South Africa Safari & Beach - KwaZulu Natal

Thanda Game Reserve & Maputaland Coast

From $6000 per person sharing in low season
From $6000 per person sharing in high season

based on 10 nights

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Shared transfers

  • Car rental

  • Selected experiences

  • Full Board and activities

per person sharing inclusive of all international flights, internal flights and transfers within South Africa, accommodation on a fully inclusive basis at Phinda, accommodation on a full board basis at Thonga including some water activities.

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At a Glance

  • A wonderful combination of Big Five safari and beach with a huge variety of activities

  • Enjoy excellent game viewing in the exclusive Phinda Game Reserve

  • Thonga Beach Lodge, nestled in the dunes, offers activities for all ages

  • Phenomenal snorkeling and diving on pristine coral reefs, and diving lessons on offer at the lodge

  • Thonga is in the heart of the Simangaliso World Heritage Park, a spectacular and pristine wilderness area

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The subtropical climate in Kwazulu Natal, means anytime of the year is worth a visit. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.


A wonderful combination for couples and families alike, first visit the exclusive big five Thanda Game Reserve, before heading to the shores of the Indian Ocean to enjoy spectacular scuba diving, snorkeling, and beautiful scenery.

  1. Fly to Durban (via Johannesburg)

    After flying overnight to Johannesburg, connect onwards to Durban. You will be met and transferred to Phinda Game Reserve, your home for the next four nights.

  2. Days 1-5: Phinda Private Game Reserve

    Explore this vast and pristine reserve on a morning game drive to find the Big Five or choose to head out on foot with your guide - a great way to see the smaller highlights of the bush. As Phinda is a private game reserve, you will see only your fellow guests as you explore. Game drives are all in open topped vehicles, giving you a perfect panorama of the wildlife.

    For those wishing to immerse themselves further in Phinda's incredible wildlife, there is the option to join in with the conservation team as they work in the reserve - it's a fascinating day and gives a real insight into the very important work the team do to preserve the reserve's game.

    Accommodation: &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge (4 nights)

  3. Days 5-11: KwaZulu Natal and the north coast

    Moving on from Phinda, you'll head to Thonga Beach Lodge, situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean. This super lodge nestles in the coastal dune forest, with all its chalets enjoying wonderful views of the ocean. Here you can enjoy superb snorkeling just a stroll away from the lodge; the clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean play host to over 1,250 species of fish. The scuba diving is wonderful, with the lodge launching its boat straight from the beach and instructors on hand to teach beginners.

    The lodge offers an Ocean Safari, taking guests out in their own boat to see shoals of game fish, schools of bottlenose dolphins and, during the summer, whale sharks and turtles. In the winter, humpback whales are often spotted. Speak to your specialist consultant for more details.

    Accommodation: Thonga Beach Lodge (6 nights)

  4. Fly home from Richards Bay (via Johannesburg)

    Transfer to Richards Bay for your flight to your onward destination.


Thanda Game Reserve & Maputaland Coast

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.