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South Africa Bush & Beach Safari

An excellent value safari and beach holiday in KwaZulu-Natal taking in a Big 5 safari and the beautiful coast. This holiday is strong on wildlife, beach and relaxation with accommodation in excellent local lodges.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $996 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Big Five Safari in private 23,000 hectare game reserve
  • Game drives in open 4x4 vehicles
  • Year-round beach destination
  • Good value for money
KwaZulu Natal, known as the 'Garden of Africa', is blessed with a year round tropical climate and is the only location in South Africa suitable for beach holidays in July / August (winter). The inland areas around Hluhluwe are typified by undulating hills and rich, diverse wildlife. On the northern coast, the Isimangaliso wetland park is home to a vast array of bird and wildlife, including hippos and crocodiles. Further south, the coast offers long sandy beaches and some lovely beach resorts. We find that KwaZulu Natal currently offers the most reliable and best value bush and beach experience in Africa.

We recommend flying into Durban, from where it is a three hour transfer to the Game Reserve. Rhino River Lodge is a lovely small all inclusive safari lodge in a private 23,000 hectare game reserve near Hluhluwe. The lodge is a welcome retreat with its atmospheric fire pit area and swimming pool. Your stay includes two game drives per day in open-air safari vehicles with good chances of seeing all the big five.

After your safari, you can enjoy some serious relaxation on the Coast at the luxury Oyster Box, a renowned family friendly five star hotel with stunning sea views, perfect for relaxation. Apart from enjoying the beach and swimming pool, this also a good base for a day tip into Durban where you can explore the bustling Indian Market or head to the uShaka Marine World Ocean theme park, which boasts the highest water slide in the Southern hemisphere.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: Arrive Durban Airport - Transfer to Game Reserve
DAY 2: On safari
DAY 3: On safari
DAY 4: On safari
DAY 5: Transfer to Dolphin Coast
DAY 6: At leisure at the coast
DAY 7: At leisure at the coast
DAY 8: At leisure at the coast
DAY 9: At leisure at the coast
DAY 10: Transfer to Durban Airport

DAY 1: ARRIVE DURBAN AIRPORT - TRANSFER TO GAME RESERVE
Accommodation: Rhino River Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner and afternoon game drive included
Transport: Private road transfer - 3 hours
Day Notes: On arrival into Durban Airport you will be met and transferred to the private game reserve. After check in time to relax before gathering for your first safari drive in open 4x4 vehicle with safari guide. Return to the lodge for dinner

DAY 2: ON SAFARI
Accommodation: Rhino River Lodge
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled shared AM & PM game drives
Transport: n/a
Day Notes: Your day on safari generally starts with an early morning rise for the departure of your game drive, during your drive you will stop for drinks and snacks. You then return to the lodge for a hearty full English breakfast and then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. A light lunch is served. Late afternoon meet for game drive, again stopping en route for refreshments. A three course South African dinner is served at the lodge.

DAY 3: ON SAFARI
Accommodation: Rhino River Lodge
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled shared AM & PM game drives
Transport: n/a
Day Notes: Morning and afternoon game drives. During the day, optional tours available include Jozini Dam tiger fishing, trips in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi or uMhkuze Game Reserves, hippo & crocodile tour in St Lucia, seasonal whale watching, Sodwana scuba or snorkelling trips and Cape Vidal beach trip.

DAY 4: ON SAFARI
Accommodation: Rhino River Lodge
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled shared AM & PM game drives
Transport: n/a
Day Notes: Morning and afternoon game drives. Optional art & culture tours to the Ilala Weavers, Emdoneni Art Gallery, Dumazulu culural village or the Zamimpilo market. Alternatively educational tours to Zulu crocodile reptile centre, Emdoneni Rehabilitation centre or enjoy an elephant interaction

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO DOLPHIN COAST
Accommodation: The Oyster Box
Meals Included: Breakfast included
Transport: Private road transfer - 2 ½ hours
Day Notes: After morning game drive and breakfast, depart for the coast. Reach the guest house for mid to late afternoon, relax, have a swim and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

DAY 6: AT LEISURE AT THE COAST
Accommodation: The Oyster Box
Meals Included: Breakfast included
Transport: n/a
Day Notes: Enjoy the stretch of beach which is right on the doorstep of the hotel. There are a number of adventure activities available nearby from Natal sharks board, scuba diving, snorkelling, micro lighting and deep sea fishing. Should you want to explore Durban, which is about an hour away, local transport can be arranged to enjoy the diverse cultural melting pot and perhaps visit the uShaka Marine World.

DAY 7: AT LEISURE AT THE COAST
Accommodation: The Oyster Box
Meals Included: Breakfast included

DAY 8: AT LEISURE AT THE COAST
Accommodation: The Oyster Box
Meals Included: Breakfast included

DAY 9: AT LEISURE AT THE COAST
Accommodation: The Oyster Box
Meals Included: Breakfast included

DAY 10: TRANSFER TO DURBAN AIRPORT
Accommodation: n/a
Meals Included: Breakfast included
Transport: Private transfer - ½ hour
Day Notes: Transfer to Durban Airport

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Rhino River Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Big 5 safari experience
- Private 23,000 hectare reserve
- Family suites
- Hearty South African meals
- Works well for bush & beach

The Oyster Box

KwaZulu-Natal

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Beach front Hotel
- Two Pools
- Iconic Hotel
- Superb service

Details

Getting there

South African Airways, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have good regular connections from Johannesburg to Durban which work well with overnight flight from London to Johannesburg from £950-£1250.

In addition with Durban now being an international airport you are able to fly directly in from the Middle East and Emirates often have excellent offers.

Flight prices on this route are always cheaper booked in advance, particularly when flying during UK school holidays. If you are booking anything less than a month prior to departure expect to pay through Virgin and BA tend to offer flight sales around September and October, which are worth looking out for.

Please let us know your preferred departure airport and we would be pleased to quote for a flight inclusive ATOL protected package.

Price includes

Includes road transfers to/from Durban Airport and between the accommodations, accommodation with meals as specified, lodge activities as mentioned

Excludes international flights. Please get in touch for a flight inclusive quote for your dates.

When is best?

This holiday is available all year round, although both accommodations will book out early for the Christmas period.

October - March is summer in South Africa and is the best time to view turtles hatching. At this time of year, temperatures will be 30C and over with occasional rain.

April - September is winter, which means sunny days with temperatures up to 25C and no rain. The bush is less dense at this time of year, so wildlife spotting is best in June, July & August.

Is it for me?

This trip is tailor-made and can be amended to suit your interests. It is an excellent option for a first time safari. For something with a touch more luxury, we recommend our South Africa Safari and Beach Holiday which features the nearby Thanda Safari Lodge and Thonga Beach Lodge

If you have more time, you may want to consider extending into the Drakensberg Mountains for some walking, visit the historical battlefields and the beautiful Isimangaliso Wetland Park.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 602 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • We booked a 16 day trip to South Africa. I rang and spoke to Lisa and Ben who shaped our holiday to meet the needs of our family and it was absolutely fantastic. Every aspect of the trip was considered, planned and explained and everywhere we stayed was excellent. I would recommend Tourdust to anyone.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for South Africa Bush & Beach Safari on 06 September 2016

  • I wanted to express my huge gratitude to you for our amazing holiday. From start to finish, I was particularly impressed by your organisation of everything.... the flights and all the transfers were smooth and on time. In fact the transfer drivers arrived early and were all very friendly and put me at ease immediately. South African Airways were excellent too - it was a very smooth journey all round.
    Our safari at Rhino River Lodge was utterly superb. Your choice of safari for my son and myself was excellent. As you know, feeling safe was particularly important for me as I was travelling on my own with my son, and I have to say that at Rhino River Lodge, I immediately felt safe and welcomed. We arrived just in time for the afternoon drive and although we were tired from our long journey, adrenaline immediately kicked in when we pulled up alongside two cheetahs resting after their feed. The days that followed were incredible - each game drive was a different, amazing adventure - memories which will remain with my son and I for ever. The staff at Rhino River Lodge are really great - our game driver, Alex was superb and very informative. The food was great too and the accommodation was lovely, really hot showers and spacious room.
    Our time at Lalaria lodge afterwards was very relaxing - again a good choice of place - the hosts, Linda and Tony, were extremely friendly and very helpful. On the evening we arrived, they laid on some homemade bread, dips and barbecued sausages out on the terrace for us and the other English family staying there - a lovely way for us all to get to know each other. To be honest, it felt like we were all friends sharing a BBQ rather than guests in a hotel. Linda and Tony were very helpful in organising taxis for us each day/evening and suggesting places to eat. The room we were given was great - a sea view room - very, very spacious.
    It was a holiday of a lifetime and I can’t thank you enough for all the amazing organisation. I felt very looked after from start to finish and it was very important for me to feel that way. I will certainly be using Tourdust again and will recommend you to others.

    MissingLinda Vincent reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari on 14 October 2015

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
    - Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
    - The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
    - Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
    - Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant

    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

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Alternative Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Big five safari in the renowned Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park, kayaking and wildlife in the magnificent iSimangaliso Wetland Park and luxury beach relaxation at the Oyster Box Hotel

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $3,322 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,056 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,004 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,056 per person economy class from London

Combine superb big five safari at Thanda Lodge, then relax amidst the luxury of Thonga Beach Lodge.

Tailor-made Luxury 10 days

Adults from $3,760 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,056 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,159 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,056 per person economy class from London

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