Kwazulu Natal Self Drive Family Holiday

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. Children of Mahlatini consultants have stayed in these lodges and given them their seal of approval. If you are looking to 'go off grid' for a while, this is the family holiday for you.

Oyster Box Hotel Kosi Forest Thonga-Snorkel-Pools
  • Tailor-made Itinerary from $19,530 For Family of 4
Day 1: Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Durban King Shaka
Day 2 - 4:
  • 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 5 - 6:
  • Elephant Coast

Today you will take the drive to the St Lucia Estuary, home to more than 800 hippos and an estimated 1200 Nile crocodiles, not to mention an abundance of birdlife.

Room Type: Family Room Meal Basis: FBA Full Board and Scheduled Activities
Day 7 - 9:
  • Elephant Coast

Today you will take the drive to Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, the most pristine lake system on the South African Coast, a tropical paradise of crystal-clear blue water and marshland, raffia, wild date and palm, mangrove swamp and sycamore fig forest.

Room Type: Family Tent Meal Basis: FBA Full Board and Scheduled Activities
Day 10 - 13:
  • 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.

Room Type: Forest View Family Suite Meal Basis: FBA Full Board and Scheduled Activities
Day 14 - 16:
  • Phinda Private Game Reserve

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

Room Type: Family Cottage Meal Basis: AIS All Inclusive and Scheduled Safari Activities
Day 17:
    Onward Transfer to Durban King Shaka Airport

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

Day 18: Arrive at JFK

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  • Arrival Airport: Durban King Shaka
  • The Oyster Box Hotel
    Nights: 3
  • Makakatana Bay Lodge
    Nights: 2
  • Kosi Forest Lodge
    Nights: 3
  • Thonga Beach Lodge
    Nights: 4
  • Phinda Mountain Lodge
    Nights: 3
  • Return Airport: Durban King Shaka


  • International flights from JFK
  • 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 JFK to Durban King Shaka
Return Flight:
Overnight from Durban King Shaka to JFK

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