This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth.
Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures.
Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands.
Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town.
Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.
Day 1: Depart London Heathrow
Overnight flight to South Africa
Kruger Private Reserves
All along the world renowned Kruger National Park’s western boundary are private game reserves which combine with the Kruger to create one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. These reserves offer excellent game viewing opportunities - taking you off road for that very special up close encounter - together with the advantages of smaller, hosted accommodation and game drives. A trip to the Kruger is an unforgettable and potentially life changing experience.
Day 2-6: Kapama Southern Camp, Kruger Private Reserves
Full board and activities are included here.
After clearing customs in Johannesburg, collect your bags and connect on the Hoedspruit where you will be met at the airport and transferred to Kapama Southern Camp. Enjoy 6 game drives during your stay here.
Offering an authentic African safari experience and stretching across 13 000 hectares, towards the Kruger area, Kapama embodies a range of stylish accommodation across four sophisticated bush camps and lodges. Each one is meticulously positioned within this wildlife sanctuary.
Located in the extreme south of the reserve, the spectacular Kapama Southern Camp offers luxury-thatched suites. All suites are discreetly hidden in the surrounding indigenous forest that’s alive with birdsong. Families are also catered for at Southern Camp, with three luxury suites specially created for this purpose.
The Spa is also located at Kapama River Lodge, so a pampering for body and mind is close at hand.
Kapama is known for its diverse wildlife experiences and is home to the big five, with its two daily game drives, fascinating encounters with the prolific wildlife is ensured.
Blessed with crystal clear turquoise waters, gorgeous powder white sand beaches and a wonderful tropical climate, the idyllic island of Mauritius is a remarkably romantic holiday destination. While most visitors spend their days relaxing in one of the many luxurious holiday resorts, there is much more to this little island than merely cocktails and coconuts.
Those who venture inland will discover lush, jungle-clad mountains, glistening blue lagoons, impressive rivers and waterfalls, extinct volcanic craters, charming little ramshackle towns and villages, and some fabulously friendly locals. Must-see attractions include: the bustling capital of Port Louis with its lively local markets; the remarkable 85m high Chamarel Waterfall; and Eureka, a historical plantation mansion turned museum offering visitors a glimpse into the island’s colonial past.
No matter how you spend your time on this lovely little island, it is sure to fulfil all your fantasies of a tropical island paradise.
Day 6-12: Paul & Virginie Hotel, Mauritius
Full board and locally branded drinks are included here.
After a leisurely morning you will be transferred back to Hoedspruit airport for the flight to Johannesberg where you will connect on to the flight for Mauritius. On arrival in Mauritius you will be met in the arrivals hall and transferred to your hotel.
Located in the fishermen village of Grand Gaube on the North coast of Mauritius, the hotel is an invitation to a relaxing and romantic stay enhanced by idyllic tranquillity and a soothing atmosphere. The decor of colonial inspiration, a subtle combination of wood, stone and thatch roofs, reveals a peaceful haven for couples seeking an unforgettable getaway to paradise island.
Recommended activities here include:
Black River Gorges National Park:
The island nation’s only national park, Black River Gorges encompasses almost 70 square kilometres of lush elevated rainforest, drier low-lying woodlands and wetlands, and is home to an array of endemic plant, bird and animal species, including the Mauritian flying fox, the Mauritius parakeet and the extremely rare pink pigeon. A web of hiking trails lead to various points of interest in the park, including the majestic Alexandra Falls, Plaine Champagne and the Gorges viewpoint, offering breathtaking vistas over the surrounding landscape and frequent sightings of wild monkeys.
Natural History Museum Port Louis:
The Natural History Museum houses the only complete skeleton of that most famous of extinct birds the flightless Dodo. Wiped out before the end of the 17th century the Dodo became known to mankind again that’s to its role in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Corps de Garde Mountain Nature Reserve:
The Corps de Garde Mountain Nature Reserve extends across a 90 hectare area on the slopes of the Corps de Garde volcano, famous for its rare flora, which includes the Trochetia parviflora tree and Pilea trilobata plant, both thought to have been extinct before they were rediscovered in the reserve in 2001 and 2005 respectively.
Casela Bird Park:
Casela is a 10 hectare Nature and Leisure Park and is home to giant tortoises, tigers, lions, monkeys and 1,500 birds. The Park also offers quad bike rides, zip slides, animal petting, and game drives.
Flic En Flac Beach:
The Mauritian seaside village of Flic en Flac is located in the district of Black River on the western coast of the island, about 15 km south of the capital, Port Louis. What was once a small fishing village has developed into one of the country’s premier tourist areas.
Its glorious golden sand beach is the longest on the island and is lined with Casurina Trees, some of the island’s most luxurious hotels, as well as some lovely little tourist shops, excellent restaurants and laid-back beach bars where you can sit back, relax, and indulge in a delicious fruity cocktail.
Flic en Flac is blessed with a wonderful crystal clear lagoon which is protected by the surrounding coral reefs, providing excellent and safe swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling conditions. If you are seeking a relaxing retreat in an idyllic island setting, look no further than the picturesque village of Flic en Flac.
Day 12: Departure
In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 13: Arrival into London Heathrow.