Mozambique and Kruger Park Trip

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Mozambique and Kruger Park Trip

VACorps offers a special ten-day adventure trip to Mozambique and the Kruger Park.  This trip is so much more than a vacation.  It truly is an experience of a lifetime, and a chance to get off the beaten track. Expect to expand your comfort zones, make lifelong friends, and have some of the most fun you have ever had! 

Interns preparing to get onto a dhow for the return journey back from Isla la Porka

Trip Itinerary:

Although the trip itinerary changes slightly from time to time, the trip will follow a general structure:

One night in Maputo, Mozambique: We will break our journey from Johannesburg by spending 1 night in the city, usually arriving late afternoon, and leaving early the next morning.

Three nights in Morrungulo Mozambique: Our accommodation sets us up on a big dune overlooking a crystal blue ocean and spectacular beach that extends as far as the eye can see in either direction. Here we have the option of diving or snorkeling the pristine coral reefs, spectacular sunset beach runs, hour-long swims in the warm ocean, long lazy days spent lounging on the beach or reading a book by the pool.  In the evening we enjoy meals of freshly caught fish cooked on the open fire under the stars followed by a few drinks at the bar.

Swimming in the tropical turquoise water in Morrungulo

Four nights in Tofo, Mozambique: Tofo is a small yet lively sea-side village situated on a small peninsula, flanked by two stunning beaches.  It is host to many wonderful restaurants, cafe’s and beach bars, as well as a vibrant market selling anything from freshly caught crayfish to custom-made sundresses. We stay a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Tofino beach, and world-class Tofino point surf spot. Tofo offers exceptional scuba diving, surfing, ATV tours, great nightlife and so much more. Included in your trip price is an Ocean Safari, where we hope to see and swim with whale sharks, dolphins, giant manta rays and humpbacked whales. Also included in your trip fee is a tour to Isla la Porka, where you will feast with the chief and his community in paradise,  and enjoy a spectacular dow ride back to the mainland.

Two nights in the Kruger National Park, South Africa: The Kruger offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Our accommodation overlooks the park boundary and the Crocodile River. It is not unusual to see herds of elephants having their evening swim whilst we sit on the balcony to enjoy a sundowner.  We enjoy a full day Safari in the park guided by professional game rangers. At night we settle down to a traditional South African braai (barbeque), and a few beers as we listen to the hippo’s gurgle and grunt in the river below us.

Additional Trip information:

Having fun on an Ocean Safari

Do I require a Visa for Mozambique?

Yes! Unless you are a citizen of Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia or Zimbabwe you will be required to obtain a Visa before you depart for Mozambique.  This is a fairly easy process but does require a visit to the Mozambican consulate at least a week prior to departure. Visa’s to Mozambique cost $100. We will guide you through this process.

How do we get to Mozambique?

We will catch an early morning flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg and then travel by minivan the rest of the way.  Please note that your flights to Johannesburg are not included in the trip cost.  Before booking your flights to Johannesburg, please check with your trip coordinator, making sure you book your arrival airport at OR Thambo, and not Lanseria Airport (Johannesburg has two airports).

How much does the trip cost, and how do I sign up?

The trip cost is set at $1250. If you would like to book your place on a trip you can speak to a VAC staff member, or email: [email protected].  It is best to sign up for a trip in advance as places on the trips are limited.

Is Mozambique a Malaria Area?

Yes, and we highly recommend that you take anti-malaria medicine (Malerone is great, and does not have any side effects).  It is readily available in Cape Town and must be purchased prior to your trip.

A close encounter with an elephant in the Kruger National Park

Do I need to get qualified in order to scuba dive?

Yes! In order to Scuba dive while you are in Mozambique you will need to have completed your open water one. If you are not Scuba certified and would like to do a course, VACorps will offer a PADI Open Water Scuba Diving course to interns at an additional cost. Please speak to your trip coordinator if you are interested and need more information. 

What is the diving like in Mozambique and how much does it cost?

The diving in Mozambique is world class.  The abundance of megafauna (giant manta’s, turtles, whales, etc) and unspoiled coral reefs make it a spectacular diving destination.  All dives are boat dives, and the cost will often depend on travel time to the reefs.  On average a dive will cost about $50 (R800).

What are your cancellation and refund policies?

  • Participation on the trip is only confirmed once you have paid in full.
  • Any cancellation made less than two weeks prior to the trip departure date will not be refunded.
  • All recoverable costs will be refunded if a cancellation is made more than two weeks in advance of the departure date.

What is the weather like, and what should I pack?

Mozambique is situated in the tropics and has a warm tropical climate. Bring beach clothes, shorts, T-shirts, sundresses, etc.  Be sure to bring your bathing suit, lots of sun cream, bug spray, a sun hat and something warm to put on in the evenings as it can get a little cooler, especially if you are going during the winter months (May – October).  Regardless of the time of year, it is also a good idea to bring cooler long pants and a long sleeve cotton shirt to put in in the evenings for protection against the Mozquito’s which tend be most active at dusk and dawn.

Kruger Park is very hot in the summer. Daytime temperatures during winter, while a lot cooler is generally fairly mild.  Regardless of the season, you will have to bring something warm for the early morning game drive as it can be very cold at 5 a.m.!

Please download the June/July/August/September packing list here.

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