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Combination Trip - Seychelles & South Africa

South Africa & Seychelles Combination

Highlights

  • Exclusive, small lodges with a charming atmosphere

  • We are happy to customize travel duration, accommodations, and more to your preferences.

  • Experience game drives & bush walks in lesser-known game reserves

  • Authentic African impressions

  • Enjoy sheer relaxation and half board at a Seychelles boutique hotel

Description

Away from mass tourism, you will experience the highlights of both countries on our fascinating South Africa & Seychelles combination trip. On the way to the Indian Ocean, you will discover the legendary Big Five up close and spend the night in small and selected lodges. From Johannesburg, you will then fly to dreamy Seychelles and relax on the white sandy beach and turquoise blue water. We guarantee new perspectives during this unique vacation!

Destination

Indian Ocean / Africa

Johannesburg - Welgevonden Game Reserve - Madikwe Game Reserve - Pretoria - Seychelles

To make the most of your vacation, we recommend booking this combination trip between July and October. The best time to travel to Johannesburg and the surrounding area is during the dry season from May to September. For cold nights, don’t forget the right clothing! It’s also possible to travel here during the rainy season from October to April. You can expect mild nights and lower temperatures during the day because of the rain. During this season, the landscape is greener because of the precipitation!

Seychelles is a prime location for a tropical getaway. It’s close to the equator, therefore boasting perfect temperatures year-round. The best time to travel is from May to mid-September/October when the southeast trade wind provides good weather in the west and hardly any precipitation. This time of the year is also perfect for all sailors, windsurfers, and hikers, as the winds provide a fresh breeze and steady swell. The northwest monsoon brings warm weather and slower wind speeds from November to March, making it an excellent time for snorkeling and diving. Visibility underwater reaches up to thirty meters during this season! Most rainfall occurs between December and February. These are usually short, intense showers, and the humidity is around 80%.

Welcome to South Africa! After landing in Johannesburg, you will be welcomed in the arrivals terminal by an employee of our partner agency. One of our representatives will meet & greet you at the airport. They will provide you with your travel documents and accompany you to the car rental station to pick up your car. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask! Our local colleagues will be happy to help prepare you for your upcoming adventure. Animals, exotic landscapes, and perhaps the friendliest people in the world await you.

Once you have picked up your rental car, you are ready to go. It will take about three hours to get to your first accommodation, the luxurious Nedile Lodge. Located in the middle of the malaria-free Waterberg Reserve, the lodge promises a lovely start to your African adventure. Cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, wild dogs, and a wide variety of birds call the area their home. Of course, the "Big Five" are also present in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve. You can spot lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, and elephants on your exciting game drives. The game reserve is also home to the endangered white rhinos, so you have a good chance of seeing them! An experienced ranger will supervise the activities. The landscape in the Waterberg is wild and authentic. Rugged mountain ranges line vast savannahs with acacias, aloes, and succulents. The lodge is on a rocky headland and boasts a magnificent view of the Waterberg region. Expect plenty of comfort and luxury over the next three days.

Travel time Johannesburg Airport - Welgevonden Private Game Reserve: approx. three hours / about 185 miles

Three nights at Nedile Lodge***** with full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee & tea) and activities in a Luxury Room, Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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Enjoy a final, delicious breakfast at Nedile Lodge before setting off on your journey to the Madikwe Game Reserve. You will reach your next accommodation, Rhulani Safari Lodge, in about four hours.

The Madikwe Reserve is one of the younger parks in South Africa, stretching as far as the Botswana border. The reserve reaches over 185,330 acres of land. It has broad, open grass and bush plains that dominate its habitats. More than 12,000 types of animals live in the park, including white and black rhinos, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, a variety of antelopes, and about 350 different bird species. Go on exciting game drives in a safari vehicle with an experienced ranger and discover "The Big Five." With a bit of luck, you can spot the "Big Five" or see endangered wild dogs.

Like the Welgevonden Game Reserve, the Madikwe Reserve is also malaria-free.

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Travel time Welgevonden Private Game Reserve - Madikwe Game Reserve: approx. four hours / about 150 miles

Two nights at Rhulani Safari Lodge***** with full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and tea) and activities in a Luxury Chalet, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

After breakfast at the lodge, leave the African bush, and continue to Pretoria. Spend two nights in the capital city before heading to paradisiacal Seychelles.

The journey from Rhulani Safari Lodge to the capital of South Africa takes about three hours. Pretoria is next to Cape Town and Durban and considered to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the country. The cityscape features the hills of the Apes Valley on one side and the historical buildings of the Boer culture on the other. Together with the many verdant landscapes, these sights define the city's charm. In spring, when the Jacaranda trees bloom and change, the destination transforms into a sea of colors. So it's not surprising that the city won a prize for the "most vibrant metropolis in the world" a few years ago. Church Square is in the center and the perfect starting point for exploring the city. The largest shopping center in Pretoria, Menlyn Park, and the Botanical Gardens are both worth a visit. Also, visit the Kruger House, a historical Pretoria residence of the Boer leader and President of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger. Today, it contains fascinating museums and other facilities worth seeing.

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Would you like a guided city tour with an English-speaking tour guide through Pretoria? They will take you through well-known and even less-known corners of the city. We are happy to organize this for you!

Or how about a half-day trip to Soweto, today's suburb of Johannesburg? Many people associate poverty and criminality with Soweto, but this has changed. Soweto is no longer as dangerous as the suburb once was. It has developed into a pilgrimage place for tourists today. Set off with an English-speaking tour guide and follow the trail of the freedom hero, Nelson Mandela (optional).

Travel time Madikwe Game Reserve - Pretoria: approx. four hours / about 205 miles

Two nights in at Castello Di Monte**** with breakfast in a Classic Room, Pretoria, South Africa

Say goodbye to the animals and Africa’s stunning sceneries. Although the captivating wildlife safaris and unique landscapes of Africa are left behind, it won't be any less beautiful when you arrive in Seychelles. Take your rental car to the airport and board your plane to Seychelles.

When you arrive at Mahé airport, you will be greeted by an employee of our partner agency and taken to your transfer vehicle.

Spend the next seven days relaxing at the Carana Beach Hotel on the quiet north coast of Mahé. Lush vegetation, crystal clear water, and a gorgeous sandy beach surround the chalets. The natural scenery and the dramatic granite rocks are no doubt the highlights of this area. Did you know that these erupted over 750 million years ago? Relax and enjoy the sun and holidays after your eventful days on safari.

Travel time Johannesburg - Mahé: approx. five hours

Seven nights at the Carana Beach Hotel**** with half board in an Oceanview Chalet, Mahé, Seychelles

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Today it’s time to return to your homeland. We will book you an airport transfer, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. If you wish to extend your vacation, we can help you do that! Contact us today.

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Nedile Lodge*****, Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa (3 nights)

The luxurious Nedile Lodge welcomes you to the malaria-free Welgevonden Game Reserve and offers five comfortably furnished chalets. Privacy and relaxation are at the top of their priorities. Amenities include a luxurious bathroom with a separate shower, outdoor shower, fire corner, and a private outdoor deck offering a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains.

In the main chalet, you can end your day with a sundowner. In addition to the in-house dining room, and the comfortable lounge, the spacious outdoor pool invites you to cool off.

Rhulani Safari Lodge*****, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa (2 nights)

Set in the 185,330 acres Madikwe Game Reserve, the luxurious Rhulani Safari Lodge is the ideal accommodation to explore the malaria-free area and experience the legendary "Big Five" up close. This lodge features seven luxury chalets and a family suite, all with a private pool and veranda. Other amenities include air conditioning, a fireplace, and an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower. Five chalets overlook the waterhole of the lodge - see Africa's wild animals up close! The main lodge offers a dining room, lounge, and spa area.

You can look forward to unforgettable game drives, which take place in the morning and the evening in a semi-open SUV.

Castello Di Monte*****, Pretoria, South Africa (2 nights)

In the prestigious district of Waterkloof Ridge is this luxurious, Tuscan-style guest house with a beautiful view of South Africa's capital.

All nine rooms and suites come equipped with antique furniture for a unique flair. Amenities include air conditioning, minibar, safe, and coffee/tea facilities. The outdoor pool and bar ensure refreshing days under the warm sun. You can also enjoy the hotel sauna, which offers soothing wellness packages.

Carana Beach Hotel****, Mahé, Seychelles (7 nights)

The charming boutique hotel opened in April 2016 and nestled itself on the idyllic north coast of the island. You can reach the capital in ten minutes by car, and the journey to the airport takes about twenty-five minutes. In the chalets, a modern and luxurious design seamlessly combines with traditional island architecture. Enjoy natural wood tones and lots of stone through the accommodations. Amenities include a shower, toilet, TV, telephone, WiFi (for a fee), hairdryer, air conditioning, safe, and a minibar. The view unveils a superb front row seat of the sea. The restaurant serves Creole and international dishes. In the lounge bar "CaranaBeach," sip on delicious exotic cocktails. How about a dip in the outdoor pool?

Duration of the trip: 15 days / 14 nights

Including

  • 7 nights in the mentioned lodges and hotels in South Africa including meals & activities

  • 7 nights at the Carana Beach Hotel including half-board in an Oceanview Chalet

  • 8 rental days of vehicle category K (Toyota RAV 4 or similar) in South Africa including 1x additional driver, premium accident insurance (CDW), local surcharge, premium theft insurance (TLW), tourism levy, unlimited mileage, personal accident insurance (PAI), general liability insurance (general Public Liability Insurance), administration fee in the event of an accident/theft, VAT 14%, liability insurance (third party insurance), tire, hub cap, rim, water, windshield, sandblast and underbody damage, automatic, airbags, radio/CD, servo, air conditioning, and four seats. Pickup & return to the Johannesburg Airport.

  • Transfer from/to Seychelles Airport

  • Handling fee

  • Detailed travel documents including travel descriptions

  • Small voluntary donation for a Rhino anti-poaching project in the Eastern Cape

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Personal expenses, such as minibar and tips

  • Additional rental car costs (directly debited from your credit card): R 3.700 (gas deposit), R 90 (contract fee)

  • Insurance