Rock My South Africa, eSwatini & Mozambique Adventure

 

Do you love being surrounded by nature, beautiful landcapes, live music, being by the ocean, incredible wildlife, going on adventures and meeting local people? Then the Rock My South Africa, eSwatini & Mozambique Adventure is the trip for you!

 

Duration

15 Nights

 

Next Trip

October 2019

 

Price

£1,995 + $950 (paid on arrival)

 

Deposit

£200

 

Trip Overview

Join us on an adaventurous and colourful journey through South Africa, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and Mozambique.

Starting off in Johannesburg, South Africa, we’ll explore the city on a full day tour.

We’ll visit Nelson Mandela’s former home, Soweto, and learn all about the uprisings and the resistance against the Apartheid regime whilst getting a unique insight into Soweto life.

There’ll also be some time to explore our hip and trendy neighbourhood before we head into the Kingdom of eSwatini, formally known as Swaziland.

Here, we’ll spend a few days immersed in nature, staying in a stunning national reserve and you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about the unique and interesting Swazi culture and explore your adventurous side!There are also plenty of activities on offer to keep you occupied, such as hiking, horse riding, zip lining and white water rafting, to name just a few!

From eSwatini, we’ll travel to Mozambique, spending a night in the capital Maputo, before we move up the coast to Tofo, a beautiful and chilled out beach town with beautiful beaches and lots of exciting activities on offer.

After we’ve had a few days at the beach, we’ll head back to South Africa, to the world famous Kruger National Park where we’ll spend 2 full days on safari, including sunset and sunrise game drives, looking for the ‘Big 5’.

Kruger is one of the world’s best safari destinations and you have a good chance of seeing lions, leopards and other predators, as well as elephants, giraffes and the rest of the cast of the Lion King!

Leaving Kruger, we’ll visit God’s window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Blyde River Canyon where we’ll spend the night, before we head back to Johannesburg for our final night together.

 

Essential Info

Duration: 15 Nights

Dates:

  • 18 October – 3 November 2019
  • 16 October – 1 November 2020

Start: Johannesburg

Finish: Johannesburg

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

Cost: £1,995 + $1,000* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)

Early Bird Discount: £100 OFF if you sign up for this tour by 15th February 2019.

* The local payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on arrival to your tour leader in US Dollars. This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime!

“I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing trip. It was a dream come true for me! I felt it was very well organised, taking in all the highlights and I loved the pace. There was always something amazing to look forward to every day. A never-ending stream of breathtaking experiences. I thought the balance between nature and culture, action and rest days was really well judged. I enjoyed watching the landscape change from the dry veldt to the tropical palm fringed beaches. For me the highlights were the game drives in Kruger. We saw the big five and also a pack of 18 wild dogs 5 meters from the road. I loved everything about Swaziland, especially my long walks in Mlilwane, my encounters with huge crocs and the cultural dancing as well as the visit to the medicine man’s hut. Mozambique was great too with its huge expanse of deserted beaches and I loved swimming with whale sharks. It really took my breath away having them 3 meters from me. All my trepidations about travel in Africa are gone. I am totally hooked on this continent: the landscape, the wildlife, the people, the history. I cant wait to keep exploring Africa with “Rock My Adventure”. It was a trip of a lifetime for me and truly enriched me.”

KATJA / GERMANY / ROCK MY SOUTH AFRICA, ESWATINI & MOZAMBIQUE ADVENTURE 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the cool and hip city of Johannesburg.
  • Take a tour of the Soweto township, former home of Nelson Mandela, where we’ll learn about the Soweto uprisings and the resistance against the Apartheid regime.
  • Eat dinner at two of Johannesburg’s restaurants and sample the fun nightlife.
  • Stay at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, in the Ezulwini Valley (‘Valley of Heaven’), where animals often wander into camp.
  • Climb the impressive Sibebe Rock, the world’s largest free standing rock after Uluru in Australia.
  • Visit the Mantenga Cultural Village and get an insight into Swazi customs and enjoy traditional Swazi singing and dancing.
  • Visit the Mantenga Waterfall.
  • Take a guided tour of Lobamba township and village and meet some of the friendliest and welcoming people ever.
  • Eat dinner at the quirky House on Fire, Swaziland’s premier entertainment venue.
  • Go horse riding or mountain biking through the beautiful Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and surrounding areas.
  • Get your adrenaline pumping with white water rafting or tubing in the Great Usutu River or go abseiling, ziplining or quad biking!
  • Go shopping and explore Mozambique’s cosmopolitan capital city of Maputo.
  • Enjoy the Maputo nightlife.
  • Eat the freshest fish and seafood at Maputo Fish Market.
  • Relax, chill and party in Tofo, one of the most beautiful and awesome places in Africa (in my opinion).
  • Stay at the fabulous Mozambeat Motel.
  • Explore Tofo, the local markets and get clothes made my a wonderful local tailor.
  • Take part in one of the many great activities on offer: an ocean safari to spot whale sharks and manta rays, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, quad biking, taking an island tour and dhow trip with snorkelling, a visit to the old Portuguese colonial city Inhambane and surfing.
  • Enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Indian Ocean.
  • Spend time in Xai-Xai.
  • See the magnificent Blyde River Canyon from God’s Window.
  • Enjoy the activities on offer in Hoedspruit, such as hot air ballooning, microlighting and boat cruises.
  • Go on a ‘Big 5’ safari in the incredible Kruger National Park.
  • Enjoy the ultimate South African pastime – a braai (bbq) in Kruger National Park.

Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg

Arrive in Johannesburg and relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two at a fantastic local restaurant!

Your Rock My South Africa, Swaziland & Mozambique Adventure starts here and you’re going to LOVE it!

* If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can organise any other activities you wish to do. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately. There are really cool local weekend markets in Johannesburg.

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Curiocity Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: None

 

Day 2: Johannesburg

In the morning, we’ll head over to Nelson Mandela’s former home, the infamous and often misunderstood Soweto township.

We’ll take our tour on our bicycles to see the many different sections of the area, learning about the Soweto uprisings and the resistance against the Apartheid regime. We’ll stop at a number of different food stalls along the way to grab some local snacks, as well as a local pub known as a ‘shebeen’ where you can taste the local beer and hear stories of African customs and traditions finishing with a traditional South African lunch.

You will get a great insight into Soweto and learn how the communities have evolved over the years to become what you see today.

We’ll be staying in one of the hippest neighbourhoods in the city, so we’ll spend the afternoon strolling the streets, checking out the street art and cool shops in our local area.

In the evening, we’ll have a meal out at another great local restaurant and those who want to can experience the Joburg nightlife, or you chill and get an early night ready for our trip tomorrow!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Curiocity Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: Soweto Township Tour

 

Day 3: eSwatini (Swaziland)

Leaving Johannesburg, we’ll road trip over to eSwatini where we will be staying at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, an outdoor lover’s paradise.

The the area we are staying in is known as Ezulwini Valley (which means the ‘Valley of Heaven’).

In the afternoon there will be some free time to relax and enjoy the views or enjoy an afternoon activity before we enjoy a sunset braai in our beautiful wildlife reserve, surrounded by nature.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (or similar)
  • Activities: Braai
Day 4: eSwatini (Swaziland)

Today we’re going to visit the Mantenga Cultural Village. This will give us an insight into Swazi customs and you will get to enjoy traditional Swazi singing and dancing. You can even join in if you want to!

From here, we’ll visit the Mantenga Waterfall before moving on to Lobamba township and village where we will have the chance to look around and meet the local people who are some of the friendliest I’ve met in all of Africa.

Many of the local men still wear traditional dress and most of the time they’re very happy to have their photo taken wth you and will be curious to find out about where you come from too, so it’s always a wonderful day.

In the evening, we’ll go for a meal at the fabulous House on Fire, Swaziland’s premier entertainment venue which is also incredibly quirky and very photogenic!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (or similar)
  • Activities: Mantenga Cultural Village, Mantenga Waterfall, Lobamba Township Tour, House of Fire
Day 4: eSwatini (Swaziland)

Today is a free day where you will be able to take part in one of the many amazing activities on offer in eSwatini.

Popular activities include horse riding or mountain biking through the beautiful reserve, going on a village walk, white water rafting, tubing, abseiling, hiking Sibebe Rock, quad biking, safari in Hlane Royal National Park, Mlawula Nature Reserve, guided or self-guided hikes or a ziplining canopy tour through the stunning mountain wilderness of the Malolotja Nature Reserve.

If you love adventure, you’ll LOVE it here!

eSwatini is an incredible place, so whatever you choose to do will be a lot of fun (and very pretty) but there are few things more magical than riding a horse or a bike at sunset through rolling green hills in the African bush, surrounded by animals like zebra and wildebeest.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (or similar)
  • Activities: None
Day 6: Maputo

Today, we’ll cross the border and over into  Mozambique and our first stop is the cool, cosmopolitan capital, Maputo.

There will be some free time to relax, shop at the FEIMA Arts & Crafts Market (Maputo has some great shopping) or go for a walk around the neighbourhood before we go out for a meal at a great local restaurant.

Those who want to can go dancing and take in the Maputo nightlife or you can get an early night as we have an early bus in the morning up to Tofo!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Fatimas (or similar)
  • Activities: Maputo Fish Market
Day 7: Tofo

Today is a travel day as we take the public bus to Tofo! This is a bit of an adventure and what I would call ‘proper’ backpacking. Good thing is, we’re all in this together!

But just you wait until we get there! Tofo is one of the most awesome places in Africa (seriously, you will be in love with this place), with a gorgeous beach that stretches for miles and an intoxicating fun, laid-back vibe and friendly people.

We’re staying at the fabulous Mozambeat Motel, which I know you’ll love!

We’ll have dinner and drinks at the hotel this evening and tonight is also Friday night, which is PARTY night in Tofo, so those who want to can let their hair down and do some shakin’ what your mama gave you!

The Mozambeat Motel often holds pool parties and theme nights with DJ’s and bands, so we may be lucky to catch one of those!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mozambeat Motel (or similar)
  • Activities: None
Day 8: Tofo

Today we’ll take a trip on a traditional dhow to an inhabited island off the coast of Tofo.

When we arrive, we’ll get to meet the chief of the island and some of the community members from the Bitonga tribe, visit a local school and clinic and enjoy a locally made lunch.

After lunch there will be time for snorkelling and our guide will show us how to climb a palm tree – don’t try this at home folks!

This is a really fun day out and a chance to experience a very different way of life.

In the afternoon, we’ll have a wander around town, go to a local pub (known as a barrack) or two, visit the local market where you can do some shopping and we’ll introduce you to a great local tailor, so if anyone wants any clothes made – he’s your guy!

The evening is free to do as you please!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Mozambeat Motel (or similar)
  • Activities: Dhow Trip, Island Tour, Tofo Tour
Day 9: Tofo

Today is a free day to take part in one of the activities available or to just relax on the beach, by the pool or just wander and see where the day takes you!

There are lots of cool things to do in and around Tofo, some of which we’ll need to book a day or two ahead of time! Options include: scuba diving, deep sea fishing, quad biking, tour the old Portuguese colonial city Inhambane and surfing.

However, one of the most popular activities in Tofo is  swimming with whale sharks and manta rays – pure magic!

In the evening, we’ll head out on a sunset cruise on the Indian Ocean, the perfect way to end our time in Tofo.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Mozambeat Motel (or similar)
  • Activities: Sunset Cruise
Day 11: Xai-Xai

Today is a travel day as we make our way back towards South Africa and the fabulous and world famous Kruger National Park.

We’ll spend the night near to the town of Xai-Xai on the beautiful coast and in the afternoon there will be time to relax, explore the area, stroll along the beach, visit the market or take a cultural tour.

In the evening, we’ll enjoy a lovely meal and a few drinks together.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Go Wild Resort (or similar)
  • Activities: None
Day 11 - 13: Kruger National Park

In the afternoon, we’ll enter Kruger National Park, one of the best safari destinations on the planet.

Here you’ll have the chance to see many of your favourite safari animals including the ‘Big Five’ – lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalos.

We’ll spend three nights in the park, with a sunset game drive on the day we arrive and 2 full day game drives on our second and third day in the park!

On one of our evenings, we’ll head back to camp for the ultimate South African pastime – the braai (that’s a bbq to you and me), with sundowner drinks and great company! This is South Africa!

You will LOVE your safari in Kruger!

 

  • Meals: All Meals
  • Accommodation: TBC
  • Activities: 2 Day Kruger National Park Safari, Sundowner Game Drive, Braai
Day 14: Blyde River Canyon

Today you’ll have the option to take a sunrise game drive in the park (additional cost) or you can have a little lie in!

We’ll spend the day making our way towards Blyde River Canyon where we’ll spend the night.

On the way, we’ll stop at God’s Window on the Drakensberg escarpment, overlooking Blyde River Canyon, one of the most beautiful and spectacular views in all of South Africa over the Blyde River Canyon.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Blyde River Canyon Lodge (or similar)
  • Activities: God’s window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon
Day 15: Johannesburg

Today we’ll make our way back to Johannesburg, however the morning is free to try one of the fantastic optional activities on offer in Hoedspruit.

These include microlighting and hot air ballooning over the canyon, boat tours through the canyon to see the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels, horse riding and quad biking.

We’ll arrive back in Johannesburg in the afternoon and there will be time for some last minute shopping before we head out on the town for our last evening together.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Curiocity Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: Goodbye Dinner (drinks included)
Day 16: Departure Day

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime!

We can arrange the transfer to Johannesburg’s O. R. Tambo International Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: None
  • Activities: None

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

Support

  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

Meals

  • 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 12 dinners.

Accommodation

  • 15 nights accommodation in good quality safari camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses.

Transport

  • All transport within South Africa, eSwatini & Mozambique to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, safari vehicle, bus & boat).

Activities

  • Johannesburg Tour (inc. Soweto Township Tour & Maboneng Tour)
  • Mantenga Cultural Village
  • Mantenga Waterfall
  • Lobamba Township Tour
  • House of Fire
  • Maputo Fish Market
  • Dhow & Snorkelling Trip 
  • Island Tour (inc. Local Lunch)
  • Tofo Tour Sunset Cruise
  • 2-Day Kruger National Park Safari
  • Sundowner Game Drive
  • South African Braai
  • God’s Window
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Flights.
  • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
  • Visas (if needed).
  • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance (required).
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides.

You will make 3 payments:

  • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
  • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
  • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

  • 18 October – 3 November 2019
  • 16 October – 1 November 2020

Travel insurance is essential for ALL Rock My Adventure trips.

Your health and safety when travelling is of the utmost importance, so it is vital that you have travel insurance policy that covers you for your trip to Africa. Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us and you will not be able to join a trip without it.

You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, theft, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. 

Your insurance should also cover you for any adventurous activities that you wish to do – this includes the ‘included’ activities on the tour and any ‘optional’ activities.

Please be aware that some hazardous activities such as (but not limited to) white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, safari walks, bungee jumping and sky diving may not be covered by all policies, so you may have to take out a higher level of cover.

Medical care is not free in Africa and even the cost of getting to hospital can be super expensive, so you need to be covered in case of a medical emergency, including air ambulance evacuation and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. For example, if your appendix bursts whilst we are in the Serengeti, you will need to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi. Without insurance you would need to pay for that out of your own pocket. 

If you are bringing along any electrical equipment such as cameras and laptops, you should also ensure your insurance covers those items too. Some policies only have this as an add-on. 

If you are travelling to an area that is subject to foreign office warnings, this may void your travel insurance, so you may need to take out an additional policy for the days you are in the danger zones. 

Please always read the small print.

Your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip, so please have the following information ready for them:

  • Name of insurance provider.
  • Your policy number.
  • The telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
  • Your next of kin name and number.

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