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Self Drive South Africa and Mozambique Safari and Beach Holiday

Inspirational self drive holiday to Mozambique and South Africa

For the more independent and adventurous traveler, with no compromise on luxury accommodation, this self-drive vacation is an exploration of South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province, including a Big 5 safari, combined with an Indian Ocean beach stay on the coast of Mozambique.

You'll arrive in Durban where you will collect your hire car and drive to the Oyster Box Hotel, one of South Africa's most cherished and iconic hotels. With remarkable coastal views, understated luxury and gracious hospitality you may not wish to leave this seaside haven but if you do, the city of Durban will not disappoint. From here you will get on the road and 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 rhino notching or pangolin tagging.

More adventure beckons as you head even further north to White Pearl Resort on a pristine private beach in Mozambique. Expect sublime ocean frontage, unforgettable service and cuisine and some of the finest diving in Mozambique.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Durban King Shaka
  • 3 nights - The Oyster Box Hotel, Durban, South Africa
  • 4 nights - Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
  • 7 nights - White Pearl Resorts, Maputo & Surrounds, Mozambique
  • Ends - Transfer to Maputo for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Mozambique, South Africa
  • Nights Icon 14 Nights
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
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  • At-your-own pace self-drive adventure
  • Fine dining, luxury rooms and personalized service
  • Big 5 game viewing in the Phinda Reserve
  • Migrating humpback whales and whale sharks in Mozambique (in season)
  • Cocktails and coastal sunsets at the Oyster Box Lighthouse Bar
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Durban King Shaka

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Day 1 - 4

Your self drive luxury vacation begins in Durban's King Shaka Airport where your hire vehicle will be ready and waiting for you at the car hire desk. From here it's a 15 minute drive to your beachfront hotel in Umhlanga Rocks.

  • 3 nights
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The Oyster Box Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Classic Seafacing Room
South Africa

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Day 4 - 8

Journey north today. The tail end of the 3.5 hour drive will be through the private Phinda Reserve where you will get your first glimpse of the wildlife. You will be warmly welcomed at Forest Lodge as you arrive.

  • 4 nights

Phinda Forest Lodge
All Inclusive | Suite
South Africa

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Day 8 - 15

The adventurous journey in your 4x4 continues as you travel further north today crossing the border into Mozambique. From here it's 25km to White Pear Resorts.

  • 7 nights

White Pearl Resorts
All Inclusive | Pool Suite

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Day 15

Bid farewell to paradise and drive through striking panoramas and remote villages to Maputo Airport. Drop off your hire car and connect with your international 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
  • Car hire, group B car (Toyota Yaris Xi or similar) including full cover, unlimited km, taxes and GPS
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • 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
  • Any additional activities not offered as scheduled by the camps or lodges
  • 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.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • 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
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Horseriding Icon Horse Riding
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkelling/Scuba Diving
  • Watersports Icon Water Sports
  • Kids Club Icon Kids Club
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Fly Camping Icon Fly Camping
  • Photographic Safari Icon Photographic Safari
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Beds Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
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
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Leatherback Turtle
    Leatherback Turtle
  • Kudu
  • Hippo
  • Hawksbill turtle
    Hawksbill Turtle
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Cheetah
  • Buffalo
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
  • Southern Giraffe
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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