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8 Day Elephant Plains Vilanculos Beach Lodge

Elephant Plains Mozambique

Overview

This tour combines the best of both worlds with superb wildlife viewing in a game lodge in Kenya and a magnificent beach holiday on the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. After your flight from Johannesburg, you will be taken from Mpumalanga International Airport to the luxurious Elephant Plains Lodge, where there are excellent opportunities for seeing Africa’s Big Five. After your safari experience, you will fly to Vilanculos for five nights of relaxation in Vilanculos Beach Lodge, which is right on the Indian Ocean. Activities here include island-hopping, snorkelling, swimming and also, horse-riding and even camel-riding. There is a dive centre at the lodge or you can simply relax and enjoy the views. After your beach holiday, you will fly back to Johannesburg for your connecting flight home.

Safaris

3 nights in Elephant Plains Lodge, Northern Sabi Sands
5 nights in Vilanculos Beach Lodge, Vilanculos
9 days/8 night safari

Day 1 – 3 – Elephant Plains Lodge, Northern Sabi Sands
Board your domestic flight from Johannesburg to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport where you will be met by a representative from Adams and Butler who will transfer you to Elephant Plains. You will stay three nights at Elephant Plains which is situated in the Northern region of Sabi Sands in a rondavel, a traditional circular African dwelling with a conical thatched roof. As part of your package Elephant Plains Lodge offers you two daily game drives with skilled rangers, a daily bushwalk, three daily meals as well as tea and coffee.
Situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Elephant Plains Game Lodge offers excellent ‘Big 5’ game viewing, luxurious accommodation and sumptuous cuisine. The lodge caters for the discerning traveller, offering a variety of accommodation options, varying from rondavels and luxury suites to the Manyeleti honeymoon suite. Elephant Plains Game Lodge is world renowned for excellent ‘Big 5’ game viewing (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos) and guests can enjoy two game drives and a bush walk per day. Facilities include two swimming pools, a spa, gym, conference centre, small library and games room. They also cater for small, intimate weddings. The lodge is owner-run and can accommodate a maximum of twenty four guests. This guarantees personal service and attention to detail combined with a laid back and simple character.
There is huge variety of other animals to see in the game reserve besides the big five, hear the bark of a baboon, see the magnificent coloured feathers of a Lylic Creasted Roller, the hypnotic stripes of the zebras, the tear marks of a cheetah among many more sights and sounds.

Day 4 – 8 – Vilanculos Beach Lodge, Vilanculos
After breakfast a representative will meet you at the Elephant Plains and then convey you by road to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for your flight to Vilanculos. A representative from Vilanculos Beach Lodge will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the lodge. You will stay five nights at Vilanculos Beach Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis.
Vilanculos Beach lodge is constructed from natural indigenous elements including thatch and local hardwood simbiri poles which have been combined in perfect harmony with plaster walls, wood frame doors and windows. The result is a relaxed yet elegant finish. The well-maintained gardens are an appealing blend of indigenous bush and tropical lush green palms and lawns. An endless amount of pathways allows one to find secluded areas to settle and enjoy the view on a lounger or swing chair. The property extends to the beach with the lodge buildings are set back on the ridge giving guest views of the sea. The main building comprises the lounge, reception area, main bar, restaurant and kitchen.  This welcoming open-plan thatched structure invites guests to unwind in the comfort of its uncluttered spaces and passages which allow for a refreshing escape and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. In the event of inclement weather, awnings which don’t obstruct the magnificent views are available for protection. The spacious restaurant offers the choice of dining indoors or on the patio under well-designed and attractive shade sails. For true outdoor dining, the option of dining under the palm trees or next to the pool is available. An extensive a la carte menu of traditional Mozambican fare is served with fresh, scrumptious seafood remaining their specialty.

There are many activities on offer in the Vilanculos area. Hire a boat, explore the underwater marvels by snorkelling or diving. Enjoy horse riding or even camel riding, wind surfing and Island hopping. During the months of July to October you can go whale watching. There is a Dive Centre at the lodge which includes a well-stocked equipment room, computer to download those fantastic underwater photo’s, hot water showers, classroom and compressor room. The centre also makes use of our swimming pool, one of the largest in Vilanculos, for refresher courses and training. For souvenirs you can purchase handmade memorabilia from local vendors.

Day 9 – Departure
After breakfast a representative from Vilanculos Beach Lodge will transfer you to the Vilanculos Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and, from there, your flight home.

Location

South East Africa, north of South Africa and east of Zimbabwe.

Experiences

Most visitors to Mozambique head to the islands of Bazaruto Archipelago in the south and Quirimbas Islands in the north, however Limpopo National Park is fast gaining a reputation as a visitor destination, particularly for those seeking the bush to beach experience that Mozambique is known for. Limpopo offers a wide variety of experiences including fantastic scenery and sunsets, game (elephant, sable, lion, giraffe, zebra, impala) and bird viewing, cultural and 4x4 off-road experiences and a variety of luxury guided walking, canoeing and off-road trails. There are still communities living in villages within the park and this offers a unique cultural opportunity to observe the communities as they pass through the villages and their machambas (fields).

Accommodations

Vilanculos Beach Lodge

Useful Info

Capital: Maputo 

Time: Mozambique is two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of EST. 

Money: The currency of Mozambique is the Metical, but the US dollar and the South African Rand are widely accepted. Traveller's cheques are hard to convert in Mozambique and it is be better to carry cash. Visa cards are one of the best cards to have with you as many places in Mozambique do not accept Mastercard. 

Health: It is advisable to get Diptheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus before travelling. A Yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. There is considerable risk of malaria and appropriate measures are advisable. 

Water: It is best to only drink bottled water.

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