Spend an exciting few days on safari in South Africa before flying over to Mauritius for a relaxing week in a charming, boutique hotel.
3 nights nThambo Camp, including Full Board and game drives; 1 night Johannesburg airport hotel; 7 nights Seapoint Boutique Hotel including half board and excursions detailed. Includes flights and transfers.
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On the beach - 8 days
Seapoint Boutique Hotel
Conveniently located and offering excellent value for money, Seapoint is a small hotel that makes a big impression. With just 22 rooms decorated in a chic, contemporary style, it feels a world away from Mauritius' large, international resorts.
The hotel is set on a small rocky cove fringed by white sands on the northwestern tip of the island. Although tucked away in a quiet residential area, it is within easy reach of the wide stretch of sweeping sand at Mon Choisy and lively Grand Baie with its restaurants, shops and bars. The decor throughout is stylish, with a distinctive modern beach house design featuring pale and distressed woods, white walls and accents of turquoise giving this intimate hotel a relaxed and youthful character. There is a lovely beachfront pool, a spa and a range of water sports including paddle-boarding, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. There is also a complimentary snorkelling excursion daily and bicycles are free to borrow. The restaurant serves local and international dishes with regular live music that ranges from local bands to mellow pianists.
Natural woods, crisp whites and touches of ocean blue give the rooms here a very chic, modern style with reclaimed wood headboards and hand-made tables. All rooms have air-conditioning and a small balcony or terrace overlooking the ocean or garden.
Before the beach - 4 days
Kruger National Park
Situated in the private Southern Klaserie game reserve, an unfenced extension of the Kruger, nThambo overlooks a small waterhole to the grassy plains beyond. With only 5 stilted chalets, nThambo offers an intimate safari experience. The chalets’ elevation brings you at eye level with the trees affording great views while you may see elephants, warthog and other animals passing through the lodge. As well as game drives, the camp offers daily bush walks where you can also learn more about the fauna and flora.
With only 5 chalets, this camp is intimate and only has a small range of facilities. There is a small infinity pool which looks out onto the reserve and one main restaurant which hosts bomas and Braais every couple of weeks.
Seapoint Boutique Hotel
22 rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 pool
This charming, small boutique hotel is unusual on an island where so many of the accommodation options are larger hotels that are part of an international group. With only 23 rooms it has a laid-back, friendly atmosphere and a quiet location in the north-west corner of the island.
A chic, modern, beach-house design continues the relaxed, beach feel with everything centred around the beachfront pool. The small beach cove hosts a variety of water sports and the hotel's proximity to Grand Baie makes it convenient for local restaurants and shops.
The hotel is only suitable for older children who must be at least 12 years old to stay.
Seapoint Boutique Hotel is located on the north-western tip of the island at the end of the coastal road. Set in a quiet residential area, it's within easy reach of lively Grand Baie with plenty of restaurants, shops and bars just a short taxi ride away.
The hotel sits on a small, rocky beach cove of white sand, fringed by trees. Just 15 minutes’ walk or five minutes’ drive away, Mon Choisy beach offers a long, beautiful stretch of beach ideal for a swim or a stroll.
With so many large, international resorts in Mauritius, we were delighted to find this boutique hotel which opened at the end of 2015. With a chic, modern décor, relaxed feel and convenient location close to Grand Baie it's a great value option for those who prefer smaller, boutique properties.
There are just 23 rooms at the hotel, decorated in a fresh, modern, beach-house style, and all offering air conditioning, television, minibar, tea/coffee facilities and safe. Although all rooms face the pool and the sea, not all will have full sea views.
Coin de Mire Villa
This spacious villa boasts 225m2 of space, set over three floors at the front of the resort, overlooking the sea. On the ground floor is a living room with dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. On the first floor is a master bedroom with en suite bathroom as well as a second bedroom with two double beds and separate bathroom. Both bedrooms have a sea view and a roof terrace on the top floor with barbecue tops it all off.
Set on the ground floor, these rooms have a small terrace just steps from the pool and beach. At 35m2 they are more spacious than the Standard rooms. These rooms have shower only.
The Standard rooms are on the first floor with a small balcony. At 24m2 the rooms aren’t large but there is enough space for a couple to stay comfortably and the light, fresh decor keeps it feeling spacious for its size. These rooms have shower only.
At 43m2, these are the largest rooms at the hotel. Set on the first floor the Suite rooms have a larger balcony than the Standard rooms while the bathroom has both shower and bath.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
There is a beachfront pool overlooking the sea and stand up paddle boards, sea kayaks and bicycles are available free of charge. Snorkelling equipment is also available for a charge and the hotel also arranges regular snorkelling excursions that can be booked and paid for locally.
Although there is no dive centre on site, the hotel is happy to help you arrange diving trips with a local operator in Grand Baie.
Food & drink
The restaurant and bar continues the relaxed, beach house style of the rest of the hotel and there are also some tables available by the pool and on the beach. It is open for buffet breakfast, à la carte lunch and table d'hote dinner with simple Mauritian dishes along with international favourites and the catch of the day.
Please note, no shorts, T-shirts or bare feet are allowed in the bars and restaurants in the evenings.
There is a small two room spa at the hotel offering a range of massage and beauty therapies.
Kruger National Park
Location: Kruger National Park
One of the oldest, largest, and most diverse parks in Africa, the Kruger National Park is the epitome of the safari experience in Africa.
The varying definitions of the Kruger can be confusing: the Kruger National Park is the bulk of the area, managed by South African National Parks (SANParks), while the Greater Kruger Park includes a significant swathe of land on the western flanks of the National Park comprised of private reserves but still given over to conservation and generally sharing unfenced borders with the National Park.
Wildlife of Kruger National Park
As far as the animals are concerned it is home to all the usual big game. In fact it is one of the few places in Africa where you can see the Big Five (lion, leopard, black rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo). It also boasts a range of habitats with differing ecosystems, allowing you to explore unique combinations of flora.
Facts & figures
The facts and figures for the Kruger are worth repeating to reinforce why it is the flagship for conservation on the African continent: nearly 20,000 square kilometres of land home to 147 species of mammal, 507 species of birds and 336 species of tree across 16 distinct habitats.
Accommodation varies from simple rest camps run by SANParks to extremely luxurious private lodges where your every need is tended to. Prices also vary accordingly.
Northern Sector — Kruger National Park
The northern sector of the Kruger Park is regarded as the most rewarding by those who venture up there. In part, this is because of the real wilderness feel of the place, helped by the fact there are so few visitors.
Access does put many off, as it is a long drive up from Phalaborwa airport, or from the central sector of the park, especially given the speed limits when driving within the park.
As well as lots of plains, there are sandstone hills cut through with rivers and dotted with mopane and mahogany trees. The relatively open terrain makes this great countryside for large herds of game, including elephants.
It is in the north that you may be lucky enough to see rare antelope such as the Roan and Sable. The birding here is also reckoned to be the best in the park.
Although remote, the northern sector of the park really does merit the effort required to get here.
Southern Sector — Kruger National Park
The southern sector of the Kruger National Park is the most popular and has the greatest number of visitors. This is due to the fact that it is the most accessible sector and the park, and because the variety and quality of habitat makes for some of the best game viewing in the park.
The Sabie River is one of the defining features of this area of the park, and if you are lucky enough to spot a leopard whilst in the park, it is quite likely to be in this area.
Access to the southern sector can be by car, using one of the five gates (all of which are within easy striking range of Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport), or by light aircraft into Skukuza airstrip.
Some of the biggest and best-equipped restcamps are to be found in the southern sector, along with several private, luxury, concessions.
Accommodation: nThambo Camp
nThambo Tree Camp sits in the heart of the Southern Klaserie reserve on the edge of the Kruger. Since the wooden chalets are set at eye level with the trees, the camp provides a magical feeling of being enveloped by nature. As the camp is unfenced, elephant and buffalo sometimes rest under the stilts on which the chalets are built as they venture through the bush. There is a central lounge and dining area which offer lovely views across to a small waterhole and out across the grassy plains, as well as a small pool and decking area.
The camp is situated in the Klaserie Reserve, one of South Africa’s largest private game reserves which is part of the Greater Kruger, adjoining the Kruger National Park. It is an hour’s drive from the airport at Hoedspruit (Eastgate Airport). nThambo Tree Camp hosts meet guests at the airport and drive them the rest of the way to the camp.
Day by day
Today you will take an overnight flight to Johannesburg.
On arrival in Johannesburg early in the morning, you will transfer to the domestic terminal for your flight to Hoedspruit where you will be met by your driver for the shared road transfer to the Southern Klaserie reserve. Once in the reserve you will be on dirt tracks and may start to spot game before you arrive at the camp.
Today you will experience your first full day of game viewing! The area is renowned for its high chances of seeing the 'Big 5', so have your cameras ready.
Today you have a further day to enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities. You may like to take a bush walk or simply relax the rest of the day enjoying the views from the camp.
This morning you will leave the camp and be transferred to Hoedspruit for your flight to Johannesberg. Here you will pause your journey briefly for an overnight stop at an airport hotel before continuing on to Mauritius the next day.
Today you will fly to Mauritius where you will be met by your driver who will take you on a private road transfer up to the north-west tip of the island.
Your journey should take approximately 90 mins before you arrive at Seapoint Boutique Hotel, your home for the next 7 nights.
Today you might like to start with an exploration of nearby Grand Baie or head to Port Louis, the capital, to visit the waterfront.
Why not book up a sailing trip today? A day out on the water is a great way to get a different perspective of this mountainous island and you can usually combine it with some snorkelling.
The south is much less developed than the north with beautiful mountain landscapes, waterfalls and great hiking so why not head to the Chamarel mountains today?
Today your private driver-guide will collect you from the hotel for a full day tour to see a little more of the island. Start at Port Louis market checking out the local herbs and spices before heading inland to Eureka, a 19th century Creole house in a beautiful setting where you will have a cookery class and a tour of the house and gardens.
Days 11 - 12
Today your driver will collect you for the private transfer back to the airport for your flight home.
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