South Africa explorer and Mozambique beach holiday
Description of South Africa explorer and Mozambique beach holiday
Climbing to the plateau of Cape Town’s Table Mountain and staying at a winery in the heart of the Winelands. Whale watching in the coastal town of Hermanus and wildlife encounters in the Greater Kruger region. And the grand finale: relaxing on Mozambique’s white-gold beaches. This holiday to South Africa and Mozambique explores Southern Africa’s best bits.
This is mostly a self drive holiday, so you’ll travel using a mix of hire car and short haul flights. Cape Town is the starting line, where the trickiest decisions you have to make are whether to say hi to the penguins at Boulder Beach, visit community projects in the Langa township, or walk the shipwreck trail around Cape Point.
Things get wild as you head north. That way lies Kruger National Park (watch out for elephants, lions, rhinos, hippos, cheetahs and leopards), plus the sand-skimmed coast of Mozambique, where dugongs and whale sharks mooch. This is a tailor made holiday, so everything from the duration to the activities can be tweaked to your liking.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Cape Town - Upon arrival to Cape Town, you’ll collect your hire car with the help of our representative who will meet you at the airport. Then, drive to your beautiful accommodation in the centre of the city to settle in. This afternoon, you may wish to explore Green Market Square, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or you can hike to the top of Lion’s Head. In the evening, you can enjoy a meal at one of the many fantastic restaurants along Cape Town’s vibrant Kloof Street.|
|Day 2-3:||Explore Cape Town - Depending on your personal preferences, today you can summit the iconic Table Mountain in a rotating cable car for panoramic scenic views of Cape Town, explore the stunning Atlantic Seaboard beaches, say hello to the famous African penguins at Boulders Bay in Simon’s Town, visit community projects, craft markets, restaurants and “shebeens” during a tour of Langa township, or take an educational tour of Robben Island and the fascinating District Six museum. On the following day, you’ll have another full day to explore Cape Town and the surrounding area with your hire car. We recommend that you visit Cape Point which is located at the tip of the Cape Peninsula, 60 kilometres southwest of Cape Town. Here you can admire the breathtaking ocean and mountain scenery, walk the shipwreck trail and learn about the maritime history of Cape Point, spot cape mountain zebra in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, or take the Flying Dutchman Funicular to see the old lighthouse.|
|Day 4:||Drive to Franschhoek - After breakfast, you’ll leave Cape Town behind and drive to the picturesque town of Franschhoek in the heart of the stunning Cape Winelands. You’ll spend two nights here, where you’ll stay in an exquisite guest suite at an award-winning winery. During your time in Franschhoek, you can explore the local vineyards on a wine-tasting tour, indulge in a luxury spa experience and enjoy gourmet meals and exquisite wines at Franschhoek’s many amazing restaurants.|
|Day 5:||Explore the Winelands - Today, you’ll have a full day to enjoy Franschhoek and the surrounding mountains, valleys and villages. Franschhoek offers some of the most breathtaking walks and hikes in the whole of South Africa and if you’re feeling energetic, we recommend hiking the Franschhoek Pass. From here, you’ll have amazing views across the whole valley and there are lots of viewpoints along the way where you can stop and take photos - just watch out for the cheeky baboons!|
|Day 6:||Drive to Hermanus - After breakfast, you’ll leave Franschhoek and drive to the charming town of Hermanus, where you’ll spend the next three nights. This coastal town has become synonymous with shore-based whale watching, given its sheltered coves in which southern right whales come to mate and calve. The whales arrive in Walker Bay from June and stay until December - they can be viewed from the shore, or from boats or planes.|
|Day 7:||Explore Hermanus - During your time in Hermanus, with your hire car you can explore the rugged coastline and walk along the beautiful beaches at your own pace. Participate in numerous adventure activities such as surfing, mountain biking, horse riding, forest trekking and zip-lining, to name a few. Additionally, you can join boat trips to Dyer and Geyser Islands to see sharks, penguins and seals.|
|Day 8:||Fly to Kruger - After breakfast, you’ll return to Cape Town airport for a domestic flight to the region surrounding Kruger National Park. On arrival, you’ll be met by our representative and driven to an exclusive camp situated in the Makalali Conservancy, a private reserve in the Greater Kruger region (90 kilometres west of Kruger National Park). As our tours and holidays are tailor made, whether you'd like to spend time in Kruger National Park or the surrounding region, inform us during the inquiry stage to discuss the best options for your needs and interests.|
|Day 9-10:||Safari in Greater Kruger - Today, you’ll head out on an early morning game drive with an expert guide and tracker. You’ll have a picnic breakfast in the bush, before returning to your camp, where you can relax by the pool before lunch. In the afternoon you’ll have another game drive in this incredible reserve. You'll have a chance to spot elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, white and black rhino, hippo, cheetah, crocodiles, hyenas, wild dog, zebras, giraffes, and several species of buck. If you’re feeling adventurous you may wish to take a flight on a microlight or in a small plane to experience the Makalali Conservancy from the air and see the abundance of wildlife and stunning landscape from a unique perspective.|
|Day 11:||Fly to Mozambique - After an early breakfast, you’ll be driven to Johannesburg airport, where you’ll take a flight to Vilankulo on the coast of Mozambique. Depending on your itinerary dates, you may stay an extra night in Johannesburg. In the case that this happens, we will ensure to arrange for you our wonderful city accommodation, The Peech. On arrival to the beautiful coastal town of Vilankulo, you’ll be met on arrival by our representative and driven to your luxury accommodation where you’ll spend the next four nights.|
|Day 12-15:||Relax on the Beach - Spend the next few days by completely relaxing or you can enjoy excursions such as a boat trip to nearby islands, where you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins, whale sharks and endangered dugongs. You can also take a tuk-tuk tour along the coast, a sailing trip on a traditional dhow or visit local villages and fishermen’s markets. Relax and sip cocktails by the infinity pool or sunbathe on the stunning palm-fringed beaches of Vilanculos. Adventure activities available include snorkelling, diving, wake-boarding, kite-surfing, windsurfing, fat biking, horse riding and canoeing on the Govuro River.|
|Day 16:||Depart Mozambique - Enjoy your last morning at the beautiful Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel. Following your hearty breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Vilanculos Airport for a flight to Johannesburg. Once you arrive in Johannesburg, you'll board your connecting international flight back home.|
1 Reviews of South Africa explorer and Mozambique beach holiday
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by Tony Bacon
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The game viewing at both safari lodges was excellent thanks to the high quality of the Rangers and Trackers. We have been on a number of safaris before but had not had more than fleeting views of leopards. On this trip we were lucky enough to see a large number of individual leopards at close quarters and for extended periods. We also saw packs of African Wild Dogs on 3 separate
occasions, which we had never been privileged to see before. This was all in addition to many sightings of The Big Five often near our safari lodges.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
If you haven't been on safari before be prepared for very early (5.30 a.m.) starts every day but it is well worth it because the animals are really active then. The laundry services are excellent, very speedy and included in the price on safari. This means that you can make do with much less luggage. Be aware that there are a lot of steps to negotiate to access the rooms and the beach at Bahia Mar.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes. It provided good employment opportunities for local people and both Ulusaba and Bahia Mar supported local community projects.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
A thoroughly enjoyable and exciting experience.
PlanetWe have put this itinerary together with a focus on ensuring you can experience two of the world's top holiday destinations. The properties are chosen not only because of the brilliant service and style but because they are in line with our ethos of responsible and sustainable travel.
South Africa is working hard to ensure a great future for their tourism industry. The conservancies in the Greater Kruger ecosystem operate in a responsible and sustainable way with long term conservation at the heart of every action. We love to work with these private conservancies and reserves, where there are fewer vehicles around, and tourism has a much lower impact on the environment and its wildlife.
In Mozambique, protecting the oceans is a high priority and you will get the chance to get involved in environmental schemes to that are ensuring the marine life and beaches are unspoilt for generations to come.
PeopleWhilst we are always trying to ensure our guests experience the best properties and destinations possible, our ethos about responsible travel is extremely important to us.
We have selected the properties on this itinerary with sustainable and responsible tourism in mind. In the Western Cape you will enjoy the region's food and wine whilst supporting local suppliers and traders. The hotels also make a huge effort to train and employ local staff.
We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture. In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.
As a company we are founded in the roots of providing responsible and sustainable holidays. This means we seek to partner with local suppliers who provide fair wages, to use accommodation where community and environment are considered and to look at every opportunity for making our holidays as fair to local people and places as possible.