Safari and Sea

Tour highlights

  • Debengeni Waterfalls

  • Guided Safari of Kruger National Park

  • Guided Bushwalk in the Manyeleti Game Reserve

  • Snorkelling in Mozambique

  • Guided tour of a traditional Mozambique Village

  • Stargazing under the Africa night sky

  • Guided St Lucia Hippo and Croc tour

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Guided turtle tour

Days 1 - 9: Johannesburg to Phalaborwa Safari Park

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Days 1 - 3: Johannesburg

Fly from the UK to Johannesburg where you’ll arrive on day two and be transferred to your hotel in the Sandton area. On the afternoon of day three, you'll get a demonstration of your vehicle followed by a welcome dinner in the evening.

Days 4 - 5: Magoebaskloof
Distance: 393km / 246 miles

Collect your motorhome and depart for Magoebaskloof, known as ‘The Land of the Silver Mist’.

On the morning of day five, you'll head to Tzaneen and the Lesodi Hiking Trail, a trail that is abundant with birds and animals. The route begins at the Sanford Heights Tea Room and trails down through a secluded indigenous forest where you'll be able to spot a huge variety of birds including the Cape Parrot, Loerie and the Narina Trogon. Along the way, you will find some fantastic places to stop and admire the spectacular views and perhaps spot a group of Samango monkeys that have been known to inhabit the area.

From Tzaneen, you will take a short drive to Wegraakbosch Organic Dairy Farm where a guided farm tour and cheese making experience is included. The owners began organic farming in 1986, after spending some time working on a dairy farm in the Swiss Alps. The couple developed a passion for organic cheesemaking, and that passion is still clearly visible at Wegraakbosch more than 30 years later. 

Days 6 - 7: Northern Kruger National Park
Distance: 196km / 123 miles

The first stop this morning is the Debengeni Waterfalls, then on to the Northern section of the Kruger National Park and our camp for the next two nights. The camp is situated in the Sandveld region which is often described as the botanical garden of the Kruger National Park. There are numerous plant species here which are unique to the area. Game species most likely to be sighted include impala, zebra, buffalo, elephant, eland and sable and the area is a bird paradise. You can explore the Kruger National Park in your own vehicle or alternatively guided game drives can be arranged in open safari vehicles at an additional cost. 

Days 8 - 9: Phalaborwa Safari Park
Distance: 198km / 124 miles

Today’s beautiful drive will take you through the Kruger National Park and drive down to the Phalaborwa Section of Kruger. The entire journey today is considered one long game drive as you will be able to spot wildlife in abundance, hopefully including Africa's famous Big Five. 

On the morning of day nine, you can enjoy an included morning safari in open vehicles where your knowledgeable guide will interpret the bush and give you a detailed explanation of the animal's behaviour. See the Big Five as well as a diverse array of other animals and birdlife from the Steenbok to the mighty African Elephant. Birders are spoilt as the Kruger is one of the best birding regions in South Africa. You will return to your campsite late morning and can decide to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure and enjoy the camp's facilities or explore more of Kruger National Park at leisure in your own vehicle. 

Days 10 - 16: Manyeleti Game Reserve to Ponta do Ouro

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Days 10 - 11: Manyeleti Game Reserve
Distance: 154km / 96 miles

Today's journey holds the promise of experiencing wildlife in abundance yet again from the comfort of your campervan as you drive through more of Kruger. The camp for the next two nights is situated in a rural area of pristine bushveld directly next to the Manyeleti Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park area. Manyeleti, meaning “the place of stars” is a prolific game-viewing area, making it one of the best areas to visit for Big Five game viewing and exceptional scenery.  

Also included is a guided bush walk with a trained and armed guide. The Rangers will introduce you to tracking, animal behaviour, identification, plants, and trees. A walking safari is a unique and intimate experience where you can be close to the ground, in nature, following the paths of the Kudu, Lion or Zebra that may have walked in front of you just a few hours before.

Days 12 - 13: Southern Kruger National Park
Distance: 334km / 209 miles

Continue through Kruger National Park to the campsite at Crocodile Bridge where you either relax at the campsite or further explore the park.

The game viewing area is known as the 'Southern Circle' and is renowned for its concentration of different prides of lion with different hunting techniques and behaviour. It is also home to a large percentage of the Kruger National Park's total Rhino population. 

Days 14 - 16: Ponta do Ouro
Distance: 225km / 141 miles

The drive to the Mozambique border takes approximately 30 minutes, where you'll continue on to Ponta do Ouro in the south. Here you'll discover beautiful white beaches, dense dune forests, and glorious views of the sea. Check-in at Casa Ponta Lodge (or upgrade to the White Pearl Resort*) for a three-night stay where you might want to try a very famous Mozambican drink called R&R - Raspberry & Rum served with lots of ice. In the evening there is an included group dinner at one of the rustic restaurants.

After breakfast on day 15, you'll meet with your host couple and walk to the diving and snorkelling centre for an included snorkelling trip. Mozambique is a snorkelling paradise and offers such a varied, rich, and unexplored coastline that it is simply a must on anyone’s bucket list. 

On the afternoon of day 16, there's a guided Village Tour where a local Ponta guide will give history on the village and surrounding areas and share tales and stories with you. 

Day 17 - 24: iSimangaliso Wetland Park to Johannesburg

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Days 17 - 19: iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Distance: 281km / 176 miles

Return to South Africa and continue to Cape Vidal which lies within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. Situated on the Zululand coast, you'll be close to exciting marine life and the Eastern Shores Nature Reserve. Your campsite is set in a sheltered bay which is completely exposed at low spring tides, providing rock pools and snorkelling areas. Miles of deserted, unspoilt beaches nearby are ideal for long walks, while inland there are self-guided drives around the wetlands and rich coastal forests.

On day 18 you can explore Cape Vidal and take a drive to St Lucia. Along the way there are many viewpoints to stop at, each offering something different to the last. One of the 'must-see' stops is Mission Rocks which situated halfway between Cape Vidal and St Lucia. Your guides will take you on a short walk to the rocks, making for a perfect photo opportunity. After lunch, you will depart on a guided Hippo & Croc Safari where you will have the opportunity to discover, witness and observe hippos, Nile Crocodiles, and hundreds of bird species. 

On the evening of day 19, you will meet for a guided Turtle Tour, where an exceptional experience awaits. You're picked up in open safari vehicles and embark on a journey along the beach towards Leven Point in search of Logger Head and Leather Back Turtles. Watch as the females prepare their nests and then endeavour to lay their eggs. Cape Vidal is stunning at night, and there are plenty of opportunities for stargazing. Once at Leven Point you'll enjoy a light dinner and refreshments and then continue back towards Cape Vidal.

Days 20 - 21: Zululand
Distance: 284km / 178 miles

Follow the Battlefields Route to the final campsite in Gooderson. Set in 550 hectares of beautiful Kwa Zulu Natal bushveld amongst giant Cambrian granite boulders that are millions of years old, the campsite has beautiful views over the Bivane River and abundant birdlife.

Gooderson is the perfect setting to end your holiday where you can escape to a rejuvenating oasis for a 2-night stay. The resort is famous for its serene location and the natural healing properties of the hot pools: at a source temperature of 37°C, the pools provide a constant supply of beneficial waters for guests and are well known for their anti-oxidant properties.

Days 22: Johannesburg
Distance: 383km / 239 miles

Drive back to Johannesburg to return the motorhomes before being transferred to the hotel in Sandton for an overnight stop. A farewell group dinner is planned this evening where you can reflect on your Safari and Sea Journey and share travel memories of the past 21 days. 

Day 23: Depart Johannesburg 

Transfer to Johannesburg or Tambo International Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

Day 24: Arrive in the UK

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