This trip is specially created for wildlife enthusiasts, adventure travellers, avid photographers and beach lovers. This is an exploration of both land and sea living wildlife. Whilst the Kruger is regarded as one of the best locations for spotting the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Cape Buffalo & Elephant), Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago lies within a marine national park that protects a huge variety of reef fish as well as giant turtles, devil rays, the endangered dugong and 140 bird species.
Spend three nights on Safari and 4 nights at the Beach with optional activities to enhance your unforgettable wilderness experience. Talk to us about helicopter flights, tracking big game on foot, sleep outs under the stars and amazing castaway picnics.
On arrival into Johannesburg, you will receive a VIP Meet & Greet and be assisted through customs and immigration. You will then take a light aircraft journey to Ngala Private Reserve in the heart of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve on the boundary of the world renowned Kruger National Park.
On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your lodge.
Enjoy a 3 night stay, fully inclusive at Ngala Safari Lodge. Accommodation is in a classic thatched cottage with an ensuite bathroom and cosy verandah. Each cottage exudes a romantic colonial ambience with nostalgic safari memorabilia throughout.
Ngala Private Reserve is well known for its high densities of elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as for African wild dogs. Ngala was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and has exclusive traversing rights on almost 15000 hectares of some of the richest wildlife land on the African continent. Ngala guarantees exclusive game viewing opportunities guided by expertly trained rangers.
Activities include twice daily game drives including exhilarating spotlit night drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles with expert guides and Shangaan trackers and at the guide’s discretion a one-hour nature walk accompanied by experienced armed trackers.
Dine in style in the elegant candlelit courtyard or enjoy an African feast around the blazing boma fire. As the swimming pool and sundeck overlook a waterhole, you can watch for game from the water, browse the safari shop or perhaps experience a massage from the comfort of your cottage.
After a mouth-watering breakfast, you will be driven to the airstrip for your flight to Kruger Airport, where you will board a flight to Vilanculos International Airport.
On arrival at Vilanculos, you will be assisted onto a helicopter flight for the short flight to Benguerra Island.
Spend 4 nights in a Casinha at Benguerra Island Lodge, fully inclusive. Your stay includes the services of a Mozambican butler!
The lodge is a luxury beach paradise tucked into a lush indigenous forest and looking out onto a picturesque crescent of golden sand.
As the second largest island of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra offers exceptional opportunities to witness a slice of the very best of Mozambique’s exceptional marine life and experience an abundance of island adventures. Characterised by its towering sand dunes, inland lakes and idyllic beaches, Benguerra was declared a National Park in 1971. It is home to over 140 bird species and the pristine waters surrounding the island, as well as the exceptional archipelago, are host to the rare dugong and one of the most pristine coral reefs in the world.
Guests visiting the lodge can awake to sounds of fishermen trading their daily catch from their traditional sailing dhows and can embark on a series of adventures including dhow cruises, scuba diving on the breathtaking reefs, along with fishing, kayaking, catamaran cruises, horse riding, village visits and island walks.
After a mouth-watering breakfast, bid farewell as you board a helicopter for your flight back to Vilanculos International Airport, where you will catch a scheduled flight to Johannesburg Airport.
Ngala Safari Lodge is located within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve sharing unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. Shaded by a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees, the green lawns of Ngala Safari Lodge disappear into thick surrounding bushveld.
The classic safari atmosphere is carried through to the 20 Safari Cottages including 3 Family Cottages that graciously unfold through the lodge grounds. Cottages are private, interiors are warm and comfortable, include air-conditioning and fans, ensuite bathrooms with separate bath and shower and an intimate veranda. Guest areas at Ngala Safari Lodge include a spacious thatched sitting room, bar and dining area with big open fireplaces. Dinner is served in the traditional African boma or on the lantern lit terrace. The swimming pool and sun deck overlook a nearby waterhole.
Benguerra Island Lodge is a small and intimate lodge on an unspoilt island off the coast of Mozambique. It's surrounded by warm, turquoise Indian Ocean waters and white sandy beaches.
Benguerra Lodge is a fusion of Mozambique, East African and Arabic flair which is evident in furnishings, interior decoration and food.
A bush and beach retreat, Benguerra has 13 rooms comprising of Casitas, Cabanas and one Villa. The Cabanas are raised on stilts; the more luxurious Casitas have a deck with a private plunge pool; the Villa has a personal chef and private swimming pool. All accommodation includes ensuite bathrooms with a separate bath and outdoor shower, mosquito net and overhead fan, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, great sea views and direct beach access.
Welcome & Assist at O R Tambo Intl Airport & Vilanculos Airport
Ngala Safari Lodge – All meals, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives, a 1 hour nature walk, conservation fees and laundry
Benguerra Island Lodge – All meals, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, laundry, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip. Activities – one per day: scuba diving, horse riding, sea kayaking, sunset dhow cruise and a scheduled snorkelling trip. One per stay: castaway picnic, island expedition and local village tour. Benguerra Island Conservation Fee
*Flights – Johannesburg to Ngala airstrip, Ngala airstrip to Kruger, Kruger to Vilanculos and Vilanculos to Johannesburg
Return Helicopter Transfers from Vilanculos to Benguerra Island
*Flight rates are subject to change
The helicopter flight to Benguerra Island was spectacular, the staff were exceptional and our private villa simply stunning. We loved every minute with the scuba diving living up to all expectations.
Thank you so much for helping us with our honeymoon plans - we loved our time in Mozambique! Even though we stayed for 5 days, it wasn't long enough! We loved the lodge, the warm friendly Mozambique locals, great food and fantastic diving. We can't wait to go back!