13 Days Seychelles Island Cruise and South Africa Safari from US$4,266.-pp

The best of Africa is included in this journey. Start with a safari in South Africa’s most renowned Game Park, The Sabi Sands then continue to explore a local tribal cultural village with option to get very close to elephants! Cruise and explore the Islands of  The Seychelles onboard a charming, traditional Dutch schooner!

Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve 3 FB+ 1x Superior Room
Hippo Hollow Country Estate Hazyview 1 B&B 1x Hotel Room
Eden Bleu Hotel Mahe Island 1 B&B 1x Standard Room
Silhouette Cruises Ltd. Mahe Island 7 FB+ 1x Twin Cat B Cabin

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily

Price

US$4,266.- per person, sharing occupancy, Jan 5-Jan 25th, 2019

US$4,678.- per person, sharing occupancy, Nov 3,2018 to Jan 4, 2019; Jan 26 – May 3, 2019;

US$235.- Conservation fees to be paid in cash onsite (not included above)

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, 2 daily safari activities during safari, Shangana Tribal Village Visit; all intra Africa flights as per package, all transfers, airport meet and greet, during 7 night cruise in Cat B:  crew of 8, equipment for kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddling, excursions to islands as per package.

Excluded

International flight to Johannesburg and from the Seychelles. optional tours, alcoholic beverages, Diving, Bicycle rental and entrance to Union Estate during La Dique visit. Conservation fees to be paid in cash on site as listed above.

Journey starts at Johannesburg airport and ends at Mahe, Seychelles airport.

Day 1:           Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a private premier game viewing destination. It was the first ever private nature reserve established in South Africa. The landscape features 65 000 hectares of savannah-covered land interspersed with watering holes, dry river beds, lowveld woodlands, and the perennial Sabi and Sand rivers. This spectacular reserve offers exceptional game viewing opportunities with frequent sightings of the renowned Big Five as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope.Visitors can enjoy excellent wildlife viewing, dining under the stars, guided bush walks and enjoying a stay in some of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges.

Day Itinerary

Arrive at Johannesburg airport and continue by 1 hour domestic flight to the Sabi Sand Area of Greater Kruger National Park. Take your first safari this afternoon.

Consultant Notes

If time allows, you might like to spend a night at the Johannesburg airport for rest and relaxation.

Overnight: Umkumbe Safari Lodge         View iBrochure

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is one of the most affordable lodges located in the heart of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger. The reserve is about 65000 hectares and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park.   Accommodation is growing and will soon sleep 20 people at capacity. Rooms have two single beds, ensuite bathrooms and private patios, while each is fitted with an air-conditioner. Some of the chalets are connected via an inter-leading door, making them ideal for small groups and families. During the heat of summer guests can relax around the swimming pool, which overlooks the Sand River and the open wilderness.   Dining in a traditional boma around a roaring fire is one of the most enjoyable African bush experiences. After dinner, rangers may even take guests out on a night  drive to view the nocturnally active wildlife.  Umkumbe is in a prime position and there is almost always game to be seen from the deck and the main guest areas. Elephants, buffalo, antelope, baboons are regular visitors, while a pair of breeding fish eagles nests just in front of the lodge.

Superior Rooms

There are 3 Standard Rooms, which can sleep 2 guests and are each equipped with one king or 2 single beds and have en suite bathroom with a shower only. These rooms face the Sand River. Two of the rooms are inter-leading.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 2:           Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Activities

Morning and Evening Game Drives
Game Walks
Outdoor Traditional Safari Style Dining

Morning and Evening Game Drives

At Umkumbe we offer two game drives per day, one in the morning that departs at approximately 06h00 and the afternoon drive at 16h00. On the morning drive there is a stop for coffee and on the afternoon drive you will stop for sundowners. After sundowners guests will get to experience a night drive on the journey back to the lodge.  The night drives allow guests the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals not encountered during the day. Your tracker uses a powerful spotlight during the night drives to search for nocturnal animals, which include hyenas, aardvarks, bush babies, genet cats and mongoose.

Game Walks

After a full breakfast guests have the option of going on morning bush walk. Walks are led by qualified and trained field guides. You will have the opportunity to track wildlife, learn about the surrounding vegetation and how to read the African bush. If you’re lucky you will enjoy a few close encounters with large predators.   Game walks are upon request and do not form part of the standard, set daily itinerary.

Outdoor Traditional Safari Style Dining

Guests dine together in the open-air boma when they stay at Umkumbe. The tables are centred around a campfire, which is often the hub of activity after dinner. Rangers will often come and sit with guests to answer questions about the day’s safari.   Dinner is served at a set time after the evening game drive, and there is always a variety of deliciously prepared dishes available buffet-style.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 3:           Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Activities

Morning and Evening Game Drives
Game Walks

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 4:           Hippo Hollow Country Estate, Hazyview

Hazyview

Surrounded by subtropical fruit orchards, Hazyview is a small farming town and a gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Escarpment. The town and its spectacularly scenic surroundings serve as a popular adventure capital with a remarkable array of exhilarating outdoor activities on offer to suit all ages, tastes and fitness levels. These include, among others: mountain biking, quad biking, ziplining, tubing, abseiling, and river rafting. Whether you are eager to hike the Panorama Route with its breathtaking views and impressive waterfalls, visit the Shangana Cultural Village, or horse ride along the banks of the magnificent Sabie River, Hazyview has something for just about everyone. Check your itinerary for inclusions.

Day Itinerary

After your morning safari travel to visit Shangana Cultural Living Village to experience local traditions.

Activities

Shangana Cultural Village

The beautiful traditional villages of Shangana are owned by the Mapulana community, who present their traditional way of life.   One hour tours are led by trained guides along a winding path through the bush and past fields where crops are grown. After gaining permission, guests enter a living village where they meet the resident Shangana family and learn aspects of history, customs and traditions.  Guests are encouraged to interact and really experience the way of life. The tour then proceeds to the mystical kraal of the sangoma (traditional healer) to learn about traditional medicines, before returning to the Marula Market.

Optional

Shangaan River Club
Elephant Whispers

Shangaan River Club

Based at Hippo Hollow Country Estate in Hazyview, the Shangaan River Club welcomes all to the festivities under the thatched Boma where traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine form a feast in the true sense of the word.  Immerse yourself in a wealth of culture with a night of Shangaan dance and song enthusiastically provided by children from a local AIDS orphanage, which provides shelter and education for abandoned street children. The children’s participation ensures they are re-united with their true African heritage, thus preserving the legacy for generations to come. With each song, the local chief narrates a song or proverb from tribal legend, sharing the rich heritage and customs of the Shangaan people.  An African banquet with an impressive selection of Shangaan and South African mouth-watering dishes served from traditional cast-iron pots completes your enlightening and entertaining Shangaan experience.  The Shangaan River Club is ideal for individuals, families, groups, or just you and your friends. The evening’s entertainment begins at 18h30, bookings are subject to availability.

Elephant Whispers

Elephant Interaction – 1 hour duration Experience the thrill of being close to these magnificent creatures, witness their intelligence, their compassionate nature and the deep bonds they share with their human counterparts. While the Elephant Handlers share their wealth of knowledge about fascinating elephant behaviour, enjoy a wonderful hour of touching and feeding the elephant, taking photographs and experiencing the incredible trust that has developed through gentle interaction. Elephant Interaction and walk with elephant – 1.5 hour duration For a memorable hour, guests have the chance to interact with these enormous creatures – handing out pellets and touching the varying textures of their trunk, skin and feet. The interaction is followed by a relaxing stroll through the bush with the elephant.

Overnight: Hippo Hollow Country Estate          View iBrochure

Hippo Hollow Country Estate is situated outside Hazyview on the Sabie River between the Drakensberg Mountains to the west and the low-lying bushveld to the west. It is the ideal destination from which to access the reserves of the Lowveld and the sights of Mpumalanga.   Hippo Hollows is only ten minutes from the Kruger National Park and the panoramic route which includes Pilgrim’s Rest, Graskop, Bourkes Luck Potholes, God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon, and the many fantastic waterfalls of the escarpment is close by.  Hippo Hollow Country Estate provides the ideal breakaway from the rigorous of city life. The hotel has an ‘Out of Africa ‘ feel about it, and leaves you feeling totally relaxed and refreshed.

Hotel Room

The 54 air-conditioned hotel rooms overlook the picturesque gardens with two swimming pools. These include rooms with Twin Beds, Baths and Showers, Air Conditioning, Satellite Television, Ceiling Fans, Tea / Coffee making facilities and a number of inter-leading rooms available.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 5:           Eden Bleu Hotel, Mahe Island

Seychelles

With such a dreamlike setting, the Seychelles is unsurprisingly a choice place for newlyweds. But for those looking for more than a suntan or romance, this archipelago offers a number of high-energy distractions. There are jungle and coastal walks, boat excursions, and diving and snorkelling to keep you buzzing. Ecotourism is big – there are marine parks and natural reserves filled with endemic species that are easy to approach. So if you are suffering from visions of tropical paradise, here is your medicine.

Mahe Island

Mahe is the largest of the Seychelles islands and encompasses the country’s international airport as well as its capital, the surprisingly quiet and peaceful town of Victoria, home to roughly a third of the national population, as well as many good restaurants and entertainment venues. Mahe has a mountainous interior characterised by dense tropical forests and stony outcrops, while its coast is blessed with some 75-odd beautiful beaches. The best known of these is the idyllic, white-sand Beau Vallon, fringed by deep bays that offer excellent swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Day Itinerary

Take an early morning flight to Johannesburg and onto the Seychelles.Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Eden Bleu Hotel

Eden Bleu Hotel is ideally located just 6 km away from Seychelles International Airport and offers accommodation in 74 deluxe rooms, 12 luxury suites and a presidential suite, all with views of the marina and Eden Island. The modern rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, satellite TV, and a safety deposit box.  The bathrooms have showers and a hairdryer, and bathroom amenities are provided. Other facilities and services at this hotel include an infinity pool, a children’s splash pool, a terrace with a sun deck, two gazebos, and a Jacuzzi. Breakfast and an all-day al la carte menu can be enjoyed at Marlin Bleu Restaurant and cocktails and drinks are offered at the Bourgeois Bar. Other amenities include a concierge service, a 24-hour front desk, and free Wi-Fi throughout the premises. An airport shuttle is available by arrangement.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 6:           Cruise with  Silhouette Cruises, Sea Shell or Sea Pearl Schooner

Explore the lush greenery and the white sandy beaches of the Seychelles islands such as Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and other small granatics.

The Silhouette Cruises fleet of top-sail schooners and custom-built yacht provide comfortable accommodation in 8/9 double cabins.

The traditional Dutch-built schooners, SV Sea Pearl and SV Sea Shell, provide a comfortable  cruise experience, with a special atmosphere and rustic charm, to match their unusually  chequered histories.
Operating in the Seychelles, both vessels have been completely refurbished with modern amenities, while still retaining their early 1900s character with beautifully restored wooden finishings.

Our program offers a well-rounded mix of activities, with sailing, island visits, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding and bottom-line fishing, while enjoying the sea and some of the world’s best beaches. This special closeness to the sea, paired with the unique friendly style of service, makes our vessels an ideal choice to discover the Seychelles.

Mahe Island

See Above

Hosted aboard: SV Sea Shell/SV Sea Pearl  for the next 7 nights;

Included

Full Board and Activities

Embarkation at the Inter-Island Quay at 1030hrs, followed by the Captain’s welcome briefing. Depart Port Victoria at 1200hrs, sailing from Mahé to a late afternoon anchorage at Round Island, just off the isle of Praslin. In the evening, introduce yourself to Creole cuisine with a welcome barbecue dinner onboard.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 7: Visit to Vallee de Mai, Praslin

Praslin Island

Dotting the Indian Ocean, Praslin Island is the second largest of the Seychelles’ islands and boasts a tranquil, laidback atmosphere. Stretching for almost 40 square kilometres, the island landscape features lush tropical jungle, fringed by pristine world-famous beaches lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters. According to local legend, the island served as a pirate hideout throughout the 18th century, and today it is a popular resort holiday destination. Praslin is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve with its groves of ancient coco de mer palms which produce the largest seeds in the plant kingdom. Popular activities include: turtle and tortoise spotting, snorkelling, diving and boating.

Day Itinerary:

Sail to Praslin, Seychelles’ second-largest inhabited island, for disembarkation to the famous World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. This ancient forest is home to the curiously shaped double coconut, the coco de mer, as well as the Black Parrot, unique to Praslin. Explore the valley’s eerie pathways beneath its canopy of massive palms, before returning onboard for afternoon opportunities to dive, snorkel or enjoy other water sports.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 8:  La Digue

A morning sail brings the vessel to La Digue, a sleepy island community where ox-carts and bicycles still remain the most common mode of transportation throughout the island. La Digue is home to the endemic Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, and is perhaps most famous for its massive granite boulder formations at Anse Source d’Argent, which is thought to be the most photographed beach on earth. Explore the entire island by bicycle, perhaps stopping by Union Estate, a sprawling network of traditional island activities, including a copra mill, vanilla plantation, and shipyard.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 9: Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur and Coco Island

Day Itinerary:

In the morning the vessel sails toward Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur (the Sisters) for excellent snorkelling and diving, and for a relaxing visit of these unique and completely uninhabited tropical islands. In the afternoon, visit Coco Island, one of Seychelles’ tiny granite jewels,a fantastic spot for snorkelling within a kaleidoscope of tropical fish.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 10: Booby Island and Aride

Sail to Booby Island for a morning of diving and watersports. After lunch, sail to Aride Island, a globally important nature reserve with more native bird species than any other island, including five endemics and the world’s largest population of 3 species(Lesser Noddy,Audubon’s Shearwater and Seychelles Warbler). The nature trail leads to a spectacular cliff-top view with the largest frigatebird roost outside of Aldabra. Aride is the only natural location in the world for Wright’s Gardenia and 400 species of fish have been recorded around the island.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 11: Visit Curieuse, St. Pierre

In the morning disembark at Curieuse for a visit of this virtually uninhabited island. Experience the island’s vast mangrove forests and its giant tortoise farm, along with the historic ruins of this former leper colony. After a barbecue lunch on the island,enjoy an array of watersports or simply relax and enjoy the island’s beautiful beach and turquoise waters.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 12: Ile Seche and Crossing

After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely sail back towards Mahe, with a last stop at Ile Seche for more diving or snorkeling, followed by a farewell BBQ. The vessel then sails into Port Victoria for an overnight stay.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 13:Dis-embarkation

Disembarkation at 8.30 at the Inter Island Quay, Mahe,  and transfer to the airport.

Take an optional sight seeing tour if your flight does not depart until the evening.

Included

Breakfast

Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
Scheduled OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Airstrip serving safari lodge
Scheduled Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP] Seychelles International Airport [SEZ] Via JNB

 

All reservations/quotes are subject to our Terms and Conditions as per our website: https://www.adventuretoafrica.com/Terms-and-conditions/ All participants required to sign liability release form. Images are for reference only. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended for this itinerary.  Price discounted for  deposit payment by credit card with final payment wire or check only. Travel and evacuation insurance is highly recommended. No reservations have been made and quote subject to availability. Dive insurance required.

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