South Africa safari and Mauritius beach holiday
Description of South Africa safari and Mauritius beach holiday
This trip offers a luxurious combination of wildlife safari with sun-kissed relaxation on the beaches of a beguiling tropical paradise island that's also a fascinating cultural melting pot.
Begin with three nights in the world-renowned Kruger National Park, where days offer game drives, bush walks and river trips to encounter wildlife including lions and leopards, elephants and giraffes - plus a chance to share drinking time with the wildlife as you laze in a pool overlooking a waterhole where the animals gather, or just sit around a fire with an al fresco aperitif.
The rest of your trip is spent on Mauritius, an engaging Indian Ocean Eden where tropical beaches are complemented by a rich and harmonious cultural mix drawing together African, Chinese and Indian influences with British and French colonial history, ranging from exotic temples to characterful plantation houses. Ravishing nature, meanwhile, ranges from the rainforests, waterfalls and hiking trails of the Black River Gorges National Park to the gorgeous 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens in the colourful capital Port Louis.
Best time to go
South Africa is a large country and has diverse climatic regions, but in general the weather is sunny and hot in the summer months (December to April) and mild during winter (May to November). Game viewing is at its best in September-October.
Mauritius is warm and sunny year round, with minimum temperatures around 25C. Rainy season is from January – March.
Cape Town itself has a vibrant and thriving LGBT community.
1 Reviews of South Africa safari and Mauritius beach holiday
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2019 by Caroline Steele
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
4.45am getting up for game drive!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday 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.
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.
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