Per Person
Tour & Beach
Jan - Dec

Experience the wild and beautiful side of South Africa, fly into Durban and head straight off on the open road into the heart of KwaZulu Natal. In Umfolozi Game reserve the safari is in a pristine, malaria free environment and with just a few lodges the animal viewing is almost private. Then head to the remote stretches of the Indian Ocean in a barefoot luxury lodge and head out in search of dolphins, sea turtles and other marine wildlife – a true get away from it all experience. Finish at the legendary Oyster Box hotel on the north Durban shore. This is an easy driving trip, with no internal flights and freedom to set your own agenda, and a wonderful variety of experiences.

At a Glance

  • Easy driving iitinerary
  • Safari in Umfolozi, a truly private big five safari experience
  • Amazing rhino viewing
  • Beach wilderness at Thonga Lodge
  • Marine adventure and wildlife in a protected area
  • Stay at the legendary Oyster Box with exclusive curry buffet offer

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Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours

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Practical Info


  • Day 1
    To Durban

    Depart on your overnight flight to Durban, either direct from London or with connections through Europe or the Gulf.

  • Day 2
    On Safari at Umfolozi

    Early morning arrival. Pick up you car hire and head straight out on the open road. After just two hours, turn off into the rolling hills of the umfolozi Game Reserve. This vast reserve is home to just a few lodges, providing a true African wilderness experience’ Stay for 3 nights at Mtenbu Lodge by Mantis, a new lodge on the banks of a river. Enjoy lunch and relax for the afternoon spotting elephants by the river and later head out on an evening game drive.

    Meals: Lunch, dinner

    Mtentu Lodge
  • Days 3 - 4
    Umfolozi Safari

    Experience the thrill of a safari and plenty of time to relax in an untouched environment. Go out on game drives at dawn and in the evening with your expert guide and tracker. This being a relatively new reserve, game sometimes has to be searched for a little more, but can be all the more rewarding.  The reserve is particularly engaged in rhino preservation and the rhino sightings here can be wonderful.

    Meals: Lunch, dinner

    Mtentu Lodge
  • Day 5
    To Thonga Beach Lodge

    After an early morning game drive, perhaps with a refreshing coffee in the wilderness, depart and drive towards to coast and iSimangasilo Wetland park. Relax into a slow rhythm of life at Thonga Beach Lodge, an area of pristine wild beaches, barefoot luxury and stay in a distinctive wooden lodge for three nights.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and more

    Thonga Beach Lodge
  • Days 6 - 7
    Thonga Beach lodge

    In this protected marine and coastal environment there are so many ways to explore, not forgetting relaxing with afternoon tea or a sundowner or two. There are sometimes dolphins off shore, or nesting turtles on the beach. Take a boat trip and head out snorkelling, go on a guided forest walk, or a candle-lit dinner by the sea under a starry sky.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and more

    Thonga Beach Lodge
  • Day 8
    To Durban

    At your own pace, drive back south toward Durban and the Oyster Box hotel, for 3 nights in style. For 2020 exclusive to Destinology, a three night stay includes a free curry buffet per person – a legendary Durban institution.

    The Oyster Box
  • Days 9 - 10
    Indian Ocean

    At leisure by the ocean, around the inviting Oyster Box pool, enjoy excellent and great value cuisine in the Ocean Terrace or Grill Room. Explore the Umhlanga waterfront area around the hotel or hop into Durban and see the harbour. It’s also a do-able day trip into the picturesque KZN Midlands.

    Meals: Breakfast

    The Oyster Box
  • Days 11 - 12

    After a leisurely morning, drive to the airport, drop off the car and take your return flight.

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South Africa

Mtentu Lodge


Thonga Beach Lodge

‘Private Beach, Swimming Pool’

The Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the shores of Maputaland Coast, KwaZulu-Natal which forms parts of the 332 000 hectare iSamangaliso Wetland Park. This was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. There are 12 thatched bush suites with either ocean or forest views and the Deluxe Ocean View features private plunge pools nestled a dune forest. There are a variety of activities to enjoy including excursions, kayaking and turtle tracking.


The Oyster Box

‘Iconic Landmark – Well Deserved’

The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting have earned The Oyster Box a reputation that is legendary the world over. The setting, architecture, cuisine and décor all conspire to create a magical setting which is made all the more perfect by the most attentive of staff. Guests can enjoy the close proximity to the beach and the ocean as well as a host of leisure facilities and restaurants at their fingertips.

12 Days from £3,975 Per Person
Based on 2 adults sharing

This trip includes

International flights in economy class

Accommodation and meals as noted in the itinerary.

11 days category C saloon car hire including all insurance


This trip excludes

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