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South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands

Wonderful two week holiday in KwaZulu-Natal combining superb big five safari, boat trips and kayaking in the magnificent iSimangaliso wetland park and luxury relaxation on the Coast at the renowned Oyster Box Hotel.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,068 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

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. Part of Africa’s oldest proclaimed game reserve Hluhluwe Imfolozi, this low-risk malaria site is ideal for families. Situated in a 96,000 hectare park dedicated to rhino conservation, the park is now home to over 1,000 white rhinos that can be spotted, along with the rest of the big five, on the day and night game drives offered by the experienced rangers. This area is a perfect alternative to Kruger national park for those preferring easy access to the beach as beautiful coastline is only an hour’s drive away.


Situated in the majestic Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Kosi Forest Lodge is a 16-bed wilderness eco-lodge - a superb base for a relaxed stay amidst nature with first class kayaking and snorkelling available nearby. The lodge itself consists of 16 thatched bedrooms built on raised wooden decks, each hidden within the sand forest with atmospheric outside bathrooms. Activities include boat cruises through the 18km lake system and estuarine waterways, swimming at the nearby isolated Bhanga Nek beach, birding walks through the ancient Raffia Forest, cultural visits to Tsonga communities and taking a short trip to the Kosi Mouth for an excellent snorkelling experience.


Returning towards Durban, The Oyster Box is a renowned 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: DEPART
Overnight Flight

DAY 2: ARRIVE DURBAN AND TRANSFER TO RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE
On arrival into Durban Airport you will be met and transferred to the private game reserve (3 hour drive). 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
Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Full board excluding drinks

DAY 3: ON SAFARI
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.
Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Full board excluding drinks

DAY 4: ON SAFARI
Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Full board excluding drinks

DAY 5: ON SAFARI
Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Full board excluding drinks

DAY 6: TRANSFER TO KOSI FOREST LODGE
Private transfer to Kosi Forest Lodge. Situated in the majestic Isimangaliso Wetland Park, this 16-bed wilderness eco-lodge is a superb base for a relaxed stay amidst nature with first class kayaking and snorkelling available nearby.
Accommodation: Kosi Forest Lodge
Meals Included: Full board excluding drinks

DAY 7: KOSI FOREST LODGE
The highlight of many guests stay at Kosi Forest Lodge is the canoe trip on the Kosi Lakes. Guests get the opportunity to canoe along the Sihadla channel and admire the magnificent Raffia Palms. The bird life while canoeing is very rewarding. Canoeing is always accompanied by a guide and is included in the full board rate. Unfortunately no children under 12. It is just over an hour's drive to the beautiful remote Kosi Bay Mouth, where there's great year round snorkelling. The water is warm and almost always crystal clear. The lodge organise (at extra cost) a day tour to the Mouth with picnic lunch and snorkelling equipment that is highly recommended.
Accommodation: Kosi Forest Lodge
Meals Included: Full board excluding drinks

DAY 8: KOSI FOREST LODGE
Accommodation: Kosi Forest Lodge
Meals Included: Full board excluding drinks

DAY 9: TRANSFER TO OYSTER BOX
After breakfast transfer to the Dolphin Coast for a relaxing stay at a beautiful hotel situated right on Umhlanga’s beachfront with two heated pools.
Accommodation: Oyster Box
Meals Included: Breakfast only

DAY 10: TRANSFER TO COAST
The Oyster Box has a fantastic location, with good access to be beach (which has a lifeguard) and nearby tourist attractions including Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Ushaka Marine World, Sun Coast casino, the historical Natal Midlands and majestic Drakensberg Mountains
Accommodation: Oyster Box
Meals Included: Breakfast only

DAY 11:COAST
Accommodation: Oyster Box
Meals Included: Breakfast only

DAY 12: COAST
Accommodation: Oyster Box
Meals Included: Breakfast only

DAY 13: COAST
Accommodation: Oyster Box
Meals Included: Breakfast only

DAY 14: TRANSFER TO DURBAN AIRPORT FOR YOUR FLIGHT HOME
Overnight Flight

DAY 15: ARRIVE 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.

Rhino Ridge Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Family friendly
- Close to the coast
- Big five
- Low malaria risk

Kosi Forest Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Eco Camp
- Isimangaliso Wetlands
- Swimming Pool
- Kayaking & Snorkelling

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 £600-£1250 per person.

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 more.

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

Price includes

Quoted price includes all accommodation and transfers. Accommodation on safari and in the wetlands is full board excluding drinks. At the beach hotel accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis. Twice daily game drives are included on safari at Rhino Ridge. At Kosi Forest Lodge, kayaking a boat tour of the wetlands are included. Some activities such as bush walks at Rhino Ridge and snorkelling at Kosi Bay Mouth are optional and extra cost paid locally

When is best?

This holiday is available all year round, although 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.

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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.

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,072 per person economy class from London

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Flights are typically an additional $1,072 per person economy class from London

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

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