South Africa

KwaZulu Natal & Swaziland (Luxury)

The province of KwaZulu Natal is a microcosm of South Africa, containing a snapshot of many of the country’s greatest attractions. Wildlife, yes, it has it in spades. Beaches? Absolutely. Mountains, wetlands, savannah, African markets, historic battlefields… it’s got them all. And now the province is much more easily accessible, with a new direct flight from London to Durban. This tour uses a selection of gorgeous boutique hotels so that you can explore during the day and retire in comfort at night.

Highlights

  Enjoy the famous Oyster Box Hotel
  Crocs & hippos in iSimangaliso
  Spot the Big Five on safari
  White water rafting in Swaziland
  Zip-line adventure in Malolotja
  Relax at Thonga Beach Lodge

15 days from £2,750 pp

Plus international flights from £650

A two-week luxury holiday for a family of four usually costs from £11,000 plus flights

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KwaZulu Natal & Swaziland (Luxury) day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Durban
When you arrive at the airport you will pick up your rental vehicle and drive to your hotel, the beautiful Oyster Box on the Indian Ocean Shore just north of Durban. (If you would prefer not to self-drive we can arrange for you to have a driver instead).

This afternoon, if you can tear the kids away from the beach and the pool, head into Durban to breathe in the exotic aromas of the lively Indian markets or wander along the waterfront.


Day 2 Durban – Makakatana
After breakfast, a 3-hour drive brings you to the lush wetland reserve of iSimangaliso, a World Heritage Site. You have three nights in the remote Makakatana Lodge, right on the banks of Lake St Lucia. The Nature Reserve covers an area of sweeping beaches, great fertile estuaries, mangrove forests and lakes and is home to a wide selection of wildlife.

This afternoon head out this afternoon on your first game drive, taking to an open sided vehicle to search for giraffe and zebra. In the evening return to the lodge for a campfire and dinner by oil lamp under the stars.


Days 3-4 Makakatana
You have two full days at the lodge. All meals and activities are included so you can choose from boat rides, snorkelling, swimming, fishing, bird watching and hiking trails. A cruise across Lake St. Lucia will be a particular highlight, the waters full of hippo. In the early morning you might see one of these huge beasts lumbering along the lake shore in the dawn light.

On another day, dip your toes in the warm Indian Ocean at one of the most pristine coastlines in South Africa. If you are lucky, you might see a breaching whale or a pod of dolphins playing in the sea.


Day 5 Makakatana – Swaziland
Head inland to the tiny country of Swaziland, recently re-named Eswatini. Your base is Summerfields, a wonderful boutique hotel set in expansive gardens with easy access to Swaziland’s attractions. Amongst hot competition, it also has (in our opinion) the benefit of some of the most delicious food in Southern Africa.

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Day 6 Swaziland
An exciting morning of white water rafting, heading out onto the river in two person inflatable rafts for a few hours of high adrenaline. Prepare for a soaking! (For families with younger children, we can suggest an alternative activity).

The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the pool.


Day 7 Swaziland
Another morning of excitement as you head into the pristine mountain wilderness of Malolotja Nature Reserve for a zip-line experience. The course is set within fantastically dramatic scenery with striking rock formations, vast vertical cliffs and lush forest beyond. Whizz across the canyon from one platform to the next, cross a 50m suspension bridge over the Majolomba River and keep your eyes peeled for game.

This afternoon, you can either relax at the lodge or take a game drive in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. This was the first of Swaziland’s wildlife refuges and is a haven for endangered species. It is home to four of the Big 5 including black rhino and there are also excellent chances of spotting white rhino, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo and crocodile.


Day 8 Swaziland – Mkuze
A short drive takes you to Mkuze, in Northern Zululand, where you will spend two nights.

This afternoon you can either head out on a game drive in the nearby Mkuze Reserve or have some time to enjoy the pool and extensive gardens.


Day 9 Mkuze
A full day game drive in the Mkuze Game Reserve, a wonderfully picturesque wilderness that is home to the Big Five. The scenery here is stunning as the reserve is spread across the lower slopes of the Lebombo Mountains. Rolling acacia savannah is home to a multitude of plains game with giraffe and zebra ambling past endless antelope. Dense riverine forest offers sightings of large herds of elephant and families of lion prowl across the landscape.


Day 10 Mkuze – Thonga Beach
If you are still feeling active, perhaps rise early for a hike through the fig forest and across the Mkuze River. If not, then just head straight to the beach. Your destination is Thonga Beach, one of South Africa’s last unspoilt wilderness beaches. Staying in traditional thatched rooms looking straight out over the ocean, let the children run wild along the deserted shore.


Days 11-13 Thonga Beach
Three blissful days to relax. The pristine beach stretches for miles in each direction and is perfect for lazy morning or sunset walks. Take a swim in the ocean, search for shells or play in the sand dunes. There is excellent snorkelling right from the beach and from November to February you may be lucky enough to see turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.

If you would like a bit more action, you can take an early morning kayak on Lake Sibaya in search of crocodile or a guided walk through the coastal forest.


Day 14 Thonga Beach – Durban
After a leisurely breakfast, return to Durban for your final night. Head into town for some last minute shopping or savour your last ocean views.


Day 15 Durban
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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