South Africa Safari & Beach

This simple South Africa safari & beach holiday or honeymoon is a relaxing trip combining the delights of the City, the Bush and the Beach.

The tour starts with the fair city of Cape Town (voted one the best cities to visit in the world). Then the sunny KwaZulu Natal with its winning combination of Big Five game reserves and golden unspoilt beaches. It ends on the Maputaland coast with its white sandy beaches, lush tropical vegetation and diving/snorkeling opportunities. Inland you can enjoy sunrise canoeing on Lake Sibaya or relaxing sundowners on the lakeshore.

We have priced our South Africa Safari & Beach holiday at two price points:

The Luxury option utilizes a 5 star hotel in Cape Town, a top safari lodge in KwaZulu Natal and the ocean-facing suites at Thonga Beach Lodge.

The Premier option opts for an excellent 4 star hotel in Cape Town, well-priced game lodge in the Hluhluwe Park and the Forest suites at Thonga.

The Accommodation at a glance:

Luxury Option
4 nights Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, near Camps Bay, Cape Town, Bed & Breakfast
3 nights Phinda Forest Lodge (or Phinda Mountain Lodge), Fully Inclusive
4 nights Thonga Beach Lodge, Ocean Suite, Full Board & Selected Activities

Premier Option
4 nights Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, Cape Town, Bed & Breakfast
3 nights Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, Bush Villa, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, Full Board & Game Drives
4 nights Thonga Beach Lodge, Forest Suite, Full Board & Selected Activities

Tailor-Made option:

You can choose to add one night either on safari or at the beach, if you have time. You can change to White Pearl Resorts in Southern Mozambique if you prefer more of a beach resort, rather than the eco-lodge ambience.

Contact us for more tailor-made options!

See Day by Day
Day 1

Transfer to either 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa (Luxury) or The Vineyard Hotel (Premier), 4 nights, BB

On arrival in Cape Town, you are met and transferred to the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa near to Camps Bay overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The next four days are at leisure. We have left it open whether you want to ask us to arrange some car rental for complete flexibility, or whether you want to take some tours. We have a full array of private and scheduled tours as well as some great Adventure activities.

 Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain, it has immense charm and historical interest whilst its unique cultural blend (part African, part European and part Asian) makes for a cosmopolitan dining experience. Take the cable car or walk up Table Mountain, visit the colourful Malay quarter or enjoy a yacht cruise out into the bay.

Browse through the vibrant Greenmarket Square, enjoy a hike on Lions Head or abseiling off Table Mountain. When you want to range further, the Cape Peninsula offers one of the finest coastal drives in Africa to the Cape of Good Hope. Here you might see whales breeching just off the bay or you may be able to swim with the African penguins on Boulder’s beach.

The intimate Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is ideal if you’re looking for a romantic yet fun hotel with a distinctly glamorous feel to it. Five minutes drive from Camps Bay and sandwiched between the 12 Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, it has enough on offer to keep you happily ensconced there all day with the top-of-the-range Spa, a breath-taking garden magically perched above the ocean, walking trails up the mountain complete with picnic spots, two heated outdoor pools and Jacuzzi’s.

The Vineyard Hotel offers a delightful alternative to city accommodation. This vibrant hotel lies in 6 acres of gardens complete with river frontage in Newlands, 15 mins from the city centre. You have a choice of contemporary rooms, all offering glamorous modern marble bathrooms with separate shower, dressing gowns, tea and coffee facilities,  satellite television, telephone. There’s a choice of two great restaurants, superb spa, huge gym as well as indoor and outdoor pools.

Accommodation: Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Located in: Atlantic & Camps Bay - Cape Town - South Africa

Accommodation: Vineyard Hotel
Located in: Cape Town - Constantia - South Africa

Day 5

Fly to Durban for 3 nights on safari at either Phinda Forest Lodge (Luxury) or Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge (Premier) – Fully Inclusive

Today you have a transfer back to Cape Town airport for your flight to King Shaka Airport. On arrival you are met and transferred to your game lodge for 3 nights on safari.

Phinda Game Reserve  is a 22,950ha reserve to the north of Hluhluwe. Phinda boasts the diversity of seven contrasting ecosystems, including sand forest, mountain bushveld and wetlands. It offers a winning combination of soft adventure, thrilling game-viewing and inspired lodge design. You can enjoy game drives, nature walks, birding, rhino tracking, boat cruises and community visits. Wildlife attractions include lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard, rhino, hippo, an abundance of general game, and prolific bird life (over 400 species recorded). Hand-built by local Zulu people to minimise its impact on the rare Sand Forest, Phinda Forest Lodge‘s 16 stilted glass chalets float between the forest floor and towering torchwood trees. Within these unique habitats, no luxury has been overlooked, from beechwood and slate floors, and air-conditioning, to hand towels tied with lichen, enhancing the “Zulu-Zen” feel.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is a new game lodge within the great Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Park in KwaZulu Natal. Rhino Ridge is ground breaking in being the first private lodge within Africa’s oldest proclaimed reserve, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, and is part owned by the local Mpembeni Community.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge has a contemporary design with organic forms utilising natural finishes and materials. 22 well-appointed rooms nestle on a ridge, each with their own private deck giving expansive and uninterrupted views over the reserve. There’s a choice of Bush Suite, Luxury Bush Villa and Honeymoon villa.

Accommodation: andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge
Located in: KwaZulu Natal - KwaZulu Natal Game Lodges - South Africa

Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Located in: KwaZulu Natal - KwaZulu Natal Game Lodges - South Africa

Day 8

Thonga Beach lodge for 4 nights, Full Board & Non-Waterized Activities

After your last early morning game drive, you are transferred by road to Thonga Beach Lodge for 4 nights by the beach where you can be as active, or as lazy, as you choose.

Note that the Luxury option is based on Ocean View Suites whereas the Premier option is based on Forest View Suits…

The Maputaland Marine Reserve stretches 200km north from Lake St Lucia – one of the world’s finest marine sanctuaries teeming with water birds, crocodiles and hippo – to Kosi Bay. Within this reserve, the Kosi Forest Coastal Reserve is an unspoilt wilderness region of pristine golden beaches backed by forested dunes and captivating freshwater lakes. This truly is a magical area, untouched by large-scale tourism development. Activities mostly revolve around the ocean and the lakeland system with snorkelling for tropical fish, canoeing and awe-inspiring evening excursions in the summer to view the rare giant leatherback turtles as they lay and hatch their eggs (Oct to Feb).

Thonga Beach Lodge is a stylish and relaxed beach lodge on the shores of the secluded Mabibi bay in Coastal Maputaland. Mabibi Beach is a magical place with a long sandy beach, snorkelling reefs, coastal forest and shimmering lakes behind. Activities at Thonga include swimming, snorkelling, diving, learning to dive, sunrise canoeing on lake Sibaya and sunset drinks on the lakeshore as well as an ocean experience looking for whales and dolphins…

Accommodation: Thonga Beach Lodge
Located in: Isimangaliso & Coastal Maputaland - KwaZulu Natal - South Africa

Day 12

Today you depart Thonga by road for Richards Bay Airport in time for your onward flight to Johannesburg. Please note that the domestic flights are not included in the price below.

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Meals and accommodation as shown in text, road transfers in Cape Town, from Durban to Phinda, road transfer from Phinda to Thonga, road transfer from Thonga to Richards Bay, game drives & activities on safari at Phinda, non-motorized activities at Thonga
Scheduled flight from Cape Town to Durban and from Richards Bay to Johannesburg, visas, items of a personal nature, drinks not specified.
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