”Private Kruger Reserves & Marvelous Beaches in Mozambique”

June 17-27, 2020

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Incredible wildlife, tribal dancing with African bush feasts and breathtaking landscapes. Couple this with white sandy beaches is in azure warm waters at a tropical paradise resort and you have the perfect dual-destinations vacation.  Our last group loved it but we tweaked it with new regions and resorts. It’s the best of both the African bush and spectacular beaches teaming with marine life.

 Part 1: Yes, our AFS Afriholics may have been to legendary Kruger National Park, but few get to delve into its private reserves with Glamping in Luxurious Safari tents.   Get
your full safari on with exhilarating game drives both morning and night in this famous animal kingdom as we search for the Big Five! We also visit HESC Endangered Species Center where cheetahs are rehabbed and released into the wild.

Part 2:  We’ll travel along South Africa’s historic Panoramic Route filled with natural wonders in the Drakensburg Mountains.  You’ll love our home here, Hippo Hollow Country Estates on the Sabie River with its tribal Boma Feasts.  See Blydes River Canyon and interact with ellies at the incomparable Elephant Whisperers.  This region is our playground for tubing, ziplines, bush hikes and river rafting. It has a true Out of Africa vibe along with adventure.

#solotravelPart 3:  Just when you think it can’t get better, we fly you north in our charter plane Vilanculos Mozambique, the “Unspoiled Africa”, and home to Africa’s best beaches. This is the place postcards are made of… and very few tourists. Wait ‘til you’ll meet your butlers at our beach resort here. Each morning, sandbars appear like a mirage when the tide rolls out.  The turquoise Bazaruto Archipelago is filled with unique and incredible marine life. After our Private Sunset Catamaran sailing, relax at the spa. There’s horse riding on the beach, drift snorkeling off reefs, sandbar picnics, scuba, fishing, traditional Dhow sailing boats and an evening canoe safari you’ll never forget.

June is winter with temps in the 70s and its whale season.  Save the Humpbacks!  Also, plenty of rays, whale sharks and wild dolphins.  Moz is so popular now, we reserved a year ahead and could only get 31 spots, so book now!

You’ll get the best Instagram photos in three different worlds from big game to glorious sunsets. Our Africa trips are always dramatic and the moments on this adventure are magnified like no other place on earth. Reward yourself with this dream trip for both “Animal Overload and Barefoot Bliss” that is wildly luxurious!

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Jun 17 Air is so easy round-trip to Jo’burg (JNB)!  Full details to come on this in AFS Trip Tips with info about flights, overnight options, packing, etc.  We urge you to fly in a day early to arrive Jun 18.  Full details to come on all air options, overnight options and packing in AFS trips tips.

Day 1:  Fri, Jun 19        Chisomo Safari Camp, Kruger Private Reserves

Our land tour officially begins! We gather early morning at JNB Airport and fly an hour to Kruger.

We arrive in time for lunch and a short rest before heading out on your first-afternoon game drive.

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Witness remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

Kruger Private Reserves

Scattered along the unfenced western boundary of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, private game reserves combine with the Kruger to establish one of the world’s largest game reserves. This incredible destination offers visitors excellent Big Five game viewing opportunities and an array of luxury safari accommodation complete with world-class cuisine, relaxing spas and private pools. Visitors can look forward to fascinating night-drive safaris, guided nature walks, and open-top safari adventures.

Overnight: Chisomo Safari Camp View iBrochure

Chisomo Safari Camp is the ideal camp for group traveling. Luxury safari tents face the beautiful Makhutswe River and wildlife may be watched from the decks as it emerges from the reeds for grazing Kudu, Nyala, Bushbuck are as common a sight as elephant and even the elusive leopard. Guests enjoy dinners at the luxuriously furnished, thatched public area overlooking the river and the bush or a traditional braai at a specially created bush dinner site where traditional dishes are served under the stars. The camp is easily accessible by tour bus and vehicle parking space is provided just outside the reception area. Chisomo is a perfect hub for exploring the tourism hotspots of the Valley of the Olifants as the camp is located close to both the Blyde River Canyon and the Kruger National Park. Chisomo Safari offers a range of excursions that can be booked on spot. Game viewing on the Karongwe is exceptional with an unequaled variety of flora and fauna add to the famous Big Five.

All meals included at the magnificent thatched lodge overlooking the river.

All tents have en-suite bathrooms with a shower, mini-bar, fan, heater, blow dryers, multi-plug, tea & coffee making facilities and a private deck with chairs for guest‘s viewing pleasure.

Chisomo Safari Camp

Tonight we enjoy Bush Dinner under the stars with tribal dancers and full BBQ buffet of local cuisines. 

Day 2: Sat, June 20       Kruger Private Reserves Safari Day

Have your cameras ready for both early and late game drives with rangers by jeeps when the animals are most active! Guests enjoy early morning and late afternoon safaris in open 4×4 safari vehicles conducted by experienced guides and trackers. The friendly staff at Chisomo ensure that guests are given personal attention and service at all times. During the day, guests may relax at the pool or retire to one of the beautifully decorated lounges.

Day 3: Sun, June 21      Kruger and Wildlife Centre  

Wake early for coffee, enjoy a thrilling game drive returning to lodge for full buffet breakfast. After your morning game drive you will be collected and taken to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre for a 2 hour tour, getting you back in time for a late lunch followed by evening game drive

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species. Cheetah Conservation is one of its core disciplines.

The centre is actively involved in researchbreeding of endangered animal species; the education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation-related activities; tourism; the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs in the wild; the treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals in need (including poached rhinos); and anti-poaching initiatives on the reserve.

HESC houses a number of animal species including cheetah, African wild dog, lion, African wild cat, Ground hornbill, Sable antelope, to name just a few. Visitors can view the resident animals in close proximity, in a habitat simulating what they would experience in the wild. Guests are also afforded the opportunity of watching rare African vultures feeding at the Vulture Restaurant.

Full Board and Activities. Enjoy the camp’s facilities like massage, free WIFI, same day laundry followed by night game drives, if time permits. These are most dramatic when predators on the chase.  Then gather for a buffet dinner.

Day 4: Mon, 22 June     Hippo Hollow Country Estate, Hazyview

Hazyview – AFSers love this property and town with so much to do!  Surrounded by subtropical fruit orchards, Hazyview is a small farming town and a gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Escarpment. The town and its spectacularly scenic surroundings serve as a popular adventure capital with a remarkable array of exhilarating outdoor activities on offer to suit all ages, tastes and fitness levels. These include, among others: mountain biking, quad biking, zip lining, tubing, abseiling, and river rafting. Whether you are eager to hike the Panorama Route with its breath-taking views and impressive waterfalls, visit the Shangana Cultural Village, or horse ride along the banks of the magnificent Sabie River, Hazyview has something for just about everyone.

We transfer by coach via the majestic Panorama Route, visiting the Three Rondawels ( Blyde River Canyon look out point), Lisbon Falls and Gods Window.  There will be a stop for lunch en route for own account.

Panorama Route

Connecting the Lowveld and the spectacular Drakensberg, sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Highlands Meander, the historical Panorama Route is a scenic road in the Mpumalanga Province. The route features sensational views of breath-taking natural wonders, fascinating rock formations, impressive waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, and a myriad of fauna and flora. The quaint little town of Graskop serves as the gateway to this wonderful route. Panorama’s highlight is the verdant splendor of Blyde River Canyon, one of the world’s largest green canyons featuring lush subtropical vegetation. Some other popular natural attractions along the route include the spectacular Lisbon, Berlin, and Mac Mac Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and the astonishing God’s Window.

Shangaan River

Shangaan River Club

Based at Hippo Hollow Country Estate in Hazyview, the Shangaan River Club welcomes all to the festivities under the thatched Boma where traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine form a feast in the true sense of the word.

Immerse yourself in a wealth of culture with a night of Shangaan dance and song enthusiastically provided by children from a local AIDS orphanage, which provides shelter and education for abandoned street children. The children’s participation ensures they are re-united with their true African heritage, thus preserving the legacy for generations to come. With each song, the local chief narrates a song or proverb from tribal legend, sharing the rich heritage and customs of the Shangaan people (please bring goodies for kids.)

An African banquet with an impressive selection of Shangaan and South African mouth-watering dishes served from traditional cast-iron pots completes your enlightening and entertaining Shangaan experience.

Cultural show

Overnight: Hippo Hollow Country Estate             View iBrochure

Hippo Hollow Country Estate is situated outside Hazyview on the Sabie River between the Drakensberg Mountains to the west and the low-lying bushveld to the west. It is the ideal destination from which to access the reserves of the Lowveld and the sights of Mpumalanga.

Hippo Hollows is only ten minutes from the Kruger National Park and the panoramic route which includes Pilgrim’s Rest, Graskop, Bourkes Luck Potholes, God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon, and the many fantastic waterfalls of the escarpment is close by. Hippo Hollow Country Estate provides the ideal breakaway from the rigorous of city life. The hotel has an ‘Out of Africa ‘ feel about it, and leaves you feeling totally relaxed and refreshed.

Hippo Hollow

Hotel Room

The 54 air-conditioned hotel rooms overlook the picturesque gardens with two swimming pools.  These include rooms with Twin Beds, Baths and Showers, Air Conditioning, Satellite Television, Ceiling Fans, Tea / Coffee making facilities and a number of inter-leading rooms available.

Day 5: Tue, 23 June   Free at Last…   Adventure day!!               B,D                                                     

Enjoy your day at leisure with a host of optional activities to enjoy in the nearby area.  Hazyview is an adventure capital offering countless activities.  Book with our guide or the estate.

Optional activities include:

Elephant Whispers Elephant Interaction

Elephant Whispers Elephant InteractionElephant Whispers are dedicated to securing the future of the African Elephant, and welcome people of all ages to share in the excitement of close encounters with these magnificent creatures. Experience the privilege of little Lindiwe’s compassionate nature, witness Medwa’s remarkable memory and enjoy the thrill of interacting with Tembo. The interaction with the elephant offers you the opportunity to touch the elephant, exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats. Experienced Elephant Handlers share their in-depth knowledge of fascinating elephant behavior.

Your visit to Elephant Whispers ensures these six incredible mammals continue in their important role as wildlife ambassadors for their own kind.

Skyway Trails

Skyway Trails offers two different types of treetop experiences such as the longest Aerial Cable Trail which is a canopy trail that slides through the forest canopy of the Sabie River valley and stops along the way on a number of elevated platforms as it descends to the ground.

Fun

Induna Adventures Rafting Sabie River

Induna Adventures is located on the banks of the Sabie River. The Sabie River flows over massive waterfalls on its way into the Lowveld. It provides a rafting stretch for the whole family or for any corporate group in Induna Adventures. Each trip is assisted by a qualified first aider and experienced river guides. The rapids are not the only attraction as guests are bound to see an abundance of birdlife, lush indigenous forest scenes and also get a chance to bum slide halfway at the picnic stop.raft

Day 6: Wed, 24 June    Fly to Moz …  Vila do Paraiso, Vilanculos, Mozambique  B,D

Mozambique

Situated on the east coast of Africa, this tropical paradise is blessed with 2500 kilometers of spectacular coastline. With its idyllic beaches fringed with palm trees and lapped by crystal-clear waters brimming with a dazzling array of marine life, this enchanting African nation is an ideal adventure holiday destination, with an abundance of activities on offer such as snorkeling, sunset cruises, horse-riding, dolphin tours and world-renowned scuba diving. However, you choose to spend your time in this exceptionally scenic destination you are likely to leave with a heavy heart and a burning desire to return time and time again.

Vilanculos

Situated in the Mozambican province of Inhambane, Vilanculos is a laidback town featuring some lovely beaches lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters. It is stocked with all the amenities needed for a fantastic seaside holiday. This bustling coastal town has its own international airport and serves as a great base for exploring the idyllic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. The town itself offers good diving, a wide range of accommodation choices and a lively nightlife. Visitors can jump on a traditional dhow boat and venture to the pristine Bazaruto Archipelago, browse for fresh produce and locally-made souvenirs in the bustling market in the center of town, and spend the day soaking up the sun on an array of idyllic beaches. Other popular activities include horse riding, game fishing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing.

Today we jet off by private plane to a tropical paradise.  Moz has 1500 miles of spectacular coastline.

With its idyllic beaches fringed with palm trees and lapped by crystal-clear waters brimming with a dazzling array of marine life, this enchanting African nation is an ideal adventure holiday destination, with an abundance of activities on offer such as snorkeling, sunset cruises, horse-riding, dolphin tours and world-renowned scuba diving. However, you choose to spend your time in this exceptionally scenic destination you are likely to leave with a heavy heart and a burning desire to return time and time again.

You will transfer from Hazyview to Kruger airport for your flight to Vilanculos in Mozambique. Easy visa on arrival in Mozambique – currently USD50.

Vilanculos is a laidback town on the Mozambique mainland which offers a host of activities in the area. Not only this, but it lies opposite the famous Bazaruto archipelago which is accessible by boat.  Crystal clear turquoise waters, white sandy endless beaches, a bustling town market, an array of restaurants within walking distance and many optional activities such as diving, snorkelling, horse riding, quad biking, village visits, kayaking, fishing and sailing.

First off is an afternoon AFS Sunset Catamaran Cruise followed by Welcome Dinner!

Overnight: Vila do Paraiso

Here you will be accommodated in superb luxury villas right on the beach. Each villa sleeps 8 people in 4 bedrooms en suite, each with private plunge pool and own Mozambican butler.  Your butler will be happy to shop for you and cook up a magnificent Mozambican dinner in your own villa.  Our past groups loved it raving about the friendly staff and gourmet meals.

Vila do Paraiso is your springboard to unlimited adventure in the tropical paradise of Vilanculos, Mozambique.  The resort offers numerous ocean and land-based activities to keep you occupied, whilst you are accommodated in style in the luxury villa’s right on Mahaque Beach.  Our past groups loved it raving about the friendly staff and gourmet meals.  Each villa accommodates 8 guests in 4 double rooms with en-suite facilities and a butler. Although the basic layouts of each villa are the same, each has its own special charm and setting, which is complemented with its own unique decor and some minor variations in layout.

Activities include:
Boating around the islands.
Diving in Bazaruto
Beach and town excursions.  Also, you can enjoy beach horse rides, snorkeling, village visit and canoe safari.

Vila do Paraiso     Fully furnished self-standing, double-story Villa with 4 en-suite bedrooms, lounge with DSTV, kitchen and outdoor dining area and plunge pool on deck

Day 7:  Thurs, Jun 25 – A Day to Play in Paradise                B

An entire day to do what you please and there is so much to choose from!  The resort has boats for a sand bar picnic, beach bicycles and canoes for our exclusive use, and we can arrange massages for those who just want to relax.

Other activities include options for a full day diving and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters to view the abundant colorful fish and corals. These waters are populated with manatee, sharks, rays, many whale species and a variety of fish like clownfish, angelfish.  Or you could house to go deep-sea fishing for giant kingfish, king mackerel, yellowfin tuna and barracuda.  Your house butler can even cook your catch for you in the evening.

July is whale season with Humpback whales along the coastline and whale watching tours are offered.

Go horseback riding on the beach or take a traditional dhow out to explore the local waters. A new favorite activity is the Govuro River Canoes through unspoiled wetlands with the pristine waters and incredible birdlife. (Last group loved)  You have an option of doing an early morning canoe trail or late afternoon trip, which allows sightseeing of frogs, birds, fireflies, and stargazing.  Villa De Paraiso can also arrange a driver to take you into town where you can indulge your late into bargaining skills and go shopping in the local market, or well-crafted souvenirs.

Day 8:  Fri, Jun 26 Full Day Island Sailing                          B, L, D

After breakfast, we all sit out for a blissful day on the water as we spend our day sailing on the Indian ocean with a look at some of the local Islands. Will pull into Santa Carolina mid-day, or you can walk on the beach, swim or snorkel while the crew set up for a wonderful beach lunch.

We will return to the resort in late afternoon and enjoy and AFS Farewell Dinner and toast all our new friends.

Day 9: Sat, 27 June       Heading home.       B

After breakfast, we head to airport for noon check-in and flight back to JNB.

Arrive JNB. 3:10 PM, perfect timing as all USA flights depart in the early evening.  Or you can arrange own post-trip extension to any place in Africa.

Limited to only 34 participants. Don’t delay, book now.

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Land Price:  $2895 plus $190 for three internal air flights. (See below) pp twin share.  Rate based on currency exchange dollar to rand.  Limited to 30 participants.

Deposit: $500  second $500 deposit Jan 18 and final payment Feb 18

Includes:

  • Airfare Johannesburg/ Hoedspruit – Nelspruit/ Vilanculos/ Johannesburg
  • Road transfer from Hoedspruit airport to Karongwe Reserve
  • 3 nights Chisomo Tented Camp including all meals and two game activities per day
  • Morning tour to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
  • Road transfer via the panorama route including the Three Rondawels, Lisbon falls and Gods Window to Hazyview 2 nights Hippo Hollow in a standard room, B/B
  • Evening Shangaan Cultural show
  • Road transfer to Nelspruit airport
  • Return road transfers in Vilanculos
  • 3 nights Vila do Paraiso in 8 sleeper chalets with private plunge pools
  • Evening sunset catamaran cruise
  • Welcome dinner on arrival and final farewell dinner and all meals as listed.
  • Full day outing by boat to the island with lunch and park fees included

Not included: Gratuities (added to  your invoice for convenience) and $50 Moz Visa.

Group Air – No Int’l group air from USA.  All fly USA to Jo’burg, details in emailed Trip Tips after booking.  Internal air flights are part of the land package.

  •  All prices are per person twin share.  Single rooms limited per group and a single supplement applies.  Cost set by hotel/cruiseline and vary considerably.  AFS will find you a roommate match. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”  
  • Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.  
  • Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate.
  • We write our itineraries over a year in advance. Though unlikely, we always reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. 
  • Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!

HOTELS and LODGESChisomo Safari Camp  Kruger Private Reserves

Chisomo Safari Camp  Kruger Private Reserves

Amenities in the room:

  • En suite bathrooms – shower only
  • Mini bar stocked with mineral water
  • Standing Fan
  • Heater fans for winter
  • Hairdryers
  • Multiplug
  • Mosquito nets
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Safe
  • Private deck with chairs
  • 200V plugs – adaptors available in the dressing table drawer
  • Shaving plugs in the bathrooms

Facilities at the camp:

  • Main area swimming pool
  • Boma ( weather permitting)
  • Dining area
  • Same-day laundry service available for an additional cost
  • WIFI available
  • Limited cell phone reception

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Hippo Hollow Country Estate –   Hazyview

Amenities in the rooms:

  • En suite bedrooms with bath and shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite television
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Tea / Coffee making facilities

Facilities at the hotel:

  • Two Swimming Pools in Lush Gardens
  •  Hippo Hollow Restaurant
  • Public Lounge & Bar Area
  • Shangaan River Club on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Well Stocked Curio Shop
  • Guest Laundry Service
  • Mpumalanga Helicopters on-site
  • Perry’s Bridge Trading Post Lifestyle Centre 1km up the road

Vila do Paraiso

Beyond your imagination, a playground of ocean adventures, island explorations, kite surfing, scuba diving, horse riding, quad bikes or ….relaxation, spa treatments, sunrise, sunset beach strolls …you decide…..Views of the magnificent Bazaruto Archipelago all day every day.

Situated on the Beachfront 6 luxury thatched Villas self-catering or various catered options. Each Villa sleeps 8 people in 4 fully air-conditioned en suite bedrooms and has a beautiful deck with sea views, private plunge pool, Satellite TV, and a dedicated Villa butler to take care of your needs, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.

Vila do ParaisoVila do Paraiso Vilanculos

Amenities:

  • Personal House Butler
  • 4 en-suite bedrooms
  • Air – conditioning
  • Mosquito nets in each bedroom
  • Living room with TV and Satellite
  • Fully kitted out kitchen
  • Large deck with dining table plus private plunge pool
  • Full catered or self-catering options available

Hotel facilities:

  • Shopping service available for VDP guests (at an additional fee)
  • Set right on the beach with sun loungers, infinity pool and unmatched island views
  • Beach bar with friendly barmen who keeps stock of all local beverages and select imported wines and spirits
  • Restaurant with professional Chef who prepares meals or tailored menu’s for guests
  • Super catamaran

 

Fishing, Islands and Whale Watching

  • Set up for game fishing
  • Licensed Skipper and Gilly accompany guests out
  • Sound system on board
  • Fishing equipment, terminal tackle and bait provided
  • Gazebo, table and chairs provided
  • Webber braai onboard
  • Fighting chair
  • Fish finders / Radar onboard
    Cooler boxes provided and deep freezer on board
    Meals, drinks and ice available at Bar for guest convenience
  • A surcharge of an additional $100 for a professional fishing guide on request
  • Snorkeling equipment onboard

Water Activities

  • Dhow trips
  • Kite surfing
  • Diving and Snorkelling
  • Canoe trails

Land Activities

  • Horse-riding
  • Curio Shopping and Market trips
  • Quad biking

  •  All prices are per person twin share.  Single rooms limited per group and a single supplement applies.  Cost set by hotel/cruiseline and vary considerably.  AFS will find you a roommate match. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”  
  • Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.  
  • Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate.
  • We write our itineraries over a year in advance. Though unlikely, we always reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. 
  • Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!

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