October 23

4 Reasons Why an Island Holiday & Safari is the Ultimate Winning Combo

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By Luke Lalin on
October 23, 2020

Africa is famed for its countless natural wonders filled with an abundance of wildlife. Not many people are aware, however, that the most perfect, pristine island holidays are available in Africa as well. Some of the most isolated, Robinson Crusoe-esque escapes on earth can be found in the Indian Ocean off the African continent and are all conveniently accessible from all the major safari destinations. From the lemur-filled island of Madagascar to the white sandy beaches of the MaldivesMauritius, volcanic Reunion to the archipelagos of Zanzibar & Seychelles; the island life is a sun-filled paradise & without a doubt the perfect pairing to any safari holiday. Need more convincing? Here are 4 reasons to add an island holiday to your safari adventure.

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

1. 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 vehicle admiring Africa’s Big 5, the next you’ve got your sand in the toes on a remote island in the Maldives enjoying the perfect beach cocktail. 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. An island holiday is all about the romance

Watching the setting sun, on a sandy white beach with your special someone next to you: this is epitome of romance. And what better way to do that than in your bathing suit, on a deserted island, under gently swaying palm trees 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 the practically perfect!

With flight routes from private airstrips direct to nearby 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

Now that you know why we love to include an island retreat at the end of a safari holiday, here are some of our most popular bush & beach holidays.

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.

The Great Migration of the Wildebeest in East Africa
The mighty Great Migration in East Africa

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.

Leopards of the Sabi Sand
Leopards of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

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.

Lemurs on a branch in Madagascar
The lemurs of Madagascar

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.

The silhouette of Table Mountain against a pinkish-purple sky
Pure romance in Cape Town, Photo Credit: Bertus Hanekom

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.

Elephants in Tanzania

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.

One of the most romantic destinations in the world
One of the most romantic destinations in the world, Maldives

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


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About the author 

Luke Lalin

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Luke ventured to a small town in the Eastern Cape, Grahamstown, where he studied at Rhodes University. Clearly not having studied enough, he then completed a finance degree just for fun - who even does this? Luke is passionate about travelling and was lucky enough to work in the USA for almost 2 years. However, his love for Africa was too strong and he returned home and moved to the spectacular city of Cape Town to pursue a career in the travel industry. Having once been a competitive swimmer, Luke can often be found doing laps in the pool. He is, however, a general fitness junkie and can be found doing anything from cycling, running, mountain biking, triathlon, tennis, squash or anything that gets the heart rate up.

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