A unique safari itinerary taking in the highlights of a South Africa's exciting Kwazulu-Natal Province: spectacular scenery, the fascinating history of the British/Zulu/Boer wars, unforgettable Big 5 safaris at Phinda Game Reserve and ending at a pristine beach lodge with endless beaches, warm waters, incredible snorkelling and scuba diving as well as cultural visits to the local tribal villages. Scenery, history, culture, wildlife, sunny beaches - this trip has it all in spades.

  • 2 Nights exploring the historical Battlefields
  • 2 Nights on safari at Phinda Game Reserve
  • 3 Nights at a remote beach lodge
  • Self-drive option or fully guided option
  • Best of Kwazulu-Natal province

Map of our 8 Day Battlefields, Bush and Beach Safari

Day 1 & 2

You'll be met on arrival at King Shaka International Airport by a member of the team who will help you with collecting your hired vehicle and give you directions on how to find your lodging for the next two nights: Fugitives' Drift Lodge in a standard room with full board. (If you don't wish to drive yourself, transfers can be arranged at extra cost).

The lodge is close to the well-known Battlefields' sites of Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana where the British were defeated by fierce Zulu warriors. This incredibly scenic area is rich with monuments, museums, memorabilia and historical artifacts. On the second day, you'll set off for a fascinating Battlefields half-day tour, choosing either the morning tour to Isandlwana or the afternoon tour to Rorke's Drift, both steeped in history.

Day 3 & 4

After breakfast, you'll set off to renowned Phinda Private Game Reserve, within easy striking distance of iSimangaliso/Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal and not far from the sub-tropical eastern seaboard.

Phinda is famous for its plentiful wildlife, diverse habitats and superb choice of safari activities. It's more lush and green than many other South African game reserves by virtue of it being within the coastal rainfall region. This Big Five reserve has seven distinct ecosystems which create a haven for a wide variety of wildlife, from the beautiful cheetah to the endangered black rhino and lesser-seen game like the tiny forest suni, one of the world's smallest antelope.

There are only six lodges in this 23,000-hectare wildlife haven and no day visitors are allowed, making for an unhurried, uncrowded safari experience in very scenic surrounds. You will spend two nights at either Phinda Mountain Lodge or Phinda Forest Lodge, including full board, soft drinks, local wines, spirits and beers, tea and coffee, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge activities. These include twice daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, nature walks, excellent bird watching and a variety of optional activities.

Day 5, 6 & 7

After your final Phinda breakfast, you will make your way to the pickup point, where you will be met by staff from Thonga Beach Lodge, who will take you to the lodge.

Set in the heart of the greater St Lucia Wetland Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) the lodge is some 25 km north of Sodwana Bay, close to the Mozambique border. A sub-tropical beach paradise, Thonga is remote and offers vast stretches of pristine beaches, coastal forests and intricate lakes. Enjoy swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean or incredible snorkelling and scuba diving off the coral reefs.

You will spend three nights here in a forest room, including full board, tea and coffee and a range of selected activities. A magical place of unspoiled beaches, coastal forests, grasslands and shimmering lakes, its crystal-clear, warm waters offer leisurely swimming, amazing snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs and spectacular scuba diving.

Your stay includes accommodation, all meals, tea and coffee, as well as a selection of activities - explore rock pools, venture out on Sibaya Lake in a sea kayak, go on guided walks through the magnificent coastal forests and discover the wealth of birds, insects and small creatures that inhabit this unspoiled coastline. Visits to a local community village can also be arranged.

Day 8

After breakfast, you will be taken back to the central pick up point to collect your vehicle and make your way back to King Shaka International, a treasure-trove of new memories and experiences to take away with you.

Period Price per person (pp)
2020 - Self-drive option
2020 - Fully guided option with road transfers

These rates are per person sharing and intended as an estimate only. The actual rate will depend on the date of travel, number of people in your group, and whether you choose the self-drive option or guided transfer option.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Car rental (or guided transfers)
  • All meals
  • Local beers, house wines and soft drinks
  • Game drives at Phinda
  • Battlefields tour
  • Certain activities at Thonga Beach Lodge
  • Flights and visas
  • Fuel (self-drive option)
  • Optional extras
  • Premium beverages
  • Certain activities such as scuba diving
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