Ultimate Luxury Bucket List South Africa and Mauritius
Travel 11 Jan 2022 - 12 Apr 2022
Book by 30 Jun 2021
Saving £645 per person
- 3 nights Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town - Luxury room with breakfast
- 1 nights Capital on the Park, Jo'burg & Pretoria - Standard room with breakfast
- 6 nights Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, Mauritius - Luxury suite pool villa Half board
- All inclusive on the Blue Train and at Safari Plains
- Flights to Cape Town via Dubai, onwards to Mauritius and return home via Dubai with Emirates , accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes. Selected Tuesdays.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
Luxury room with breakfast
Just a short drive from the centre of cosmopolitan Cape Town, this luxury boutique hotel is surrounded by the Table Mountain National Park.
Standard room with breakfast
The Capital On The Park is a modern cosmopolitan hotel, perfect for a visit to the richest square mile in Africa. Luxury and executive convenience will surround you in the hotel, from a chance to enjoy the indoor golf practice range, the heated pool and a spa with saunas as well as an exclusive range of gym classes, a Technogym and a convenience store.
Luxury suite pool villa Half board
This idyllic all villa luxury hideaway resort is spread over 27 acres overlooking the serene blue waters of Tamarin Bay.
Flights to Cape Town via Dubai, onwards to Mauritius and return home via Dubai with Emirates , accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes. Selected Tuesdays.
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £150, Birmingham from £30, Glasgow from £70. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
Luxury room with 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.
Deluxe cabin All inclusive
Deluxe All inclusive
Standard room with 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.
The largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is a booming, happening city with an infectious energy and vibrancy. Jo’burg has grown rapidly since the discovery of gold in 1886 and is today Africa’s richest metropolis. Along with a diverse cultural life, some fantastic shopping, restaurants and nightlife, Johannesburg has many notable landmarks and attractions.
An absolute must-see is the fascinating Apartheid Museum, which graphically charts the chilling era of segregation and oppression. Overlooking the city, Constitution Hill is home of the architectural marvel, Constitutional Court, as well as important heritage buildings such as the Old Fort museum and Women’s Gaol museum.
The precinct of Newtown is the heart of Johannesburg’s cultural landscape and brims with trendy coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, craft workshops, nightclubs, threatres and museums.For a journey into the soul of the fight for freedom, be sure to visit the famous township of Soweto. More of a city than a township, Soweto is a sprawling area where you can see the many milestones of South Africa’s turbulent history, including the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
For a change of scene head to the smaller and more relaxed city of Pretoria, which is the country’s administrative capital. Whilst not as dynamic as Jo’burg, it has a rich heritage with stately buildings, good museums and pretty jacaranda-lined streets.
Be sure to visit the imposing Union Buildings, a crescent-shaped complex where thousands gathered in 1994 to see Nelson Mandela inaugurated as South African president.
High on a hilltop south of the city centre is the Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the epic exodus of Boers from the Cape into the interior. Nearby Freedom Park traces the story of South Africa’s liberation and encompasses a series of poignant memorials and an impressive museum.
Luxury suite pool villa Half board
Bewitching Mauritius ticks all the boxes for a tropical escape with dazzling beaches, sparkling lagoons, lush forests and volcanic hills. If that’s not enough to get you packing, there are some surprisingly affordable luxury hotels, fascinating culture, a superb climate and tantalising cuisine all wrapped up with laid-back Creole charm.
For those who seek nothing more than sun, sand and sea there are fabulous beaches island-wide. The greatest concentration are in the north and include the sheltered waters of lively Grand Baie. Watersport enthusiasts will find plenty of options, including sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing and Grand Baie is also the departure point for deep sea fishing trips and boat excursions to nearby islands including Flat Island, Round Island and Serpent Island. There are a great selection of shops and restaurants along with 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.
For honeymooners, Mauritius offers both the Honey and the Moon. Honey represents the pampering, the cocktails, the fine dining during sunset, whereas The Moon represents the adventure, the exploring and the embracing of the outdoors and the culture.