It’s early morning and the still-cool air is filled with the buzzing and chirping of countless cicadas and birds. You’re walking single file along a dusty hippo trail when your guide quietly gives the signal and you come to a standstill: up ahead a lioness wanders into view, fixes you in the soft gaze of her amber-coloured eyes, then, with a flick of her tail, slinks away silently into the surrounding bush.
We sent four of Go2Africa's most enthusiastic adventurers on a self-drive discovery of Mozambique. The objective? To find new and simple ways to combine a Southern African safari with an idyllic beach vacation.Mozambique ticks all the boxes of a dream beach escape including footprint-free beaches, pristine coastal forests, crystal-clear waters, colourful marine life and great hospitality. As this beautiful beach destination grows in popularity, gorgeous new luxury lodges and family-friendly resorts are making previously undiscovered regions much more accessible. To get to the Bazaruto or Quirimbas Archipelago from South Africa’s Kruger National Park, you’d usually first fly into Mozambique and then choose one of three options - boat, light aircraft or helicopter - to the island of your choice. But let’s say your budget doesn’t quite stretch to air transfers or perhaps you’re travelling with young children and would prefer to avoid airports. The exciting news is that now you can simply hop in a rental car and drive yourself up to Mozambique’s exquisite South Coast, which is just three hours from Kruger.Our team travelled from the Kosi Bay border between South Africa and Mozambique, exploring new destinations on the South Coast and then moving north to re-visit some of our tried-and-tested partners on the Quirimbas and Bazaruto archipelagos. Here’s what they had to say about their trip.
Floating down a papyrus-lined channel with only a mokoro canoe between me and the water lilies, I’m awestruck by this wild place. Birdsong follows us, punctuating the soft rhythm of the pole as it dips in and out the clear water, its cool freshness enveloping my fingers as they trail in the wake. I am in the heart of the magical Okavango Delta, undoubtedly one of Africa’s most inspirational destinations.
November in Africa and the sun is setting later and rising earlier - summer is on its way! Now is the time to come on a beach vacation because Africa’s tropical island destinations – like the Seychelles, Mauritius and Zanzibar - are stunning in November. If you’re thinking of a November safari, choose your destination carefully: the start of summer also means the start of the rainy or green season in many African safari destinations.
What is your idea of an ideal holiday break? Maybe it's spending time with friends and family exploring new places. Perhaps it's meeting interesting people or trying exciting activities like hiking, horse riding and game viewing. Is it lazy lunches in beautiful surroundings and days spent soaking up the sunshine on a sandy beach?
Private conservancies offer you a set of distinct advantages that are not available in national parks like:
Capturing great photographs of animals on the move while on a photographic safari is surprisingly difficult. Here are a few fundamentals to improve your chances of capturing that one great shot.
In early October, Go2Africa staffers Emma and Nadia left a wintery Cape Town and headed to the Kruger National Park where they spent a good few days exploring the region’s best private concessions and most luxurious lodges.
Contrary to popular belief, bucket lists aren’t only for retired folk. Today, youngsters are more switched on than ever before and after spending hours watching BBC or Lost Planet documentaries, many can’t wait to come to Africa and experience the thrill of seeing a leopard in the wild or elephant family at play for themselves.
At Go2Africa, we don’t recommend anything to our clients that we haven’t tried ourselves – it’s our ‘we know because we go’ policy in action. This is especially important when it comes to recommending something as sensitive as an animal encounter. By ‘animal encounter’ we don’t mean observing animals on ordinary game-viewing experiences but when an interaction with the animal is the main focus of an activity, such as gorilla trekking or visiting an elephant orphanage.