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Best of African Safari & Island Romance in Southern Africa

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Ideal for honeymoons, this African safari and beach holiday combines luxury big five game drives with snorkelling along untouched island reefs.

With its balmy climate, vast miles of untouched beaches and colourful Portuguese and Arabic heritage, Mozambique is fast emerging as Africa’s hottest new holiday destination. Add to this the warm and friendly nature of the people, as well as the delectable cuisine, based heavily on abundant seafood and fiery spices, and you have a truly irresistible and authentic African beach experience.

Scattered off the sun-drenched coast, the country’s many secluded islands are famed for their pristine coral reefs, waters filled with marine life and luxury accommodation. From fishing and diving to simply enjoying an indulgent holiday in the sun, the wide range of activities available includes perennial favourites such as dhow cruises and castaway picnics.

At the recently refurbished andBeyond Benguerra Island, situated in the Bazaruto Archipelago, guests can indulge in a romantic horseback ride on the beach or plunge into the waves along with their mounts. The horses, part of a herd rescued from rescued from neighbouring countries years ago during times of upheaval, take real pleasure in the experience, frolicking in the ocean along with their riders. The ride is ideal for horse enthusiasts of all ages and riding levels, who dress in their swimwear for the occasion and ride bareback into the azure waters, holding on to their horse’s bridle or mane. The horses snort and splash among the waves before emerging onto the beach, where their riders dismount to allow them to roll on the soft sand.

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Known for their responsible travel ethics, andBeyond also involves guests in the lives of the local villagers, whose development they support both through providing employment opportunities and via their social development partner, the Africa Foundation. Guests are invited to sample a taste of authentic local life on a two-hour journey that takes in the varying environments of the island, from lakes to dunes, before exploring the village. The tour spends some time at the village school and church, allowing plenty of opportunities to interact with the local people and find out more about the community projects that are run on the island. Guided by a member of the local community, the drive provides a real commentary on the lives of the island people.

While its tropical beach delights are well on their way to establishing Mozambique as a sought-after holiday destination in its own right, the country is also easily accessed from South Africa and forms the ideal combination with a Big Five safari in the famous Kruger National Park. andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge, which is undergoing its own refurbishment in 2016 to complement that recently completed at andBeyond Benguerra Island, subscribes to the same community and conservations ethics. The Southern African Wildlife College, based on a portion of the Ngala land, provides training in natural resource management and conservation practices to underprivileged youths from throughout Southern Africa.

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Ngala Tented Camp, andBeyond

Best of African Safari & Island Romance in Southern Africa Highlights

Combine sea and safari on a journey from some of South Africa’s best known game reserves to the golden sands of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago. Track the Big Five in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve or &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, both of which share unfenced borders with the famous Kruger National Park, allowing them to benefit from the high wildlife numbers in this renowned park.

After your wildlife adventure, pamper yourself with some rest and relaxation in the tropical climate and sunshine of&Beyond Benguerra Island. Explore the warm waters and marvel at the marine life of the island’s coral reefs on scuba diving expeditions, enjoy the thrill of deep sea fishing or simply explore the magical setting and soaring dunes of Benguerra.

Itinerary

DAY 1, 2 & 3 / NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by an &Beyond Representative, who will assist you onto a shuttle to the Federal Air Hangar, where you will board a light aircraft flight to &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve. Located on the boundary of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve is well known for high densities of elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as for African wild dogs. Ngala was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and it has exclusive traversing rights on almost 15 000 hectares (37 000 acres) of some of the richest wildlife land on the African continent. With more open bush than the nearby Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Ngala guarantees exclusive game viewing opportunities guided by expertly trained &Beyond rangers. Spend three nights at &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp. Accommodation is in an air conditioned cottage with an ensuite bathroom (shower, twin hand basins, w.c. and a bath) and an intimate veranda. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge activities.
DAY 4, 5 & 6 / BENGUERRA ISLAND
After a mouth-watering breakfast, you will be driven to Skukuza Airport or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, where you will board a flight to Vilanculos International Airport. On arrival at Vilanculos International Airport, you will be assisted onto a helicopter flight to &Beyond Benguerra Island. The second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra offers exceptional marine life and an abundance of island adventures. Characterised by its towering sand dunes, inland lakes and idyllic beaches, Benguerra was declared a National Park in 1971. It is home to over 140 bird species and the pristine waters surrounding the island, as well as the entire archipelago, are home to the rare dugong and one of the most pristine coral reefs in the world. Guests visiting the island can awaken to the sounds of fishermen trading their daily catch from their traditional sailing dhows and embark on a series of adventures, including dhow cruises, diving, snorkelling and exhilarating catch-and-release deep-sea fishing. Warm and intimate, with a distinct East African feel, &Beyond Benguerra Island is a tropical paradise tucked into a lush indigenous forest and looking out onto a picturesque crescent of sandy beach. Set among swaying palm trees, ten casitas and two cabanas peep out directly onto ocean vistas, while a spacious Family Suite ensures privacy and exclusivity. Whether staying in a cabana, a casita or the family suite, the lodge’s colourful beach bar, sheltered by swaying palm trees, is the perfect setting to admire the African sunset while sipping an exotic cocktail. Spend three nights in a casita at &Beyond Benguerra Island. Your stay includes the services of a Mozambican butler, a non-alcoholic welcome cocktail on arrival, all meals, all drinks (including soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers and bottled water), snacks (including private beach dinners and private meals on decks), teas, coffees and standard included activities. Adventures include sea kayaking, sunset dhow cruise, scheduled snorkelling trip, castaway picnic, island expedition and local village tour.
DAY 7 / DEPARTURE
After a mouth-watering breakfast, we wave a fond farewell as you board a helicopter for your flight back to Vilanculos International Airport, where you will catch a scheduled flight to OR Tambo International Airport.

The African Safari & Island Romance tour creates the ideal balance between a wildlife adventure in South Africa and the ultimate relaxation on the calm shores of Mozambique. To find out more contact andBeyond

 

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