SAFARI IN KRUGER, DIVING IN TOFO
& BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO
15 days/ 14 nights
FGASA certified guides
snacks & drinks
minimum 4 people
pick up & transfers
4 different destinations
private safari guide
PADI/ SSI certified guides
Imagine on the same trip being able to see the Big Five on land and the Big Five at sea up close and personal, and to top it all off by seeing one of the most elusive marine animals on the planet, the dugong!
We start the trip with a 3 day minimum game drive to see a small part of the vast expanse of the iconic Kruger National Park. We will follow a route where we will be staying in different camps inside the park, getting to know the diversity of fauna and flora that it offers.
On the last scheduled day of the overland safari we will depart in the morning, then cross the border into Mozambique and head to the fabulous Naara Lodge in Chidenguele, where we will spend a couple of nights and get some much deserved rest.
In this enclave, kayaks and canoes will allow us to see the fabulous Lake Inhampavala.
The next day, and after having 'recharged our batteries', we head to Praia do Tofo to dive in what we like to call the sea of encounters, where whales, whale sharks, reef and oceanic sharks, rays, sea turtles, dolphins and endless species of tropical fish await us.
After our days of diving in Tofo, we head 300km north to explore the Bazaruto Archipelago Marine Park, believed to be the last viable population of dugongs on the east coast of the African continent.
Where to fly
We recommend flying to Maputo with TAP Airlines. This flight arrives early in the morning and gives us time to arrive before the gates of the Kruger National Park close that day. Other airlines that also fly to Maputo are Emirates, Qatar, or Turkish. Optionally, you can also fly to Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga Airport in South Africa via Johannesburg.
For the return flight, the local airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) and Airlink fly from Vilanculos to Maputo and Johannesburg.
We can adjust the itinerary according to your flexibility and preferences.
From your arrival in Africa until your departure, we will always be by your side to accompany you in this experience.
ARRIVAL TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Arrival at Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (South Africa) or Maputo International Airport (Mozambique). There we will be waiting for you, and after the necessary formalities at the airport, we will transfer by road to the Kruger National Park (KNP, in South Africa).
Once we enter the Park, and depending on the time of arrival, we will take the opportunity to do a first afternoon safari.
The gates to the Park and the camps inside the Park close between 17:30 - 18:30 depending on the time of year.
The main gates we use to enter the park are the Crocodile Gate and Malelane Gate.
On arrival at the camp we will check into the bungalows and have dinner at the camp restaurant (not included).
Day 2 to day 3
SAFARI IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Daily breakfast early in the morning half an hour before the opening of the camp. We will do 2 full days game drive in the Kruger National Park (Big 5 territory) where we explore the huge area from the south of the Park to the Shingwedzi River area in the north.
During the day we will make several stops at picnic areas and rest areas. We will make the most of the day until we reach the next camp where we will spend the night.
Dinners, which are not included, will be in the camp restaurants, or we will prepare a barbecue for ourselves.
Optional activities that can be arranged are early morning game drives, or a night safari.
More information about the safari day, HERE!
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - CHIDENGUELE
Breakfast half an hour before the camp opens. Morning game drive in the direction of the departure gate.
Before noon we will leave the park and drive to the next destination, Praia de Chidenguele, approximately 8 hours across the Komatipoort/Ressano Garcia border.
Lunch, which is not included, will be en route.
On arrival we will check in at the lodge, and dinner will be waiting for us at the lodge's restaurant (not included).
CHIDENGUELE - LAKE INHAMPAVALA
First coffee/tea in the tent and then breakfast.
Free day to relax or practice activities at Inhampavala Lagoon. Activities included: kayaking, stand up paddle, canoeing, board games, billiards. Activities not included: motorized activities in the lagoon (boat trip on the lagoon, wakeboarding...).
Lunch and dinner at the accommodation (not included). Accommodation in luxury tents overlooking the lagoon.
ARRIVAL TO TOFO BEACH
Breakfast at the lodge. Morning at leisure to rest or do some activities at Inhampavala Lagoon.
Preferably lunch before departure (not included), and then transfer to Praia do Tofo, approximately 4 hours.
Arrival in the afternoon, check in at the accommodation and at the dive centre. Free afternoon to visit the fishing village of Tofo and the neighbouring Praia da Barra.
Dinner, which is not included, can be arranged at the accommodation or at a restaurant in the village.
Day 7 to day 11
Daily breakfasts at the accommodation. Transfers to the dive centre, when necessary. We will do 2 dives per day in the morning, with an optional third dive in the afternoon or another activity.
Lunches and dinners are not included, and will be at the accommodation or in the village restaurants.
More information about diving in Tofo; HERE!
TRANSFER TO VILANCULOS
Breakfast at the accommodation. Morning at leisure or optional activity.
After lunch in Tofo, transfer by road to Vilanculos, approximately 4 hours.
On arrival we will check in at the lodge.
Dinner, which is not included, can be arranged at the lodge or in a restaurant in the village of Vilanculos.
Day 13 to day 14
DIVING IN VILANCULOS
Daily breakfast at the accommodation.
Daily transfers to the dive centre, where after preparing the diving equipment and filling in the necessary documentation for the Marine Park, we head out by zodiac to the Bazaruto Archipelago, approximately 45 minutes.
2 dives per day, with lunch included on Bazaruto Island, and search for dugongs between dives, and at the end of the dives (depending on the tides).
By 16.30 we are back on the mainland.
Dinners, which are not included, can be arranged at the accommodation or in a restaurant in the village of Vilanculos.
More information about the dive day HERE!
Assistance at the arrival airport
Transfers during the route Kruger - Chidenguele - Praia do Tofo - Vilanculos
3 nights accommodation (double or twin bungalow) within the Kruger National Park
3 full days game viewing safari in Kruger National Park
Private covered 4x4 safari vehicle
Entrance and conservation fees to Kruger National Park
Private FGASA-certified safari guide in Kruger
Water and snacks during all safaris
2 nights' luxury tented accommodation (double or twin) in Chidenguele
Use of kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle at Inhampavala Lagoon
6 nights accommodation (double or twin room), in Praia do Tofo
10 dives at Praia do Tofo (with option for more)
Scuba diving tanks and weights at Tofo
Ocean Safaris between dives in search of megafauna
Snorkelling with marine megafauna when possible
Reef fees and government fees
Private and certified Divemaster
3 nights accommodation (double or twin room), in Vilanculos
4 scuba dives in the Bazaruto Archipelago
Scuba tanks and weights in the Bazaruto Archipelago
Search for dugongs on boat transfers and between dives
Snorkelling on the reefs of the Archipelago between dives
2 lunches on Bazaruto Island
Bazaruto Archipelago Marine Park Fees
Private and certified Divemaster in the Bazaruto Archipelago
Refreshments and snacks on the boats at both dive destinations
Breakfasts at the various accommodations throughout the trip
Transfer to Vilanculos airport
Assistance at the departure airport
International and domestic flights
Entry visas to Mozambique
Diving equipment (8€ per dive)
Enriched air Nitrox (5€ per dive)
Meals not specified above
Optional activities during the trip
Travel and dive insurance (recommended)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
• 50% deposit required to confirm the booking of the Experience, and remaining 50% to be paid 60 days prior to arrival • All payments done by providing bank card details will carry an extra 5% (bank fees) • All payments done through PayPal will carry an extra 5% • All payments done by bank transfers to be done using “banking our instructions” (client pays all bank transfer charges) • By paying the deposit you are deemed to have accepted our terms & conditions • Cancellations before 60 days prior to arrival will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of total booking amount (during local public holidays will incur a cancellation fee of 100% of total booking amount) • Cancellations after 60 days prior to arrival will incur a cancellation fee of 100% of total booking amount • Dive trips being cancelled due to bad weather not refundable • If as a result of a major force, such as the current pandemic caused by Covid-19 the trip cannot be made on the scheduled dates, the amount paid is not refundable and the trip will be rescheduled for other dates in accordance with the availability of the client and Mozambique Experience •
During the stay on the land safari we stay in the camps offered by the Kruger National Park. They all have bungalows with capacities from 1 to 4 people, private bathrooms, electricity, barbecue, private and/or community kitchen, laundry, first aid center, shop, restaurant and cafeteria.
Depending on the budget, we can opt for the option of staying in 'huts', which are smaller bungalows with a shared bathroom.
The rest are the options we have to stay between Chidenguele and Praia do Tofo.
All of these include en-suite rooms with the possibility of a double bed or separate beds, cleaning service, Wi-fi, 24-hour security, and some with a swimming pool, bar and restaurant.