Twin Centre Holidays to Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands

Twin Centre Holidays are the term we use to describe a holiday which will have two or more components to it, for example to have a safari and a beach holiday in one. These holidays are growing in popularity and Africa lends itself to providing a diversity of experiences in one trip.

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Honeymooners in particular are drawn to twin centre safari and beach honeymoons which combine an action packed safari or city break with perhaps a week spent on a nearby beach to relax and soak up the sun. Twin Centre Holidays also suit families because parents can add to the yearly beach holiday with an educational and fun cultural and wildlife experience.

Popular twin centre combinations

Africa beautifully lends itself to providing a diversity of experiences in one trip. Mahlatini consultants would be more than happy to discuss with you the logistics and the merits of certain combinations over others there is often the risk of trying to do too much in one trip as well. Whatever you decide to do, the abundance of experiences will certainly provide lasting memories.

Below details how you can combine various countries with others:

Combinations with South Africa

South Africa would be the country we would say most of our clients would include in a twin centre holiday. Using Johannesburg as the base to fly into you can chose to combine a safari in South Africa or trip in Cape Town with island beach locations such as Mauritius, Mozambique, Zanzibar and the Seychelles. Alternatively South Africa is beautifully combined with a trip to Victoria Falls in Zambia or a safari in Botswana. An option growing in popularity is a combination of a stay in Cape Town with a desert and safari experience in Namibia.

In most cases with the above combinations one can fly into one country such as South Africa and fly out of another such as in the case of Mauritius, Seychelles, Zambia or Namibia. Internal flights between countries are easily arranged and well run.

Our two most popular twin centre holidays combining South Africa are: South Africa & Mauritius and South Africa & Seychelles.

Combinations within Southern Africa

Southern Africa normally describes the following countries: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique. Due to the close proximity of many of these countries, it is fairly easy to pass through borders. A clear example of this is the region along the Chobe River where the 3 countries of Zambia, Botswana and Namibia all meet. By far the most popular Southern Africa combination is a trip to see the Victoria Falls in Zambia combined with a safari in Botswana. You can either drive between the two in a short transfer or by light aircraft. It is also easy to fly internationally into one and out of the other if required.

Another clever combination is a safari in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia combined with a beach stay on Lake Malawi in Malawi.

Botswana, Zambia and Namibia can also easily be combined with the likes of Mauritius or Seychelles by passing through Johannesburg in South Africa.

Combinations within East Africa

From the perspective of African travel the countries of East Africa include: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

Kenya is arguably the most well-known safari destinations in Africa. Kenya & Mauritius is the most popular East Africa safari and beach combination with Kenya & Seychelles following a close second. Both these combos have convenient flight connections and provide such diversity of experiences. If you don't want to go as far as field as Mauritius or the Seychelles to combine your Kenyan safari with a beach element, you can combine Kenya with the islands of Zanzibar or Pemba.

A very popular trip combines a safari in Tanzania with a beach stay in Zanzibar. Regular light aircraft flights between the mainland and the island make this a smooth process with minimal fuss.

For those looking for added fun why not combine a traditional safari in the likes of Kenya or Tanzania with a gorilla tracking experience in Uganda or Rwanda.

Most of East Africa functions as one with easy flight connections and border controls. An extensive network of light aircraft flights continually flies tourists from park to beach and back again. These are safe and exceptionally well run.

Combinations with the Arabian Peninsula

The Arabian Peninsula, and specifically Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has become an international hub for flights from all over the world.

The region is often used as a fun city-break stop-over en route to the Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles, Maldives or Mauritius.

With flights from Dubai into the likes of Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa, combining a safari with a city or beach break in the Arabian Peninsula is also becoming increasingly popular.

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