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The Maputo Special Reserve is a unique environment with beautiful vistas, big herds of elephants and buffalos, inland lakes with hippos and flamingos and hardly any tourist. One of the few places in Africa where elephants have been seen wandering on the beach… We make special day trips in this Reserve and show a piece of Mozambique what only a few people have seen before.
From December until mid February the gigantic Leatherback and loggerhead turtles come ashore to nest. Shortly after that the eggs will hatch and the hatchlings will try to make it to the safety of the ocean. You can assist our team with mapping the nests but also go out at night and see them coming ashore. An incredible event.
From July till November the big whale trek starts. Although you can see hundreds of them swimming and jumping high in the water from your deck, there is nothing more spectacular than being next to them in a boat..their watchful eyes following you and waving at you with their big tails…
Go sailing for a day on a traditional Dhow. Experience how supplies where sent from the mainland to Machangulo and submerge yourself in the solitude of the wind filling the sails, the flamingo’s flying low over the water in the distance and the traditional fisherman fishing with their nets standing in the water or sitting on a single pole…
Your house manager is considered one of the best fisherman in the whole area! He gladly takes you out fishing and teach you the local tricks. No less than five professional fishing rods with gear are available for you to take out; but just watching your family members fish whilst you sit comfortably in your beach chair can be as much fun.. The fish that you catch will be served during lunch or dinner!
Right in from of the Villa is a big reef that allows you to snorkel in the many small rock pools. For the more experienced swimmers, the ocean side of the reef is spectacular but can be a bit wild as well. Through the office we can arrange special snorkelling trips for the whole family, big and small, to Inhaca Island.
Over 16 km of pristine beaches are waiting for you to be explored. Follow the reefs and during low tide watch the fish find shelter in the many rock pools. Collect shells and if you’re lucky, see the turtles and the dolphins surf through the waves. Take your frisbee with you if you want to be more active or just enjoy the sea breeze through your hair..
Our team of experienced guides and trackers will take you on bush walks exploring natural springs, climbing high and low koppies, discovering the beauty of the last wild orchids, following the tracks of predators or follow a herd of elephant and watch their incredible family behaviour.
Due to the diversity and size of our Reserve we can, and do make, extensive game drives. Both early in the morning allowing you to see the general game waking up and the predators prepare for sleep or late in the afternoon to see the opposite happening. But also to show you the magnificent landscape under a rising or slowly descending sun.
However for those guests who would like to see something different we make night drives as well. It will provide guests with a rare opportunity to see Elephants move in the moonlight, find Bat Eared Foxes or Aardvark or other creatures of the night; the ones you normally only hear. Maybe see Hyenas hunt. Experience wildlife in a complete different atmosphere.
We can arrange cooking, photography and art masterclasses under the guidance of renowned experts, and present lectures on history and culture of the area. The reserve is also a special place of reflection, meditation and engagement with the natural world enhanced through reflective and meditative practices at the Reserve.
If you’re looking for absolute exclusivity, you can book a guide to tailor your activities for the duration of your stay. Tell us about your special interests in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate; whether it’s tracking a particular animal or bird, or capturing rare photos, we will make time and have specialists available to you.
Or book a Full day excursion and game drive further afield in the Tuli or beyond, with sumptuous packed picnics or brunches can be arranged on request. Shady spots on the Limpopo are ideal, but more adventurous excursions to remote springs or historical sites are also encouraged.
We invite our guests to have an active participation in the research that takes place at the reserve, headed by Sander Vissia. Learn about hyena and leopard movement and interaction at Koro. Learn how bees protect vegetable farmland against elephants. Spend time in the bush with our researchers, download information from our cameras traps and get the ultimate wilderness experience.
Starbeds is our elevated game viewing platform overlooking a waterhole and the vast Tuli horizons and approaching sunrise beyond. A night sleeping-out here offers an exclusive peek into the secretive nocturnal habits of elephant, hyena, civet, leopard and antelope as they soak their thirsts below. Accommodating 4 people, the Starbeds experience consists of an open air (or covered) sleeping platform, safari bedding, a drinks station and flush loo.
Go back in time over 500 years with a half-day excursion to a recently discovered old Bushman settlement with paintings and sacred sites. An extended game drive through the Tuli takes us to the small village of Mothlhabaneng, and a stunning sandstone amphitheatre on the Moutlotse River with numerous beautiful galleries of elephant, giraffe, sable, wild dog and aardvark paintings. The quality of these paintings rivals any area in Africa. The Africa Experience supports the local community in developing the site as a heritage and tourism place of interest.
The trip from Johannesburg to Koro River & Island Camp should take you between 5-6 hours by car. But why not enjoy a day in the bustling city of Johannesburg? The many excellent hotels and restaurants are worth a visit and do not forgot the many to musea, nightclubs and the historic old centre. Depending on your budget you can book top hotels such as Athol Place and African Pride but we can also recommend the lovely B&B’s in the cultural centre of Melville.
The route to Botswana takes you close to some world renowned game reserves in the Waterberg area and resorts such as 1. Madikwe and 2. Sun City. But also worthwhile staying over is one of the lodges in 3. Welgevonden or 4. Marakele. Once you arrive at the Platjan border post you can leave your rental here and our staff will collect you in one of our game viewers (or you follow them in your rental car) and your Botswana adventure starts!
For travellers who like mystery and culture hidden in remote wilderness, this is an absolute must. You leave Koro Camps and drive through the Tuli in one long game drive to the Pont Drift Border post and cross the Limpopo River back into South Africa. Only 45 minutes away you will reach the 5. Mapungubwe National Park, home of the famous Golden Rhino artefacts, discovered in the King’s graves on the secret Mapungubwe Hill. A world renowned museum and beautiful accommodation and the possibility to make your self-drive game drives in a setting of overwhelming sand stone rock formations.
From here a mere 3 hour drive will bring you to the most northernly gate of 6. The Kruger National Park. You enter via Punda Maria and can stay at the Sanparks accommodations or book one of the top private lodges such as The Outpost. From here you can plan your trip south throughout the Kruger National Park to Phalaborwa or Orpen.
This route takes from the wilderness of the Tuli in Botswana to the world renowned Kruger National Park region. It’s only 4-5 hour trip at leisure but takes you through two mountain ranges which are worthwhile making a stop over. The first is in the historical Soutpansberge where the 7. Leshiba Lodge takes you up from the heat of the Lowveld to the the coolness of the Venda Culture in the mountains. Explore the culture, make beautiful hikes end enjoy the views. Or drive just another 45 minutes down the road, close to the town of Louis Trichard and stay the beautiful 8. mountain lodge Madi A Thavha. If you prefer to drive a bit further then have a look at the Drakensberge mountain range close to Tzaneen. Here you can have a few active days in the famous 9. Modjadjieskloof and 10. Magoebaskloof rainforests before descending down to the Kruger Park. After Tzaneen you have the choice to continue your trip to the 11. Phalaborwa Kruger Park gate or travel to 12. Hoedspruit where you can find an abundance of private lodges and guesthouses in what is called the “Greater Kruger National Park. Excellent accommodation can be found at Lengau Lodge or in the more exclusive Private Game Reserves such as Klasserie Sands. Eastgate Airport is close by.
From Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa one can make a long beautiful drive south through the Kruger park and exit at one of the Southern Gates. It is recommended to take at least two days for this trip and book the Sanparks accommodations long in advance. One can also drive in approximately 4 hours from Hoedspruit to 13. Maputo but with a rental car this is quite an administrative task and we recommend to let us arrange your transfer fro Hoedspruit to Maputo. We can then organise a sightseeing trip through Maputo and even organise the 4×4 trip through the 14. Maputo Special Reserve to Machangulo.This drive is 4 hours and will show you a different part of Mozambique. The most relaxing way to Machangulo though is to take the boat we have organised for you and with a beautiful one hour trip over Maputo Bay we drop you off at the beaches of Machangulo were our staff will be waiting for you!
This itinerary lends itself perfectly for spectacular short Safari Week but also as part of your extended safari throughout Botswana and / or South Africa. The beautiful ruggedness and wild bushland of the Tuli is unique in Botswana. The private reserve is unfenced, extends from the Zimbabwe border for some 350 kms along the legendary Limpopo River. The itinerary is an exploration of the exclusive concessions of Mashatu and Koro within remote enclaves of the reserve. Explore the Big Cats at Mashatu and follow the leopards and hyenas at Koro!
Game viewing here is rich and varied with a unique take on specially adapted inhabitants such as bat- eared fox and perhaps the most endangered carnivore in Botswana, the elusive brown hyena.
The Tuli is home for the largest elephant population on private land in the world, and leopard, hyena, lions, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, impala, kudu and eland complete the Koro and Mashatu cast of characters who may be encountered. Local birdlife is prolific.
From US $ 3,500 pp.
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Experience Botswana – South Africa – Mozambique in 14 days! Make a spectacular 14 day Safari in the three top Safari destinations in Southern Africa. This trip will give you maximum diversity in terms of animals and landscape whilst you only have two (leisure) travel days in between your destinations. Make walking safaris and game drives in Botswana and South Africa and relax on the pristine beaches of Mozambique, watching the dolphins and whales swim by….Also this itinerary we can amend to your specific wishes; more time in Joburg or on any of the recommended locations is no problem at all. Do you wish to fly instead of drive? Also this we can arrange for you. This is the only safari whereby you have an opportunity to see the biggest land mammals at the same time as the biggest sea mammals! Ideal for couples as well as small groups up to 8 people.
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In the middle of the wilderness, you come back to yourself, to your origins and to your connection with everything that lives. That is why we can learn so much from the wilderness and wild animals, including focus, resilience, leadership and the importance of challenges. Back in nature, everything becomes clear and there is a wonderful opportunity for reflection, awareness, new insights and the discovery of your personal motives.
During this ‘Over Leven in het Wild’ (all about life and surviving in the wilderness) leadership trail we stay in the vast wilderness of the Central Tuli, in Botswana, famous for its large herds of elephants and leopards, under the enthusiastic guidance of wildlife veterinarian Martine van Zijll Langhout. Supported by a team of professional local guides and trackers, we make walking safaris in nature.
Martine has worked with wildlife for over 30 years, including lions, rhinos, elephants and gorillas. She ran a busy wildlife practice in South Africa and lived in the rainforest of Gabon, where she worked with gorillas. During her challenging and dangerous work in the wilderness, she discovered the great influence of our mind-set, our intuition and what we tell ourselves. She wrote the book ‘About Living in the Wild’ about her experiences and what we can learn from wild animals. She is also head of the veterinary department at ARTIS, a veterinarian with the AAP Foundation, a much sought-after speaker and life coach. With great passion and pleasure she shares during this unique adventure the life lessons of wild animals and the impact we humans have on nature. There is also room for personal conversations and she will inspire you to look differently at nature and yourself.
All profits of this trail will go to the Dutch Timbo Afrika Foundation for its projects in Botswana, which focus on restoring wilderness and wildlife habitats and increasing biodiversity.
Please find the full itinerary from Martine here
We are thrilled to announce our Leopard Experience at our Kwa Tuli game Reserve in the Central Tuli, Botswana in partnership with the Timbo Afrika Foundation. Located within the ancient wilderness area of the Central Tuli Block, Botswana we promise an exciting experience.
We believe that a strong conservation focus today is essential if our world’s ancient landscapes and wildlife heritage are to survive into the future. That is why we support conservation in the field, to safeguard these precious areas through both wildlife-focused conservation, and community-based education & sustainable development. As part of helping to build local, nature-based economies – one of the Timbo Afrika Foundation is committed to long term involvement through the Koro Camps Portfolio. The concept of this amazing journey was born from the need that arose within the Tuli Conservation areas for a platform to show the world the beauty of these destinations and allow people to easily access these vast tracts of landscapes and become actively involved in research and conservation projects through the Timbo Afrika Foundation.
Travel with us to ensure that Africa’s heritage and the pristine wilderness we cherish continues by going on an exclusively designed research and conservation safari holiday! Our conservation safari organises and aids, you the client to actively participate in research projects and give back to nature and conservation by travelling with us.
Please find more information about the Conservation Safari here.
Always wanted to combine your hobby with traveling?
Come and experience a spectacular painting safari in the wilderness of Botswana with us!
Dutch artist @renso_tamse_artist is a passionate wildlife artist. For years, Renso has been visiting the most beautiful places in the world where he can find wildlife. And now you can join him to Botswana for a seven-day wildlife safari!
The most inspiring African animals like elephants and leopards will be captured in their natural habitat in pencil, charcoal and watercolor paint.
The location is our beautiful Koro River Camp on the Limpopo River in the magisterial Tuli Block. An area known for the presence of big cats, hyenas, large herds of elephants and a rich bird life.
Besides painting and drawing, and guided 1-on-1 sessions with Renso, you will make walking safaris through the beautiful rugged area, go on game drives during the day, and at night you will make a ‘sleepout’ under the rich starry sky at a watering place of wild animals. You will have an exclusive trip to a rock art location that is not accessible to other visitors, you will discover the beauty of the baobab tree, observe a hyena den from up close, and you can also paint from your own luxury private tent.
Dates: September 11 – 17 (2022)
€ 3.720 p.p. single use
€ 2.970 p.p. sharing
Please find more information about the Art Safari & Masterclass here.