Kwa Zulu Natal Safari + Benguerra Island
6 Nights / 7 Days
Combine sea and safari for a romantic escape to one of South Africa’s best-known game reserves and the sandy beaches of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago. Track the Big Five in Phinda Private Game Reserve, a place of extraordinary adventure, where myriad possibilities create breath-taking thrills around every bend. After your wildlife adventure, pamper yourself with some rest and relaxation in the tropical climate and sunshine of Benguerra Island. Explore the warm waters and marvel at the marine life of the island’s coral reefs on scuba diving expeditions, enjoy the thrill of deep-sea fishing or simply explore the magical setting and soaring dunes of Benguerra.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ITINERARY:
- Exceptional wildlife sightings
- Listen to the sounds of the African bush
- Long walks on a sandy beach
- Sipping a cocktail while feeling the sand between your toes
Day 1 – 3: Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by a Menzies Aviation representative and assisted through customs and immigration. You will then be assisted with check-in procedures for your onward flight. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by a team member and transferred to the lodge.
Rejuvenate during your 3-night stay at Phinda Game Reserve, with its choice of Forest Lodge / Zuka Lodge / Rock Lodge/ Vlei Lodge / Mountain Lodge, in a suite with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives, a 1-hour nature walk, emergency medical evacuation insurance, and laundry.
- Game Drives
- Interpretive Nature Walks
Recommended activities (at additional cost):
- Tracking Adventure
- Black Rhino Tracking On Foot
- Indian Ocean Scuba Safari
- Turtle Nesting Adventure
- Zulu Village Tour
- Maputaland Beach Adventure
- Tracking Adventure
- Private Safari
- Family Safari
- A Night Under the Stars
- Ocean Safari
- Massage: Quiet Mind Journey
- Massage: Healing Earth African Shea Butter Ritual
Day 4 – 7: After a mouth-watering breakfast, you will be driven to the airstrip for your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, where you will board a flight to Vilanculos International Airport. A representative will meet you at Vilanculos Airport and assist you on your helicopter flight to Benguerra Island. As the second-largest island of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra offers exceptional opportunities to witness a slice of the very best of Mozambique’s exceptional marine life. Put your feet up for your 4-night stay in a Casinha with ensuite bathroom and outdoor shower. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, laundry, emergency medical evacuation insurance, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip. Activities – One per day: Scuba diving (max 2 dives per day tide dependent – full PADI certification required), horse riding, sea kayaking, sunset dhow cruise, and a scheduled snorkeling trip. One per stay: castaway picnic, island expedition, and local village tour.
Recommended activities (at additional cost):
- Helicopter Sightseeing
Day 8: After a mouth-watering breakfast, wave a fond farewell as you board a helicopter for your flight back to Vilanculos International Airport, where you will catch a scheduled flight to O.R Tambo International Airport.
OUR RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION:
Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the spectacular Forest Lodge at Phinda Private Game Reserve fuses architectural design and conservation. The creation of this award-winning safari lodge was an exemplary exercise in building eco-sensitive structures with a light footprint (not one tree was felled during construction). Inventively designed in Zulu Zen style, each handcrafted, glass-encased suite is a combination of glass, wood and minimalist design incorporating high-gloss wooden floors, richly tactile fabrics, and crimson Zulu artifacts. These 16 private stilted suites each feature luxurious ensuite bathrooms and private viewing decks. Unwind in the lodge’s sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, or relax in the guest sitting areas with expansive viewing decks affording panoramic views of the game-filled plains. Visit the Safari Shop with its unique and colorful local Zulu artifacts. Dine in the traditional African boma, under a romantic canvas of stars, candles, and lanterns.
Phinda Mountain Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, 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. 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 28 555 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.
Phinda Vlei Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Fringing the reserve’s wildlife-rich wetland system, along the edge of rare sand forest, the vibrant and intimate Phinda Vlei Lodge offers a tranquil oasis in the middle of the flourishing wilderness. This charming lodge, which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, features just six thatched suites to ensure exclusivity. Phinda Vlei’s fresh new look is inspired by the elegant, turn of the century, plantation-style homesteads of KwaZulu-Natal’s sugarcane and pineapple barons.
Phinda Rock Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Dramatically set into a cliff-face overlooking spectacular Leopard Rock, the unique Rock Lodge at Phinda Private Game Reserve is an architectural fascination. Its six suites are seemingly suspended over the deep valley below, providing breathtaking views. Each romantic suite, constructed from contoured stone and adobe, boasts solid wooden shutters and doors, opening onto a private plunge pool and viewing deck. Complete with spacious ensuite bathrooms, three of these suites also feature outdoor showers, providing some of the most scenic al fresco bathing on the African continent. The Lodge’s comfortable sitting areas are the perfect vantage point for viewing the abundant wildlife roaming the bushveld below. This is an intimate lodge, where guests are treated like treasured family members and time is shared with fellow safari adventurers who soon become friends. Striking sunsets are witnessed from the game viewing deck suspended over Africa’s bushveld, and delicious Pan African meals are served in the dining area under hand-wrought chandeliers.
Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
A tropical paradise tucked into a lush indigenous forest and looking out onto a picturesque crescent of sandy beach, Benguerra Island has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment to become the quintessential luxury island retreat. Boasting a fresh island feel, the lodge’s welcoming guest areas offer views of the lush tropical garden and the ocean beyond. Set deep in cleverly created patches of shade, comfortable loungers beckon guests to relax around the rim-flow swimming pool while drinking in the ocean views. Closer to the water’s edge, the lodge’s colorful beach bar is the perfect setting to relax or enjoy open-air meals right on the sand. Ten casinhas and two cabanas peep out directly onto ocean vistas, while a spacious Casa Familia ensures privacy and exclusivity.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR ADVENTURE:
- Enjoy a specialist walking safari with an expert ranger who will guide you through Phinda’s seven unique habitats.
- Track one of Africa’s rarest large mammals, the highly endangered black rhino, on foot.
- Enjoy an amazing castaway picnic in the beautiful sand dunes of Benguerra Island.
- Sail away into the sunset on a romantic show cruise.