Will this year’s family holiday be a safari or a beach break in paradise? Well, if you combine Kenya’s Masai Mara or South Africa’s Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve with an island retreat in the Seychelles, you don’t have to compromise. You can do both, and do it in style. There are five direct flights a week from Johannesburg to Mahé, and a further four direct flights from Nairobi, so we can create a convenient itinerary for you which makes the most of your time in both your chosen destinations.
The Seychelles separated from Madagascar and the rest of the African continent around 90 million years ago, so its plants, birds, and animals (mostly reptiles) have taken quite different evolutionary paths. For large plains game, and the greatest wildlife migration on Earth, you can do no better than Elephant Pepper Camp is in the Mara North Conservancy, one of only four gold eco-rated camps in the Maasai Mara. Here there are substantial populations of lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, and gazelle. These creatures make quite a contrast to those you’ll find in the Seychelles, such as the Aldabra giant tortoise, the vast seabird colonies, and the freshwater crab.
Combining South Africa and the Seychelles there are endless possibilities. In South Africa you might drive the Garden Route through the vineyards and historic towns, go whale watching off the Cape, take a family friendly safari in a malaria free reserve, or tour the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. You can then hop on a flight in Johannesburg, and be in Mahé as little as five hours later. Once in the Seychelles, head to the coast for diving, snorkelling, and other watersports, explore the lush coconut plantations on foot or by mountain bike, hunt for coco de mer, or simply relax on a beach.