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This idyllic escape combines a world-famous safari destination with a quintessential tropical island paradise.

Begin your 12-day journey with four nights at either Singita Lebombo or Singita Sweni, both located in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Encounter the Big 5 year-round and a rich diversity of birdlife on game drives, guided bush walks and mountain bike expeditions. Singita lodges have a reputation for world-class facilities and very fine dining, ensuring your wilderness experience is both thrilling and opulent.

Then spend a night at the iconic Saxon Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg, which has sumptuous suites and a remarkable art collection. Stroll through the lush gardens, relax at the pool, or enjoy your suite’s state-of-the-art entertainment system.

You then travel by plane and helicopter to Azura @ Quilalea Private Island in Mozambique's dazzling Quirimbus Archipelago. Drenched in sunshine, this private coral island is fringed with white sandy beaches that wrap around a heart of tropical vegetation. For six nights indulge your senses in barefoot luxury at the Kaskazi Villa, spending your days at play in the pristine ocean, strolling along untouched sands, and perhaps even doing a spot of Samango monkey-watching.

Itinerary Highlights

  • An outstanding bush & beach journey
  • In the game-rich Kruger National Park
  • Encounter the Big 5 & African raptors
  • Fine dining & an exceptional wine cellar
  • Superb spa treatments & sophisticated decor
  • Experience a quintessential tropical island
  • Step out of your villa onto a private beach
  • Snorkel, dive, sail & fish the Archipelago

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-4

Singita in the Kruger National Park

After arriving at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, a short chartered flight whisks you to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Together with the exclusive Sabi Sands Reserve, the Kruger boasts 2.7-million hectares of protected fauna and flora. Wildlife roams freely between the two reserves, creating one of Africa’s most bio-diverse wildlife populations. A short game drive from the airstrip delivers you to either Singita Lebombo or Singita Sweni lodge.

Each day features early morning and late afternoon game drives in the care of an experienced guide and expert tracker. See the Big 5 among a rich diversity of game and birdlife. After an early drive, the generous breakfast that greets you on your return is very welcome. This indulgent dining is best followed by a guided bush walk, which provides a refreshingly close-to-nature perspective. Following your African siesta, the late afternoon game drive culminates in sundowners at a pretty spot in the bush. A thrilling spot-lit drive back to the lodge adds zest to the conversation over pre-dinner drinks.

SINGITA LEBOMBO LODGE

Lebombo is a sophisticated, Afro-chic retreat in a spectacular, elevated setting. Its sweeping wooden decks overlook the N’wanetsi River, a favourite watering hole for elephants.

The lodge provides the perfect retreat between game-viewing expeditions, whether you indulge in a treatment at the spa or a tasting at the wine boutique. There is satellite TV to watch and a library full of gorgeous coffee table books to browse. Should you feel the urge to workout, head to the fully equipped gym, hone your archery skills or make a splash in the cliff-side lap pool.

The kitchen serves African cuisine with global flavours, using fresh ingredients and pairing dishes with the finest South African wines from the cellar. Service is excellent and dining in the open-air candlelit boma adds a sprinkle of adventure to every meal. For a romantic treat, request dinner on your private terrace.

Lebombo’s 15 Luxury Suites are refreshingly original with elegant loft architecture constructed from glass and timber. This sophisticated design ethic flows through the trimmings and thoughtful personal touches. Your private deck features a day bed, the perfect spot to relax or even spend the night beneath a canopy of stars, lulled by the sounds of Africa. Each suite has a full en suite bathroom and an outdoor shower. Your suite offers the perfect conclusion to a day of exploration: a spacious bed dressed in inviting Egyptian cotton linen.

SINGITA SWENI LODGE

A tranquil sanctuary set on the lush banks of the Sweni River, the lodge is built on stilts with spacious timber decks. Intimate and romantic, Sweni accommodates only 12 guests in six stunning riverside suites. Tucked away among lush trees, each suite’s floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a barely-there boundary between the wilderness and the suite’s interior. The décor’s muted palette and gorgeous textures serenely echo the natural surrounds.

The open-sided lounge flows into the dining area on a deck overlooking the river. Sip cocktails at the bar or take a dip in the sparkling pool accompanied by the sounds of huffing hippo and twittering birdlife. Singita’s signature fine dining is accompanied by award-winning wines and superb service. The wine cellar will likely inspire you to visit Lebombo Village, where the wine boutique offers informed tastings of some rare South African wines. The village is also home to an art gallery, full gym and health spa, along with a fascinating interactive ranger centre and various boutiques.

Day 5

The Iconic Saxon

After your morning game drive, your flight departs for Johannesburg. On arrival you are transferred to The Saxon Boutique Hotel, which is set in 10 acres of lush garden and is a regular the World's Leading Boutique Hotels list since 2006.

The Saxon famously hosted Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela so look out for Dean Simon’s original sketches of this remarkable man in its outstanding art collection. After a light lunch on the Pool Terrace, pamper your senses in the spa (which includes a hair and nail salon). The Piano Lounge’s live music is a sophisticated backdrop for pre-dinner drinks. A member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and under the passionate direction of executive chef David Higgs, the Saxon is a gastronomic delight, whether you choose the impeccable Dining Room or the much-admired Five Hundred restaurant. The sommeliers take great pride in pairing the chef’s delectable dishes with renowned wines from local and international estates.

After dinner, retire to your opulent suite, finished in marble, light wood and plush furnishings. Upload your holiday snaps using the high-speed Wi-Fi, watch a film from the digital movie library or raid the complimentary mini bar. From the spacious en suite bathroom to the discreetly attendant personal butler, every detail has been considered and the ideals of comfort raised to a new standard.

Days 6-11

Vamizi: Barefoot Luxury

Your air transfer carries you from Johannesburg to the town of Pemba on the Mozambique coast. There, you travel north by helicopter to the Quirimbas Archipelago where a tropical island, drenched in sunshine and kissed by gentle ocean breezes, awaits you. 

Azura @ Quilalea is an exclusive beach resort that has become deservedly famous for its exceptional service, luxury accommodation and divine culinary experiences.

It is the ideal place to relax on pristine beaches and take in postcard-perfect views but there is also plenty of opportunity to get active by going snorkelling and scuba diving, or choosing from one of the many watersports offered at the watersports centre.

The island is fringed with white sandy beaches that welcome breeding turtles each season. Its wild heart of indigenous forest is home to samango monkeys, coconut crabs, butterflies and 112 bird species. Its aquamarine underwater wonderland teems with whales, dolphins, turtles, 400 fish species and cathedrals of coral. Dive one of the world's top 10 sites, Neptune's Arm, in the care of PADI instructors. Azura offers a full range of toys for its island playground: kayaks, sailboats, and gear for snorkelling, diving and deep sea fishing.

Your home will be a Kaskazi Villa, which has tranquil sea views, air conditioning and 24-hour room service. Picnic on a desert island, reconnect with loved ones as you stroll along untouched sands, or drift serenely above the pristine reef: Vamizi Island is paradise found.

Day 12

A Treasure of Memories

An air transfer carries you back to Pemba Island to begin your journey home via Johannesburg’s International Airport.

Inclusions

  • 4 nights at Singita Lebombo on a fully inclusive basis
  • 1 night at The Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 6 nights at Azura @ Quilalea Private Island on a fully inclusive basis
  • Return scheduled light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg to Singita Lebombo
  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Pemba
  • Return helicopter transfer from Pemba to Quilalea
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary

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 May 2015 - 30 Jun 2015 $11610
  • 01 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015 $11610
  • 01 Sep 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $11610
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $11610

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

"The most amazing retreat to Africa you will ever experience! This safari & beach combination package is filled with unique, out-of-this world treats and delights."

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