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Mozambique, Kruger & Swazi Discoverer

Want to tell a better travel story at your next dinner party? Tell ‘em about the time you went to southeast Africa. Nature is front-and-centre on this 13-day trip across three countries, with plenty of time devoted to the region’s amazing national parks and spotless beaches. Wander around the Portuguese-influenced cities of Mozambique, take a traditional dhow safari boat around Bazaruto National Park, track the "big five" in Kruger National Park, and drive the legendary Panorama Route to Johannesburg. Your stories are improving already.

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: DSMZ/141592
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Finishes: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Johannesburg
  • Lobamba
  • Maputo
  • Inhambane
  • Vilanculos District
  • Xai-Xai
  • Hazyview



Day 1: Johannesburg

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.


Day 2: Johannesburg/Mlilwane

Cross the border to Swaziland and stop at the local markets to find authentic Swazi crafts.
Visit the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland. Ruled by King Mswati III, Swaziland is one of three monarchies in Africa.

Spend some time exploring the local markets, where you can find traditional Swazi candles, handmade baskets, carvings, and jewellery.


Day 3: Mlilwane/Maputo

Enjoy an early morning guided walk in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, before departing for Mozambique.
Cross the border and continue to the capital city, Maputo. Take a short orientation walk with your CEO when you arrive in the afternoon.


Day 4: Maputo/Inhambane

Head to Inhambane as a base for exploring Praia do Tofo. Enjoy a short orientation drive around town before continuing to the beach.
Stop at the market in Maputo, before heading north to Praia do Tofo. It's easy to see what makes Mozambique so captivating, as we watch the beautiful coastal scenery slide by.

In Tofo, opt to swim, snorkel, dive, or relax.


Day 5: Inhambane

Enjoy free time to laze on the white-sand beach, go swimming, surfing, snorkelling, or diving and take plenty of time to enjoy the laid back atmosphere.


Day 6: Inhambane/Vilanculos

A full travel day north ends in Vilanculos, the perfect spot for more beach time.
Continue to Vilanculos, our jumping-off point to explore stunning Bazaruto National Park, one of southern Africa's largest marine parks. Enjoy the Indian Ocean's sparkling clear waters and the abundance of marine life.


Day 7: Vilanculos

Enjoy a traditional dhow (boat) safari through Bazaruto National Park and beach camping on the mainland.
The itinerary for the dhow excursion through the archipelago is flexible based on weather and other conditions. The plan is to depart for Magaruque Island with opportunities to snorkel and explore the island's sandy beaches.

Enjoy lunch and relax before setting sail for the beach camp back on the mainland.


Day 8: Vilanculos

Head to Bazaruto Island to hike the sand dunes. Visit Two Mile Reef for another excellent snorkelling opportunity. Enjoy lunch on the island before heading back to mainland Vilanculos for a night in town.


Day 9: Vilanculos/Xai-Xai

Head to the lodge outside Xai-Xai. Take a walk on the beach, enjoy a local beer at the restaurant, or just relax and take in the beautiful scenery.
Travel to a lodge about 30km (18.6 mi) outside Xai-Xai. Arrive in the late afternoon and take some time to relax in the area.


Day 10: Xai-Xai

Visit Xai-Xai town to visit the markets, shops, and restaurants on the Limpopo River. Opt to spend free time in the afternoon on the beach.
Visit the market and shops in the centre of the town and opt to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the resort for an afternoon of relaxing on the beach.


Day 11: Xai-Xai/Hazyview

Cross back into South Africa and drive through the famous Kruger National Park, to our safari camp just outside the gates.


Day 12: Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the Kruger Park (in our vehicle). Experience a traditional dinner and local dancing in the evening.
Opt to upgrade to an open 4x4 vehicle for the wildlife safari drive.


Day 13: Hazyview/Johannesburg

Travel from the Kruger area back to Johannesburg Airport, where the tour ends on arrival.
Onward travel can be booked in the evening. We recommend booking a post night to further explore Johannesburg and the apartheid and Mandela sights of nearby Soweto Township.

    • Wildlife walk in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Maputo orientation walk
    • Inhambane orientation walk
    • Beach time in Praia do Tofo & Vilanculos
    • Bazaruto National Park entrance
    • Traditional dhow (boat) safari
    • Kruger National Park wildlife safari drive in our vehicle
    • Panorama Route drive
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (3 nts), chalets/bungalows (8 nts), camping (1 nt)
    • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Private bus, dhow, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Search for the "big five" on breathtaking wildlife safari drives
  • Enjoy a dhow safari in Bazaruto National Park
  • Indulge in mouth-watering seafood
  • Snorkel in the turquoise waters off Mozambique
  • Experience the Portuguese flavour of the port towns.