Highlights: Local market, snorkelling, Bazaruto Island, Beaches, Diving
Countries Visited: Mozambique
TOUR CODE: NMZ Accommodation: Twin Share Camping Max Passengers: 18 Number of Crew: 2 Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck DURATION: Days: 8 Nights: 7
Meals: Breakfast:7 Lunch:7 Dinner:7
Departure Point Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Between 10:00am and 12:00pm from Casa Lisa, near Marracuene just 50km north of Maputo, Tel: +27 21 851 1356, http://casalisa.co.za/
End Point Casa Lisa, near Marracuene just 50km north of Maputo, Tel: +27 21 851 1356, http://casalisa.co.za/
*NOTE: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travellers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18. The group will be separated for the Bazaruto Archipelago Excursion and for this reason, if you have booked a German translated departure, the translator will accompany the accommodated clients (overnight accommodation).
Day 1 Mozambique – Praia do Tofo Travelling north you can’t help but be captivated by the beautiful coastal scenery before arriving in Praia do Tofo and our campsite for the next two nights. Whether you just want to relax on the white sandy beaches or take on some of Africa’s most amazing diving and snorkelling spots, there’s plenty on offer in Tofo.
Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Scuba Diving and Surfing. Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Bamboozi Beach Lodge: www.barraresorts.com/bamboozi-home-of-bamboozi-lodge Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool Route: Maputo to Praia Do Tofo ±500 km Travel time: ±7-8 hrs
Day 2 Praia do Tofo In season Tofo is one of the world’s best sites for the viewing of the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark. This entire day is free so that you can go snorkelling, scuba diving or just relax on the beautiful white sandy beach.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp: Bamboozi Beach Lodge: www.barraresorts.com/bamboozi-home-of-bamboozi-lodge Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool
Day 3 Vilanculos The Bazaruto Archipelago is Mozambique’s premier destination and it’s not hard to understand why. A protected area, the sea-life here is spectacular and snorkelling at one of the reefs is one of the best ways to enjoy it. On the way to Vilanculos we will be stopping at a local craft market for a little souvenir shopping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Smugglers www.mozcon.com/Smugglers_Vilanculos.html Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool, shop Route: Praia Do Tofo to Vilanculos ±300 km Travel time: ±7 hrs
Day 4 Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion The Bazaruto excursion is taken on the traditional sailing vessel of the African East Coast, the Dhow. We sail out to the islands and have the opportunity to snorkel, swim and relax over these 2 days. The Bazaruto is one of Southern Africa’s largest marine parks. We will overnight at a camp on the beach in our tents.
Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Vilanculos for this night.
Day 5 Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion The second day of this oceanic excursion is again spent exploring the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the abundant sea-life it supports. On rare occasions the weather may be unfavourable and in this case the Dhow will be replaced with a more conventional vessel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Smugglers www.mozcon.com/Smugglers_Vilanculos.html Facilities: Hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool, shop
Day 6/7 Inhambane Today we travel through coconut plantations to the old Portuguese settlement of Inhambane. This coastal region is very relaxing and boasts incredible beaches. There are many optional activities available here from fishing to horse riding.
Optional Activities: Scuba Diving, Quad Biking, Snorkelling Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Two per room: Palm Grove Lodge: http://www.palmgrovelodge.co.za Facilities: En suite, hot showers, bar Route: Vilanculos to Inhambane ±285 km Travel time: ±6 hrs
Day 8 Maputo area Today we return south towards the direction of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. Mozambique gained full independence from the Portuguese in 1975, but only gained political stability in more recent times and is undergoing a major upgrade as the country’s economy grows.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Own arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris Route: Inhambane to Maputo ±570 km Travel time: ±7-8 hrs
Tour Ends Your tour will end at Casa Lisa http://casalisa.co.za/. We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening with your travel agent SA Tours and Safaris.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Activity Package This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour.
Activity & Price -Bazaruto camping excursion R2750 TOTAL: R2750 This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.
What’s included Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.
What’s excluded All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips, optional activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).
Pre and Post Tour Accommodation If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel agent, SA Tours and Safaris, to make these bookings.
Arrival / Departure Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.
Insurance (Compulsory) All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased via SA Tours and Safaris, please enquire with our consultants for more information.
Currency and Banking South African Rand is best on this tour. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on other countries. Travellers Cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. Please note that ATM’s are not widely available in Mozambique.
Health Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.
Visas Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities require visas for Mozambique. Please ensure that you apply for your Mozambique visa beforehand as applying for the visas at the border is a lengthy process. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.
Malaria Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.
MEALS ON TOUR Breakfast: As breakfast is served very early in the morning (if there is driving or activities to be done) it is a simple but filling breakfast: Tea and coffee, breads and spreads, cereals, yoghurts, fruits and on occasion, when there is time for a later breakfast, guides will serve a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, porridge, bacon or beans.
Lunch: Lunch is generally served at a picnic spot next to the road en route to a destination. As the guides only have approximately 45 minutes to get everyone off the truck, prepare lunch and then get everyone back on the truck again, lunches consist of sandwiches and salads (rice salad, pasta salad, tuna salad and green salad) which are quick and easy to prepare but which are quite filling. They do have meal plans which they should stick to, to ensure that there is variety on a day to day basis.
Dinner: This is when the guides get time to prepare a delicious meal and they focus on a substantial protein, vegetable and carbohydrate dinner. We serve traditional cuisine consisting of braais (BBQ), potjie (stew), bobotie (mince), spaghetti and fish and chicken dishes.
All meals (on both accommodated and camping tours) that are included as per the dossier are prepared at the full service adventure truck. This is a unique adventure in itself where you get to dine under the stars with your new found friends and experience the real sights and sounds of Africa!