R45 000 / Sharing
R47 000 / Single
R45 000/ Child
The Bush/Beach Safari is an exciting combination of pristine bush and unspoilt beaches. Start your Kruger safari in the central belt of Kruger which is known for its large herds of elephants and buffalo and the bird life is incredible. With the Big 5 ticked off your bucket list, enjoy the rugged coastline of Mozambique where there’s not much to do except relax and soak up the sunshine. Wide open spaces in one of the world’s most famous game reserves, magnificent night skies and glorious sunrises is the ideal holiday for the whole family. And that’s before you’ve got to the beach.
Letaba Rest Camp (KNP): air-conditioned bungalows with en-suite bathroom.
Hardekool Game Lodge (Mozambique): air-conditioned chalets specially designed with canvass window roll-ups
Nghunghwa Lodge (Mozambique): well-appointed chalets with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning
Collection and drop-off
Collection from Phalaborwa Airport or any hotel or guest lodge in Phalaborwa; between 5.30-6am. Return to Phalaborwa by 2pm on the last day of your tour.
A 2-hour drive from Phalaborwa takes you on a scenic route from the open farmlands of the northern region of Mpumalanga to the subtropical Hazyview valley. Enter at KNP at Paul Kruger Gate and enjoy a leisurely game drive to Letaba Rest Camp in the central-north region of the Park. A professional safari guide will point out interesting vegetation and birds that are endemic to the region while keeping an eye on the bush for the Big 5. Arrive at Letaba Rest Camp as the sun is setting, in time to freshen up before joining your guide for dinner at the restaurant.
Early wake-up for your first full-day game drive; it’s the best time to see game in the bush. Breakfast break at a rest camp in the area and time to stretch your legs. The rest of the day is spent exploring central Kruger which is dominated by mopane shrubveld which is a birder’s paradise. Return to the rest camp mid-afternoon; relax, have a swim or a snooze before joining your guide for dinner which is served at 7pm in the restaurant.
The day starts early with a sunrise game drive; game tends to disappear deeper into the thickets when the day heats up so it’s best to be in the bush bright and early. Your guide will take you different parts of southern Kruger, breaking for breakfast at a popular rest camp. Return to your rest camp at mid-day for lunch. Relax around the camp before departing at 4.30pm on a sunset/night drive, returning for dinner in the restaurant by 10pm.
Early wake-up for your third-morning game drive; exploring the southern Kruger aiming to spot as many of the Big 5 and predators as possible. After a breakfast break at a popular rest camp, your guide will take you on a leisurely drive pointing out historical landmarks along the way. Return to camp mid-day for a light lunch. Relax and freshen up before departing at 3.30pm for a short afternoon game drive. Dinner is served at 7pm at the restaurant.
Today you head to Mozambique and an idyllic beach on the Indian Ocean. Depart KNP at 10am for a leisurely game drive to Giriyondo Port of Entry on the eastern boundary of KNP. It’s a magical route through rugged grasslands and mountain bushveld.
Once through the border, your guide will take through the Limpopo Park, arriving at Mooiplaas in the late afternoon. Snacks and drinks one the drive included.
After a long day travelling from KNP to Mozambique, check-in at Hardekool Lodge. Relax and freshen up; dinner is served at 7.30pm in the restaurant.
Hardekool Lodge is located in a private nature reserve close to Lebombo Mountain. It’s the ideal hideaway to break your journey from KNP to the Mozambique coast.
After tea and coffee in the boma, your guide will take you on an early morning bush walk where he’ll point out birds endemic to the area and the smaller creatures in the bush. Or you can stay behind and spend some quiet time at the hide marveling at the variety of game coming to the water to drink and the spectacular bird life.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at 9am at the lodge before it’s time to visit a local community centre where you can hand over much-needed donations to support community projects. The items are included in the price and kept on site for clients to hand over to the local Shangaan people. It’s an incredible opportunity to interact with villagers and find out more about their way of life in this remote corner of Mozambique.
A traditional lunch is served at the community centre and the afternoon is spent with an anti-poaching unit to learn more about the incredible work they are doing to save our wildlife. Guests are invited to hand over much-needed items, again included in the price and supplied by the lodge. Spend time with the anti-poaching unit experiencing a typical active day in the bush before returning to Hardekool Lodge. Join your guide for an afternoon game drive which departs at 5pm, followed by a real bush braai (barbeque) at 7pm. Return to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Early wake-up for breakfast at 7am (pack your bags the night before). Depart for Bilene, arriving at the ferry at 10am. Enjoy a real Mozambique experience, travelling across the Bilene estuary with the local people. Arrive at Nghunghwa Beach Lodge in time for lunch which is usually a scrumptious meal of local seafood. Relax and freshen up before departing for an afternoon boat ride on the estuary. Your guide will take you on a short hike to Turtle Bay where leatherback turtles nest on the beach. Whales are often spotted in the bay in season. Leatherback turtles are endangered and it’s an incredible experience watching these gentle creatures in their natural environment. Return to the guest lodge; relax and freshen up before joining your guide for dinner at 7pm in the restaurant.
Breakfast is served at 9am in the restaurant. Your guide will take you on a beach drive to a lodge 25 kilometres up the coast. Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach and swimming in the sea. The Mozambique coastline is known for its rugged beauty and crystal-clear water. Take a pair of goggles and a snorkel for some underwater “game” viewing. Return to Nghunghwa Lodge for lunch in the restaurant. Relax and freshen up before departing on a sundowner boat cruise which stops at different places along the lagoon. It’s an idyllic way to end the day, sampling the local beer or sipping on delicious cocktails.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant at 9am and then it’s time to hit the beach again. Water sports like canoeing, surf ski, snorkelling or diving are excluded from the price but are well worth the extra cost. Laze on the beach until lunch is served at 1pm at the restaurant. Gather up your belongings and be ready to depart at 2pm to catch the ferry to the mainland. Your guide will stop at a local craft market where you can pick up some souvenirs for home. Arrive at Hardekool Lodge mid-afternoon. Relax and freshen up; dinner is served at 7.30pm in the lodge restaurant.
Early wake-up and breakfast at 7am. Be ready to depart for KNP by 7.30 am, arriving at Letaba Rest Camp by 11am. A driver from Nhongo Safaris will drive you back to your accommodation in Phalaborwa or to the Phalaborwa Airport, arriving by 2pm.
Included in the Bush Kruger Safari
Collection and drop-off at Phalaborwa Airport or any hotel in Phalaborwa
Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
3-nights’ accommodation at Letaba Rest Camp
FGASA and DEAT-registered professional game ranger as your guide
3 game drives in an open safari vehicle in KNP
One night drive in an open safari vehicle with a KNP ranger
KNP entrance and conservation fees
Breakfast, lunch and supper as indicated in the itinerary
Complimentary glass of wine with dinner
Included in the Beach Safari to Mozambique
3-night’s accommodation at Hardekool Lodge
2-night’s accommodation at Nghunghwa Lodge
4 activities; community centre and anti-poaching unit
Breakfast, lunch and dinners as indicated in the itinerary
Mineral water on game drives and at the beach
Cost of entry for Mozambique
Limpopo Park/KNP entrance and conservation fee
Community conservation fee (regulated by the government)
Community centre and anti-poaching ranger donations
17% Mozambique tourism tax
Vehicle transfers to Mozambique and back to Letaba Rest Camp
FGASA and DEAT-registered professional game ranger as your guide
International and domestic flights
Personal items and purchases, including snacks, drinks and curios
Cash bar for soft drinks and alcoholic beverages at rest camp/lodge
Gratuities for staff and guides