Classic Routes

NATURE & FUN IN THE SUN Three Weeks to One Month/

Kruger to southern Mozambique Using Johannesburg (p540) as a gateway, head east via Nelspruit (p533) to South Africa's world-renowned Kruger National Park (p528). The teeming wildlife will undoubtedly mesmerise you for at least several days.

If you've time, duck out of Orpen Gate for a look at Blyde River Canyon (p536). From Kruger, continue south into Swaziland, where you can spend a few days hiking through the grasslands and forests of Malolotja Nature Reserve (p610) before heading on via Mbabane (p603) to the tiny but brilliant Mkhaya Game Reserve (p612), which is noted for its black rhinos.

Then head to culturally intriguing Maputo (p246) via the Mozambican border town of Namaacha (p258). Head north on the EN1 and if you're getting desperate for a dip, stop at Xai-Xai's (p259) quiet beaches. Continue up the EN1 to Inhambane (p261), one of the country's oldest and most charming towns. Beaches close by include legendary Tofo (p262), with azure waters, and the more sedate Barra (p263). If you've more steam, trundle a bit further north to Vilankulo (p265), the gateway to the tropical paradise of Bazaruto Archipelago.

This trip serves up delightful variety, and if you've a month up your sleeve you can get a good sampling of the wildlife and local culture and still have time to laze on the beach along this 2000km-plus route. Short on time? Whiz through Swaziland and stick to motorways where possible.

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