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Join this surf camp to enjoy the combination of extraordinary kitesurfing and adventurous safari in two African countries, Mozambique and South Africa. Escorted by knowledgeable guides, you will be guaranteed to experience one of the most unforgettable adventures in your life. You’ll spend most of your time in search of stunning kite surf spots and at the same time, witness the amazing land of Africa. From bush to beach, this adventurous surf camp will ensure you have a great time!
Airport transfer included: Vilankulo Airport
You will be staying in the various accommodations provided by Moon Tours. The accommodations have a nice balance of bush and beach camping, cooking on gas stoves, and campfires with the sand at your feet to game reserves and national parks. Stone-walled and thatched roof accommodation, beachside bungalows with ocean views to luxury villas with private plunge pools, butler, and chef.
During this surf camp, you will enjoy kitesurfing, wildlife safari, and 4-wheel-driving. It doesn’t get much better than this which will probably be the unique adventure of your life. You will be driving yourself across Africa taking in the wildlife, culture, people, and magic landscape. You will be doing your bit as a tourist in what is one of the most direct ways of funding their fight against poaching.
On the coast route, you’ll spend two weeks spread across multiple locations including two of the most beautiful kite and surf locations you will find anywhere on the planet. The final few nights will be spent en-route to Pretoria including a five-night wildlife safari in Limpopo and Kruger National Park, finishing on a safari high, and a special last day in Pretoria.
You will be in 100% hands down the most adventurous, rewarding, humbling, exciting, remote, varied, and diversified water-sport adventure holidays in the world. Moon Tours is super proud of it and excited to take you there. You will strap in, sit back, and hold on to your hats. This will be going to be one hell of a ride. It will be a great ride that you’ll be driving yourself guided by two experienced African travel specialists.
Moon Tours has been fine-tuning this trip over the last few years with the first expedition being four years in the making. They’ve made changes along the way and reckon this will be the best trip of the year. This surf camp is perfectly balanced with an African safari from bush to beach. You will enjoy kiting as well as overnight in a mix of rooftop camping, beach lodges, and luxury beachside villas with your own private plunge pool, butler, and chef.
You will arrive at Vilankulo Airport (VNX). You will meet Trent and Stephanie for a group transfer to your beachside villa. You will then meet and greet your group. You will also receive vehicles and orientation in the late afternoon. Group dinner and overnight will be at Vila Do Paraiso.
You will be staying for a total of nine nights in the magic town of Vilankulo, Mozambique. You will be accommodated in huge four-bedroom beachside villas. Each villa has a butler to clean, help prepare meals, and even do your shopping.
Vilankulo is just the best and even better when you have a boat. You can do as little or as much as you like fishing, kiting, exploring the town by foot or car here. You can dine in or dine out since there are many local restaurants. The local cuisine is Portuguese, making the most of the abundant of fresh seafood prawns, squid, tuna, and the list goes on.
Beach camping in this camp is only accessible by 4WD vehicles. magic spot, you will have one of the best kite sessions in a picturesque stretch of beach in front of old building ruins. You will be kitesurfing between sandbars for butter smooth water which has waves behind the sand bars.
Non-kiters will enjoy this quiet off the beaten track beach. They can walk around the ruins exploring, swimming, snorkeling, pull up a tree and read a book, and take lots of photos. Moreover, they can also do an optional fishing trip. Overnight will be beach camping and cook two nights with amenities, shower, toilet, a powered site in the sand and next to the beach.
You will hit the road as early as the team can and head to Tofo, a cool surf village, resembling a mini Noosa, beautiful and spectacular. SUP or surf on right-hand barrel point break over sand. This is not a heap of kiting here but if the winds right, Stephanie and Trent will find some magic spots close by and they look forward to sharing this with you. This will be just great vibes, tasty food, and friendly people. No one wanted to leave here last year so Steph and Trent have extended the stay of this year. Here you have four days to do as little or as much as you like.
You can surf or learn to surf. Surfboards and SUP can be hired on the beach. You can bring your snorkel equipment as the clear water and the sheltered bays all along the white coast in Mozambique offers great snorkeling opportunities. You can also do sand dune 4WD exploring with Trent or fishing trip. The girls may enjoy some yoga, massage on the beach, pedicure and manicure treatments at the spa, fresh fruit, vegetable, and trinket markets. The list goes on.
You will start the drive back to Pretoria. It will be fair to say that this is a decent drive, an all-day affair but a spectacular one. Your journey will be right through the remote center of Mozambique, almost all dirt roads, and tracks. Camp will close to the South African border inside Limpopo National Park. It is a relatively remote border between South Africa and Mozambique. You will be staying in rooftop bush camping since no fenced camps with service stations and hotels here. The place has much fewer animals than the Kruger side. However, this is great place though. Overnight will be at Limpopo National Park
You will grab a map and go at your own pace, explore the park, and see what you can see. This will be a totally unique and safe experience with good roads, signs, and other vehicles around. You will follow your hosts or go exploring on your own. You will stick to the main road or hit the dirt looking for waterholes and animals. You will need to be off the roads and in camp by 18:00.
You will step back in time to a real-life Jurassic Park, where over 40 species of antelope roam as well as the true giants of the animal kingdom, elephants, rhinos, hippo and of course the big cats, lions, leopards, and cheetahs. Over the next four days, you will make your way south in Kruger National Park to give yourself a wide range of viewing opportunities as the landscape changes with unique animals in each area. Overnight will be at Kruger National Park
You will depart Kruger National Park after breakfast with an en-route game drive in the park gate. Approximately, it will be a five-hour drive to the Farm Inn and your last night.
Today will be a relaxing day at the Farm Inn to sleep in, savor late breakfast, exchange photos with other guests, and pack your bags ready for the journey home. Since The Farm Inn is currently involved in a cheetah breeding program carried out on the farm grounds, you will have the option to interact and have photos with a cheetah or join a game drive see lots of rare species from all around the world. Then, you will be transferred to the airport once you are ready for your flight.
Your vehicles will be well-equipped 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers and Hilux 4×4 with fridges, gas stoves, cutlery, rooftop tents (two rooftops where required) and bedding, recovery equipment, compressors, dual tanks, jerry cans, radios, tables, and camp chairs which are everything you need. One way or another, you will be sharing a vehicle with one other person up to a maximum of three people per vehicle.
The drive will be a mix of blacktop, dirt roads, 4×4 bush tracks, and beach driving. There will be some days in Kruger National Park where you will get to do your own thing on your own schedule such as self- driving going where ever you like. Please be prepared for a couple of long days getting miles under the belt to allow more time at the beach. You’ll cross the heart of Mozambique, take your own game drives, cruise the beach, and hit the waves whenever you like. You will enjoy the luxury of your own vehicle and not being tied to a group sharing an overland truck or game vehicles. No off-road experience required since Stephanie and Trent will help get you through any situation you are not comfortable with.
On the coast, you will get into some sandy conditions and beach driving. All will be pretty easy going and fun if you let your tires down. You will not need any 4-wheel-drive experience since the teams are there to help you at any point along the way. Heading back to South Africa, it will be mostly dirt roads and tracks through a very dry semi-arid desert-like landscape until you will cross the border into Kruger National Park and South Africa. None of the tracks you will take you on will be very challenging but you will need to be in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.
Your vehicles will be well-equipped and Trent has in one way or another been involved in the 4-wheel-drive industry his whole life. Inside Kruger National Park, there is a tar road that stretched from one end to the other around 500-kilometer long. Shooting off in all directions are well-maintained dirt roads suitable for 2-wheel-drive vehicles. This will be where you will find some privacy away from the crowds. Using maps supplied at the gate, you can easily find your way to water holes, lookout points and roads running along the rivers inside the park. You can’t get lost in here with all roads well signposted and parks vehicles regularly patrolling.
Departing Kruger National Park to Pretoria will be hitting the highway. You’ll climb from around under 600 meters up, an impressive escarpment to 1,700 meters on the Highveld grassy plains. Along the way, modern toll roads, gas stations, and courteous drivers will be opening up extra lanes by pulling over for faster drivers, this rule even applies to the oncoming traffic who move over to give way to motorist wanting to pass from the opposite direction. The speed limit is 120-kilometer per hour but please don’t be surprised to see a constant flow of traffic in the 130 to 140-kilometer per hour range. Hence, all the moving will aside to let other pass. From Kruger National Park to your last night at The Farm Inn, it is all highway and approximately a five hours’ drive.
This surf camp will take place in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Vilankulo, Pomene, Tofo, and Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Mozambique lies on the picturesque south-east coast of Africa and borders six other countries which are South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania with 2470 kilometers of coastline and 4570 kilometers of land borders. It is home to almost 30,000,000 people. The Bazaruto Archipelago is a proclaimed marine national park that boasts sensational beaches and magnificent scenery. This white sandy archipelago is a group of six islands near the mainland city of Vilankulo. The sandy islands and shallow waters between the mainland were formed from sand deposited by the Save River, which has since shifted its course leaving behind an aqua blue flatwater paradise for kite surfers.
Everyday, boat trips out to one of the small un-inhabited low-lying sand islands for the best kiting with no sea urchins in sight. Barbecue and fresh seafood on the islands, fishing, and surfing are all part of the fun. Along the route to Vilankulo, you’ll be spending time in Tofo and Pomene. Both towns have great potential for kiting. From lagoons to waves, rocky outcrops, old abandoned hotels, parking on a remote beach, and getting among are what it’s all about.
From the surf to safari, the tar roads in Mozambique are reasonably well-maintained. However, please beware of animals and people walking on the road. Speed limits on the open road are 100-kilometer per hour with most people cruising around at 120-kilometer per hour. The courteous move to the side for faster traffic has not caught on in Mozambique as it has in South Africa. Coming into towns, the speed limit drops to 80-kilometer per hour then 60-kilometer per hour with regular speed traps as you enter and exit. If you speed here, you will expect to pay a fine, 20-kilometer per hour over will net you around a 20 USD.
Portuguese conquistadors set up trading posts in Mozambique in 1498 and went on to rule the country until it gained independence by hostile takes over in 1975 after a 10 year of civil war. Almost all of the 250,000 Portuguese exited the country within 12 months, some locals say that most were forced to leave within 24 hours of the official hand over / coup. Many of the glamorous hotels and buildings were left abandoned and still remain today as spectacular ruins of a former time.
Shortly after the independence, the civil war between the two parties’ leaders, Frelimo and Renamo who had already been at war against each other as well as the Portuguese for 10 years between 1964 and 1974 continued from 1977 to 1992 leaving a broken and battered country on its knees until a peace treaty was signed and democratic elections were held in 1994. Frelimo won and still remains in power today. The country turned a huge corner at that point which opened its borders and led to a new investment mainly from neighboring African countries as tourism as well, as the countries landscape rich in minerals and gas.
Today, Mozambique is not without its troubles, predominantly economical and some political although the government has invested significantly in tourism and the local people are some of the most welcoming in Africa. The country is, for the most part, a peaceful place with a relatively low crime rate which has led to a lot of South African and Zimbabwean expatriates relocating to Mozambique for a quieter, safer, and less stressful lifestyle.
Tourism is booming and the government continues to make positive steps to promote tourism as well as setting aside and protecting a huge area of land as national parks, game reserves, and transfrontier parks. Of the 12 African countries Moon Tours teams have spent time in, Mozambique is definitely one of their favorites. Vilankulo in Mozambique has its incredible beaches, kite surfing, lagoons, and waves.
Kruger National Park is one of the greatest parks in all of Africa and home to the largest population of rhinos in the world that are unfortunately in their fight for their life. The place is one of the largest and oldest game reserves in Africa and covers an area of 19,485 square kilometers and extends 360 kilometers from north to south. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South Africa in 1898 and it became South Africa’s first national park in 1926.
The park border Mozambique and Zimbabwe and is now part of the Great Limpopo Trans-Frontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve.
Home to Africa’s Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo), it is also a safe haven for more species of large mammals than any other park in Africa, 147 to be exact. You will be surrounded by wildlife in this park and it really is truly remarkable and a wonderful place to visit. There are numerous lodges and campgrounds located inside the park as well huge private unfenced concessions bordering the park which allow the animals to migrate further and also puts a buffer between them and outlying human populations.
The Kruger National Park border fence between South Africa and Mozambique was removed to form a trans-frontier park which turns into the Limpopo National Park on the Mozambique side. Unfortunately, animal sightings in this area are limited to villages still inhabited within the park's borders. This is also one of the main problems and front lines when it comes to poaching. South Africa is now seriously considering putting the fence back up. Inside Limpopo, it is markedly wildering with a lot less infrastructure in which the tracks are rougher and the campsites are not fenced.
Meals will be included in accommodation rate only. Some group meals and special dinners will also be included. Furthermore, there are many local restaurants the local cuisine is Portuguese, making the most of the abundance of fresh seafood prawns, squid, tuna the list goes on in Bazaruto Archipelago.
Please book your flight to arrive at Vilankulo Airport (VNX). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Moon Tours will pick you up from the airport.
You can just get yourself to O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) with a short an hour and 40 minutes’ flight connecting to Vilankulo Airport (VNX) where you’ll meet a Moon Tours representative upon your arrival. If you are coming from Australia, QANTAS flies directly from Sydney to Johannesburg while South African Airways flies directly from Perth.