Wild & luxurious Southern Africa

12 Days, 11 NightsSouth Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, Phinda, Umhlanga
Combine Big Five safari with coastal adventures
Your journey at a glance

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.

3 nights South Luangwa National Park | 3 nights Lower Zambezi National Park | 3 nights &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve | 2 nights KwaZulu Natal

A taste of what to expect...

Day 1-4: South Luangwa National Park
  • Explore the ‘Valley of the Leopard’. South Luangwa National Park has one of the highest densities of leopard in the world, giving rise to the park’s nickname. This predator is most often encountered on night drives, which also provide a chance to see hyena, mongoose, civet, bush baby and genet. Species rarely spotted elsewhere include Thornicraft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra and puku antelope. Hippos and crocodiles are plentiful in the river. The park’s sheer diversity means it is home to a staggering array of species
  • The South Luangwa National Park is known as the birthplace of walking safari and there are few better places to try this exhilarating adventure. With large areas that are completely inaccessible by road, you are virtually guaranteed not to see anything but wildlife when exploring the park on foot. Engage all your senses as you smell, feel, touch and hear the African bush. Whether quietly detouring around an elephant or investigating a termite hill, you will get an up close and intimate glimpse of all the inhabitants of the bush, from largest to smallest.
  • With over 400 recorded species, birdwatching in South Luangwa is exceptional. The end of the dry season brings hundreds of water birds to the Luangwa River, from yellow-billed storks to ponderous pelicans, striking saddle-billed storks, stately goliath heron and elegant crowned cranes. Dozens of migrant species arrive before the rains, from the red chested cuckoo to the steppe eagle and steppe buzzard
Day 4-7: Lower Zambezi National Park
  • The spectacular Lower Zambezi National Park spans 4 092 km² (1 580 square miles) of pristine wilderness. 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. 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
  • Strap on your walking boots. Pioneered in Zambia, a walking safari offers the ultimate opportunity to get up close with Africa’s prized wildlife and traverse her magical landscapes. The Lower Zambezi National Park offers excellent, tailor-made walking safaris in the company of expert guides
  • Climb aboard a 4×4 safari vehicle for an adventure-filled safari. Navigate through pristine wilderness in search of the park’s prized wildlife, in the company of an expert safari guide. The park is renowned for hosting large herds of elephant who venture to the cool waters of the Zambezi River to slake their thirst. The park also hosts a flourishing predator population
Day 7-10: &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, andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and a wide range of safari activities. This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including not only the Big Five but other 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

*Choose between staying at &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge or &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

Day 10-12: Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal

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.

Contact us and we will prepare your trip according to your requirements

Roman Baláž, personal advisor, photographer and animal rescue. Call +420 734 863 169 or write to e-mail.

Office and markets for USA and Great Britain - Nico Van Zyl, General Manager. Call +44 7849 911 362 or write to e-mail.

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