- Highlights: Luxury accommodation, Fine dining, Big 5, Birding, Flora, Leisure, Nature,
- No of days / nights: 9/8
- Tour starts: OR Tambo Johannesburg
- Tour ends: Mozambique
- Includes: Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
- Accommodation: Luxury or Comfort
From OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you will depart from the Federal Air hangar on the opposite side to the main terminals. Flight time to Ulusaba is approximately 60 minutes. Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will be collected for the short transfer to the lodge. After high tea joins your knowledgeable guide for an afternoon game drive in the game rich Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. Stop to enjoy a spectacular African sunset with a sundowner drink and snacks before returning to the lodge in the dark, where you may be lucky to spot a rare nocturnal animal with the aid of powerful torches. Dinner served under the stars.
Full days on safari: Early rise followed by coffee and rusks and then a morning game drive. Other than the Big 5 there are great opportunities to see all sorts of creatures, both big and small, and you ranger is an expert on the area’s flora and fauna. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before having time to relax during the heat of the day, either at the pool or in the comfort of your room. In the late afternoon, it is once again time for a game drive in the hope of seeing some more exciting animals. Dinner is served at the lodge on your return.
The final game drive followed by breakfast and checkout. Transfer back to Ulusaba’s airstrip for a short flight to Nelspruit’s KMIA Airport where you will pass immigration before flying further with a scheduled flight to Vilanculos in Mozambique. On arrival in Vilanculos, you will be met and assisted to your helicopter bound for Benguerra Island.
Rest of the day at leisure where you can familiarise yourself with the island and end off with a cocktail overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Days at leisure.
A kaleidoscope of colour greets you above and below the ocean. Snorkel or dive the magnificent reefs that are home to the turtles that nest nearby. You can learn to dive at our PADI 5 Star Dive Centre or improve your skills through a range of PADI courses. Try your hand at fishing, the waters off Azura offer a variety of reef and big game fish. Sail on our traditional dhow, go island hopping, or cruise to deserted beaches to look for pansy shells. Swim up to dolphins, which are regular visitors to our beach, or track down humpback whales on their migration past our shores. Our guides will show you the best this pristine marine paradise has to offer. Take a Land Rover tour of the island, and experience the local culture for which Mozambique is rightly famous, as well as visiting the school which was built with donations to Azura’s Rainbow Fund. Climb the dunes, some of which are scattered with the remnants of ancient Arab pottery. Visit the island’s lakes and spot a crocodile or two. Discover the local fauna and flora. Take a long walk and we will meet you with a picnic. Or join one of our stargazing events and lie back and listen to the ancient African stories that chart the cosmos.
After breakfast, you will fly by helicopter back to Vilanculos in time to connect to the scheduled flight to Johannesburg.