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15 Day Mozambique Explorer - Northbound Camping Safari
Gorongosa National Park
Mozambique Explorer - Northbound starts in Lilongwe, Malawi and visits some of the highlights in Northern Mozambique. Largely untouched, it offers some great wildlife destinations and tropical beaches. This 15 day safaris is really great value for money.
Highlights Gorogoza National Park, Ngorongoza National Park, Nampula, tropical paradise beach at Nuwara near Nacala, Isle de Mozambique, Train journey from Nampula to Cuamba, port town of Metangula on Lake Nyassa, Likoma Island.
Mozambique is slowly emerging from its ruinous past to once again stake its claim as one of the jewels of Africa. Today Maputo, the bustling capital, reveals many restored Portuguese-style colonial buildings, and offers culture and old world charm. The 1,500 miles (2,500km) of palm-fringed coastline is washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and graced with long white beaches, excellent coral reefs and strings of pristine islands. The islands offer a classic tropical getaway, with superb fishing, water sports, shaded beaches, surf and outstanding diving and snorkelling opportunities. Most of the wildlife reserves have been restocked and improved with large populations of elephant, buffalo and antelope.
Day 1 : Arrive at the Lilongwe International airport. Meet and greet. Transfer to the Sanctuary Lodge. Familiarize yourself with the equipment, meet your guides, other members of the party and the support staff and have a tour briefing. Overnight camping on dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Depart after an early breakfast and head southward then into Mozambique. After completing immigration procedures, continue to Tete. It’s a long drive after Tete on some bad roads to Chimoyo where we stay in basic bedrooms at Chikamba Dam. Arrival late afternoon. Dinner and breakfast in the restaurant.
Day 3: After breakfast we drive to the Gorogoza National Park. After a brief fresh food re-supply in Chimoyo, we aim to arrive before Lunch. On arrival set up camp and after we have settled in, go on our first exploratory game drive. We camp near Chitengo. Overnight here on full board + game activities per day.
Day 4: Full day in the Ngorongoza National Park. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, returning to camp between activities. Over night camping with all camp meals included.
Day 5: After breakfast we pack up drive North East. After crossing the Mighty Zambezi River, we pass through Quirimane and overnight at Mocuba. This is really an overnight stop en route to the coast. Overnight camping inclusive camp meals.
Day 6: Continue northwards to the Provincial city of Nampula. Stay at the Hotel Tropicana on bed and breakfast basis. The evening can be spent at one of the local entertainment establishmenst where we can sample the nightlife. Overnight basic Hotel.
Day 7: Today will be another fairly long drive to the beach at Nuwara near Nacala. This beautiful beach is a tropical paradise and the perfect place to relax and offers ample exploring and swimming opportunities. Overnight Camping all meals included basis.
Day 8: Full day at leisure on the beach. Enjoy the optional water sports activities at Nuwaru – boat cruises, scuba diving, sailing or simply walking and meeting the friendly locals. Overnight camping inclusive all meals.
Day 9: After breakfast, we retrace our steps for a short while and then drive to Isle de Mozambique. This historic island provides a fascinating insight into the early days and development of Mozambique. It was a major slave trading port and remnants of the original architecture can still be seen to date. Overnight at 3 star Hotel Omuhipiti on dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Day 10: After a morning tour of the city, we return to Nampula in preparation the next days early start. Overnight at Hotel Tropicana on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 11: It’s a very early start and we board the train [vehicles and all !] headed inland to Cuamba. The train departs at 05H00 and it's a slow and interesting journey through the heart of the country with numerous stops along the way. Arrival in Cuamba is late afternoon. Overnight at Hotel Vision 2000 on bed and breakfast basis. [Note – This part of the journey might travel by road should the train not be available for any reason]
Day 12: Departing Cuamba continue Northwards to Lichinga Town then onwards to the Lake Nyassa [Malawi] port town of Metangula.We follow the lake northwards to Manda Wilderness and the delightful Nkwichi Lodge. Overnight in this award winning Lodge on a full board inclusive non motorized activities basis.
Day 13 & 14: The days are spent relaxing and exploring this unique and beautiful paradise. Including all meals, teas, coffees, water and non-motorised activities (guided walking, canoeing, snorkelling, Dhow sailing trips and visits to the local villages) as well as accommodation in their luxury chalets.
Day 15: After an early breakfast you will be transferred by boat to Likoma Island , then by charter plane to Lilongwe to arrive in timefor your international flight home.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Included in Itinerary: Land and Lake Safaris vehicle & driver/guide, all transport [Cars, trains, boats and planes] as per itinerary, safari cook, all camping equipment [Tents, mattresses, catering equipment, gas lighting etc], meals and activities as indicated.
Excluded: Drinks, International flights, Travel / medical insurance, SLEEPING BAGS, Visa fees into Mozambique / Malawi, Border Fees stamp fees to enter Mozambique [$ 5 pp], Tips, park entry fees in Gorongoza National Park [$ ], gratuities and any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.