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Camping Safaris and 4x4 Adventure Holidays in Mozambique

Kruger National Park and Mozambique Itineraries

Camping and 4x4 Adventure Holidays in Mozambique

Tropical Mozambique
- Dry Season Only
Overview

Road in Mozambique

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Duration 11 nights / 12 days
Kilometres Approx 1800km
Tour Start Johannesburg
Tour Finish Johannesburg

 

Day Destination / Overnight Country
1 Tzaneen South Africa
1 Punda Maria South Africa
2 Mapai Mozambique
3 Wild Camping Mozambique
4 Vilanculos Mozambique
5 Vilanculos Mozambique
6 Inhambane Mozambique
7 Inhambane Mozambique
8 Bilene Mozambique
9 Massingir Dam Mozambique
10 Massingir Dam Mozambique
11 Letaba South Africa
12 Johannesburg South Africa
     

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An ideal trip for those looking for both game and beach activities, suitable for families and groups of friends looking for a great variety of things to do. We start by visiting the picturesque mountain region of Tzaneen, visiting the legendary Cycad Forest of Queen Modjadji. The next day we continue to the most northern regions of the Kruger National Park at Punda Maria, where the rustic camp sets the tone for the rest of the tour. Situated amongst the rocky outcrops and tall trees the smaller game and birds hide in wait for you to pass. Your Safari Guys will map out the route you take over the next few days. Crossing the border at Pafuri, we make our way into the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier National Park where the roads vary from compacted dirt roads to sandy tracks in the riverbeds. Vast open spaces coupled with occasional rocky outcrops await you. There are some larger river crossings which can be very challenging in the rainy season. We drive alongside the Limpopo border to Mapai, where we cross the Limpopo River and exit the Park and make our way to the coastline.

Beach Accommodation - MozambiqueHeading over unchartered roads – some of which have not seen a 4x4 in years, we head towards Vilanculos. This is extended driving and some really good 4x4 challenges for all. On arrival in Vilanculos in the late afternoon we make way to the camp on the beach, set up and enjoy some seafood straight from the Ocean. Vilanculos town offers some very diverse sights from the local market, historical churches and Portuguese influenced architecture.

A brief trip further south takes us to Inhambane. Beautiful beaches, awesome scuba diving, a small harbour town showing both Arab and Portuguese influence. Inhambane to Bilene is a short drive. Bilene is a small resort situated on a beautiful lagoon.

The road inland to Massingir has some real challenges – from dealing with the locals to the bustling little villages!  Mozambique back roadsThe road is relatively good and has stretches of tar in-between the many detours. Work is ongoing on this road and it is intended to make it one of the main feeder roads from Massingir to Maputo. On arrival at Massingir, we need to “check in “at the local town before entering the Park.

The campsite is at the dam and offers fantastic bird watching opportunities. The road to the Giriyondo varies between sandy tracks, rocky stretches, good gravel and some washed out sections. Yet again the weather may make this trip a little more challenging should there have been heavy rains. On arrival at the border we make way into Kruger, where we overnight at Letaba. Our last evening will allow us to compare experiences, highlights and lowlights, before heading on home.

Mozambique Beaches - Dry Season only
Road signs - Mozambique
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Duration

9 nights / 10 days

Kilometres

Approx 1450km

Tour start

Johannesburg

Tour Finish

Johannesburg

Overview

Day

Destination

Country

1

Kruger Park - Letaba

South Africa

2

Greater Limpopo Park - Massingir

Mozambique

3

Greater Limpopo Park - Mapai

Mozambique

4 Wild Camping Mozambique

5

Inhambane

Mozambique

6

Inhambane

Mozambique

7

Xai Xai

Mozambique

8

Xai Xai

Mozambique

9

Maputo

Mozambique

10 Johannesburg South Africa
     

Description

We start our trip in the Kruger National Park / Letaba Camp, where your Safari Guy will give you comprehensive detail on how the next few days will proceed. We make our way to Giriyondo Border post, just north of Letaba, where after our border crossing we make way into the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier National Park. Vegetation is weather dependant, and at times can be lush and dense. Road driving varies from sandy tracks in river beds to good gravel and on occasion washed out roads. Making our way northwards we head to Mapai gate in the northern regions of the Park. There are some serious 4X4 routes in the region, and we will spend our remaining time exploring these – extended driving with loads of challenging sections.

Mozambique back roadsDeparting the Park, we head across land to the coast on the “back roads” and 4x4 routes. Arriving in Inhambane we make camp at the beach rest camp, where those wanting to R&R can, and those wanting to do more exploring can too. The area has many opportunities to explore, from fishing spots, snorkelling, scuba and much more. We move further south to the beaches of Xai Xai and the more rustic beauty it has to offer. The access into Xai Xai can be strictly 4x4 depending on what the weather is doing. Rain plays havoc with the sandy roads and many a seasoned traveller has got stuck!  We enjoy a good couple of days at the coast; swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, soaking up the tropical sunshine and trying our hand at something new.

Once the tans are complete and the fishing done, we head south to Maputo where we get to refresh ourselves overnight before departing for home the next day.

 

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