Mozambique & South Africa Getaway: Immersive Safari

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Total Trip:

9 Days
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Countries Visited:

Mozambique, South Africa, Africa
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Places Visited:

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa &  Benguerra Island
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Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Travel from the famous wild bush of South Africa to the renowned beaches of Mozambique with a custom-tailored tour immersing you in the marvels of the land, sea, and sky. Tropical reef fish and whale sharks dive swirl through the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean; iridescent constellations shimmer against the backdrop of a black sky; Elephants graze on golden brush in the fiery sunsets and soft, white-sand beaches line the shores of a tropical island as you settle into the ultimate comforts

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Day 1

Arrive at Lion Sands River Lodge, South Africa

Today you arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa, where you catch your connecting Federal Air flight to the award-winning Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. This pristine 7,000-hectare reserve is located in the heart of the African wilderness and is home to Africa’s famous Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). The reserve will collect you from the airfield and transfer you to the magnificent Lion Sands River Lodge. Primely situated on the banks of the Sabie River - the location provides the perfect vantage point to scout the surrounding bushveld for game coming down to the river to drink. Relax after your journey alongside the swimming pool, or instead settle yourself on one of the wooden viewing decks to search for game. Look out for elephant, who simply love the water, as well as habitual river dwellers like hippos and crocodiles. 

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Day 2

Meet Africa’s Big Five

This morning awaken to the smell of scented flowers emanating from the ancient jackalberry trees that surround the lodge. Make sure to try a local favorite with your morning cup of tea or coffee by sampling ‘rusk’, a traditional South African hard biscuit, that is typically enjoyed after being dunked into a hot beverage. Then, set out on a safari through the African bush. One of the best times of day to view game is in the early morning, so keep your eyes peeled and camera ready. If you’re lucky you might come across a pride of lions. To experience lions roaring early in the morning is particularly spellbinding. As they throw back their head and let out a bellowing roar, their warm breath turns the surrounding cool, early morning air into mist. This belly-churning sound together with the sighting itself is a truly memorable experience. Afterward, visit the lodge’s secluded bird hide where you can scout for the magnificent African fish eagle, the wingspan of this white and black bird can reach 2.8 feet and it is well-known for its characteristic cry that is so often associated with the bush. The lodge also provides special safari activities and tonight you’re in for a special treat – stargazing under the vast African sky. 

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Day 3

Explore the Bush First-hand

This morning enjoy your breakfast with a twist – dine in the African bush (optional). Feel the warm sun on your skin as you tuck into a hearty, but safe, meal in the midst of the bushveld for a memorable and unique dining experience. Then, for a great opportunity to interact with local South Africans first-hand, consider travelling to Henna Preschool to discover how Lion Sands is helping the local community. 

In the afternoon, be awed by the area’s impressive flora and fauna with a bush walk to explore the wilderness, under the lead of an armed field guide. Be awed as your guide provides fascinating factoids about the landscape, like that elephants spend up to 16 hours a day eating or that their trunks contain 100,000 different muscles. The experience will not only be enlightening, but you’ll be experiencing the land from at a uniquely interactive level – where you can physically get up-close-and-personal with the reserve’s inhabitants, quite unlike the more traditional game drive safari. Dine tonight in the lodge’s boma, a traditional open-air venue, where your meal can be enjoyed listening to the sounds of nocturnal Africa under a blanket of stars.  

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Day 4

Travel from Lion Sands to Marlin Lodge, Mozambique

This morning enjoy one last game drive, before you depart for the airstrip at Lion Sands. Fly via Johannesburg, to the tropical island of Benguerua in Mozambique. Upon landing, you’ll be transferred to the idyllic Marlin Lodge, located along the white sandy beach of Flamingo Bay. In the afternoon, why not enjoy a complimentary ocean kayaking adventure and begin exploring the island, or discover the various beaches and lakes from a unique vantage, on horseback.  You can opt for one of the various guided horseback tours and they cater to all experience levels. Relish the thrill of cantering down the beach, or simply enjoy the breath-taking coastal views. The adventurous can ride out into the water – to appreciate the uniqueness of an ‘ocean ride.' As the day begins to draw to a close, relax on the patio of your suite gazing upon the vast ocean views as the sun paints the horizon in a myriad of colors.    

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Day 5

Learn how to Cook Delectable Seafood from an Executive Chef

Awaken to the sound of breaking waves. Step out onto your own private patio and take in the fresh sea air, or follow the steps from your chalet down onto the beach and sink your feet into the cool sand. Then, for the all the ‘foodies’ out there, why not add a twist to your vacation and become ‘chef for a day.’ The lodge offers unique and personal tours run by their executive head chef that share the magic and art of cooking in a relaxed and informative environment. Led by the chef, tour the lodge’s vegetable garden and then have an informative lesson on preparation and the types of methods available to yield tantalizing flavors. Then, you have a chance to put what you’ve learned into practice by cooking a delectable three-course meal. Soon, you’ll be able to impress friends and family back home with this myriad of salivating flavours. As the day lengthens and the evening draws nearer, explore the surrounding Flamingo Bay from the water - on a complementary dhow cruise. Dhows are traditional sailing crafts used by the locals for travel and fishing. Enjoy a breath-taking sunset aboard the vessel as you interact with the local Mozambican captain and his crew, and learn more about their culture and way of life. 

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Day 6

Explore the Surrounding Island

Today, consider exploring the surrounding 9-mile-long and 3-mile-wide Benguerua Island by taking a guided tour that will include the island’s northern and southern tips. The excursion is a nature-lover’s delight and showcases the island’s animal inhabitants – from small antelope like suni and duiker, to red-tailed squirrels and water-loving crocodiles. A visit to the area’s freshwater lakes yields a variety of bird-life. Seventy eight species of birds inhabit the island, including flamingos, purple-banded and black sunbirds, as well as lilac-breasted rollers - which are quite simply beautiful. A scramble up the Benguerra dune will be well worth the effort and promises to yield spectacular vistas of the island. The iconic sand dollar shell, known in Southern Africa as the pansy shell, can also be found in abundance. After a day of exploration and discovery why not spend your evening enjoying authentic dining at the Marlin Lodge beach barbeque (locally known as a braai), where a variety of local seafood and meat is available to satisfyingly hit the spot after a busy day. Cuisine is imbued with Asian and Portuguese flavours, inspired by Mozambique’s cultural influences, and is appreciated on a candle-lit beach, alongside a roaring fire. Enjoy your distinctive beach feast under the twinkling night sky. 

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Day 7

Venture into the Blue

The Bazaruto Archipelago is an angling paradise and offers world-renowned game fish throughout the year – including king fish, sailfish, black and striped marlin, as well as the impressive jumping blue marlin. Today, opt to board one of Marlin Lodge’s fishing vessels to take advantage of these supreme fishing grounds. After reeling in a catch, enjoy it on deck, prepared by the vessel’s chef, or savour it back on the beach. Alternatively, the azure waters around the archipelago are home to a plethora of marine life. With the water temperature rarely less than 72°F (in winter) the ocean is an inviting destination to explore. Grab your complementary snorkel gear from the lodge and begin discovering this magnificent and colorful underwater world. Alternatively, if you’ve always wanted to scuba dive, then now is your chance. The PADI certified Dive Centre at the lodge runs various diving courses. Turtles, potato bass, moray eels, stingray and devil rays, nurse sharks, whale sharks (seasonal) and manta rays (seasonal) as well as vibrant hard and soft corals are viewable around the surrounding reefs. For the adventurous, try the popular ‘Pipe Reef’ dive - only a mile from the lodge this dive can be done at night and lasts two hours. 

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Day 8

Delight in a Beach-Style Picnic

The island’s birdsong wakens you this morning, urging you to rise. Wander down to the water’s edge to take a dip in the alluring ocean. Then unwind by kicking up your feet in the lodge’s reading lounge with a captivating best-seller. For those romantics at heart, consider enjoying a delightful island picnic, complete with island treats, where you can laze away the rest of the day relaxing on the beach and cooling off with an occasional swim in the inviting waters. For those seeking added relaxation why not complete your day with a trip to the lodge’s Wellness Center, primely positioned with sea-views. Choose from a variety of face, hand, and foot therapies or perhaps a stress-releasing massage or aromatherapy treatment. 

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Day 9

Leave Marlin Lodge to Return Home

Take one last dip in the ocean or a stroll down the majestic sandy beaches before bidding farewell to this tropical paradise. This afternoon, you depart for the airport in Vilankulo to catch a flight, via Johannesburg, back home. You might be returning to the hustle and bustle of 21st century living, but your scenic and relaxing island vacation will have done wonders to revive your mind, body and soul. 

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Trip Highlights

  • Meet Africa’s Big Five at the luxurious Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
  • Search for Africa’s more elusive, nocturnal animals during an evening game drive
  • Snorkel and dive the warm Indian Ocean waters and marvel at tropical reef fish, rays and whale sharks (seasonal) swimming alongside colorful hard and soft coral 
  • Learn more about the stars and constellations in the southern hemisphere while stargazing under the vast African sky
  • Enjoy a delectable breakfast with a twist – dine in the African bush
  • Sail upon a colorful dhow, a traditional Mozambican craft, and witness the sunset over the scenic Flamingo Bay
  • Swim in azure waters and stroll along white sandy beaches on a tropical Mozambican island
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Detailed Description

If you’re searching for the ultimate relaxing vacation – then look no further; this trip offers serenity, in the very heart of nature, complete with a variety of activities for the fervent. You’ll find the perfect combination of beach-style tranquillity combined with soul-inspiring African safaris. With both beach and bush on offer, each with their own distinctive and charming qualities and breathtakingly beautiful settings, this vacation will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged. Explore the bushveld in South Africa searching for the Big Five, and then discover the warm Indian Ocean first-hand scouting for tropical reef fish and rays that appear to glide through the water off a sublime island in Mozambique. 

From grand landscapes to serene Mozambican crafts that sail placidly alongside white sandy beaches, time beats to your drum on this idyllic escape. Try your hand at cooking under the guidance of an executive chef, or catch marlin and other game fish in the sapphire-colored island waters. Relish beach picnics and bush breakfasts, indulge in kayaking trips into the blue, and horse-rides along the beach, then get personal with the African bushveld on-foot as a knowledgeable guide leads you on a search for majestic wildlife - you will never be closer to raw and real nature.   

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Starting Price

$3595 per person (excluding international flights)

This trip is customizable for your private travel.
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What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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