4 nights Cape Town | 1 night Stellenbosch | 3 nights Thornybush | 1 night White River | 1 night Johannesburg | 5 nights Mauritius
Arturo contacted Pembury Tours in March 2018. He was planning his honeymoon with Miriam and needed some assistance with the arrangements. The couple told me the potential destinations which they were interested in. These included Cape Town, Cape Winelands and Kruger. Besides the destinations, the couple advised me of their budget for the honeymoon. With the information I had, I suggested a self-drive during their stay in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands as this would keep the cost down, especially since Arturo and Miriam were looking into adding Mauritius into the Itinerary. Arturo and Miriam reviewed the first itinerary I sent them and after reviewing this, the couple decided to add Mauritius into their Honeymoon plans! I put together the updated itinerary which suited the client’s budget as well the destinations they wished to visit. During the next few months, Arturo and I worked together to add any suggested activities onto the itinerary. The Honeymoon had finally arrived! All went smoothly and the couple had an amazing time touring Southern Africa & Mauritius.
- Cape Town City Touring
- Thornybush Game Reserve
- Mpumalanga Lowveld
- Mauritian Culture & Cuisine
- Cape Winelands Tours & Tastings
- Big Five Game Drives
- Panorama Route Tour
- Mauritian Beach Activities
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you are met by our representative who will hand over your travel documents and assist you to the Europcar Rental Depot.
You collect your rental vehicle and make your way to your hotel along the Seapoint Promenade for your four night stay. Upon arrival at your hotel, there is time to settle in and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Driving time – Cape Town International Airport to La Splendida: approx. 35 minutes
Welcome to Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north.
The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil’s Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, vleis and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn.
The Mother City boasts a multitude of entertainment, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures in the sun to a roaring night life under neon signs. The vast range of shopping opportunities includes haggling with shop holders at Greenmarket Square Flea Market, as well as breezing through sophisticated and stylish shopping malls. The huge variety of restaurants reflects the multicultural history of the Cape and caters for everyone’s taste, from fast-food outlets and casual to the chic to the very elegant.
The city provides a setting for many scenic wonders, magnificent seascapes and panoramic vistas. The beautiful coastal areas of Camps Bay, Clifton, Llandudno, Bantry Bay, Hout Bay and Blouberg surround the breath-taking tranquillity of the winelands, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.
This morning, you make your way to the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys and verdant vineyards. After a full day of exploring the various wine routes and enjoying wine tastings along the way, you make your way to your accommodation in the town of Stellenbosch for your one night stay.
South African wine has a proud history dating back to 1659, when the first wine recorded in South Africa was produced by the founder of the Cape, Jan van Riebeeck. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa. By the time of Napoleon, wine produced by Constantia, a vineyard near Cape Town, was considered by Europeans to be one of the greatest wines in the world. Anti-apartheid sanctions hit the wine industry hard, but since independence in 1994, access to international markets has unleashed a burst of new energy and new investment, and South African wines are once again winning awards across the world.
Each wine route has a wide range of wine estates and wineries: ranging from historical to avant garde and from garagiste to large scale producers. Many of the wine estates offer informative guided wine-tastings to the public as well as cellar tours or tours of the vineyards. Some of them also make cheese, chocolate and olive oil and offer tastings of these products alongside their wines. Many of them have on-site restaurants offering food that ranges from gastronomical delights to picnic hampers to enjoy under the oak trees.
Driving time – Cape Town to Stellenbosch: approx. 50 minutes (excluding stops)
This morning you enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you make your way to Cape Town International Airport for your direct flight to Hoedspruit.
Upon arrival in Hoedspruit Airport, you are met by our safari representative and transferred to your game lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve for your three night stay. There is time to settle into your lodge before departing on your first afternoon game drive in the Thornybush Game Reserve.
Driving time – Stellenbosch to Cape Town International Airport: approx. 50 minutes
Flight time – Cape Town to Hoedspruit: approx. 2½ hours
Transfer time – Hoedspruit to Thornybush Game Reserve: approx. 2 hours
Africa is the heartbeat of our planet, hailed as the origin of mankind. Its contrast of breath-taking beauty and brutal survival fascinates us and we are drawn to the bush almost in response to a primordial call. Sunset over the African bush defies description – the majestic vistas fill you with a sense of peace as you witness the splendour of nature. Thornybush Game Reserve is situated on 14,000 hectares of Big Five territory adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It shares a fenceless border with the equally famous Timbavati Game Reserve, so Thornybush is prime big game habitat: open savannah woodland with patches of tangled thicket and thorny scrub. Game viewing in the reserve ranks as some of the best in Southern Africa and visitors to Thornybush are virtually guaranteed the Big 5 within a day or two. It is not for nothing that Animal Planet chooses to film wildlife documentaries at Thornybush!
You will head out on dawn and late afternoon game drives in the company of dedicated and highly knowledgeable rangers and trackers. The fact that Thornybush is a private Kruger reserve means that guests can enjoy activities not normally permitted in the Kruger Park itself. Your ranger will go off road for close-up views of special sightings and once darkness falls, you’ll be treated to thrilling spot-lit night drives in search of rare nocturnal creatures and big cats on the move. Guided nature walks complete the spectrum of safari activities
After your morning game drive and brunch, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are met by your driver and transferred by road to your country manor just outside the quaint town of White River. Upon arrival at your country manor, you have time to settle in and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Transfer time – Thornybush Game Reserve to White River: approx. 2 ½ hours
This morning you enjoy a hearty breakfast in the gardens of your country manor. You are met by your driver and taken on a full day Panorama Route Tour before you are transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for your direct flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you make your way to your airport hotel for your one night stay.
Transfer time – White River to Nelspruit Airport (KMIA): approx. 15 minutes
Walking time – OR Tambo International Airport to OR Tambo City Lodge: 5 minutes
This morning is an early start. After an early breakfast, you make your way through the airport to the Check In counter. You will follow the signs indicating “Check In B” or “Boarding Gates B” to reach the SAA Check In Counters. Once you have checked in for your flight to Mauritius, you make your way to the International Departures Terminal Boarding Gate A for your direct flight to Mauritius.
Upon arrival in Mauritius, you are met by our Victoria Beachcomber Resort representative and transferred to your resort in the Northern part of the Island for your five night stay. Once you have arrived at your resort, there is time to check in and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Walking time – OR Tambo City Lodge to OR Tambo International Airport: 5 minutes
Flight time – Johannesburg to Mauritius: approx. 4 hours
Transfer time – Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport to Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa: approx. 1 hour
In the heart of the Indian Ocean, 800 km to the east of Madagascar, lies the crown jewel of the Indian Ocean – the majestic island of Mauritius. Mauritius is surrounded by shimmering lagoons fringed by golden beaches. It is a haven where lush vegetation blends into the cobalt blue of the ocean.
Today, the diversity of its population brings a new dimension to the spectacular scenery of the island. The traveller will not only experience the legends of India, but also the subtle shades of China. Discover a small piece of Africa, whilst still benefiting from European-style living. The official language is English but almost everyone speaks French and Mauritian Creole, a very colourful dialect. The different cultures and religions co-exist in harmony. This results in numerous religious festivals, varied cooking, and bright displays of different dress.
This morning you are treated to your final breakfast at your resort. You bid farewell to the jewel of the Indian Ocean, you are met and transferred by your resort representative to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport for your direct flight to Johannesburg.
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you make your way to the International departures terminal where you connect your flight to London.
Transfer time – Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport: approx. 1 hour
Cape Town: La Splendida
This chic art-deco-inspired hotel is ideally situated on the bustling Mouille Point promenade – Cape Town’s own “platinum mile”, minutes away from the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Seaboard’s happening beaches and bars as well as the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Stroll along the seafront promenade in front of the hotel or just soak up the sun’s rays from the comfort of your room. This iconic hotel on Cape Town’s “platinum mile” offers 24 rooms and suites, as well as the popular Sotano restaurant.
The rooms at La Splendida Hotel all offer majestic views of either the Atlantic Ocean or the newly developed Golf Course, Cape Town Stadium and Table Mountain. All rooms are non-smoking. Whether sea or mountain facing, each fully-equipped luxury room contains everything you need to make your visit a pleasant and comfortable one. La Splendida is graded 3-star.
Inspired by its seaside location, Sotano’s menu enjoys a distinctly Mediterranean influence. Sotano has fast become popular with the summer sundowner set. Its light and breezy ocean-side atmosphere, Mediterranean styled menu plus clear view of the Mouille Point Lighthouse and Atlantic beyond, makes Sotano a venue that’s hard to beat.
Stellenbosch: Oude Werf Hotel
Oude Werf Hotel is situated in the historic heart of Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. This intimate historic hotel blends contemporary comfort and period-inspired ambiance with the same warm, personal care they have offered guests for two centuries as South Africa’s oldest continuously-operating hotel.
Oude Werf has 58 rooms in three luxury styles, set across the hotel property. Most are centered on around the poolside gardens or in the historic inn-house. Most above-ground rooms have lift access, and some adjacent rooms are interleading so they are family-friendly. All rooms have been extensively renovated or are newly built, incorporating the latest interior fittings, an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, WiFi, optional mini bar, complimentary tea/coffee making facility, complimentary bottled water, dressing gowns, remote control satellite colour television, hairdryer, wall safe, international electrical sockets and 24-hour room service.
Superior rooms overlook the shady central garden, or quiet, vine-covered courtyard. These light, open-plan style rooms offer a bedroom and luxury en suite with shower only. Contemporary styling and ultra-modern fixtures are combined with subtle period-inspired details. Superior Plus Rooms are slightly more spacious and enjoy airy views of the quiet central gardens or courtyard. Open plan-style layouts feature bedrooms with separate en suite bath and shower. 21st Century comforts are beautifully blended with soft tones, textures and unique historic styling inspirations. Deluxe rooms are found in the original, inn-house building and have generously spacious interiors that include large deluxe en suites with free-standing baths and separate showers. These, roomy high-ceiling interiors are favoured for their rich colouring and period-styled furnishings that echo some of the Hotel’s early history. Chef Albert van der Loo explores the region’s many flavours and vintages at a splendid new restaurant with in-situ kitchen, fireside interior and vine-covered courtyard – just off the poolside bar/coffee lounge and the famous ‘voorstoep’ on Church Street. The restaurant offers breakfast, dinner, lunch and high tea. This is ‘Wine Country’ and the selection of wines at Oude Wert is always one of the latest and best, featuring top names from some of this world-famous wine region. The wine list offers styles from classic, award-winning vintages to innovative, easy-drinking favourites.
Oude Werf’s ‘Living Green’ ethos applies environmental, sustainability and resource-saving practices throughout the Hotel.
Thornybush Game Reserve: N’Kaya Game Lodge
Ideal for a quiet, peaceful safari, the lodge offers the kind of grace and comfort to put one’s mind at ease and appreciate timeless African days.
Lions roar in the distance as thirsty elephants come to drink from the watering holes, and N’Kaya is situated so as to expose visitors to the very best of these encounters. On a hilltop and under the shade of whispering trees, the lodge has monumental views of the surrounding savannah that carpets the exalted Drakensberg mountain range. With a near perfect year-round climate, the park provides lucrative game and night drives, as well as bush explorations on foot.
Enchanting moments are spent in the luxury of 4 thatched double suites, each with private lounges and twin en-suite conveniences. Amani African Spa offers wellbeing for the body and mind. The chalets are built around a pool area and close to superb bar, dining, and lounge facilities, with an outside boma area for star-filled dining.
Mpumalanga Lowveld – White River: Nut Grove Manor
Nut Grove Manor welcomes you with a fairytale ambience combining classic elegance with modern comforts. The manor is nestled in the heart of White River, on a 2.3 hectare farm on the outskirts of White River. The original farm house was built in 1924 and bears testimony to the area’s colonial history. The surrounding nut plantations and pasture create a charming country setting, although the property is conveniently close to shopping centers and quality amenities.
The suites are all beautifully appointed with spacious en-suite bathrooms and selection of quality guest amenities. Good quality bath sheets, bath towels, hand towels, face cloths and bath mats are provided, as is a hairdryer. The bedrooms include an extra-long king size bed, covered with luxurious crisp linen. The lounge areas feature couches, coffee tables and a selection of interesting travel, wildlife and décor magazines fill the occasional empty moments. Besides that, there is a television in the room with a wide selection of channels.
The newly opened Grove Restaurant offers a sophisticated cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Situated along the canal that runs through the property, the restaurant provides breathtaking views of the surrounding gardens and landscape. Whether seated on the outside deck area or inside, both guarantee for an intimate dining experience. The Chefs’ passion for cooking is evident in his food prepared, offering a daily table d’hôte menu that will have you coming back of seconds.
Johannesburg: OR Tambo City Lodge
Based at Africa’s busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travellers with “home away from home” accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport.
The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop. There is a sociable bar where you can while away an evening. The 303 spacious air-conditioned rooms have either queen or twin beds and en-suite bathrooms.
OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether it’s a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport’s facilities have everything you need.
Mauritius: Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa
Breathtakingly beautiful public areas are one of the exceptional features that define this resort. Another is the fresh feel, clean lines and modern design of the lobby, lounge, bar and restaurant areas. There’s no way of guessing the kinds of visitors who specifically prefer Victoria, because it quickly becomes the number one resort for every kind of guest, be it they families, honeymooners or conference-goers.
The rooms are among the largest and most stylish in the 4-star category on the island. The rooms are divided into ground floor rooms, first floor rooms and second floor room. Each room offers a large sleeping area together with adjacent sitting area, air-conditioning, TV with selected channels, mini bar, furnished balcony and en-suite bathroom with double basins, separate bath, shower and toilet.
Aside from the chic design of the lobby, you can stand in the entrance of the resort and gaze out over the pool and across to the sea as it stretches into a golden horizon.
Sunsets are spectacular in Mauritius. At Victoria, they’re mesmerising. This resort has particularly excellent facilities for honeymoon couples with three restaurants that ensure culinary variety with every dining experience.
SUGGESTED Cape Town: V&A Waterfront, Robben Island & Two Oceans Aquarium
Spend time today at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You can take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony. You could also visit the Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, which is highly recommended for the insight it gives into life in the two oceans off the southern tip of Africa – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean. The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s trendiest shopping precinct and is full of great restaurants and bars. If the weather was inclement on the first day, take the opportunity to go up Table Mountain today.
SUGGESTED Cape Town: Self Drive Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour
You can self-drive this city tour of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You will visit the historic Castle and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful mosques. You will also visit District Six, site of forced removals during the Apartheid era. You view the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall and the Slave Lodge and will enjoy a walk through the Company Gardens. Weather-permitting, you will ride the cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy the view over Cape Town and across Table Bay to Robben Island. If the weather is inclement, you will be taken on a scenic drive up Signal Hill.
SUGGESTED Cape Town: Self-Drive Cape Peninsula Tour
You depart your hotel take a drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. We continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Looking at this dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives one an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. We then follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. We also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring us back to the city bowl in the late afternoon.
SUGGESTED Cape Town: Additional Activities
Sailing in Table Bay:
A Sailing Cruise to no-where across the bay and back on either Esperance or Spirit of Africa. Depending on the wind, either to Milnerton and back in the South East Wind (Summer) or to Robben Island in a North West Wind (Winter). The Skippers pick the most comfortable course, normally a beam reach.
Sea kayaking is about exploring the coast and experiencing marine life from a small, yet safe and stable craft. Seeing the whiskers on a seal, hearing a dolphin blow, feeling your skin tingle when a whale surfaces close by is what sea kayaking is all about. Trips run from Simon’s Town and Mouille Point, which offer relaxing paddling with spectacular views of the penguins, Signal Hill, Lions Head and Table Mountain. There is always the chance that seals, penguins, dolphins and even the odd whale will visit you on route.
You begin with a warm- up ride on the tar along Table Mountain road, then go off-road along a dirt track and up to the King’s Block House for sweeping views across the city and the Southern Suburbs. You then cycle downhill to the imposing Rhodes Memorial, where you can choose to enjoy some refreshments in the beautifully situated tea garden, before heading back via Deer Park with some exhilarating downhills and a few challenging climbs back to the bus – suitable for beginners & experienced riders.
Sunset Horse Ride:
The Sunset Horse Rides take place on the spectacular Noordhoek beach where you will have the opportunity to canter along as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. Noordhoek is situated below the Southern Slopes of Chapman’s Peak Drive and is Cape Town’s rural treasure with a farm atmosphere. It is famed for its long white sandy beach, ideal for horse riding. You pass through wetlands with indigenous bird life, then over the dunes and onto the beach where you can visit the Kakapo Shipwreck. The horses are superbly schooled and very rider friendly. Novice and experienced riders are equally welcome.
Surf lessons are conducted at a beach break with perfect waves for beginners and intermediates. The instructors have many years of surfing experience and have helped hundreds of learners find their feet. They also include a lesson on ocean awareness. Lessons take place at Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg Beach or at Big Bay, Blouberg Strand, depending on where the best surf is to be found on the day.
Table Mountain Abseiling:
A thrilling experience of adrenaline and achievement: a 112-metre controlled descent off Cape Town’s magnificent Table Mountain. Step off the top, at 1000 metres above sea level, and rappel into pure vertical space. This is the world’s highest commercial abseil. You are surrounded by awesome views and the deep blue Atlantic at your feet. You can link this activity with a Table Mountain Hike or use the Cable-Way to get to the starting point. No experience is required for this great adventure.
This is an exhilarating, easy-to-learn adventure activity, similar to snowboarding. Sandboarding takes place in the stunning nature reserve at Atlantis (approx. 40 minutes from Cape Town Central). This idyllic location, often used by the film industry, offers incredibly white sand dunes and unique views of Table Mountain and the City. The tour includes a full sandboarding lesson, teaching you how to control, brake and turn. You will be instructed and guided for the entire duration of the activity to ensure a safe and fun-filled time. Includes: all sandboarding equipment, expert instructors, permits, and transport to and from the sand dunes location.
Paragliding off Lion’s Head:
Cape Town is one of the most spectacular places in the world to paraglide. Lion’s Head is the site that they fly from most commonly because of its location and the stunning views of Table Mountain and the Cape Town area. However, there are many flying sites in the area including Signal Hill, Sir Lowry’s Pass (just past Somerset West), Franschoek and Hermanus. Tandem paragliding instructional flights are a great way of getting into paragliding or just experiencing the joy of free flight. Flights last anything from 10-30mins. As a tandem paragliding passenger you do not require any previous knowledge of paragliding at all. The pilot will brief you on takeoff and landing shortly before your flight. Take-offs are easy (just a few steps usually) and landings are soft (most often they land on large grassy fields with no obstacles or dangers.
Cape Winelands: Full Day Private Winelands Tour or Self Drive
Take a drive through the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. You can stop for wine tastings at wineries and estates along the way and you will have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. You can visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” and South Africa’s second oldest town. A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes you to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Thornybush Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at N’kaya Game Lodge
Thornybush Game Lodges offer unique exclusive safari experiences in both open Land Rovers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the “Big Five”, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.
The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After your early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck overlooking the riverbed. Shortly after, you depart in your open Land Rover with your experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. After an exhilarating hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, and tracking down whatever you find, you will stop somewhere out in the bush for a break of coffee & tea. After a sumptuous breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker. Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail. The local Shangaan trackers will enthral you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.
The rest of the day is spent at the discretion of the guest for other activities that we offer, with a delicious lunch being served. The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight. Upon returning for a gourmet 3 course dinner, either in the boma, bush or lodge – guests can socialize with a cognac, single malt or cigar around the campfire or lounge before returning to bed for another day’s adventure.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Mpumalanga Lowveld: Guided Panorama Route Tour
The Panorama Route in Mpumalanga has breathtaking vistas around every mountain corner, waterfalls plunging down faces of sheer rock, memories of the gold rush and an endless river canyon.One breathtaking view after another – that’s South Africa’s famous Panorama Route, where you’ll experience mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon, one of the world’s largest canyons.
Scenic landmarks with evocative names like God’s Window, Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels beckon. The Blyde River Canyon’s lush subtropical foliage makes it the world’s largest ‘green canyon’, thread your way along the cliff tops 800m above the Blyde River Canyon, and at God’s Window, be sure to walk in the thick, indigenous mist forest that’s often among the clouds.
There are several beautiful waterfalls on the Panorama Route; The Lisbon Falls is 94 metres (308 ft) high. The Berlin Falls is on the Sabine River and falls 80 metres (260 ft), pouring into a circular basin flanked by red cliffs. The falls have the shape of a candle, with the first short drop forming the wick, and the remaining, broader drop being the candle body. The Mac Mac Falls are 70 meters (229 ft) and is situated near the site where payable quantities of gold were first found in 1873. The diggings became known as Mac-Mac because of large number of Scottish diggers at the camp.
The gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest gives you the chance to relive the 1873 gold rush in surroundings of unparalleled beauty. You can even try your hand at panning for gold.
Mauritius: Cultural Tours & Shopping Experiences
Culture in Mauritius:
Mauritius has a diverse cultural history, here are some of the best sites to explore:
L’Aventure du Sucre:
Travel back in time and visit this fully restored sugarcane factory. Explore the intriguing world of sugar production and how central it is to the island’s culture.
Casela Bird Park:
No trip to an exotic island would be complete without marveling at its bird life. More than 2 500 birds, of 140 species, inhabit the Casela Bird Park. Among the specimens from five continents, the Mauritian pink pigeon is one of the rarest birds in the world. Choose a quad or a Segway to travel around the park on a guided excursion.
A colossal collection of indigenous and exotic plants, particularly the talipot palm, which blooms once in its 60-year lifetime – the Pamplemousses Gardens are a must.
Port Louis is the bustling capital of Mauritius, bursting with a colourful history and a soulful character. Port Louis reflects the cosmopolitan population that is Mauritius, with fantastic markets that exude the aroma of exotic spices and offer all sorts of treasures. For more high-end and designer finds, visit the Caudan Waterfront.
Experience the very best of Mauritian hospitality at this table d’hôte, and taste the lively and vibrant flavours of genuine, homemade Creole cuisine.
Mauritius is so much more than a tropical beach holiday destination. Aside from its magnificent coastlines, ash-white beach sand and never-ending Sapphire Ocean, the island is also a rich cultural hub of history, landmarks and tradition. You can discover the multi-faceted island of Mauritius, because all Beachcomber Resorts facilitate excursions and trips around Mauritius in signature Beachcomber style and luxury.
SUGGESTED Mauritius: Adventure Activities
If you can tear yourself away from the beach to explore the island of Mauritius, you’re in for the adventure of a lifetime. Connect to the raw wonders of nature and discover secrets in deep ravines and towering volcanic peaks.
Join a tour at Eau Bleue Waterfalls for abseiling, mountain bike riding and kayaking. Hop on a ‘big cat’ for a day-cruise to the islands off the north of Mauritius, east to Ile aux Cerfs or west from Rivière Noire to Ile aux Bénitiers.
Indulge your spirit of adventure with quad biking expeditions in the lush hilltop greenery of Valriche to the south-west. True to Beachcomber style, smart two-seater quad bikes are perfect for an adrenaline-filled ride through the lush vegetation, over rivers and through streams at an exhilarating speed.
SUGGESTED Mauritius: Victoria Beachcomber Resort – Dining Experiences
Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa offer a variety of different restaurants for you to enjoy. These include:
This brand new restaurant will guarantee spectacular views of the beach, the sea, and the sunset to its adults-only audience at breakfast and dinner each day. Continental breakfast is available here each morning while steaks and grills are the speciality for dinner. Dress code is casual and ‘elegant-barefoot’.
Le Superbe Restaurant:
This is the main restaurant of Victoria and divided into separate sections for a more intimate atmosphere. Live cooking is a big attraction at Le Superbe, which, as the name suggests, results in superb local and international cuisine. Autour du Monde (Tour of the World) perfectly describes the global selection of food on offer here. Tables are arranged to create a romantic pool and beachside ambience. Children will feel very grown-up in their own area of the restaurant, which has been appropriately furnished and decorated. Meals are prepared according to their tastes. Buffet dinners are included for half board guests.
An illuminated pathway leads guests to this beachside restaurant where guests can have their pick of mouth-watering fresh catches of the day, hand-picked by you at the restaurant’s very own Fish Market. Another fabulous feature of this restaurant is that it has a romantic, feet-in-the-sand atmosphere where you can kick off your shoes and make your meal an entire experience on its own. The menu offers a choice of starters, main courses and desserts both at no additional charge and with a supplement applicable.
La Casa Restaurant:
Guests at Victoria keep returning to La Casa. It could be the delectably Mediterranean dishes on the menu, delicious pastas, seafood dishes and salads. Or maybe it’s the enchanting, twinkling lights of Port Louis in the distance as you dine the evening away, surrounded by the warm Mauritian air. It’s probably a mix of both, as La Casa prides itself on a well-rounded restaurant experience. The menu offers a choice of starters, main courses and desserts both at no additional charge and with a supplement applicable
Arturo & Miriam S, Italy, 8th January 2019
We organized our honeymoon in South Africa and Mauritius with Anya from Pembury tours and I must say that we received a very high level service both during the planning of the trip and during the entire honeymoon. We planned the trip comfortably via email and made payments by credit card and everything was perfect, the Italian agencies were not able to organize a customized trip while Anya was very good in planning the trip according to our needs. Pembury tours consultants personally test the itineraries and hotels and this is a guarantee because they know very well what to propose. During the trip the consultants are available for any problem 24 out of 24 even at 5 am when Anya promptly responded to one of my mails for a delay of an air flight. You can book with Pembury tours with the eyes closed because the prices are the cheapest in the market and the service is excellent. Trust me!