South Africa safari and Mauritius beach vacation
Safaris are thrilling yet tiring, with early morning starts to follow the wildlife. Why not combine it with 8 days on a tropical island - relaxing, recuperating, soaking up the sun?
Kruger National Park Game drives Big Five Lodge with pool overlooking waterhole Optional activities in Mauritius: non-motorised watersports, diving, fishing, snorkelling, tennis
£3650To£5100 including UK flights
Description of South Africa safari and Mauritius beach vacation
This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Our top tip:
Mauritius is at its wettest from January-March, but these months are fantastic for fishing and scuba diving, so decide which activities interest you most.
Tailor made. Min. age for game drives is usually 8.
3 nights safari lodge in Kruger, 8 in luxury beach hotel in Mauritius.
Can be tailored for solo travelers at extra cost.
Accommodation, local and international flights, transfers, game drives, bush walks.
All meals included. Drinks included on safari.
Electric vehicle safari:
Book Cheetah Plains Lodge in Kruger and use their electric vehicles for your safari drive, subject to availability.
Accessible tourism overview:
This trip can be tailored for guests with limited mobility or in wheelchairs and can also be organised with your own driver/guide.
Accommodation and rooms on the ground level; Door to door transfers if privately guided.
Wheelchair accessible rooms can be booked, wheelchair accessible attractions and restaurants suggested for clients.
Blind or limited vision:
This trip can be tailored for guests with limited vision, particularly trips with private/driver guides.
'Free from' food:
All dietary requirements catered for; South Africa is very well versed in handling a variety of dietary requirements.
The trip is open to people of all backgrounds and genders. Mauritius is reported to be the most LGBT accepting country in Africa - although there is still conservative streak, as long as this is taken into consideration, no problems should be encountered.
Cape Town itself has a vibrant and thriving LGBT community.
Cape Town itself has a vibrant and thriving LGBT community.
1 Reviews of South Africa safari and Mauritius beach vacation
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2019 by Caroline Steele
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
4.45am getting up for game drive!
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Yes, the trackers, drivers were all local and extremely helpful and friendly especially when you show a particular interest in a certain rare animal.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe game reserve used in this safari has been owned and managed by the More family for four generations and carries with it a passion which can only be instilled by a great family history. The family’s passion to deliver a world class luxury safari experience is equalled by their complete commitment in ensuring a pure balance between the preservation of this pristine "bushveld" (wilderness area), allowing access for guests to observe some of Africa's greatest mammals in their natural habitat and ensuring the benefits are shared with local communities. The game reserve is the only reserve in the Sabi Sands which employs a full time ecologist, who is responsible for ensuring the preservation of the land for another four generations to come.
With every booking, we donate funds to Helping Rhinos, our charity partner.
Helping Rhinos have been set up to create awareness of the issues threatening the global rhino population and raises funds to help protect them for future generations.
This donation goes towards training for members of the local community to become rangers and ensure that there are more local people trained in the fight against poaching. This is important from a conservation perspective in order to preserve and protect one of our most important and prehistoric species, but also from an educational perspective as members of the local community are trained and offered jobs and a career - as well as educated about Rhino conservation.
PeopleGuests have an opportunity to visit a local Shangaan Tribal community, with the tour lead by a professionally qualified Shangaan guide. On this tour, the guide will explain his history and customs, as well as some of the basic greeting words. Visitors will meet community members and learn about the realities of their lives, including techniques being used to create awareness of HIV/AIDS. Along route there is also a stop to visit Henna Pre-School, where guests will get to spend some time socializing with the children and listen to some of their rhymes. This school is a community based initiative and is sponsored by the Game Reserve. For the adventurous there is also the opportunity to eat some of the local cuisine and upon request you can visit the craft market and purchase curios made by the community.
Beachcomber hotels set up FED (Foundation for Hope and Development) where regional committees, staffed by volunteer hotel employees, work with local community groups to channel funds and expertise into social projects. Since it began, just under £1 million has been donated to various projects including the development of local crafts and adult literacy. The aim is to teach underprivileged people to become self sufficient and able to sustain themselves. Other projects have included a youth employment initiative, providing training in academic basics, work ethics including reading and writing skills, sound arithmetical basics and social aptitudes. Industrial placements organised by the FED give the opportunity to the young underprivileged to gain valuable experience in the Mauritian enterprises.