Track the Big Five during morning and afternoon game drives in Sabi Sand Wildtuin.
Follow the Panorama Route to Hazyview, taking in valleys, waterfalls and canyons.
Relax on the white-sand beaches of Mozambique’s Machangulo Peninsula.
Have a picnic on a secluded island and go snorkeling, fishing, diving and kayaking.
- Johannesburg & Pretoria
- Sabi Sand Wildtuin
- Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport- Nelspruit
- Machangulo Peninsula
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Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Johannesburg & Pretoria.
Day 2 Sabi Sand Wildtuin
You're met at the airport in Johannesburg by our representative, who assists you to your one-hour onward flight to Hoedspruit Airport. Once there, you meet your private driver in the arrivals hall for the journey to your safari lodge in Sabi Sand Wildtuin, a private reserve bordering Kruger National Park. After settling into your room and enjoying a freshly prepared lunch, you have time to embark on an afternoon game drive. This is your first chance to track the Big Five, along with cheetah, hyena, antelope and birdlife. After sundowners, return to your lodge as darkness descends, looking out for nocturnal wildlife. Then, enjoy a three-course dinner shared with fellow guests.
Day 3 Sabi Sand Wildtuin
Wake up as the birds begin to sing and, after a quick cup of coffee and a rusk (crunchy South African biscuit), head out at daybreak on another game drive. Diurnal animals search for food and water during this time, before the day heats up, and nocturnal animals may still be active too, such as leopard returning from their night-time hunt. After about three hours, you return to camp for brunch and a siesta during the hottest part of the day — relax by the pool while looking out for passing wildlife. In the late afternoon, you head out on another game drive, returning for dinner and drinks under the stars.
Day 4 Sabi Sand Wildtuin
This morning, you head out on another game drive — it’s a good time to look for tracks on the ground left by predators overnight. Your guide has an expert knowledge of the bush and can take you to the best spots for seeing the wildlife that most interests you. After brunch, you could join a bush walk. These focus on smaller aspects of the reserve’s ecosystem, including insects and birds, plant life and animal tracks. After returning to your lodge for a rest, head out on your final afternoon game drive, then enjoy your last night in the reserve sharing stories around the camp fire.
Day 5 Hazyview
On your final game drive this morning, you can focus on searching for wildlife you’ve yet to encounter with the help of your guide, or find out more about animals you might otherwise overlook. Check out after breakfast and meet your private driver for the journey to Hazyview, a small farming town with a striking setting close to the Mpumalanga Escarpment. You’ll travel along a section of the Panorama Route, which takes in deep-cut valleys, waterfalls, the Blyde River Canyon and several scenic lookout points. You arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon, where you can relax or head out to explore the town.
Day 6 Machangulo Peninsula
Hazyview , Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport- Nelspruit , Machangulo Peninsula
After a hearty breakfast, you're driven to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, where a vehicle awaits for your journey to Maputo Harbour. The drive takes approximately four hours (including time at the border crossing into Mozambique). Once you arrive at the harbour, you board a boat to Machangulo Beach Lodge on the secluded Machangulo Peninsula, which takes about an hour and a half. You have time to settle into your room on arrival, before sitting down to dinner with views over the sparkling ocean.
Day 7 Machangulo Peninsula
After breakfast, you have the whole day to do as much or as little as you like. Machangulo Beach Lodge is surrounded by three nature reserves and two marine reserves, so you can enjoy a variety of activities during your stay. The white-sand beaches might entice you to spend the morning relaxing in the sun, enjoying a beachfront lunch from the lodge. Then, in the afternoon, you could go diving to see what lives beneath the waves — PADI-certified courses are available for beginner and experienced divers.
Day 8 Machangulo Peninsula
You could spend today visiting nearby Inhaca Island or Portuguese Island — staff at the lodge will pack a picnic for you to enjoy on the beach, and you’ll be given snorkeling equipment so you can make the most of the warm Indian Ocean waters. Return in the late afternoon and sit down to dinner while watching the sun set over the ocean, tinging the water salmon-pink and orange.
Day 9 Machangulo Peninsula
Today you could pay a visit to the nearby Inhaca Village for a glimpse of local culture, pausing for lunch and browsing the shops for locally made crafts to take home. You could also visit the nature reserves close to the lodge, which are known for their varied birdlife including African fish eagles and great white pelicans. A good way to explore is by kayak, gently paddling through the estuaries and bays while looking out for dolphins.
Day 10 Machangulo Peninsula
On your final day, you could completely unwind with a spa treatment or massage in the lodge’s spa or on your private deck with views over the ocean. You might also like to go paddle boarding or join a fishing trip with expert guides who can show you local fishing techniques. Enjoy your final evening with a dinner of freshly caught seafood and toast your trip with a refreshing drink.
Day 11 International return flight
Machangulo Peninsula , Maputo , International return flight
Day 12 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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