MALALANE Day Tours

The joys of the magnificent Kruger National Park and vibrant Maputo in Mozambique are yours for the taking. From tracking the Big Five in a customized open safari vehicle or setting off with an armed game guard to take on Kruger by foot; from the vibrancy of the Mozambican capital of Maputo, to a decadent seafood meal from the sea right to you on the beach… such are some of the diverse activities, extreme excitement and innumerable pleasures awaiting you in these world-renowned corners of Africa. A whole new world is holding its breath for you – let Thompsons Africa help you explore it.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK OPEN VEHICLE SAFARIS


HALF OR FULL DAY TOUR
Departs at 05h00 in Summer for Morning and Full Day tour and 06h00 in Winter. Departs at 14h00 in Summer and 13h30 in Winter for Afternoon tour.
Returns at 11h30 in Summer and 12h30 in Winter for Morning Tour. Returns at 15h00 in Summer and 16h00 in Winter for Full Day tour. Returns at 18h00 in Summer and 17h30 in Winter for Afternoon Tour.
Experience the legendary Kruger National Park, home to the magnificent ‘Big Five’ animals of the world, and a host of others besides...147 species of mammal, and over 500 bird species. Our specialist tour into this famous reserve is in specially modified, open safari vehicles, both to enhance your game viewing, and to provide the finest, unimpeded vantage points for photography and bird watching. There’s little between you and your subject!
 
Our qualified experienced guides will undoubtedly enhance the experience by their deep understanding of the bush and the movement and identification of animals and birds, something they will impart to you. You’ll not only relish the experience of being in the Kruger environment, but you’ll leave with gems of info you’d never have known before.

*Please note: Summer months are October - March and Winter months are April - September.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Professionally guided open vehicle game drive
  • Big Five game viewing

JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE - CHIMPANZEE EDEN


HALF DAY TOUR
Departs Tue, Thu & Sat
at 08h00
Returns at +- 13h30
Chimpanzees are intriguing, endearing creatures which hold a particular fascination for us. Studying them in this semi-wild environment at close range in this, the first and only sanctuary in South Africa is an amazing and heart-warming experience.  At Chimpanzee Eden, you’ll watch them at feeding time, from the superb vantage point of multiple viewing decks. Their specialist guide will share innumerable intriguing facts about chimpanzee behaviour and language, and in the educational hall, you’re free to wander through the multimedia exhibits and view the signage illustrations. We complete the morning with a light lunch, a golden opportunity to swop notes on the experience.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • View chimpanzees up close and personal at semi-wild sanctuary
  • Chimpanzee feeding viewing
  • Specialist guide
  • Educational hall with multimedia exhibits and signage illustrations
  • Light lunch

MORNING WALKING SAFARI


HALF DAY TOUR
Departs Tue, Thu & Sat
at 05h30 in Summer
and 06h00 in Winter
Returns at +- 09h30
On with your boots, we’re going walking deep into the African bush at sunrise. Accompanied by two knowledgeable, armed bush trackers, we set off quietly to follow the spoor of game, learning about their movements and the significance of certain marks or sounds. We learn how to identify plants and birds too. It’s a glorious morning, with the opportunity of seeing wildlife up close, as well as honing our tracking skills. You’ll have earned your morning cup of coffee!

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Professionally guided big five game walk
  • Morning coffee
  • Kruger National Park

MOZAMBIQUE DAY TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Mon, Wed & Fri
at 07h00
Returns at +- 17h00
Historical, culutural, scenic!  Our Mozambique day tour is a three-in-one experience.  It was here that Vasco da Gama landed in 1498 on his way to India, and Maputo, the capital city, is redolent with the Portuguese history of the region.  We tour this fascinating City, cruise along the Marginal - the famous palm-lined avenue along the beachfront - and our guide will point out all the highlights of historical, cultural and scenic beauty.  This city hums with activity, and you'll see and feel the hustle and bustle of a city which never sleeps.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Maputo city tour
  • Famous railway station designed by Sir Herbert Baker. Paul Kruger attended the opening in 1896.
  • Fort built out of red coral
  • Iron House designed by Mr. Eifel. The only other Iron House in the world is in Peru.
  • Large Roman Catholic Church
  • Famous Maputo fish market
  • Driving on the Marginal

SWAZILAND DAY TOUR


FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Tue, Thu & Sat
at 08h00
Returns at +- 17h00
From one country to another in a matter of minutes! As you cross the border, you’ll not only feel the warmth of the friendly, welcoming people of Swaziland, but you’ll fall in love with the lush fertile valleys and magnificent mountain scenery. Our journey takes us over the Maguga Dam Wall, and perhaps a glimpse of the Banana Leaf Dancers. We visit the Nsangwini Rock Art and explore the bushman paintings tucked away in a rock shelter, dramatically perched above the Komati River below – no finer way to learn about the origins of the Swazi people. Take your seat, we’re off to what is purported to be the oldest mine on earth, one where the ancient San people were extracting ochre. For the artisans, shoppers and crafts lovers among us, Ngwenya Glass is a Must See.   We’ll watch highly skilled glass blowers creating their wonderful works of art, all handmade from recycled glass. A short distance away, we’ll pop into a traditional craft centre where you can choose that special curio for that special person back home. And after all that shopping, a light lunch is definitely what’s needed.  Note: Passport required & visa conditions may apply.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Maguga Dam Wall
  • Banana Leaf Dancers
  • Nsangwini Rock Art
  • Bushman paintings
  • Oldest mine on earth
  • Ngwenya Glass
  • Traditional craft