Swap beaches for the bush at luxe (yet community-conscious) safari outfit &Beyond's Phinda Private Game Reserve, on South Africa's east coast.

In the KwaZulu-Natal region, Phinda is famed for its diverse habitats and abundant wildlife, so you have a good chance of seeing the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino and leopard).

Four lodges and two private residences - Zuka Lodge and the gorgeous new Homestead - are dotted through the 23,000-hectare reserve. Choose between suites at Mountain Lodge, the woodland-wrapped Forest Lodge, the Flintstones-esque Rock Lodge or - our favourite - the intimate Vlei Lodge, which has prime views of a watering hole.

On game drives, you'll be amazed as trackers spot a minute sign of recent life and take you off-road to see the magic of these creatures in their natural habitat.

Wow factor: Watching elephants and other wildlife drink from your private swimming pool.

Flight time: From 11 hours 35 minutes via Johannesburg to Richards Bay.

Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk for more details or email bridesenquiries@turquoiseholidays.co.uk