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Explore Eden Gorongosa Safari & Beach

Combine the lost Eden of Gorongosa National Park with the sparkling sand of Benguerra Island, part of the Bazaruto Archipelago, in a first-rate safari and beach holiday in Mozambique.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $8081
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 13 days
Best months: January - June, September - December
Countries visited: Mozambique Mozambique
Parks visited: Gorongosa
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Cultural
Vast plains dotted with acacia, dense thickets curling around towering trees, lily-covered wetlands, and an exciting rainforest all waiting to be explored. You can be among the first to discover these fragile ecosystems of Gorongosa National Park, in the centre of Mozambique. Gorongosa is recovering well after Mozambique's troubles, an ambitious restoration project, set up with the help of Mozambique's government, was started to re-establish the game in the park. Although it is still fairly early days, the project goes from strength to strength with increased numbers of elephant, hippo, lion and buffalo all being reported. Kubatana Camp operates private safaris within Gorongosa National Park. Discover what the park has to offer on foot and in vehicles. After adventuring in Gorongosa, travel south to the tropical retreat, Azura at Gabriel's on Benguerra Island, where you can do as little or as much as you want.

On this trip you will visit:
Bazaruto Archipela and Gorongosa National Park

Day 1
Your Mozambique expedition begins at London Heathrow where you will depart on a direct, overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day 2

Kubatana Camp – Gorongosa National Park

On arrival into Johannesburg Airport, connect onto onward flight to Beira, Mozambique's second largest city and a vital port to the neighbouring landlocked countries of Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. 

At Beira Airport you will be met and taken on a 3 ½ hour road journey through rolling hills to Gorongosa National Park. 

After clearing formalities at the Park's headquarters, head for Kubatana Camp, a seasonal camp set on the Muscicadzi River and your safari base camp for the next 4 nights in comfortable ensuite safari tents with all meals, house beverages, laundry and game activities.

On your first evening, perhaps take a sunset drive to the floodplains or simply settle into your camp and enjoy a drink as the sun goes down.
Accommodation: Kubatana Camp Gorongosa
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Days 3 - 5

Start the day with early morning tea or coffee and a light breakfast before heading off on a walk along the Muscicadzi River to stretch the legs and get acquainted with Gorongosa. The birding is excellent and you are likely to encounter some huge crocs on this stretch of the river.

Return to camp for a brunch before setting off in the afternoon on a combined walk and game drive. Gorongosa National Park has an impressive species list and is home to significant populations of reedbuck, oribi, waterbuck, impala, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, warthog and sable antelope. In the rivers and lake, good populations of hippo and crocodile occur, whilst on the floodplains and in the surrounding forests zebra, kudu, vervet monkeys and baboons are to be found. Large herbivores such as buffalo and wildebeest are being reintroduced via the Gorongosa Wildlife Sanctuary.

While the emphasis at Gorongosa is on walking you will also explore this uniquely diverse ecosystem on game-drives in an open Land Cruiser. 

After a delicious and hearty dinner, you can settle down around the camp-fire (your very own bush TV!) and listen to the night sounds before heading off to bed.

Days 6 - 12

Azura at Gabriel's – Benguerra Island

Today you bid farewell to the Kubatana Camp team as you set off for Beira to board the light aircraft flight to Vilanculos which is south of Beira. 

On arrival into Vilanculos you will be met and taken on a thrilling 10 minute helicopter flight to the un-spoilt island of Azura at Gabriel's for a 7 night stay in a beach villa with all meals, local brand drinks, butler/host service, 15 min refresher massage on day of arrival (subject to availability), Land Rover Island Drive, Sunset Dhow cruise and laundry included.

At Azura, you relax and enjoy the sparkling turquoise ocean. The lodge is great for diving and with a fully equipped PADI dive center and training pool. In addition to diving, you can also fish, snorkel and enjoy a sunset dhow as the water is crystal clear.
Accommodation: Azura at Gabriel's, Benguerra Island
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Day 13

This morning you will leave Azura at Gabriel's by helicopter heading back to Vilanculos in time for the afternoon flight to Johannesburg to connect with direct, overnight flight to London.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Kubatana Camp Gorongosa
  • Azura at Gabriel's – Benguerra Island

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