The ultimate African experience simply would not be complete without a luxurious expedition into the pristine wilderness. Relaxing on deserted white-sand beaches lapped by azure waters is however the epitome of an ideal luxury holiday for many a discerning traveller.
Fortunately, a world-class bush adventure can effortlessly be combined with a secluded beach sojourn in Southern Africa, making for one seamless journey in unadulterated style. The best of South Africa's private game reserves, coupled with the finest tropical beaches in neighbouring Mozambique, undoubtedly make for one of the most unparalleled bush and beach pairings.
Add to this heavenly beach and bush duo, one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Cape Town, and you have the most exquisite African exploration ahead!
Bush & Beach Appeal - the Crème de la crème of Southern Africa in One Safari
After spending some time in the African bush, most travellers just want to kick of their shoes, lie on a beautiful beach and relax completely.
Even an exclusive safari in a private game reserve, like Sabi Sand, will entail early morning starts. To make the most of your wilderness adventure you need to rise early, because morning game drives are an excellent time for spotting wildlife. Although there is enough time to unwind by the pool and enjoy pampering treatments at the spa, experiencing the untamed bush and seeing wild animals is the real highlight. Sabi Sand is one of the best places in the world to see leopards in the wild, as well as being considered a pre-eminent game reserve for getting up close to the other Big Five (lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant), among others.
Most of your time is spent out in the bush embarking on game drives and guided walks, which means that you are relatively active on safari. In between game viewing activities you get to recharge and retreat from the natural elements - which often include heat, dust and all manner of fascinating creatures. Going on luxury safari in one of Africa's finest game reserves is a totally unique experience, unlike anything else on earth.
The dream beach getaway on the other hand, is unabashedly about taking it easy, which is precisely why it complements an action-packed safari so perfectly. The endless deserted beaches of Mozambique rival the best of the Bahamas, Hawaii and Seychelles Islands. After your exhilarating forays into the bush, those lazy barefoot days feel all the more opulent and rewarding.
Combine City, Bush & Beach - Cape Town, Sabi Sand Reserve & Ponta Mamoli Beach
Explore the diverse and glamorous mother city of South Africa in style, before venturing into the game-rich wilderness of Sabi Sand Game Reserve and basking in barefoot luxury on a private beach along Southern Mozambique's coastline!
Cape Town: Touch down in cosmopolitan Cape Town, for an urbane welcome to Africa. This sophisticated city provides a gracious introduction to contemporary South Africa, enchanting visitors with its natural beauty. Located at the foot of iconic Table Mountain, one of the natural wonders of the world, Cape Town stretches out along the picturesque Atlantic coastline of South Africa. This vibrant cultural, historical and commercial hub, offers refined visitors a multi-faceted leisure experience - from upmarket shopping at the renowned V&A Waterfront to unwinding on the stunning beaches of Clifton and many more.
Stay in the sophisticated Queen Victoria Hotel at the acclaimed V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
Sabi Sand: Having dipped into the finer things in life, this exclusive safari moves on from charming Cape to the tranquil wilderness of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Settle into stylish suites at an authentic private lodge in this prestigious Big Five game reserve of Greater Kruger. Here, you ease into sheer comfort in untamed Africa, experiencing a different kind of beauty - one that is vast and timeless. Embark on thrilling game drives with skilled Shangaan rangers in Sabi Sand, famed for its phenomenal wildlife sightings. Indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments at the elegant lodge and cool off in the sparkling pool while tucked away in this remote bush setting.
Stay at the classical Nottens Bush Camp in the first-rate Big Five Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
Ponta Mamoli: Leaving the wild hinterlands behind, this is where the tropical beach element comes into the ideal African holiday. After the early morning game drives and adventures in the rugged African bush, it is time to splash in the warm Indian Ocean and walk along soft sandy beaches. The coast of southern Mozambique offers sightings of whales, dolphins and turtles, adding to the dazzling complement of big mammals already spotted in the bush. Go snorkeling and diving on colourful reefs and soak up panoramic ocean views after surveying the open plains of Sabi Sand. Swim in the clear warm waters; get your toes into the golden-white sands and go horse riding along the unspoilt shoreline. Still ensconced in pure luxury, private chalets with their own plunge pools, provide the laid-back setting for the final part of this lavish safari. Top off your stay in this beach paradise with chilled champagne, fresh prawns and delectable seafood.
Stay at the seaside White Pearl Resorts in scenic southern Mozambique.
Bush, Beach & City Lights - combines Johannesburg, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the Bazaruto Islands of Mozambique and Cape Town.
Explore South Africa's two premier cities, award-winning Sabi Sand Reserve & gorgeous Mozambique islands, staying at:
- 10 2nd Avenue Houghton Estate in the plush Houghton suburb of leafy Johannesburg.
Ulusaba Rock Lodge in the wildlife haven of Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort on the blissful Bazaruto Islands in Mozambique.
Cape Grace at the highly rated V&A Waterfront in Cape Town
Taking in the most idyllic of Mozambique's countless unspoilt beaches and some of the best Big Five game viewing in the world on one single trip, is an utterly unforgettable experience!
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