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  • 3 nts Protea by Marriott Sea Point , Cape Town - Superior room - Breakfast
  • 3 nts Elandela, Kruger National Park - Standard Lake or River View Suite - Full board + 2 daily game drives
  • 1 nts Southern Sun O.R Tambo, Jo'burg & Pretoria - Standard room - Breakfast
  • 7 nts Tamassa - An all inclusive resort, Mauritius - Standard room - All inclusive
  • FREE half day cultural Port Louis & Shopping tour in Mauritius (Friday only)
  • Flights to Cape Town & Hoedspruit with South African Airways, onwards to Mauritius with Air Mauritius from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, shared transfers in South Africa & private in Mauritius and prepayable taxes.
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3 nts Protea by Marriott Sea Point , Cape Town

Superior room - Breakfast

This comfortable and stylish oasis is perfect for those wishing to experience the best of Cape Town in a tranquil beach house setting. The hotel is located close to Sea Point Promenade and the Atlantic Ocean, yet still within easy reach of the city centre and V&A Waterfront.

3 nts Elandela, Kruger National Park

Standard Lake or River View Suite - Full board + 2 daily game drives

Set on a private game sanctuary in Hoedspruit adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the location on the wildlife rich Klaserie River offers sweeping views of the nearby Blyde River Canyon and Drakensberg Mountains.

1 nts Southern Sun O.R Tambo, Jo'burg & Pretoria

Standard room - Breakfast

The stylish, comfortable Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport hotel is conveniently located directly adjacent to Johannesburg’s International Airport. A number of Johannesburg’s most important business facilities, commercial hubs, shopping centres and restaurants are found nearby.

7 nts Tamassa - An all inclusive resort, Mauritius

Standard room - All inclusive

Tamassa is a happy fusion of the contemporary and the traditional - a vibrant beach resort ideal for adventurous couples and young families alike

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Flights to Cape Town & Hoedspruit with South African Airways, onwards to Mauritius with Air Mauritius from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, shared transfers in South Africa & private in Mauritius and prepayable taxes.


Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.


3 nts Protea by Marriott Sea Point , Cape Town

Superior room - Breakfast

The Mother City is probably the most popular starting point for any visit to South Africa and so it should be! Regularly voted as one of the world's most beautiful cities Cape Town has it all – a fascinating mix of up-to-the-minute vibrancy, memorable history and culture along with spectacular natural beauty.

Brimming with diversity and history, the City Bowl is the heart of city and nestles between Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head. It's here that you'll find the Central Business District with its numerous shops and bars along with some residential suburbs, including Bo-Kaap, the picturesque area at Signal Hill known for its colourful houses and cobbled streets. To the west lies the Atlantic Seaboard which stretches from the V&A Waterfront to Llandudno with some of the hottest beaches in between, including trendy Camps Bay. Further south on the Cape Peninsula you'll find the leafy, affluent suburbs of Constantia and Newlands.

If you haven't hired a car, the city centre itself is compact enough to explore on foot or alternatively open-top bus tours are available, allowing you to hop on and off at various stops, allowing you to choose which attractions you want to explore.

The city's most famous attraction, Table Mountain, is also one of the world's most recognisable landmarks and no visit to Cape Town would be complete without a trip up the 360º rotating cable car to the top. Be warned that cloud cover can affect visibility and may even cause the cable car to be closed. During peak times, queues can be long, so be sure to make an early start! The V&A Waterfront is also a great place to spend time. Once a working port, it has been redeveloped into an exciting shopping and leisure hub with a comprehensive array of retail outlets from international brands to exclusive local boutiques, entertainment venues, world-class hotels and restaurants galore. It's also the main departure point for Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela, amongst others, was imprisoned for 18 years. Tours of the jail buildings are conducted by former political prisoners who tell stories of their experiences and lives since their release. Tours do fill up quickly, so we do recommend booking before you leave home to avoid missing out.

Other notable city sights include City Hall, built in 1905 it is one of the last Victorian-style sandstone structures and it was from the balcony of City Hall that Nelson Mandela addressed the world, following his release from prison. For a respite from city life, head for Company Gardens a public park, which contains a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond, aviary and tea garden. Alternatively, Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden is a heavenly national treasure set on the gentle slopes of Table Mountain and home to around 7,000 plant species. The city also has numerous fascinating museums including District Six Museum, Bo-Kaap Museum, Iziko Slave Lodge, The Springbok Experience and Cape Town Diamond Museum.

The Cape Peninsula is a superb day trip from Cape Town with stunning scenic drives over mountains and along the coast. Be sure to stop at Boulders Beach to visit the penguin colony as well as the naval town of Simon's Town, drop by the Constantia wine growing region and climb to the top of the cliff above the Cape of Good Hope at the southern-most tip to admire the Atlantic vistas.

Aside from the wonderful array of shops at the V&A Waterfront, other key shopping areas include Long Street and nearby Church Street in the Central Business District. There are also lots of different markets such as the City Bowl Market and Hout Bay's weekend market, while popular malls included Canal Walk, Cavendish Square and Lifestle on Kloof.

The city certainly comes alive at night offering a cosmopolitan atmosphere and mix of world-rated restaurants, vibrant music venues, impressive clubs, cutting-edge theatres, bars and township shebeens that promise a party that goes on and on! The cuisine on offer is as diverse as the people who make up this great city. There are numerous restaurants to try in the V&A Waterfront as well as Heritage Square, Greenmarket Square and St George's Mall.

However you spend your time in this wonderful city, you'll discover there are few places on earth as enchanting as Cape Town.

3 nts Elandela, Kruger National Park

Standard Lake or River View Suite - Full board + 2 daily game drives

The Kruger is arguably one of the finest game parks in the world with plentiful accommodation to suit all pockets, gourmet bush cuisine and exciting, adrenalin-pumping wildlife experiences. Your chances of seeing the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo - are high.

The Kruger Park offers some of the best game viewing in Africa with no fewer than 147 mammals and over 500 species of birds waiting for you. Most Kruger game lodges offer two game drives per day. These are usually offered early in the morning (before breakfast) and late afternoon, although exact times vary according to season. Game drives are always in open top four-wheel drive vehicles, with usually just six guests per vehicle, and are carried out by an experienced knowledgeable ranger. Some lodges also include bush walks or walking safaris.

Most Kruger lodges offer three meals a day and many have African 'bomas' (a traditional outdoor dining experience). Some lodges do not accept children and those that do may insist you pay extra for a private game drive if your children are under 7. Most lodges have no fences, so wildlife can be found inside the lodges' grounds. All lodges insist you are escorted by a member of staff after dark.

1 nts Southern Sun O.R Tambo, Jo'burg & Pretoria

Standard room - Breakfast

While Gauteng may geographically be South Africa's smallest province it is an urban playground of note with the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Johannesburg is South Africa's largest city as well as the financial and commercial heart of the country, while Pretoria is the administrative capital which is both a showpiece of South Africa's sad and controversial past, and of its vibrant new life.

Built on the discovery of gold in 1886, Jo'burg, as it is commonly known, has worked hard over recent years to reinvent itself and is rapidly changing. Visitors are now discovering a beautiful city centre dominated by Victorian and Edwardian colonial architecture, modern skyscrapers, exclusive boutiques, opulent shopping centres, vibrant pavement cafes and entertainment complexes. Art galleries and museums can be found in the cultural districts of Newtown and Braamfontein, while the inner city is becoming a tourist gem.

Change has yet to reach all areas though and some contrasts still exist, most notably between the upmarket neighbourhoods, such as Rosebank, Melrose Arch, Hyde Park and Sandton, and the townships. Soweto, the most renowned of the townships, was brought to prominence during the anti-apartheid uprisings of the 1970s and eye-opening tours give visitors a view of everyday life.

To gain a perspective on the history of South Africa, visit the Apartheid Museum for a fascinating if not disturbing record of South Africa's recent turbulent past. There's also the impressive Constitutional Court, the protector of basic human rights and freedom. While both recapture the darker aspects of South African history, they also conclude with a positive affirmation of new beginnings.

Just an hour outside Johannesburg and well worth a visit, is the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site known for its unique wealth of fossil-bearing caves which contain a superbly preserved record of the stages in the evolution of humankind over the past four million years.

Pretoria is just a short drive north of Johannesburg and while the country's administrative capital is decidedly less urbane, it is somewhat grander with numerous stately buildings, attractive museums, leafy suburbs and jacaranda-lined streets. Statues, monuments and landmarks commemorate the country's history and the most famous is the crescent-shaped Union Buildings. It was here, in 1994, where Nelson Mandela took office as President. Just outside the central business district is the Transvaal Museum, the country's leading natural history museum.

However, Pretoria is not all about the past. It is a modern and growing city with first-rate shopping, beautiful parks and gardens, top restaurants and a lively arts community.

7 nts Tamassa - An all inclusive resort, Mauritius

Standard room - All inclusive

This spectacular island of white sand beaches, sugar cane fields, sparkling lagoons, verdant forests and volcanic hills fulfils every dream you've ever had about a tropical escape. Add to this some of the world's finest hotels, a colourful mix of culture and tradition, superb climate, delicious local cuisine and Mauritius has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday.

The north has the greatest concentration of beaches and includes vibrant Grand Baie. The resort's sheltered emerald waters ensure watersport enthusiasts will find plenty of options, including sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing. It's also the departure point for deep sea fishing trips and boat excursions to nearby islands including Flat Island, Round Island and Serpent Island. Grand Baie also has a great selection of shops and restaurants and is known for its nightlife as it has the island's best bars and nightclubs.

Close by is the sleepier village of Grand Gaube which has small bays and rocky headlands forming a stunning coastline. Turtle Bay, on the northwest, has an idyllic white sand beach surrounded by a coral reef which is home to turtles and numerous brightly coloured fish, so ideal for snorkelling and diving.

The east coast is famous for its irresistible stretch of pristine beaches, none more so than Belle Mare whose seemingly endless powdery sands are fringed on one side by shady casuarina trees and edged by the lagoon on the other. All manner of land and water activities can be found, for those so inclined, including golf, tennis, parasailing, snorkelling and glass-bottom boat safaris. There's not really a shopping scene at Belle Mare, but visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, with several bars and restaurants within the luxury hotels bordering the beach. Offshore is the stunning island of Ile aux Cerfs, which is reputedly home to the most beautiful beach in Mauritius and makes for a great day trip.

Close to the historical village of Mahebourg on the south east coast is where Preskil Beach Resort enjoys an idyllic setting on a natural private peninsula, with views across to L'ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve and nearby marine park of Blue Bay, which has the island's best underwater scenery and is an ideal place to snorkel.

Bel Ombre on the southwest is Mauritius at its authentic best. Scenery is certainly a highlight here with the glorious sandy beaches resting in the shade of coconut trees and mountain foothills while sugar plantations point to the colonial past. Nature lovers may wish to visit the nearby Black River Gorges National Park, famous for its waterfalls, vistas and rare forest. Hikes are available that take you into the heart of the indigenous forest, which is home to over 300 species of native and endemic flowering plants and nine rare bird species.

Once a small west coast fishing village, Flic en Flac has grown into one of the hottest beach resorts in Mauritius. The long beautiful white sand beach is protected by a lagoon that makes it perfect for swimming and watersports, plus there are some great dive sites too, including caves and wrecks. There are plenty of little souvenir shops and stalls along the beach, a large selection of restaurants, a number of popular bars and even a casino.

Port Louis, the island's capital, is well worth a visit. Stroll around the many well-preserved historic and colonial buildings, enjoy the buzz of the bustling markets and don't miss Pamplemousse Botanic Gardens, now officially called Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, which lie just outside the city. Regarded as one of the best botanical gardens in the world, there are more than 650 species of exotic flowers to be seen.

To experience the picture-postcard perfection of this gorgeous island, let Premier Holidays create the perfect Mauritius holiday for you…

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