Home to unrivalled wildlife viewing and one of the world’s most impressive coastlines, there is no better place to combine a beach and safari trip than Africa. What could be more special than combining a South African action-packed wildlife adventure with the gorgeous beaches, water sports and laid-back atmosphere of Zanzibar?
A safari and beach honeymoon really is the best of both worlds; like having 2 amazing African holidays rolled into one. First, you’ll spend your days at Makanyi Private Game Lodge in the wild and wonderful Timbavati reserve; waking up to the sounds of wild Africa and taking exhilarating game drives through the bush to spot the ‘Big 5’ in their natural environment.
Then, just when you think life couldn’t get much better you’ll be transported to Zanzibar where tropical talcum powder white sand beaches and azure seas invite you to totally unwind or master a new skill on Paje beach, the home of kitesurfing. It’s the perfect holiday, offering an unbeatable blend of excitement and relaxation.
Your adventure will start at Makanyi, located in the southern sector of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, an area dubbed as “The place where something sacred came down to earth”. Here guests enjoy a truly vast game viewing area which is not only home to an abundant variety of wildlife and birdlife but also to the famous “Big Five” and the extremely rare and world-renowned white lion. Newlyweds will be spoilt for choice with activities including action-packed game drives, guided bush walks, fishing in one of the many dams accompanied by wallowing hippos, romantic picnic lunches in the bush and mesmerising night-time star gazing.
At Makanyi there are a choice of 7 open plan luxury suites of approximately 140m2 each making them some of the largest rooms to be found in the bush. All suites have an extra-large bed, sitting area with fireplace and a spacious bathroom with a shower and separate freestanding bath. Outside, a private deck overlooks the bush, with an outdoor shower and inviting sun loungers. Two of the seven rooms are luxury pool suites and most suited to a honeymoon retreat. These are located furthest from the main lodge offering more privacy, as well as a romantic four-poster bed and a wonderful private plunge pool on the deck – ideal for ending the day with a dip, glass of champagne in hand, under a blanket of stars.
Enter Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa – comprised of only 11 luxury villas laid out over 4 hectares of lush tropical gardens; here couples will enjoy seclusion on one of Zanzibar’s most stunning beaches. The stylishly designed villas are spread over a personal area of 1500sqm with separate bedroom and sitting room units and a large plunge pool all enveloped in colourful, lush exotic gardens.
With your very own butler at your beck and call, you will be free to think about the important things like whether to while away an afternoon sunning yourselves or hop on a paddleboard and explore the shoreline? Should you head to the Spa for a his-and-hers massage or maybe make the most of the fact that you’re in one of the top kitesurfing destinations and hone your skills at the neighboring watersports club? With its steady year-round winds, flat shallow waters protected by coral reef and paradise sandy beach, Paje is well-known as one of the top kitesurfing destinations in the world.
Total from price for an itinerary including 4 nights at Makanyi, 1 night at The Residence Jo’burg and 5 nights at Zanzibar White Sand on an all-inclusive basis for 2 adults sharing throughout – for travel in 2017 – comes to £8,298 including all flights in economy with South African Airways, travelling with Sally and Alice Travel Co. (www.sallyandalice.com) A total saving of just over £2,000.