Day 1 and 2 Swaziland Hlane Royal National Park
We depart Johannesburg and travel through scenic Mpumalanga until we reach Swaziland. Crossing into the country we enter Hlane Royal NP which is home to lion, elephant, white rhino and diverse birdlife. The 30,000 hectare Nature Reserve has a wide variety of optional activities available.
Optional Activities: Hiking, Game Drives, Lion Tour.
Day 3 and 4 Mozambique Praia do Tofo
Today we will leave Swaziland behind us and cross into Mozambique. We will be travelling north beside the ocean and experience beautiful coastal scenery. In the late afternoon, we arrive at our camp for the next two nights. There are many optional activities on offer in this small town, and Tofo is home to some of the best scuba diving on the east coast of Africa. There is also plenty of time to relax on the beautiful beaches.
Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Scuba Diving and Surfing.
Day 5, 6 and 7 Vilanculos Bazaruto Archipelago
We depart Praia do Tofo and drive north to Vilanculos. The next day we sail on a dhow (traditional boat) to the islands of the Magaruque Island where we relax by snorkelling or soaking up the sun. Whale Sharks are often seen gliding through the clear, warm waters of the Indian Ocean. We return to Vilanculos on Day 7 and can enjoy a number of optional activities like horse riding, hiking or snorkelling.
Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Hiking, Horse Riding
Day 8 and 9 Inhambane
Driving south through beautiful coconut plantations, we pass through the old European settlement of Inhambane. In the early afternoon, we arrive at our destination. The following day is free to soak up the sun, swim or partake in the varied optional activities available here.
Optional Activities: Scuba Diving, Horse Riding, Quad Biking, Snorkelling, Fishing, Boat Cruise.
Day 10 Maputo
From Inhambane we drive further south to the bustling capital city, Maputo. We arrive in the afternoon and have time to explore this truly African city. Maputo is currently undergoing a facelift as Mozambique's economy grows steadily. Highlights worth visiting are the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceiao, and the Central Railway Station.
Day 11 and 12 South Africa Kruger National Park
Today we return to South Africa to the world famous Kruger NP, where we will do our best to see Africa's Big 5. The Kruger NP is the most famous nature conservation area in the world. It is roughly 36,800 square kilometres in size and was founded by South Africa's first president Paul Kruger. Two nights are spent in this magnificent area enjoying African wildlife. Informative dawn game walks and night drives (accompanied by a ranger) are offered as an optional extra.
Optional Activities: SANP Night Drive and Dawn Game Walks.
Day 13 Cheetah Breeding Centre
We depart Kruger today and visit a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Many of Africa's beautiful birds and wildlife can be seen up close. We camp for the night in the heart of the Panorama Route.
Day 14 Johannesburg
We will be travelling along the Panorama Route stopping at Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest canyon in the world. Breathtaking viewpoints include God's Window. The Bourke's Luck Potholes are the fascinating results of erosion caused by the River and make for some wonderful photographs. The tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg. As the arrival time can vary greatly we do not recommend any onward travel arrangements are made. Johannesburg has many excellent restaurants and the groups often spend this evening together.
Optional Activities: Dinner out.
The group what to expect?
Travelling in a group offers many advantages and allows you to share the experience with like-minded fun seekers! It's also a cheaper and more secure way to explore an unfamiliar continent. Making friends with your fellow travellers will certainly help you make the most of your tour. An open mind may sometimes be necessary as we have a range of cultures and nationalities on our trucks. The guides are there to ensure that the tour runs smoothly and this includes the group dynamic. If you feel that someone is behaving in an unsociable way the mature thing to do would be to mention this in a nonconfrontational way to the individual. If you do not feel comfortable with this please speak to our crew. You are travelling in a truck together and the best way to avoid petty conflict is to follow the Guide's schedule with regards to keeping the truck and environment clean and tidy at all times. The fastest way to lose friends on tour is to leave you smelly hiking boots all over the place. In all honesty, it is very rare that we have passenger conflict on tour. We feel very lucky that the Nomad passengers have always been like-minded and considerate people and we hear far more stories about people making friends for life (as well as meeting future husbands and wives) than we do about the very rare unsociable passenger problem.