Your tailor-made safari & beach holiday to South Africa

Spa-Island-at-One-and-Only-Cape-Town Game drive Thonga

This luxury self drive holiday takes in the beautiful city of Cape Town followed by a 3 part tour around the province of KwaZulu Natal on South Africa's rugged East Coast. KwaZulu Natal offers a sub-tropical climate, making it an ideal place to stay during South Africa's winters. It is particularly known for its spectacular Indian Ocean beaches, its interesting Indian and Zulu cultures and its abundant Big 5 game reserves.

You will start in Cape Town visiting the many tourist attractions including the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island and Cape Point. You will then journey to KwaZulu Natal's coastal city of Durban, a short flight from Cape Town. Here you will spend your time in the small town of Umhlanga Rocks, most famous for its historic lighthouse and endless beach promenade filled with runners, dog walkers and surfers. We recommend lounging by the pool or swimming the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, however, if you want to do further exploring, the city of Durban does offer a range of activities.

Of course, we have included a magnificent safari so you can experience everything that makes South Africa a truly unique and much loved holiday destination. A 3-4 hour drive will take you to Phinda Mountain Lodge in the private Phinda Game Reserve. Here you will partake in day and night Big 5 game drives and spend your down time relaxing by the pool or enjoying meals under the endless African sky.

For the final leg of your trip you will travel further north, near the border with Mozambique to the area known as the Elephant Coast, one of the most remote in the country. It is a wild coastline of breath-taking scenery and natural wonders. You will stay at Thonga Beach Lodge where you will enjoy a wide range of activities from snorkeling and scuba diving, to forest walks, fishing, birding, cultural visits and turtle tracking (in season). This is an extra special place of exquisite natural beauty. It will revive your senses and be the perfect end to a diverse and fun-filled holiday.

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Day 1

Catch your overnight flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Cape Town International

Day 2 - 5

4 nights at One & Only Cape Town | Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will make your way to the car hire desk to collect your hire car. From here you will drive yourself to Cape Town.

Room Type: Marina Room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast

Day 6 - 7

2 nights at The Oyster Box Hotel | Durban

Today you will take the drive back to Cape Town International Airport where you drop off your hire car and connect with your flight to Durban Airport. On arrival you will collect your hire car and drive to the Durban.

Room Type: Classic Garden Facing Room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast

Day 8 - 11

4 nights at Phinda Mountain Lodge | Phinda Private Game Reserve

Today you will take the drive to the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

Room Type: Suite Meal Basis: AIS All Inclusive and Scheduled Safari Activities

Day 12 - 15

4 nights at Thonga Beach Lodge | Elephant Coast

Today you will take the drive to the Elephant Coast.

Room Type: Forest View Room Meal Basis: FB Full Board

Day 16

Today you will take the drive to Durban Airport where you will drop off your hire car and connect with your onward flight home.



  • International flights from Philadelphia International Airport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Car hire, group C car (Toyota Corolla or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) at Phinda Mountain Lodge
  • One free night at the One and Only and one free night at Thonga Beach Lodge (4 for 3)


  • 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


  • Outward Flight:
  • Overnight from Philadelphia International Airport to Cape Town International
  • Return Flight:
  • Overnight from Durban King Shaka to Philadelphia International Airport

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