14 Day Mozambique and Game Parks Safari

Min: 2-100

Duration: 14 Days

Price: Euro 2650

14 Day Mozambique and Game Parks Safari

Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Your journey begins at the mighty Victoria Falls and spectacular Zambezi River. The spray of the Victoria Falls can be seen from 32 kilometers away and thus it is known as Mosi Oa Tunya – Smoke That Thunders. You will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure. This gives you time to take part in the many optional activities on offer or, if you prefer a more relaxed afternoon, feel free to visit the local markets and learn about the history of Victoria Falls. However you choose to spend the afternoon, Victoria Falls is a majestic way to start your trip!

Accommodation: Vic Falls Rest Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: For your own account
Optional Activities (prices are guide only): Bungee Jumping US$160, Gorge Swing US$95, Helicopter Flights from US$150 White water rafting US$120, Full day canoe US$145, Game walk US$75, Jet boating US$120, Birding ½ day US$75, Bike tour – 3 hours US$65, Sunset Cruise US$65

Day 2: Victoria Falls – Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Today we set out on the first game drive for the tour. Leaving Victoria Falls, we make our way to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s most popular park and known for its elephant herds. The park is enormous and covers about 14 600 sq kms thus providing the opportunity to spot a variety of game including Africa’s Big 5. Late afternoon, we head out on a guided open vehicle game drive and catch a glimpse of the wildlife Hwange National Park has to offer.

Accommodation: Hwange Rest Camp or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities (no wifi)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Travelled: +/- 200 km
Approx. driving time: 3 hours

Day 3: Hwange National Park – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Leaving Hwange, we make our way to Zimbabwe’s second city – Bulawayo. Here you have the chance to spend the afternoon at your own leisure. A tranquil city, Bulawayo offers serene tree-lined avenues and wide-open spaces. Take time to visit the National History Museum which showcases Zimbabwe’s traditional and colonial past or visit the buzzing curio markets to see the local artworks and handicrafts.

Accommodation: Burkes Paradise – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Travelled: +/- 330 km
Approx. driving time: 4 hours

Day 4: Bulawayo – Matobo National Park – Bulawayo

Situated just a brief distance outside of Bulawayo, you will be led by an expert guide through the Matobo National Park. The Matobo Hills are sculpted by the strong winds in the area and is the site of various exquisite Bushman paintings. It holds an exceptional cultural and spiritual significance to the indigenous people. This reserve contains the largest population of black and white rhino in Africa. When conditions are suitable, you will take a guided walk to experience a breath-taking moment as you approach a rhino on foot (rhinos are herbivores which is comforting to remember in the moment).

The park also has the highest population of leopard and black eagle in the world, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these magnificent animals. We also try our best to spot giraffe, ostrich and zebra, as well as a wide assortment of antelope and buck species.

Note: You have the option to upgrade to a full day Matobo tour which will include historical sites, this can be arranged with the crew on the day. (see below for price)

Accommodation: Burkes Paradise  – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activities: Upgrade to a full day tour including historical and village tour – US$45
Distance Travelled: +/- 200 km
Approx. driving time: Half day

Day 5: Bulawayo – Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Masvingo

Departing Bulawayo, we travel east to the quaint town of Masvingo. We visit the Great Zimbabwe National Monument which is a landmark archaeological site in Southern Africa, dating back to 1200AD. Once home to 10,000 indigenous people, this UNESCO World Heritage Site, is of exceptional importance to the country which took its name. Legend has it that this was indeed the very first city in which the famous Queen of Sheeba lived, and fantastic archaeological discoveries have since unearthed gold, coins and porcelain from cities as far as Persia and China, which highlights the significance this city once had as a trading post.

We camp a short distance away in order to gain easy access, as well as to give you plenty of time to explore the ruins at your own pace. If you find yourself with some energy to spare, we encourage you take a hike to the top of the Hill Enclosure, where you can delight in a marvelous African sunset.

Accommodation: Norma Jean’s – Camping twin share dome tents with shared facilities (no wifi)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Travelled: +/- 430 km
Approx. driving time: 8 hours

Day 6: Masvingo – Bandula Area, Mozambique

Starting our day early, we leave Masvingo and stop off in Mutare. If time is on our side, we stop at the magnificent Birchenough Bridge (named after Sir Henry Birchenough). One of the many picturesque features of Zimbabwe, this bridge spans the Save River which extends 400km through Zimbabwe and Mozambique. We stock up on supplies and make our way to the border to leave Zimbabwe and make our way into Mozambique

Once border formalities are complete, we make our way to our campsite. Near the Chicamba Dam, the campsite is situated within a 550-hectare conservancy.

Accommodation: Casa Msika or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Travelled: +/- 380 km|
Aprrox. driving time: 7 hours

Day 7: Bandula – Vilanculos area, Mozambique

Today, we head off early on our way to the beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. Vilanculos is a coastal town located in Mozambique, situated in the Vilanculos District in the province of Inhambane. Vilanculos was named after Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke, a local tribal chief, and some of the suburbs (bairros) are named after his sons. The town has developed rapidly over the past decade and has received large amounts of investment into it’s tourism infrastructure. It is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago and dhows (local boats) often journey between the town and the Archipelago. The town itself is only 5 kilometres in length and contains various market, shops and other conveniences.

On arriving in Vilanculos, with our luggage and snorkeling gear in tow, we make our way via traditional dhow boat to our bush camp. The camp rustic and is situated on a remote strip of the coast. We arrive late afternoon and spend the rest of our day settling in and relaxing at our beach camp which will be home for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: Chigamane Camp or similar – Camping in pre-erected twin share tents with shared facilities (no wifi)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Travelled: +/- 510 km
Approx. driving time: 10 hours plus boat ride to camp

Day 8: Vilanculos area, Mozambique

After a delicious breakfast, we make our way to Magaruque Island by means of a dhow boat. Here you can appreciate the island spending your day swimming, strolling along the sandy beach or snorkeling. The island is perfect for unwinding and to explore the magnificent marine life. We enjoy a lovely seafood lunch while on a Dhow safari, before making our way back to our beach camp.

Accommodation: Chigamane or similar – Camping in twin share pre-erected tents with shared facilities (no wifi)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Vilanculos area – Inhambane, Mozambique

We say goodbye to our beach camp today and head down the picturesque coastine through Inhambane to Tofo where we spend the following 2 evenings. Tofo is a small town with quiet beaches. There are a number of activities on offer here such as horse riding, scuba and swimming. Keep an eye out for the Whale Sharks and Manta Rays, who frequent the coastline but are in larger bigger numbers during the months of November to March. You will also be treated with the sights of humpback whales from mid June – October.

Tofo is characterised by dune forest and coconut palms. Enjoy the Portuguese flair while exploring the local bars and cafes sampling their beer and local seafood which they are famous for.

Accommodation: Fatima’s Nest or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Travelled: +/- 320km
Approx. driving time: 6 hours

Day 10: Inhambane, Mozambique

You have the day free to enjoy the pristine local beaches and variety of activities. Known for its rich history, Inhambane offers an incredible chance to go out and explore the old city. Visit the Cathedral and take in the breath-taking views of the surroundings. Local markets also give you a taste of Mozambique culture and lifestyle as you explore fresh fish and local fruit and veg stalls. For the more adventurous traveller, you can head out on the reefs exploring the satisfying warm waters.

Accommodation: Fatima’s Nest or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activities: Scuba Diving US$70 – US$110, Snorkelling Trips from US$30, Quad Biking US$50

Day 11: Inhambane – Praia do Bilene, Mozambique

Leaving Tofo behind, we travel south to Bilene where we make our last beach stop in Mozambique. Bilene, otherwise called Praia do Bilene and was once called San Marthino. Famous for San Marthino lake where you can relish snorkelling, one of the most loved activities in Bilene. Your camp this evening overlooks the stunning lagoon, spend the evening enjoying the sounds of the sea and fresh breeze as you unwind.

Accommodation: Laguna Camp or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Travelled: +/- 360 km
Approx. driving time: 6 – 7 hours

Day 12: Praia do Bilene – Kruger National Park, South Africa

We cross into South Africa today and make our way to the famous Kruger National Park. Here you will spend a magical night outside the reserve. Kruger Park is over 24 000sq kms, rich with free roaming wildlife and diverse fauna and flora. Along with the Big Five and prolific birdlife, you will appreciate the changing landscape as you drive through this beautiful reserve. This evening you will be treated to a cultural evening with Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire.

Accommodation: Hotel Numbi – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities (no wifi)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Travelled: +/- 410 Km
Approx. driving time: 10 Hours

Day 13: Hazyview – Kruger National Park, South Africa

Rising early this morning, we jump aboard our 4×4 vehicle and embark on a rewarding game drive in the Kruger National Park. We spend the day in search of the wildlife that roam the park, such as rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion as well as the numerous bird species including birds of prey. At midday we make our way back to camp and enjoy a well deserved break while waiting out the hottest part of the day before embarking on our last game drive in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Hotel Numbi – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activities: Night game drive US$75
Approx. driving time: Full day with game drives

Day 14: Hazyview – Greater Kruger – Pretoria, South Africa

We leave the magnificent Kruger National park and travel to South Africa Pretoria where our tour comes to and end. We will arrive early evening so please plan your departure accordingly.

Accommodation: Nil
Meals: Breakfast
Distance Travelled: +/- 390 Km
Approximate Driving Time: 7 Hours

This tour can be extended to travel from Nairobi. Please ask your consultant for more info if you are interested in this option.

Onward Travel Plans

Due to on the road variable beyond our control (such as border crossings, traffic, delays, etc) on the tours. The end time on the last day can’t be guaranteed and therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

What a camping tour like? You will stay in 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, zip-up insect screens, sewn-in groundsheets, and foam mattresses. The campsites usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, with electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. However the facilities on this tour may be more rustic than other destinations as Mozambique is under-developed. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and small pillow. We also suggest you bring along a small headlamp or torch as well as mosquito spray. What is an overland truck like? Your 12-seater custom-built safari truck is equipped with a trailer and ample room for each passenger. The roads may be bumpy in some regions which will entail us travelling slower along these roads. We impose a 20kg limit on luggage and encourage you to bring a soft bag or rucksack with a smaller day bag to fit in the available lockers. At times we will also travel in a 4×4 safari vehicle and traditional sailing vessel for game drives or island hopping.

Pre Departure

Pre-Departure Meeting

  • Pre-departure meetings are usually held the evening before the tour starts.
  • Most overland tours begin in Nairobi, Kampala, Dar es salaam, Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Windhoek, Swakopmund, Cape Town or Johannesburg and held on the evening prior to the safari departure date at 6pm.

Zanzibar Excursion

  • If Zanzibar is included in your tour, you will enjoy an excursion to the Zanzibar Island which includes a ferry ride for about approximately 2 hours
  • The overland vehicle remains in Dar es salaam while you explore the island.
  • Your accommodation on the island is included on the Adventure Pass, but not the meals (Lunch and Dinner)
  • More information on the tour will be given while on tour
  • You will only need a backpack for your excursion to the island (Your main back pack will be left at the truck).
  • A list of items to pack for your excursion are the following:
  • Passport (the island considers itself ‘apart’ and you must carry your passport when entering and leaving)
  • Yellow Fever Certificate (Compulsory!)
  • Change of clothes in your day pack, swimsuit, sun screen, hat, small first aid kit and towel, anti-malarials
  • Money : * US$ 10 – $25 per day (other meals)
  • US$ 75 – 150 (drinks, curious, local tours, etc)

Important Touring Tips:

  • The itinerary is a guide ONLY and is subject to change
  • There is a mix of different nationalities, ages and cultures on every tour
  • Space in the truck is limited – PLEASE DON’T BRING TOO MUCH LUGGAGE!
  • The tours are high adventure tours, so don’t expect European Coach tours or lodge safaris
  • The tours are often created in a circular route i.e. where one tour ends, another begins
  • The rate is the same throughout the year
  • All meals are served from the truck unless specified otherwise
  • Should you be travelling to Kenya. The Kenya government has instituted a Zero Tolerance on usage of All Plastic Bags. On the spot fines (400 USD) are being issued.

What are adventure tours?

These are adventure tours perfect for people who enjoy camping and the outdoors. You get to experience the “real Africa” by camping out at night, sitting around the campfire, taking in beautiful scenery, visiting local shops and getting to know the locals.

What is a typical day?

A typical day on either your camping or accommodated Africa overland tour starts with an early morning wake-up call and a cup of tea or coffee followed by breakfast. Campers pack-up their campsite while comfort travellers check-out of their accommodation and hit the road.

We set off to our next destination travelling through a vast variety of landscapes, making our own new memories with new friends. Each day in Africa offers a new experience from an early morning sunrise hike, quad biking, sky dive or guided nature walk. The options are endless!

We have shorter travel days arriving at our campsite by midday or early afternoon, to enjoy lunch before joining our afternoon activity or simply enjoying a relaxed afternoon at your own pace.

On our longer travel days an early start ensures an earlier arrival at our campsite. We stop off at scenic spots to stretch our legs and take in the scenery, before lunch is enjoyed at a shady spot en-route. A mid- to-late afternoon arrival at our campsite allows us to set up camp, enjoy a beautiful sunset and end the day sitting around the campfire, under the stars.

Our best advice: expect the unexpected as this is Africa! We travel mainly on gravel roads and poorly kept tarmac roads – both setting the pace at which we travel. We do our best to arrive at our next destination, safety is our number one priority and while our overland vehicles are comfortable and spacious, they are not sports cars!

What type of vehicles do we use?

  • A custom-built, comfortable, safe and self-sufficient Africa overland truck to withstand the rugged African terrain.
  • Various vehicles are used on varying tours, with each offering comfortable seats with ample leg room.
  • Each vehicle has large glass windows for uninterrupted views and perfect for game drives.

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