Africa’s Top Five Romantic Getaways

Planning a romantic getaway with your loved one? We’re here to help you find only the very best destinations in Africa for that couples getaway you’ve been meaning to plan forever! After all, what could be more romantic than surprising your sweetheart with a trip to exciting and majestic Africa? Safaris, wildlife, adventures, spectacular views and delicious food awaits … Here’s our list of the top five romantic escapes—each one is the epitome of supreme luxury, perfectly combined with lavish romance.

  1. Royal Malewane

Positively the paragon of class and refined grandeur, the Royal Malewane is one of our top picks for a great romantic escape. Surrounded by the majestic African wilderness, couples can enjoy the seclusion and romance that can only come from being immersed in Africa’s beauty. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, the Royal Malewane is truly the queen of African luxury. If a safari is your idea of the perfect romantic escape—and it certainly should be—then this is absolutely the place for you. The Royal Malewane prides itself on the fact that it treats its guests to the ultimate in exclusivity and privacy—perfect for an intimate escapade for you and your darling.

  1. La Residence

Described as the crown jewel of Franschoek, La Residence is a place of abundant opulence ensconced in the middle of the impossible beauty that is the valley of the vineyards. La Residence has been described as one of the best hotels in the whole world, and why wouldn’t it be? It is an absolutely stunning boutique hotel situated in South Africa’s most picturesque valley. A stay at La Residence is definitely something that should be on your bucket-list—the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and your love. La Residence is entirely and unapologetically opulent—luxury that is unrivalled. Each room is extraordinary in its own way—no two rooms look alike, and each one is overwhelming in its beauty. You cannot go wrong at La Residence; its rooms are stunning, the setting is unmatched, and the food is to die for.

  1. White Pearl

Mozambique is the perfect place to spend with your sweetheart. Spectacular, pristine beaches, and outstanding accommodation—like the accommodation offered at the White Pearl—make Mozambique the ultimate romantic getaway destination for couples seeking luxury and perfection. At White Pearl, guests can soak up the summer sun, sip cocktails at the poolside, or venture into or under the turquoise Indian Ocean. Choose from suites that open out onto their very own private beach or suites that are raised up on stilts to showcase the captivating panoramic views of the ocean. Couples can even treat themselves to relaxing spa treatments—all in the comfort of their own suites.

  1. Royal Livingstone

Victorian elegance set in the heart of Africa, the Royal Livingstone is the epitome of old-world charm. Take a stroll in the lush gardens with your loved one and feel the cool Zambezi mist embrace you. Treat yourselves to a luxurious spa treatment in the private gazebo that overlooks the gentle flowing river. And, after a day full of relaxation, you can catch the gorgeous African sunset—with sundecks suspended out over the river you can look out and take in its delightful splendour. To complete each romantic day, you will be able to indulge in a sublime meal under the candle-lit boughs of the Monkey Tree. This is truly a romantic escape to remember.

  1. Ellerman House

Certainly the pinnacle of modern sophistication, and settled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Ellerman House is the ultimate destination for old-world romance. The charming Edwardian mansion rests upon Lion’s Head Mountain and overlooks the crystal blue ocean that lies beyond. Not only does Ellerman House boast Africa’s greatest art collection, but it also prides itself on its world-class wine selection. The rooms are light and airy, and absolutely spacious; the food is entirely exquisite; and its prime location makes Ellerman House the ideal place to be if you wish to explore the romantic city of Cape Town.

To find out more about these stunning places, click  here or why not take a look at our Royal Romance Tour which combines the beauty, wilderness, adventure, and excitement of Africa by taking you to four different destinations that define luxury and privacy? We promise it will be a tour to remember!

Experience of the Month – Ocean Safaris

Have you always dreamt of swimming alongside whales and dolphins and exploring the depths of the Indian Ocean? Don’t you wish you could relax on your very own stretch of pristine beach and let the breath-taking sunsets transport you into another world.

Presenting our experience of the month – the once in a lifetime – Ocean Safari, jam-packed with what we like to call #iconicmoments

Let’s be honest, when you hear the word “safari” you immediately think of the Masai Mara, the Serengeti, or the Kruger National Park. However, the official dictionary definition of the word “safari” is “an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat.” So why not explore the offshore wonders of the Indian Ocean from White Pearl, Mozambique, where a somewhat different, but equally magical, adventure awaits?

“The highlight for me was swimming with the dolphins and whales which really was exceptional! This really is Africa’s greatest Ocean Safari,” says Director, John Holley, who was commenting on a recent trip he took to White Pearl. “White Pearl is definitely the best value island retreat we have available. The rooms are designed in a Singita Sweni style and have amazing sea views. A personal butler oversees your every move. And it’s even more accessible now than it was previously because there is a direct flight from the Kruger Park.”

White Pearl offers an array of exciting marine activities, many of which are not available anywhere else! The whole beach is part of an enormous marine reserve and offers some unique opportunities.

You can step straight off the beach and jump into the waves. You can snorkel above the reefs of sea life that abounds in the rock pools and shallows. You might prefer to dive down to the reefs and to enjoy the plethora of gorgeous fish swimming amongst the coral. If you are not a diver yet, never fear! Highly skilled dive instructors will introduce you to wonders of the deep.

Alternatively, you might like to kayak in the open ocean or explore the remote coastline. If you’re an adventurous thrill-seeker, you could jump on a deep sea boat and head out for some of the most spectacular game fishing that this coast has to offer.

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For those of you who really want to explore what the Indian Ocean has to offer, you can swim alongside dolphins and whales as they frolic amongst the waves. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you most certainly will never forget!

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Back on land, you can explore the verdant coastal bush and sandy beaches on horseback—galloping through the dune forest paths and up to the epic ocean view points. Your ride might end with a canter through the low-tide surf.

At night you might be lucky enough to see loggerhead and leatherback turtles nesting (December to February)—an experience of primal humility.

If Africa’s Greatest Ocean Safari sounds like something you’d like to add to your bucket list, please let us know and we will do our very best to make it happen for you. For just a quick taste of the wonders that await at White Pearl, click here.




Introducing Iconic Experiences

For decades the Iconic Africa team has been living, exploring and experiencing every adventure that this incredible continent has to offer. We are all eternally grateful for these opportunities and we cherish the memories they have left us with. Now the time has come that we share them with you with the launch of Iconic Experiences!

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt.

Whether it’s sailing in a hot air balloon high above the Serengeti, coming face-to-face with a gorilla in the depths of the Rwandan rainforest or swimming with Dolphins in the big blue we’ve got just the thing for you. Below is a brief introduction to the iconic experiences we’ve handpicked just for you.

 The Great Wildebeest Migration

The wildebeest migration is rated as one of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles, and a phenomenon that should have its place on every safari-lover’s bucket list. Every year, over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelope migrate clockwise around the Serengeti/Masai Mara ecosystem. They travel up to 3000 kilometers each year in search of rain-ripened grass. It is a natural phenomenon like no other, a spectacle not to be missed and, most definitely, an event that belongs on your bucket list.

Read more. 

Walking Safaris

There is no better way to get up-close-and-personal with the African bush, and its wildlife, than to go on a walking safari. It is, without a doubt, the best way to fully experience and appreciate the magical intricacies that make up a regular day out in the bush.

Even if you’ve had many safari experiences in the past, this iconic adventure will, no doubt, knock your socks off. Read more. 

Gorilla Trekking

No wildlife adventure can compete with coming face-to-face with a wild gorilla. This is an endangered species that will certainly take your breath away. Their sheer size and human-like characteristics will leave you feeling astounded.

Because their numbers are diminishing and because the treks are a highly-restricted activity, encountering wild gorillas is considered to be an unforgettable and essential travel experience. Visiting these gentle, mystical primates in their natural habitat really is one of earth’s ultimate wildlife experiences. Read more. 

Balloon Safaris

A balloon safari is very definitely an adventure that belongs at the top of your bucket list. Africa shows off beneath you as you float gently through the beautiful blue sky.

The feeling of weightlessness, the sense of space and freedom, and the incredible perspective that the height provides will render you speechless. With the sun peeking up over the horizon beyond, with the darkness turning to light, and with the shimmer of gold on the savannah below, the beauty is more than overwhelming. Read more. 

Ocean Safaris

When you hear the word “safari” you immediately think of the Masai Mara, the Serengeti, or the Kruger National Park. However, the official dictionary definition of the word “safari” is “an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat.” So why not explore the offshore wonders of the Indian Ocean from White Pearl, Mozambique, where a somewhat different, but equally magical, adventure awaits? Read more. 

Sarah Graham’s Food Safaris

“Africa is all your safari dreams come true, and I want to share it with you. I’ve teamed with the amazing people at Iconic Africa so that they can turn your dreams into memories – they love Africa like I do, and are as passionate about making travellers feel at home here as you’d want them to be. I’ve worked with them to hand-pick the very best gourmet destinations in Southern Africa, and we’ve crafted three Iconic Africa Food Safaris just for you” – Sarah Graham

Iconic Africa specialises in tailor making boutique African experiences at market beating rates. In proud association with Sarah Graham, an old friend, celebrated South African cook, food writer and sensational TV show host, we have hand-picked the very best gourmet destinations in Southern Africa and carefully crafted 3 decadent Iconic Africa Food Safari’s that promise to inspire and delight foodies from around the globe. Read more. 

If any of the above experiences get you even a little excited please contact us and we will do our best to make your wildest dreams come true.

Iconic Africa’s 2017 Bucket List

“One day, you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” Paulo Coelho

Having a bucket list is a great way of making sure we see, do and experience as much as we possibly can. To help you with yours we’ve handpicked the most, breath-taking, unforgettable and unbelievable experiences that Africa has to offer. All of which come very highly recommended!

  1. Witness the Great Migration


  1. Visit the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls

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  1. Explore the old town and beaches of Zanzibar

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  1. Experience the wonder of the Kalahari

Tswalu Game Reserve. Southern Kalahari. Northern Cape. South Africa.

  1. Sample the Cape Winelands

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  1. Ride a hot air balloon over the Serengeti


  1. Swim with dolphins in Mozambique


  1. Go on a walking safari


  1. See the leopards of Londolozi


  1. Witness the absolute abundance of the Masai Mara


  1. Raft the Zambezi River


  1. Visit the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater


  1. Go whale-watching in Hermanus


  1. Ride a Mokoro through the Okavango Delta


We wish for all our friends and fellow travellers that you get to experience as many of these as possible in your lifetime. For after all…

“…in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln.

Please do let us know if we can help in making any or all of the above dreams a reality for you!

Top 10 Blogs of 2016

January is a time for planning and looking to the future… but it it is also a time for reflection. A time to look back at the year gone by and remember all the great times had, magic moments experienced and adventures encountered! 2016 certainly was an eventful year for us with so many epic memories made. To give it its due we have handpicked our top 10 blogs of the year for you here:

The Great Crossing

‘If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together.’ African Proverb.

One lone wildebeest wanders around snorting, cavorting and indulging in the odd blade of red grass. He’s skittish yet surprisingly feisty and fearless. He approaches the vehicle with a confident and somewhat rambunctious attitude. He’s the first, in fact, he’s winning the race. Perhaps not a race that you want to win though, when the closer you are to the front, the hungrier the crocodiles and other predators are!

Iconic Africa Bush Diary Episode #1

Iconic Africa is proud to present the Iconic Africa Bush Diaries!

We would like to give a warm welcome to James Hendry an old friend and expert safari guide who will be sharing monthly bush diary videos from the heart of the Kruger National Park.  James is incredibly talented with a camera and his understanding of and passion for the African bushveld is unparalleled. Thank you James, we are excited to have you on board!

Click here to learn more about James Hendry the safari guide in our interview with him.

What is a “Big Five” Safari?

On first hearing about the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant – you may presume that the select few were chosen due to their impressive size. You wouldn’t be the first person to make that mistake. After all, the adjective – big – certainly points to that conclusion. Right about now, those who are familiar with Africa’s fauna might question why hippos –weighing in at several tons – did not shove their way onto the list? The answer becomes clear when you delve into a little research about the origins of the term. To save you the trouble, I’ve done it for you; the Big Five was coined by Africa’s early hunters to identify the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot.  Click here for more.


So much to take in, so little time

You may think you’ve seen it all and that you know a lot about the bush, but I can guarantee you that a visit to the Masai Mara is the learning safari of a lifetime. From the mating habits of lions, to the displaying characteristics of the crowned cranes, to the Latin and common names of the trees, to the quirky behaviour of the male wildebeest, to the idiosyncrasies of the local Maasai people… there is so much to take in. Kenyan guides are incredible storytellers; they are knowledgeable and passionate and ensure that with each game drive so much is learnt, not only about the bush and its wildlife but also about life in general too! For more on the pure magic that is the Masai Mara click here. 

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Top 5 Places to See Leopards in Africa

The leopard is without a doubt the most beautiful and most elusive member of the Big Five. It’s the most sought after sighting amongst tourists and one that safari guides across Africa spend their days in search of. Leopards are solitary and stealthy predators whose mastery of camouflage makes them very difficult to spot. To increase your chance of seeing them you need to find their prime habitats where concentrations are greatest. However, if you go to one of the 5 places listed below you will most definitely have better odds of witnessing this definitive wildlife experience.


A weekend at the lovely Leeu House

From the minute we pulled up outside the exquisite Leeu House we were overwhelmed with the unbelievable 5 star service. The valet, Andy opened the door and welcomed us with the biggest of African smiles, stretching from ear to ear. His warmth was all encompassing and before we knew it he had unpacked the car, taken our luggage inside and taken the car off to park! Second to greet you are the two awe-inspiring sculptures of Mandela and Ghandi, history’s most iconic leaders. These are the first indication of the grandeur and the consideration of the space that awaits you. Not to mention, the seamless integration of African and Asian influence that runs throughout the property. Click here for more on our wonderful weekend at Leeu House.


The Absolute Abundance of East Africa

In amongst whistling thorns, white thorns, fever trees and wild olives the great plains of the Masai Mara are home to many of Africa’s most majestic animals. The red grass savannahs, interminable vistas and distinct horizons combine to ensure the most quintessential African panorama. The density and variety of wildlife is unreal, with often more than ten different species of mammals in one spot, an anomaly that is unheard of elsewhere. The Mara boasts hoards of unique antelope such as the graceful Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle as well as the colourful topis making it the ultimate predator’s paradise. Everything, in absolute abundance… and so much more here. 

Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Grumeti, Serengeti, Tanzania. Agency HKLM. Art Director: Paul Henriques. Stylist/Producer: Janine Fourie. Photographer: Mark Williams. 16/02/12.

Africa’s Greatest Ocean Safari

When you hear the word “safari” you immediately think of the Masai Mara, the Serengeti or the Kruger National Park. However, the official dictionary definition of the word “safari” is “an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat.”So why not explore the offshore wonders of the Indian Ocean from White Pearl, Mozambique – where a somewhat different but equally magical adventure awaits?wetu-white-pearl-24-36Up, Up and Away

Since the very first time I went to the Serengeti when I was 12, I have dreamt about going on a Balloon Safari. It literally has sat at the very top spot on my bucketlist for the last (almost) 20 years. Little did I know that a few weeks ago, I would get to live out this dream and it would blow me away more than I could ever have imagined…

Londolozi: A Photo Essay

This past weekend we ran our first official Instagram takeover by the unbelievably talented @lara.jess during her trip to Londolozi. We hope you have enjoyed her photos and if not follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated on more #IAtakeovers like this.


Click here to read about our five favourite Londolozi blog posts.

Top 5 African Safari Tours for 2017

“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to.” Richard Mullin

With 2016 drawing to a close it’s time to start preparing your 2017 adventures! We’ve hand-picked our Top 5 African Safari’s for 2017 to help you out. Whether you are looking for the perfect family safari, a romantic getaway or an East African adventure… we’ve got just the thing for you!

  1. Africa’s Family Getaway

Africa’s Family Getaway is the ultimate luxury bespoke family holiday. It is full of excitement, adventure and fun while maintaining an indulgent level of sumptuous luxury. It is also completely safe for young children. The One&Only Cape Town is perfectly placed and appointed to accommodate your family in luxury while being an excellent launch pad to the delights of the Cape. Lelapa is malaria free and by far the premier luxury safari camp for families with a quite exceptional children’s programme amidst gorgeous wilderness and opulent accommodation. Likewise Tongabezi is specially equipped and staffed to delight the modern family with adventure and fun in complete safety and extravagance. Click here for full itinerary


  1. Luxury East African Adventure

This tour as its name suggest is a grand tour of East Africa. From the colonial opulence of Hemingways Nairobi to the breathtaking views and exceptional service at Angama Mara, to the ultimate safari at Singita Faru Faru, to the pearly whites sands of andBeyond’s Mnemba Island Lodge in Zanzibar. Only the very best in East African hospitality, classic safari experiences, sumptuous luxury and unbelievable wildlife encounters await you. Click here for full itinerary. 


  1. The Royal Romance

Africa is the continent of safari, wilderness and adventurous escapades but infused into all of this is an unmistakable and ancient romance. Iconic Africa’s Royal Romance combines the beauty, wilderness, adventure and pioneering excitement of Africa with four destinations that define supreme luxury permeated with complete privacy and opulent romance. Ellerman House is the definition of modern sophisticated living on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the marvels of Cape Town all around. La Residence is the jewel of Franschoek – abject indulgence suspended in an impossibly beautiful valley of vineyards. Royal Malewane is impeccably tasteful grandeur surrounded by the majesty of the African wilderness. Royal Chundu is the ancient mystery and magic of the Zambezi in luxurious island seclusion. Click here for full itinerary


  1. Safari and Island Retreat

Southern Africa offers some of the most spectacular coastlines the world-over. Iconic Africa has picked boutique luxury on the shores of the raw wild Atlantic and floating in the tropical serenity of the Indian Ocean. Cape Cadogan nestled on the northern slopes of Table Mountain, offers relaxed, family-owned style and luxury – a perfect base from which to explore the awesome beaches, gastronomy and viticulture of the Cape. Azura Benguerra, in the cobalt warm waters of the Indian Ocean offers a new level of fresh sophistication, seclusion and serenity on pristine beaches and unspoilt reefs. In between these, Londolozi Private Granite Suites offer you discerning and opulent hospitality combined with the world’s best leopard viewing. Click here for full interactive itinerary


  1. Luxury Londolozi African Safari

 Iconic Africa has crafted the perfect mix of the ultimate in African luxury destinations to bring you the Luxury Londolozi African Adventure.  You’ll begin your trip in the Cape of South Africa at the Cape Grace – in the heart of the world’s most beautiful city and then visit La Residence perched on the slopes of  the Franschhoek Valley on the world’s most beautiful wine-lands. From there you will travel to the magnificent Londolozi Founders Camp in the exquisite Sabi Sands and then on to  Zambia where you will experience the majesty of Victoria Falls from The Royal Livingstone and lastly to Jao Camp in the midst the wilderness wonderland of the Okavango Delta. Click here for full interactive itinerary.


Just in case none of these sound right click here for some other wonderful options or contact us to tailor the perfect African Safari for you and your loved ones.

What to Pack for Your Upcoming Safari?

The end of the year is upon us and for those of us going on holiday it’s time to start planning and organising. If you are lucky enough to be going on an African safari we’ve put together the perfect packing list to help you out.


“There is something about a safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” Karen Blixen


Every person has a right to this feeling and should go on safari at least once… Here’s what you should pack:




Trousers (neutral colours)

Shorts (neutral colours)

T-shirts (neutral colours)

Long sleeved t-shirt or turtleneck (neutral colours)

Short sleeved shirts or blouses (neutral colours)

Long sleeved shirt or blouse (neutral colours)



Shoes (closed walking and sandals)

One outfit of “smart casual” evening attire





Flip flops (optional) for pool or shower

Personal toiletries

If you are travelling in winter i.e. between April and October ( fleece, warm gloves, scarf and beanie are recommended)

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Sun block


Wide brimmed hat

Lip balm

Binoculars and a camera are a must

Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, etc.

Batteries for small electronics and cameras


First aid kit

Insect repellent and malaria tablets, depending on where you’re going

Credit and ATM cards

Driver’s licence

Health-insurance card

Local guidebooks

Bird and animal guidebooks

Passport and photocopies of passport

Printouts of reservations

Travel journal



If you have any questions or think that we have left something out please let us know and be sure to follow our Instagram feed to get you excited for your upcoming safari. And last but not least – enjoy every minute of it. We can assure you that Africa is the most beautiful place you will ever visit… and once you’ve been… you will never stop wanting to go back.



Our Month on Instagram

October has been and gone and it has most definitely been an exciting and eventful month for us!  We’ve been on Africa’s Greatest Ocean Safari, explored the Magical Mara Triangle, shared some award-winning photographs, ticked off some breathtaking bucket list adventures and paid a visit to the lovely Londolozi.

If you’ve been busy don’t worry! Simply scroll down here for a taster of what’s been happening or click here to see our latest Bush Diary video and go on your very own mini safari right now. We hope you’ve enjoyed these brief moments of true African wonder. #luxury #safari #travel #africa

A big thank you to Graham Wood and Bastien and Gabs le Coz for their contributions this month. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages for special offers on Africa’s most luxurious destinations, exciting bush news, heart-stopping sightings and awe-inspiring photography.

White Pearl’s Unforgettable Bucket List

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” Paulo Coelho

Everyone has a bucket list – whether its skydiving, visiting the pyramids, running the Great Wall of China, trekking through the Amazon or climbing Kilimanjaro…

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver

For now maybe you are looking to tick a few key things off that bucket list of yours. We’ve got just the spot for you!

A place of true, untouched beauty. A place where luxury and comfort combine. A place where excellence exceeds expectation. If your bucket list is to experience the extraordinary then look a little closer to home. Discover extraordinary at White Pearl Resorts in Mozambique – this is the home of the bucket list.


Swim with whales

The humpback whale visits the waters of White Pearl between July and November every year. Witness these beautiful marine mammals and get up, close and personal with nature’s gentle giants.

Explore the untouched beauty of Mozambique

This five-star resort sits within a secluded bay in a protected marine reserve. Dazzling Turquoise Indian Ocean waters, lush evergreen bush and miles of unpopulated beach.


Meet the turtles

The Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles return every year to the resort’s stretch of coast to lay their eggs between November and February. Declared an endangered species, this is a rare and exclusive experience.



Swim with dolphins

Resident bottlenose dolphins are frequent visitors to the bay and on a White Pearl Ocean Safari guests can jump in, swim alongside them and forever be changed.

Feel like royalty

Arrive by helicopter, take a dip in a private plunge pool, be looked after by a personal butler, dine like kings and queens, get pampered like princes and princesses…



Dive the deep blue

Dive the splendour of the deep blue sea with White Pearl’s variety of dive spots including the famous Pinnacle Reef. Explore multitudes of fish species and vibrant corals.


Eat mouth-watering cuisine

A fusion of Mediterranean cuisine with a distinct Mozambican flair delivers unique flavours. Think fresh lime-and-whisky prawns, traditional crab curry and line fish wrapped in banana leaves.



And so much more.

You’ve already waited too long… Click here for more on White Pearl and how this dreamlike destination can help you tick many special adventures off that precious bucket list of yours.

A Honeymoon in Pictures

Our recent travellers, Bastien and Gabs Le Coz have just returned home from their incredible African honeymoon. The couple had a fantastic time at Londolozi and Benguerra Island and have been kind enough to share their exquisite photos with us. Thank you Bastien and Gabs for sharing, we are so glad you had a lovely trip and we can’t wait to have you back on African soil again soon.


“We had an absolutely fantastic time in Londolozi. We dropped a line to the team there to thank them for creating such an amazing global experience. We were really impressed by the quality of the rangers, the food and the decor of the lodges. They did many things to make things even nicer to us like a lunch at the Tree House and a romantic diner in the room. That was perfect!” Bastien Le Coz.










Africa’s Greatest Ocean Safari

When you hear the word “safari” you immediately think of the Masai Mara, the Serengeti or the Kruger National Park. However, the official dictionary definition of the word “safari” is “an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat.”So why not explore the offshore wonders of the Indian Ocean from White Pearl, Mozambique – where a somewhat different but equally  magical adventure awaits?

“The highlight for me is the swimming with dolphins and whales which really is exceptional! This is really is Africa’s greatest Ocean Safari,” says John Holley commenting on a recent trip to White Pearl. “White Pearl is definitely the best value Island retreat we have available. The rooms are designed in a Singita Sweni style and have amazing sea views. A personal butler over sees your every move. And it’s even more accessible now as there is a direct flight from the Kruger.”

For just a quick taste on the wonders that await at White Pearl click here.

Set on two kilometres of magnificent, pristine Mozambican coastline, White Pearl is an intimate resort for the discerning traveller. Couples or families will revel in the luxury, hospitality, delightful cuisine and natural wonder of this beach paradise. Whether you want to adventure on or under the cobalt Indian Ocean, lounge on the beach, sip cocktails in the pool or simply soak up the soothing peace of the sea, White Pearl, Ponta Mamoli offers the ultimate luxury beach holiday. However should you seek boutique natural marine experiences there can be no match for this rare outpost.


Rising from the dunes

The main areas at White Pearl seem to rise seamlessly out of the earth. The décor is fresh, white, blue and light earth tones. You could read in the sumptuous comfort of the Beach Bar while you sip on a delicious cocktail, the sea crashing outside. For solar therapy, you could lie on one of the over-sized day beds that line the expansive decking next to the huge infinity pool. When you need to cool down you can simply roll into the crystal pool or wander down the healing waters of the Indian Ocean.



When the weather closes in or the heat becomes a little too much, you might like to retire to the gentle comfort of the lounge where coffee table books, soft sofas and panoramic views of the ocean await.


Panoramas of cobalt blue

There are 21 beautiful, private and simplistically opulent suites at White Pearl. Six of these open seamlessly onto private beaches while the others are raised above on stilts offering astonishing panoramas of the ocean and the glorious Mozambican sunrise and sunset.


Each suite boasts generous decking with a view, private plunge pools and enormous bedrooms looking out through glass doors to the ocean. The large bathrooms have double vanities and outdoor showers. Soaking in the bath while looking out over the ocean as the moon lifts from the eastern sea must rank as one of the most profoundly inspirational experiences imaginable.


You should also treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment in the privacy and comfort of your suite.

Boutique marine experiences

Ponta Mamoli offers an array of exciting marine activities, many of which are not available anywhere else! The whole beach is part of an enormous marine reserve and offers some unique opportunities.


You can step straight off the beach under the waves and snorkel above the reefs of sealife that abounds in the rock pools and shallows. You might prefer to dive down to the reefs and to enjoy the plethora of gorgeous fish life swimming in amongst the coral. If you are not a diver yet, highly skilled dive instructors will introduce you to wonders of the deep.


Otherwise you might like to kayak in the open ocean or explore the remote coastline. If it is your bent, you could jump on a deep-sea boat and head out for some of the most spectacular game fishing that this coast has to offer.


As the day draws to a close, you might like to jog along the limitless coastline before a late afternoon swim – Ponta Mamoli offers you a 99 percent chance that an afternoon or morning swim will be in the company of a pod of dolphins – surfing in the waves next to you. There is also an excellent chance to see migrating humpback whales from July to October – either as you stroll the beach or recline on your deck.


Back on land, you can explore the verdant coastal bush and beach sands on horseback – galloping through the dune forest paths and up onto the epic ocean view points. Your ride might end with a gallop through the low-tide surf. White Pearl is the only resort in the area with a licence for horses.


At night you could be lucky enough to see loggerhead and leatherback turtles nesting (December to February) – an experience of primal humility.


Fresh friendly service and food

When you wake up, wander over to the White Pearl restaurant where platters of tropical fruits and fresh pastries will fuel you for a day of fun and adventure. After a refreshing snifter at the pool bar savour a light lunch of just-picked salads and light tapas. After an afternoon of exertion or doing nothing at all, your dinner will be a scrumptious Indian Ocean seafood affair, either candlelit on the beach or in the privacy of your suite.


Please let us know if you have any questions at all about booking a once-in-a-lifetime, African Ocean Safari.

Our Month on Instagram

September has certainly been an adventure for us. We’ve been on a luxurious diamond safari,  seen the Big Five, headed off on an intrepid walking safari and even featured in the Huffington Post!

Just in case you’ve been busy and feel like you’ve missed out… we’ve got the perfect thing to ignite that African spark, that we know is inside of you. Click here to see our latest Bush Diary video and go on your very own mini safari right now! Or simply scroll down for a brief minute to see our September in #instamoments! We hope that these pictures, stories and videos transport you, even for just a moment, to the beauty of our exquisite continent. #luxury #safari #travel #africa

Happy Friday!

Presenting Iconic Africa Bush Diary Episode #7: 'August 2016, the end of winter' filmed by @jamesrahendry our very talented, Kruger based filmmaker. Watch the adorable lion cubs frolicking, the wild dogs feeding, the vultures squabbling, the leopards loving, the wildebeest migrating and the golden sun setting in a fiery red sky over an endless African horizon. Let us take you on a mini safari right now… For the full video click on the link in our bio and to plan a real one go to to see what other magical adventures await! #iconicafrica #bushdiary #safarilive #safarivideo #kruger #krugerpark #bigfive #safari #wildlife #wildlifephotography #luxuryafricansafari #travel #bucketlist #lions #elephants #wilddog #leopard #africa #epicmoments #bush #vacation

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Happy #WorldRhinoDay everyone! #iconicafrica #saveourrhino #rhino #africa #conservation #rhinoswithoutborders

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