(Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland)
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This summer, join your friends from around the world to experience Africa’s greatest adventures. This year, the World Cup is being held in the vibrant cities of South Africa. From the game reserves and the beaches of Mozambique, to the frenetic vibe of Durban and the kingdom of Swaziland, Southern Africa is incredibly diverse, and makes for an unforgettable adventure.
Travel through the Blyde River Canyon to the Kruger National Park and experience Africa’s wildlife. Marracuene will offer serenity through a canoe ride or just relaxation offered by the calming forested scenery. Inhambane offers spectacular views of the Indian Ocean along with all its sea life and cuisine. You’ll go horseback riding in Zululand and enjoy the warm waters on the coast of Durban. Get ready to set sail as Gap Adventures offers this exciting summer escape!
Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg, which is the start of an unforgettable adventure.
Day 2: Blyde River Canyon
Head east towards Mpumalanga through a fascinating landscape complete with mountains, panoramic passes, valleys and waterfalls in beautiful forests. Keep your eyes open for some of Africa’s raptors, the crowned eagle, snake eagle, falcons and kites.
Day 3-4: Kruger National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Spot the “Big 5”, and many other animals in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas. Enjoy two days of game viewing where you will have a chance to search out some incredible animals while enjoying the wonderful natural surroundings of the Kruger National Park.
Day 5: Marracuene
Today we leave the wildlife of Kruger behind us, and enter into Mozambique, a colorful, vibrant, fascinating country. The journey takes us past Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, to a stop in Marracuene - a popular stop where you can take a canoe ride, relax by the pool, or enjoy the forested scenery of the area.
Day 6-8: Inhambane
Travel north to a beautiful coastal area near the town of Inhambane, where our campsite is on top of the sand dunes with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. Take the some time to discover the delights of this wonderful Indian Ocean beach by walking the dunes, going horseback riding, taking a boat cruise, or playing in the rolling surf. Sea lovers can enjoy snorkeling or diving at one of the few coral reefs, while seafood lovers will find themselves to be in paradise.
Day 9: Maputo
Notice the definite Latin flare to the city of approximately two million people, as Maputo openly embraces its Latin heritage. There is a unique feel to this city, with its popular seafront, colonial architecture, and colorful jacaranda trees, Maputo has style.
Day 10-11: Kingdom of Swaziland
The mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, lead by King Mswati III, is one of three monarchies in Africa. Here explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in the Swaziland’s “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Valley. Here we visit a Swazi village to dive into the culture and spend the evenings in traditional beehive huts, and in your free time take the opportunity to go horse riding, mountain biking, trailing, or game viewing.
Day 12-13: Zululand
Today we re-enter South Africa into one of its most diverse regions, and stay in the St. Lucia area near the coast, where you may take an optional boat trip on the estuary or go for a horse ride on the beach. On day 13, you can visit the Umfolozi Game Reserve which is a safe haven for both the white and black rhino, and as well lions, buffalo, elephants and leopards.
Day 14-15: Durban
Spend most of the day traveling the coast to Durban. Explore the beach and dive into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean just out the front door of the guest house, and enjoy a final evening with your group.
Duration: 15 days (Kenya to Tanzania)
Transportation: Overland vehicle, Walking.
Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 Night), Participation camping (7 Nights), Backpacker’s/Guest House - Multi Share (4 Nights), Beehive hut (2 Nights)