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Cape to Kruger; bush to beach - this South Africa and Mauritius adventure is never to be forgotten

by Carmen Castrovillari

Maria and Mike travelled with us to South Africa & Mauritius in September 2019.

The adventurous pair had made it their goal to run the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon together, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime safari and a few days in an ocean paradise.

Because of these ultra-special plans, the pair decided to get in touch with Wayfairer Travel, and we had a fantastic time designing an unforgettable South Africa experience for the couple.

From Cape Town to Kruger, bush to beach, here’s their story…

The marathon... and the engagement ring

The adventure began in Cape Town with a 42km marathon (don’t worry – not a mainstay of our traditional South Africa itineraries!).

To our eternal astonishment and admiration, Mike and Maria had the energy to spend the next day enjoying a privately guided tour of the Cape Point and Peninsula.

A perfect example of the indispensable nature of a local guide, Maria and Mike were astonished by James’ knowledge when he went above-and-beyond to elevate their South Africa experience to something truly memorable.  

 “James’ knowledge of the area together with the history was fascinating but the biggest ‘wow’ was how he custom-tailored it to us from just a few mins’ conversation when he picked us up. After the end of the tour, he drove us to an up-market jeweller to replace an engagement ring that I had been looking to replace for several years! His knowledge on tanzanite was extensive and I fell in love with the stone. James managed to get my ring ready for the next morning and personally delivered it to the hotel before our transfer to the airport.”

Precious gems: from beautiful stones to spectacular wildlife

Jock Safari Lodge outdoor bath tub

Maria and Mike continued their South Africa journey with a safari in Kruger National Park. They stayed at the Jock Lodge, right in the heart of the park.

This made it perfect for spotting the locals (of the tusked variety), right from the privacy of their own home-from-home.

I am not a crier, but when I walked into the suite at Jock Lodge and saw elephants in my yard I was moved to tears! The yard and room were breath-taking, and the game drives were something I had only dreamed of.

I literally could have put my hand out in some instances and touched a leopard and elephants… Did you know elephants have long eyelashes? That’s how close we got!”

Ending in style in Mauritius

Lux Le Morne

After several heart-stopping days enjoying game drives, bush walks, sundowners and scenic refreshment stops, it was time to whisk Mike and Maria off to the beach.

The perfect complement to an exhilarating few days in the wilderness, LUX Le Morne beach resort in Mauritius – overlooking the Le Morne Barbant Mountain - offered them time to unfurl and reflect on their incredible experiences so far. 

“If you want luxury and to feel wanted… The Lux Le Morne is it! I have never been to such a beautiful hotel, with the best staff and service ever! The food was amazing, fantastic snorkelling and 7 types of seating on the beach. Even a coconut station on the beach and a flavoured water station plus ice cream hut. They love having you there and you love being there.”

“I will live this holiday through my memories for the rest of my life. I never had such an experience.... thank you Wayfairer!”

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