4.9 /5
Feefo Widget starFeefo Widget starFeefo Widget starFeefo Widget starFeefo Widget star

Based on over 1000 Verified Reviews.

Highlights

  • Game drives in the uMkhuze and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserves
  • Cultural visit to a traditional Zulu village
  • Watch turtles lay eggs in Kosi Bay (November to January)
  • Enjoy fresh seafood along the coast in Mozambique
  • Snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking in Mozambique
  • Spend two nights in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Overview

Part of our Scheduled & Overland Tours collection, this 14-day road safari showcases South Africa’s picturesque KwaZulu-Natal, the small monarchy of Swaziland, Mozambique’s gorgeous coastline and the legendary Kruger National Park.

Your trip kicks off in Johannesburg, South Africa’s ‘City of Gold’, before you meander through the historical Zululand’s rolling emerald hills and the incredibly scenic Drakensberg escarpment. Encounter wildlife on game drives in the uMkhuze and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserves, and learn about Zulu traditions during a cultural village visit.

After your Big 5 safari experience, make your way to alluring Kosi Bay. Nestled in the north-eastern corner of South Africa where the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (a World Heritage Site) drains into the Indian Ocean, the area is one of the last corners of untouched African paradise. Explore this fantastic ecosystem on foot and enjoy some snorkelling in the Kosi Bay estuary.

Next stop: the Kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland. This compact landlocked country is known for its wildlife and rich culture. Discover the Hlane Royal National Park, home to Swaziland’s biggest herds of game and rich birdlife.

On day seven, you’ll leave Swaziland and cross the border into magical Mozambique. Recharge during an overnight stop in the capital of Maputo, before travelling through mango and cashew plantations as you head up the country’s captivating coastline. You will spend a few days in Inhambane, a paradisiacal place steeped in history and surrounded by nodding palm trees and magnificent beaches.

Leave the coast behind and travel through the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, back into South Africa as you enter the Kruger. Explore this iconic conservation area on game drives while you spot big game like lion, elephant, buffalo and giraffe.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 14 Days

Day to day

Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Days 1–4: Journey Into the Zulu Kingdom | 13 Nights

Up arrow

You will depart from Johannesburg early in the morning and travel across South Africa’s Highveld before descending into the lush heart of KwaZulu-Natal. Your first stop on the trip is Zululand Lodge, a tented safari camp situated in a private wildlife concession next to the incredible Phinda Game Reserve. Settle into your tastefully decorated tent with en suite bathroom and beautiful views of the surrounding bush. Explore the uMkhuze Game Reserve on a guided morning walk and an afternoon game drive. uMkhuze is a sanctuary for endangered black and white rhinos. On day three, you will go on a game drive in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park followed by a cultural visit to a traditional Zulu village.

sunway_south_africa_hluhluwe_zululand_lodge_bruce_taylor-4831_20171003_1230588341
sunway_south_africa_hluhluwe_rhino_chris_cosnett_20171003_1771357370

Days 4-6: Explore Pristine Lake Systems

Up arrow

Continue further north into the untouched Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, a rich ecosystem of fertile estuaries, mangroves, dune forests and tidal lakes. Your home for the next two nights is Utshwayelo Kosi Mouth Lodge & Camp. Here you will get the chance to observe local fisherman work their woven fish traps and learn about this fascinating 700-year-old tradition. If you are travelling between November and January, you will also have the rare opportunity to watch female leatherback and loggerhead turtles come out of the surf at night to lay their eggs on the beach.

sunway_south_africa_kosi_bay_alexandra_peyer_dsc04534_20171003_1856755864

Days 6–7: Welcome to The Kingdom of Eswatini

Up arrow

Your next stop is Hlane Royal National Park in Swaziland, a beautiful wilderness of ancient knobthorn, leadwood and tamboti trees. This is big game country, which you will be able to explore on a bush walk with a local field guide. Along with being a haven for elephant, lion and giraffe, Hlane is also a sensational birdwatching destination.

sunway_south_africa_hluhluwe_bruce_taylor-1472_20171003_1911479653

Day 7-8: A Night in The Capital

Up arrow

Travel into Mozambique and make your way to the capital of Maputo. Situated in a natural harbour, Maputo is where Portuguese and African cultures meet in an exquisite blend of relaxed coastal and vibrant city life. Mozambican prawns are considered some of the best in Africa, so be sure to sample some of these delicious aquatic crustaceans. Your stopover for the night is Cardosa Hotel, a welcome respite from a few nights in the bush. Perched on a cliff in the leafy Museum neighbourhood, Cardosa offers wonderful views of the city and bay below.

sunway_mozambique_inhambane_barra_beach_brett_smith_20171003_2089292001

Days 8–11: Discover Mozambique’s Treasures

Up arrow

Continue your journey north along Mozambique’s splendid Indian Ocean coastline, weaving through lush cashew nut and mango plantations until you reach the charming town of Inhambane. Exuding a serene atmosphere, Inhambane is one of the oldest settlements on the country’s eastern coast, dating back to the 11th century when Muslim and Persian traders arrived by sea. Your accommodation is Palm Grove Lodge, a tranquil retreat set between gently undulating palm trees and powder-white beaches. Admire the beautiful surroundings as you settle into your casa or casita – traditional Mozambican reed houses purpose-built for the warm tropical weather. Each of these cottages has an open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining room area as well as a patio with barbecue facilities. You will spend the next few days relaxing in the sun or enjoying activities like scuba diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing.

sunway_mozambique_diving_potatoe_bass_fiona_ayerst_20171003_1054674319

Days 11-12: ‘Bom dia Bilene!’

Up arrow

Make your way back south down the beautiful coastline until you reach Bilene, a town well known for its beach resorts. Check into your chalet at Laguna Camp, perched on top of the sand dunes that overlook the Beline lagoon. You will stay in a two-bedroom chalet that is surrounded by shady trees and dune forest, just a quick stroll from a private beach in front of the resort. There are lovely restaurant and bar facilities at Laguna, offering a wide selection to satisfy any appetite. Be sure to sample the lodge’s signature seafood platters. If you are up for it, you can enjoy some snorkelling, kayaking, fishing or simply take a dip in the lagoon’s warm water.

sunway_mozambique_diving_potatoe_bass_fiona_ayerst_20171003_1054674319
sunway_mozambique_inhambane_barra_beach_brett_smith_20171003_2089292001

Days 12-14: This is Big 5 Country

Up arrow

It’s time to leave the Indian Ocean coast behind and head to the bush. You will travel through the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park – almost nine million acres of wilderness stretching over three countries – and cross the border into South Africa’s legendary Kruger National Park. The Kruger is one of Africa’s biggest conservation areas and home to the continent’s iconic Big 5 (elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard). A game drive takes you to a comfortable chalet at one of the Kruger’s rest camps, situated on a sweeping riverbend in an excellent location for game viewing – especially elephant. You will head out the next morning to your second home in the Kruger, Ilkley Safari Lodge, comprising comfortable thatch houses with airy patios that offer wonderful views of the Kruger wilderness.

sunway_south_africa_kruger_cheetah_bruce_taylor-1_20171003_1119685905
sunway_swaziland_hlane_morning_walk_20171003_1928419888

Day 14: Say Goodbye to the Bush

Up arrow

After an early morning game drive you will leave the Kruger and head back to Johannesburg.

Inclusions tick icon

Inclusions

  • 13 Breakfast 13 Lunch 7 Dinner
  • Activities as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
Exclusions tick icon

Exclusions

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

Rates

Select your preferred currency below and view rates over specific seasons.
Country flag for USA USD Up arrow
  • Country flag for USA USD
  • Country flag for Canada CAD
  • Country flag for Australia AUD
  • Country flag for UK GBP
  • Country flag for South Africa ZAR
  • Country flag for Europe EUR
Dates Price
2020-01-01 — 2020-12-31 $2,150
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.