Three Countries in 14 days
Tuli Botswana – South Africa Kruger National Park – Mocambique
Koro River Camp – Lengau Lodge – Machangulo Beach Villa
- DAY 1:
Transfer from Johannesburg to Koro River Camp, Botswana
- DAY 2-4:
Explore Tuli Game Reserve, stay at Koro River Camp, Botswana
- DAY 5-8:
Transfer to Lengau Lodge, South Africa – Safaris in Balule Nature Reserve & Kruger National Park
- DAY 9-13:
Transfer to Maputo, Mozambique, by boat to Machangulo Beach Villa
- DAY 14:
Back to Johannesburg
Many guests consider Botswana to be the safari capital of Southern Africa. Located in the middle of and bordered by South Africa, Namibie, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Botswana is a safari delight and offers some of the worlds most magnificent, wildest and uncharted game reserves left in Africa today. Botswana became independent in 1966 and is considered to be one of Africa’s major success stories and is politically stable, prosperous and a world leader in wildlife conservation. It is a large country with a very low population density. Here one can experience remoteness and space in its true essence.
DAY 1: Johannesburg to Koro River Camp
On arrival in Johannesburg you will be met and privately transferred to Koro River Camp in the
Tuli Botswana. The drive is approximately 6 hours and you will stop en route for lunch and to stretch out a bit on the journey. It is a wonderful way to see the “real” South Africa, driving through the cities and villages gives you a ground level perspective on life in this part of the world.
On arrival at Koro River Camp you will be met with a cooling beverage and the magnificence of this unique and highly original camp along the banks of the Limpopo River.
Each of the seven master suite tents is nestled perfectly into the banks of the Limpopo River. The suites all have a private and very inviting plunge pool; perhaps it is from here that the best and certainly coolest views can be taken in! A deck with sun loungers for some lazy siestas and the possibility of private meals served to your tent; makes Koro the ideal hide away.
The tents are luxuriously decorated and the large interior with the flow of breeze through the tent is highly inviting. Add to this a fan, a super-sized king bed, hyper allergic silk linen, an “in room” fridge and seating area and basically, who needs to anything else!
The bathroom tents are separate and are fabulously placed five meters away while still retaining the safety of one deck. There is an open air shower for starlit showers.
A tented bar and indoor lounge is the service hub, alongside a shady dining deck and sunken sitting area. Meals can be prepared in our open air boma and campfire, also an ideal venue for after dinner tales and glass of wine, to be sure. A smaller secluded tented chill-out lounge is an inviting space to read or relax, and an open air wellness sala on the riverbank offers rejuvenating massages and facials.
Meals are whole heartedly a part of the overall experience and ‘Kgomotso’s Kitchens’, named after our veteran safari chef is the food factory in camp and produces superb meals; brunches, high teas, and sumptuous 3-course dinners of distinction.
DAYS 2,3,4: KORO RIVER CAMP
Game driving is unlimited and we have extensive ground to use. The roads are often weathered taking us off the beaten track into some really remote country. Game walks are highly recommended to take in the atmosphere of tracking on foot. Secluded springs in the area may be highly productive for elephants. Early morning game drives or walks are recommended, it is refreshing to view the bush from ground level and it opens up a whole new world. The open 4×4 game viewer is the perfect platform from which to relax and take in the game but also the landscape and all it has to offer. At Koro Camps we offer considerable flexibility to locate and watch game. Return to Koro for meals and down-times.
The Tuli is home for the largest elephant population on private land in the world, and leopard, hyena, lions, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, impala, kudu and eland complete the Koro cast of characters who may be encountered. Local birdlife is prolific, with semi-arid specials such as chestnut-vented tit-babbler and swallow-tailed bee-eater. Pels fishing owls are often encountered in the Limpopo riverine.
The Timbo Afrika Foundation, started by The Africa Experience founder and owner, Albert Harthog has funded and established an accredited PhD level field study, which focusses on the ecology of leopards and hyenas of the Tuli. This includes the highly endangered Kalahari icon, the brown hyena. We invite our guests to participate in monitoring activities and field observations.
It is a known human phenomenon that we protect what we love, it is our aim to show you the Wilder- ness, the love and protection will follow naturally. By joining our research for a day you get a real close insight into the lives of these fascinating animals.
Four nights at Koro River Camp
DAY 5 : LENGAU LODGE
After a morning activity and breakfast, you will be collected and transferred to Lengau Lodge in the Balule Nature Reserve which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The trip is approximately six hours with a few stops en route and a fabulous, worthy welcome at the end!
A small and intimate lodge with a maximum of six guests, Lengau aims to offer authentic service with great attention to guest delights. A superb viewing deck gives you a vista across the bushveld with uninterrupted views of the waterhole nearby.
The Hippo Restaurant serves meals both inside and outside weather depending and offers a scrumptious array of meals. The infinity pool provides the perfect spot to not only cool down and refresh but to view the comings and goings of the game. A lapa, a very South African word for covered, shady area under which to relax between swims, is connected to the pool area and you will be well taken care of by the friendly Lengau staff.
The intimate accommodation offers comfort, style and a place to immerse in the world famous Kruger National Park over the next four nights.
DAY 6, 7, 8 : LENGAU LODGE
Activities at Lengau include morning and afternoon game drives, time in between to swim, read and simply enjoy the bush and the special surrounds. The lodge has traversing over a very large section of this reserve and it includes over nine thousand hectares.
During your time at Lenagu there will be an opportunity to spend the entire day in the public section of the Kruger National Park; this is always a super experience especially in an open vehicle and whilst the area that Lengau traverse is part of the Greater Kruger national Park, it is still a unique experience to enter the public gate and observe the workings of this renown reserve.
Add to this a super day out on a boat safari on the Olifants River, this very well hidden gem provides super variety to an already excited itinerary. During a slow and gentle meander along the Olifants, one can expect to see great game including hippo, crocodile, waterbuck, elephant to name but a few. The riverine areas provide abundant browse and shade for gathering game. Return for a festive braai under the stars back at camp.
Four nights at Lengau Lodge
DAY 9 : MACHANGULO BEACH VILLA
Depart early for the transfer to Maputo in Mozambique, stopping in Nelspruit for a chance to freshen up and stretch your legs. The trip to the border is really quite extraordinary and within no time at all you will be experiencing the hustle and bustle of the border post. The transfer company is very familiar with the process and they will ensure it goes smoothly and as quickly as possible.
Upon arrival at the harbor you will get a charter across the bay to the Machangulo peninsula. Time depending you will either have lunch before the charter or on arrival at the peninsula.
After a short, exciting transfer over the dunes you will arrive at Machangulo Beach Villa, a private and exclusive villa for your sole use over the next five nights.
The Villa consists of three suites, an open plan kitchen and dining room, a separate TV lounge with DSTV, a swimming pool and sun loungers and plenty of relaxing spots dotted around the Villa.
The staff will take care of your every need and the dedicated chef will whip up an array of fresh seafood dishes as well as a variety of inspired meals.
Machangulo is your beach dream, kilometers of pristine, quiet beach, great fishing, snorkeling, body boarding, kite flying, swimming and of course the important art of “doing nothing”. Add to these the list of extra activities we can arrange for you; including deep sea fishing, scuba diving and canoeing in the mangroves. You will be spoilt for choice
Conservation tourism is the core of all our operations and is very important to The Africa Experience. In Mozambique the Maputo Private Nature and Marine Reserve is supporting a project for the protection of the largest marine reptile in the world, the leatherback turtle. Time of year depending, our guests can join the head researcher during this sensitive and delicate time of laying and hatching. A truly fascinating, touching experience.
DAY 10,11,12,13 : MACHANGULO BEACH VILLA
Four full days to relax and really unwind in the sea air. With the Indian Ocean on one side and the Maputo Special Elephant Reserve an accessible and exciting 4 x 4 venture to the South, you are truly in nature at its most powerful and beautiful.
Meals are served in various places including on the beach and as you have exclusive use of this Villa you can decide the day’s times, activities or even lack thereof!
Five nights at Machangulo Beach Villa
DAY 14 : Johannesburg
Today brings this trip to an end, after a final dip in the ocean a breakfast on the deck it’s time to cross the dunes and the bay and return to Johannesburg either via transfer or flight from Maputo to Oliver Tambo International.
Road Transfer from Johannesburg to Koro River Camp. Waters and soft drinks are provided.
Four night’s accommodation, all meals, all local drinks and house wines, all game viewing activities at Koro River Camp.
Road transfer to Lengau Lodge.
Four night’s accommodation, all meals, all game drives.
Road Transfer to the Maputo Harbour.
Lunch either prior to or after the boat charter transfer across the bay.
Boat charter transfer across the bay.
Five night’s accommodation at Machangulo Beach Villa, all meals, all local drinks and house wines. Snorkelling equipment, fishing equipment and body boards are available for use at the Villa.
Boat transfer back to Maputo.
Services end here. NB either a road transfer or a flight must be planned and quoted on based around guests requirements.
Meals during transfers
Premium brand drinks, spirits, massages and items of a personal nature at Koro River Camp.
Drinks at Lengau and any extra activities including day trip to the Kruger National Park.
Conservation levy of R100 per vehicle and R30 per person per night at Lengau, payble at the lodge in cash.
Drinks during lunch at the harbor or on arrival at Machangulo Peninsula.
Premium brand drinks and imported drinks at Machangulo Beach Villa,
Extra activities at Machangulo including snorkeling off the vertical reef at Santa Maria, deep sea fishing, canoeing etc.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but an experience is worth a thousand pictures!