ESSENTIAL BUSH & BEACH
South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal area offers the perfect “bush” & “beach” adventure in the space of just a couple hundred miles! This is the ideal destination for long lazy days on deserted beaches, and excellent safari sightings in Phinda Game Reserve. The laid-back holiday feel of “Natal” forces you to feel relaxed, while providing a great backdrop to an easy-going holiday that’s still packed with adventure and unforgettable wildlife sightings. Kayak up pristine estuaries, search for hatching turtles under starlight, get up close and personal to the Big 5, and laze about on golden beaches while you soak up some rays.
This is simply an example itinerary that can be tweaked and changed to suit your needs. This is also why we don’t put prices on our itineraries – we specialize in tailor-making our trips for each individual client. If you like the sound of this itinerary, then send us a direct email enquiry, or fill out the detailed enquiry form below.
Kwa-Zulu Natal is an easy province to self-drive in, and there are many little towns, game reserves and sights to visit in-between the main destinations. If you’re hesitant about driving though, we can arrange safe and reliable transfers between the places you’d like to visit. Southern Mozambique is also a short drive from Kosi Bay, so if you want to see dolphins, whale sharks, or scuba dive in crystal blue waters, just let us know!
Searching for sea turtles under starlight.
Exploring pristine estuaries by kayak.
Remote wilderness of Tembe Elephant Park.
Camp fires and sunset drinks on safari.
Coming face-to-face with rhinos and lions in Phinda.
Early morning swims in the warm Indian Ocean.
IN A NUTSHELL
DAY 1-3 – Kosi Bay
DAY 4-6 – Phinda Game Reserve
DAY 7-9 – Umhlanga
DAY 10 – King Shaka International Airport, Durban
9 Days (excluding final travel day)
Day 1-3: Kosi Bay
The wild coastline of Kosi Bay is sandwiched between dense coastal forest and big seas, and feels a world away from the rest of South Africa. Enjoy Kosi’s miles of pristine, deserted beaches, plunge into the Indian Ocean for some scuba diving or snorkelling; go deep-sea fishing, or explore the birdlife-rich estuaries by kayak. Watch sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach from November to February, or visit the remote and truly wild Tembe Elephant Park on a half or full-day adventure. This park is well off the tourist track, and is definitely worth a visit!
Day 4-6: Phinda Game Reserve
This private, luxury game reserve just 2 hours south of Kosi Bay is home to the Big 5 and a spectacular array of birdlife. Enjoy 3 nights in this exceptional reserve and keep your eyes out for cheetah, rhino, wild dog and lions! The sub-tropical climate here means the bush is green and lush and wildlife is abundant. Alternatively, stay in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, a more affordable option for those traveling on a tighter budget.
Day 7-9: Umhlanga
End off your fantastic Bush & Beach adventure with a couple nights in the bustling, exciting beach resort town of Umhlanga. Try your hand at surfing, visit the many restaurants and bars, take a dip in the warm ocean, or simply soak up some sun on the golden beaches!
Day 10: King Shaka International Airport, Durban
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