Kruger, the Swazi Kingdom and Mozambique: Travel 3 countries in one go

2019-01-16 06:30 - In Partnership with Bhejane 4x4 Adventures
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  • Where: Kruger National Park, Swazi Kingdom, Malolotja Nature Reserve, Ponta Malongane
  • What: 8-night / 7-day adventure (tented and beach lodge accommodation)
  • Cost: R12 350 (excluding VAT) per person sharing (children under 10 is 50% of the full price) 
  • When: 26 May - 3 June 2019
  • Contact: Tel/Fax: 044 535 9033 or bookings@bhejane.com  

The Adventure

This diverse adventure begins with a three-night stay in the greater Kruger National Park.  You will experience some off-road driving in an area not open to the public and we will also make use of some of the tourist roads in the park. We will explore the areas of the central and southern park.  We leave this wildlife icon and head south into the Kingdom of the Swazis. We spend two nights camping in the western highlands of Swaziland, exploring the Malolotja Nature Reserve and some historic and cultural sites.

Our adventure then takes us directly east, on to the tropical southern Mozambique coastline near Ponta Malongane where we stay in a lodge on the beach for three nights. We have the unique experience of exploring the tropical waters on a boating and snorkelling excursion. We get to enjoy east African seafood cuisine and relax on the tropical beaches.

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African sunset on lake behind 4x4

(Photo: Bhejane 4x4 Adventures)

The Team

Your tour leader will be an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of biological, cultural, historic and four-wheel drive knowledge.

Three meals a day will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with fresh salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises appearing on the menu. The good old “koffie pot” will be on the fire from six till late.

Our logistics crew will pitch and take down the camps at all the overnight stops we visit. Tents and tables are provided by Bhejane Adventures.

This is a true adventure trip with lots of sand and off-road driving, but the Bhejane crew do have the 'know how' and recovery equipment to assist with off-road problems.

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Campfire

(Photo: Bhejane 4x4 Adventures)

Bhejane supplies/provides 

  • All camp fees
  • All park entrance fees
  • All advertised activities
  • Bhejane Adventures provides all the tents, cutlery and crockery
  • Coffee & Tea – all day every day whilst in camp

What you need to bring/provide

  • Your vehicle & fuel
  • Your own mattresses and/or stretcher and sleeping bags and pillows
  • Your own fold-up chairs
  • Your own drinks and in-between snacks
  • Your own out of country / medical emergency and evacuation insurance cover
  • Your own border crossing fees and road taxes

Adventure Itinerary

Day 1:

You will meet your guide at Kruger Park's Phalaborwa Gate in the early afternoon. From here we drive along a private route - not open to the public to our camp for the night. The campsite has very basic facilities and is unfenced.

Day 2:

This morning we will continue our drive on the private route back towards one of the public routes. You will have a picnic lunch pack for the day and have the afternoon off to drive yourself on the park's public roads, heading towards Satara, our camp for the evening.

Day 3:

Today we move camp to the south of the park and, after everybody has received their picnic lunch pack, you will spend the day self-driving or following our guide to the camp for the night.

Zebras grazing

(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

Day 4:

We all enjoy a short morning's game drive on the tourist roads in Kruger, making our way down to the park’s gate.  We exit the park and do some shopping and refuelling in town.  From here we enter the Swazi kingdom and make our way to the western highlands to our campsite for the next two nights at Malolotja Nature Reserve.  This wonderful highland short-grassed mountain reserve boasts the most magnificent scenery, is home to a myriad of wildflowers and is well-stocked with game.

Day 5:

After a nice big breakfast, we visit one of the oldest mines in the world in the south of the reserve.  We also pay a visit to the famous Ngwenya Glass factory where we get to watch the glass blowers create their magic, all from recycled glass.  We return back to our campsite in the mountains and drive through the reserve on a two-spoor track, enjoying the surroundings.

Day 6:

Today we head east through Swaziland, passing through the outskirts of Mbabane, leaving the country and entering southern Mozambique. Our destination for the next three nights is a wonderful self-catering beach lodge overlooking the tropical waters at Ponta Malongane. Obviously the Bhejane crew will be on hand to do all the catering so you will not need to lift a finger.

eswatini mountain road

(Photo: Bhejane 4x4 Adventures)

Days 7 & 8:

The next two days are all about the tropical east coast.  We board rubber ducks that take us out to sea to experience the wonders of the tropical reefs with snorkels and goggles.  If we're lucky we may see a whale, or swim with the dolphins.

We return back to the lodge for lunch and the afternoon is spent relaxing on the beach or visiting the local markets.  Supper is a traditional Portuguese chicken and prawn meal at a local restaurant.

There is plenty of time to experience the warm Indian Ocean and just relax a little.

Boat at sea sunset in santa maria

(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

Day 9: 

After breakfast we take you back to South Africa, via the nearby Ponto Do Ouro border post.  We say our goodbyes and head for home.  From there it is a two-hour drive, on good tarred roads, to the N2 highway near the town of Mkuzi.

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