This safari and beach holiday is a time proven classic with all the pampering and activities that you could possibly want. Start your holiday on safari at the romantic Garonga Safari Lodge which has luxurious tents and fabulous honeymoon treats, such as a bush bath for two under the stars. Enjoy thrilling game drives, bush walks and optional aromatherapy and reflexology sessions.
Leave South Africa for the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius where you can chill-out on the white sands of Belle Mare Plage, one of the best beaches on the island. Nothing is complicated on Mauritius and at the Belle Mare Plage Hotel there are lots of complimentary water sports and activities, or just lie beside the pool with drink in hand and relax.
Day 1 Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Johannesburg
Day 2 On arriving at Johannesburg Airport you will make your way to your onward flight to Hoedspruit. Here you will be transferred by road to Garonga Safari Lodge in the Makalali Conservancy for a 3 night stay, all meals and scheduled game viewing activities are included. Safari for the soul is Garonga's philosophy, offering an unhurried and intimate wildlife encounter, leaving you time to reflect and find inspiration in nature. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, wilderness walks with guide, sleep-outs, outdoor bush-baths and optional aromatherapy and reflexology sessions.
Day 3 An early start is the norm while on safari, warm up with a cup of tea or coffee and then straight out on your first morning safari. Game viewing is great at Garonga, your professional ranger will be your eyes and ears and will look out for the elusive leopard, a herd of elephant and a pride of lions. Return to camp for some relaxation, read a book in your hammock or a refreshing dip in the pool. Lunch or a late brunch is normally served on the deck. In the late afternoon you will board the 4 x 4 safari vehicle for an evening game drive, keep your eyes peeled and look for the smaller creatures such as the chameleon or bird life.
Day 4 You have the freedom of joining this morning's game drive or if you wish, have a lie in and listen to monkey's scampering about in the trees above. A second game drive takes place in the late afternoon. Today you may wish to have a romantic open-air bush bath, a Victorian style tub set in a secluded spot. Tonight you can 'sleep out', an optional activity where you sleep under the stars on a platform high up in the trees, a true wilderness adventure.
Day 5 After a morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, where on arrival take the shuttle to D'Oreale Grand Hotel for a 1 night stay, breakfast included
Day 6 Today you will fly off to the paradise island of Mauritius. Here you will stay at the Constance Belle Mare Plage hotel for seven nights. The hotel is set on a 2-kilometre stretch of beach and offers a fantastic range of restaurants and facilities to choose from. Today you might want to just chill out by one of the pools and reflect back on your incredible safari experience in South Africa. Your hotel includes breakfast and dinner, a full board option is available at a supplement.
Day 7 Enjoy a leisurely breakfast while taking in the endless views across the Indian Ocean. Constance Belle Mare Plage offer a fabulous range of activities, seize the moment and enjoy anything from a round of golf on the championship courses, kite surfing or for something a little more gentle a yoga or pilates class.
Day 8 The island of Mauritius has much to offer, both on land and on water. Take an optional sailing tour by catamaran, a cruise on the west coast often rewards you with sightings of dolphins frolicking in the water. A full day cruise will take you to Gabriel Island where there are beautiful unspoiled beaches. Your tour will include a BBQ buffet lunch. Romantic sunset or private overnight cruises are also available.
Day 9 With so much on offer at Constance Belle Mare Plage sometimes the the most difficult thing you will do on this holiday is what to do next. Take a day to relax and be pampered, laze by the pool where the pool waiters will be happy to serve you refreshing drinks all day long. Step in to the U Spa where you can enjoy massages and a range of different body treatments.
Day 10 Mauritius is certainly famous for its long white sandy beaches, it is also a stunningly beautiful island. Take an optional full day tour or hire a car and explore the south west corner of the island, here you will see Chamarel Waterfall and the geological site of the Chamarel seven colored earth where different coloured earth was created as volcanic rock cooled at different temperatures. Other attractions of the area include the huge natural volcanic crater of Trou Aux Cerfs and Le Morne, an enormous monolith at the extreme south-western tip of Mauritius.
Day 11 A further of leisure, choose to spend time at the hotel and make use of its water sports, play a game of tennis or work out in gym. Or why not just relax and spend a day by the pool or at the beach
Day 12 Your final day in Mauritius, make the most of the facilities of the hotel or top up your tan before heading back to the UK. A shopping tour of Port Louis will be a great opportunity for you to buy those last minute souvenirs or purchase your duty free.
Day 13 Your last day in Mauritius. You will be transferred by private car to the airport for return flight to the UK
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