This itinerary keeps it simple and classic, combining a thrilling Big 5 Kruger safari with a tropical island stay on the white sands of the famous and picturesque Beau Vallon Beach.
You begin with a 3 night safari in the Balule Reserve. The 45,000 hectare Balule Nature Reserve forms part of the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger Park ecosystem. This area is home to Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo - as well as other mammals such as cheetah, hippo, zebra and antelope, a dazzling array of birdlife and an amazing variety of reptiles, insects and plants. Morning and afternoon game drives take guests out in specially customised open Land Rovers, and because the land is privately owned, the experienced rangers can leave the dirt tracks behind and follow the wildlife through the bush, giving you an unbelievable opportunity to get very close to nature in its purest form.
Fly back to Johannesburg for a short one nighter, before heading off to the idyllic island paradise of Seychelles. The lush gardens of Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove, on the western tip of Mahé, create an inspiring atmosphere for a romantic idyll or a serene getaway. Bury your toes in the sparkling ivory sands, enjoy an exhilarating choice of water sport activities, or pamper yourself at the spa. Whatever your choice, you will have to tear yourself away from this holiday heaven after 5 nights here.
Arrive into Hoedspruit Airport. You will be met in the airport building by your driver and once you have collected your luggage you will then be transferred to the Balule Reserve.
Set on the cool banks of the Olifants River in the Balule Private Nature Reserve inside the Greater Kruger National Park, the award-winning Pondoro Game Lodge offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, elegance and a canvas on which to create an unforgettable African safari. Off-road driving enables the best possible view of any exceptional sighting and rangers are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements. Your experienced guide will not only use all their vast knowledge and bush craft to try and show you the notorious Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and other plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, but they will do their best to paint memories of an Africa that will never fade away.
After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast before you are collected and transferred to the airport.
Airlink 4Z872 (Economy Class): Fly from Hoedspruit Air Force Base (HDS) departing at 11:20 to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), arriving at 12:20
Exit the terminal and make your own way to the shuttle terminus behind the InterContinental Hotel. Wait here for the Emperors Palace bus - the shuttle vans are black with the Emperors Palace logo on the sides and the drivers wear a black Emperors Palace Uniform. The complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and the airport terminals operates every 20 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00 daily.
Closely situated to OR Tambo International Airport, the Peermont Mondior Hotel features spacious rooms which are all fitted with cutting-edge technology and furnished in an elegant and contemporary African style. Hotel guests also have access to the casino, dining, entertainment and spa facilities at the Emperors Palace Entertainment Resort.
After a leisurely breakfast, take the complimentary shuttle bus to the International Departure Terminal and check in for your flight to Seychelles. Passengers are advised to check in at least 2.5 to 3 hours prior to the flight departure.
Air Seychelles HM060 (Economy Class): Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 13:50 to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), arriving at 20:45
Once you have cleared Customs & Immigration at Mahe Airport and collected your luggage, you need to make your way into the Arrivals Hall to the Welcome Kiosk of our representative in Seychelles. Here, you will be welcomed to the island and then transferred to your hotel.
Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove is situated on 3 km of sparkling ivory sands at the western tip of Seychelles in the bay of the famous and picturesque Beau Vallon Beach.
You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel can arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa and Seychelles for 9 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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