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gialloboy
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SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt2. SA To Moz

Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:54 pm

Ladies and gents,

part 2 of our SA and Mozambique trip report.

Part 1 can be found here: SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt1. DUB To JNB In J (by gialloboy Jan 8 2012 in Trip Reports)

After killing a few hours in JNB landside we proceeded to the domestic terminal. We had a little giggle at some of the signs - no chainsaws allowed in your hand luggage? How disappointing as I never travel without my trusty chainsaw!

The next leg would be a 60 minute flight on SAA (South African Airlink) and would take us from JNB to PHW (Phalaborwa)

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Getting bussed to the plane

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Our next ride!

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legroom shot:

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Shortly after we were on our way, tot siens Johannesburg!

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Snack, croissant and coke

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Arrival in PHW, weather was rather poor that day

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PHW is one of the gateways to Kruger Park and the airport is super-pretty!

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We were then picked up and driven to Makalali Private Game reserve where we stayed for the next 5 days.
The Safari camp is Garonga and I can recommend them highly, they are perfect!

http://www.garonga.com/

SAFARI IMPRESSIONS

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We had such luck, first game drive and witnessed a kill involving two lions and a Zebra!

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Little thief!

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Bush hooligan!

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Sleeping in a tree house in the bush, magical!

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The "A-Team"  
These guys were great and we spotted pretty much every animal with the exception of the elusive leopard...

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After 5 days it was time to move on and to make the hop into Mozambique! First leg of the trip was a privately chartered plane that departed from Garonga's private airstrip and flew to MQP (Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (Nelspruit)).
We were off at 5 for a 6am departure and after a short drive to the airstrip were greeted by this sight! Exiting!

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It turned out that the plane was scheduled to touch down three times between Garonga and MQP, incl. two landings on dirt airstrips. I was over-exited and it turned out to be a thrilling 60 minutes. I let the pictures do the talking

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Decent legroom  http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p55/Gialli/airliners%202/343.jpg

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Approaching Nelspruit

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We settled down in Nandos on the first floor and had some breakfast while waiting for our Federal Air connection which was on the way from JNB.

It arrived about 30 minutes later:

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We cleared immigration and were on our way to Mozambique. I also believe this is the first Federal Air trip report on airliners.net!

Off we go

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Legroom shot

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Lunch, sandwich and pasta salad, not bad...

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After 2 hours of brown and greenish bush we got a first glimpse of the Indian ocean. It was simply awe-inspiring!

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Arrival in VNX (Vilanculos)

I knew VNX was recently upgraded to a completely new terminal, all built by China!

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LAM, just arrived from Maputo

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As we had pre-arranged our Visas in London we were through immigration in seconds, went back through Security (domestic) and were shortly after accompanied to our final leg, a 10 minute helicopter ride to Benguerra Island

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On the way!

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Over the Indian Ocean

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Arriving at Benguerra Island, our home for the next 8 days. Bliss!

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Landed in paradise!

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Part 3 to follow soon!

[Edited 2012-01-08 08:56:13]
 
Luxair747SP
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RE: SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt2. SA To Moz

Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:10 pm

Hi there,

congrats to you!

Very nice TR with excellent shots of the wildlife.
Also the flights on the props all seemed very nice and interesting.
Thanks a lot for sharing this perfect sunday evening read!

Cheers
Johannes
 
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RE: SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt2. SA To Moz

Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:01 pm

Wow, excellent shots. Looks like a great vacation, especially for an A.Netter!

Was the helicopter flight a scheduled service, or a charter?
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flyorski
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RE: SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt2. SA To Moz

Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:49 am

This looks like a fantastic trip! Great photos as well, really well done.
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Burj
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RE: SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt2. SA To Moz

Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:19 pm

Wow, simply amazing photos!

So how far were you from the lions killing the zebra? In the photo it looks like you were pretty close, or did you just have a very good zoom on the camera?

In the last photo, is that a wood sculpture of a turtle next to the pool/hot tub?
 
gialloboy
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RE: SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt2. SA To Moz

Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:30 pm

We were about 5 yards from the actual kill. Safely in a jeep, thank god!  

And yes, it was a wooden sculpture turtle
 
signol
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RE: SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt2. SA To Moz

Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:43 pm

Excellent continuation!
I was recently in SA myself, though we didn't visit any game parks with big cats - the zebras we saw were quite safe from being lunch  
Quoting gialloboy (Thread starter):
Little thief!

And we saw monkeys taking food (KFC packets!) from a bin in the city (Durban)!

That small plane, and heli flight look amazing. We considered Mozambique for our honeymoon, but unfortunately finance prevented it. We had a lovely stay in a resort on the SA Wild Coast though.

Thanks again!

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RE: SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt2. SA To Moz

Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:49 am

Hi

Another great and stunning report!
Thanks for sharing it with us today, a great morning read.
Those Mozambique pics look amazing  

Greetings
Marc
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RE: SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt2. SA To Moz

Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:28 pm

Another great report - looks like a fantastic honeymoon!

Quoting gialloboy (Thread starter):
PHW is one of the gateways to Kruger Park and the airport is super-pretty!

Very cutesy!

Quoting gialloboy (Thread starter):
Decent legroom

I had the same seat on my Caravan flight in Mexico

Quoting gialloboy (Thread starter):
our final leg, a 10 minute helicopter ride to Benguerra Island

AND a helicopter! Very jealous!
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