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Approaching Mogundula Island
Makayane, South Africa - Suite
Makayane, South Africa - Suite
Aerial Shot Facing West
Aerial Shot Facing West
South Africa - Makanyane Swimming Pool
South Africa - Makanyane Swimming Pool
Boa Vida Traditional Dhow
Boa Vida Traditional Dhow
South Africa Makanyane Zebras
South Africa Makanyane Zebras
Fire Grilled Fish, Island Style
Fire Grilled Fish, Island Style
Dhow Safari Transport
Dhow Safari Transport
Beach Lunch Mobile Island Hopping Safari
Beach Lunch Mobile Island Hopping Safari
South Africa Makanyane Bathroom
South Africa Makanyane Bathroom
Game drive with Breeding Herd of Elephants
Makanyane - Hide
Makanyane - Hide
South Africa Makanyane Lookout Overlooking Plains
South Africa Makanyane Lookout Overlooking Plains

South Africa & Mozambique: Star Beds & Island Hopping

Every now and then a truly remarkable itinerary arises, a once-in-a-lifetime trip that no one has done before. We absolutely love combining incredibly exciting – and completely different - African adventures to create something new, something never experienced before!

Firstly, let us introduce 'The Hide' at Sanctuary Makanyane. The Hide is a unique star-bed built in the heart of the bush, designed to give couples s a night out under the stars for a once-in-a-lifetime expereince in the wilderness. There’s nothing quite like falling asleep to the sounds of Africa and waking up to the sunrise sweeping across savannah plains.  As the perfect compliment, follow your days of exhilartion in the game reserve with a trip on a Dhow safari through Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago – some of the last undiscovered waterways in the Indian Ocean. Here you will sail through a Poseidon playground, whilst sleeping on the deck of a traditional dhow or in tents on idyllic unspoiled islands before disembarking on historic Ibo Island for a stay at the stunning Ibo Island Lodge – for a step back in time to a bygone era!

Unique, stylish and luxurious ‘from an experiential perspective’, this African honeymoon adventure is totally different from safari-beach itineraries we have created – and it’s ideal for intrepid romantics who seek the journey less travelled!

  • Days 1-3: Makanyane’s Sleep-out under the Stars (in South Africa)

    Arrive in Johannesburg where you will enjoy a VIP meet and greet service before being escorted through immigration and transferred to the Federal Air lounge to await your onward light aircraft flight to South Africa’s malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve for your stay at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge.

    Here you will stay in the wonderful ‘Hide’ - an incredible experience, only offered by a select few locations in South Africa, gives guests the thrilling experience of falling asleep surrounded by nothing but flickering lanterns and the echoes of roaring lions, crying jackals and laughing hyenas.

    A rustic double storey structure tucked away in a secluded part of Makanyane’s private reserve, the hide overlooks a waterhole and has spectacular views across the Madikwe Game Reserve. The enclosed first level of the hide has a covered lounge area and a balcony. The upper level is open to the sky and it is here that soft, warm beds are made up under mosquito nets for a night spent beneath a canopy of a million stars.

    Guests have the choice of enjoying meals out at the hide, or retreating their after dinner at the lodge. Drinks, snacks, torches and spotlights to watch the game are all supplied – it a wonderful experience!

    This is Big Five country and you will enjoy game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Plan on missing the morning game drive at least once – the view and full English breakfast from your star bed is something not to be missed!

    Also, pack some walking shoes – guided walks are offered and provide an exciting alternative to game drives and a different perspective on the bush! And throw away your diet – Makanyane’s food is too good to resist!

    Stay: 3 nights at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

  • Days 5-12: Ibo Island Hopping Dhow Safari (in Mozambique)

    Today you will head back to Johannesburg, where you will connect with a flight to Pemba in Northern Mozambique. From here you will then embark on an adventure of a lifetime! This is when your Dhow safari begins.

    Catering for the discerning, this awe-inspiring journey is the perfect adventurous, in-depth and cultural holiday experience. For the privileged few who have had the unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty and freedom that this holiday provides, the feedback is always such that "this was our best holiday ever and one of the finest experiences we have had!"

    Stay: 7 nights at Isbo Island

    Just imagine exploring Mozambique’s bright blue coastline fringed by tropical islands under the expert leadership of a professional guide and local crew. Sail or Kayak up wide coastal river mouths teeming with red listed bird species and pristine mangrove forests. Snorkel off deserted white sandbanks and into turquoise sea, and sleep in mobile eco camps on uninhabited tropical islands. All mobile safaris end at the mystical and ancient Ibo Island which is zoned for World Heritage Status and is the head quarters of the Quirimbas National Park.

    The chef conjures up the freshest of seafood and traditional cuisine over an open fire under island stars leaving you free to explore, contemplate and relax. All mobile safaris include the mystical and ancient Ibo Island and the comfort and luxury of romantic Ibo Island Lodge.

    For you last morning you will enjoy a wonderful breakfast in the lodge before being transferred by light aircraft to Pemba International Airport for your onward flight home.

  • Take me there

    Prices from £3999 per person for 11 nights, including 3 nights at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, and 7 nights at Isbo Island. Includes: Luxury accommodation , all transfer, international flights, all meals, tea, coffee and cakes, house wines, local beers and spirits, soft drinks and mineral water, game drives, game walks, sleep-out in the hide under the stars, transfers to and from the Madikwe, use of Wi-Fi, laundry services, and emergency medical evacuation insurance. 
     
    Honeymooners will enjoy complimentary beauty treatments to the value of R1,000 and sparkling wine and a fruit basket on arrival. (Can be combined with all other offers).  Sparkling wine on ice and congratulations card in room on arrival at Ibo Island Lodge, Romantic turndowns, Three course private dinner for two and one traditional Ibo massage for the bride.

Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.

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Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.