Mauritius Top 5 Activities on this Indian Ocean Island Playground

Mauritius is one of the last sea jewels, a paradise island where you can relax and rejuvenate but also experience adrenaine-fuelled adventure and a range of land, sea and even air activities. Here is 5 must see activities for anybody embarking on a Mauritius holiday.

Chase Waterfalls & Volcanic Sands at Black River Gorges, Mauritius National Park

Chamarel Waterfall - Black River Gorges National Park
Chamarel Waterfall – Black River Gorges National Park

A volcanic island, Mauritius offers panoramic landscapes, sweeping coastal views, lush forests and roaring waterfalls. You can find all of these natural wonders on a hike through Black River Gorges National Park – a spectacular sanctuary of relaxation.
Set your own pace with an array of hiking routes for various abilities and moods. Don’t miss out on seeing the idyllic Chamarel Falls and the Iconic geological formation that is the Seven Coloured Sands.

Seven Colour Sands
Seven Colour Sands

Star Gaze from Ile Aux Cerfs Bubble Lodges

Lake & Sea Bubble Lodge - Ile Aux Cerfs
Lake & Sea Bubble Lodge – Ile Aux Cerfs

Ile Aux Cerfs is a small island off the east coast of Mauritius which is named after the stags which once roamed it’s forests. Arrive by catamaran, cruise or speedboat and enjoy a relaxing day exploring the islands coral reefs and beautiful lagoon, before retreating to a private bubble lodge to sleep under a blanket of stars.

Ile Aux Cerfs - Banyan Tree Bubble Lodge
Banyan Tree Bubble Lodge – Ile Aux Cerfs

Swim with Dolphins on a Mauritius Boat Excursion

A highlight for honeymooners is a dolphin boat expedition. Within 5 minutes of taking off in your private speedboat, silhouettes of the dolphins will already emerge within touching distance. Flippers and snorkels are provided for those who wish to get a closer look at the majestic creatures. And if you’re lucky, it is not uncommon to spot the massive tail fin of a sperm whale rise above the waters surface.

Casela Safari Park – Mauritius Adventure Park

Zipline over Casela Safari Park
Zipline over Casela Safari Park

Casela offers adventure packaged in various forms. Animal lovers could swim with dolphins, take a camel safari, walk with lions and bottle feed giant tortoises all in one day!
Active adventure lovers can have a go on a dry toboggan, alpine coaster or a scenic zipline. While the most daring visitors may opt for a adrenaline-fuelled go on the canyon swing.
At Casela, even just making your way around the park is exciting as you make use of segways, 4×4’s, quads and tree top bridges.

Giant Turtles - Casela Safari Park
Giant Turtles – Casela Safari Park

Play Championship golf on the home of the Mauritius Open

Heritage Golf Course
Heritage Golf Course

With some resorts offering free green fees on excellent courses bathed in natural beauty, Mauritius is considered a golfing mecca. Heritage Golf Course is a highlight with two rivers running through it as well as a 19th century mansion, Le Chateau de Bel Ombre which is surrounded by beautiful French Gardens.
Also not to be missed is both the Links & Legends Courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage. Home of the Mauritius Open, playing across the lagoon on the Legends course is a feast for the eyes and a test for the nerves.

This is only a glimpse of what the beautiful Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius has to offer, find out more about a once in a lifetime holiday to Mauritius at Chaka Travel

WATCH: Our Client Glen makes Par at the Extreme 19th (Legend Golf & Safari, South Africa)

Our Chaka Travel client Glen Telford make a fantastic par on the Extreme 19th at Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa.

Watch the full journey here from the helicopter transfer, amazing tee shot and final putt (He was unlucky not to make birdie!).

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Travel Review: AGSI 2015 – ‘Eagles, zebras and pines!’

agsi 2015 logoHaving returned from the inaugural African Golf Safari International from the 21st to the 26th of February 2015 at Legends Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo province of South Africa I already can’t wait until the next one. It was an intoxicating (very!) combination of winter sun in the bush, beers, braai (bbq) and golf whilst making new friends from all over the world. Highlights of the week included my bunch from Northern Ireland roaring out the Wild Rover at every opportunity, my old mate Suresh calling a zebra a giraffe, helicopter golf at the Extreme 19th, glorious weather and making a 233-yard eagle on the risk and reward 18th hole! But the ultimate was the charming Aneta from Poland calling pine trees penis trees!

Many thanks to my good friend Scott Edkins from Ascot Tours who arranged the event, by far the best run event I have been to. His faithful sidekicks Werner and Jenna as well as the always smiling staff at Legends Resort couldn’t have done more to make the week go smoothly. Once we have details of next year’s event we’ll send them out and I look forward to many of you coming out and joining the fun!

 

Scott and Werner from Ascot Tours
Scott and Werner from Ascot Tours

The Event
The field included over 60 players from Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Poland, South Africa and the USA and I brought out eight Chaka players from Northern Ireland.

NI team enjoying dinner under the African starlit sky
NI team enjoying dinner under the African starlit sky

Our group flew in a day early allowing us a practice round and the opportunity to settle in in advance of the busy event that was to come.

On the first official evening we had dinner in the clubhouse and after that we went outside and were entertained by local African dancers and were able to view and enjoy stars in the clear African sky.

Having a practice round helped as after day one of the 54 hole, individual stableford competition three of my Northern Irish team were in the top five. After the round we sat back and had a few cold beers and took part in a fun putting competition with the opportunity to win a place to return next year.

Adam thought he'd won a trip back in 2016 in the putting competition
Adam thought he’d won a trip back in 2016 in the putting competition

On day 2 scoring became more difficult and Edwardo Juta played really well and was on top of the leader board. I finished with a birdie on 17th and an eagle on the 18th which helped make my score more respectable after a tough day at the office up till that point! Dinner was enjoyed with a an African sunset at the Extreme 19th sunset deck and enjoyed a superb variety of South African food.

The following day was truly memorable. We had an early start and went on a game drive through some stunning scenery and the highlight of the game viewing was seeing rhino in the wild. After the game drive we had breakfast al fresco before taken by helicopter up to the Hangklip Mountain tee box for the Extreme 19th Challenge. Playing this 430m par 3, with the green in the shape of the map of Africa, is a unique experience and was one of the highlights of the event. One of my team Glen Telford put his second and third balls on the green and made an excellent 5.

Helicopter to the tee box of the Extreme 19th
Helicopter to the tee box of the Extreme 19th

 

After lunch we played on the Par 3 Tribute course, which recreates 10 of the world’s most famous par 3’s. Petar Strnad from Czeck Republic won this par 3 men’s competition with 21 points and Marina Juta with 19 points won the ladies.

In the evening the 10th hole, which replicates the 17th at TPC Sawgrass, was used for the night golf “Hole in 1” event. After dinner all countries sang songs in their own language and a fun time was had by all. The non-golfer partners were kept busy with Big 5 game drives, a scenic helicopter flight over the Waterberg Mountains, spa treatments and trips to the wild life centre for endangered species. Lunch was served on the lake side deck and rounded off with a boat cruise on the dam.

Eduardo chipping in to win AGSI 2015
Eduardo chipping in to win AGSI 2015

The final day of the competition had 6 players still in the running to win including two of the NI team. Crowds gathered around the AGSI branded 18th green to welcome and applaud the winner. The champion was Edwardo Juta with a total of 114 points and he made a birdie on the 18th to secure his victory and he was heartily congratulated by Clive ‘Choker’ Irwin and the rest of the field. Lucie Kopecka from the Czech Republic won the ladies event with a well played 97 points. The band “India” provided lively music during the very festive awards ceremony, which ended this most enjoyable and successful event.

Please email us if you would like to be kept informed about next years event.

 

Legend Golf and Safari Resort
Legend Golf and Safari Resort