Spice up traditional incentive destinations
15 Jun 2018 - by Candice May
Mauritius and the Seychelles remain at the top of the list of the most popular Indian Ocean islands amongst South Africans.
But, as well-practised Indian Ocean travellers, they may want to explore beyond. Fortunately, there are many unconventional things to do and places to see on these exotic islands.
In Mauritius, Brenda Mitchell, director of sales for World Leisure Holidays, recommends a guided electronic bike ride to clients who are fitness enthusiasts, seeking adventure in nature. “This sweet escape into the wild is the perfect opportunity to contemplate the flora and fauna of Mauritius. If you are lucky enough, you might see wild boars, deer or geese while leisurely riding your bike,” she says.
There are two rides available in the wilderness area of Domaine de Wolmar – the ‘family’ ride for beginners and the ‘intermediate’ ride for experienced bike-riders.
Mitchell also suggests ‘Carlie Hiking’ which allows visitors to explore hidden facets of the island in a 4x4. “Nature lovers travel off the beaten tracks across the countryside and discover unmatched views,” she adds.
Joanne Visagie, sales and marketing director of Beachcomber Tours recommends zip lining at Casela Park. “There are various courses available. I have even done this myself – there is nothing like flying through the air and feeling so alive. Plus, the scenery is amazing!”
For culture aficionados, Visagie suggests a visit to the Mauritius Photography Museum, China Town and Aapravasi Ghat, an immigration depot for indentured labourers from 1849 to 1923.
The Seychelles is a haven for nature lovers with its lush, vibrant beauty, says Michele Abraham, sales and marketing for African Synergy. “While the beaches are unspoilt and simply out of this world, there are also other activities and sites for those who enjoy a more dynamic break, such as rock climbing and zip lining,” she says, adding that you can take part in these activities at Constance Ephelia overlooking Port Launay Marine National Park on the west coast of Mahé.
In between activities, visitors may want to go for a bite at Victoria Food Market, where they can also shop for fresh fruit, spices and flowers, visit the giant tortoises on Moyenne Island or explore Launay mangrove forest, says Lucinda Tyler of Club Travel.