We offer the following tour to these 3 spectacular countries. Not only are the a tourism dream destination but they offer real value for money.
When: 3 – 18 February 2021
How Much: R9850 P/P SHARING (50% surcharge for single person vehicles)
The landlocked Kingdom of Swaziland is surrounded on the north and south by South Africa, and on the east is bordered by Mozambique.
Mozambique, a scenic country in southeastern Africa. It is rich in natural resources, is biologically and culturally diverse, and has a tropical climate.
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas.
Swaziland, a small, landlocked monarchy in southern Africa, is known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture. Marking its northeastern border with Mozambique and stretching down to South Africa, the Lebombo Mountains are a backdrop for Mlawula Nature Reserve’s many hiking trails. Nearby Hlane Royal National Park is home to diverse wildlife including lions, hippos and elephants.
Mozambique is a nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like the Pontas, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs.
The Bvumba Mountains straddle the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border, and are situated some 10 km south east of Mutare. The Bvumba rise to Castle Beacon at 1,911 metres, and are, together with the Chimanimani Mountains to the south and Nyanga Mountains to the north, part of the Eastern Highlands of the Manicaland and adjacent Manica provinces. They are referred to as the “Mountains of the Mist” (Bvumba being the Shona word for “mist”), as so often the early morning starts with a mist which clears by mid-morning. Although lying mostly within Zimbabwe, the mountains extend north-eastward to Mount Vumba (or Monte Vumba) in Mozambique. They are capped by cool, green hills which shelter country hotels, a casino and golf course at the Leopard Rock Hotel and a Botanical Garden with one of the best views in Africa. The mountains are also known for their coffee plantations.
Day 1 Malolotja
Meet up in Barberton from where we will proceed on the Geo-trail towards Swaziland through the Josephsdal border post and visit the Bulembo Cable station and old museum.
Malolotja Nature Reserve includes over 18 000 hectares of mountain wilderness in the north-west of Swaziland. The reserve provides protected wetland, woodland, highveld grassland and mist belt forest habitats for a wide variety of plant and animal life.
Day 2 & 3 Mlilwane Wildlife SanctuaryMlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Ezulwini Valley of central Swaziland, south of the city of Mbabane. Its grassy southern plains are home to animals such as antelopes and zebras, as well as many birds. Several trails and tracks suitable for horses run up Nyonyane Mountain to the craggy summit known as Execution Rock. The Nyakato viewpoint overlooks Mantenga waterfall and the Usushwana Valley below.
We will also visit Ngwenya Glass Factory. Here a small group of Swazi craftsmen and women – with age old artistry – breathe life into enchanting interpretations of the animals and birds of Africa, imbuing each with its own irresistible personality. Witness first-hand the magical art of glassblowing from an overhead balcony. Each item handmade from 100 % recycled glass! Browse around the adjoining showroom which is well stocked and purchase your little memento of a truly African visit to the Swazi Kingdom.
Day 4 Hlane Royal National Park
“Held in Trust for the Nation by His Majesty King Mswati lll”
Hlane Royal National Park was proclaimed as a National Park in 1967, following Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1961), under instruction of King Sobhuza ll. “Hlane” is the siSwati name for ‘wilderness’.
Hlane is an affordable lowveld destination with exciting species lists including impressive ancient hardwood habitats, big game and rich birdlife. This 22,000 ha park, once the region’s rich hunting grounds, still boasts the largest herds of game in the Kingdom with speciality species being lion, elephant, vultures and marabou stork. This is the crown jewel in the Swazi wildlife crown.
Day 5 Tan ‘n Biki
We will cross into Mozambique and visit the fish market before proceeding to Macaneta. The prawns and fish are what dreams are made of and we will buy and they will prepare a feast for us while sipping on some traditional R&R.
Nestled in the dunes of the gorgeous Mozambican peninsula island of Macaneta, Tan ‘n Biki offers a one stop holiday destination for visitors hungry to take in the beauty of the Mozambique coastline. Macaneta offers pristine beaches, whale watching, game fishing and it is also home to the delicate breeding grounds of the giant leatherback turtle.
Day 6 & 7 Chidenguele
Sunset Beach Lodge is situated in Chidenguele, 58km’s North of Xai Xai.
For the water sports enthusiasts, there is plenty on offer – from excellent fishing, to scuba-diving and jet-skiing – both in the ocean and the fresh water lake.
Meals comprise largely of freshly caught seafood – with delicacies such as prawns, crab and crayfish – or let us prepare a tasty meal like only the Portuguese can! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are set menus whilst a buffet is provided during the festive season. You have the option to braai should you not chose to dien in the restaurant.
Day 8 & 9 Morrungulu
Morrungulo is a prime setting and on a stunning stretch of unspoiled coastline. It is a safe swimming beach. They are one of the very few lodges that is right ON the beach and not behind dunes or a distance away from the sea like many other camps. There is EASY beach access to a pristine beach. Set within a huge grove of coconut trees.
Activities At Morrungulo
- Deep sea fishing off your own boat
- Beach volleyball
- Beach and bush walks
- 9 hole PUTT PUTT course – great to keep the kids busy.
Day 10 & 11 Inhassoro
Inhassoro is a small fishing port in Inhassoro District of Inhambane Province in Mozambique. It is a developing tourist town.
Several old hotels date back to colonial times. Hotel Seta is on the beach with chalets and a restaurant set beneath tall mahogany trees.
The bay off Inhassaro is popular with scuba divers with the reefs and the area is a seasonal home to many species of dolphin, turtle, the rare and endangered dugong or sea cow, whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales. Inhassoro has also become a notable venue for international fishing competitions.
Inhassoro Activities & Attractions
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Dhow Safari’s
- Horse Riding
- Island Tours of the Bazaruto Archipelago Islands
- Island Walking
- Scuba Diving / Snorkeling
- Sea Kayaking
Day 12 & 13 Mutare Zimbabwe
Next on our itinerary will be Vumba mountains and the botanical gardens for 3 nights. The Bvumba Mountains, in the Eastern Highlands is overflowing with life all year round. The lush botanical gardens and luxuriant forests are fantastic for walks, especially for those interested in botany and bird watching. The mountains offer some spectacular views over the highlands and tropical lowlands of Mozambique. With plenty of activities to choose from, the mists of Bvumba mountains make it a great escape from the lowland heat.
Optional things to do around Bvumba and Mutare :
- Bunga Forest Botanical Reserve
- Manchester Gardens – a landscaped garden with the Reserve arranged about a series of artificially created streams and dams
- Elim Mission Memorial – a plaque at the beginning of the Eagle school Road – to the memory of the innocent victims of the Elim Mission Massacre 1978
- Leopard Rock Hotel, Golf Course and Casino
- The Refuge or Castle – now a guest house originally the mangers house for Leopard Rock Hotel
- Leopard Rock
- Chinziwa Scout Park
- Cripps Family Burial Plot
- White Horse Inn – at the end of the tar on White Horse Inn Road
A definite to do and highly recommended by Trans Africa is a guided bird walk at Seldom Seen. This is a well known site for bird watchers who want to glimpse some of the rarer and more secretive of the Southern African forest birds. The name is a pun: you seldom see the birds but you often hear them! So bird watching here can be hard work – but very rewarding if you are patient. Seldom seen offers the services of an extremely good guide for those that need help.
Border crossing cost into Zimbabwe is not included in the tour price due to the fluctuation in the rand / dollar. This is around $55
Day 14 Great Zimbabwe Ruins
The Great Zimbabwe ruins are the largest collection of ruins in Africa south of the Sahara. Located in the heart of southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, they are testament to a culture of great wealth and great architectural skill.
Built between the 11th and 15th centuries, Great Zimbabwe was home to a cattle-herding people who also became adept at metal-working. The ruins are the largest of their kind on the Zimbabwe Plateau, but they are by no means unique. Other, smaller sites were ransacked by European treasure-hunters in the 19th century. These smaller ruins are called Zimbabwes and can be found as far as Mozambique.
The soapstone birds are one of Zimbabwe’s symbols. They are eight birds carved in soapstone that were found in the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. These eight sculptures combine both human and bird elements. For instance, the bird’s beak is substituted by lips while its claws are changed to feet. It is unsure what the birds symbolized. The most prevalent theory is that they were the emblems of the royalty. Today, the soapstone birds can be found on Zimbabwe’s flag.
What do you need:
- A good reliable, serviced 2×4- vehicle with high ground clearance
- Fuel range of app. 500km’s including extra fuel containers like long range tanks and jerry cans if you can’t make 500km.
- Vehicle registration papers or letter of consent from the financing institution.
- Children must have a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate and letter of consent if not accompanied by both parents.
- Guests from non-SADC countries will need a Visa.
- A passport that is valid for 3 months after our return to SA, valid drivers license and ID.
- Camping equipment and cooking/braai accessories.
- A ground tent is good.
- Malaria Prophylaxis taken as prescribed by your GP.
- Last but not least – A good sense of humour and a positive outlook.
2 way radios will be supplied by ourselves.
- All cross border fees, 3rd party insurance and taxes for Swaziland and Mozambique except Zimbabwe cross border fees
- Camping fees
- Conservation fees
- Park entry fees as per itinerary
- Experienced tour guide and medic
- 4×4 vehicle hire
- Daily activities
- Transfer fees
- Game drives