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Nature Lovers' South Africa Honeymoon

Inspirational safari & beach honeymoon to South Africa

Remote beaches, abundant wildlife, and luxurious accommodation, all combine in this thrilling honeymoon to Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal’s stunning North Coast. Explore 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 mountain and sea views. 

Then catch a flight to Durban in KwaZulu Natal where you'll pick up a hire car and drive to Makakatana Bay Lodge in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park near St Lucia. Explore the untouched wilderness of the park; discover endless wetlands, varied wildlife and beautiful beaches. From here you will journey north to the Big 5 private Phinda Reserve for your stay at the eco-designed luxury safari lodge, Phinda Forest Lodge. Sleep in unique glass-encased suites in the heart of a shaded sand forest and, during the day, enjoy game drives, walking and tracking safaris and participative conservation experiences such as rhino notching or pangolin tagging. Conclude this unique honeymoon by travelling up towards the Mozambique border to the truly remote Thonga Beach Lodge, set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland Coast. Stay in a chic, eco-sensitive hut and enjoy a range of nature activities from scuba diving and snorkeling to kayaking, walking and turtle tracking. 

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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
  • 3 nights - Makakatana Bay Lodge, Elephant Coast, South Africa
  • 3 nights - Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
  • 4 nights - Thonga Beach Lodge, Elephant Coast, South Africa
  • Ends - Transfer to Durban King Shaka for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 14 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari

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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
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Day 1 - 5

Arrive at Cape Town Airport, collect your hire car and drive yourselves to your hotel in Camps Bay.

  • 4 nights

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Bed & Breakfast | Mountain Facing Room
South Africa

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Day 5 - 8

Return to Cape Town Airport for your domestic flight to Durban. Here you will collect your hire car and drive north to St Lucia.

  • 3 nights

Makakatana Bay Lodge
Full Board | Luxury Suite
South Africa

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Day 8 - 11

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

  • 3 nights

Phinda Forest Lodge
All Inclusive | Suite
South Africa

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Thonga beach lodge ocean view room pool deck 1280
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Day 11 - 15

Today you will take the drive to your beach lodge along the Elephant Coast.

  • 4 nights

Thonga Beach Lodge
All Inclusive | Forest View Room
South Africa

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Day 15

Today you will head back down the coast to Durban Airport where you will drop off your hire car and catch your flight home.

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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 basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • 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
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Honeymoon extras
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • 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


This sample trip offers 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.

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  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • 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
  • Horseriding Icon Horse Riding
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkelling/Scuba Diving
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Fly Camping Icon Fly Camping
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • 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


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.

  • Zebra
  • Wildebeest
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Orca
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Kudu
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Baboon
  • Southern Giraffe
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, 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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