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Enjoy a 14-day luxury getaway that kicks off with a classic Big 5 safari in a private Kruger reserve before a beach holiday on two stunning islands off the Indian Ocean coast of Mozambique.

Start with four days of game viewing in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, a deservedly famous conservation area bordering the Kruger National Park. You'll enjoy game drives and guided bush walks in search of the Big 5 and other classic African animals. Relax between safari activities with a wide range of holistic and rejuvenating spa treatments and exercises for your mind and body.

Spend a night in Johannesburg before flying to Pemba on the Mozambique coast where you'll spend a week enjoying life on the tranquil islands of Matemo and Medjumbe in the glittering Quirimbas Archipelago. Wander the white sandy beaches of these postcard-perfect islands and enjoy spectacular snorkelling and diving excursions in the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Itinerary Highlights

  • An unbelievably romantic journey; hand-picked for celebrations
  • Combine a Big 5 safari with Indian Ocean islands
  • Enjoy the Sabi Sands' famous leopard sightings
  • Stay in the exclusive, modern design Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
  • Tick off dozens of bird species
  • Wander the unspoiled beaches of the Quirimbas
  • Enjoy the intimacy and seclusion of Matemo Island
  • Dive and snorkel the clear Indian Ocean
  • Enjoy total exclusivity on a private island
  • Catch big-game fish on a fishing excursion

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Begin your journey in Johannesburg

Arrive at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport and board a flight to luxurious Londolozi Founders Camp in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, an exclusive Big 5 reserve on the border of the famous Kruger National Park.

Settle in and soak up the sights from the thatched viewing deck - you may well spot wildlife at the river below. Alternatively, set out on your first game viewing activity or pamper yourself with holistic treatments and beauty therapies at the in-house spa.

Days 2-4

Spot the Big 5 in the Sabi Sands

Excellent sightings of the Big 5 is what this reserve is most famous for and you'll have the chance to enjoy a variety of game viewing activities as you explore this private and exclusive reserve under the guidance of expert rangers and trackers.

There are two game drives a day - a morning drive and a late afternoon/early evening one - and you can also enjoy guided nature walks after breakfast and tick off some of the many bird species in the area.

During the hottest part of the day, retreat to the shade of the camp for a delicious lunch on the deck as you watch animals come to the river for a drink.

After your thrilling spotlit night drive, sit around the campfire in the evenings and swop safari stories with your fellow guests before enjoying a gourmet dinner under a blanket of stars.

Day 5

Relax in style in Johannesburg

After an early breakfast and a final safari activity, you'll board your flight back to Johannesburg. Tonight you'll be staying at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in the 'The City of Gold' as Johannesburg is known. Relax in opulent style at the hotel or enjoy a night out on the town.

Day 6

Travel to Pemba

An early morning flight will take you to Pemba in Mozambique where a charter flight will take you to beautiful Matemo Island, just off the coast. Relax in style at this private and secluded resort as you spend your first afternoon reclining on a lounger beside the swimming pool, taking in both the sunshine and your new and beautiful surroundings.

Days 7-10

Soak up the seclusion of Matemo

Matemo is a classically spectacular 'desert island' where you can enjoy long walks to discover hidden coves and deserted beaches, or you can simply just relax and unwind at the multi-faceted resort.

Spend the next few days exploring the island's unspoilt coral reefs on scuba diving and snorkelling excursions or try your hand at big-game fishing. There are several watersports and activities on offer such as water skiing and wind surfing, while day tours to nearby islands can be arranged, as can romantic beach dinners and sunset dhow cruises.

Days 11-13

Relax on a private island

Catch a short flight after breakfast to a tiny sliver of sand marooned in the turquoise sea - the private island of Medjumbe. This spectacular destination offers true barefoot luxury and a host of beach and water activities.

Spend the next few days here soaking up the sun, enjoying delicious, fresh seafood grills and unwinding on deserted beaches. For the avid scuba diver there are 12 phenomenal dive sites nearby but these clear waters are also excellent for snorkelling.

Take a picnic basket to an uninhabited island for a romantic and secluded lunch and afterwards wander the stunning beaches that encircle the island or lie in a hammock set up in the shallow waters by the resort staff.

Day 14

Set your sights for home

Enjoy a last breakfast before making your way to Pemba for your return flight to Johannesburg, arriving in time for your outbound flight. Your tour ends upon your arrival in the City of Gold.

Inclusions

  • Return air charter from OR Tambo International Airport to Sabi Sands
  • Return flight from Johannesburg to Pemba
  • Return air charter from Pemba to Medjumbe Private Island
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Return air charter from OR Tambo International Airport to Lion Sands
  • Return road transfers from OR Tambo International Airport to Fairlawns

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 01 Dec 2014 $9630
  • 02 Dec 2014 - 01 Jan 2015 $9630

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Combining a luxurious & authentic safari experience in Kruger with private islands off the coast of Mozambique, this is an idyllic escape for any soul-seeking traveller."

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