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Spend 10 days getting the best of both worlds on this Sabi Sand and Bazaruto Archipelago bush and beach holiday.

Begin with unbridled exclusivity at the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in South Africa. It's one of Africa's best destinations for the Big 5 and you'll also enjoy guided nature walks and exciting night drives from your base at Lion Sands River Lodge.

Then it's off to the white-sand beaches of the Bazaruto Archipelago, lying just off the Mozambican mainland, for five days of incredible scuba diving, beach walks, lazy relaxation and spa treatments at Azura, a stunning eco-boutique retreat.

Itinerary Highlights

  • An ideal honeymoon combination
  • Track the Big 5 in the Sabi Sands on a private concession
  • Dive in the incredible Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Enjoy barefoot beach luxury at Azura
  • Unwind with spa treatments and massages
  • Enjoy pampers and spoils from two world-class lodges

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

See the Big 5 in Kruger

Begin your journey in Nelspruit with a flight from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to the airstrip in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. You'll be met and transferred to the luxurious Lion Sands River Lodge; keep your eyes open - this is big game country.

Enjoy some of Africa's most exclusive and rewarding game viewing on morning and afternoon drives as you explore this spectacular wildlife reserve for the Big 5 and hosts of other classic African animals. And since the Sabi Sand is a private reserve, you'll also enjoy night drives, guided bush walks and off-roading for extra-close views of Sabi's legendary wildlife.

Relax between game drives on a lounger by the swimming pool or on the deck overlooking the river. You can also treat yourself to a wellness treatment or massage at the lodge's health spa.

Day 4

Spend a night in Johannesburg

After breakfast this morning you will transfer to The Residence, an elegant boutique hotel in the elite suburb of Houghton in Johannesburg, also home to Nelson Mandela.

Enjoy personalised service at this luxurious 5-star hotel featuring well-manicured lawns, a tennis court, refreshing swimming pools or pamper yourself with a rejuvenating treatment in the spa, before enjoying a pre-drink in the Piano Bar before sitting down for an expertly-prepared dinner.

Days 5-9

Explore the Indian Ocean from Azura

Transfer back to the airport for a 1.5hr flight to Vilanculos, and your helicopter flight to Azura Lodge, on Benguerra Island. Spend 5 nights in this luxurious accommodation, with the beach on your doorstep.

Go diving in the Bazaruto Marine National Park, where you can see the astoundingly diverse marine life; or set off to sea and try to catch a giant black marlin or wahoo. However, possibly one of the best things to do, is absolutely nothing. Settle onto the plump cushions shaded by thatched beachside salas, and watch dhows sail by on the translucent sea.

Day 10

Bid farewell to the Bazaruto Archipelago

Fly back to Vilanculos, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, for your connecting flight to Johannesburg and continue with your onward travel arrangements.


  • 3 nights at Lion Sands River Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
  • 5 nights at Azura Benguerra on a fully inclusive basis
  • 1 night at The Residence Johannesburg on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Return flight from Nelspruit to Sabi Sands
  • Flight from Nelspruit to Johannesburg
  • Return road transfer to The Residence Johannesburg
  • Return flight from Johannesburg to Vilanculos
  • Return helicopter transfer to Azura


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Truly a romantic trip-of-a-lifetime! Luxury safari moments in Kruger & bliss on a Mozambique beach!"

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