(Johannesburg, Sabi Sands)
(Ponta do Ouro)
This perfect and relaxing African holiday boast the best game viewing in South Africa and the untouched, natural beauty of Mozambique. Prepare for a wildlife experience like no other, as you begin by flying into Johannesburg, South Africa for some Big Five game viewing at the renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Ideally located in an area foraged by Africa’s most popular and famous wildlife, the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is situated within the Kruger National Park, unarguably the most recognized game park in all of South Africa. Accompanied by expert local guides, visit some of the most secluded areas of the reserve where you can enjoy viewing the game interacting in their natural habitat, whilst not disturbing them. From South Africa, travel to the nearby Indian Ocean paradise, Mozambique. Allow the cool ocean breeze to gently caress your cheeks whilst enjoying the sheer beauty of Mozambique’s pristine, untouched, beaches. Travel from the capital Maputo, via a picturesque helicopter transfer, to the remote southern region of Ponta Mamoli. Spend some time relaxing on the unspoiled beaches of this African paradise, or if you prefer undertake in an amazing aquatic adventure exploring the remarkable dive sites and fishing location this dynamic locale provides. This exclusive itinerary will provide excitement, soothing relaxation and long-lasting memories of beautiful South Africa and Mozambique.
Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met inside the airport and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues. You will be given your personalized document package for your trip with all the tickets and vouchers you need.
Airport transfer to/from your hotel with private vehicle
The urban, contemporary and edgy Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch is the latest hot-spot in the trendy Melrose Arch Precinct, a unique city within a city, which boasts a new variety of trendy retail & leisure amenities. Following the success and conversations around its predecessor in Cape Town, this contemporary hotel guarantees to spice-up any visit to Jozi and is aimed at the traveller who enjoys being amidst the energetic urban vibe of the cool city life. The hotel is the choice amongst the “forever young” set and offers affordability and value for money mixed with a sense of unique style, unlike anything seen before in this market.
Take your flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Transfer between Hoedspruit Airport and your lodge. This transfer will take approx 1.5 hrs. In rainy season this drive may take longer depending on road conditions in the park.
This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost dependant on availability.
Arathusa Safari Lodge an enchanting lodge which lies within the world renowned Sabi Sand Private Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. The camp is an intimate one, completely open-plan and designed to harmoniously blend with the adjacent lake and African bush. Wood and thatch, air and water – an extension of the natural environment. Fabrics are natural, the design simple and elegant. Arathusa has both standard rooms and ultra-luxurious exclusive suitestucked into the untamed African bush. The camp is completely open-plan and flanks a mammoth waterhole which pulses with animal activity. This is the perfect location for the nature enthusiast who seeks an intimate environment and warm hospitality.
Before first light you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your early morning game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge for breakfast. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost depending on availability.
Travel today between your lodge in Sabi Sands and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer from Nelspruit (KMIA), South Africa to Maputo, Mozambique. The approximate travel time is 3 hours. This transfer involves a border cross, which may affect the estimated travel time.
A valid passport is required for all American or Canadian citizens, including children, who wish to visit Mozambique. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. There have been cases where citizens were refused entry for not having the six-month validity.
A Letter of Invitation is required to apply for the visa. To obtain the visa you must provide full names as per passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. Please check with your travel consultant for more details.
Enjoy this scenic Helicopter transfer from Maputo to Ponta do Ouro, White Pearl Resort.
White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli, offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury in Africa. Experience elegant simplicity at this exclusive beach resort set in the dunes of the untouched shores of southern Mozambique. On a magnificent stretch of coastline, tucked behind casuarinas trees, White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli promises to earn the reputation for being the jewel of the Indian Ocean. Feel free to sip cocktails in your private plunge pool, indulge in sumptuous traditional cuisine, head out on a deep sea fishing adventure or escape from it all by exploring rich coral reefs with our qualified dive instructors. All of the stylish suites boast stunning views of the vast and spectacular Indian Ocean. At White Pearl Resorts, the staff has taken the utmost care to ensure you experience pure relaxation accompanied by warm and welcoming Mozambican hospitality. Shoes are strictly optional.
A kaleidoscope of colour greets you above and below the ocean. Magnificent reefs for diving and snorkelling, home to the turtles that nest on the island’s outer shores. Migrating whales, dolphins, and the elusive and protected dugong ply these waters, along with marlin, sailfish and tuna to tempt the sports fishermen. On land, towering sand dunes give way to indigenous bush abundant with local flora and fauna, an interesting variety of birdlife, as well as the odd crocodile or two at the lakes.
There are land based activities too. Take a tour of the island, and experience the local culture. Climb the dunes, some of which are scattered with the remnants of ancient Arab pottery. Visit the island’s lakes and spot a crocodile or two. Discover the local fauna and flora. Take a long walk and we will meet you with a picnic. Or join one of our star gazing events and lie back and listen to the ancient African stories that chart the cosmos. The view of the stars and milky way from Azura is quite spectacular.
Many of our activities are focused around the sea and reefs of Benguerra Island. You can snorkel, dive or fish the waters which are abundant with marine life. Watch the sunset as you sail on our dhow, or cruise to deserted beaches to look for pansy shells. Gaze at the dolphins, who are regular visitors to our beach, or track down humpback whales on their migration past the island’s shores (seasonal).
Enjoy this scenic Helicopter transfer from Ponta do Ouro, White Pearl Resort to Maputo.
Take your flight from Maputo (MPM) to Johannesburg (JNB) today. The approximate travel time is 1 hour.
Depart from Johannesburg international airport - End of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTA visa is required for entry into Mozambique. It is recommended that travelers acquire the appropriate visa prior to departing for Mozambique, although a one-entry visa can be obtained at country points of entry, including airports. Processing generally takes 11 working days and costs approximately US$20. The passports of all travelers who wish to enter Mozambique must be valid for six months upon arrival and must contain at least three clean (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of Mozambique for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/mozambique.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Maputo. Government: Republic since 1990. Gained independence from Portugal in 1975. Language: Portuguese is the official language. Many local African languages, such as Tsonga, Sena Nyanja, Makonde and Macua, are also spoken. Religion: Christian (mainly Roman Catholic), Muslim and Hindu. Many also follow traditional beliefs. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +258. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is expanding to all main cities in most provinces. Internet: There are Internet cafes in Maputo and other cities.
VISA/PASSPORTVisitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. We recommend that the passports of all travelers to South Africa contain at least two completely blank (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages (as many as four) at the back of the passport. While South African statutes require only one completely blank visa page, this rule has been applied inconsistently by South African immigration officials. In addition, any trip to a neighboring country would necessitate another blank page upon return.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of South Africa for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/south-africa.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Pretoria (administrative). Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1910. Language: The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Religion: Most inhabitants profess Christianity. There are also Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practiced widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC; 250 volts AC (Pretoria), 50Hz. Three-pin round plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +27. Area codes are used even if you are making a call in the same area. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends to most of the country except in the very remote areas. Internet: Internet cafes are present around the country and wireless is available at airports and in upmarket hotels.
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