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15 days

Safari in South Africa & beach holiday in Mauritius

Explore South Africa’s nature and animal life on your safari tour from your pleasant lodge up close to Kruger National Park and relax on the exotic beaches of Mauritius.

Safari in South Africa & beach holiday in Mauritius Safari in South Africa & beach holiday in Mauritius
15 days

Safari in South Africa & beach holiday in Mauritius

Explore South Africa’s nature and animal life on your safari tour from your pleasant lodge up close to Kruger National Park and relax on the exotic beaches of Mauritius.

Why choose this tour

  • Discover the world-famous Kruger National Park and round off with a beach holiday in Mauritius
  • Go on an excursion to Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third-largest canyon
  • You get right up close to the nature on a bush walk with a skilled ranger – and see the nocturnal animals on an evening game drive
  • Relax on Mauritius’ white sandy beaches surrounded by turquoise waters and swaying palm trees.

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

On this trip, you will be taken on exciting safaris in Kruger National Park, where you have every chance to experience ‘The Big 5’ right up close. In addition, you can learn how to decode the signs and signals of nature on a fascinating bush walk with a skilled ranger.

You will also visit the Drakensberg Mountains – the highest and longest mountain range in South Africa – where one of the highlights is Blyde River Canyon. This is the third-largest canyon in the world and provides a truly breath-taking view of The Three Rondavels. The trip will also take you to the God’s Window and vantage points, as well as the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, where the Blyde and Treur rivers have eroded deep, cylindrical formations in the cliffs.

You will then fly to magnificent Mauritius, where you will be spending five nights. This is the perfect place to round off your holiday, relaxing on the white sandy beaches that are bordered by swaying palm trees and the turquoise sea.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Johannesburg incl. transfer
  • Local, English-speaking guide/driver
  • English speaking tour coordinator
  • 7 nights at Bongani Mountain Lodge**** incl. half board
  • Bush walk with specially trained guide in Mthetomusha Game Reserve
  • Sunset Game Drive incl. “sundowner” in Mthetomusha Game Reserve
  • 2 full-day safaris in Kruger National Park
  • Full-day trip along the Panorama Route through the Drakenberg Mountains
  • 2 Game Drives in Mthetomusha Game Reserve
  • Fees for the named national parks
  • Flights from Johannesburg to Mauritius incl. transfer
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in Mauritius at Hotel Le Meridien incl. half board
  • Possibility to extend the beach holiday in Mauritius
  • Flights from Mauritius to the UK incl. transfer
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from UK

Departure day, where you will fly to Johannesburg with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival at Bongani Mountain Lodge

Having landed in Johannesburg, you can look forward to a drive through the magnificent landscape to the 4-star Bongani Mountain Lodge, which is located on the border with the southern part of the Kruger National Park and near the magnificent Malelane mountains. You can then spend your afternoon admiring the magnificent view from the veranda or relaxing by the pool.

Day 3: Bush Walk & Sunset Game Drive in Mthetomusha Game Reserve

Bush walk
Early in the morning, you will be picked up from the lodge and you will head off on a 3-hour bush walk with an experienced ranger to guide you through the bush. Your guide has been specially trained in bush walks and will teach you how to decode Mother Nature’s signals, by smelling the air, listening intently, looking and observing like a real tracker. He will also talk to you about the various animals’ behaviour, and explain how to identify them by their tracks. As you walk, you will hear and learn about many of the small plants and animals you often do not notice when driving through the area in safari vehicles. Not permitted for children under the age of 12.

Sunset Game Drive
When the sun starts to go down, it is time to set off on an atmospheric, 3-hour safari. You will be treated to what is known as a ‘Sundowner’ – a drink served outdoors in the light of the setting sun. As dusk falls, you make a start on a fascinating evening safari tour where you are sure to see a variety of animals in the spotlights of the safari vehicle. This gives you the chance to experience the nocturnal animals that rest and hide during daylight hours. You will also encounter many of the animals you saw earlier in the day. If the skies are clear, you can ask the guide about some of the impressive constellations of the southern hemisphere. For example, ask him to point out the Southern Cross or Orion’s belt. Not permitted for children under the age of 6.

Day 4: Full-day tour in Kruger National Park

Full-day safari in open-topped vehicles, where you can experience the delights of Kruger National Park – one of the most important national parks in the world. Kruger National Park was established as a game reserve back in 1898, and was elevated to national park status in 1926. The park is around 350 km long from north to south, and around 65 km wide from east to west. Covering a total of approx. 20,000 km², it is the largest national park in South Africa. The park is home to 146 different species of mammal, around 520 species of bird and 120 species of reptile. Not only are many species represented, but they are also strongly represented. For example, it is estimated that there are 11,000 elephants, 2,000 lions, 1,000 leopards and 35,000 buffalo in the park, as well as 35,000 zebras and more than 150,000 antelopes. As regards plants, the park boasts 2,000 different species of flora, including everything from mosses to grasses, trees, creepers and cacti.

The wild animals are generally most active early in the morning, and then again towards the end of the afternoon. You will therefore be leaving the lodge early so as to experience as many animals as possible before they seek out shelter and shade to rest during the middle of the day. On account of the early start, the lodge will provide you with a packed breakfast to enjoy at a suitable time and in a suitable place. For lunch, you will stop at one of the authorised areas where you will find both a café and a minimarket.

You will return to the lodge at the end of the day – almost certainly with a camera packed with wonderful photos!

Day 5: Full-day excursion to the Drakensberg Mountains and Bourke's Luck Potholes

Today is given over to a beautifully scenic full-day trip along the Panorama Route through the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains. The mountains themselves are red, and form a magnificent contrast to the green trees and plants. On the trip, you will experience the breath-taking Blyde River Canyon. Measuring 700 m deep and 60 km long, it is the third-largest canyon in the world. You will stop at the three best vantage points along the canyon: God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and The Three Rondavels – three beautiful and remarkable rock formations whose shape calls to mind the round huts previously to be found in local villages in many parts of southern Africa. The Panorama Route will also take you past a number of waterfalls, and you will have the chance to stop to admire one of them. This could, for example, be the Berlin Falls, where the water cascades down into a lake from a height of 150 metres. Or you may stop at the Lisbon Falls, located where the Blyde river splits in two and then drops 92 metres down an almost vertical cliff, before coming together to form a single river once more. There are many other waterfalls, however, and your guide will decide where you stop. One of the most spectacular sights you will see during the day is sure to be the Bourke’s Luck Potholes – cylindrical holes carved into the rocks by the action of water and sand over thousands of years. You can see this amazing natural phenomenon right up close from bridges built over the peculiar holes.

Day 6: Free day

The day is yours to do with as you wish. You may wish simply to relax by the pool, but you can also choose to go on one of the extra excursions organised by Africa Safari.

Below is a selection of supplementary tour options that you can book and pay for at the lodge via our tour coordinator. The prices are stated in South African rand.

Bush Walk: Enjoy a nature walk which lasts for around 1 hour. During this walk, guests will experience and view the small parts of the nature that can not be seen from the confines of the vehicle.  An experienced ranger will take guests on the walk, showing them tracks and signs of animal activity, different insects, birds and plant species. You may also get close to some of the larger wild animals (not dangerous). These too will be viewed on foot in their natural habitats.

The cost of this activity is ZAR 550 per person.

Rock Art Excursions: Mthethomusha Game Reserve has the highest concentration of Rock Art per square metre than anywhere else on the continent. Some date back as much as 1500 years ago. During this excursion guests will be escorted by a knowledgeable ranger to showcase a select number of sites. The activity does involve some amount of walking.

The cost of this activity is ZAR 350 per person.

Day 7: Game Drive in Mthetomusha Game Reserve

This day consists of a two exciting game drives in Mthetomusha Game Reserve. We start with a morning game drive. Then we drive back to the lodge for lunch, before heading out again on our afternoon game drive. Mthethomusha Game Reserve consists of 8000 acres of pristine countryside and is situated on the south-western border of Kruger National Park. Here there are excellent opportunities to experience the “The Big Five” along with some unique birdlife.

Day 8: Full-day tour in the Kruger National Park

Today you can enjoy a full-day tour in Kruger National Park in four-wheel-drive safari vehicles. The park features extensive grassy plains, as well as areas of rocky land, lakes and watercourses. Late in the afternoon, all kinds of animals flock to the lakes and watercourses to drink, and you may even be lucky enough to witness elephants bathing in the cool water. On the tour, your guide will attempt to spot as many animals as possible, and will almost certainly try to find antelopes – because where there are antelopes, there are sure to be predators. If you are really lucky, you may even see a shy leopard or two.

Day 9: Johannesburg - Mauritius

You will be picked up from the lodge and driven to Johannesburg airport to catch your flight to Mauritius. Our driver will meet you in the arrivals hall and take you to your hotel.

The tropical island of Mauritius is one of the most exclusive and fascinating islands in the Indian Ocean. With its delightful climate and friendly population, this little slice of paradise is the perfect setting for an exotic holiday. The island is typically associated with relaxation and romance, but it is also ideal for everyone who loves gastronomic treats, water sports and beautiful countryside. Mauritius is ringed with beautiful beaches lined with swaying palm trees, crystal clear water and brightly coloured coral reefs. The landscape features lush forests, fields of sugar cane, tall mountains, roaring waterfalls and dramatic stretches of coast dotted with small lagoons. The capital, Port Louis, is home to a variety of fine shops and fascinating museums.

Please note: Hotel Le Meridien is closed for refurbishment until 31 October 2019. During this period, you will be accommodated at The Westin Turtle Bay & Spa.

Days 10-13: Relaxation and experiences in Mauritius
Day 14: Start of the trip home

The time has now come to leave Mauritius and head for home. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport to catch your flight to the UK, which will include connecting flights along the way.

Day 15: Back in the UK

Arrive back in the UK after a magnificent holiday packed with wonderful experiences.

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