Your tailor-made safari & beach holiday to South Africa

Exploring rock pool kambaku-safari-lodge St Lucia

This self-drive holiday is the perfect introduction to South Africa's sensational wildlife and stunning coastline and scenery.

Your journey will take you from the city of Durban on South Africa's East Coast, all the way up the coastline towards Mozambique. Enroute you will pass through the independent kingdom of Swaziland and conclude with a Big 5-safari in the Kruger Park after an exploration of the surrounding waterfalls, sweeping valleys and sheer cliffs of the Panorama Route (in the province of Mpumalanga).

Staying in comfortable 4 or 5 star accommodation throughout, you can expect incredible scenery from coastal forests, unspoilt beaches and spectacular lakes, to the Blyde River Canyon and the typical safari landscape of the South African bushveld. There is so much to do from snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and boat trips to game drives and forest walks as well as plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Tick off wildlife sightings as you travel, from hippos and crocodiles in St Lucia to elephants, lions, buffalo and leopards many many more in the Kruger Park.

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Day 1

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

Day 2 - 4

3 nights at Fairmont Zimbali Resort | Durban

Upon arrival at Durban King Shaka Airport you will be met by a member of the Mahlatini team who will assist you to the car hire desk to collect your hire car. From here you will drive yourselves to your hotel.

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

Day 5 - 6

2 nights at Lidiko Lodge | Elephant Coast

Today you will take the drive to St Lucia.

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

Day 7 - 9

3 nights at Thonga Beach Lodge | Elephant Coast

Today you will drive to the Elephant Coast.

Room Type: Forest View Room Meal Basis: FBA Full Board and Scheduled Activities

Day 10 - 11

2 nights at Foresters Arms Country Hotel | Swaziland

Today you will take the drive to the Swaziland.

Room Type: Standard Meal Basis: HB Half Board

Day 12 - 13

2 nights at Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge | Panorama Route

Today you will take the drive to the Panorama Route bordering in the Kruger National Park.

Room Type: Exclusive Standard Room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast

Day 14 - 17

4 nights at Kambaku Safari Lodge | Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Today you will take the drive to the Timbavati Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park.

Room Type: Thatched chalet Meal Basis: FBS Full Board and Scheduled Safari Activities

Day 18

Today you will take the drive to Hoedspruit Airport where you will drop off your hire car and connect with your onward flight to Johannesburg and international connection.



  • 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, including full cover, unlimited km and taxes & GPS
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • One free night at Kambaku Safari Lodge on a low season long stay special


  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Petrol
  • Beverages


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

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