Bush and Beach Safaris
When planning a combination of safari and beach work on at least one week in the bush and one week at the beach. In general stay in only one or two national parks on the safari section as this maximises time on activities instead of too many costly transfers.
Kenya and Tanzania's coastal areas are relatively easy to reach as are South Africa's, a maximum 2hr air transfer in most cases. The finest beaches are in Mozambique, the Seychelles and Mauritius. To reach these prime beaches involves international flights and around a day's worth of transferring time which needs to be calculated into the schedule.
A top of the range combination is Botswana with the Bazaruto Archipelago although Zambia also works well with the coastal islands of Tanzania (Mafia, Zanzibar or Pemba) as there is a good air link betwen the two countries.
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Our Recommended Bush and Beach Safaris
Kenya beach breaks$ 930
Kenya Coast - 5 days/4 nights on the Kenya Coast
A tropical paradise lapped by the rich warm Indian Ocean.
A choice of 4 nights or longer beach breaks enjoying Swahili culture, sandy white beaches and the gentle seas. The Kenyan coast stretches from Malindi in the north to south of Mombasa. A wide choice of lodges/hotels and camps are dotted along this interesting coastline with its ancient Arab history and close proximity to the wilderness safari areas where you could see the Big 5.
Zanzibar Beach Break$ 1025
Zanzibar beach break - 7 days/6 nights
Location location location ... Voted as one of the top 30 beaches in the world by Conde Naste Traveller this is a fantastic affordable option using an owner run resort with an excellent track record on the south east coast of the island of Zanzibar. Great for families and honeymooners alike and there is no better way to end a challenging summit of Mt Kilimanjaro!
Early Bird discount: 10% discount on bookings made 6 months in advance. Offers: Stay 4 nights pay for 3 in a deluxe room. Stay 7 nights, pay for 6 in all room types. Specials valid from 1 Dec 2011 for stays between 8 January to 19 Dec 2012 excluding Easter, July and August. Offers may not be combined.
Off the beaten track in Mozambique$ 1200
Niassa Reserve, Mozambique - 4 days/3 nights
These canoe expeditions are available on set departure dates only and for a minimum of four guests per trip.
A short canoe/walk/drive safari along the magical Lugenda River exploring the little known Niassa Reserve, a massive wilderness in northern Mozambique. This area has particularly good wild dog populations, a highly endangered African mammal. Even the flight into the reserve is exciting with magnificent giant inselbergs, large granite outcrops which are a feature of the region. This is Africa in her raw, beautiful and inspired state where you can walk, paddle and explore the wilderness with complete abandon. Combining this trip with a week on the beach afterwards makes for an ideal bush and beach safari with a difference!
Cape Point - Villas in Mauritius$ 1379
Cape Malheureux, Mauritius - 7, 9 or 14 nights
An 'a la carte' solution to planning your beach holiday.
Our concierge service offers the ideal flexible and fabulous Mauritius beach vacation to suit family, friends or couples. Unique, serviced luxury villas with 5 star hotel accommodation, security and comfort at 3 star hotel prices all year round. No pre-paid half board allowing you to explore the different cuisines available on the island. All extras are at local market prices - food, drink,spa, chef. Prestigious passport gourmet card gives 15% off the total bill at 69 affiliated restaurants/wine/cigar stores.
Price is per person on 7 night package excluding international airfares.
Belle Mare Plage$ 1704
Summer Offer - Long stay 09 - 14 nights/15 days
Long stay offer pay for 7 nights = receive 7 additional nights free with compulsory half board on free nights. Further special discount for bookings made 45 days before travel within the period of 1 May to 20 October.
Situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius, there is an extensive array of activites and amenities available. This is an ideal location for golfers with two 18 hole championship courses. The beach itself is 2km long white sandy beach with almost 15 hectares of tropical gardens alongside. The beach is protected by a coral reef making it ideal for swimming, watersports and snorkelling.
Seychelles luxury on a less royal budget$ 2568
Praslin Island, Seychelles, Indian Ocean - 7 days/6 nights
You don't have to give up on your Seychelles honeymoon dream if your budget doesn't quite stretch to the crown jewels.
Situated on the white beaches of Anse Kerlan, where turtles still lay their eggs in complete tranquility, your honeymoon resort is a 5 star deluxe resort with an 18 hole championship golf course.
Southern Malawi Adventure$ 3050
Lake Malawi and Liwonde National Park, Malawi- 8 days/7 nights
One week of magic, two pristine wildernesses.
A classic combination of two iconic Malawi destinations. Liwonde National Park offers a variety of game and bird viewing by boat, foot or vehicle. Chill out at the fabled Mumbo Island after spotting wildlife, or if you want to get more active kayak, snorkel, fish or windsurf the clear waters of Cape Maclear.
Cape Town and Winelands$ 3100
Cape Town Waterfront & the Cape Winelands, South Africa - 9 nights/10 days
Prices are guidelines only and subject to change depending on date of travel.
This excellent short holiday break includes two of the finest small hotels in the Cape area. Staying right on the V&A Waterfront with a private waterside platform the hotel includes an award winning restaurant and a wellness spa. Moving on to the historic town of Franschoek is a boutique guest house giving access to French, Malay and traditional South African gourmet meals plus a spa. Activities include wine tasting, horse riding, golf, fly fishing and shopping.
Affordable Island hopping in Mauritius$ 3247
A 12 night tailor-made holiday typically includes 3 nights on Mauritius, 3 nights on little known Rodriguez Island and a further 4 nights back on Mauritius - cruising and swimming with dolphins included.
This is no run of the mill fly-and-flop winter sun break
Mauritius and Rodriguez Islands, Indian Ocean - 12 nights/13 days
Explore Gorongosa and Nuarro$ 3700
Gorongosa National Park and the Mozambique coast - 9 nights/10 days
Save US$735.00 per person! Spend 5 nights (only pay for 4) in the lovely Gorongosa National Park in a perfect bushcamp with delightful hosts. Explore the park by foot and by vehicle discovering its wildlife and diverse scenery.
Next you'll spend 4 nights at Nuarro (but only pay for 3), a truly authentic eco lodge situated in a private bay adjacent to the beautiful Baixo do Pinda with unbelievable diving and pristine beaches.
East and Southern Madagascar$ 3759
A 14-day safari to explore east and southern Madagascar and discover a variety of landscapes, tribal cultures, plus lemurs and an amazing diversity of plants, birds, insects and animals
Discover Madagascar by road
East and Southern Madagascar - 14 day/13 night
Sao Tome and Principe Islands$ 4137
Sao Tome and Príncipe Islands - 8 days/7 nights.
Head west and away from the crowds
Enjoy a week on Sao Tome and Principe islands off the west coast of Gabon. You'll discover the secrets of these two little known islands with their beautiful beaches, colonial plantation houses, whales, turtles and quiet, unspoilt beaches.
Watamu Marine Research, Kenya$ 5100
In association with Watamu Marine Association, research expeditions provide the opportunity to dive with dolphins and get directly involved with Kenya's marine conservation projects.
Dive with dolphins from Watamu in Kenya
Turtle Bay Beach Club - 11 days/10 nights
Tagging whale sharks in Mozambique$ 5450
Working with the Marine Megafauna Foundation research activities include tagging whale sharks and manta rays among the reefs off Mozambique's world class dive site at Casa Barry.
If shark tagging isn't enough then dive, snorkel, surf and sail
Casa Barry Lodge, Tofo, Mozambique - 11 days/10 nights
Royal Seychelles honeymoon$ 21528
Private Islands, Seychelles, Indian Ocean - 7 nights/8 days
The best kept secret since That Dress was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's honeymoon destination. You can experience your very own Seychelles honeymoon heaven with this holiday. Its not cheap but this romatic rendezvous on the super deluxe North Island is worth every penny.