Idyllic Beach in Mozambique | Africa

Kicking off in Johannesburg explore the wonders of Kruger National Park before entering neighbouring Mozambique for some relaxing beach time. End our adventure with a two night stop in Swaziland's Hlane Royal National Park before our final destination back in Johannesburg.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Vilanculous - discover the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago
Hlane Royal National Park - go wild on a game drive in Swaziland
Blyde River Canyon - marvel at the world's thrid biggest canyon
Inhambane - relax on Mozambique's beautiful beaches and reefs
Kruger National Park - game drive day and night in South Africa's most famous game reserve
Johannesburg - extend your stay to explore the city


Arrival transfer from Johannesburg Airport on day 1
A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
11 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 11 dinners
All road taxes and tolls
First and last night dormitory accommodation and 12 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided
Dhow Excursion in Vilanculous (Mozambique)
All camping fees and appropriate equipment
Park entry and game drives - Kruger NP (South Africa) and Hlane Royal National Park (Swaziland)

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Local Payment: $400pp, paid in USD.
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities


Day 1


Thursday. Welcome to South Africa! You will be met upon arrival at Johannesburg Airport by our representative and transferred to the backpackers for the first night. At 5pm there will be a pre-departure meeting where you will meet your tour leader and the rest of your group.
Overnight: Johannesburg

Day 2

Blyde River Canyon

Johannesburg - Blyde River Canyon. We depart Johannesburg along the famous Panorama Route which connect South Africa's lowveld landscape with the famous Mpumalanga Drakensberg. We stop at the stunning Blyde Rive Canyon along the way - the world's third largest canyon and home to lots of stunning wildlife and birdlife.
Overnight: Blyde River Canyon  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Kruger National Park

Blyde River Canyon - Kruger. Today we continue along the Panorama Route as we enter the lowveld and our next destination - South Africa's famous Kruger National Park - home to the Big Five. Our campsite for the evening sits on the border of the park - just a short drive from the entrance. Look out for hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala who may venture into the campsite.
Overnight: Kruger National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Game Driving in Kruger

Today we spend the whole day exploring the fantastic Kruger National Park - home to more than 146 mammals and 500 birds including the famous Big Five of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.
Overnight: Kruger National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Xai Xai

Kruger - Xai Xai (Mozambique). We have an early start this morning as we begin our journey out of South Africa and into neighbouring Mozambique. It could be a long day today as we deal with border formalities so no activities are planned. Our destination this evening is Xai Xai - north east of the capital Maputo and home to some of Mozambique's stunning beaches.
Overnight: Xai Xai  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-7


Xai Xai - Inhambane. Continuing our journey today we head for the warm waters of the coastline to Inhambane and Praia De de Zavora Bay, once a well known ivory and slave trade centre. The beaches just outside Inhambane are well known by locals and holiday makers alike for their close proximity to various scuba diving reefs, and we'll have a full day here to take advantage of the marine life on display. Sightings include manta rays, whale sharks and turtles. Alternatively, explore the beaches on horseback or head into town to browse the busy market.
Overnight: Inhambane  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 8-9


Inhambane - Vilanculos. Continuing up the coast we travel to Vilanculos - the stepping stone to the three main islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. The islands are paradise on earth with clear turquoise waters, pristine white sand beaches, a plethora of colourful birds and fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities. We spend two nights in Vilanculos so that those who wish to can take advantage of the optional activities on offer including chartering boats to the islands, sunset cruises, horse riding, big game fishing and more!

We have an included dhow safari on day 9 which allows us to experience the wonder of a traditional sailing boat of this region as we sail through the azure waters and pass the islands of Benguerra, Bazaruto and Magaruque.
Overnight: Vilanculos  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 10


Vilanculos - Bilene. Today we turn around and head back down south for our last night in Mozambique before entering Swaziland tomorrow. Our destination for the evening is Bilene, a quaint beach town on the Mozambique channel and famous for the Uembje Lagoon which separates the Indian Ocean with the touring sand dunes. Bilene is apparently the closest beach destination to Johannesburg.
Overnight: Bilene  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Hlane Royal National Park

Bilene - Hlane Royal National Park (Swaziland). We depart Mozambique today and head into neighbouring Swaziland. We spend the next two nights in Hlane Royal National Park - which sits in 30,000 hectares of Swazi bushveld and is home to lots of wildlife including lions, elephants, white rhinos, giraffes and hippos.
Overnight: Hlane Royal National Park (Swaziland)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Hlane Royal National Park

This morning we head out early in search of nature’s most beautiful creations. Hlane’s flagship species include lion, elephant, white rhino, giraffe and hippo, with good populations of kudu, zebra, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, warthog, duiker and impala and a host of lesser-seen mammals. Jackals and hyenas play their very important role in the ecology of the park. Reptiles are well represented, especially snakes, with a number of lizards, two species of tortoise and the Nile crocodile. Insect and arachnid life is abundant, providing an incredible food source for other species.
Overnight: Hlane Royal National Park (Swaziland)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13


Hlane Royal National Park - Johannesburg (South Africa). Departing Swaziland we return to where we began our adventure - Johannesburg in South Africa for our final night together at the backpackers. Tonight there is the option to go out together for a group dinner once last time.
Overnight: Johannesburg  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14


Wednesday. Our amazing adventure ends today as we say our final goodbyes.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same gender.

Local payment - $400pp, paid in USD.

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.


The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Dove's Nest Guest House, Johannesburg

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: 2 Star Hotel

Located a stone throw from OR Tambo Airport, the Doves Nest Guest House is conveniently located guests wanting to relax after a long day of exploring Johannesburg’s highlights. Each room features an electric blankets and TV. Breakfast and internet are available, as well as a free airport shuttle.

In Brief

Hotel Rating
Local Payment
$400pp, paid in USD.
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 12, Dinner: 11
Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland
Leopard staring majestically at the camera in Kruger National Park
Leopard staring majestically at the camera in Kruger National Park
View of the deep blue waters and grass-covered sand dunes of Inhambane on the coast of Mozambique
Johannesburg Highlight - Web ready Proper

Extra Tour Info

Beach and Safari Holidays
Our pick of the best destinations for a beach and safari holiday in Africa
20th March 2019

A well structured tour with amazing diversity through the three countries.

Ample opportunities to see the 'big five' on safari, and enjoy the beaches and Islands in Mozambique.

Angela Millington
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