14 Day Natal, Mozambique & Kruger Park Cabin Safari

Min: 2-100

Duration: 14 Days

Price: Euro 3100

Quick Itinerary Overview

This affordable Natal, Mozambique & Kruger Park Cabin Safari departs from Johannesburg, travelling into KwaZulu-Natal for game viewing in Mkuzi and the prestigious Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

Then we explore the shores of Kosi Bay and cross into Mozambique and Porta do Ouro, renown for its beautiful beaches and water-based activities. We make a pit stop in Maputo for a taste of their famous seafood, before heading north to historic Inhambane and the sunny beaches of Praia de Barra.

Lastly, it is off to the world-famous Kruger Park for game drives in search of Africa’s Big Five and a multitude of other wildlife and birds.

This exciting tour offers culture, history, wildlife, adventure, diving, fishing, walking and.

Itinerary for this Tour

  • Kosi Bay – lake excursion and walks
  • Ponta do Ouro – dolphin encounter
  • Inhambane – beaches & culture
  • Kruger National Park – Big 5 game viewing

Departing from Johannesburg in South Africa at 06:30am we travel through the Highveld into the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Province. Our first lodge is located on a private wildlife reserve, close to Hluhluwe Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. This lush, sub-tropical region is known as Zululand, the homeland of Zulu tribes. We stay in permanent tents with en suite bathrooms at the comfortable lodge bordering on Phinda Game Reserve.

On the morning of day two, we set off into the wildlife concession on a nature walk along Msineni River – our first introduction to the African bush. Later in the day we embark on an afternoon game drive in the Mkuzi Game Reserve, an important safe haven for the endangered black and white rhinos. Our game drive takes us to a waterhole to watch wildlife and birds, hopefully including rhinos.

On day three we head to the diverse Hluhluwe Game Reserve, the oldest nature reserve in Africa. This 96 000 ha wilderness area is world-famous for its key role in white rhino conservation and hosts the Big Five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino). Our game drive takes us in search of these iconic mammals, along with an abundance of other animals, including cheetah, zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, jackal and numerous antelopes of all kinds.

After our game drive in Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park we visit a local Zulu village to find out about the rich culture and history of the Zulu nation, formed under the reign of King Shaka Zulu.

  • Breakfast (x 2), Lunch (x 3) & Dinner (x 3)
  • Accommodation: Tented Lodge
  • Includes: Entry to Mkuzi Game Reserve & Hluhluwe Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives

Next, we travel to the pristine coastal lake system of Kosi Bay in Maputaland. Kosi Bay Nature Reserve covers a region of fertile estuary, mangroves, dune forest and lakes.

This afternoon we embark on a boat excursion to explore this fascinating ecosystem.

We also snorkel at Kosi Bay river mouth to spot marine life in the warm waters and watch the local fisherman in the estuary.

Accommodation is in twin-share rooms with en suite bathrooms and a swimming pool.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Accommodation: Chalets
  • Includes: Kosi Bay Snorkelling (snorkel & mask for hire at nominal fee or bring your own). Boat excursion on the lake system.

On day 5 we cross the border into Mozambique and our next destination – Ponta do Ouro, a beach lover’s mecca.

This quaint, small town with its white beaches, azure waters, dune forests and open-air market offers a variety of adventures to keep visitors happy.

During our stay here we have the opportunity to join a local dolphin research team on ocean safaris which means we have a chance to snorkel in the shallow reefs, view dolphins and whales from the boat and, hopefully, swim with dolphins if their activity at the time allows us to enter the water.

What a great opportunity for an experience of a lifetime – this could be the highlight of the tour!

  • Breakfast & Lunch each day
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Includes: Snorkelling and dolphin encounters

Today we continue into Moçambique and drive to Maputo, the country’s capital.

Formerly known as Lourenço Marques – this old port city features a vibrant blend of Portuguese and African cultures.

This evening we enjoy some excellent seafood in a local restaurant (own expense), where you can sample the spicy flavours of Mozambique. Our overnight stay is in a guesthouse with twin rooms en-suite.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse

On Day 8 we continue north, driving along the Indian Ocean coastline through mango groves and cashew nut plantations, en-route to Inhambane.

Arabic influences are strong in Inhambane dating back to when slaves, ivory, gold and spices were traded along the East Coast of Africa. Explore Inhambane, visiting the fresh produce market and its 200 year old cathedral, before continuing to Praia de Barra. Our accommodation here is in casitas with en suite bathrooms, situated on Barra beach.

Spend time lazing on the sandy beaches and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean or doing optional activities in and around Inhambane and Tofo do PraiaDhow rides, snorkelling trips and scuba diving on coral reefs are available (own expense). Eat out at a local restaurant (own expense) on one of the nights here.

  • Breakfast (x 2), Lunch (x 2) & Dinner (x 1)
  • Accommodation: Casitas
  • Optional Activities: Scuba diving, ocean safaris, fishing, surfing & sailing

We turn south along the coast of Mozambique to a secluded fishing lodge on the beach north of Xai Xai.

Perched on the dunes our lodge provides magnificent views of the surrounding bush and endless beach. At low tide, a shallow reef is exposed which creates an ideal spot for snorkelling and swimming in the warm waters.

We mark our last evening on the coast with a fish barbeque dinner at the lodge restaurant overlooking the beach.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Casitas
  • Optional Activities: Snorkelling & fishing if time allows

On day 11 we drive through the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park spanning across the border between Mozambique and South Africa.

Re-entering South Africa, our drive takes us into Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s finest game parks. We explore this vast wilderness area covering over 19 400 km² on morning and afternoon game drives, sighting an array of wild animals and birds in the untamed bush.

Predator sightings include leopards, lions, African wild dogs, hyenas, cheetahs, crocodiles, jackals and more. Kruger is also home to a huge range of herbivores, from rhinos and buffalos to zebras, antelopes and giraffes. You also have the option of taking a night game drive (own expense) in an open safari vehicle with one of the rangers of the national park.

Accommodation is in chalets with en suite bathrooms at a national park’s camp with a pool and restaurant.

  • Breakfast (x 2), Lunch (x 2) & Dinner (x 1)
  • Accommodation: Chalet
  • Includes: Entry to Kruger Park, morning & afternoon game drives
  • Optional Activities: Night game drive with SAN Parks

Today we are up early to spend a whole day exploring Kruger National Park. This is our opportunity to update our spotters’ list and enjoy a photographic safari.

As the day draws to a close it’s time to head to our private game reserve.

We spend the evening relaxing around the campfire under a canopy of African starlight, listening to the sounds of the wild.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge


On this our final day of this memorable tour, there is time for one more exciting event.

Our rangers take us out on a walk in the bush, a thrilling but nerve wracking experience as who knows what awaits around the next bend. Fortunately our armed rangers are professionals and well equipped to protect guests.

Their knowledge of the bush and the wildlife adds another element to this meander through the bushveld as the rangers interpret the animals tracks and signs.

We return to the lodge for a welcome brunch before setting out for Johannesburg.

Arriving at about 18:00 in the evening our Natal, Mozambique & Kruger Park Cabin Safari ends in Johannesburg.

  • Breakfast

Please Note:

The fish traps at Kosi Bay mouth are cleared each day, by the local community. Only larger fish are caught as they cannot leave the estuary with the outgoing tide. This sustainable use of natural resources is a reminder to all of us of the simple ways that we can live in a more ecologically friendly manner.

Extended Tour Option:

Add the 13-day Budget Northern Cape South African Safari after this safari for a more comprehensive Southern African Tour option. For details contact African Budget Safaris.

Optional Extras and Excursions

For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.

  • Scuba diving, ocean safaris & sailing at Inhambane
  • Snorkelling & kayaking
  • Night game drive in Kruger Park

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