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Tour Details

Immerse yourself in this bush and beach-captivating 10-night luxury family safari that takes you to two of Southern Africa’s iconic holiday destinations: Madikwe game reserve in South Africa and a beach lodge in the Varanda district of Mozambique.

Going on holiday as a family is one of the best ways to create a lasting sense of common identity and shared family heritage among the members. This is the opportunity to create memories that we share with those we love the most and that last a lifetime a safari, and a beach adventure is the perfect experiences to celebrate the strongest bond in the purest environment – nature. This family adventure is designed to suit everyone’s interests and offers families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness – together. It is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures.
Kick-off this luxury family journey by visiting Madikwe, a malaria-free Game Reserve just 4 hours’ drive from Johannesburg. It is a prime safari destination with excellent luxury accommodation options and fun outdoor activities for all travellers. As one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, Madikwe Game Reserve spans over 75 000 hectares of breathtaking views and is home to the famous Big Five, the endangered African wild dog and a large variety of other mammals and bird life.
Your journey continues as you drive back to Johannesburg to connect the following morning with your flight to Nampula – Mozambique for a paradise beach stay at Coral Lodge Mozambique Island set on a spectacular peninsula within an unspoilt nature reserve to enjoy a myriad of water and land activities enjoyable by young and old.

(This package is based on a Special Offer of STAY 5 PAY4 with 1 night free at Coral Lodge Mozambique Island)

Summary of your Trip
  • 4 Nights Rhulani Safari Lodge (Madikwe Game Reserve) | South Africa
  • 1 Night Peermont Metcourt Hotel (OR Tambo International Airport) | South Africa
  • 5 Nights Coral Lodge Mozambique Island (Mossuril, Nampula Varanda) | Mozambique
Price Includes
  • Domestic & Regional Flights
  • Accommodation, meals and drinks as specified
  • All Road transfers From/To Airports & Airstrips as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities & beach activities offered by the lodges
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Laundry and service charge
  • 1 free night has been applied to this package.
Price Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Premium brands drinks
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled at lodges
  • Spa treatments
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Johannesburg

Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by our Representative and assisted with connecting to your private transfer to Madikwe Game Reserve. Seat, relax and enjoy the road transfer to the five-star Rhulani Safari Lodge where an award-winning South African welcome awaits.
With only seven luxury chalets, succumb to the peace and tranquillity of this spectacular setting. All luxury chalets are air-conditioned for warm summer evenings and have a private deck, a heated plunge pool and a Morso fireplace for the cool winter nights. Because of the size of the lodge, expect personalized service, and attention to detail and experience an oasis of calm, feel the bush and make memories to last a lifetime!

On arrival at the lodge, enjoy Welcome drinks while completing the check-in procedures.
Depending on the arrival time enjoy lunch.
Around 15h30, gather for a decadent high tea during which you will be introduced to your ranger who will share great pointers on how to spot the wild animals in the bush. After your briefing, Board on the lodge 4 x 4 Open Landcruiser before setting off on your first safari drive in the park. The absence of windows and the elevated vantage position allow for excellent photographic opportunities. You will have an amazing chance not only to view the game but also to listen to and smell the African bush and its denizens.

While on Game Drive, you will stop for Sundowners at a magnificent location and toast the splendour of Africa as you watch the sunset. As darkness falls, nocturnal animals of the bush get excited as they celebrate “their dawn” and come out. Your skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight, which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Return to the lodge is usually around 7 pm, allowing time to freshen up before enjoying dinner. Dining alfresco under a glorious African night sky, warmed by a roaring fire is a magical way to end a perfect day. Traditional Southern African cuisine is complimented by a selection of world-class local wine.

Room Type: Luxury Private Chalet Premium
Meal Basis: Full Board (three meals per day – breakfast/brunch, high tea, dinner, sundowners, lunch (available on demand) – Two game drives per day

Day 2 - 4On the Safari

The day begins early with tea or coffee with muffins and fruit before departing on the Game Drive which will take approximately 3-4 hours. The cooler morning temperatures mean that the game in the reserve is often more active, and the softer light makes for great images.
Your guide has an intimate knowledge of the park, which contributes a great deal towards brilliant wildlife sightings. Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast/brunch, after which the rest of the day is at leisure, relaxing in your room or by the pool and dipping into a good book or enjoying the rest of the lodge’s facilities.

In between Game drives, guests are welcome to take part in walking safaris which will provide them with an opportunity to experience the beauty and fascination of Africa’s flora and fauna. Alternatively, you can laze by the pool or indulge in a spa treatment. While adults are enjoying quality time indulging in body massages and other spa treatments at the lodge, the children will be busy soaking up the sun by the pool or busy with the chef in the kitchen learning how to make their favourite pizza and more.

Around 15h30 gather with fellow guests for high tea in preparation for your afternoon game drive during which your experienced guide will go through your wildlife Wishlist to find out what hasn’t been ticked yet, but you may also be lucky that by your second game drive your wildlife expectations have already been met and exceeded. Enjoy your afternoon game drive with stops for Sundowner to stretch your legs and witness the African sunset.
Back again at the lodge after an exhilarating afternoon of unforgettable bush life. Get ready for dinner and time to discuss the day’s highlights with fellow guests and rangers and make new friends. After yet another evening under the African stars, enjoy your last night in the bush.

Room Type: Luxury Private Chalet Premium
Meal Basis: Full Board (three meals per day – breakfast/brunch, high tea, dinner, sundowners, lunch (available on demand) – Two game drives per day

Day 5Madikwe Safari Lodge to Johannesburg

Today will be another early start for a final morning game drive. One last opportunity to experience the magic that only the African Bush can offer! After the game drive, return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and afterwards complete the check-out procedures before being transferred back to Johannesburg.
On arrival check in at Peermont Metcourt Hotel, a family accommodation just a stone’s throw away from OR Tambo International Airport where you will be spending the night and allowing easy connection to Mozambique the following morning.
Peermont Metcourt Hotel at Emperors Palace offers guests a home away from home. With friendly service that’s unrivalled and extensive access to all that Emperors Palace has to offer including casinos and game venues for the children– this Metcourt Hotel is truly an experience not to be missed.
Enjoy dinner (on your own account) at one of the many restaurants at Emperors Palace Resort.

Room Type: Standard Family room
Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 6Johannesburg to Mozambique

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to OR Tambo Airport via the hotel’s complementary service in time for your regional flight to Nampula Airport. On arrival there the lodge’s driver will be in attendance to welcome the family.

The journey from Nampula airport to Coral Lodge Mozambique Island will take between 2 to 2.5hrs. You will be driven by road in an air-conditioned vehicle to the Ilha de Mozambique followed by a short boat transfer over the bay to the beach resort. The lodge is situated on a magnificent peninsula, within a spotless nature reserve! With modern villa accommodation in a truly marvellous Indian Ocean seascape.
It is a place to relax, enjoy nature, eat delicious food, and meet interesting people. Coral Lodge Nampula combines one of Mozambique’s most spectacular beach locations with the country’s rich cultural history.
On arrival at the lodge, enjoy Welcome drinks while completing the check-in procedures. Settle in your family accommodation and depending on the arrival time enjoy lunch.

Coral Lodge features intimate Mozambique accommodation in 10 luxury villas, 5 Beach Villas and 5 Lagoon Villas They all tastefully blend luxury and comfort with the authentic feel of this Mozambique beach resort. It’s perfect for families with free child-friendly activities and services.
Some of the villas have lagoon views, while others have sea views, with chic facilities and amazing amenities without being too over the top. High thatched roofs, stone-tiled floors, natural fittings and furnishings blend into the environment. Each villa at Coral Lodge is fitted with large four-poster beds, day beds, a mini bar, tea and coffee stations, free-standing stone baths, toiletries plus rain showers.
Wooden pathways link the villas to the main lodge, which is built on a sand dune using locally sourced bricks, Mozambican hardwood, and thatch from Maputo. Furniture carved from coconut wood decorates the dining and lounge areas while a large circular pool on a large deck is ideal for sundowners.

Room Type: 2-bedroom Family Lagoon Villa
Meal Basis: Full Board (including 17% government Tax), a list of activities

Day 7 - 10Explore Coral Lodge

Holidays to Coral Lodge are not complete without exploration to Ilha de Mozambique or Island of Mozambique and the local Macua village nearby. You can take a canoe and walking safari to visit the local market and learn about the traditional life in villages, and guided historical tours of Ilha – OR one can simply relax and appreciate the breathtaking natural landscapes or take advantage of the many exciting experiences included in the package.
The lodge offers a wide variety of complimentary activities -both water and bush – for the intrepid explorer or active sportsperson. Young and old will never be bored during their stay at Coral Lodge Mozambique Island. Below is a list of complimentary activities to do while on the Island

Private Family Dining Experience
Have your dinner served in a private area where you can enjoy the culinary food especially made for you.

Visit to Ilha de Mozambique
A short 30-minute dhow takes you to Ilha de Mozambique, the former capital of Mozambique, and is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Mozambique which is over 300 years old and rich with character and history.
A visit to Ilha de Mozambique is a ‘must’ during your stay at Coral Lodge. The former capital of Mozambique was built by the Portuguese; it still has echoes of its colonial past.
There are views of Sao Sebastiao Fort (1558) on the north of the island from Coral Lodge. This fort and many other colonial buildings are remnants of a bygone era but still preserve that history. Explore the city at your own pace or let our local guide show you around and explain the island’s controversial past.

Visit the local Macua people
An opportunity for the children to learn about the history of the local people as well as a thing or two regarding their culture – for instance, have an insight into the daily life of the Macua tribe of northern Mozambique.
The family can visit three local communities: Cabaceira Pequena, Cabaceira Grande and Chocas. Most of the Coral Lodge staff live in Cabaceira Pequena and walk or canoe to the Lodge each day. The family can visit one of their houses, as well as the Vasco da Gama, Well and the graves and ruins of an Arab community from the 12th century.

African Cooking
Join our chef and learn to cook his favourite Mozambican dishes at the lodge

Snorkelling
A snorkel in the lodge’s lagoon is a must for every guest! You can see a wide variety of
colourful fish and coral just yards from the lodge. Go with our experienced dive guide for an underwater safari and learn more about the hundreds of fish including banner and pipe fish, nudibranch, lion and box fish and all kinds of other reef fish.

Canoeing and Paddle Boarding: Experience paddle boarding and canoeing in our sea lagoon and explore the mangroves in crystal clear water. Find the birds, mangrove crabs and other animals on your own or with the help of one of the local guides.

Below is the list of children’s complementary activities:

Coral pool exploration
The lodge’s guide will take the children on a marine safari. They will learn all about the sea creatures living in the pools around the lagoon surrounding the lodge

Shell jewellery
An original way to keep the shells you found on the beach is to make them into a necklace or bracelet.

Playground
There is a small playground for kids to enjoy.

Mangrove canoe trip
Perfect for a family canoe safari where you can explore the mangroves.

Snorkelling lessons
Learn to snorkel in the laguna and take an exciting snorkelling trip to one of the islands.

Day 11Going Home

After one last swim in the Indian Ocean followed by a leisurely breakfast, depending on your flight departure time, you will be transferred back to Vilanclulos Airport in time for your flight to Johannesburg for an onward flight back home, but not after a final morning relaxing on the beach

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