Luxury Southern Africa: Victoria Falls, Sabi Sands and Mozambique beach

Victoria Falls, Sabi Sands and Bazaruto Archipelago

At a Glance

  • Safari in one of the most wildlife-rich parts of Africa, the Sabi Sands

  • Search for leopards on night game-drives

  • View the Victoria Falls from a helicopter for the ultimate thrill

  • Snorkel and dive off the colorful coral reefs of the Bazaruto Archipelago

  • Stay at some of Scott Dunn's favorite luxury lodges

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There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 Celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.

At Dulini in the Sabi Sands, there is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.

At Azura Benguerra, the Bazaruto Archipelago is warm and sunny year round with temperatures averaging 25° C in the winter months (May – August) and over 30° C in the summer months (December - March). Rain is possible from November to March, usually in short bursts. The sea temperature varies with the seasons and currents, and ranges between 22° C and 32° C.

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Insider's View

If you're traveling between July and October, look out for migrating humpback whales which pass by the island

Whilst on safari at Dulini in the Sabi Sands, go on a guided bush walk to take in the smaller details of the bush

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Experience some of the very best Southern Africa has to offer, from the thundering Victoria Falls, a big five safari in the Sabi Sands and relaxing on an idyllic beach in Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago. Ideal for a special celebration or honeymoon.

Starting in Zambia at the Victoria Falls, explore the footpaths to view the Falls from different angles, take a boat cruise along the Zambezi river at sunset to get up close to the hippos, or taking to the skies for an aerial view from the comfort of a helicopter. Indulge in delicious pan-African cuisine and stay in a river-side cottage or a luxurious open-fronted house at Tongabezi, each unique in their design.

Fly from here to the Sabi Sands, bordering South Africa's Kruger National Park. Enjoy a big five safari here from the superb Dulini safari lodge, enjoying day and night drives and guided bush walks with expert guides and trackers. Leopard sightings are particularly renowned in the Sabi Sands, so keep your eyes peeled!

Next stop is the cluster of tropical islands in southern Mozambique, the Bazaruto Archipelago, where you'll stay at Azura Benguerra. Sample the freshest seafood, sup cocktails at the sea shore at sunset, and relax in the privacy of your villa's private plungepool. By day, snorkel or dive in crystal clear waters, sail in a traditional Mozambique dhow, and take in the incredible stargazing by night.

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  1. Fly to Livingstone via Johannesburg

  2. Days 1-3: Tongabezi

    Livingstone, Zambia

    Tongabezi is a stunningly stylish and luxurious lodge, with individually and stylishly designed Houses and Cottages situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls and just 11 miles upstream of the falls themselves.

  3. Fly to Kruger Mpumulanga Airport and transfer to Dulini

  4. Days 4-7: Dulini Lodge

    Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa

    With only six suites, Dulini Lodge offers an exclusive luxury retreat within the Exeter Private Game Reserve, near the south western corner of the Kruger National Park. Guests staying at Dulini can enjoy superb game viewing in ultimate safari comfort.

  5. Fly to Vilanculos

  6. Helicopter flight to Azura Benguerra

  7. Days 7-11: Azura Benguerra

    Benguerra Island, Mozambique

    Azura Benguerra is a luxurious beach lodge situated on the unspoiled island of Benguerra in southern Mozambique. It lies within a National Park surrounded by deserted beaches of pure white sand and sparkling turquoise seas.

  8. Helicopter transfer to Vilanculos

  9. Fly home via Johannesburg


Victoria Falls, Sabi Sands and Bazaruto Archipelago

Tongabezi is a beautiful, small African lodge perched on the edge of the Zambezi River, upstream from the Victoria Falls, ideal for visiting the falls and enjoying boat trips along the river in search of hippos and kingfishers, as well as other activities in the area. Dulini is located in a private concession within the Sabi Sands reserve which borders the Kruger National Park. The Sabi Sands are arguably one of the best areas in Africa for game-viewing, particularly renowned for its leopard sightings, as well as the rest of the Big Five. Azura Benguerra is located on Benguerra Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago in southern Mozambique. It is an idyllic island surrounded by pristine coral reefs, the ocean is warm to swim in and crystal clear, allowing some superb snorkeling and diving opportunities.

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