Battlefields, Beach & Bush
8 days / 7 nights
Start anticipating your African adventure with a short summary of what you can expect each day on safari to bring.
This safari begins and ends at King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
DAY 1 & 2: KWAZULU-NATAL BATTLEFIELDS
On arrival at King Shaka International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by a member of the &Beyond team, who will help you with the collection of your rental vehicle.
Once a place of bitter warfare between Zulu and Boer, British and Zulu, and British and Boer, today you'd be hard pressed to find a place more tranquil than the area known as the Battlefields. With the many wars that were fought here, the region is rich in historical memorabilia, fascinating museums, monuments and artifacts, right down to inscriptions carved into rocks by army cooks.
Enjoy two nights in a standard room at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge. Your stay includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and coffee.
Day 3 & 4: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
After breakfast, you will make your way to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.
within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline, &Beyond Phinda Private
Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats
and wide range of safari activities. Thanks to its coastal rainfall
pattern, the Reserve enjoys a lush, green environment that contains
seven distinct ecosystems, often referred to as Seven Worlds of
Wonder. This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters
an abundance of wildlife, including not only the Big Five, but many
rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah or
scarce black rhino. The marine diversity of nearby Sodwana Bay on the
coast is easily accessible, with scuba diving, fishing and even turtle
watching only some of the adventures available.
Indulge in two nights in a suite at Phinda Mountain Lodge. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge adventures.
Day 5 - 7: Maputaland coast
After breakfast, make your way to a pick-up point on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline, where you will be met by a driver from Thonga Beach Lodge, who will take you the rest of the way.
Situated in the heart of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Mabibi lies close to the Mozambique border. A pristine, undeveloped beach on the Maputaland coast, it is a subtropical ocean paradise. A magical place of unspoilt 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.
Spend three nights in a forest room at Thonga Beach Lodge. Your stay includes three meals per day, tea and coffee, use of snorkelling equipment, guided walks and kayaking, sundowners on Lake Sibaya and cultural tours.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, you will be returned to the pick-up point, where you will collect your rental vehicle and make your way back to King Shaka International Airport.