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South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday

A luxurious safari and beach holiday in KwaZulu Natal offering superb value in stunning lodges. Start with safari in the renowned Hluhluwe National Park which plays host to the big five and has particularly strong rhino populations. Relax after your safari in South Africa's finest beach lodge on a stunning remote stretch of Indian Ocean Coast. Enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, lake kayaking, bush walks and village visits.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,008 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

  • Relax By Stunning Remote Indian Ocean Beaches

  • Go snorkelling in the Indian Ocean


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 the lodge, cooling off in the swimming pool, or perhaps visiting the spa. The renowned national park is home to the Big 5, as well as a cheetah, hyena, warthog and a plethora of bird life. The Park is particularly renowned for its Rhino population. 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 Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
DAY 2: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
DAY 3: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
DAY 4: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
DAY 5: Travel to Thonga Beach Lodge
DAY 6: Thonga Beach Lodge
DAY 7: Thonga Beach Lodge
DAY 8: Thonga Beach Lodge
DAY 9: Depart

FULL ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE DURBAN AND TRANSFER TO HLUHLUWE NATIONAL PARK
Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner
Day Notes: On arrival into Durban Airport you will be met and transferred to the safari lodge. 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 Ridge Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: A typical day on safari generally starts with an early morning rise for a game drive to see the animals at their most active. You then have plenty of time to relax at the lodge in the middle of the day before heading out again in the late afternoon for a game drive and sundowner. The exact plan depends on the time of year and the weather and will be coordinated with your guide upon arrival. Hluhluwe and surrounding reserves are home to Africa’s Big Five: elephant, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard, in addition to extensive bird and antelope species. What you see on each drive is unpredictable and it’s this variability that makes each sighting an adventure.

DAY 3: ON SAFARI
Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Lodge
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 4:ON SAFARI
Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Lodge
Meals Included: All meals

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: 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.

Rhino Ridge Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- 4* 22 Bedroom Safari Lodge
- Within Hluhluwe National Park
- Big five
- Low malaria risk

Thonga Beach Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Stunning Remote Beach Lodge
- Protected Snorkelling from the beach
- Diving & Marine Safaris
- Big Beachs & Warm Seas

Details

Getting there

Durban is well connected with direct flights with British Aiways from London Heathrow three times a week and daily flights connecting via Johannesburg (SAA, BA, Virgin) and via Durban (Emirates).


The New direct BA service from London to Durban operates three days per week – outbound on Monday, Thursday and Saturday (all overnight flights) and returning on Tuesday, Friday, Sunday (all day time flights requiring a night in Durban before the return flight as it is an early flight).


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

The guide price for this sample itinerary includes all transfers and lodging and is based on travel between May and July, different pricing applies for different seasons.


Rhino Ridge includes all meals (brunch, high tea & dinner), teas & coffees, 2 game drives per day, and a sundowner on the afternoon game drive (one house drink per person).


Thonga Beach Lodge includes Meals, teas/coffees, use of snorkelling equipment, guided walks, kayaking, sundowners at Lake Sibaya and cultural tours to Mabibi Community. Each guest is entilted to 1 of the following on a sundowner excursion at Lake Sibaya, glass of wine or local beer or cider or soft drink.

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.

Safety

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