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On Safari in South Africa with Mauritius Beach

  • Sebatana Rhino Lodge
  • Sebatana Private Lodge
  • Welgevonden Game Reserve
  • Sebatana Private Reserve
  • Mauritius
  • 12 nights from
  • £4,261 per person
  • Trip Code: ES-1347

Holiday Overview

On Safari in South Africa with Mauritius Beach


An immersion into the extraordinary South African and Mauritian wilderness featuring opportunities to connect with nature, engage in local cultures, and gain insights into each destination’s history. 

Prep your khaki gear for the first part of your African adventure with malaria-free Sebatana Private Reserve as the backdrop and the five-star, all-inclusive Rhino East Lodge as a base. Open-air vehicles will venture into the bush daily, allowing for ample ‘Big Five’ sightings under the direction of experienced guides.   

Itinerary enhancements feature wildlife talks, slow-paced nature walks, and a Champagne brunch in the heart of the savannah. Sundowners will mark night falling, and dinners, served under the starry sky, can be accompanied by traditional music and dancing. Engagement with the local community allows you to gain a better understanding of the culture, and days spent in Johannesburg and Soweto provides further comprehension of the nation’s past.  

It's then time to switch to your beachwear as you venture to the Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius and check into an all-inclusive resort, with a sustainable focus. 

On Safari in South Africa with Mauritius Beach includes:

  • International Flights
  • 12 nights’ carefully chosen all-inclusive accommodation and 2 overnight flights
  • Five game drives in Sebatana Private Reserve and Welgevonden Game Reserve
  • A guided walking tour
  • A Champagne sundowner
  • The ‘Wonders of the South Winery’ excursion in Mauritius, with a Michelin-acclaimed wine tasting
  • In South Africa, you’ll be fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager and wildlife specialists, and in Mauritius, you’ll have a representative only during transfers and excursions, not on leisure days. You’ll have a 24/7 contact number during your time in Mauritius

Day 1 - Sebatana Rhino Lodge

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city, you’ll be met by your local tour manager and set off on a scenic transfer to the Sebatana Rhino Lodge. Once you’ve unpacked and settled in, lunch will be served.  

Afterwards, relax in your new surroundings, perhaps taking a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool. This evening, enjoy an included welcome drink, followed by dinner and a short briefing about the week ahead.  


Day 2 - Sebatana Private Lodge

After breakfast, you’ll venture into the reserve in an open-air vehicle on your first game drive. During this journey, your guide will provide a wildlife talk about the different animals, birds and plants that inhabit the area, as well as the area’s history.  

This drive will be followed by lunch and some free time back at the lodge before you return on an afternoon game drive, with a local tracker, who’ll do his best to seek out wildlife. Keep an eye out – and have your camera at the ready – for zebras, meerkats, giraffes, wildebeest, and impalas. 

In the evening, dinner will be served at the lodge.  


Day 3 - Welgevonden Game Reserve

Following breakfast this morning, you’ll join a ‘Big Five’ game drive and visit one of the best private reserves in South Africa, Welgevonden Game Reserve.  

Set within the UNESCO-protected Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, this expanse of wilderness is home to more than 50 mammals, including lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, and elephants. Access to the reserve is subject to extensive restrictions, so it’ll feel like you have the whole place to yourself.  

After the sun has set, you can choose to join an optional tribal dinner, with the opportunity to gain insights into African culture and lifestyle. You’ll be able to taste local dishes and beverages, learn about traditions and customs, as well as watch a performance of dancing and music in a replica of a cultural village.  


Day 4 - Sebatana Private Reserve

This morning, you’ll join an experienced guide for a gentle bush walk into the Sebatana Private Reserve. Listen intently as your guide points out animal breeding areas, local plant life and the Waterberg Mountains. After the walk, return to the lodge for some well-earned lunch. 

After lunch, you’ll be collected in an open-air vehicle for a game drive to Christina’s Wallow, a hide with direct views of a waterhole, which is often teeming with giraffes, wildebeest, and impalas. For a truly authentic wildlife-spotting experience and to have the least impact, you’ll complete the journey on foot.  

At dusk, you can join the optional night game drive, giving you the unique opportunity to witness how the bush changes as the sun goes down, and a different animal kingdom emerges. With the help of powerful spotlights, you’ll hopefully see nocturnal creatures, like caracals, bush babies, porcupines, and ant bears.  

On the way, you’ll stop at ‘Flintstone Cave’, where the chef will have prepared a special three-course dinner spread across beautifully set tables and looking out over a fire – a wish-list experience.  


Day 5 - Champagne Brunch

You’ll rise early this morning for a game drive and the chance to spot herds of antelopes moving in the open. Antelopes and other prey animals tend to move around in the morning to find the best protection from predators, so this is time best time to see them.  

Around mid-morning, you’ll stop at Kudu Rock for a lavish Champagne brunch, enhanced by the backdrop of the African bush. Here, you can tuck into your meal while soaking up the surrounding vista, perhaps even seeing an animal or two.  

Afterwards, you’ll return to the lodge to unwind and in the afternoon, you have the chance to go on an optional tour to a school or local community. This excursion allows you to better understand the people who live in the area.  


Day 6 - At leisure (optional trip to Pilanesberg National Park)

Enjoy breakfast and a day of leisure at the lodge, taking advantage of the amenities, or join an optional excursion to Pilanesberg National Park, the fourth largest of its kind in South Africa.  

 This expansive park is situated in a volcanic crater and presents further opportunities to spot the ‘Big Five’ as well as the endangered white rhinos, cheetahs, hippopotami, and over 300 bird species. When you arrive, you’ll board an open-air vehicle and traverse through the park with an experienced guide who’ll provide you with facts about the park and the animals that reside here.  

 In the evening, dinner will be served back at the lodge.  


Day 7 - Sunset Rock

After breakfast, you can spend another day at the lodge lounging by the pool or join the last game drive into Welgevonden Game Reserve. If you still want to tick some of the ‘Big Five’ off your list, this is the perfect opportunity. 

In the mid-afternoon, there will be one more game drive to Sunset Rock, a fitting finale to your South African adventure. This spot is where you’ll have a magnificent vantage point and a chilled glass of Champagne while looking out over the Waterberg Mountains as the sky turns a cascade of red and orange.  

You’ll then return to the lodge for a final dinner with your newfound friends.  


Day 8 - flight to Mauritius

Have your last breakfast and say goodbye to your hosts before you depart for the airport for your flight to Mauritius.

Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the southwest of the island, where you’ll check into your ocean-facing resort in the village of Bel-Ombre (Hotel - Tamassa Bel Ombre).


Day 9 - Day leisure or optional excursion

Rise to the sound of the waves and enjoy a buffet breakfast with the choice to spend the day at your leisure, taking advantage of the resort’s assortment of facilities.  

Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion, which encompasses several stops around the island. You’ll begin with a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, the oldest in the southern hemisphere. Dating back to 1786, these beautiful grounds are known for the pond of giant water lilies and colony of giant tortoises. You’ll also be able to see 85 different varieties of palm trees from around the world, including the talipot palm. This unique species waits up to 60 years to produce a single crop of yellow-green fruit, only to die soon afterwards.  

Next up on the itinerary is the Sugar Adventure Museum, which is set in an old sugar mill. Here, you’ll get to taste sugar and rum, both made on the property.  Interactive exhibits showcase the history of the nation’s sugar industry and there’ll be time to purchase some souvenirs created by local craftsmen.  

The tour will continue to the seaside village of Grand-Baie, with its pristine beach and protected cove. You’ll be able to wander the lively bazaar, selling handicrafts, before you enjoy lunch at one of the ocean-facing restaurants.  

You’ll then stop off at the northernmost point of Mauritius. This area is aptly named Cap Malheureux, which translates to 'The Cape of Misfortune' due to the legendary 1810 battle in which the British defeated the French and took over the island. Take in the views over the Indian Ocean and surrounding islands, observe the red-roofed church of Notre Dame Auxiliatrice, and take some photos.  

Lastly, a visit to an ancient working sugar estate, Domaine Labourdonnais, will conclude the excursion.   

Later, you’ll return to the resort to relax and have dinner.  


Day 10 - Mauritius full day excursion

After breakfast, you’ll venture on a full-day excursion to cover the natural splendours of the southern part of Mauritius. The Takamaka Winery is the starting point, and the only winery in the world dedicated exclusively to lychee wine. Ganga Talao, a crater lake, also known as ‘Sacred Lake’ is another must-see location, and it’s ringed by a temple with small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and other gods. This lake is also an important pilgrimage site, and according to Hindu mythology, it’s believed that the water here is sourced from the sacred Ganges River in India.  

A photo stop at the Black River Gorges National Park is next, where you should keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, deer and mongooses. Lunch will be served at a local family home in the small village of Chamarel, encircled by tropical rainforests. Chamarel is also home to the famous Terres de 7 Couleurs, ‘Seven Coloured Earth’, which consists of an expanse of multi-coloured sand dunes as a result of uneven cooling of molten rock. This natural wonder of green, purple, yellow, red, brown, and violet is a striking sight, and at the base, there are several giant tortoises.  

Towards the end of the day, you’ll be taken back to the resort, where you can unwind and have dinner.  


Day 11 - At leisure or optional excursion

Once you’ve had breakfast, another day of leisure awaits, or you can opt for an excursion, which involves boarding a speedboat to cruise around some of Mauritius’ most beautiful, uninhabited islands. You’ll first cruise across a lagoon to a wild nature reserve on the small island of Ile aux Mariannes, where your guide will inform you about the endemic flora and fauna. Then you’ll travel to Ile aux Phares (Lighthouse Island), a former military base for the French during the colonisation of Mauritius. The lighthouse, which can be found here, was built to guide ships to the local port, and the island’s unique location near colourful reefs ensures a brilliant photograph opportunity.  

The tour will then pass by the rocky islet of Ile de la Passe, which was a base for English and French troupes, and now encompasses several fornications. You’ll then have some time to snorkel and swim in the turquoise waters before calling at the paradisical Ile aux Cerfs for a BBQ lunch and chilled refreshments, including local rum.  

You’ll return to the resort in the evening for dinner.  


Day 12 - At leisure with optional cruise

It’s your final day in this beautiful corner of the world, and you can make the most of it by embracing many of the resort’s activities. Perhaps tick off anything you’ve been wanting to experience, like windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, and snorkelling, or maybe book a treatment at the spa.  

As the late afternoon comes around, why not join an optional sunset cruise? You'll board a boat, glide across a nearby lagoon and gaze as the sun transforms the sky into a patchwork of shades, with drinks and snacks in hand.  


Day 13 - Homeward Bound

Following your last breakfast in paradise, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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