Durban/Umhlanga & Hluhluwe - Oyster Box and Phinda Private Game Reserve

5
Days
Due to the conservation efforts, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park has the largest population of white rhino in the world.
Five days of extremes – wonderful luxury, supreme leisure and wonderfully wild adventures!
Day
1
Arrive Durban (Umhlanga - The Oyster Box)
On arrival at King Shaka International Airport in Durban, and we’ll meet you there and arrange a transfer to South Africa’s number one destination resort, The Oyster Box. Set a handful of metres away from the waves nudging the coastal playground of Umhlanga, the Oyster Box – part of the international Red Carnation Group - has established itself as one of Africa’s best-loved, most distinguished hotels. Since 1947 – with an interlude for a sensational refurbishment – the hotel has exuded in equal parts, colonial charm, impeccable service, and five star everything else. It’s a reputation well deserved, and you’ll fall head over heels in love with everything from the world-class spa to the trendy Oyster Bar on high, with extraordinary cocktails and views to the ends of the earth and back.

Translated from Zulu, Umhlanga means Place of Reeds, referring to the beds of reeds that accumulate on the banks of the Ohlanga River a few kilometers north of present-day Umhlanga Rocks. The Umhlanga Lighthouse has never had a keeper, as The Oyster Box - built in 1869 and originally the first beach cottage in the area - has been the official warden. The controls to the lighthouse are in the hotel office where staff monitor them and report to Portnet’s Lighthouse Service.
Day
2
Umhlanga - and Durban Day Tour
This morning, climb aboard The Durban Highlights Tour. It’s a fascinating journey through a city shaped and reshaped by the early Colonial Settlers, the indigenous Zulu population and the Indians who arrived as labourers in the 19th Century. Chill out along the beach promenade which fringes the coastline of Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’, delve a little deeper into local history at the Kwa Muhle Museum, enjoy the lush flora of Durban’s famed Botanic Gardens, discover the rich Indian tapestry of tales so integral to Durban, visit uShaka Marine World as well as Moses Mabhida Stadium and experience your first taste of the locals’ ingenious ‘Bunny Chow’ takeaways. Durban’s an extraordinary melting pot of cultures, and your journey today will open your eyes to the stories behind the city.
Day
3
Durban to Hluhluwe (&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve)
Now for something a little wilder. It’s day three and you’re off to a private game reserve just outside the little town of Hluhluwe. 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, &Beyond Phinda Private Game 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 &Beyond Phinda.

This afternoon, on with your safari gear, binoculars and cameras, we’re off on a game drive in a wonderful open safari vehicle. Your guide is an expert, so you’re not only going to see wildlife, but learn about it too. As the sun sets, you’ll be welcomed back at the lodge for drinks and dinner. An early night perhaps, as it’s a dawn start tomorrow.
Day
4
Hluhluwe (&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve)
Depart on an early morning game drive as this the time for predators in the game park, and you’ll want to be where they are. After lunch, we’ve planned a special game drive with sundowners in the African bush – it’s magic, and that G&T tastes quite different when you’re in the African wilderness.
Day
5
Hluhluwe to Durban Airport
And if there’s anything you haven’t seen in the Park, you’ve one more opportunity on this early morning game drive. Daybreak, and we’re the early birds into the Park to catch the worm...and more. With luck, you’ll spot that lion or leopard that’s eluded you...

After the early morning game drive it's back to your lodge where a bumper breakfast is served. After breakfast, we transfer back to Durban’s King Shaka International Airport for your onward journey.


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Prices are subject to change and are an indication only. For a fully inclusive rate, please contact Discovering Africa.
Includes
One Way Transfer from Airport/Hotel
2 Nights The Oyster Box Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Visit the Oyster Bar for extraordinary cocktails
Full Day Durban Highlights Tour
Return Transfer from Durban to Hluhluwe
2 Nights Phinda Mountain Lodge - fully inclusive
Four game drives in open safari vehicles
Big Five game viewing

All packages have been based on a minimum of 2 guests travelling.

The Single Package rate provided is for a guest taking a single room and travelling with other guests.

Single travellers, travelling alone will be required to pay an additional single supplement.

Please note that rates quoted are valid for travel within the specified price season - travel must be completed within the price season. If your required dates straddle seasons, prices will be on a request basis.

Flights (unless specified), gratuities and visas are not included.

Kindly note while every effort has been made to ensure that the information and rates contained in this proposal is accurate, Thompsons Africa cannot be held responsible for any price increases/changes that may occur without prior notice.

All services are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Departs
Daily on Request