane. After a long drive we spend the afternoon exploring the rock pools and the beach. Relax and soak up the Mozambique sunshine.
Today we visit the Mercardo (market) famous for vegetables and fish. Catch a Dhow and take a lazy cruise across the bay for lunch and a ‘cerveja’ (beer) in the town of Maxixe or visit the old Catholic church in Inhambane.
After breakfast we head inland through the Mozambican Province of Gaza towards Limpopo National Park. Our camp for the night is situated inside this pristine wildlife area, close to Massinger gate and dam wall.
An early morning getaway takes us back into South Africa into the world-renowned Kruger National Park, where we spend the day looking for game. Kruger is one of the largest game reserves in Africa; covering a staggering 20,000 km², it offers incredible opportunities to view an abundance of wildlife, including black and white rhino.
We leave our camp at sunrise for a full day of game viewing in the park with the chance of spotting the Big 5, whilst making our way to one of the southern camps. Our last night in the park will be enjoyed around the campfire with a typical South African Braai (BBQ).
Today we take the scenic drive back to Johannesburg, where the tour ends this afternoon.