Your tailor-made safari & beach family holiday to South Africa

Ocean Pool in Kwazulu Children at Oyster Box Hotel Thonga snorkel pools

The amazing province of KwaZulu Natal on South Africa's East Coast has all the elements that make for a perfect family holiday - excellent weather, stunning scenery and beaches, a huge variety of activities and of course the famous wildlife. The charm of this part of the country is it's compactness and accessibility; as a family you can experience the incredible protected marine habitats of the African Indian Ocean, learn about Zulu culture and see Big 5 game, all within an afternoon's drive of each other!

Arguably an off-the-beaten track family holiday, you will travel all along the coast right up to the border of Mozambique and stay in very remote nature lodges. This is the holiday where you will be far from technology and focused entirely on each other and the fun-filled nature activities such as boat trips to see hippos and crocodiles, canoe trips, forest walks, scuba diving,snorkelling, turtle tracking, fishing and cultural tours. Not forgetting of course, the Big 5 safari, staying at the luxurious Phinda Mountain Lodge.

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Day 1

Catch your overnight flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Durban King Shaka

Day 2 - 5

4 nights at The Oyster Box Hotel | Durban

Upon arrival at Durban King Shaka Airport you will make your way to the car hire desk to collect your hire car. From here you will drive yourself to the upmarket, coastal town of Umhlanga Rocks, north of Durban, and famed for its swimming beaches.

Room Type: Sea Facing Family Room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast

Day 6 - 8

3 nights at Thonga Beach Lodge | Elephant Coast

Today you will drive to the Maputuland Coast, a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa's best snorkelling and excellent off-shore scuba diving.

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Day 9 - 11

3 nights at Phinda Mountain Lodge | Phinda Private Game Reserve

Today you will drive to Phinda Private Game Reserve, a private Big 5 game reserve in northern KwaZulu Natal.

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Day 12

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

Tailor-made itinerary from $19,020 For Family of 4


  • 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
  • GPS with your car hire
  • Beverages (excluding premium brands) at Phinda Mountain Lodge


  • 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 Phinda Mountain Lodge


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

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