Wake up to the sounds of the bush and then the sounds of the ocean on this 9 night holiday, combining an adventurous Big 5 safari in the Timbavati Game Reserve with a stay in a small, family owned boutique hotel on the north-east coast of Mahe, in a naturally beautiful location and just a few steps from a white sandy beach.
The world renowned and beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park and guarantees an exclusive, authentic and unforgettable African safari experience for your 3 nights here.
Game activities take place in the early morning and evening when the wildlife are most active, and game drives are conducted by experienced field guides and Shangaan trackers in open 4x4 vehicles, offering excellent photographic opportunities. Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe and monkey to name a few are spotted regularly. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls and weavers.
After a brief one night stay back in Johannesburg, it's time to board your early afternoon flight across to Seychelles for the last 5 nights of your holiday.
Wake up on your first morning to the sound of the ocean lapping gently against the pearly white sandy beach just inches from your hotel, and marvel at the breathtaking ocean views over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kick back and relax on a sun lounger with a good book, and just take time out to fully recharge your batteries, so you are ready and refreshed to face 'normal life' at home again!
Carana Beach Hotel has established a new category of boutique Seychelles accommodation, with modern twists on traditional island architecture, contemporary ocean-themed decor and a home-grown culture of genuine Seychelles hospitality.
Holiday Title: Big 5 Safari and White Sand Beaches
Countries Visited: South Africa and Seychelles
Arrive into Hoedspruit Airport. You will be met in the airport building by your driver and once you have collected your luggage you will then be transferred to the Timbavati Game Reserve.
The 60,000 hectare Timbavati Game Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals free range over 2 million hectares of African bush, and ensuring guests to the area have the opportunity to view the huge diversity of wildlife that Africa has to offer. The reserve is home to Africa's Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) as well as many more species of predator and antelope. Creatures of every shape and size abound during the day, and by night visitors are likely to see smaller, nocturnal mammals such as porcupines, servals, civets and genets. Bird-lovers will struggle to replicate the calibre of bird watching anywhere else in the world, as the Timbavati features over 360 different species.
After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast at the lodge before you are collected and transferred back to the airport, where you will check in for your afternoon flight to Johannesburg.
Airlink 4Z874 (Economy Class): Fly from Hoedspruit Air Force Base (HDS) departing at 14:30 to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), arriving at 15:30
Exit the terminal and make your own way to the shuttle terminus behind the InterContinental Hotel. Wait here for the Emperors Palace bus - the shuttle vans are black with the Emperors Palace logo on the sides and the drivers wear a black Emperors Palace Uniform. The complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and the airport terminals operates every 20 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00 daily.
Closely situated to OR Tambo International Airport, the Peermont Mondior features spacious rooms which are all fitted with cutting-edge technology and furnished in an elegant and contemporary African style. Hotel guests also have access to the casino, dining, entertainment and spa facilities at the Emperors Palace Entertainment Resort.
After a leisurely breakfast, take the complimentary shuttle bus to the International Departure Terminal and check in for your afternoon flight to Seychelles. Passengers are advised to check in at least 2.5 to 3 hours prior to the flight departure.
Air Seychelles HM060 (Economy Class): Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 13:50 to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), arriving at 20:45
Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall to the Welcome Kiosk of our representative in Seychelles. Here, you will be welcomed to the island and then transferred to your hotel.
The Carana Beach Hotel overlooks one of Mahe's most dramatically picturesque beaches. The view from every room spills out onto striking blue seas framed by lush jungle, massive granite pillars and a white sandy beach.
You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.
Holiday Title: Big 5 Safari and White Sand Beaches
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa and Seychelles for 9 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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