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Cape and KwaZulu Natal City, Beach and Safari Honeymoon

Inspirational self drive honeymoon to South Africa

Offering a city break in Cape Town, Indian Ocean beaches in Durban and a fabulous Big 5 safari, this vacation has it all. It's a self-drive trip idea for independent travelers who enjoy the freedom of a scenic drive, whilst staying in elegant hotels and lodges. Set off the exciting journey by seeing Cape Town's sights from Table Mountain and Cape Point to Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront, all from the luxury of the 5-star Twelve Apostles Hotel, known for its incredible sea views.

Then head to South Africa's east coast and to the exclusive Oyster Box Hotel situated right on one of Durban's most beautiful beaches. Here spend your time lounging by the pool or on the beach before heading north to Phinda Private Game Reserve and to the spectacular Phinda Mountain Lodge where you will be spoilt with an abundance of activities including Big 5 game drives.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 4 nights - Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 4 nights - The Oyster Box Hotel, Durban, South Africa
  • 4 nights - Phinda Mountain Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
  • Ends - Transfer to Durban King Shaka for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 12 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari

Tailor-made itineraries

Every Mahlatini trip is custom created to your exact travel wishes – no readymade tours or set departures. Get in touch with our experts to start creating your bespoke itinerary.

Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
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Highlights

  • Spot the Big 5 in an exclusive private game reserve
  • Breath-taking natural beauty at each stop
  • Cape Town, one of the most photographic cities in the world
  • High Tea on the seaview terrace at the Oyster Box Hotel
  • Impactful conservation experiences at Phinda Reserve
Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Day 1 - 5

Your African luxury adventure begins at Cape Town Airport where your hire car will be ready and waiting. From here you will make your way to your hotel near Camps Bay.

  • 4 nights

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Bed & Breakfast | Mountain facing room
South Africa

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Day 5 - 9

Return to the airport today and board your flight to Durban Airport. Here your hire vehicle will be ready and waiting and you will drive the 15 min drive to your beachfront hotel in Umhlanga Rocks.

  • 4 nights
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The Oyster Box Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Classic Garden Facing Room
South Africa

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Day 9 - 13

Journey north today. The tail end of the 3.5 hour drive will be game viewing through the private Phinda Reserve. You will be warmly welcomed at Mountain Lodge.

  • 4 nights

Phinda Mountain Lodge
All Inclusive | Suite
South Africa

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Day 13

Bid Phinda goodbye and return to Durban where you will drop off your hire car and connect with your onward flight home.

We've got you covered

Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person or per family sharing basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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Includes

  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Car hire, group B car (Toyota Yaris or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
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Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
Indulge your passions

ACTIVITIES

Our trips offer countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkelling/Scuba Diving
  • Kids Club Icon Kids Club
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Fly Camping Icon Fly Camping
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experience
  • Photographic Safari Icon Photographic Safari
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Wine Tour Icon Wine Tour
Enriching encounters

ICONIC WILDLIFE

Whether you want to tick off the Big Five or encounter specific safari species and sea creatures on your safari and coastal stay, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

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    Zebra
  • Wildebeest
    Wildebeest
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Orca
    Orca
  • Lion
    Lion
  • Leopard
    Leopard
  • Leatherback Turtle
    Leatherback Turtle
  • Kudu
    Kudu
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Hippo
    Hippo
  • Hawksbill turtle
    Hawksbill Turtle
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
    Elephant
  • Crocodile
    Crocodile
  • Cheetah
    Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
    Buffalo
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Baboon
    Baboon
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
  • Southern Giraffe
    Giraffe
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries

TRIPS TO INSPIRE

From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, enchanting beaches and intriguing cities, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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  • Flights and transfers included
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