The Pafuri Route.  

(Kruger National Park to the Mozambican Coast – my own special route).

Trip departs Pafuri Border: EITHER: 30 September OR 1 October OR 2 October. Depending on group requirements.

Trip arrives Mozambique Coast: EITHER: 2 October OR 3 October OR 4 October.

3 days, 2 nights.

Three options:

1) WITH YOUR OWN 4X4 VEHICLE AND OWN CAMPING EQUIPMENT AND FOOD (Me in my Prado as back-up:

R3500 PER VEHICLE. (Minimum 2 vehicles, maximum 5 vehicles.)

2) WITH YOUR OWN 4X4, BUT WITH MY CAMPING EQUIPMENT, FOOD PROVIDED (Me in my Prado as back-up):

R2000 per person (minimum 4 people).

3) I TAKE YOU IN MY 4X4 PRADO: Fully self-sufficient. All meals, drinks and camping equipment provided. You need only your clothes and passport. We will depart Johannesburg a day prior to the above dates, and I can drop you at Vilanculos or Inhambane, or you can return with me to Johannesburg. Itinerary is flexible with this option.

R4500 per person (minimum 2 people, maximum 4 adults + 2 children.)

NOTE: If you choose option 3, I can collect you in Johannesburg on the day before the above departure dates. This means the trip will effectively be 4 days, 3 nights. At an additional cost, you may also return to Johannesburg with me, or be dropped off en-route,.

IMPORTANT! Requirements for those travelling with minor (under 18) children.

Note that unabridged birth certificates and other paperwork are essential if travelling with your own or other people’s minor (under 18) children. It is ESSENTIAL that you prepare according to these regulations: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/621-advisory-new-requirements-for-children-travelling-through-south-african-ports-of-entry-effective-1-june-2015

VISAS: Citizens of South Africa and other SADC countries do not require a visa. For all other nationalities border visas (visto de fronteira) are routinely issued at Pafuri border for US$50 CASH (cards not accepted). No photos or other paperwork required.

VEHICLE PAPERWORK:

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: On 30 September OR 1 October OR 2 October.

We meet on the South African side at Pafuri Border Post no later than 12:00. It should take us around an hour to clear both sides of the border. We will then drive to Dumela Wilderness Safaris just 7km from the border. Here we will set up camp and enjoy a leisurely lunch and perhaps a nice afternoon nap before exploring the wide Limpopo floodplain and fever tree forest on foot. In the evening we will enjoy a braai (barbeque) overlooking the oxbow-lake. Note that if you are self-catering meals are not provided, but if I am providing camping gear then catering is included. A peaceful night chatting around the fire and listening to night sounds ends the day.

Day 2:

Up before dawn we will eat breakfast and pack and then continue alongside the Limpopo River on a track that is away from the usual route, but passes through magnificent riverine forest to Mapai. From Mapai we will continue on my own preferred, but less-known route into the Banhine National Park and stop for lunch overlooking one of the pans. We will then continue on to Fish Eagle Camp at the Park HQ where (if space available) you may prefer to stay in one of the fixed tents rather than setting up your own. This would be at your own expense, but very reasonably priced.   After settling in, we will take a drive around the nearby wetland for bird-watching and site-seeing.   Our evening meal will be taken around the campfire.

Day 3: On 2 October OR 3 October OR 4 October.

Again on my own route, we will head to Lake Banamana where will stop at my own special spot to explore on foot and to enjoy lunch overlooking pools that are usually home to hundreds of Flamingos. From there will continue to the Mozambique coast either ending at Vilanculos or at Inhambane or anywhere in-between.

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