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Lodge Safari in South Africa and Mozambique

10 nights & 11 days discovering africa's best

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The perfect combination for a holiday of a lifetime - a safari in the wilds of Africa and a tropical beach vacation on an island in the Bazaruto Archipelago. This safari and beach holiday includes the stuff dreams are made of! This safari is flexible and can be shortened or lengthened to suit your specific requirements.

The safari part of your holiday are spent in the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park, at a lodge called Elephant Plains. It offers both luxury and standard chalets.

Elephant Plains Game Lodge offers you comfortable style and exclusivity in one of the world's few remaining unspoiled wilderness areas - the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the 2,2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. Over many years our strict conservation policies and successful wildlife management have resulted in a multitude of African game species to be found in this area. Here you will come face to face with Africa’s famous Big Five - Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Rare species such as the endangered wild dogs and cheetah are also seen regularly. The area is typical African savannah with a large variety of antelope, birds and reptiles to be found.

Elephant Plains overlook a scenic plain where a whole array of game and birds frequently visit the waterhole. It is home to a maximum of 12 guests ensuring personalised service and maximum comfort. The lodge features five spacious appointed thatched chalets with individually styled interior décor and en-suite bathrooms. Mosquito nets and air-conditioning are just a few of the creature comforts.

The highlight of your visit is the thrill of close encounters with wildlife from the safety of open 4x4 vehicles. Daily activities include the early morning and afternoon game drives in search of the Big Seven. A bush walk is offered every day after breakfast, which will open up a new world of smaller fauna and flora. The afternoon game drive affords you the opportunity to have a sundowner at a carefully selected venue in the African bush.

Evening meals are served around a fire in the boma under the vast African sky. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style in the thatched lapa. Adjacent to the swimming pool, the wooden deck offers spectacular views overlooking the waterhole and scenic plain . The care with which each meal is prepared together with the setting of the open-air boma or thatched lapa , ensure an unforgettable dining experience .

Our personalised service is of the highest standard due to the exclusivity and smallness of the lodge. Your personal guides - an experienced game ranger and local Shangaan tracker - are keen to share their knowledge and love of the African bush with you.
At Elephant Plains Game Lodge you can be ensured an experience that will live up to the Africa of your imagination … creating a lifetime of memories!

The island part of your African vacation takes you to the Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique on a tropical island called Benguerua at an idyllic ‘spot’ called Marlin Lodge.

Marlin Lodge is situated on the southwest shore of Benguerra Island, the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago off the cost of Mozambique. This unspoilt area offers some of the finest scuba diving sites and some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world.

The lodge comprises of 19 chalets - all built on stilts with wooden decks, reed walls and thatched roofs. All the rooms are connected by elevated walkways from the back and are en-suite with their own private verandah and a wooden walkway leading down to the beach directly in front of each unit. The lodge also offers a swimming pool and beautiful recreation areas.

Experienced chefs prepare dinners, consisting of a wide array of seafood specialties. Dinners are either served in the main dining area or on the beach in front of the lodge where a wonderful selection of seafood is prepared over the open fires on the beach. Wonderful palm trees set in indigenous gardens surround the whole lodge, and the sea views are spectacular. The water temperature ranges between 23C and 26C. This makes outings of scuba diving and snorkelling combined with a picnic lunch on one of the many beautiful island beach locations very popular. Other activities include ocean-ski paddling, windsurfing, hobiecat sailing and island drives.

Marlin Lodge is a typical African Island getaway offering guests tranquil surroundings along with an array of water and land activities. Marlin Lodge is also an ideal honeymoon destination with many secluded spots for romantic dinners under the stars or walks along the moonlit beach.

The Lodge:
• Rooms:
Private Luxury Chalets with private walkways onto the sandy white beaches.
The Private Luxury chalets are 60sqm on the inside and have a 17sqm veranda. The inside of the chalets is constructed with more sophisticated finishes including slated flooring, plastered surfaces and soft lighting. These chalets are ideal for guests staying a longer period of time, as they offer more space and comfort.

Features: En-Suite bathroom, Shower, roof fan, air-conditioning, four-poster bed with mosquito netting, his and her basins, vanity area, inside & outside showers, open plan bathroom ( including shower facility), private lounge, private veranda with deck chairs, mini bar, 2 seating lounges, private walkway to the beach.
A maximum of 2 guests per Private Luxury Chalet.

Executive Suites - Boasting with 80sqm floor space, and a veranda of 30sqm, this room is the perfect haven for the discerning traveler. Similar to the Private Luxury Chalets, the inside of the chalets is constructed with more sophisticated finishes such as slated flooring, plastered surfaces and soft lighting.

Features: En-Suite bathroom, double basins , separate vanity area, shower, air-conditioning, king size four-poster bed with mosquito netting, open plan bathroom ( including shower), mini bar, coffee & tea making facilities, 2 seating lounges, private outside shower, private veranda with deck chairs & hammock, private walkway to the beach.

• Guest Facilities: Swimming pool, island walks, island drives, Dhow cruises, island bar, secluded sun bathing decks,
• Children Policy: Marlin Lodge accepts children of all ages
• Health: Mozambique is a Malaria region so it is advisable that you consult your doctor about some form of Malaria prophylactic.
• Visas: A Marlin Lodge representative will meet guests arriving at Vilanculos and assist them with arranging the relevant visas needed for entry in to Mozambique.
• Access to the lodge: There are direct flights daily to Vilanculos from Johannesburg, Maputo and KMIA (Nelspruit). The lodge will meet you at Vilanculos airport, then escort you to the harbour and provide a boat transfer to the island. These transfers are included in the rates.

Activities at Marlin Lodge:
• Snorkelling
• Deep-sea fishing
• Para-sailing
• Sailing
• Wind-surfing
• Island walks or drives
• Secluded picnics and dinners
• Scuba diving - Untouched reefs can be found off the Mozambique coast offering spectacular diving. The lodge has all the necessary equipment needed for diving and also offers the Paddi course if necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: This safari can be reduced to a 6 day holiday in total. Please contact us for a detailed quote.

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- Accommodation on full board basis
- Transfers as above
- Flights as above
- Activities: two game activities per day at Elephant Plains, non-motorised water sports at Marlin Lodge, dhow cruise & island tour at Marlin Lodge
- Transfers from Vilanculos to Marlin Lodge

- Any meals, activities and excursions which are not specified
- Departure taxes
- All items of a personal nature
- Visa costs
- Gratuities and personal expenses
- Comprehensive travel, medical, cancellation and evacuation insurance

Elephant Plains:
- Day and night game drives
- Spotting for the 'Big Five'
- Bush Walks
- Sundowners

Marlin Lodge:
- Snorkelling
- Deep-sea fishing
- Para-sailing
- Sailing
- Wind-surfing
- Island walks or drives
- Secluded picnics and dinners
- Scuba diving

Best season:
South Africa as a travel destination is exceptional all year round. It offers wildlife, scenery, mountains, culture, beaches and excellent cuisine with some of the best wines in the world. Mozambique’s main attraction is its beaches and the Indian Ocean. It offers pristine tropical beach holidays with great weather year round. It is a top destination for fishing and diving.

Extend your stay:
to Cape Town and surrounds
We have a wide range of options in the Cape Town area - from day trips to the Winelands to diving with Great Whites as well as scenic drives along the Garden Route for a few days. Contact us for a detailed quote on this extension.

Combining The Safari & Beach Discovery with Cape Town and the surrounding areas in South Africa, such as the fascinating Garden Route or the Winelands, and the famous Table Mountain, offers a diverse and memorable experience.

Term and conditions: Please read our terms and conditions for more information on how to book, travel insurance, cancellation fees, baggage and other important subjects.

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