Explore the wonders of South Africa and the Indian Ocean with Emirates

09 March 2020

Discover the enchanting beauty of the Indian Ocean where you’ll enjoy unrivalled luxury, blissful beaches, and unique resorts on tropical paradise islands. For a culturally enriching experience, venture to South Africa where you’ll marvel at verdant landscapes, unmissable historical landmarks and delectable cuisine.

Boasting impeccable service, exceptional cuisine and opulent lounges, Emirates offer passengers a truly blissful journey, whatever the destination.

Recently voted as the ‘Best Airline in the World’ at the 2019 Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards, Emirates treats guests to an unparalleled in-flight experience. Operating multiple daily flights from eight airports across the UK, Emirates make it easier than ever before to experience the unique sites of South Africa and the Indian Ocean.

In this blog, we’re looking at some of the most incredible destinations that South Africa and the Indian Ocean have to offer, before delving into Emirates’ exceptional classes that will take you there in unrivalled serene comfort.

Indian Ocean


Home to mesmeric marine life, captivating historical landmarks and an enchanting bio-luminescence beach, the Maldives provides adoring visitors with a truly spectacular experience. Snorkel amongst whale sharks, exotic coral reefs and vibrant fish around the Maafushi Island, admire ancient artefacts at the National Museum or surf the glistening waters of Malé Atoll – in the Maldives, you’ll experience a true tropical haven.


With a verdant rainforest, a majestic volcano and lush parks, Mauritius is the perfect destination for any intrepid wanting to immerse themselves in an enchanting tropical paradise. Marvel at breath-taking waterfalls and vibrant wildlife in the Black River Gorges National Park, revel in the unique beauty of the Seven Coloured Earth geographical formations or simply unwind and relax at serene beach of Île aux Cerfs.


Featuring sensational beaches, enriching markets and stunning landscape, Seychelles is an eclectic archipelago of more than 100 islands that caters to everyone’s idea of paradise.  Stroll through the heavenly Vallée de Mai park where you’ll be captivated by a sublime variety of exotic plants and wildlife, enrich your sense at the renowned Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market or rejuvenate at the island’s vast array of delightful beaches.

Sri Lanka

Journey to the blissful island of Sri Lanka where you’ll enjoy charming cultures, a uniquely beautiful landscape and a rich variety of historic treasures. Marvel at the captivating grandeur of the revered Ravana Falls, indulge in the island’s fascinating history at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, or savour delectably fresh seafood at the beautiful Mirissa Beach.

South Africa

Cape Town

Known as ‘the Mother City’ for being the country’s first true metropolis, Cape Town hosts a vibrant variety of both wondrous natural landmarks and unmissable urban activities. Marvel at the majestic splendour of Table Mountain, indulge in exquisite cuisine at the V&A Waterfront or bask in the blissful South African sun at the Clifton 4th Beach.


Famous for its African, Indian and colonial influences, the serene city of Durban boasts charming botanic gardens and an enriching cultural landscape. Take a rejuvenating stroll down the Golden Mile Beach, admire spectacular art at the Kwazulu Natal Society of the Arts or indulge in local delicacies at the Golden hours Family Market.


Featuring quirky districts, fascinating historical landmarks and a renowned theme park, this vibrant city hosts a variety of truly unmissable activities. Cycle the streets of Soweto to see where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu once lived, bungee jump from the flamboyantly decorated Orlando Power Station or visit the thought-provoking Apartheid Museum for a moving journey through the city’s past.

Emirates’ phenomenal classes

Business Class

With Business Class travel, you’ll receive chauffeur service to the airport, where a quick check-in service will take you to the Business Class Lounge where you can freshen up and enjoy delicious food before your flight. Some terminals allow you to board the flight direct from the lounge. You’ll also enjoy two-hours of free onboard Wi-Fi, a well-arranged working space and an onboard lounge that offers delicious canapes premium spirits. You’ll have the choice between three starters and mains, one of which is inspired by the regions that you visit.

First Class

Flying First Class with Emirates is a truly unparalleled in-flight experience. , with all the pre-flight benefits of Business Class plus much more. Enjoy the privacy of your exclusive suite, when you slide the doors shut, dim the lighting and retreat to your own luxury world. You’ll have your own mini bar, snacks and Bulgari amenity kit so you can go the entire flight without any disturbances if you wish.

Your comfortable leather seat reclines back into a fully flat bed and staff are on hand with complimentary pyjamas and to prepare your sheets to ensure you arrive at your destination well rested and ready to explore. With the onboard shower spa, you’ll be arriving in destination feeling clean and refreshed following a shower above the clouds.

Dining in First Class is a privileged experience as a sumptuous a la carte menu is yours to choose from, at any time of the flight, along with expertly selected wine pairings, for a personalised dining experience.

“The suites in first class are lavish and spacious and can be made up as single or double occupancy.”

Lucy, Travel Counsellor

Emirates Lounges

Emirates’ lounges can be found in international airports across six continents. Accessed exclusively by customers flying in First or Business Class, you’ll simply need your boarding pass allowing you to come and go as much as you like before your flight. Take a rejuvenating shower before indulging in the lounge’s exquisite cuisine in this sumptuous space that provides the perfect pre-flight facilities.

Experience the unmissable wonders of South Africa and the unique beauty of the Indian Ocean with Emirates by contacting your Travel Counsellor today. You’ll enjoy exclusive benefits such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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