It is quite simply the perfect African trip: by blending a Big 5 safari in a Kruger private reserve with a luxurious beach escape in the Seychelles, this 12-day adventure is perfect for families who are looking to get away from it all.

This luxury itinerary first takes you into the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve for an exclusive Big 5 safari at the very comfortable Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. Enjoy days filled with dramatic game drives, afternoons soaking in the swimming pool, and memorable evenings around a boma fire.

Continue your adventure at Ephelia Resort on Mahe Island in the Seychelles for a few days of blissful beach recreation and relaxation. Walk along white sandy beaches, enjoy relaxing body treatments at the spa, and explore the exquisite turquoise waters on snorkelling or diving excursions.

Both the Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge and Ephelia Resort are packed with things for children to do and see, ensuring that the little ones are kept entertained and supervised throughout their African vacation.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Safari & beautiful beach experience
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Big 5 game drives
  • Relaxing spa treatments
  • Range of watersports
  • Delicious food & warm hospitality

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in the Sabi Sands

Your escape into Africa begins in Johannesburg as you fly to Skukuza Airport and are transferred into the exclusive and wildlife-rich Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, set on the edge of the Kruger National Park. Settle into your suite at the Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge and get ready for your exciting first game drive.

Days 2-4

Search for Africa's Big 5

Spend the next few days experiencing this private conservation area, which delivers superb Big 5 game viewing throughout the year. Guided by your professional ranger and local tracker, you have an excellent chance of seeing the Big 5 and a wide range of other animals.

The lodge is family-friendly and children of all ages can enjoy the EleFun Centre, a fully-fledged children’s facility. Interesting environmentally themed activities, including hands-on ‘edutainment’ for several distinct age groups, are designed and supervised by qualified childcare professionals.

Day 5

Overnight in the City of Gold

Bid Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge a fond farewell and transfer to Skukuza Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, catch the efficient high-speed Gautrain rail link to The Peech Hotel, located in the stylish neighbourhood of Melrose.

The hotel features a fenced swimming pool, bistro restaurant and a welcoming champagne bar. It is within walking distance to Melrose Arch, an upscale shopping and entertainment mall.

Day 6

Travel to the beautiful Seychelles

Catch the Gautrain back to the airport after a great night's sleep for your international flight to the Seychelles, one of the Indian Ocean's most beautiful archipelagos.

Once on Mahe Island, drive by private road transfer to the stunning Ephelia Resort. Set on one of Mahe's most spectacular beaches, it offers a host of fantastic activities, facilities and restaurants, making it an ideal place to spend a few lazy, sun-drenched days.

Days 7-11

Experience a tropical island holiday

For the next few days you and your family will enjoy Indian Ocean bliss, relaxation and recreation as you choose from the wide range of watersports, activities and facilities on offer at the resort.

There is plenty to do on and in the water such as catamaran sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling day trips, and you can also enjoy swimming, kayaking or wind surfing in the tranquil lagoon. Keep your feet dry with a game of tennis or squash, and be sure to book a relaxing treatment at the Spa de Constance.

Ephelia has five amazing restaurants that serve everything from Asian to French dishes, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and of course, local Seychellois fare.

Day 12

Return to Johannesburg

Transfer back to the airport after breakfast for your return flight to Johannesburg - your arrival at OR Tambo International Airport will bring your trip to an end.


  • 4 Nights at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge on fully inclusive basis
  • 6 Nights at Ephelia Resort on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Return road transfer from Seychelles Airport to Ephelia Resort
  • Return flight from Johannesburg to the Seychelles
  • 1 Night at The Peech Hotel on bed and breakfast basis
  • Return flight from Johannesburg to Skukuza
  • Return road transfer from Skukuza Airport to Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge


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

Liesel van Zyl

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"A lovely safari and beach combination for a fun and memorable experience."

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