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Preparing for Summer

As the frenzy of Black Friday is finally fading, giving way to a new thrill – the anticipation of your upcoming summer holiday! As South Africa gears up to bid farewell to work mode and dive headfirst into the holiday fever, there’s an undeniable buzz in the air. With just a couple of days left before offices sign off, it’s time to shift focus from bargain hunting to planning your dream getaway in the sun-kissed Indian Ocean islands. Picture yourself lounging on pristine beaches, savouring exotic cuisines, and diving into a world of festivities – your summer adventure awaits!

Here’s your curated guide to making the most of this festive season:

Preparing for Your Escape:

  • Holiday Planning: Secure accommodations and activities in advance as December and January are peak seasons in the Indian Ocean islands.
  • Festive Bookings: Explore special holiday packages offered by resorts and plan accordingly to make the most of the celebratory spirit.
  • Packing Essentials: Light, breathable clothing, sunscreen, and waterproof gear for occasional showers are essential for this tropical getaway.
  • Embrace Local Celebrations: Immerse yourself in the festive cheer by joining in on local holiday events and traditions.

Festive Island Activities:

  • Festive Markets & Culinary Delights: Explore vibrant markets for unique gifts and savour traditional holiday dishes like Creole feasts or Swahili-inspired seafood delights.
  • Beachfront Revelries: Ring in the New Year with beach parties, live music, and dazzling fireworks at renowned seaside destinations.
  • Special Water Adventures: Dive into festive-themed water activities like snorkeling with a touch of holiday flair or try paddleboarding amid the festive spirit.
  • Cultural Festivities: Immerse yourself in cultural events, music festivals, and dance performances celebrating the holiday season’s vibrancy.

Hidden Gems & Exclusive Escapes:

1. Reunion Island:

Festive Atmosphere: Reunion Island, with its unique blend of French and Creole culture, offers a vibrant festive ambiance during December. The island comes alive with Creole music, dance, and delicious culinary delights, especially against the dramatic backdrop of Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano.


Adventure and Nature: Beyond the celebrations, indulge in adventurous hikes through lush forests or explore the rugged landscapes, waterfalls, and volcanic formations that make Reunion a paradise for nature lovers. Cirque de Mafate, a remote caldera accessible only by foot, is a must-visit for its untouched beauty.

2. Zanzibar, Tanzania:

Swahili Holiday Charms: Zanzibar’s Stone Town transforms into a lively hub during the holiday season. Revel in the island’s rich Swahili heritage through traditional music, dances, and local crafts. The streets come alive with the aromas of tantalizing spices and festive seafood dishes.


Beach Bliss and History: While enjoying the celebrations, explore Zanzibar’s pristine beaches like Nungwi or Kendwa for sun-soaked relaxation. Don’t miss historic sites like the Palace Museum and the Old Fort to immerse yourself in the island’s intriguing history.

3. Mauritius' Grand Baie:

Festive Coastal Vibe: Grand Baie, known for its lively atmosphere year-round, elevates its charm during the holiday season. The area hosts electrifying New Year’s Eve celebrations with live music, beachside parties, and a dazzling fireworks display over the ocean.


Shopping and Water Adventures: Indulge in shopping at the bustling markets or enjoy thrilling water activities like snorkeling and diving in the crystal-clear lagoons. Don’t miss the chance to explore the picturesque Pereybere Beach for its beauty and water sports opportunities.

4. Maldives' Private Resorts:

Exclusive Luxury: The Maldives’ private overwater villas offer an unparalleled level of luxury and privacy. During December, these resorts curate special holiday-themed events, from gala dinners to private beachside parties, ensuring an intimate and memorable celebration.


Underwater Wonders: Dive into the Maldives’ famed underwater world with snorkeling or diving sessions to witness breathtaking coral reefs and an array of marine life. These private resorts often offer exclusive access to some of the best diving spots.

5. Sri Lanka's Coastal Charms:

Cultural Celebrations: Coastal villages in Sri Lanka showcase vibrant cultural celebrations during the holiday season. Experience traditional dances, rituals, and local festivities that provide an authentic glimpse into Sri Lanka’s rich heritage.


Beachside Relaxation: While exploring the cultural side, unwind at stunning beaches like Mirissa or Unawatuna, perfect for beach lovers seeking a mix of relaxation and adventure. Explore Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for its historical significance and captivating architecture.

These hidden gems within the Indian Ocean islands offer a blend of cultural richness, natural beauty, and festive fervor, making them ideal destinations for South African travelers seeking an unforgettable holiday experience.

Making Your Holiday Unforgettable:

  • Sunset Cruise Extravaganza: Welcome the New Year aboard a sunset cruise, sipping cocktails and relishing breathtaking ocean views.
  • Spa Retreats: Treat yourself to holiday-themed spa treatments offered by many resorts, perfect for rejuvenating amidst the festive fervour.
  • Personal Celebrations: Create bespoke holiday moments with private beachside dinners or secluded picnics in these tropical paradises.

For South African travellers, the Indian Ocean islands during December offer an exceptional blend of festive celebrations, cultural richness, and tropical allure. Escape the everyday and immerse yourself in the magic of a festive island getaway this summer! For more information on our packages, please contact us today.

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