8 Day Durban, Bayala & St Lucia

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This 8 day tour combines the best locations in KwaZulu Natal; a warm subtropical beach, a Big 5 safari adventure and a Wetlands reserve.

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Your journey begins in the vibrant bustling city of Durban. With its warm hospitality, perfect weather conditions and best Indian cuisine you will ever taste, Durban most certainly sets the tone for what is still to come.

Fairlight Beach House is the ultimate beachfront residence in the exclusive village of Umdloti, 10 minutes from King Shaka International Airport. Family run, this guest house offers a warm hospitality and home away from home feeling. Each of the eight individually decorated rooms in the house offers panoramic sea views of the finest swimming beach only a mere few meters away. The guest house also features a two bedroom, two bathrooms, luxury apartment which is perfect for families or friends traveling together. Within walking distance of the guest house are some of the finest restaurants and a long stretch of beach and tidal pools to explore over the next two days.

Your three-day safari adventure begins as you head along the northern coast of KwaZulu Natal, passing the well known Umfolozi and Hluhluwe Game Reserve to the private reserve of Bayala. Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp is a down to earth, family run lodge that offers a relaxed ambiance and an open vehicle safari experience. Activities offered at the lodge include morning and afternoon game drives as well as guided bush walks.

After an exhilarating safari experience, St Lucia brings you a different adventure for the next two days. It forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and its estuary has one of the highest concentrations of hippos and crocodiles in Southern Africa. What also makes this area magnificent is that the park is South Africa’s first World Heritage Site and includes nine percent of the country’s coastline. Activities in the area include a cruise on the St Lucia Estuary, horse riding, a guided night game drive at iSimangaliso Wetlands Park’s eastern shores to spot four of the Big 5 (no lions), the beautiful beach of Cape Vidal, a crocodile center, a butterfly house and much more.

Lidiko Lodge is set in beautiful lush gardens, rich in color and fragrances.  The lodge offers four luxurious accommodation units, each with an ensuite and private patio. The facilities include an outdoor lounge, bar, library, sparkling pool and complimentary wifi.  Centrally located in the town of St Lucia, Lidiko is a mere 5-minute walk to stunning coastal forest walking trails, all the restaurants in the village, the Zulu craft market, the lake and a mere 3 km from the entrance to the Cape Vidal route as well as to the beaches.

This tour is ideal for solo travelers, couples, friends traveling together and families.

This tour is created on past client experiences but you are welcome to replace your accommodation to a level that suits your comfort preference and your wallet. Our travel experts will be happy to assist you with alternative options.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2: Arrive Durban, South Africa

This morning you arrive into the sunny city of Durban. You will collect your car rental and drive to your guest house where you will spend the next two days exploring the ocean, indulging in exquisite cuisine and experiencing the laid back city life of Durban. There are various tour options in Durban so please do ask one of our travel experts for more information.

Day 3: Durban to Bayala Game Reserve

After an early morning swim and scrumptious breakfast, your safari adventure begins as you drive approximately 3 hours along the lush scenic route towards Bayala Game Reserve. On arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by the staff of Bayala and shown to your room. In the late afternoon, you will venture out on your first Big 5 game drive.

Day 4 - 5: Bayala Game Reserve

The next two days focus on safari as you venture out on morning and afternoon game drives, with the option to do guided bush walks in between. Private game reserves provide an exhilarating safari experience because the number of guests on open game vehicles is limited and skilled rangers and trackers are permitted to drive off road which is a huge advantage when looking for animals. Be sure to have your camera ready as you come up-close to the beautiful animals of the bushveld.

Day 6 - 7: Bayala to St Lucia

After a final morning game drive and a heart warming breakfast, you bid farewell to the African bush and travel towards the town of St Lucia. On arrival, you will check in to your lodge and have the next two days to explore the beauty of this region. A recommendation is a cruise on the Estuary and a visit to the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.

Day 8: Depart St Lucia

This morning you bid farewell to your adventure in KwaZulu Natal as you drive to Richards Bay Airport for your flight back to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport. Here, you will return your rental car and connect with your onward flight back home.

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Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
With specials, we always use the best promotion available, please contact our experts for more guidance.
FLEXIBLE REFUND POLICY
60+ days notice will be a full refund.
30-60 days notice will be a 50% refund.
< 30 days notice will be no refund.

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Inclusions

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2 nights at Fairlight Beach House
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3 nights at Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp
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2 nights at Lidiko Lodge
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8 days group C car hire
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Breakfast daily at Fairlight Beach House & Lidiko Lodge
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Bed, dinner, breakfast & 1 game drive daily at Bayala Private Safari Lodge
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Big 5 Game Reserve just 3 hours north of durban
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Beachfront accommodation in Durban
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A stay in the village of St. Lucia surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, Safari.com consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire Safari.com team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
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FR
Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with Safari.com! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
CSY
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ZA
Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at safari.com as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
customer
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AU
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, Safari.com. I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from Safari.com responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, Safari.com will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
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CA
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
What to say! We planned a South African Safari for 2020 with Safari.com. We researched companies and took a chance on one we had never heard of before. Henry Franklin was our agent, we gave him our budget and wish list. He came up with a wonderful looking trip and we made our choices! Then came Covid, preventing us from going. We couldn’t have been in better hands. Henry rebooked everything for the next year. He kept us updated on how things looked there. When in 2021, we decided it still looked iffy, he rebooked us a second time for 2022. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we had in a rough time for all. We had a wonderful experience on our trip when we finally got to go!! Henry had everything so well organized and gave us a detailed list of what transfer companies would be meeting us and when. When Airlink bumped us and put us on standby returning from Victoria Falls, we called the concierge number Henry had given us and Catherine worked hard on this and got us back on our flight. The Safari.com team had our back and we have no regrets. Would definitely use them again. Our lodging was wonderful, saw the big 5 within first 2 drives. Henry definitely knew the territory and did a great job matching what we wanted with where he suggested we go and stay. Thanks Safari.com, Henry and Catherine!
Heather Carlson
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US
Sep 5, 2022
Trip of a life time
Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found safari.com didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through safari.com that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
Tricia moyses
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US
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by Safari.com and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
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IT
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
prinolin
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ZA
Apr 21, 2022
The best company
I have booked several trips with Safari.com and they are the best. They are personal and professional and always pay attention to the details to make your trip special. Casper is the best agent I have worked with. We are looking forward to booking another trip!!
Steven Hopson
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US
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