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.
20 Degres Sud
North Coast, Mauritius
Best for: Beach, Diving, First time
20 Degrés Sud is an intimate and refined boutique hotel configured to offer a mellow and seasoned retreat, located on a small beach lined with coconut palms, with two swimming pools, two library lounges and three exclusive dining locations.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
20 Degrés Sud, around one hour from the international airport, is located on a headland of private estates near Grand Baie, in the north of Mauritius. The colonial-style building offers well-appointed, sea-facing rooms with large windows that beckon in the sunlight and sea breeze, while the hotel’s refined living areas and attentive staff generate a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. This boutique property is an adults-only bolthole, perfect for travellers looking to laze in the sun with a book, gaze out over the Indian Ocean or wander the charming streets of La Pointe aux Cannoniers.
Concealed behind huge oak doors, 20 Degrés Sud consists of 36 cosy and well-appointed rooms and suites, each with their own sea-view terrace or balcony. Each room has en-suite facilities with a stand-alone bathtub and separate shower, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV and minibar, while two of the suites even have an external jacuzzi. The hotel offers jaw-dropping dining locations, one of which is on a restored motorboat, the M/S Lady Lisbeth, which can be booked in advance to secure an exclusive dinner cruise. Also on offer are beachfront tables at L’Explorateur or poolside, candlelit dining at La Voile, which doubles up as a rum bar. À la carte choices include sushi spreads, South African meats and a tantalising, six-course lobster menu.
Aside from its two pools and library lounges, the property features a boutique, dive centre and a spa comprising four treatment rooms and a hammam. It is possible to rent out electric fat bikes, trekking guides and Mini Mokes (convertible Minis), while snorkelling gear, bicycles, small sailing boats, kayaks and paddle-boards are available free of charge. 20 Degrés Sud offers intimate surrounds that are best-suited to couples or solo travellers, with children not permitted unless over the age of 12.
Pearly-white sand beaches and coconut palms provide an idyllic setting for relaxing and idling, with plenty of cosy nooks to while away the day at this intimate boutique hotel.
When to go
Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat, although the southeast trade winds help it never to feel too muggy. The summer months are from December to April, when it can nevertheless be extremely humid, and the winter, such as it is, runs from May to November, and is cooler and drier.
The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December. January and February, the peak cyclone months, are best avoided by water-sports enthusiasts and divers. Cyclones rarely hit Mauritius (although Rodrigues has suffered far more regularly than the mainland) but cyclones way out at sea can bring days of squally rain.
Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 33°C in summer and between 18°C and 24°C in winter. On the plateau it will be some 5°C cooler. The highlands are also the wettest part of the island – it can rain here at any time of year, and even when it’s not raining the area can be cloaked in low-lying cloud. When the winds are at their strongest in July and August it can be blustery on the east coast, though the breeze brings welcome relief in summer.
Apart from the Christmas-New Year peak, Mauritius doesn’t really have high and low seasons. The situation is more dependent on outside factors (such as the French school holidays, which cause a big increase in demand and prices in August).
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Kitesurfing in Mauritius
Kitesurfing is a world-recognised sport, and Mauritius has gained a reputation as a world-class kitesurfing location. With over 300 days of wind a year, and varied beaches, you will be able to kitesurf across the island whatever level of expertise.
Diving in Mauritius
Right in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius provides warm and clear waters, making both snorkelling and scuba diving very popular. From family diving, to reef or wreck diving, it is possible to dive here at all levels of experience.
The Port Louis food market
Located in the Northern part of Mauritius, the capital Port Louis contains an extensive, bustling open-air food market. Spend an hour or two strolling through and experience this lively food shopping experience.
Golfing in Mauritius
Golfing in Mauritius is popular, with seven luxury golf courses there. Mauritius guarantees a five star golfing experience whether you choose the challenging course at Le Tousserok or perfect your technique at The Links course at Belle Mare Plage.
Spend a day on the Ile Aux Cerfs
A trip to Ile Aux Cerfs on the east coast of Mauritius is a great way to experience one of the best beaches in Mauritius. Ile Aux Cerfs presents a variety of watersports, and it is highly recommended to snorkel in these clear waters.
Lady Lisbeth Floating Restaurant
Experience something different during your stay in Mauritius, the Lady Lisbeth floating restaurant. Enjoy a candlelit dinner cruise around the Grand Baie Harbour aboard the restored and refurbished vintage boat.
Enjoying Nightlife in Grand Baie
Venture to the Northern town of Grand Baie in Mauritius, to taste local rums and relax in its comfortable bars. Grand Baie, with lots of intimate bars and restaurants is an interesting alternative to the capital, Port Louis.
Natural wonders of Chamarel
The unique scenery in Chamarel, southern Mauritius, will give you something different to the white sands and blue waters that Mauritius is well-known for.
Browsing the Market in Quarte-Bornes
Take a trip to the town of Quartre-Bornes, located near the west coast of Mauritius and engage in bartering in Quartre-Bornes's market. This market-town is abundant with local and traditional crafts, and is an experience that not to be missed.
Visit the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is one of the world's best, a popular tourist attraction in Pamplemousses, near Port Louis. We recommend hiring a local guide to take in all the highlights, particularly the long pond of giant water lilies!
Watersports in Mauritius
Mauritius is the perfect playground if you're looking for an active holiday. With extensive facilities and loads of activities to choose from, there will be plenty to keep you busy if you're looking to do more than relax.