A crossroads of civilizations, cultures and landscapes, influenced from the early days by nomadic tribes, Arab traders, British sailors and Portuguese colonials, then torn apart by over 20 years of civil war. With newfound peace, and a fast growing economy recently reopened to tourism, Mozambique offers the explorer a wealth of treasures in the form of untouched wilderness areas, natural beauty, deserted beaches, and unique cultural heritage. This tour combines the well-known attractions of Kruger and the Zululand Parks – where animals abound, living in their natural environment and a Swaziland Game Park. The tour will also visit natural and cultural attractions, and will spend time at deserted Indian Ocean beaches.
We also visit the capital Maputo, where we experience the almost Latino culture, and enjoy the city.
DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – BUSH LODGE
Departing from GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30, we head for the spectacular scenery of the Mpumalanga province. We will visit numerous sights including the quaint little town of Dullstroom and the Three Rondavels that tower over the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Late in the afternoon we descend from the escarpment to the Lowveld area where we overnight in the comfortable GREENFIRE BUSH LODGE within the Balule Game reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. After dinner we will enjoy an open vehicle night game drive.
DAY 2: BUSH LODGE – KRUGER
Arising with the African sun, we set out on foot in this “Big 5” reserve for a lengthy walk. Our tracker will attempt to show us animals in their natural habitat and to give us some insight into the art of tracking. We return to camp for a healthy brunch and a swim before packing up and moving on to the world-renowned Kruger National Park – widely acclaimed as being Africa’s most successful Nature Reserve. We will spend three nights here and during the days will game drive extensively in search of the many animal and bird species that inhabit the area, and will stay in the park for 3 nights in comfortable accommodation.
DAY 3 – 4 : KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
With two full days ahead of us we spend as much time as possible viewing animals in the Kruger Park from our well-equipped vehicle. We will search for the “Big 5” and the multitude of other animals that live in the park. Our guide will take time to tell us more about the sights and sounds around us. We overnight in accommodation within the park.
B L D ; B L D
DAY 5 – 6 : XAI – XAI
Leaving the Park today, we cross the border into Mozambique and make our way across the Limpopo flood plains, through numerous villages and finally down to the inviting Indian Ocean. Our journey will include a section of the Transfrontier Piece Park that borders with Kruger Park. Our stop for the next two nights is at a remote beach resort hidden on the large dune separating the inland fresh water lake system from the pounding ocean. We have a full day to enjoy the surf and to explore the surroundings.
B L D ; B L D
DAY 7 – 9 : INHAMBANE
Following the coast, we make our way north to Maxixe from where we enjoy a trip with the locals, across the bay on a traditional Dhow while the guide drives around to meet us in the ancient trading port of Inhambane. We spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our accommodation on the beach. We will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in Casitas near Barra. During our time here we will relax, snorkel, and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. On the last night we enjoy a catered meal (own expense). For those who wish, the option of scuba diving exits. (Own expense).
B L D ; B L D ; B L
DAY 10: MAPUTO
Well relaxed and sun-drenched, we return down the coast to the capital Maputo where we spend some time driving around and exploring this once grandiose city. Maputo boasts a Latino culture of street cafes, music and bustling markets. We spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Catembe. Tonight we will eat in a local restaurant, sampling some of the local seafood (own expense). For the brave, Peri–Peri is a must.
DAY 11: SWAZILAND GAME PARK
It is with new excitement that we return to the bush. Today we wind our way south and cross into the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland. We will spend the entire afternoon exploring one of the game reserves that this area is renowned for and spend the night in relative comfort.
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DAY 12 – 13: ZULULAND
Returning to South Africa today, we enter the area once ruled by the famed Shaka Zulu. This is an area of Game Reserves and impressive landscapes. We spend the next two nights at a bush lodge in Zululand surrounded by breath-taking views. The reserves in this area are lush and offer protection to a variety of indigenous animals including Black and White Rhino. We will conduct an extensive game experience in the area led by our experienced guides. The activity will allow us to appreciate the fauna and flora of Zululand.
B L D ; B L D
DAY 14: JOHANNESBURG
Our journey today takes us through the heart of Kwazulu – Natal, we will pass many rural Zulu villages and some spectacular scenery en-route back to Johannesburg. We arrive back at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG in the late afternoon.
The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.
Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries (South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland) that you will visit. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please ensure that you have proof of further travel arrangements if you do not have a South African passport, permanent residency permit, work permit or study permit. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.
Please check out this link for any travel info regarding your trip
South Africa Info
Mozambique High Commission:
Swaziland High Commission: http://swazihighcom.co.za/services/
For visa purposes:
(Single entry visa is fine.)
PORT OF ENTRY INTO MOZAMBIQUE: GIRIYONDO GATE
DAY OF ENTRY: DAY 4
PORT OF EXIT AND ENTRY INTO SWAZILAND: NAMAACHA
DAY OF EXIT: DAY 11
LENGTH OF STAY: 7 DAYS
PORT OF ENTRY INTO SOUTH AFRICA: LOMAHASHA
ADDRESS: CATEMBE GALLERY HOTEL
DISTRICT/CITY: MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE
Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country. Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, Visas. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Visas are not readily obtainable at the Mozambique border post. Visas need to be obtained BEFORE departing on tour.
Please note that all guests travelling to South Africa will require two blank facing pages in their passport.
Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.
On Tour – Please be advised that our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.
The preferred currencies are as follows:
• South Africa – ZAR; Rand
• Mozmbique – Meticals – You can exchange at any currency bureau in Mozambique
Suggested amounts required:
(Without use of credit card)
• Rand : +- R 500 – R 700
• Meticals: +- R2000 worth of Meticals
Credit cards can be used throughout most parts of Southern Africa but it is advised to please ensure you have enough cash for personal expenses and possible gratuities.
Please note the only lodge on this tour to receive card payment will be Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge and the Catembe Art Gallery Hotel. All other lodges will ONLY receive cash payments.
Areas where you shall be able to use your credit card are as follows:
• Greenfire JHB Lodge for activities; food; accommodation and small extras
• Shopping; At most large supermarkets
• Catembe Art Gallery Hotel for your own expense meal
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS
The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern and East Africa is against Malaria (Mozambique). Adequate chemo-prophylaxis are essential. Prevention is better than cure, so we do advise to also use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.
Please bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit. General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.
Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.
Please note that East Africa weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C – although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C. Please note that the wet season is during the months of February to May.
CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Smaller day pack
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)
For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)
Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. A Two-pin charger is perfect.
Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit
Jersey / Jumper
Socks & Underwear
T-Shirts / Shirts
Hat or cap
Swimming Costume & Towel
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Headlamp / Flashlight / Batteries
Passport / Visas (if applicable)
Luggage and Packing space on our vehicles
**Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s. Each Drifters Traveler have their own locker on our trucks which is accessible even while driving. Backpacks, Barrelbags or Soft Suitcases are strongly advisable as your standard Hard Suitcases sometimes don’t fit into the lockers. Each locker could be locked with your personal lock (which you can also purchase from the Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge upon arrival.
***Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals throughout the tour.
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. We do not provide meals on the first day of your tour. We do however stop en-route; therefore it is always possible to buy something along the way. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.
In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.
In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.
This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.
• Private Bush Camp “Big 5”
• Unspoiled Sandy Beaches
• Kruger National Park
• Unexplored Wilderness
• Swaziland Game Park
• Zululand Game Reserve
• Dhow Trip
• Mozambique Village Culture
PRE and POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Greenfire Lodge in Johannesburg. It is advisable to overnight at the Greenfire Lodge if you have not already made alternative arrangements. Accommodation at the Greenfire Lodge can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative.
The Greenfire Lodge is located in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg – a safe residential area. The Greenfire Lodge has a lovely swimming pool, restaurant, bar & shop. The Lodge is within walking distance of various shopping centers and banks. The Drifters Office is located on the same premises should you have any queries regarding your tour.
Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.
PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION MOZAMBIQUE TOUR
This trip requires a valid passport and visa for certain nationalities. In 2017 the tour will be Fully Accommodated and linen will be provided. Seasonal Malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. A barrel bag or backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not fit into the space provided). An extra day bag or camera bag is advised. Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips, curios, airport transfers, and any other optional excursions.
Remember, help us to help you by participating and by keeping an open mind and flexible mentality. Our price includes all food as specified, coffee, tea, juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees. Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, airport tax, airport transfers and airfares.
Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information as defined on our website and in our brochure. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
Besides an adventurous spirit, visas are required by most nationalities for Mozambique, these are the client’s responsibility and can be obtained in advance. Seasonal Malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable.
If available, bring a mask and fins for snorkeling. Scuba diving will be available at some of the beach resorts – clients wishing to partake must bring the necessary certification.
Our price includes all transport, accommodation, meals as specified, entry fees, permits, group equipment, and professional guide. Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, curios, tips, visas, taxes, optional excursions and items of a personal nature are for the client’s own expense.
Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
The 14 Day Bush and Beach Explorer tour departs from the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg, 25 Alida Street, Northcliff at 06h30 on the first tour day (Sunday) and ends back on the last day (Saturday) at around 17h00 till late. Guests not staying at the Greenfire Lodge must arrive at the Lodge at 06h00. The telephone number is +27 (0) 11 888 1160.
ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR
• Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source pre tour departure in Jhb, on most nights at the lodges and every day on the truck while the truck is driving from a 12 V inverter.
• Currency exchange opportunities: Arrival at Johannesburg Airport
• Limited Laundry facilities: Available post tour from the JHB Lodge if you are staying an extra day
• Internet facilities: Pre night in Johannesburg
We have a range of barrel bags for sale starting from € 50 nett per bag.
All our tours require participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes and keeping the truck clean.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We are travelling in developing countries therefore please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.
Rate: € 1795.00 per person
Start – End
22/01/2017 – 04/02/2017
05/03/2017 – 18/03/2017
26/03/2017 – 08/04/2017
16/04/2017 – 29/04/2017
07/05/2017 – 20/05/2017
28/05/2017 – 10/06/2017
18/06/2017 – 01/07/2017
09/07/2017 – 22/07/2017
30/07/2017 – 12/08/2017
20/08/2017 – 02/09/2017
10/09/2017 – 23/09/2017
01/10/2017 – 14/10/2017
22/10/2017 – 04/11/2017
12/11/2017 – 25/11/2017
03/12/2017 – 16/12/2017
JOHANNESBURG and SURROUNDS
South of Johannesburg is Soweto, the world’s most famous township and important monument to Apartheid. A sprawling, self-sufficient home to millions, Soweto grapples with democratic change, but its spirit resonates in a plethora of shebeens. The focus on this tour is more on community projects & sustainable tourism. The Soweto Fair Tour includes: Nelson Mandela & Hector Pietersen Museums, a visit to Handiworx or the Soweto Green plus a view of Baragwaneth Hospital and an informal settlement. Also included is a cycle tour from Phomolong & visit a day care centre (also available without cycling).
From R590 per person for 3 hours
You can also do a cycle tour of Soweto – pricing depends on the time you cycle for.
JOBURG CITY TOUR
The tour includes a panoramic view of the city, a drive within the business district, visit to traditional African shops, the bohemian Hillbrow and Museum Africa in Newton, the cultural district of Johannesburg. Extend to 8 hours & include Constitution Hill, SAB World of Beer & more.
From R590 per person for 3 hours
SOWETO & JOHANNESBURG COMBO
Combining the Soweto & Johannesburg City tours will give you a great overview of the area.
From R850 for 5 hours
The path through the museum leads you on a journey beginning with segregation, the cornerstone of apartheid. It takes you back through the history of the myriad cultures converging during the pre-apartheid era. Through the years of race classification, the 150 acts of apartheid, detentions and the oppression of the nationalist regime. Examine the rise of black consciousness, the armed struggle & finally witness the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment which finally led to the final negotiations for peace. The Apartheid Museum experience is one of upliftment and liberation both personally & socially and leaves each visitor with a feeling of hope for the future, unburdened by the ills of the past.
Duration: 3 hours R550
CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
The tour visits both the Sterkfontein caves, where the oldest hominid fossils (dating back to over 3 million years) in the world were found & Maropeng where you can experience the fascinating, interactive representations of the origin of Earth & all that lives on our unique planet. Interesting to both adults & children alike, this is a must visit on anyone passing through Gauteng’s itinerary!
Duration: 4 hours R990
PRETORIA CITY TOUR
Pretoria generates a multicultural energy from a harmonious blend of traditions, culture and architecture. Pretoria has historic value extending to that of the British Empire and Apartheid. The tour includes the either the Voortrekker Monument or Freedom Square, the Union Buildings, Kruger House, Church Square, Mirramen Hindu Temple and thousands of Jacaranda trees. Extend to 8 hours and include both the Voortrekker Monument & Freedom Square as well as the Transvaal Museum. Lunch in Pretoria
Duration: 4 ½ hours R850
Duration: 8 hours for the extended tour, incl. lunch R1500
INHAMBANEVisit to the market
Take a walk around the town, include the promenade as there are lovely old buildings and pop into the old theatre
The reef at Ngumula has an abundance of sea life and one can spend hours snorkelling, and exploring all the hidden treasures under the rocks.
At high tide for the energetic, boogie boarding, swimming and fishing off the beach are just some of the activities one can do.
During the months of June – November the Hump Back Whales return to spend a season in our waters.
Fishing trips are also available: (arrange with the manager for bookings).
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependent