Safari and beach vacations give you the best of adventure and relaxation in one getaway. Seek out animals in their natural environment, then spend a few days soaking up the sun’s rays on these two distinct journeys.

The word safari, originally from Arabic word safar, meaning a journey, first started popping up in the English language at the end of the 1850’s thanks to explorer Richard Francis Burton. And while it once was associated with big game hunts, today, it has come to be more of an expedition to observe animals in their natural habitat.

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This week our newsletter is all about journeys that combine both classic and unexpected safaris with tropical beach getaways on dreamy destinations in the Indian Ocean. Here we’re highlighting two journeys – one classic sand and safari journey to South Africa and Mauritius, and one a bit unexpected – to Madagascar.

Classic Safari and Beach Vacations to South Africa and Mauritius

Take in the best of the bush and the beach on our Southern African Romance journey to South Africa and Mauritius. It combines a stay in cosmopolitan Cape Town, four days in the bush, and five days of relaxing on the sandy beaches of Mauritius.

Your safari in search of the Big 5 takes place within the famed Kruger National Park. the specific concession is best known for a pride of mountain-dwelling lions and a dense population of animals big and small. Accommodations are at the incredibly chic and award-winning Singita Lebombo Lodge. It’s got spectacular views of the N’wanetsi River and the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in 15 loft-style suites.

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After your days spent in the bush, you’ll fly to the beaches of the Oberoi Mauritius. The idyllic island of Mauritius offers unspoiled beaches and azure waters ripe for exploring by way of scuba diving, snorkeling, and so much more for the ultimate tropical escape.

Unexpected Safari and Beach Vacations to Madagascar

Take a safari unlike any other to Madagascar in search of the country’s iconic lemurs followed by five days of tropical paradise on the island of Tsarabanjina.

You’ll have a chance to spot some of the country’s rarest lemurs like the popular Indri Indri, known for its loud and haunting calls, and 11 other species of lemurs living in the Analamazaotra Reserve on excursions through area.

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Explore the Mandrare River and surrounding Spiny and Gallery Forests, some of the most pristine in the country. The Spiny Forest is home to an abundance of unique wildlife, some of the rarest specimens in the world, and the ornate ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy Tribe.

Conclude your unique safari journey with four days of island paradise on Tsarabanjina off the coast of Nosy Be. The small volcanic island is but a speck in the Indian Ocean. Soak in the extravagance of the Constance Tsarabanjina, delighting in sumptuous seafood, and exploring the underwater biodiversity of the Mitsio coral reefs.

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Classic Kenya and Tanzania Safaris with Easy Beach Add-Ons

The Mara-Serengeti ecosystem spanning across the border of Kenya and Tanzania is possibly one of the world’s foremost places for safari adventures. Before a Kenya safari, consider spending your days in the waves surrounding Seychelles – our Safari and Beach suggested itinerary balances beach luxury and wildlife wonder. In Tanzania, you can end your safari campaign just east of the coast on Zanzibar’s island playground. See Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, and the Selous on our private journey before retreating to the white sand beaches of Zanzibar.

For more information about safari and beach vacations that combine the best of the bush and sand, contact your Luxury Travel Consultant. And if you aren’t already, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to see more travel inspiration for journeys and excursions all over the world.

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