Beach & bush: South Africa & Mozambique

Travellers that have little time to spend, but still would like to experience some of Southern Africa's great highlights should consider reading further. This South Africa and Mozambique combination itinerary is ideal for travellers that want the best of both a stay in the South African bush and some days of unwinding on Mozambique's unspoilt beaches. All is conveniently organised: making use of smart local and regional flights. First you'll spend some time in the excellent Sabi Sands Game Reserve and go on safari. After this you'll fly to the exotic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelgo in Mozambique.

Tour duration: 11 days, 10 nights

Price: On request

Best time to visit: April to mid January

Day 1 & 2: Flight to Johannesburg

arrival Johannesburg

Today your South Africa luxury self drive tour starts. Most flights from the UK arrive in Johannesburg the next morning after a flight time of about eleven hours. After clearing customs and reclaiming your baggage you'll be met by our local representative in the arrivals hall. You will receive a comprehensive information pack that contains local vouchers and driving instructions. There is a shuttle service between the airport and hotel for the first overnigh stay (leaving every half hour). The hotel is conveniently located near the airport so that you don't have to travel a lot today after such a long flight. The hotel is simple, but definitely modern and comfortable enough for a one night stay.

Hotel name: Protea Or Tambo Hotel style: travel convenience

Day 3: Johannesburg - Sabi Sands Game Reserve

safari sabi sands room

After a comfortable night's sleep and breakfast you travel back to Johannesburg airport. Here you check in for a short flight to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. A ranger will be waiting for you to transfer you to Arathusa Safari Lodge.There's a very large waterhole right in front of the lodge where animals can be seen vert often. You'll stay in one of only ten luxury chalets built in local traditional style. If you arrived on time (before 3 o'clock) you can head out on an afternoon safari straightaway looking for the Big 5. Back in the lodge dinner under the stars awaits you. 

Hotel name: Arathusa Safari Lodge Hotel style: under African skies

Day 4: Sabi Sands Game Reserve

gamewalk safari south africa

You'll spend to full days in the African bush. A typical day when staying in a private game reserve goes like this: Early in the morning your ranger/guide knocks on your door, time to get ready for a gamedrive. After a cup of coffee or tea the ranger accompanies you for a morning safari. Many of the game rangers that work in Sabi Sands are born and raised in the area of the game reserve and possess a vast knowledge about anything that lives here. Unique about Sabi Sands is the incredible healthy wildlife poulation occuring here in great numbers. It is not unusual to see elephants, lions, leopards but also cheetahs during a single gamedrive. As a result of the dense wildlife population distances covered are relatively short while on gamedrive. Also your room is a beautiful place. They are spacious, and are equipped with air conditioning, private terrace, as well as an indoor and outdoor shower. Just before dinner your ranger picks you up from the room. This might sound a little strange but is necessary as the lodge is unfenced. Sometimes dinner is delayed a bit because an elephant walks through the lodge.

Hotel name: Arathusa Safari Lodge Hotel style: under African skies

Day 5: Sabi Sands Game Reserve

wild dog

After a morning gamedrive it is time for breakfast. Breakfast is served on a terrace overlooking the large waterhole in fron of the lodge. It is not uncommin to see elephants and buffalos drinking from the waterhole while enjoying breakfast. In the afternoon there is time to relax at the swimming pool or in the privacy of your own room. Want to experience something different? After lunch there is an opportunity to join your ranger for a gamewalk. This is a safari on foot and emphasis is more on smaller things in the bush like birds, insects and plants. Between half past three and four the second gamedrive of the day starts. The bush looks and feels very different in the evening compared to a morning safari, there also is a chance of spotting different animals. Dinner is usually served in the traditional "boma": an enclosure made of torn bushes warmly lit by oil lamps and candles. The excellent chef serves delicious meals under Africa's starry sky. There also is a chance that dinner is served elsewhere, maybe outside the lodge in the bush?

Hotel name:
Arathusa Safari Lodge Hotel style: under African skies

Day 6: Sabi Sands Game Reserve - Vilanculos - Bazaruto Archipelago

mozambique beach holiday

Many unforgettable experiences richer you'll be tranferred back to the lodge airstrip. Here waits a small airplane for you for a very short flight to Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport. Another plane is ready for a second flight to another world. De next few days focus on unwinding on Mozambique's exotic beaches. It is a three hour flight to the airport of coastal Vilanculos, en route you can enjoy some beautiful views of the African bush. After clearing customs and reclaiming your baggage in Vilanculos yet another airplane is ready for the final stretch to the lodge. It is just a fifteen minute flight to Bazaruto Island. It takes some getting used once having set foot on the island: a very blue ocean, a very white beach, some palm trees and traditional sailing boats at see. This is barefoot luxury.

Hotel name: Pestana Bazaruto Lodge Hotel style: barefoot luxury

Day 7: Bazaruto Archipelago Mozambique

dhow Mozambique

Waking up has never been so easy going. With a little luck you can hear the fishermen singing when they venture out in the morning. They can be seen pretty much througout the day, the classic "dhows" used by the local population to fish in this rich ocean. It is also the reason why the Bazaruto Archipelago is such a popular diving destination. If you have a PADI certificate, make use of the opportunity and explore some of the dive sites close to the island. You can book your dives at Marlin Lodge, they have a fully equipped dive centre. Dives start at around US$ 90 per dive. No experience diving yet? Ask for possibilities at the dive centre, you can either do an introductionary course or go snorkelling. Underwater you will find hard and soft corals, sharks, turtles, stingrays and -in season- whale sharks.

Hotel name: Pestana Bazaruto Lodge Hotel style: barefoot luxury

Dag 8 & 9: Bazaruto Archipelago Mozambique

diving Mozambique

Also above the waterline there is much to see and do. From your own terrace the beach is just a few steps away, perfect for reading a book, walking, swimming or just relaxing. Several activities are included in your stay. Due to tides the ocean sometimes retreats rather far from the lodge. In that case hotel staff transfers you to the nearby Dolphin Bay Beach per 4x4 vehicle in about ten minutes time. There are some excellent swimmimg and snorkeling possibilities here at the reef in front of the beach. Freely available are catamaran sailing boats, snorkel gear, windsurfing equipment or canoes. Want to get more active then you can opt for a waterski lesson of about half an hour. Not included in the rate, but very possible to do is go sea fishing (including swordfish) or making a day trip to one of the nearby islands. We also recommend the sunset cruise on the lodge's traditional dhow.

Hotel name: Pestana Bazaruto Lodge Hotel style: barefoot luxury

Day 10 & 11: Bazaruto Archipelago - Vilanculos - Johannesburg - London

bazaruto archipel

After four nights on Bazaruto Island your flight bound for Johannesburg departs again from Vilanculos. The flight back to the UK departs in the evening.

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Tijdens deze reis vervoert u zich door middel van vluchten en transfers.

Departure days

Sunday, monday and Thursday.


Included: Johannesburg: breakfast. Sabi Sands: all meals; coffee/tea; two gamedrives daily. Bazaruto Archipelago: all meals; coffee/tea; non motorised watersports. Charter flight Johannesburg - Sabi Sands. Tranfer to Arathusa Safari Lodge. Regional flight Kruger/Mpumalanga - Vilanculos. Lodgehop from and to Bazaruto lodge. Regional flight Vilanculos - Johannesburg. Meet & greet. Route information package

Excluded: park entry fees; transfer from and to Johannesburg hotel; optional excursions; intercontinental flights; all items of personal nature and tips; drinks; costs visa Mozambique; diving excursions

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