10-day trip

Safari and Sand Family Adventure

From 5865 PP


Explore the East Coast

Combine a luxury South African safari with a remote beach getaway in southern Mozambique on this laid-back family road trip.

Begin a short way outside Durban at a historic oceanfront hotel where you can rest after your flights and enjoy the Oyster Box’s renowned hospitality as well as a full-day adventure into Lesotho.

Then enjoy four nights of unforgettable wildlife experiences and cultural encounters in &Beyond’s diverse Phinda Private Game Reserve, a conservation success story home to a handful of fabulous lodges, iconic species and activities tailor-made for all ages.

End relaxing on an Indian Ocean beach in Mozambique at a barefoot beach lodge between a national park and protected marine reserve with exciting experiences on land and water.


Trip highlights

  • Big Five safari in South Africa's Phinda Private Game Reserve

  • Barefoot beach getaway at the remote Anvil Bay in Mozambique

  • A full day adventure up the Sani Pass to Lesotho

  • Fabulous family friendly lodges with a great mix of activities


What's included

  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation

  • Safari and beach activities

  • Private transfers throughout and flights to and from Johannesburg

  • Price per person based on a family of four

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    Baby turtles in Anvil Bay
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    Family safari
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    Anvil Bay
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    &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge
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    Lions in Phinda Private Game Reserve
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    Exploring Phinda
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    Kayaking in Mozambique
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    Zulu culture in KZN
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    &Beyond's WILDChild programme

An unforgettable trip with a positive impact

Created to maximize the benefits to people and place, while minimizing the environmental footprint.

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    Community & Culture

    Properties and experiences that uplift and empower local communities.

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    Supports wildlife projects, protected areas and ecosystem regeneration.

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    Lodges and camps chosen for their sustainability credentials and initiatives.

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Days 1 — 3

Welcome to KZN

You’ll be met on arrival into Durban, the largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal known for its blend of African, European and Indian cultures. Here, you’ll be driven a short way north to a wonderful ocean-side hotel which a rich history with the rest of the day to chill out and enjoy the views. The next day, jump into a 4x4 for a spectacular drive up the winding Sani Pass and into the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho, visiting local villages on the way with a stop for lunch at the highest pub in Africa.

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Days 3 — 7

Phinda safari

On day three, you’ll be driven north into the rolling green hills of Phinda Private Game Reserve, 28,622 hectares of rich and diverse habitat home to the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), as well as 436 bird species. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino. Once dominated by pineapple farms and overgrazed ranches, it has been restored and revitalized over the last three decades into one of South Africa’s premier safari destinations while also generating meaningful benefits for rural communities.

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Journey of giraffe at phinda reserve in south africa

Days 7 — 10

Maputo sands

Continue your road trip up the coast across the border into Mozambique, heading into the rugged Maputo National Park and your final stay at Anvil Bay. A wonderfully laid-back beach lodge on the shores of the Indian Ocean between a protected area home to coastal elephants and a marine reserve, this is a special spot to round out your family adventure.

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Safari and Sand Family Adventure
5865 PP
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