This ‘bush and beach’ vacation is a great fuss-free combination tour that takes you to two of Southern Africa’s most beautiful and iconic destinations. A short scenic drive between the Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s gorgeous coastline allows you to make the most of each destination, whether you are trundling off-road in search of the Big 5, or reclining on a daybed with the warm Indian Ocean spread out before you.

Comfortable accommodation and a wide variety of activities make this vacation ideal for young families, multi-generational groups and adventurous couples alike. Lukimbi Lodge is located in a private Kruger concession where you can enjoy hiking, game drives, bird watching and guided nature walks. At Machangulo Beach Lodge, located in a private reserve on the southern Mozambican coastline, a host of activities await including diving, snorkelling, boating, river kayaking, picnics and more.

This combination is ideal for travellers who want to put the focus on comfortable accommodation, and who are happy to kick back with an authentic African experience that delivers great value.

  • Tour duration: 8 days
  • Start: Johannesburg
  • End: Johannesburg
  • Destinations:
  • Accommodation:
    3 nights at Lukimbi Safari Lodge
    4 nights at Machangulo Beach Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable
  • Type of Accommodation: Accommodated

Itinerary Highlights

  • Short road transfer between destinations
  • See the Big 5 at Kruger
  • Diving & snorkelling the Indian Ocean  
  • Family-friendly 

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

See the Big 5 at Kruger

Your journey begins in South Africa’s most affluent city, Johannesburg, with a scheduled flight whisking you from OR Tambo International Airport to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. On landing, you will be warmly greeted for a private transfer to Lukimbi Safari Lodge – roughly three hours’ drive away – where you will spend the following three nights.

Arriving at the lodge, take some time to settle into your comfortable African-style suite before the real adventure begins. The lodge is located on 15 000 hectares of private wilderness, and a skilled and knowledgeable game ranger will introduce you to this pristine portion of the famous Kruger National Park. When you are not searching for the Big 5 and other fascinating wildlife, you can enjoy relaxing treatments at the spa, dine under the stars or simply enjoy the sounds and sights of the wilderness from your secluded suite. 

Days 4-7

Beach fun in Mozambique

After an early morning game drive and a hearty breakfast at Lukimbi Lodge, you will be collected for your road transfer to Mozambique. The drive is approximately three hours and takes you to Maputo – the iconic and historical capital city of Mozambique.  At the harbour, a private boat is ready to sail you across tranquil Maputo Bay towards the Machangulo Peninsula. Machangulo Nature Reserve is a pristine and untouched wilderness home to exquisite beaches, golden dunes and lush coastal woodlands. On the other side of the peninsula are calm estuaries, beautiful mangrove forests, flamingos and other wildlife.

The beach portion of your vacation can be as active or relaxing as you like: explorers will relish the opportunity to sail out on a traditional dhow boat, snorkel, dive, explore the estuaries and visit Inhaca Island. Inhaca offers boat trips to the nearby and totally deserted Portuguese Island, and outings to the Marine Biology Museum or the Inhaca Lighthouse.

Massages in a private sala on the beach, romantic candlelit dinners, village trips, picnics and lovely ocean-view suites complete the Machangulo experience. 

Day 8

Return to Johannesburg

On your final day in Mozambique you will depart from Machangulo and sail back across the bay to Maputo. From the harbour, a short road transfer takes you to Maputo International Airport where you will board a scheduled flight to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. 


  • 3 nights at Lukimbi Safari Lodge on a full board basis
  • 4 nights at Machangulo Beach Lodge on a full board basis
  • Flight from Johannesburg to KMIA
  • Flight from Maputo to Johannesburg
  • Transfer from KMIA to Lukimbi Safari Lodge
  • Transfer from Lukimbi Safari Lodge to Maputo
  • Return boat transfer from Maputo to Machangulo Beach Lodge


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 02 Mar 2018 $4010
  • 03 Mar 2018 - 02 May 2018 $4055
  • 03 May 2018 - 02 Jul 2018 $4055
  • 03 Jul 2018 - 01 Sep 2018 $4055
  • 02 Sep 2018 - 01 Nov 2018 $4055
  • 02 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $4055

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"A great pairing for a bush and beach vacation - astonishingly well priced, this is true value. The wildlife sightings from Lukimbi are excellent so you are in for a treat, and the views from Machangulo will surely delight."



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