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Zululand & Elephant Coast Safari | Bush & Beach



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Benjamin Wilson

Siya Phambile Expeditions

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Zululand & Elephant Coast Safari | Bush & Beach

Take a journey with us traveling slowly through the wilder parts of KwaZulu Natal, where all of the fascinating locations are within short distance of one another and driving is limited. You will visit various wilderness areas, coastal stretches and some cultural hotspots that each offer unique experiences and promise an expedition to be remembered. This tour includes participation camping. This means that guests will have to assist with camp chores, such as setting up your tent. See the day-by-day section for a more detailed description of the camp chores.


Wilderness Trail | Camping under Stars

We spend three nights within the iMfolozi Wilderness area, devoid of any infrastructure and 30 000ha of wild bush teeming with wildlife. On trail with two experienced guides that lead us in search of wildlife sightings and who cater and prepare everything around the campsite. We camp under the stars, experiencing wilderness as it has been for thousands of years. As participation, everyone must spend an hour in the night on watch, looking after the fire. Read more

iMfolozi | 3 Nights
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On Trail in the Bush

Rising early in the morning, we enjoy breakfast and pack up camp. From here we walk ancient wildlife paths in search of all the game species. It is one of the most inspiration experiences to simply walk through primeval nature on foot, listening to the sounds of nature and learning of the interactions between landscape, fauna and flora. Read more

iMfolozi | 3 Nights

Walking the Wilderness

We continue our journey walking through the wilderness. In the evenings, we set up camp and the fire. Cooking dinner and enjoying in bush style, we sit around and listen to the sounds of the night and talk about the day and everything else. During the night, one must spend an hour on fire watch, making sure it doesn't die and keeping watch for your fellow trailists sleeping. Read more

iMfolozi | 3 Nights

uMkhuze Game Reserve | Hides & Forest

We leave Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve and head north into the Mkhuze area. Similarly, this Reserve is full of game (including the Big 5), and we spend our days on game drives, visiting bird hides overlooking waterholes where game comes to drink, picnic in the bush, and stay in luxury tented safari camps. Read more

uMkhuze | 2 Nights

uMkhuze Game Reserve | Large Game Haven

We continue our journey in uMhuze, enjoying a typical day in the bush. Rising early, we head out on a game drive and visit the local hides to spot wildlife. Returning to camp, we enjoy a hearty breakfast and relax around camp during the heat of the day. Enjoy sitting at a local hide, a walk, swimming in the pool, or just chilling out around camp! In the afternoon, we head out again on a safari searching for more wildlife. We enjoy dinner sitting around a fire! Read more

uMkhuze | 2 Nights

Tembe Elephant Park | Great Tuskers

From Mkhuze we travel further into the bush for another two nights at one of South Africa's last remaining true wildernesses. Here, at Tembe Elephant Park, we find one of the last remaining populations of great Elephant tuskers and other fascinating wildlife. This community-owned Park is also a fantastic cultural experience. Read more

Tembe | 2 Nights

Tembe Elephant Park | Community Local

In one of the last remaining wildernesses in South Africa, we spend the day searching this pristine natural landscape for the Great Tuskers, and of course all the other wildlife such as lion, antelope, giraffe, and rhino. Our local knowledgeable guides will be teaching us and enhancing our knowledge as we really get into the holiday and safari mode by this day. Read more

Tembe | 2 Nights

Kosi Bay | Sub-tropical Beach

From here we travel over to the coast, in this remote area of KwaZulu Natal, visiting Kosi Bay. A series of lakes eventually leads out through an estuary into the Indian Ocean. We are able to spend a few days exploring the beach and many of the fascinating places and activities on offer.

Kosi Bay | 2 Nights

Elephant Coast | Untouched Beach

We spend the day at complete leisure, exploring Kosi Bay mouth and the estuary. This sub-tropical paradise allows us to relax and roam the beach with very few people around. We have the opportunity to snorkel, canoe, visit the local tribe's fishtraps, and just generally do what one does at the beach best, relax! After a full day and enjoying lunch picnic-style, we can return to the comfort of our camp and enjoy dinner, swopping stories from the day and before... Read more

Kosi Bay | 2 Nights
DAY 10

St Lucia | Wild Seaside Town

We continue down the coast to our final stop, also within isiMangaliso Wetland Park, at the tiny seaside town of St. Lucia. Set alongside a massive estuary, and within pristine coastal bush, this piece of paradise puts the cherry on top of our tour.

St Lucia | 1 Night
DAY 11

Durban | Zulu Cultural Village

We finish off this fascinating tour by traveling slowly on the scenic route back to Durban. We head into the historical heart of Zululand, visiting Shakaland, where the traditions of the Zulu kings and people of old still hold. We enjoy local dancing, a cultural insight, and great food.

End of Tour


Day in trip
Day 1
Location iMfolozi
Day 4
Location uMkhuze
Hotel Mantuma Camp
Day 6
Location Tembe
Day 8
Location Kosi Bay
Hotel Amangwane
Day 10
Location St. Lucia


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fees
  • All activities (unless optional)
  • All meals (unless for own expense)

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Pre and Post Tour accommodation

More information

  • Prices are per person sharing (double room), except for the solo traveler.
  • Single supplement generally adds 30% to per person sharing price.


3 Reviews

Lowe, Sweden

We were given outstanding local knowledge of the Garden Route which took us off the beaten track, on the Route 62! Unforgettable experience delivered in a laid back, tailored fashion. Fantastic communication and good vibes, our trip outweighed any expectations! Highly recommended

Jan, Mariette, & Cocky, Netherlands

It was an amazing trip. They did a perfect job. The service was perfect and the guide called Ben was really good. He made a nice breakfast in the morning, a good lunch in the afternoon and a good meal in the evening. He was great in finding all kinds of animals. He made out dream come true and even more.. Read more

Tracey, United Kingdom

Brilliant service from start to finish. Fabulous place to visit and as we had a relatively short time we managed to see so much. Well planned itinerary, first rate guide who made all the difference. Thanks so much!

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