8 Day Madikwe to Durban Bush and Beach Safari

This Deluxe 8 Day Bush and Beach Package allows you to experience the best of South African safaris and tours, taking you from the wild beauty of Madikwe to the serenity of Durban's north coast.
  • Accommodation: Madikwe: Thatched suite with en-suite bathroom (indoor and outdoor shower), private sun-deck, whirlpool, fireplace; Ballito: Deluxe Room in a boutique hotel
  • Activities: Madikwe: Morning and afternoon game drives, gym, optional spa treatment; North Coast: optional activities in the surroundings
  • Destinations: Madikwe Game Reserve and Ballito on the Natal North Coast

The Bush and Beach Experience

Our Bush and Beach safari package takes you from the pristine Madikwe Game Reserve, which is located in northern South Africa on the border with Botswana, to the picturesque and sunny North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, where you can relax on golden beaches and enjoy many outdoor activities. It is an ideal honeymoon or holiday for those looking to have a bush and beach experience.

Day 1: Johannesburg - Madikwe Game Reserve

On the first day of your Bush and Beach package you will catch a light aircraft flight from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, to the Madikwe airstrip. You will then be driven to the lodge and will have time to settle into your suite before savouring a leisurely lunch. This is followed by some relaxation time during which you can explore the camp. A delicious high tea is served before the afternoon game drive. You will be led by an experienced guide who will tell you about the animals that you come across.

The Madikwe Game Reserve has varied ecosystems, and you will see desert adapted animals such as Gemsbok, as well as savannah antelope such as Zebra. You'll stop off in a scenic spot and have sundowners before returning to the lodge and savouring a gourmet meal.

In Madikwe, you will stay in a luxury lodge where you will be pampered and go on daily game drives. These are led by an experienced guide who will help you track down animals such as the Big Five, Cheetah and Wild dog. You will then fly to South Africa's beautiful Durban North Coast where you will stay in a boutique hotel.

At the beach you can go for leisurely walks in the surf and have a splash in the pool or enjoy many other outdoor activities.

Day 2 - 3: Madikwe Game Reserve

On the second and third days of your Beach and Bush safari, you will head out on twice daily game drives in the Madikwe Game Reserve. The reserve is home to the "super seven" - Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard, Elephant, Cheetah and Wild Dogs. Wild Dogs are extremely endangered and a sighting of them is always a special experience. You'll stop off and have refreshing sundowners while taking in rush hour at the waterhole.

On one of the mornings after your morning safari activity you can pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa treatment in the spa. Alternatively, you could make use of the gym or have a dip in the pool - the perfect place to cool off. In the evening you can enjoy a delicious gourmet meal out under the sparkling stars.

Day 4: Madikwe Game Reserve - Johannesburg - Durban - North Coast

On the morning of your fourth day you will be woken up early, so that you can have one last game drive before breakfast. You will then pack up and be driven back to the airstrip. You will fly back to Johannesburg, where you will catch a connecting flight to Durban. You will collect your rental car at Durban's King Shaka International Airport.

You will drive along the coastal route to your Boutique Hotel in Ballito. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, wine cellar, swimming pool and spa. Spend the next few days soaking up the sun on the beautiful North Coast.

Day 5 - 7: Durban, North Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before exploring the Durban area. Visit the promenade and beautiful nearby beaches. For the adventurous there are many adventure activities in the area and excellent golf courses. For those just wanting to relax you can lounge by the hotel pool or enjoy a pampering spa treatment (at own cost). There are also shopping and lifestyle malls with boutiques, restaurants and entertainment. Spend the next few days at leisure.

Day 8: Durban - Johannesburg

This is the final day of your Beach and Bush Package. You will leave the hotel and drive your rental car back to King Shaka International Airport in Durban, returning it before your flight back to Johannesburg.


  • Meet and Greet at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport per schedule
  • Return light aircraft flight Johannesburg - Madikwe airstrip
  • Return complimentary transfer Madikwe airstrip - lodge
  • 3 nights in en-suite accommodation
  • Fully inclusive all meals, high tea, tea & coffee, soft drinks and mineral water (at safari lodge)
  • Selected house wines and local beers
  • 2 daily game drives
  • Return flight Johannesburg - Durban per schedule departure
  • Car rental ex/to Durban Airport, category F (BMV320 or similar), super cover insurance
  • 4 nights in a boutique hotel on a bed & breakfast basis

Not Included

  • Spa treatments
  • Premium brand alcohol at the safari lodge and meals and drinks other then breakfast at the hotel

Rates & Prices

This package is calculated for a couple or honeymooners and includes flights ex/to Johannesburg and Durban as well as an economy vehicle ex/to Durban Airport for the self-drive.
Rates may vary depending on the season and daily currency exchange rate.

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