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South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday

A luxurious week long holiday in KwaZulu Natal. Stay in an exclusive safari lodge with private plunge pool and then snorkel, swim and kick back & relaxin a forest suite on the wild Maputuland Coast.

Tailor-made Luxury 10 days

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,107 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Spot the Big 5 on a guided safari
  • Luxurious accommodation with fantastic service
  • Stay in forest suites on the coast
  • Go snorkelling in the Indian Ocean
This is holiday with the full intention of delivering adventure and relaxation at the same time. Your trip begins in a private game reserve in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal. Staying in luxurious, family friendly accommodation, you will have two game drives each day, with plenty of time each day for relaxing around your suite, cooling off in your plunge pool, or perhaps visiting the spa. The 14,000 hectare reserve is home to the Big 5, as well as a cheetah, hyena, warthog and a plethora of bird life. Rangers are experts in their fields and very good at involving all of the family in the game drives, so everyone will be engaged. In the evenings, food is served in the dining area, where both adult and children's appetites are catered for.

After you've had your fill of safari, you will then move location to the Maputuland Coast, to stay in luxury suites located in the coastal dune forest. Here, you will be just be a short walk from deserted golden sand beaches, where no one will be able to resist splashing in the waves. During your stay, you can lie back and relax on the beach, play in the pool or watch the monkeys from your balcony. Daily activities are included in your stay - you can go snorkelling in a protected bay, go for a guided forest walk or enjoy a sundowner at Lake Sibaya, South Africa's largest inland freshwater lake where, in the summer months, you have a good chance of spotting hippos. Also available in the summer months is turtle tracking, when the guides will take you to the beach in the evening to watch turtles hatching and a cultural village visit. Additional activities which you can pay extra for include whale & dolphin watching, boat based snorkelling and diving visits.

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

DAY 1: Arrive Durban and transfer to Thanda Private Game Reserve
DAY 2: Thanda Private Game Reserve
DAY 3: Thanda Private Game Reserve
DAY 4: Thanda Private Game Reserve
DAY 5: Travel to Thonga Beach Lodge
DAY 6: Thonga Beach Lodge
DAY 7: Thonga Beach Lodge
DAY 8: Thonga Beach Lodge
DAY 9: Thonga Beach Lodge
DAY 10: Depart

FULL ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE DURBAN AND TRANSFER TO THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Accommodation: Thanda Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner
Day Notes: On arrival you will be met and transferred by road to Thanda Private Game Reserve, which will take about 3 ½ hours. You will be welcomed with a cold drink, shown to your room and then there will be time to relax before your afternoon game drive and then dinner back at the lodge

DAY 2: THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Accommodation: Thanda Safari Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: Thanda Private Game Reserve is on private 14000 hectares and home to the Big Five, in addition to cheetah, hyena, warthog and even wild dog. It will be early starts heading out with your ranger and tracker, returning to the lodge for some quiet time in the day to relax enjoy the pool or indulge in a spa treatment. Guided bush walks will also be on offer for those over 16 years.

Thanda is a lovely choice for families with children menus available, babysitters at a nominal charge, private boma experience for children under 3 years or room service meals.
Most importantly, what will children experience at Thanda? The Buck & Bugs Club has been designed to engage children in nature safely with game tracking, game spotting, spoor, bird and plant life identification and stargazing, then presenting them with a junior ranger certificate at the end of their stay. The library is stocked with a good selection of education and fun books, DVD’s, puzzles and games. Ending the day off with milk and cookies at bedtime.

DAY 3: THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Accommodation: Thanda Safari Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: On safari at Thanda Private Game Reserve

DAY 4: THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Accommodation: Thanda Safari Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: On safari at Thanda Private Game Reserve

DAY 5: TRAVEL TO THONGA BEACH LODGE
Accommodation: Thonga Beach Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: After breakfast and morning game drive, you will depart for Thonga Beach Lodge which will take about 2 hours. After settling in you may want to take some snorkelling equipment and spend a relaxing afternoon on the beach.

DAY 6: THONGA BEACH LODGE
Accommodation: Thonga Beach Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: Thonga Beach Lodge offers several activities which are included in your stay. Whether you decide to do any of them, is completely up to you. This morning you may want to take the opportunity to enjoy a kayak trip around Lake Sibaya, if you are lucky you may have a chance of seeing hippo or crocodiles. In the afternoon, you could go on a guided forest walk and then spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach.

DAY 7: THONGA BEACH LODGE
Accommodation: Thonga Beach Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: Another day at leisure at the beach. If you want to be active, your guide could take you to visit the local Mabibi community, or perhaps try your hand at fishing. If you are visiting between November - February, don't miss the opportunity to go turtle tracking, watching the turtle hatchlings making their way from their nests to the sea.

DAY 8: THONGA BEACH LODGE
Accommodation: Thonga Beach Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: At leisure

DAY 9: THONGA BEACH LODGE
Accommodation: Thonga Beach Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: At leisure

DAY 10: DEPART
Accommodation: n/a
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Notes: Road transfer to Durban Airport for your return flight home

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.

Thanda Safari Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Private infinity plunge pool
- Luxurious & spacious suites
- Family friendly

Thonga Beach Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Pristine coast line
- Large spacious airy suites
- Snorkelling, village visit, guided forest walks

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

All meals with lodge activities as mentioned and all transfers as specified

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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • Very helpful and informative. Gave us lots of options when booking and talked through all the possibilities. On the holiday it all went according to the itinerary and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 21 April 2016

  • Everything worked perfectly! We all found our trekking experience to be the best part of our adventures in Morocco. We were particularly pleased with our guide, Hussain; he did a brilliant job. He is thoughtful, knowledgable, and sweet. He represents you well.

    MissingJacob Moffat reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Treks on 09 March 2017

  • 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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