Our top twin centre city, safari & beach combinations for 2017
At Mahlatini, we offer luxury, bespoke holidays to suit every traveller's tastes. Sometimes, a one stop holiday just isn't enough which is why we suggest some of the best Twin Centres to double - even triple - up on destinations. The following holidays offer an indulgent mix of city breaks, exhilarating safaris and magical beach paradises to give you an experience you'll never forget.
South Africa & Mauritius
Combine one of the worlds greatest cities, Cape Town, with a safari in the Kruger park and a luxury beach resort in the paradise island of Mauritius
Combine the best that South Africa and Mauritius with a city break in Cape Town, followed by a once in a lifetime safari in Kruger National Park only to end relaxing and washing away life's stresses on some of the most pristine beaches in the world in Mauritius.
Cape Town, a city rich in history and culture, surrounded by vineyards, with Table Mountain less than an hour away. Relax in a chic boutique hotel and immerse yourself in all Cape Town has to offer before jetting off to Kruger National Park and a thrilling safari. Stay in a luxury thatched lodge, elevated in the trees and participate in bush walks, game drives and spot animals you never thought you'd see in their natural habitat.
Let the relaxation continue as you fly for your final stop in Mauritius to your own private slice of paradise. Turquoise seas are electric against golden sands and the island offers adventure to those who seek it with luxurious self indulgence for those ready to let go.
Kruger & Mozambique (Benguerra Island)
Combine a 'Big 5' safari in the Kruger Park in South Africa with island paradise on Benguerra Island in Mozambique
Perhaps it's a city you're trying to escape. Bypass the hustle and bustle by heading straight out on safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Stay in a private lodge perfect for families and small groups complete with a private pool and fireplace and watch the natural world from the privacy and safety of your own viewing deck. Take in a game drive, bush walk or night safari to see the difference in the day and night time activity. If a stop in Cape Town does take your fancy, extend your trip by beginning with a few nights exploring the vibrant capital before heading off to safari!
After a few days on the lookout for the Big 5, you'll be ready to get your feet into the sand and relax by flying to the island of Benguerra in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Dine on freshly caught seafood and take in the decor of the East African/Arabic designs of your private accommodation in the form of casitas, cabanas, chalets or the single villa available at the Benguerra Island Lodge.
South Africa & Seychelles
A classic combination of city, culture, natural beauty and idylic tropical paradise beaches, South Africa & Seychelles is firm Mahlatini favourite.
A combination surely to excite even the hardest to please traveller. With many bespoke options to choose from, whether you want to start in the bustling Cape Town and visit Table Mountain and the surrounding winelands, or jump right into a wild safari!
When you've had your fill of adventure in South Africa, head over the glimmering azure of the Indian Ocean to Seychelles where you can choose to stay on the main island or hop across to a more private lodging on a smaller island, such as Denis or North Island. A favourite itinerary for newlyweds, mixing unique experiences and romance for a trip of a lifetime!
Botswana & Livingstone
Combine a luxury safari in the Kalahari and Okavango Delta with one of the 7 wonders of the world, Victoria Falls in Livingstone.
The perfect combination for trips of 7-10 days, tick off some top bucket list items as you visit the magnificent Victoria Falls and and keep an eye out for the Big Five (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros) while on safari on the Okavango Delta. The opportunity to visit more than one luxury safari camp enables you to increase your chances in seeing a more diverse species group. The camps are set alongside the Moremi Game Reserve, known as one of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa. It was the first reserve started by local residents increasingly worried about depleting numbers of the animal populations in the area due to hunters and poachers. It is now a protected area of the Okavango Delta and offers stunning panoramas of the landscape and animals alike.
Kenya & Seychelles
One of our personal favourites, as well as a best seller, a trip encompassing the breathtaking beauty of the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya and the simple island bliss of the Seychelles.
The Maasai Mara, linking to the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania, is known for large populations of big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs and part of the annual great migration of animals across the plains. It's an absolute haven for wildlife spotting. Stay in Meru style tents complete with all amenities including ensuite bathrooms and al fresco meals served overlooking the plains stretching out to the horizon.
Fly next to the never ending seas of the Seychelles for a romantic, secluded week of indulgence and as much adventure as you like. Laze on the beach or by the pool, wander the lush surroundings by foot or bicycle or dive deep beneath the surface to see vibrant marine life and coral reefs.
Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar
Get the best of both worlds with the excitement of a Tanzanian safari followed by the tranquil rehabilitation of a beach holiday in Zanzibar. You may choose to begin your safari adventure in either the North or South, taking in the game reserves of the Serengeti to the North and Ruaha National Park as well as Selous Game Reserve to the South.
When you've exhausted your game spotting skills, hop on a flight over Zanzibar for a restorative holiday like no other. Laid back luxury is the focus on this spice island with beach front villas and family friendly resorts perfect for any and all travelling needs. Explore the island by bicycle or golf cart and retire at the end of your day with a choice of indoor or outdoor showers or a treatment at the full spa.
Kenya & Zanzibar
The Kenyan savannah is rich with wildlife and is the perfect place to go on safari. Visit the Maasai Mara to catch a glimpse of the annual great migration of zebra, wildebeest and the predators that follow close behind. Relax in between safari adventures such as bush walks and game night drives in traditional style camps with luxurious private tents complete with wooden floors, ensuites and a private viewing deck to see animals as they wander nearby.
Fly then to the enriched island of Zanzibar where Swahili and Arabic cultures collide. Take in romantic sunsets and clear blue sea snorkelling, or wander into the UNESCO World Heritage site, Stowntown - famous for its slave and spice trade history.
Zambia & Lake Malawi
For an alternative holiday that's perfect for the whole family, try a combination tour of Zambia and Lake Malawi, the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa. Start your tour in the secluded and wild South Luangwa National Park, a park known for being one of the best ways to experience Africa's wilderness first-hand. Over 60 animal and 400 bird species call this national park home so there will be no lack of animals to spot!
The family fun doesn't stop once you've arrived at Lake Malawi. With countless water sports and activities available including paddle boarding, sailing, snorkelling and more, there's no doubt everyone will stay busy. For those wanting to relax, spa facilities are also available. A trip the whole family will surely never forget.
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