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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 £880 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

- Good Value Big 5 Safari
- Private 23,000 hectare reserve
- Family suites
- Down to earth accommodation

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 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • 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 fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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