22 DAY 4WD Tag-Along Self-Drive Kite & Safari
Travel with Stephanie & Trent Moon; your personal African Safari & Kite travel specialists.
The Kiteboarding Adventure of a Lifetime.
Across South Africa – Kruger NP Wildlife Safari – Off roading in Mozambique – Bush to Beach camping & lodges – 4WD’s – Boats – Fishing – Humpback Whales – Whale Sharks
Kite in one of the largest sand Archipelago’s in the world.
Share your own 4WD with one other for three weeks on the best kite adventure in the world.
Your 4WD is decked out with everything you need to go off road and cater for yourself in the bush, fridges, roof top tents, bedding and camp chairs, recovery equipment and long range fuel tanks.
This vehicle is yours to share with one other for the entire trip across South Africa into southern Kruger National Park (NP), the oldest and one of the most wildlife rich NP in Africa. Cross into Mozambique at the remote Giryondo Border to spend a couple of days 4WD’ing and bush camping in the adjoining Limpopo NP before some sand driving, beach camping and blowing up your kites in Pomene NP.
Along the drive you will have the unique opportunity to experience Africa in a different light, mingling with local people along the way, passing through remote villages in the bush, driving your own wildlife safari, kiting on beautiful remote beaches and the sandy Bazaruto Archipelago with miles of clear blue shallow water winding between hundreds of sandbars at low tide.
The final few nights will be spent crossing central Mozambique into northern Limpopo and Kruger NP before ending in Pretoria.
Sustainable Tourism – As a tourist this is the best and most direct way of protecting wildlife and supporting the beautiful African people.
100% hands down the most adventurous, rewarding, humbling, exciting, remote, varied and diversified water-sport adventure holiday in the world! We are super proud of it and excited to take you there.
About the Kiteboarding
The Bazaruto Archipelago is a proclaimed marine national park that boasts sensational beaches and magnificent scenery. This white sandy Archipelago is a group of six islands near the mainland city of Vilanculos. The sandy islands and shallow waters between the mainland were formed from sand deposited by the Save River, which has since shifted its course leaving behind an aqua blue flat water paradise for kite surfers. Thanks Save River. Daily boat trips out to one of the small un-inhabited low lying sand islands for the best kiting, and not a sea urchin in sight. BBQ’s and fresh seafood on the islands, fishing, skurfing, are all part of the fun.
Along the route to Vilankulo we’ll be spending time in Tofo and Pomene, both have great potential for kiting, from lagoons to waves, rocky outcrops, old abandoned hotels, parking on a remote beach and getting amongst is what it’s all about.
About the Drive
From the Surf to Safari, the tar roads in Mozambique are reasonable well maintained, beware of animals and people walking on the road. Speed limits on the open road is 100kph with most people cruising around at 120kph, the courteous move to the side for faster traffic has not caught on in Mozambique as it has in South Africa. Coming into towns the speed limit drops to 80kph then 60kph with regular speed traps as you enter and exit. If you speed here expect to pay a fine, 20kph over will net you around a $20.
On the coast we will get into some sandy conditions and beach driving. All pretty easy going and fun, if you let your tyres down. You do not need any 4wd experience, we are there to help you at any point along the way.
Heading back to South Africa it’s mostly dirt roads and tracks through a very dry semi arid desert like landscape until we cross the border in to Kruger National Park and South Africa. None of the tracks we take you on are very challenging but you will need to be in 4WD. Your vehicles are well equipped and Trent has in one way or another been involved in the 4WD industry his whole life. Inside Kruger National Park there is a tar road that stretched from one end to the other, around 500km long. Shooting off in all directions are well maintained dirt roads suitable for 2WD’s, this is where you will find some privacy away from the crowds. Using maps supplied at the gate you can easily find your way to water holes, look out points and roads running along the rivers inside the park. You can’t get lost in here with all roads well sign posted and parks vehicles regularly patrolling.
Departing Kruger NP and onto Pretoria hitting the highway you’ll climb from around under 600m up an impressive escarpment to 1700m on the Highveld grassy plains. Along the way modern toll roads, gas stations and courteous drivers opening up extra lanes by pulling over for faster drivers, this rule even applies to the on coming traffic who move over to give way to motorist wanting to pass from the opposite direction. The speed limit is 120kph but don’t be surprised to see a constant flow of traffic in the 130-140kph range. Hence all the moving aside to let other pass. From Kruger to your last night at the Farm Inn it is all highway and approximately a 5hr drive.
Mozambique lies on the picturesque South East coast of Africa and borders six other countries. South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania with 2470km of coastline, 4570km of land borders and home to almost 30,000,000 people.
Portuguese conquistadors set up trading posts in Mozambique in 1498 and went on to rule the country until it gained independence by hostile take over in 1975 after a 10 year civil war. Almost all of the 250,000 Portuguese exited the country within 12 months, some locals say that most were forced to leave with in 24 hours of the official hand over / coup. Many of the glamorous hotels and buildings were left abandoned and still remain today as spectacular ruins of a former time.
Shortly after independence the civil war between the two parties leaders, Frelimo and Renamo who had already been at war against each other as well as the Portuguese for 10 years between 1964 – 1974 continued from 1977 – 1992 leaving a broken and battered country on it’s knees until a peace treaty was signed and democratic elections were held in 1994. Frelimo won and still remains in power today. The country turned a huge corner at that point which opened it’s borders and led to a new investment mainly from neighbouring African countries as tourism as well for the countries landscape rich in minerals and gas.
Today Mozambique is not without it’s troubles, predominantly economical and some political although the government has invested significantly in tourism and the local people are some of the most welcoming in Africa. The country is for the most part a peaceful place with a relatively low crime rate which has lead to a lot of South African and Zimbabwean ex pats relocating to Mozambique for a quieter, safer and less stressful lifestyle. Tourism is booming and the government continues to make positive steps to promote tourism as well as setting aside and protecting huge area’s of land as National Parks, Game Reserves and Trans Frontier Parks.
Of the 12 African countries we have spent time in, Mozambique is definitely one of our favourites.
About Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is one of the largest and oldest game reserves in Africa and covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres and extends 360 kilometres from north to south. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South Africa in 1898, and it became South Africa’s first National Park in 1926.
The Park border Mozambique and Zimbabwe and is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.
The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve.
Home to Africa’s Big 5; Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo it is also a safe haven for more species of large mammals than any other park in Africa, 147 to be exact. You will be surrounded by wildlife in this park, it really is truly remarkable and a wonderful place to visit.
There are numerous lodges and camp grounds located inside the park as well huge private unfenced concessions bordering the park which allow the animals to migrate further and also puts a buffer between them and outlying human populations.
The Kruger border fence between South Africa and Mozambique was removed to form the Transfrontier Park which turns into the Limpopo National Park on the Mozambique side. Unfortunately animal sightings in this area are limited with villages still inhabited within the parks borders. This is also one of the main problems and front lines when it comes to poaching. South Africa is now seriously considering putting the fence back up. Inside Limpopo it is markedly more wild with a lot less infrastructure, the tracks are rougher and the camp sites are not fenced. We love it.
Perfectly balanced between an African wildlife safari, off roading, boating, remote bush and beach camping, beautiful beach side lodges, a spot of fishing and kite surfing in one of the best kept secret locations in the world.
DAY 1 – Arrive Farm Inn, Pretoria. South Africa. 1 night historic Game Lodge.
Meet & Greet
By midday – Arrive at the Farm Inn, Pretoria to meet your hosts Trent & Steph and the rest of the group
Receive vehicles and orientation in the late afternoon.
Group dinner and O/night Farm Inn. Dinner and Breakfast included.
DAY 2 to 7 – Wildlife Safari, Kruger NP SA, Limpopo NP Mozambique. 5 nights bush camping.
Grab a map and go at your own pace, explore the park and see what you can see. A totally unique and safe experience with good roads, signs and other vehicles around. Follow your hosts or go exploring on your own. Stick to the main road or hit the dirt looking for waterholes and animals. You need to be off the roads and in camp by 6pm.
Step back in time to a real life Jurassic Park, where over 40 species of antelope roam as well as the true giants of of the animal kingdom, Elephants, Rhino’s. Hippo’s and of course the big cats. Lion’s, Leopards, Cheetah.
Over the next four days we will make our way South in Kruger NP to give you a wide range of viewing opportunities as the landscape changes with unique animals in each area.
O/night Kruger NP
DAY 7 to 9 – Beachside resort town, surf Tofo. 2 nights Beach Bungalow
Hit the road as early as we can, head to Tofo this is a cool surf village a mini Noosa, beautiful and spectacular.
SUP or Surf Right hand barrelling point break over sand. Not a heap of kiting here but if the winds right Steph and I found some magic spots close by we look forward to sharing this with you.
Just great vibes, tasty food, friendly people – no one wanted to leave here last year, so we have extended the stay for this year.
Here you have a couple of days to do as little or as much as you like.
You can surf or learn to surf, surfboards & SUPs can be hired on the beach. Bring your snorkel equipment as the clear water and the sheltered bays all along the white coast in Mozambique offers great snorkelling opportunities. Sand dune 4WD exploring with Trent or perhaps a fishing trip! You might enjoy some yoga, massage on the beach, pedi & mani at the spa, fresh fruit, veg & trinket markets. The list goes on.
DAY 10 to 13 – Kiting, surfing at Pomene NP. Beach camping 4 nights
Beach camping this camp is only accessible by 4wd vehicles, magic spot, we had one of the best kite sessions here this year. A picturesque stretch of beach in front of old building ruins, kiting between sand bars for butter smooth water, waves behind the sand bars.
Non kiters will enjoy this quiet off the beaten track beach. Walk around the ruins exploring, swimming, snorkeling, pull up a tree and read a book, take lots of photos. Optional fishing trip
O/night beach camping and cooking two nights with amenities, shower, toilet, powered site in the sand and next to the beach.
DAY 13 – 18 – Kite, Fish, cruise & explore the Bazaruto Archipelago, Vilanculos. 5 nights, Villa.
Staying at total of 5 nights in the magic town of Vilanculos, huge 4 bedroom beach side villas. Each villa has a butler to clean, help prepare meals and even do your shopping.
Vilanculos is just the best and even better when you have a boat, you can do as little or as much as you like here fishing, kiting, exploring the town by foot or car.
Dine in or dine out there are many local restaurants the local cuisine is Portugese, making the most of the abundant of fresh seafood prawns, squid, tuna the list goes on.
DAY 18 – 21 – Vilanculos – South African Border – Northern tip of Kruger. 3 nights bush camping.
Start the drive back to Petoria
Fair to say this is a decent drive, an all day affair but a spectacular one. Right through the remote centre of Mozambique, almost all dirt, some tracks. Cross the border into Kruger and enjoy an en-route game drive to camp.
O/night northern Limpopo & Kruger NP
DAY 21 – Kruger National Park to the Farm Inn. 1 night historic Game Lodge.
Depart Kruger after a breakfast with an en-route game to drive the park gate.
Approximately 5hr drive, all highway tar roads, 120kph.
Vehicle hand over and post inspection. Dust off! You made it.
Final group dinner O/night Farm Inn.
DAY 22 – Home time.
Relaxing day at the Farm Inn, sleep in, late breakfast, exchange photos with other guests and pack your bags ready for the journey home.
The Farm Inn is currently involved in a cheetah breeding programme carried out on the farm grounds you will have the option to interact & have photos with a Cheetah, or join a game drive see lots of rare species from all around the world.
Transfer to the airport ready for your flight.
OPTIONAL 2nd Night at the Farm Inn.
One more night of relaxation, shopping & enjoying the Farm Inn before flying home or flying on to your next adventure.
BUSH TO BEACH, SAFARI to SURF
ROOF TOP TENT CAMPING, LODGES & LUXURY VILLA’S
21 night / 22 days mix of camping 9 nights and accommodation 15 nights
A nice balance of bush & beach camping, cooking on gas stoves and camp fires with the sand at your feet to game reserves & National Parks. Stone walled and thatched roof accommodation, beachside bungalows with ocean views to luxury villas with private plunge pools, butler and chef.
HOW TO GET THERE
Easy!! Just get your self to Johannesburg international airport where you’ll be met by a Moon Tours representative upon your arrival.
If you are coming from Australia QANTAS fly direct from Sydney – Johannesburg while South African Airways fly direct from Perth. To make things easier for you we can book your flights.
On the final day we will have a group transfer to Johannesburg International for your onward bound flight.
MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME
Treasured memories and images of a truly unique African experience
Based on private room accommodation and twin share vehicles.
21 nights, 22 days
From $8360AUD pp
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR AFRICAN EXPERIENCE
Suggested activities close to South Africa and Mozambique are Victoria Falls, Zambia. Chobe NP and the Okavango Delta, Botswana or Hwange NP, Zimbabwe.
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