A 11 day, 12 night bush and beach experience to KwaZulu Natal with its stunning game parks and beautiful beaches. This South Africa safari holiday offers a quieter alternative to the Kruger National Park with game viewing that is every bit as good.
Often referred to as the Zulu Kingdom, KwaZulu Natal is a coastal province in the east of the country. It stretches from the sunny temperate coast on the edge of the Indian Ocean to the rugged mountains of the Drakensberg Mountains, one of two World Heritage sites in the province. KwaZulu Natal offers a unique chance to enjoy a traditional safari holiday and also incorporate some time on the beach or do some diving nearby.
The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park spans 280km of coastline and is South Africa’s third largest park. It is made up of around 328,00 hectares of pristine natural ecosystems including swamps, lake systems, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands and coastal forest. Fed by five rivers, this is home to a rich diversity of fish, birds and animals. Game such as giraffe, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant can be viewed around the lakes, whilst colouful birds populate the water’s edge.
Just a short drive away, the Sodwana Bay National Park has gained international recognition as being a top dive and snorkelling site due to the variety of coral reefs, excellent visibility and phenomenal sea life. More than 1200 species of fish can be found on and around the various reefs of hard corals, pinnacles, buttresses, caves and blow holes. The diving is good all year round.
Zulu Kingdom & Beach Itinerary:
Depart on your evening, overnight flight to Johannesburg. On arrival you will be met by an Out of Africa Representative who will assist you with the transfer to you flight direct to Phinda Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal. (It is also possible to fly direct to Durban and drive from there.)
When the plane touches down at Phinda your Ranger will take you to the lodge to check in and freshen up before a spot of lunch and then your afternoon game viewing activity.
Nestled below the Lebombo Mountains of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda is a Zulu word meaning “the return”. In one of the biggest reintroductions of game in Africa, Phinda was restocked with lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard, giraffe and other big game in an operation dubbed “phinda izilwane”, return of the wild animals.
Phinda has a number of different accommodation options located around the reserve, including Rock, Forest and Vlei Lodge. Each Lodge is unique in its design but all provide access to one of the finest game viewing experiences in South Africa. Spend 3 nights at Phinda on a fully inclusive basis.
A final morning game drive and then you will be transferred to the coast to Thonga Beach Lodge. The lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa’s best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving.
Set above a secluded bay, the Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled into beautiful coastal dune forest with sweeping views of the stunning beach below. The thatched bush suites provide guest privacy and were carefully constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The lodge offers luxurious accommodation, mouth-watering meals and lots of activities for guests. Spend 4 nights at Thonga Beach lodge on a fully inclusive basis.
On day 9 you will be driven back down the coast to Durban for your last 3 nights in this cosmopolitan town. You will be staying at the stylish Oyster Box Hotel, just outside the city, located in a popular town on the beach. (B&B basis). The town centre has some lively bars and restaurants for you to explore.
On your final day, return to the airport for your flight home.
It is possible to extend this itinerary with nights at a different safari lodge, or to travel onto the Anglo Zulu Battlefields or Cape Town. If you would like more information about this South Africa safari and beach holiday itinerary, speak to our safari holiday’s team on +44 208 249 5919 (UK) or +65 919 412 56 (Asia). Alternatively you can contact us here by email.
- 3 Nights fully inclusive basis at Phinda with twice daily game viewing activities.
- 4 nights fully inclusive basis at Thonga Beach
- 3 nights B&B at the Oyster Box Hotel
- Flights to Phinda via Johannesburg and return from Durban via Johannesburg.
- International flights
- All road transfers
- An Out of Africa representative to meet you on arrival at Johannesburg Airport.
- 24 hour local assistance during your stay.