SA 06: 10 Nights/11 Bush and Beach Holiday South Africa

Day 1-6: African Safari at Kruger

The safari part of your holiday are spent in the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park, at a lodge called Elephant Plains. It offers both luxury and standard chalets.

Elephant Plains Game Lodge offers you comfortable style and exclusivity in one of the world’s few remaining unspoiled wilderness areas – the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the 2,2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. Over many years our strict conservation policies and successful wildlife management have resulted in a multitude of African game species to be found in this area. Here you will come face to face with Africa’s famous Big Five – Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Rare species such as the endangered wild dogs and cheetah are also seen regularly. The area is typical African savannah with a large variety of antelope, birds and reptiles to be found.

Elephant Plains overlook a scenic plain where a whole array of game and birds frequently visit the waterhole. It is home to a maximum of 12 guests ensuring personalised service and maximum comfort. The lodge features five spacious appointed thatched chalets with individually styled interior decor and en-suite bathrooms. Mosquito nets and air-conditioning are just a few of the creature comforts.

The highlight of your visit is the thrill of close encounters with wildlife from the safety of open 4×4 vehicles. Daily activities include the early morning and afternoon game drives in search of the Big Seven. A bush walk is offered every day after breakfast, which will open up a new world of smaller fauna and flora. The afternoon game drive affords you the opportunity to have a sundowner at a carefully selected venue in the African bush.

Evening meals are served around a fire in the boma under the vast African sky. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style in the thatched lapa. Adjacent to the swimming pool, the wooden deck offers spectacular views overlooking the waterhole and scenic plain . The care with which each meal is prepared together with the setting of the open-air boma or thatched lapa, ensure an unforgettable dining experience.

Our personalised service is of the highest standard due to the exclusivity and smallness of the lodge. Your personal guides – an experienced game ranger and local Shangaan tracker – are keen to share their knowledge and love of the African bush with you.

At Elephant Plains Game Lodge you can be ensured an experience that will live up to the Africa of your imagination … creating a lifetime of memories!

Day 6-11: Beach Holiday

The island part of your African vacation takes you to the Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique on a tropical island called Benguerua at an idyllic ‘spot’ called Marlin Lodge.

Marlin Lodge is situated on the southwest shore of Benguerra Island, the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago off the cost of Mozambique. This unspoilt area offers some of the finest scuba diving sites and some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world.

The lodge comprises of 19 chalets – all built on stilts with wooden decks, reed walls and thatched roofs. All the rooms are connected by elevated walkways from the back and are en-suite with their own private verandah and a wooden walkway leading down to the beach directly in front of each unit. The lodge also offers a swimming pool and beautiful recreation areas.

Experienced chefs prepare dinners, consisting of a wide array of seafood specialties. Dinners are either served in the main dining area or on the beach in front of the lodge where a wonderful selection of seafood is prepared over the open fires on the beach. Wonderful palm trees set in indigenous gardens surround the whole lodge, and the sea views are spectacular. The water temperature ranges between 23C and 26C. This makes outings of scuba diving and snorkelling combined with a picnic lunch on one of the many beautiful island beach locations very popular. Other activities include ocean-ski paddling, windsurfing, hobiecat sailing and island drives.

Marlin Lodge is a typical African Island getaway offering guests tranquil surroundings along with an array of water and land activities. Marlin Lodge is also an ideal honeymoon destination with many secluded spots for romantic dinners under the stars or walks along the moonlit beach.