For the ultimate holiday that makes the best of South African wildlife safaris and Mozambique beaches, try the combination tours from Kruger National Park to Vilanculos, and then out to the Bazaruto Archipelago. Or the other way around!
Popular and easy to accommodate, it is best to join in an organised tour group to allow all the nitty-gritty to be done for you. If you do choose to self-drive, however, you can be in control of your own destiny and plan your own itinerary. The trip can work both ways.
Remember that when you fly into Vilanculos International airport, you will be met by your lodge representative who will take care of your transfer to your chosen Bazaruto Islands. From there, it will be the same, return to Vilanculos, then a transfer to Kruger. This can take an entire day by car so it is better to fly the 850 kilometres into South Africa.
So if you start in Mozambique on either Bazaruto Island, Benguerra or Magaruque Island, you will spend at least five days here exploring the wonders of the Indian Ocean and the endless white beaches. Then you will swop your mask and fins for binoculars and a khaki hat to see the wildlife in the game reserve.
But first, spend time at Vilankulo for a bit of kite surfing and snorkelling offshore before you fly out to the bushveld. This harbour town is known for its fantastic white beaches, coconut palms, clear Azure Ocean, warm weather and island-style adventure. Water activities include fishing for marlin and other game fish, diving and swimming all day long. Motor-boating and traditional dhow sailing trips add to the adrenaline rush in Vilankulo.
When you fly to Mpumalanga to enter the Kruger National Park, make sure you have your Passport, sun cream, hats and swimming costume packed. Choose a luxurious lodge where elegant accommodation is equipped for the heat and bush lifestyle.
Children will love this opportunity for a family holiday that blends beach and bush – sea creatures and wild animals! Book an easy family holiday in Mozambique and Kruger and make memories that last forever.