About The Gardere Honeymoon
10 days and 9 luxury nights divided in the wilderness of South Africa and the untouched islands in Mozambique. This tour has been carefully designed to give you a taste of the exciting, endless possibilities and can be tailored to suit your exact preferences.
DAY ONE | Johannesburg @ Intercontinental Johannesburg
WELCOME TO JOHANNESBURG!
Upon arrival you will be greeted at your gate and escorted through customs.
Located only a short walk away from the arrivals hall of Johannesburg’s largest international airport, the award-winning InterContinental Johannesburg, South Africa’s only luxury 5 Star airport hotel, offers travelers a luxurious and enjoyable stay upon arrival. Your evening accommodation includes a double room and breakfast.
DAY 2-5 | Timbavati Private Natural Reserve @ Ngala Tented Camp
WELCOME TO TIMBAVATI PRIVATE NATURAL RESERVE!
As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. Your ranger will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to all of the Big Five, but is particularly well known for its prides of lion and occasional sightings of African wild dog, as well as large herds of elephant and buffalo. Venture out in search of leopard or lion sleeping off the exertion of the hunt from the night before.
Return to your lodge for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other option
If you wish, you can walk off your breakfast on a short walk near your camp, accompanied by your ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area before returning in time for lunch.
Cool off with a refreshing dip in the sparkling swimming pool, indulge in an afternoon siesta or simply watch the wildlife from your private veranda. Over a late afternoon tea, your ranger will discuss what you hope to see during the afternoon/evening game drive.
Evening Game Drive
This game drive begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Drive down to the Timbavati River to watch the animals drink and bathe or watch out for predators getting ready for the hunt. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.
Return to your lodge for a mouthwatering dinner beneath the magnificent African sky.
NGALA TENTED CAMP
Chic and contemporary, Ngala Tented Camp is renowned for sophisticated tented accommodation in tranquil bush surrounds. Its luxurious tented suite is set on raised platforms with outdoor showers, baths mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, swirling overhead fans, air conditioning, electric blankets for winter and private wooden decks. The overall essence is African, with warm, earthy tones used throughout.. Mature indigenous shade trees form a luxuriantly cool canopy overhead and elegant guest areas overlook the seasonal Timbavati River. The camp’s lap pool, which follows the contours of the riverbank, is perfect for idle afternoon game viewing, while a massage sala adds a touch of pure indulgence. The food at Ngala is as individual and inventive as the camp itself. Private lunch platters are savored on the viewing decks, at the poolside or on the lush lawn.
Day 6-9 | Benguerra Island @ Bazaruto Archipelago
A tropical paradise tucked into a lush indigenous forest and looking out onto a picturesque crescent of sandy beach, Benguerra Island is the quintessential luxury island retreat. Days on your beach holiday can be as active or as leisurely as you want them to be. This secluded island, with its golden beaches and balmy Indian Ocean waters, invites you to lose all track of time. Activities and meals can be tailor-made to your wishes and there are many ways to spend each ideal, sun-washed day. The lodge’s is sheltered by swaying palm trees in the perfect setting to relax or enjoy open air meals throughout the day. Set deep in cleverly created patches of shade, comfortable loungers beckon guests to relax around the pool while drinking in the ocean views.
Awaken to the early light of dawn and set off on a fishing or diving expedition in search of the denizens of the deep or choose to sleep in as late as you want, lulled by the sound of the waves washing the ocean’s shore. Take a gentle stroll to the welcoming dining area, where you can feast on a selection of fruits and cheeses, as well as toast, jam and hot dishes cooked to order.
Set off on an expedition to explore the fascinating interior of Benguerra Island, venturing deep into the forest and scouring the shores of the freshwater lakes. There’s time to stop at a local village to get a glimpse of traditional life.
Enjoy a delicious castaway picnic, set up in the middle of the soaring sand dunes, where it’s easy to believe that you’re the only people on this magical island getaway. Return to the shade of your casita for an indulgent afternoon siesta on your private veranda or a relaxing treatment in the massage sala.
Paddle gently offshore in a sea kayak, keeping a sharp eye out the rare and mysterious dugong. If you’re lucky, you may be joined by a friendly pod of dolphin. If you’re feeling energetic, end the afternoon with a sprightly canter along the beach with the island’s horse riding instructor. If you’re not, opt to go for a sunset dhow cruise and enjoy the shimmering sight of the sun slipping beneath the ocean waves.
There’s just enough time to relax before a succulent seafood dinner, served right on the beach, with your toes in the sand. Retire to your comfortable bed, where the gentle sounds of the surf will quickly lull you to sleep.
Awaiting you in a lush island forest is your own private casinhas (little house). The casinhas boast a light and airy colour scheme that combines tropical chic with a distinct African feel and reminders of the area’s Portuguese heritage. An ensuite bathroom is located on one side of the bedroom and a small sitting area is located on the other side of the bed. The casinhas offer private timber decks and cool rim flow pools. There is also a private sala with a hanging daybed, as well as private sun loungers situated on the beach. Bathrooms feature generous tubs big enough for two, while al fresco showers are decorated with hand-painted tiles. Woven hammocks invite guests to an afternoon siesta, lulled by a chorus of songbirds that makes the forest canopy its home. A shaded gazebo provides the ideal venue for starlit dinners, while the stylish dining room and open lounge, both of which boast wide, sunny decks, are the setting for more social dining.
DAY TEN | @
Say Goodbye to Southern Africa! It’s time to return to the USA! A private car will take you to the airport.
from €7987 per person
- All meet-and-greets and transfers described in the itinerary
- All meals and beverages as described in the itinerary
- All activities, excursions, and tours mentioned in the itinerary
- Domestic flights
- Alcoholic beverages (excluding Airport)
- VIP Meet and Great at the Airport