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Spend eight days revitalising body and soul by enjoying the beautiful beaches and exciting activities of one of South Africa's best but under-the-radar holiday destinations - Kwazulu Natal's remote North Coast - on this well-paced, self-drive adventure.

Start off in Durban and travel along the scenic North Coast to a resort hotel with a championship golf course before making your way to Isimangaliso Wetland Park where a wealth of wildlife and nature activities await. You'll end your journey at an elegant Durban guesthouse with imposing sea views.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Self-drive KZN at your own pace
  • A fantastic add-on to a safari - perfect for a celebratory trip
  • Discover the beautiful North Coast
  • Explore the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Go bird watching & game viewing
  • Enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving & fishing

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Embark on your rural retreat

Pick up your rental car from Durban International Airport and drive to Zimbali Lodge, a secluded destination on the North Coast with a wide variety of both relaxing and adventure activities.
Day 2

Explore a secluded nature reserve

The scenic KZN North Coast, with its dense coastal forests and secluded beaches, provides you with an idyllic location in which to relax. And relax you will: Zimbali Lodge offers impeccable service where you'll be treated like royalty, allowing you unlimited time to explore the unspoilt coast.

Take leisurely walks along tranquil beaches, go bird watching, take a horseback ride, enjoy spa treatments or play a round of golf on the nearby 18-hole course.

Days 3-6

Discover a rugged wilderness coast

Drive from Zimbali Lodge to Thonga Beach Lodge, a classic beachfront luxury lodge situated in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park and where peaceful seclusion awaits. Settle in and amble through the indigenous milkwood forest to reach the vast, pristine beach.

Explore this amazing region on guided walks and bird watching trips before heading underwater on snorkelling and scuba diving excursions. There's plenty to see on a canoeing safari on Lake Sibiya, part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland, and the lake comes complete with hippos and crocodiles.

To beat the midday heat, take it easy beside the swimming pool or enjoy a cocktail at the bar. For those needing a little pampering, the lodge also has a rejuvenation spa where you can revitalise body and mind.

Day 7

Arrive at Audacia Manor

Today you will drive to Audacia Manor in Durban. Situated in Berea, this colonial manor house, with its impressive views of the sea and beautiful gardens, has an imposing location and after settling in you can take a peaceful stroll across its rolling lawns and head to the croquet lawn to enjoy a sophisticated game of croquet or bowls while absorbing the warm Durban sun.

Day 8

Say farewell

Drive to Durban International Airport and return your rental car for the end of your KZN adventure.


  • 8 day car rental
  • 2 nights at Zimbali Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 4 nights at Thonga Beach Lodge on a full board basis
  • 1 night at Audacia Manor on a bed and breakfast basis


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $1735
  • 01 Jan 2016 - 31 Jan 2016 $1995
  • 01 Feb 2016 - 31 Mar 2016 $1735
  • 01 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016 $1745
  • 01 May 2016 - 30 Jun 2016 $1635

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Explore Natal's north coast on this fantastic beach holiday - perfect for that well-deserved summer break."



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