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Self Drive Big 5 &


Explore the lush province of KwaZulu-Natal, at your own pace, by car. Discover the region's beautiful landscapes, from historical battlefields to sandy beaches and Big Five game viewing in pristine wilderness.


Guided tour of Zulu War battlefields.

Snorkeling and scuba diving at Thonga Beach Lodge.

Whale, dolphin and turtle sightings at Greater St Lucia Wetland Park.

Big Five at Phinda Private Game Reserve.

Delve deep into the country's fascinating past and walk the very fields where a clash of the titans took place during the Zulu War and the Anglo Boer War. Travel to the Maputaland coast, where warm, clear waters, dazzling beaches and lush dune forests entice visitors to explore. Round off your African adventure with a taste of the Big Five at Phinda Private Game Reserve, renowned for its close sightings of the elusive cheetah and rare black rhino. Enjoy mouth-watering menus and superlative accommodation.


Start anticipating your African adventure with a short summary of what you can expect each day on safari to bring.

This safari begins and ends at Durban International Airport.


On arrival at Durban International Airport you will be met by a member of the team, who will take you through your travel documentation, providing self-drive tips and advice on the areas that you will be visiting. You will then make your way to the Battlefields Region of KwaZulu-Natal.


Spend two nights at your choice of the following:


Make your way towards the lush Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park on the Maputaland coast.


  • Spend two nights at your choice of the following:
  • A standard room at Rocktail Beach Camp.
  • A standard room at Thonga Beach Lodge. Adventures include snorkeling, guided walks, canoing and sundowners on Lake Sibaya.
  • A sea-view room at Thonga Beach Lodge. Adventures include snorkeling, guided walks, canoing and sundowners on Lake Sibaya.


Depart for Phinda Private Game Reserve.


Spend two nights at your choice of the following:

  • Glass suites at Phinda Forest Lodge.
  • Glamorous suites at Phinda Mountain Lodge.
  • Luxury suites at Phinda Rock Lodge or Phinda Vlei Lodge.


Each option includes twice-daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles and one hour nature walks (subject to availability), accompanied by experienced and armed trackers.


Make your way to Durban International Airport to drop off your rental vehicle. You will be met by a member of the team, who will assist you with your check-in for your departure flight.

Rates & TERMS


VIP greeting and assistance at Durban International Airport.

Personalized Travel Journal.

Twin or single accommodation.

Meals and activities as specified above.

Return trips between Thonga Beach Lodge and the non 4X4 parking area.

Greater St. Lucia Wetland National Park entrance fee.

Government bed levy (excluding Phinda).

Six days’ hire of a Group X car calculated on a 24-hour period, including the contract fee, unlimited kilometers, super collision damage waiver, super theft loss waiver, Europ assist, tourism levy, value added tax, airport surcharge, option for mobile phone rental (must be booked in advance), national and regional maps, inbound guide / useful information for the tourist and traveler booklet.


Gratuities, porterage and all items of a personal nature.

Meals not included above.

All drinks and refreshments not included above.

Day tours and entrance fees not included above.

At Phinda:  champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars, cigarettes, additional activities and government bed levy.

Single traveler supplement.

Single room supplement applicable at some lodges, if booking more than two single rooms.

All scheduled domestic and International flights, visas and airport taxes.

Gasoline and toll road fees, claim handling administration fee, a ZAR 1 000.00 refundable deposit, additional driver charge, young driver surcharge and cross border fees, if applicable, windscreen damage, tire, rim and hubcaps damage, water and undercarriage damage, towing charges, fine handling fees, no show charges, baby seats, trailers, insurance, call charges on mobile phone and one way drop off and delivery fees.

Please don’t forget:

All pricing is indicative and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

Rates are subject to a minimum two guests traveling.

Rates quoted are subject to availability and subject to change.

Tours spanning over two or more date periods will be costed up according to accurate rates at the time of quoting.

Please take note that the luggage restriction for the charter flights is 20kg in small soft bags.


Due to the increasing global cost of oil, fuel levies on scheduled and private flights as well as road transfers, may increase at any given moment. As this is not a lodge charge, this cost will unfortunately be passed onto our guest.

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