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9 Day KwaZulu Natal, Safari and Beach

9 Day KwaZulu Natal, Safari and Beach

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2290 - $2938
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 9 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: South Africa South Africa
Parks visited: Hluhluwe Umfolozi
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
This wonderful holiday offers a ‘Big Five’ safari in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park followed by a few days relaxing on the pristine Mabibi Beach in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Your South African adventure begins in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park where you’ll stay at an exclusive luxury lodge. During morning and sunset game drives you’ll encounter incredible wildlife and birdlife, and you’ll also have the opportunity to join a guided walk with ‘The Rhino Whisperer’. After an exciting safari experience you’ll be transferred to a luxurious eco-lodge on the Maputuland Coast, also known as ‘The Elephant Coastline’. Here you can stroll along endless empty beaches, snorkel or dive on the colourful coral reefs, visit a Tsonga homestead to learn about their unique heritage and culture, or simply relax and do nothing!

Day 1: Arrival in Johannesburg and Transfer to Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

Upon arrival in Johannesburg you’ll transfer to the domestic terminal for your connecting flight to Richard's Bay. You will then be met be a Wayfairer representative and driven to you luxury safari lodge in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.

After a refreshing drink and a brief introduction to the lodge, you will be shown to your luxurious accommodation (a bush villa, family suite or safari room). You will then be invited down to the lounge to enjoy afternoon tea, before departing for your first game drive in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.

Whilst on your game drive you’ll stop for sundowners to watch the spectacular sunset, and then you’ll continue on your safari keeping an eye out for nocturnal animals. Returning to the lodge you’ll have time to freshen up, before enjoying a delicious dinner on the deck as you recount the day’s events, accompanied by the night sounds of the bush.

Overnight: Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
Meals: (_/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 2: On Safari

Today you’ll enjoy morning and evening game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, both on private gravel concession roads and Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park roads. Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is the oldest game reserve in Southern Africa and its home to the ‘Big Five’, plus other game including the elusive cheetah, wild dog and nyala. The park is also a prime birding destination and is home to 340 bird species. 

In between the game drives you can join a guided walk in ‘Big Five’ territory or Conservation Areas with the legendary Nunu Jobe, a highly experienced ranger who also goes by the name of “The Rhino Whisperer” or you can explore the spectacular gorge area below the lodge with its incredible bird life and flora.

The lodge can also arrange cultural visits to the local Mpembeni Community where you’ll have a chance to learn a little about the Zulu people and how they live.

Overnight: Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 3: On Safari

Today you’ll enjoy two more game drives in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park with skilled rangers. As the lodge is situated within the park you won’t waste precious time driving to the park before your game viewing begins. Game drives start from directly outside the lodge and your driver can use the extensive network of roads throughout the park.

Overnight: Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 4: Final Day on Safari

Enjoy your final day of safari with morning and afternoon game drives. In between the game drives the lodge can arrange a visit to Emdoneni Cat Centre where you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about South Africa's wild cats. The centre runs daily educational tours with feeding during the afternoon and an informative talk by an experienced guide. 

Overnight: Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 5: Hluhluwe to Elephant Coast

After breakfast you’ll leave Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and you’ll be transferred to your next accommodation which is located on the unspoilt beach of Mabibi on the Maputuland Coast (also known as ‘The Elephant Coastline’), part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. With tranquil bays and reefs for swimming and snorkelling, lush coastal forests, stunning freshwater lakes, golden sand dunes and an endless pristine beach, this is a truly idyllic location.

You’ll stay at a secluded eco-lodge which perfectly captures the essence of a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ hideaway. From the deck of your thatched-roof hut you can relax and take in the views of the stunning beach below.

Due to the remote location of the lodge guests stay on an all-inclusive basis and you’ll enjoy delicious buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, and a sumptuous three course evening meal.

Overnight: Elephant Coast
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 6: Exploring the Elephant Coast

During your stay here you can enjoy activities such as whale and dolphin excursions, nocturnal guided scorpion and spider walks (available from March to October), horse riding, guided bird watching trips and forest walks, plus the clear, calm waters, colourful coral reefs and phenomenal underwater marine life offer exceptional snorkelling and offshore scuba diving. At certain times of the year guests can dive and snorkel with swim with dolphins, whale sharks, Manta rays and giant turtles!

If you’re visiting during the summer months (October to March) you’ll have an opportunity to join a turtle-hatching safari and witness hundreds of baby leatherback and loggerhead turtles scramble from the sandy beaches to the water’s edge.

Overnight: Elephant Coast
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 7: Exploring the Elephant Coast

Today you can enjoy local excursions or adventure activities, or you can simply relax and soak up the tranquillity of this pristine, sandy beach. You may wish to join an early morning guided kayaking trip at Lake Sibaya (Southern Africa’s fresh water lake) where you’re likely to spot hippos and crocodiles, or if early morning kayaking doesn’t take your fancy you can enjoy sundowners on the shores of the Lake Sibaya later in the day.   

We also recommend that you visit a Tsonga homestead, school and clinic where you can meet local people and learn about their culture and heritage.

Overnight: Elephant Coast
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 8: Exploring the Elephant Coast

Enjoy your last full day on the stunning on the Maputuland Coast. We suggest that you take the opportunity to enjoy a pampering spa treatment or relaxing massage before your flight home tomorrow.

Overnight: Elephant Coast
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 9: International Inbound Flight

After breakfast you will return to the small airport at Richard's Bay for your flight to Johannesburg and then you’ll board your international flight home.

Overnight: International flight
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

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