Sensational Safari Beach Honeymoon…Okavango Delta and Mozambique
This fabulous honeymoon idea combines 4 nights at one of the pioneer safari camps in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta – Xakanaxa Camp – with 5 nights at the newest coastal beach retreat to grace the pristine shores of Mozambique – White Pearl Resorts. A night in Johannesburg at the boutique Peech Hotel is required between the two. The itinerary provides the perfect blend of phenomenal game viewing and coastal activities such as snorkelling, swimming with dolphins, horse riding, turtle nesting walks in season, picnics on the beach, fishing and kayaking with pure relaxation and spa indulgence! Both properties are open year round.
Your Okavango Delta experience begins as you arrive at Maun Airport in Botswana where you will be met and escorted to your awaiting light aircraft for the scenic flight to Xakanaxa, a luxurious tented bush camp in the heart of Moremi Game Reserve. Xakanaxa enjoys a prime location on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon and offers a year round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. The camp oozes warmth and charm. Accommodation is in twelve luxury ensuite tents set on wooden platforms near to the water. The stylish main buildings extend over the Khwai River and they are also set on raised platforms so as to maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands.
Days 2 – 4
Your days will be spent exploring the Moremi Game Reserve on boating safaris and game drives and naturally, you will also enjoy traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions.
The reserve and the greater Okavango Delta is a pristine wilderness area. Towering riverine forests, open savannah, seasonal floodplains, permanent lagoons, rivers and the intricate channels of the Okavango Delta surround the camp and this varied habitat ensures abundant game year-round. Be on the lookout for hippo, elephant and buffalo, all of which regularly congregate on the river banks.
In the evenings, you will enjoy superb cuisine on the camp’s outdoor dining deck.
Take the afternoon Air Botswana flight from Maun to Johannesburg where you will be met and transferred to The Peech Hotel for your overnight stay.
Transfer back to Johannesburg airport this morning to board the morning flight to Maputo in Mozambique. Here, you will be met by your helicopter pilot who will fly you out across the Maputo Elephant National Park (with flamingos, elephant, hippo and crocodile below) and after 25 exhilarating minutes, you will land at White Pearl in time for lunch at the Beach Bar.
White Pearl is one of the newest contemporary coastal retreats to open in Mozambique and it enjoys a truly stunning setting on an untouched stretch of coastline. The resort’s contemporary design encompasses the essence of beach living, with simple clean interiors and views out to the Indian Ocean. Each of the22 beach suites has a wrap-around deck – and each has a private plunge pool. Modern amenities include a mini bar, i-pod docking station, outdoor shower, indoor bath and a living area with uninterrupted ocean views. Beach chic is the only way to describe the main bar, lounge and dining areas which are in keeping with the suites. The superb food reflects the coastal setting – you will enjoy the finest seafood Mozambique has to offer, complete with the warmest of Mozambican hospitality. During the day, after a refreshing afternoon swim, there’s nothing better than rustic tapas served with chilled wine at the Beach Bar.
Days 7 – 10
Honeymooners at White Pearl can do as much or as little as they please! Wake up each morning to a magnificent breakfast and then spend your morning paddling a kayak along the pristine waters inhabited by leatherback turtles and playful dolphins or explore the magical coral reefs. The more adventurous can go horse riding along one of the stunning coastal trails and reward yourself afterwards with a fresh seafood lunch. Then soak up some rays on the beach or indulge in a pampering spa treatment. In the evenings, enjoy sundowners on a secluded beach and complete your day with a romantic dinner on your private deck.
Rise early for a morning beach stroll or a final swim in the ocean before boarding your return helicopter flight back to Maputo where you will check-in for your onward international flight back to the UK.