Unusual Holidays

Here at Mahlatini we tailor make each person's holiday to their own unique requirements, find below just a few of the holidays that we have suggested for clients that wished to experience something a little more unusual.

Lower Zambezi Game drive with Chongwe River Camp Diver looking at shark Helicopter over Victoria Falls

These are only a few of the many unusual holidays, as all our holidays are tailor made and almost anything is possible. Whether you're looking for a once in a lifetime honeymoon or a family holiday the kids will be talking about for years, you're in the right place.

Yoga & pilates safaris

What better place is there for people to recognise their place within the universe and to reconnect with nature than the African wilderness? The combination of an exciting safari adventure with the wellness gained through yoga and meditation offers an incredible holistic experience that is not only good for the soul but also a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with yourself and others.

4 nights on safari with the bushmen in Botswana

This is a dignified, sensitive and non-patronizing cultural experience; walk with Bushmen trackers and watch the children learn hunting skills; an opportunity to observe the age old ritual of the Initiation Hunt; accompany the women as they gather herbs and medicinal plants; experience the magic of the healing trance dance.

A canoe safari down the Selinda spillway in Botswana

Imagine you are one of the early pioneers of this amazing area when the days were spent exploring the water channels by canoe and the nights were spent camping on the banks of the river. This trip is four days long consisting of two full days and two half days of easy paddling. You get the opportunity to stop where and when you want and explore the area on foot. You can expect to encounter all manner of wildlife on this trip with the area particularly well known for its birdlife along with elephant, buffalo, sable, roan and wild dog.

Saddle and paddle - Horseriding safari combined with a canoe and walking safari

Follow a fantastic 5 night horse-riding safari spending 3 nights at Camp Kalahari in Botswana following by 2 nights fly camping on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans by a 4 night adventure along the Selinda Spillway on a canoeing and walking safari.

Quad biking across the Makgadikadi Pans

Travel across Botswana's Makgadikgadi salt pans on 4 wheel drive quad bikes to Kubu Island, a granite extrusion covered with baobabs, forming an island in the south-west corner of Sua Pan. Spend 2 nights sleeping under the stars and 2 days exploring the pans.

Quirambas Archipelago dhow safaris

For those wanting a bit more out of their beach holiday than just a book and a sun lounger why not take a unique safari by dhow between islands in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago off Mozambique's north coast.

You will journey the islands by dhow, stop to snorkel on remote reefs, meet the local fishermen to haggle for your dinner and explore the uninhabited islands for birdlife and giant coconut crabs. Spend your evenings cooking fresh fish on an open fire under the stars, after which you climb into a comfortable bed in a tent pitched on the sandy beach. On Ibo Island you will stay in an old Portuguese mansion, now a beautiful lodge, and wander the streets surrounded by the vibe of the coastal culture.

Vet safaris

Vet Safaris offer people the chance to get involved in conservation efforts and go on a life altering adventure of a lifetime. Join African vets on wildlife immobilisation procedures or a species specific interactive safari that takes you behind the scenes. With elements engaging to both the general public and to those already involved in the veterinary practice your safari can be tailor-made to suit your needs. These safaris provide the irresistible opportunity to gain hands on experience and up close and personal encounters with some of Africa's most famous and ferocious wildlife.

A mountain biking safari in Botswana's Mashatu Game Reserve

The Cycle Mashatu Wilderness Trail is a unique 4-day mountain biking getaway in the Mashatu Game Reserve, a big game area within the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana. It provides an extraordinary opportunity to ride at leisure along ancient elephant migration paths, cycle through vast herds of wildlife and to sleep under starlit African skies.

Each group will have their distance, pace and routes tailored but the aim is to ride 4-5 hours per day, covering 30-40kms. Generally the pace is easy going with regular game sightings and scenic picnic stops.

Cultural Homestays

People are often searching for meaningful cultural interactions whilst on holiday. Unfortunately these can often be disappointingly 'staged' and unauthentic. There are, however, a number of projects and initiatives that enable visitors to become more meaningfully involved in communities. It is best to chat to your specialist who will be able to narrow down the right experience for you.

There are also unique 'homestays' allowing you to stay with a family in a rural or urban setting. A homestay in the township of Soweto in South Africa provides an authentic view of contemporary, urban, South African life by bringing visitors in touch with local people. A local guide and driver will escort you to your accommodation for the evening, a family who is offering their home to you. Not only will you have the opportunity to interact with these local people on a personal level but the entire experience is sensitively managed so that both parties gain from the experience. You can also customise your trip to your interests and visit such sectors of the population as entrepreneurs, church leaders, health care workers, police workers, traditional healers and lesbian movement and community development projects.

Namaqualand and Cedarberg Flower Tours

The spring flowers of South Africa's Cape West Coast, Cedarberg and Namaqualand have a worldwide reputation. After the winter rains of May to July/August, the normally dry landscape becomes a carpet of wild flowers with vibrant bands of gousblomme and vygies, as well as nemesias, lachenalias, babiana, ixias and certain species found nowhere else in the world. The area is best visited in early August and late September. You can self-drive, join an escorted specialist flower tour or take a day trip from Cape Town.

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