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Malaria Free Safari and Seychelles Beach Family Vacation

Inspirational safari & beach family holiday to Seychelles and South Africa

This unique safari and beach family holiday combines 2 private, malaria-free game reserves in South Africa with an off-grid island experience in the Seychelles. In South Africa your safari will take place in the Waterberg region (3 hours north of Johannesburg) at two lodges, Ant's Hill and Marataba Safari Lodge. At Marataba Safari Lodge, situated in a private Big 5 game reserve, the family will stay in large, tented suites nestled in the bushveld with animals regularly wandering past your deck. Experience exciting family game drives as well as surprise meals out in the bush. At Ant's Hill, expect exciting activities such as horse-riding alongside zebra, giraffe and other animals, fishing, guided walks, archery, rhino tracking and bug and spoor walks. Denis Island is all about the natural island experience - nature and wildlife discovery, including interaction with Giant Tortoises. Activities are largely snorkeling & kayaking.

Here you won't find a signal for your mobile phone when you arrive. There is no in-room internet and no television. This is the chance for you and the children to unplug from digital distraction and reconnect to the loved ones you hold dear, and to the earth that you share with them.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Johannesburg OR Tambo International
  • 3 nights - Marataba Safari Lodge, Waterberg, South Africa
  • 3 nights - Ant's Hill, Waterberg, South Africa
  • 1 night - Eden Bleu Hotel, Mahé, Seychelles
  • 5 nights - Denis Private Island, Denis Island, Seychelles
  • Ends - Transfer to Mahé for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Seychelles, South Africa
  • Nights Icon 12 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Price per person based on a family of 4
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Johannesburg OR Tambo International

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Day 1 - 4

Arrive at Johannesburg Airport, collect your hire car and drive yourselves to your lodge Marakele National Park.

  • 3 nights

Marataba Safari Lodge
All Inclusive | 2 Bedroom Family Suite
South Africa

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Day 4 - 7

Today you will take the drive to Ant's Hill in the Waterberg region.

  • 3 nights

Ant's Hill
All Inclusive | Family Cottage
South Africa

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T standard room terrace
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Day 7

Return to Johannesburg Airport where you will drop off your hire car and catch your flight Mahé in the Seychelles. Here you will be met and driven to a hotel to overnight in before you journey to Denis Island.

  • 1 night

Eden Bleu Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Luxury Marina View Suite

A deluxe marina view bedroom
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Day 8 - 13

Private car transfer to Mahé Airport for your light aircraft flight to Denis Island.

  • 5 nights
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Denis Private Island
Full Board | Deluxe Beach Cottage

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Day 13

Today you will bid paradise goodbye and catch your light aircraft flight to Mahé Airport where you will connect with your international flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Car hire, group C car (Toyota corolla or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Horseriding Icon Horse riding
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkeling/Scuba Diving
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Bed Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick off the Big Five or encounter specific safari species and sea creatures on your safari and coastal stay, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Zebra
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Whale Shark
    Whale Shark
  • String Ray
    Sting Ray
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Puffer Fish
    Puffer Fish
  • Manta Ray
    Manta Ray
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
    Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Lionfish
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Leatherback Turtle
    Leatherback Turtle
  • Kudu
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Hawksbill turtle
    Hawksbill Turtle
  • Elephant
  • Coral
  • Cheetah
  • Buffalo
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Barracuda
  • Southern Giraffe
Sample Itineraries


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