Itinerary in brief:
- 3 nights Cape Town
- 3 nights Umhlanga
- 3 nights Phinda Game Reserve
- 5 nights Mauritius
Day 1: Depart UK
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
Included: International flights
Day 2: Arrive South Africa
On arrival in South Africa, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel in Camps Bay, in Cape Town. Here you will check in for 3 nights.
Included: Transfers, 5* hotel
Days 3 & 4: Cape Town
You have 2 full days in Cape Town now to learn more about this exciting, vibrant city. These days are free or if you prefer, we can organise some activities to ensure you make the most of your time here. You could head over to Robben Island to witness where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated in a tiny cell or take a ride up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views across Cape Town. If you want to get out of the city, we can book you a hire car and you could drive down to the Cape of Good Hope to enjoy some hiking or biking near the coast.
Included: Breakfast, 5* hotel
Day 5: Fly to Durban
After breakfast, you will be taken back to the airport for the short flight to Durban. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel in Umhlanga, just outside the city, where you will check in for three nights.
Included: Breakfast, transfers, flights, 5* hotel
Days 6 & 7: Umhlanga
You’ll have two days to relax on the sandy beaches of Umhlanga, only a step away from your luxury hotel, The Oyster Box. Famous for its curry buffet, this stylish hotel is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy one of South Africa’s best-loved hotels. Highlights include eating delicious seafood at the Ocean Terrace, sundowners at The Lighthouse Bar and relaxing on the iconic red striped sun loungers.
Umhlanga is an affluent beach town just north of Durban and a great place to get stuck into some water sports, from surfing to kite boarding. If you fancy a glimpse of city life, its only a 20 minute drive to Durban where you can do some shopping and explore the beachfront of this lively metropolis.
Included: Breakfast, 5* hotel
Day 8: Umhlanga to Phinda Game Reserve
After breakfast, take one last stroll along the beach before being driven to Phinda Game Reserve, where you’ll check into your lodge for three nights.
Included: Breakfast, transfers, dinner, &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge
Days 9 & 10: Phinda Game Reserve
Home to the ‘Big Five’, Phinda Game Reserve is an oasis of wildlife around 4 hours north of Durban in the corner of South Africa. As well as the usual suspects like grazing zebra, lions and skittish buffalo, it is also home to some of the less easily spotted creatures such as the elusive cheetah and the rare black rhino. You’ll enjoy morning and afternoon game drives each day, keeping an eye out for leopards lazing in the treetops and hippos fighting for supremacy in the muddy river.
When not out on safari you’ll be able to enjoy the luxurious &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge, from the secluded rooms with warm African interiors to walking safaris with experienced guides who will introduce you to the environment of Phinda. Floor to ceiling windows invite the forest into your room while the dense canopy provides you with the privacy you want. Breakfast and lunch are taken on an open air deck where monkeys dance through the trees, while in the evenings you’ll gather round the boma (fire) as you indulge in a lantern lit feast beneath the stars.
Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, safari activities, &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge
Day 11: Fly to Mauritius
Today is your final day in South Africa – after breakfast you’ll be driven to Durban Airport in time to catch your flight to Port Louis.
On arrival in Mauritius, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel, where you will check in for five nights.
Included: Breakfast, transfers, international flights, 5* hotel
Days 12 - 15: Mauritius
On arrival in Mauritius, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel, where you will check in for five nights. Your time here can be spent doing as much or as little as you like. If you want to keep busy, you can keep your days filled with water sports, cycling and yoga each morning but if you are here to relax then sit back by the pool with a cocktail and soak in the wonderful ocean views. On your fourth day, we’ve included a catamaran cruise – sailing along the shore with views of the scarlet sunset splashed across the sky is sure to be a highlight of your trip.
You’ll be staying at the Paradise Cove Hotel, a lovely 5* boutique hotel. Part of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ group, this property and it’s staff go out of their way to make you feel at home. The rooms are airy and modern, while still retaining a charming atmosphere that really is echoed around the whole resort, from the four classy restaurants to the beachside bar.
If you want to make your stay here really romantic, there are so many ways to create a special moment – think stargazing on the jetty, dinner on the sand or even a trip out to the Bernache & Ambre Islands. If you want to add anything extra special, just ask.
Included: Breakfast, 5* hotel, catamaran cruise on day 14
Day 16: Depart Mauritius
After breakfast, you will be driven back to the airport in time for your onward flight.
Included: Breakfast, transfers, international flights
Day 17: Arrive UK