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Cape Town, Safari & Mozambique Beach

By Adele Jones
Africa Travel Expert for Alfred&

A good one for friends, family clans or honeymooners alike, this two-week itinerary allows you to explore or relax with enough options at your fingertips to keep you thoroughly entertained. Enjoy a three-night sojourn in bucket-list Cape Town and experience slow safari, spotting wildlife at an easygoing pace. Then castaway on Mozambique’s white-sand beaches for a Robinson-Crusoe-style escape.

Places

Length
13 days
Best months to go
April to May, September to November
Guide price range
£4,360 - £4,630pp
including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

The Machangulo Peninsula

Machangulo Beach Lodge: a little piece of paradise

The lodge is nestled in forested dunes and overlooks a spectacular white-sand beach. In season we can spot dolphins and humpback whales ...

Cape Town

A warm welcome and service guaranteed at the Pepperclub

We offer something for everyone - a bespoke tour, a film in our private cinema or a cocktail on our pool deck overlooking Table Mountain...

Greater Kruger Game Reserves

Safari for the soul at Garonga

I love spending as much time as I can in the bush, watching the animals and seeing the beauty of nature...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Cape Town

Arrive in South Africa. A local rep will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel on trendy Loop Street where you can unwind by the rooftop pool. For a romantic introduction to the city, choose an optional sunset cruise to soak up Cape Town’s dramatic coastal views. There’s nothing like the salty ocean breeze to revitalize you. Or pick up the pace on the optional and extremely fun Sidecar Tour zipping along the Cape Peninsula in a 1950s vintage sidecar. Overnight at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.

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2

Cape Town

You have the day to explore at your own pace. We suggest getting your bearings on an optional My Cape Town City tour, taking you around the landmarks in a way that’s tailored to your interests. If you’d prefer more of a challenge, try a guided hike up Table Mountain’s great escarpment where from the top, the views of the Mother City are next to none. Don’t worry, there’s a cable car that can carry you back down to the bottom. Cue a long session in the hotel spa. Overnight at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.

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3

Cape Town

No visit to Cape Town is complete without a stint in the Winelands that lie just outside the city. On the optional Winelands Constantia Cycling tour, you can peddle through the vineyards at a suitable pace and reward yourself with a glass of cold Chardonnay. If you yearn to visit the picturesque towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, then an optional Fly and Dine in the Cape Winelands tour is perfect since you’re short on time. This way you can quaff a selection of wine from top vineyard estates and soak it up with a long lunch without a care in the world. Your ride? A private helicopter that will whisk you over the mountains in ultimate style. Overnight at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.

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4

Cape Town & Garonga Game Reserve

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hoedspruit. On arrival, a transfer will take you to your lodge in the Greater Makalali Reserve, your home for the next three nights. There’s enough time for an afternoon game drive should you wish to explore the 22,000 hectares of private reserve. You’re in the hands of expert rangers who not only help you spot some extraordinary wildlife but offer intelligent interpretations of the ecosystems too. Yes there’s the Big 5 but without the frenetic pace. Your lodge encourages a slow safari experience with indulgent dining and spa therapies to relax you in between. Overnight at Garonga Safari Lodge.

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5

Garonga Game Reserve

Spend the day in the great outdoors savouring every sighting and call of the wild. From an open-top Land Rover you can absorb 360 views of the vast savannah. Your dedicated ranger is an expert tracker whose animal-spotting talents often lead to sightings of the Big 5 as well as cheetah, spotted hyena and black rhino too. For a unique perspective, hop on an optional microlight flight to take in the game from the air as well as stunning views of the great Drakensberg mountain range. Back at the lodge, why not cap the day off with a Bush Bath where you can soak alfresco under the fading African sky. Overnight at Garonga Safari Lodge.

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6

Garonga Game Reserve

If yesterday was dedicated to game drives, today you might like to choose a walking safari where you can slip into the subtler rhythms of the bush. This is when the knowledge of your guide really comes to the fore, whether that’s pausing to identify a predator’s paw print or inspecting the inner operations of a termite mound. Not to mention the large variety of plains game and colourful bird species that you can identify. When evening arrives, transition from safari to a sleep-out deck where you can bunk down under a canopy of stars. This is no ordinary accommodation complete with a four-poster bed and dining table for two. Overnight at Garonga Safari Lodge.

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7

Garonga Game Reserve & Johannesburg

Transfer back to Hoedspruit for your flight to Johannesburg. Your hotel is only a 5-minute transfer from the airport with all the bells and whistles to help you rejuvenate. Stretch your legs doing laps in the swimming pool or head into the city for a cultural injection on the My Jo’burg – Newtown, Maboneng and Apartheid Museum tour. Or step back further in time to the very beginning of our species on the My Jo’burg Cradle of Humankind tour where you can inspect fossils over two-million-years old. Overnight at Peermont D'oreale Grande.

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8

Johannesburg & Machangulo Peninsula

Transfer back to the airport for your connecting flight to Maputo in Mozambique. Your next transfer is a speedboat ride across the bay to the tip of the Manchangulo Peninsula and your lodge for the next five nights. This might be Mozambique’s most inaccessible spot (a bumpy five-hour car ride would deem it quite inhospitable) but the isolation only adds to that rare, deserted feeling when the white sand, rolling dunes and warm Indian Ocean feel like yours and yours alone. Overnight at Machangulo Beach Lodge. The Bazaruto Archipelego is another fantastic alternative for beach lovers, its islands and exclusive lodges are accessed via flights to Vilanculos.

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9

Machangulo Peninsula

There’s everything and nothing to do on this Robinson Crusoe-style escape. You have all the ingredients to unwind from long white-sand beaches where you can stroll aimlessly barefoot, to paddleboards and snorkelling gear to explore the gin-blue ocean. Even the spa is designed to absorb the nature. Think vitamin-c-pumped facials to the sound of lapping waves. Otherwise, an optional sunset cruise on a traditional dhow is a great way to end the day. Who knows, you might even spot a pod of wild dolphins. Overnight at Machangulo Beach Lodge.

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10

Machangulo Peninsula

Spend the day as you please. In a place of unspoiled, paradisiacal beauty most of the activities take place on or under the water. Snorkelling and diving are the things to do here, whether that’s spotting exotic fish just in front of the lodge during moderate, neap tides or venturing out in an optional boat ride to discover virtually unexplored coral reefs. Whatever the activity, ask the kitchen to prepare a beach picnic for lunch so you don’t have to miss a beat. Overnight at Machangulo Beach Lodge.

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Machangulo Peninsula

Should you wish to budge from the pool or beach, you might like to get a glimpse of local life on an optional guided tour of the local Santa Maria village. Meet the friendly community and enjoy lunch at a favourite local spot. A little further afield lies Inhaca Island, used as a base for 16th-century Portuguese traders. Today you can take an optional boat ride to its little sandy village and wander around the local restaurants and palm-shaded shacks. Overnight at Machangulo Beach Lodge.

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12

Machangulo Peninsula

It’s your last day in Mozambique for you to spend at your leisure. You might want to soak up some final rays of sun, toes dug in the sand or opt for a deserted island picnic without another soul in sight. If you’re not done exploring, you can try an optional kayaking adventure with a guide down the peninsula’s estuaries discovering tangled mangrove forests, exciting birdlife and perhaps a few resident turtles. Or take it easy reflecting on your time on a walk through the rolling dunes. Overnight at Machangulo Beach Lodge.

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13

Machangulo Peninsula & Departure

Say goodbye to the beach and transfer back to Maputo by speedboat. Fly to Johannesburg for your international flight to the UK or onward travel.

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 May - 30 Sep

£4,360

Mid Season

01 Feb - 30 Apr, 01 Oct - 30 Nov

£4,495

High Season

01 Jan - 31 Jan, 01 Dec - 31 Dec

£4,630

Alfred & Adele Jones

Adele has been travelling for 21 years, with plenty of time in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Botswana. As a keen wildlife enthusiast she is fascinated by seeing wild animals in their natural environment, as well as understanding how landscape and topography drive their behavioural patterns. Her experience in Africa got off to a memorable start, with a sighting of a wild dog pack within 10-minutes of landing on her first ever safari trip!

Adele Jones

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Andy, who's travelled extensively in South Africa. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - ex banker who can show you the hottest foodie spots in Cape Town, the award-winning young sommelier who can introduce you to Stellenbosch's finest wines and the walking safari ranger who can guide you to the best game.

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