May 11

4 Reasons Why an Island Holiday & Safari is a Winning Combo (+6 Tours That Let You Do Both)

May 11, 2018

Africa is famed for its countless natural wonders filled with an abundance of wildlife and… really great island holidays? Yes, you read right. Some of the most pristine Robinson Crusoe-esque escapes on earth can be found here along with all of the Big 5.

From lemur-filled Madagascar to coconut palm-dotted Mauritius, volcanic Reunion to the archipelagos of Zanzibar and Seychelles; the island life is in full swing and it is without a doubt the perfect pairing to any safari.

Anse Source d'Argent beach, Seychelles
Anse Source d’Argent beach, Seychelles
Photo credit: Jean-Marie Hullot

1. You’re getting the best of both worlds

One minute you’re trundling through some of the continent’s most untouched wildlife conservation areas on the back of a 4X4, and the next you’ve got your sand in the toes on a remote island in the Maldives. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Eine kleine Privatinsel umgeben von türkisblauem Wasser
An islet in the Maldives
Photo Credit: Ibrahim Egan

2. Island time is the best way to unwind

Especially after all the excitement of the bush! Going on safari will be one of the most thrilling experiences of your life, but make no mistake – it’s tiring. You’re up before the sun and in bed long after it has set and while it’s true that you’ll spend a lot of your day consuming tasty treats and exploring landscapes on game drives, your sleeping patterns are bound to be a bit out of whack by the time your safari has come to an end. All the more reason to jet off to an island afterwards!

auf einem Strand sind Tische und Lampen aufgestellt
A dinner set up on Mnemba Island in the Zanzibar Archipelago
Photo Credit: Mnemba Island

3. You’ll need to get rid of that t-shirt tan

And what better way to do that than in your bathing suit or trunks under a gently swaying palm frond with a pina colada in hand?

Kokosnuss zum Trinken auf Felsen mit Speedboot im türkisblauen Wasser im Hintergrund - Reiseführer Mauritius
Beach and sand and a cocktail in hand? Yes, please!

4. Islands aren’t just great additions – they’re practically meant to be!

With flight routes from airstrips straight to islands, such as those between the Serengeti and the Zanzibar Archipelago, hopping from bush to beach has never been so easy. Which is why you’ll find several of our Tour Ideas include just that!

La bahía de Santa Ana, en las Islas Seychelles
Santa Ana beach in the Seychelles

Our Favourite Bush & Beach Breaks

Wandering Wildebeest to African Archipelagos

Encounter every spectacular side to Tanzania from coffee plantations & the Big 5 in the Serengeti to flocking flamingoes and tropical fish surrounding Zanzibar Island.

A Heavenly Honeymoon with Kristy

Explore the vibrant Mother City before a memorable safari adventure in the wildlife-rich Sabi Sand. From here, escape to the ivory beaches and azure waters of Mauritius.

Alongside Lemurs & White Sand Beaches

More a lemur safari than a Big 5 safari, animal viewing still abounds on this Malagasy tour. Explore vibrant Antananarivo & lush, lemur-filled rainforests before ending off this Madagascan extravaganza on the pristine & luxurious beaches of Nosy Be island.

Romantic Bush and Beach Honeymoon Tour

A romantic African escape awaits you on this honeymoon adventure. Travel from the spectacular sunsets in Cape Town to the sensational Sabi Sands before ending the trip on the blissful beaches of Mozambique.

Experience the Ultimate East African Bush & Beach Break

Paradise awaits in two idyllic and contrasting destinations in Tanzania. Safari in style in the Serengeti followed by a tropical island holiday made to soothe the soul.

A Superb Bush and Beach Holiday

Explore the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and enjoy all the South African wild has to offer before heading to the idyllic beaches of Mauritius.

Are you on the edge of your seat and waiting to hit that island beat? Contact one of our expert consultants to start planning your bush and beach break.


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About the author 

Melanie Du Toit

Jozi-born, Knysna local, and recovering yachtie, Melanie decided that she missed being land-based after 18 months sailing the seas. Now that she lives in the most beautiful city in Africa (she is adamant about this fact), you will find her trying out new things around Cape Town, dreaming about her next holiday, and using Wikipedia to enhance her skills as an encyclopaedia of useless information.

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