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Kruger to KwaZulu Natal: A Big 5 Safari & Beach Self-drive tour


Combine two of South Africa’s safari bucket list destinations with a classic beach holiday on this 9-day self-drive safari. Enjoy understated luxury in the heart of the Kruger National Park at a wildlife-rich private concession with night-time safari experiences second to none. Followed by lazy beach days at enchanting Ballito Bay and end off seeing endangered wildlife such as the cheetah, black rhino and the Big 5 at Phinda Private Game Reserve. Experience top class snorkeling, diving, game watching, cultural learning and beautiful accommodation throughout.


Day 1 - 3: Kruger National Park

Today you depart from Johannesburg's OR Tambo Airport on a scheduled flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. On arrival, you will collect your vehicle and make your way to the lodge in the renowned Kruger National Park.

Your time at Rhino Post Safari Lodge is spent exploring the incredible fauna and flora of the Kruger National Park. There are a total of 147 mammal species to be seen in the park, particularly the Big 5, and over 500 species of migrant and resident birds.

Enjoy early morning and late afternoon open-vehicle game drives, as well as night drives in a 170km area of park. If you consider yourself to be adventurous, you could also spend a night on the sleep out deck located in the bushveld.

Accommodation: Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Day 4 & 5: Durban

Today you bid farewell to the Kruger as you travel back to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for your scheduled flight to King Shaka International Airport in sunny Durban. On arrival, you will collect your baggage and make your way to the Car Rental desk where you will collect your vehicle and drive just under 30 minutes to the beautiful residential area of Ballito.

Overlooking the Indian Ocean in a coastal forest is the luxurious Zimbali Resort, which will be your home for the next two days.

During your stay at Zimbali, you can look forward to several activities of offer at the lodge and around Durban; including tennis, swimming, bird and butterfly watching, forest walks, spa treatments, visits to Gateway shopping mall and Ushaka Marine World, mountain biking, cultural tours, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, golfing and dolphin tours.

Chat to your consultant about the various tour options available to you during your stay.

Accommodation: Zimbali Resort

Day 6 - 8 Phinda Private Game Reserve

After a sumptuous breakfast, you gather your belongings and travel towards the pristine Phinda Game Reserve where you will check into your luxurious lodge.

Phinda Private Game Reserve spans across 28 555 hectares and is home to an extraordinary number of wildlife species, including the famous Big 5, cheetah, wild dogs and 415 bird species.

During your stay at Phinda, you can look forward to dawn and dusk open-vehicle game drives, bush walks, morning boat cruises on the Mzinene River and rhino tracking on foot. One can also visit an authentic Zulu village and enjoy seasonal turtle drives in the evenings.

Accommodation: Phinda Zuka Lodge

Day 9: Departure

Today you bid farewell to the bushveld as you journey back to King Shaka International Airport. On arrival, you will return the rental vehicle  and connect with your onward travel arrangements.

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Rates & Pricing

$ 540 USD
$ 540 USD
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.
We can arrange travel insurance that will make this booking totally refundable.


3 nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge with all meals and 2 game activities per day
2 nights at Zimbali Resort with breakfast
3 nights at Phinda Zuka Lodge with all meals and 2 game activities per day
Flights: Johannesburg -> Nelspruit -> Durban
Car rental arranged for pick up in the Kruger & KwaZulu Natal
Big-5 Game Viewing on safari
Phinda Zuka Lodge: Interpretive Nature Walks and Big Game Viewing Walk
Phinda Zuka Lodge: Maputaland Beach Adventure (additional cost)
Phinda Zuka Lodge: Indian Ocean Scuba Safari (additional cost)
Phinda Zuka Lodge: Turtle Nesting Adventure (additional cost)
Phinda Zuka Lodge: Ocean safari (additional cost)

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