Mozambique Explorer - Overland Trip
1 week: to (IMT-PFMZ)
IntroExperience the bush, beach and beyond in a journey through magnificent Mozambique The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park links the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and Kruger National Park in South Africa in what is set to become the largest uninterrupted wildlife region in southern Africa. We spend two days in the remote wilderness of Limpopo National Park in our exclusive, luxury tented camp on the banks of the Machampane River and discover this wilderness region on foot. Relax and unwind on deserted white beaches and swim in the clear tropical waters of the tropical Barra Peninsula renowned for its superb diving opportunities. We explore the capital city of Maputo, a vibrant port city that is fast becoming a modern capital whilst still retains traces of its Portuguese past.
IncludedAn experienced English-speaking local Peregrine leader, local guides, arrival and departure transfers, meals as specified, transport including flight from Inhambane to Maputo, sightseeing and entrance fees.
ItinerariesDay 1 - Maputo
(Driving time: approx 30 minutes)
On arrival in Maputo you are met and transferred to your hotel, where the rest of the day is spent at your leisure. Please note this is just an arrival day, but your accommodation tonight is covered and has already been booked for you.
(Driving time: approx 7½ hour)
We get underway shortly after breakfast and head northwest into the wilderness region of Parque National do Limpopo. Mozambique’s Parque National do Limpopo, together with South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park all together combine to form the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Covering a total of 3.3 million hectares, this is one of the largest wilderness conservation areas in the world. Our base for the next two nights is the exclusive Machampane Wilderness Camp, nestled amid the fever trees that line the banks of the Machampane River. The camp features five luxurious en suite tented camps with balconies overlooking the river. Please note that there are no laundry facilities here. The bar tab here must be settled in cash, so please remember to withdraw some money at the ATM machine in Massinger on the way here. We arrive in time for a late lunch, after which we settle into our accommodation and acquaint ourselves with the camp and its surrounds. There is time to relax on your private balcony and soak up the sounds and sights of the African bush.
Our activities are conducted primarily on foot as we rise at dawn for a bush walk of 3-4 hours. We spend the morning in search of wildlife and our specialist guide teaches us about the flora and fauna that inhabits the bush. As well as resident wildlife in the region including elephants, buffalo and giraffe, this area is known as an excellent bird viewing destination.
We retire to camp for a replenishing brunch and rest. Afterwards we have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon walk or game drive with a sundowner to set the scene for dinner, which includes traditional Portuguese and Shangaan meals with a distinctly Mozambican flavour.
(Driving time: approx 5½ hours)
Leaving the wilderness behind, we travel through the lush green hills that give way to a landscape dotted with palm trees as we near the coast. The sleepy village of Chidenguele is nestled in the hills, just 5 kilometres from a stunning coastline. The village consists of not much more than a main road, a striking cathedral and a couple of African 'mercados' (markets). Our lodge for the evening is located with uninterrupted views Lake Nhambavale - one of the country's largest lakes. Here we have time to relax, to walk the sandy track down to the beach or to enjoy some of country's freshest seafood accompanied by spicy (and somewhat addictive) peri-peri sauce - a Mozambican classic!
(Driving time: approx 3½ hours)
Our coastal sojourn begins with a tour of the historic city of Inhambane. The town is one of the oldest settlements along the east coast of the country and dhows came in to trade at the port here as early as the 11th century. Today it is known for its rustic architecture with some of the buildings of note being the governor's building, the marine building and the mosque. We have time here to pick up some local produce such as cashew nuts and fresh coconuts or browse around the central market for curios including colourful capulanas, woven bags and local wood carvings.
Inhambane is the breeding ground of the whale sharks and it is here that you have a chance to go swimming with these gentle giants of the ocean. Manta rays and other undersea creatures also abound in these warm waters. There are a number of reefs - some close pinnacles and some further away. Dive depths vary from 8 metres to 30 metres, offering a variety of diving experiences. Commonly seen are manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and a huge variety of reef fish, and for the lucky - a sighting of the rare dugong. Our lodge, situated on stilts over a beautiful clear estuary leading to the Indian Ocean, is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Each chalet has its own private balcony and is connected to the main building by a series of wooden walkways. Laundry facilities are available here and the lodge accepts cash and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard). This eco-paradise is home to flocks of flamingos and countless tropical fish, and the sunsets at Flamingo Bay are nothing short of breathtaking.
(Flight time: approx 1½ hours)
A short flight sees us heading back to Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique. A vibrant and colourful city, Maputo fast regaining its reputation as the nightlife capital of southern Africa. It is our last stop in this amazing country. For those culturally minded amongst us, a city tour of Maputo is included, with a chance for some last-minute shopping and exploration before our final evening and dinner at a local restaurant (optional).
(Driving time: approx 30 minutes)
Our tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the airport to meet your onward flight.