Safari in Africa. Relax on the beach in Mauritius. A fantastic combination.
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
Mauritius is absolutely perfect for honeymoons. Private beaches, good weather and a relaxed atmosphere all contribute but it is the world class service, expertise and understanding from the hotels really make Mauritius a special honeymoon destination.
Home to unrivalled wildlife viewing and one of the world’s most impressive coastlines, there is no better place to combine a beach and safari trip than in Africa.
An Indian Ocean classic holiday destination for newlyweds and families, the volcanic island of Mauritius seals the deal with sherbet-white beaches, sand-rimmed lagoons, and all-encompassing luxury resorts. But there is more to holidays on this Paradise Island than sun-kissed glamour. When Mark Twain wrote “Mauritius was made first and then Heaven. And Heaven was copied after Mauritius,” he was also referencing its Hindu shrines, vast coral reefs, river gorges, séga beats, and unique French and Creole cultural fusion.
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The most developed of the Mascarene Islands, this biodiversity hotspot off the eastern coast of Africa is encircled by one of the longest continuous coral reef systems. Whilst the west of Mauritius tempts with rolling waves and postcard-perfect sunsets, the glamourous east offers the most stunning stretches of sand. Most fabulous here is lle aux Cerfs, an island playground boasting four-kilometres of talcum-white powdery bliss and plenty of water-based pursuits.
Sun-soaked beach days, Zen-like spa pampering, and glittering ocean-facing fairways beckon for most. But holidays to Mauritius offer much more for those prepared to dig beneath the dazzling surface. Enjoy a sundowner at the cocktail haunts and hip clubs around Grand Baie, marvel at the giant water lily at the Botanical Gardens in Pamplemousses, and head to the Mauritius Institute in capital Port Louis for fascinating dodo displays - this now-extinct flightless bird was once native to this tiny island nation.
As one of the world’s most celebrated scuba and snorkelling destinations, aquatic thrills are limitless. Battle with a Blue Marlin on a deep-sea fishing trip, take a catamaran cruise to the outlying islands, and explore Blue Bay Marine Park - a 353-hectare aquatic jungle with a beautiful beach that ticks off one cliché after another. Back on dry land, the UNESCO-listed Black River Gorges National Park is a must for spending an action-packed day hiking across native forest and marshy heathland, abseiling down canyon walls and thundering waterfalls, and waiting to spot the rarely-seen Mauritian pink pigeon.
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Did you know?
Mauritius was the only known habitat of the now extinct Dodo bird.
Did you know?
The Seven Coloured Earths in Mauritius are a phenomenon which continues to enthral visitors and despite the tropical rains of the country, they never seem to erode.