There really is nothing like wrapping up a Big 5 safari with a few days on the beach. Combining a South African wildlife adventure with a relaxed beach retreat on the island of Mauritius will give you an unbeatable blend of excitement and relaxation. What's more, you can work your holiday in whatever way suits you, starting with the safari or the beach depending on your own personal taste.
Mauritius is a sun-drenched island with endless white beaches and crystal clear waters fringed with palm trees. No postcard can do it justice. There's a really excellent assortment of accommodation on the island, from honeymoon havens to family-friendly resorts, so whatever you are looking for you can find it here.
Many of the hotels also run exceptional special offers throughout the year, especially for honeymooners, where the bride can stay for half-price - or even in some instances for nothing!
South Africa is scattered with some of the world's best safari spots. Kruger National Park is the crowning glory of Big 5 game reserves, offering safari experiences that will leave you speechless and wishing you didn't have to ever leave. Or if you don't fancy the hassle of taking malaria tablets for any of your trip, then you are spoilt for choice between the many Eastern Cape reserves or the superb lodges in Madikwe or the Waterberg in the north of the country.
In addition, if you have a little more time to spare, why not trying travelling beyond South Africa's wildlife reserves and include a few nights in Cape Town and/or the Winelands, which will add a twist of culture and cuisine to your safari and sun-soaked adventure.
Whichever way to choose to mix up these magical destinations, you'll be guaranteed a trip to remember for years to come.
We've come up with a few classic ideas for combining Mauritius and South Africa below. Hopefully, they'll give you some inspiration to start planning your very own adventure.
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White Sands And Safari Adventure
nThambo Tree Camp
Klaserie Game Reserve
Protea OR Tambo
Veranda Palmar Beach
Destination: South Africa and Mauritius.
A rustic and unique safari experience but with all the necessary comforts as well as the opportunity to go on thrilling daily game drives, followed by being able to gaze out over crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches and shady palm trees…what more could you want?
This is a 11 night itinerary including Klaserie Game Reserve, Johannesburg and Mauritius.
This itinerary keeps it simple yet classic. You'll start your holiday in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve for 3 nights, a Big 5 wilderness bursting with adventure, where the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to delight you with the indulgence and romance of the African night. Then you end with 7 blissful nights on the west coast of Mauritius, at a resort which is a perfect hideaway for anyone seeking tranquility, comfort and a personalised service in an elegant setting.
This is a 11 night itinerary including Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Johannesburg and Mauritius.
Take the opportunity to escape from reality for 15 nights - relax and discover the wonderful wildlife of the African bush, explore the vibrant city of Cape Town, and embrace the laid-back island life on the island of Mauritius.
This is a 14 night itinerary including Kapama Game Reserve, Cape Town and Mauritius.
Experience the true spirit of a safari at a small and intimate safari camp, staying in one of just 6 rooms and set in one of the most renowned wildlife regions in the world. Then head off to a 5* hotel in Mauritius and wake up to the sound of the Indian Ocean lapping against the shore, breathe in the scent of the gentle sea breeze and listen to the peaceful melody of tropical birds singing after a blissful night's sleep in your beautifully appointed room or suite. And to top it all, one of your nights at the safari camp is complimentary - yes, that's right! Totally free!
This is a 12 night itinerary including Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Johannesburg and Mauritius.
Ultimate Cape Town, Safari and Mauritius Experience
Londolozi Varty Camp
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
One&Only Cape Town
Lux Le Morne
Destination: South Africa and Mauritius.
Start by flying by light aircraft from Johannesburg directly into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a truly decadent way to begin your 3 night Big 5 safari adventure at one of the most iconic lodges here. Then fly down to Cape Town for 4 nights of luxury in one of the city's top hotels, before taking an overnight flight across to the beautiful island of Mauritius to end your trip with 5 nights at a 5* beach resort located on the southern part of Mauritius.
This is a 12 night itinerary including Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Cape Town and Mauritius.