This is the ideal bush and beach vacation - paired with awe-inspiring seascapes, face-to-face encounters with popular marine mammals and the ultimate South Africa safari with wildlife’s renowned Big Five. Delight in unforgettable bush dinners enjoying majestic sunsets, and experience unique walks led by expert guides through the bushveld’s untouched spaces. Stay in award-winning hotels, taste ethnically inspired dishes, uncover the...
Durban - Arrive in South Africa
Today, you arrive in the multi-cultural, seaside city of Durban. Sit back as we transfer you to a five-star hotel, in the nearby town of Umhlanga. This multi-award-winning luxury hotel is perfectly positioned on the beachfront and offers staggering views over the ocean and the iconic Umhlanga lighthouse. You can either hop into your rental car, conveniently parked at the hotel, or instead pamper yourself with a personalized individual treatment at the prize-winning spa. If a good movie is what you’re after, then visit the intimate cinema for your favorite Hollywood classic, complete with a box of complimentary popcorn. Tonight, tantalize your taste buds at a fine dining restaurant that offers seafood cuisine paired with local wines. After dinner, climb the 1950s wooden staircase onto the hotel’s rooftop bar, which offers magnificent panoramic scenes. The very location was used by Monaco’s Prince Albert and South African-born Princess Charlene for a private party during their visit to Umhlanga. The sublime setting offers the perfect way to end your day.
Durban - Discover Durban’s Spellbinding Sites
Kwa-Zulu Natal - Ride Horses on Fugitives Drift Game Reserve
Kwa-Zulu Natal - Relive Famous Anglo-Zulu Battles
Thanda Private Game Reserve - Photograph the Big Five in Thanda Private Game Reserve
Thanda Private Game Reserve - Enjoy a Mouth-Watering Breakfast in the African Bush
Thanda Private Game Reserve - Help Conserve Africa’s Wildlife
Thanda Private Game Reserve - Time to Return Home
- Come face-to-face with the Big Five and enjoy unique safari experiences in the bush
- Experience fine dining in a whole new and unforgettable way – in the heart of the bushveld
- Search the bush on foot for a unique perspective of the savannah’s diverse fauna and flora
- Assist Thanda Private Game Reserve researchers with wildlife conservation (optional and subject to availability)
- View wildlife on horseback in Fugitives Drift Game Reserve (optional)
- Interact with dolphins and seals, swim with sharks or snorkel amidst sea-creatures (optional)
- Vacation in award-winning hotels, like the 5-star Oyster Box – the entertainment destination of choice for the Prince and Princess of Monaco
- Relive rich historical battles that have been immortalized in Hollywood films
Does the thought of warm ocean waters, golden sands and big game make you tingle with excitement? Then read on, as this trip just might just be your dream vacation. Arrive in the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. Inhale exotic spices and salty ocean air in the city of Durban, home to a flourishing Indian community and South Africa’s largest ethnic group – the Zulu. Explore the beautiful beaches of Umhlanga (which means "Place of Reeds") where an iconic lighthouse looks out over the endless Indian Ocean. Swim with sharks, delight in memorable interactions with dolphins and seals, and follow in the footsteps of Monaco’s Prince Albert and Princess Charlene for drinks at Umhlanga’s The Lighthouse Bar.
Travel to the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields Region where historic battles raged; here, blasts of gunfire echoed across the rolling hills, and assegais (spears) glinted in the sun. Hear how the great British army was brought to its knees by local Zulu warriors. Then, discover how courageous souls survived a 12-hour attack and went on to receive Victoria Crosses for their bravery.
Next, you’ll journey into the heart of the bush to meet the Big Five. This vacation provides the ultimate in escapism - packed with adventure for the bold, barrels of excitement for the eager, and the perfect blend of tranquility. To add on to your African safari, see what other travelers experienced in the reviews of South Africa safaris.
$4,155 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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