Enjoy a spectacular 10-day self-drive adventure that packs in a walking safari in the Kruger National Park and a classic beach holiday in kwaZulu-Natal.

Start off with Big 5 game drives at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, set in a private Kruger reserve, before venturing off on a 2-day guided walking safari in the Kruger National Park itself.

Then make your way to enchanting Ballito Bay for a night before driving to the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park where you will enjoy blissful days of snorkelling, swimming, bird watching and relaxing at luxurious Thonga Beach Lodge.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Big 5 game drives & guided nature walks in Kruger
  • Wander on unspoilt white-sand beaches
  • Watch turtles come ashore in season
  • Dive & snorkel in the Indian Ocean
  • Toast the sunset at Sibaya Lake
  • Explore the Kosi Bay lakes by canoe
  • Enjoy excellent & diverse bird watching

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Rhino Post Safari Lodge

This morning fly from Johannesburg to Nelspruit, gateway to the world-famous Kruger National Park. On arrival, pick up your rental car and drive to Rhino Post Safari Lodge, a luxury wilderness lodge situated within the park in a private concession.

Settle in and unwind in the afternoon before heading out for your early evening game drive.

Day 2

Explore the Kruger National Park

The next day is spent both game viewing and relaxing at camp. Your morning starts off early with a game drive in South Africa's premier national park. Be on the lookout for the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo - as well as other classic African animals including giraffe, zebra and hippo.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch out on the viewing deck and an afternoon spent next to the pool before setting out again for a game drive in the early afternoon. Return just after sunset for a delicious meal around the fire.

Days 3-4

Exciting Kruger walking safaris

Transfer after breakfast to Plains Camp and the start of your Rhino Walking Safari. As one of the only operators allowed to offer walking safaris in the Kruger Park, you will enjoy a unique opportunity to get up close to Africa's wildlife.

Explore the park on foot over the next two days accompanied by expert guides and armed rangers. They will offer all the safety and protection you need and will introduce you to the finer details of Kruger's amazing ecosystem - spoor, trees, birds, insects - all part of making your safari experience richer.

Day 5

Drive to Ballito

This morning return to Rhino Post Safari Lodge to pick up your vehicle and then drive back to Nelspruit for your flight to Durban. On arrival you will collect another vehicle and drive yourself to the sprawling Zimbali Resort near Ballito for an overnight stay.

Days 6-9

Experience the magical KZN Coast

This morning drive north along the rugged northern kwaZulu-Natal coast to Thonga Beach Lodge in the Greater St Lucia Wetland, which is a World Heritage Site.

Enjoy some serious downtime on the beach or get active with one of the many activities, excursions and sports offered at the lodge. You could look for dolphins and whales in the bay, go scuba diving at one of South Africa's best dive sites, enjoy a kayaking trip or simply relax with sundowners at Lake Sibaya - it's up to you.

Day 10

Depart for Richard's Bay

This morning say goodbye to Thonga Beach Lodge and drive a short distance down the coast to Richard's Bay to return your vehicle. Your tour ends upon arrival at the airport.


  • 2 Nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge on full board basis
  • 2 Nights at Plains Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • 1 Night at Zimbali Resport on bed and breakfast basis
  • 4 Nights at Thonga Beach Lodge on full board basis
  • Flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit
  • 10 Days car rental, including contract fee
  • Flight from Nelspruit to Durban
  • Return transfers to Thonga Beach Lodge


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

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