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South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families

An excellent value safari and beach holiday in KwaZulu-Natal taking in a Big 5 safari and a renowned beach hotel. This holiday is strong on wildlife, beach and relaxation with accommodation in excellent lodging.

Tailor-made Classic 8 days

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,117 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview


  • Excellent Value Safari & Beach option

  • Fantastic option for families

  • 4 nights big five safari at family-friendly Rhino River Lodge

  • 3 nights in the family-friendly renowned 5 star Oyster Box


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.

This is a tailor-made itinerary, there are a number of fantastic upgrade options both for the safari (Rhino Ridge, Thanda and Phinda) and for the Coast (Thonga, Rocktail and White Pearl). For those looking to bring costs down, you could save approximately £100 / $130 per person by downgrading to the Fairmont Zimbali or Canelands on the Coast.

Day-by-day

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
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

DAY 4: ON SAFARI
Accommodation: Rhino River Lodge
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled shared AM & PM game drives

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO 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: 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.

Emirates and Qatar also offer services to Durban via Dubai and Doha and can be excellent value.

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 is a tailor-made itinerary, there are a number of fantastic upgrade options both for the safari (Rhino Ridge, Thanda and Phinda) and for the Coast (Thonga, Rocktail and White Pearl). For those looking to bring costs down, you could save approximately £100 / $130 per person by downgrading to the Fairmont Zimbali or Canelands on the Coast.

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.

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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 V reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 14 October 2015

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

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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 $1,078 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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