23 January 2020
Safari trips are right up there with our favourite experiential holidays. Combining a spirit of adventure with spotting some of Mother Nature’s most stunning creations, what’s not to love?
After all the excitement of safari, it can sometimes leave you a little tired so there’s no better way to cap off your trip than with a few revitalising days spent by the sea, which is why we’ve brought you our favourite twin-centre safari and beach breaks.
Kenya is blessed with a marvellous selection of national parks and wildlife reserves that brim with exotic creatures and picturesque landscapes. This poses the difficult question: which will you choose to visit? Will you see the majestic lions of Masai Mara National Reserve or the beautiful flamingos of Lake Nakaru National Park? Take in the awe-inspiring views of Kilimanjaro whilst surrounded by elephants from Amboseli National Park or see the critically endangered black rhinos of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy?
"For the last couple of days of the trip we travelled deeper into the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and amongst the abundant wildlife we were so happy to see all of the Big Five"
Kate, Travel Counsellor
After all the thrills of Kenyan safari, you’ll be ready to drop, so heading to a collection of islands with the world’s most beautiful beaches is the logical next step. Stroll along the powdery white sand beaches and let the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean lap over your feet. If you still have an appetite for wildlife spotting, put on your snorkelling gear and go exploring the coral reefs that surround the atolls of the Seychelles.
Kruger National Park is one of the premier safari destinations in Africa. Wildlife spotting opportunities here are second to none with each member of the ‘big five’ present across this huge reserve amongst countless other species which contribute to the park’s status as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Throughout the park are a number of luxury accommodation options to ensure you won’t have to sacrifice any home comforts as you strike ‘safari’ from your bucket list.
You needn’t leave South Africa to secure your beach escape either. Over on South Africa’s east coast is the urban metropolis of Durban with its wealth of world-class facilities, including accommodation, transport, entertainment and surfing beaches. In Durban, you can shop till you drop at the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere, go diving with sharks at Aliwal Shoal and delve into delicious cuisine including traditional Zulu delicacies and flavourful Bunny Chow.
January, February and July-October are the best times to go to Tanzania on safari. From December to March, the wildebeest migration is focused on the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti, with calving in late January and early February. From August to October, the creatures can be found in the northern Serengeti.
Following your exhilarating experience of seeing huge herds of wildebeest in the wild, make the short journey east across the sea to the Zanzibar archipelago, for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Zanzibar enchants guests with its unique heritage, beautiful architecture and pristine beaches, acting as a worthy post-safari stopover to recharge your batteries.
It’s difficult to choose between our favourite Sri Lankan national parks so we’ll tell you about both and let you make the decision.
Udawalawe National Park sits just south of Sri Lanka’s southern highlands and is made up of mostly scrub and grasslands, serving as the perfect environment for its thriving population of resident Sri Lankan elephants. On the other hand, the much bigger Yala National Park is renowned for its unparalleled concentration of leopards, making your chances of spotting one of these elusive creatures unusually high.
From one tropical island to another, the Maldives brings together beautiful weather and stunning islands that appear to have been plucked straight from a dream. With lavish accommodation options available across the islands, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing between the unbelievable selection of overwater villas.
The Pantanal Wetlands of South America is the world’s largest tropical wetland, at over 40 million acres, stretching across Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. As well as being the largest, Pantanal is one of the most untouched wetland ecosystems on earth and provides valuable habitat for innumerable species. Crocodiles, jaguars, capybara and various types of parrot all reside in the wetlands and present visitors with an excellent opportunity to catch a unique snap to share with friends at home.
When you’ve had your fill of wetland fun, it’s time to visit the seaside city of Rio de Janeiro. Spend a day lounging on the world-famous Copacabana Beach with a refreshing cocktail in hand, or join in with a game of beach football with the locals. Take the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain and gaze out across the sprawling city and beautiful bay area, and walk the steps up to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
To book your twin-centre safari adventure, contact your Travel Counsellor today!