12 days
Duration
All ages
Age
Zambia & South Africa
Location
All Year
Dates

Wild Luxurious Southern Africa

From USD 10,400

ZAR 149,303.44 (approximately, depending on exchange rate at time of booking)

Set in Zambia and South Africa, this incredible 12-day Southern Africa tour offers the perfect blend of safari and coastal adventures. Activities include thrilling Big Five game drives, walking safaris, birdwatching, seasonal boat cruises and canoeing at three superb safari retreats; followed by a stay at a luxurious seaside hotel that offers the ultimate opportunity to unwind. Experience the marvels of the South Luangwa, the birthplace of the walking safari and home to an abundance of game.

Travel to the spectacular Lower Zambezi National Park, which offers a wonderful collection of habitats. Revel in the “Seven Worlds of Wonder” of the award-winning &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, and then end your journey in the cosmopolitan surrounds of Umhlanga, a mecca for sun and beach lovers.

Includes

  • Accommodation inclusions as per itinerary above
  • Meals, local branded drinks and scheduled activities as mentioned above
  • Light aircraft flights:
    • Kenneth Kaunda International Airport/ Mfuwe Airport/ Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
    • Kenneth Kaunda International Airport/Jeki Airstrip/ Kenneth Kaunda International Airport/
  • All scheduled flights:
    • Kenneth Kaunda International Airport/ King Shaka International Airport
  • All road transfers:
    • Mfuwe Airport/ Chinzombo/ Mfuwe Airport
    • Jeki Airstrip / Sausage Tree Camp/ Jeki Airstrip
    • King Shaka International Airport / &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
    • &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve / Umhlanga
    • Umhlanga / King Shaka International Airport
    • National park fees
    • Laundry at &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge, Baines’ River Camp and Chinzombo
    • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
    • Administration Fee

CONDITIONS

  • Rates are subject to a minimum of 2 guests travelling
  • Proflight operates scheduled flights on certain days and months within Zambia. Please double check schedule before quoting
  • Proflight operates scheduled flights from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport to King Shaka International Airport on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
  • The operator may reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability
  • Validity periods are as specified above – should a booking fall over two rate periods the rate will change and we reserve the right to re-quote
  • Rates exclude gratuities and all items of a personal nature
  • Additional suggested activities not included in the rate
  • Child rates will be quoted on request
  • Flight quotes are subject to change, and we reserve the right to re-quote
  • Single traveller supplement will be quoted on request
Day 1-3

Today you will be flown from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport to Mfuwe Airstrip where you will be met by a representative from Chinzombo for your game drive transfer to camp.

Spend 3 nights at Chinzombo The 6 ‘villas’ one of which is a suite with extra space for families and small groups is equipped to the very highest standards, with each villa having its own private plunge pools, cooled sleeping areas, massive bathrooms with luxurious spa amenities, one of the best guiding teams in Africa, set within 60 acres of private prime Luangwa frontage, private access in to the Park.

While at Chinzombo you can set your own safari routine at your own pace. Activities include game drives, a little bit of walking and seasonal boat trips (normally Jan to April when the river is high).

Day 4-6

The spectacular Lower Zambezi National Park spans 4 092 km² (1 580 square miles) of pristine wilderness. It is situated adjacent to Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Reserve, creating a giant expanse of protected wilderness, and boasts breath-taking vistas of the Zambezi River, as well as lush riverine surrounds. It is not uncommon to see enormous herds of elephant quenching their thirst and enjoying a good mud bath along the riverbanks, as well as leopard, buffalo and lion.

The park offers a wonderful collection of habitats, which are home to a superb diversity of animals. Visitors can explore the marshy Zambezi channels, floodplains bordered by mopane forests, hilly woodlands and the park’s open valley floor.

Spend 3 nights at Sausage Tree Camp, voted as “Best Location in Africa” at the 2016 Good Safari Guide Awards is hidden amongst mature sausage and mahogany trees on the banks of the Zambezi River. With guaranteed private guiding for all guests, you are spoilt for choice. Accommodation includes 5 luxurious Bedouin-style Signature tents with open air ensuite bathroom and private veranda, 2 spacious Honeymoon tents with indoor and outdoor bathrooms, dining area, personal bar, private pool and veranda. The sole-use Kigelia House is perfect for small groups or families, as it features two spacious bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, a sitting room, private pool and veranda.

Superb African-fusion meals are served in the newly rebuilt open-air dining tent, on the main viewing deck or in the privacy of guests’ tents. Refreshing sundowners can be enjoyed in the welcoming bar area, which is fronted by an enormous teak deck that overlooks the Zambezi River, while a sparkling 25m swimming pool completes the setting.

Day 7

After a mouth-watering breakfast, transfer to Royal Airstrip for your light aircraft transfer back to Lusaka.  Fly with Proflight to King Shaka International Airport.

Upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by a member of the &Beyond team and driven to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.

Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, &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. &Beyond Phinda is 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 the scarce black rhino. With only a handful of lodges sharing an area of 23 000 hectares, and expert rangers and trackers in search of prime wildlife sightings, guests are assured an exclusive game viewing experience. Adding to Phinda’s wildlife charms, 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 from Phinda.

Spend three nights at &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge. Accommodation is in an air conditioned suite with ensuite bathroom dressing room, private plunge pool and game viewing deck, overlooks the grassy vlei where guests can observe herds of grazing antelope and a dazzling variety of birdlife 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.

Alternatively
Spend three nights at &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge inventively designed in a rocky and Moroccan style, with a touch of purple. Your stay includes three meals, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives, Nature Walks (1 hour) accompanied by experienced armed trackers, subject to availability. Emergency medical evacuation insurance, Laundry, VAT.

Day 8

Slip on some comfortable walking shoes, grab your binoculars and camera, and spend the morning on foot with an expert ranger and tracker team in search of the rare and highly endangered black rhinoceros, also known as the hook-lipped rhinoceros. A walk through the bush is a far more intimate experience as, without the distracting hum of the safari vehicle, you will hear, smell, feel and see with heightened awareness, igniting your entire consciousness. As you slowly walk along tracks trodden by untamed wildlife, you will be humbled and left in awe of this magnificent natural site. Experience Phinda Private Game Reserve on foot, in awe of its untouched nature and allure. Tread along the very paths black rhinos roam free on and witness their lives from a careful distance. It is the perfect setting in which to appreciate the natural environment. The slow pace of the walk and the interpretive skills of the armed guides open your eyes to a new and fascinating world. Learn how to follow rhino tracks, recognise rhino middens and scratching posts, and follow the signs of the bent trees and broken grass blades, searching for rhino in the company of wildlife professionals. The safety of our guests is paramount and only the most highly trained and qualified &Beyond guides host these walks.

Day 9

Visit a Zulu community just outside &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and interact with the friendly people of KwaZulu-Natal. A Bantu tribal group, the Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa. A local &Beyond guide will escort you through the community and share interesting insights and narratives about Zulu culture and its fascinating customs, beliefs and traditions.

You will be invited into a traditional homestead and given the rare opportunity to witness the daily routines and lifestyle of an authentic, rural Zulu family where aeons of tradition intersect with modern life. Learn about the family structures, patriarchal duties and matriarchal responsibilities of the tribe, find out how local homes are constructed and why cattle are so valuable and highly revered.

Spend time with the respected local sangoma, a witch doctor and traditional healer, who will explain the significance of the ancestors in Zulu life, as well as the tribe’s spiritual beliefs and the importance of their sacred lands. The adventure ends with a quick stop at the Mbhedula Craft Market, where the beautiful handiwork and art of 43 Zulu crafters is showcased. It’s a great place to find that perfect souvenir of your time with the Zulu people.

Day 10-11

Umhlanga is a mecca for sun lovers and watersports enthusiasts. Meaning the “place of reeds”, this scenic area is located along KwaZulu Natal’s spectacular Golden Mile, just 20 kilometres from the bustling port city of Durban. The area falls in what was once an immense sugar cane plantation owned by Sir Marshall Campbell, who arrived in South Africa from Glasgow in 1850.

The first hotel, The Umhlanga Rocks Hotel, was built in the 1920s and was promptly followed by a throng of exceptional seaside retreats, which still dot the shoreline. Today, Umhlanga boasts world-class boutique stores and superlative centres, such as the Gateway Mall – a shopper’s paradise! It also offers a wonderful selection of eateries and attractions such as the Natal Sharks Board, professional golf courses and an array of watersports, such as scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, surfing and dolphin viewing.

Spend 2 nights at The Oyster Box Hotel in a classic sea – facing room with en-suite bathroom. Your stay includes breakfast.

Day 12

After breakfast you will be transferred to King Shaka International Airport in time for your SA Airlink flight to O R Tambo International Airport.

&Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

Phinda Vlei Lodge is an intimate romantic, private safari destination. Overlooking the Reserve’s unique vlei (wetland) system on the edge of the sand forest, its location offers ever changing game viewing from the comfort of your bed, your shower or your private plunge pool.

At Phinda Vlei Lodge simply spending time in your spacious suite is like being on safari. With each suite carefully positioned for a prime view of the animals coming out to drink and panoramic vistas from even your shower or bathtub, the game viewing never stops!

Set on the edge of the forest and overlooking an open meadow (or vlei), complete with watering hole, this wildlife playground brings your game encounters up close and personal. Each morning and early evening the animals appear, dotting the sweeping vlei in a never-ending wildlife parade.

Whether from the intimate guest areas or the seclusion of your own suite, watch the daily details of the bush come to life, from the antics of the monkeys and the prolific birdlife to the herds of zebra or families of warthog ambling along the open vlei.

  • Day and night game drives, walking safaris
  • Secluded and romantic; light Asian inspired structures with warm African interiors
  • Phinda Adventures include Zulu village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, an ocean safari, and black rhino tracking on foot
  • Specialist Safaris – birding, photographic, rhino notching, tracking, walking, family and private safaris
  • Perfect for Couples, wildlife enthusiasts, keen birders
  • Situated between two habitats, the forest and the grasslands

The lodge

Carefully tucked away in one of six secluded suites perfectly integrated into the African bush, you are virtually guaranteed to see more animals than people during your stay – and that’s not counting the game drives! Each moment brings a new surprise, as man made barriers melt away and the wonders of the bush are revealed at every turn.

Elegant and serene, the gracious spaces of Phinda Vlei Lodge are designed for quiet contemplation of the African bush. With each suite’s deck opening up onto a dazzling view of the clearing beyond, combine your game viewing with a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool, but be prepared to share it with a thirsty elephant or impala!Each suite boasts not only a private sitting area and ensuite bathroom, but also a dressing room and game viewing deck, so you may not ever want to leave, even for meals. Not that you will have to – private dining in your suite can be arranged, as can more social meals on the dining deck or even on the edge of the vlei. On clear, cold winter nights keep the chill at bay in front of a roaring fire in the sitting room before retiring to the comfort of a warm bed.

&Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge

Dramatically set into a cliff face overlooking spectacular Leopard Rock, &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge is an architectural delight, combining Malian influences with pueblo panache. Its six suites are seemingly suspended over the deep valley below, providing breath-taking views. Each romantic suite, constructed from contoured stone and adobe, boasts an earthy, soft grey palette and solid wooden shutters and doors, which open onto a private plunge pool and viewing deck. Featuring spacious ensuite bathrooms, the suites also offer outdoor showers, providing some of the most scenic al fresco bathing on the African continent.

Decorated in hues of oatmeal, grey and stone, the lodge’s intimate and glamorous guest areas offer the perfect vantage point for viewing the reserve’s abundant birdlife in the surrounding trees, and the wildlife roaming the bush below. Immense French doors open onto an extended outdoor veranda, the perfect setting for al fresco meals, while a rooftop terrace provides a romantic venue for dining beneath the stars. Striking, fiery sunsets set the scene for bush banquets in bush clearings. Here, guests are treated like treasured family members and time is shared with fellow safari adventurers, who soon become friends.

  • Day and night game drives and specialist walking safaris
  • Perched high on a rocky cliffside with panoramic views over Leopard Rock
  • Phinda Adventures include Zulu village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, an ocean safari, and black rhino tracking on foot
  • Specialist Safaris – birding, photographic, rhino capture and research, tracking, walking, and private safaris
  • Perfect for Honeymooners, couples, romantic or private getaways

The Lodge

Experience the awe of the spectacular views from your suite’s private viewing deck or feel as though you’re floating on air with a dip in your personal plunge pool on the very edge of the breathtaking precipice. When the sense of freedom has you feeling giddy, retreat to the natural sanctuary of your bedroom or private sitting area, the roughly hewn walls and chunky textures giving you the feeling that you are sheltering within the mountain itself.

Freshening up after your morning game drive becomes an experience all in itself, with deep bathtubs encased in wide windows that open up onto a spectacular view of the valley. Three suites offer al fresco showers so deeply sheltered in the leafy growth that you’ll feel you’re bathing in your own private waterfall. The white face of Leopard Rock lies directly across from the lodge, while a watering hole draws wildlife from the deep hollows of the valley below.

As your sense of adventure reawakens, one quick leap through an open wooden shutter takes you to a rustic ladder leading to the roof, soon to be stopped in your tracks as you gaze on the unrivalled panorama before you. When night draws in, retreat to the warm refuge of an intimate gathering around a roaring fire in the guest area. Savour a meal served among friends, both old and new, in the cosy dining room or the haven of your own suite.

The Oyster Box Hotel

The 5 star Oyster Box Hotel is beautifully positioned on the ocean’s edge in the beach resort of Umhlanga north of Durban in South Africa’s tropical KwaZulu-Natal province.

The Oyster Box Hotel is located only a 5 minutes walk from the Umhlanga Village Centre and can easily be reached from the Durban city centre, the International Airports and the numerous stylish shopping centres.

Nearby sightseeing places and tourist attractions include the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, uShaka Marine World, the Sun Coast casino, the historical Natal Midlands and the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, as well as excellent big 5 game reserves, game lodges and KwaZulu-Natals’ famous historical battlefields.

ACCOMMODATION

The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga provides 86 different room types which accommodate the varied individual needs of every type of guest.

Carefully refurbished, each room is designed to provide the utmost comfort and style. The colonial charm has been lovingly preserved – the exquisite tiles, murals, paintings and antique furnishings have all been retained in their original glory. The décor at the five star Oyster Box Hotel also makes excellent use of natural stone and timber, complemented by calming colours that reflect the soothing shades of the surrounding ocean and tropical vegetation.

The Oyster Box Hotel features the following different room types:
• Classic Rooms
• Classic Sea Facing Rooms
• Luxury Sea Facing Rooms
• Sea Facing Cabanas
• Sea Facing Family Suites
• Sea Facing Luxury Suites
• Sea Facing Deluxe Suites
• Superior Garden Villas
• Garden Villa Loft
• The Presidential Suite

DINING

Whether enjoying sundowners while watching the waves of the Indian Ocean in the distance at the Lighthouse Bar, casual dining with friends at the Ocean Terrace, fine dining at the Grill Room, or sinking into a comfortable in the Chukka Bar, the culinary experience of the Oyster Box Hotel is one which truly celebrates the palate.

Guests dining at the Oyster Box Hotel have the opportunity to taste an array of cross-cultural cuisine. Carefully crafted to meet the wishes of guests from across the nation and world, the Oyster Box Hotel is proud to offer tasteful, ethnically inspired menus perfect for guests seeking anything from special fine dining occasions to simple, relaxed meals or just a small bite.

ACTIVITIES

Whether guests staying at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga seek excitement and exercise or relaxation and rejuvenation, this five star seafront hotel offers a delightful array of possibilities for bodies and spirits young and old. From helicopter tours of the breathtaking coastline to scuba diving in the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean, indulgent spa treatments, bird spotting adventures in picturesque nature reserves and a crazy day at a nearby water park with children, guest’ will be able to spend fun filled and unforgettable days here.