4 nights Cape Town | 4 nights Phinda | 4 nights iSimangaliso Wetlands
Leja & Markus contacted me in late December to assist them with their Honeymoon Arrangements. They had never been to South Africa before but had always wanted to visit and decided they would enjoy their Honeymoon in our beautiful country. The key elements to incorporate into their journey would be a visit to Cape Town, a Safari and a few days relaxing on a beach. Initially I had suggested a tour through Cape Town, Kruger and Mauritius or Mozambique but due to budget constraints as well as timing, this would not work. Back to the drawing board I went and decided to provide an itinerary that would stay within South Africa and allow for less Internal Flights and moving between areas. I sent the couple an itinerary that incorporated Cape Town, Phinda Game Reserve and a lovely Beach Lodge located on South Africa’s Eastern Coast. This would tick all the boxes as they had the opportunity to visit one of our most beautiful cities, see the Big 5 and a variety of other animals and lastly, spend a few days on the beach while enjoying other activities such as nature walks and boat cruises. Needless to say, they had a wonderful Honeymoon and I am honoured to have been apart of this experience!
- Cape Town City Living
- Phinda Private Game Reserve
- iSiMangaliso Wetlands Adventure
- Cape Point & Table Mountain
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Thonga Beach Lodge Activities
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport from your international flight, you are met by our representative and your travel documents will be handed to you. Once you have received your document, our representative will transfer you by road to hotel ideally located alongside the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Arrival at your hotel, you check into your deluxe suite for your four night stay and the afternoon is at leisure.
Transfer Time: Cape Town to The Commodore Hotel – approx. 40 minutes
Settle in to Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards.
This morning is an early start. After an early breakfast, you are met by your driver and transferred by road to Cape Town International Airport for your direct flight to King Shaka International Airport, Durban.
Upon arrival in King Shaka International Airport in Durban, you are met by your driver and transferred by road to your luxury lodge in the Phinda Private Game Reserve. Arriving at your lodge in the afternoon, you are met by the lodge members with a refreshing welcome drink before you are taken to your Luxury Suite for your four night stay. This afternoon you set off on your first game drive in the Phinda Private Game Reserve.
Flight Time: Cape Town to Durban – approx. 2 hours
Transfer Time: Durban to Phinda Private Game Reserve approx. 3 ½ hours
Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and wide range of safari activities. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems. &Beyond Phinda is often referred to as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder.’
This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including not only the Big Five but many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah or the scarce black rhino.
This morning you enjoy your final morning game drive and brunch before you are met by our driver and transferred by road to your Luxury Beach Lodge in the Northern Part of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, a World UNESCO Heritage site along the North East Coast of South Africa.
Arriving at your luxury beach lodge, you are assisted to your deluxe ocean view honeymoon suite and enjoy the afternoon at leisure to settle in. You may decide to explore the surrounding areas or enjoy on of the many activities available at Thonga Beach Lodge.
Transfer Time: Phinda to iSiMangaliso Wetlands – approx. 2 hours
Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of Mabibi, one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi’s crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa’s best snorkeling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving.
Maputoland (otherwise known as the Elephant Coast) is a lush region of forested dunes, wetlands, sandy beaches, woodlands and warm seas with a great diversity of underwater seascapes and marine flora and fauna. The shallow reefs along this protected stretch of coastline are home to an array of brilliant sub-tropical fish including Moorish idols, parrot fish and blue surgeons. Shoals of game fish, sharks and schools of bottlenose dolphins are often seen. These reefs are ideal for snorkelling and diving.
This morning you are treated to breakfast overlooking the lush Indian Ocean before you bid farewell to your beach lodge. In the mid-morning, you are met by your driver and transferred by road to Richard’s Bay Airport. Here, you connect with your direct flight to Johannesburg.
Arriving in Johannesburg, you make your way to the International departures terminal for your international flight home.
Cape Town: The Commodore Hotel
The Commodore Hotel is a nautically themed, 4-star hotel at Cape Town’s popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. With views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, The Commodore is Legacy Hotels’ flagship hotel in Cape Town. Stylish accommodation, quality service and a tranquil setting have ensured that guests return year after year.
As the name suggests, the nautical theme is carried throughout the hotel, including the Clipper Restaurant, which offers an array of seafood dishes. The menu is varied, with influences from around the globe. There is also a stylish cocktail bar & lounge. They have a fully-equipped gymnasium with sauna and steam room, as well as a pool deck and terrace. Wellness and rejuvenating treatments are on offer in the in-house spa.
The Commodore is in the heart of the bustling Waterfront precinct and is an easy stroll from a host of fine restaurants and trendy shops.
Phinda Private Game Reserve: &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge
Poised majestically on the crest of a mountain, &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge commands dramatic vistas over the surrounding landscape. Balanced between soaring views of the scenery below and the endless blue of the African sky above, each suite opens onto a breath-taking panorama. With glamorous guest areas, this bold and stylish lodge will truly make you feel on top of the world. Magnificent guest viewing decks and private verandas attached to each suite ensure that there is no shortage of spectacular locations.
Light and space lie at the heart of &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge from the moment you enter the airy inner courtyard. The guest area is a magnificent u-shaped building with central al fresco courtyard, which provides luxurious comfort between game drives. Careful planning means that no structures in the Lodge overlook each other, resulting in uninterrupted views from each suite or viewing deck. Meals are served al fresco on the tiered veranda, inside the covered dining room or in the outdoor dining boma at night.
Accommodation consists of 25 Suites, including two spacious Family Suites. Each suite has a private outdoor shower and plunge pool, allowing you to cool off with ease. Meals at Phinda come in different forms, from a delicious spread on the veranda to an impromptu treat in an undisclosed location.
iSimangaliso Wetlands Park: Thonga Beach Lodge
Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of Mabibi, on the Maputuland coast in KwaZulu-Natal. This 22-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa’s best snorkeling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving. Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled into beautiful coastal dune forest with sweeping views of the beach below.
The thatched bush suites have been carefully positioned to guarantee guests complete privacy and were carefully constructed to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The spacious suites are raised on wooden stilts to ensure no harm comes to the sensitive dune soils. Inspired by Thonga architecture, most rooms offer extensive views of the ocean and surrounding bush from private balconies.
Thonga Beach Lodge is situated only metres from the beach and a 10 minute drive from Lake Sibiya (Southern Africa’s largest freshwater lake), which is part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean make this the ideal spot to snorkel or guests can simply soak up the sun and savour the tranquility of this pristine, sandy beach. Scuba diving at Mabibi is also phenomenal, with reefs located a short distance from the lodge. To beat the midday heat, guests can take it easy beside the lodge’s swimming pool. The lodge also has a rejuvenation centre where guests can revitalise body, mind and soul.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Cape Town: Half Day City & Table Mountain Tour
Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You will visit the historic Castle, District Six and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful mosques. During your city tour, you view the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall and the Slave Lodge and will enjoy a walk through the Company Gardens. Weather Permitting: Enjoy the scenic cable car ride up Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Cape Town: Full Day Scheduled Cape Highlights Tour
Collection by your guide from your hotel at 09h00 this morning and you are taken on a drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. Continue via the scenic the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point.
Following the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring us to the Constantia Valley. After a day of exploring, you end the day with some of the Cape’s finest wines in the Constantia Valley
SUGGESTED Cape Town: V&A Waterfront & Robben Island
Spend time today at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You can take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony. The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s trendiest shopping precinct and is full of great restaurants and bars.
SUGGESTED Cape Town: An Evening at GOLD Restaurant
Dining at Gold Restaurant is a celebration of food, flavours, family and friend, accompanied by live entertainment. This establishment honours African culinary traditions, while combining it with modern flavours and techniques.
On offer is a 14-dish tasting menu that is served in generous individual and shared portions. When dishes are brought to your table, the servers explain the country of origin, cooking techniques and spices to the guests.
INCLUDED IN PRICE Phinda Private Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge
&Beyond Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife, from the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo) to the smallest antelope. However, it is the fastest of predators that has a special place here. Having reintroduced cheetah to the area after an absence of over 50 years, &Beyond Phinda has quickly established a reputation as one of the best places to view and photograph these rare big cats. Along with cheetah, lion and leopard are tracked on the reserve on a daily basis and guests have a high likelihood of encountering these magnificent animals.
Another success story at &Beyond Phinda is that of both the white and the black rhino. Brought back from the brink of extinction, both species of rhino are doing well at the reserve. The elegant nyala antelope is a frequent site at &Beyond Phinda, with the reserve boasting one of the highest densities of the species. The rare sand forest in the northern parts of the reserve is the perfect environment for the shy red duiker and the tiny suni, one of the smallest antelope species.
Set out on the morning game drive in an open 4×4 safari vehicle in the company of a game ranger. After breakfast you can go on a short walk near the Lodge, accompanied by your ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area. Alternatively, cool off in the pool. Lunch is served on open air decks. After lunch, keep cool with a refreshing dip in the pool, indulge in an afternoon siesta or simply watch the wildlife from your private veranda. The evening game drive begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for spotting nocturnal animals. If you prefer, you may be able to go on a boat cruise down the Mzinene River, watching the wildlife as they come down to drink. A mouth-watering dinner is waiting for you at your lodge’s outdoor dining boma.
SUGGESTED iSimangaliso Wetlands Park: Activities at Thonga Beach Lodge
The shallow reefs along this protected stretch of coastline are home to an array of brilliant sub-tropical fish, game fish, sharks, bottlenose dolphins and whales. The proximity of these reefs to the beach mean that they are ideal for snorkelling. The lodge will provide all your snorkelling equipment.
Kayaking on Lake Sibaya:
Guests can also explore parts of the lake by guided canoe with the chance of seeing hippo and crocodile en route.
Guided forest walks:
Guests can head out on foot, accompanied by a guide, and explore this natural wonderland through coastal dune forests, unspoiled sandy beaches and grasslands. The wild beauty of Maputuland will enthrall naturalists and photographers alike.
Tsonga Cultural Experience:
Visit a Tsonga homestead and learn about their unique heritage and culture. Spend some time with community members discussing their rural lifestyle and their vision for South Africa. You also have an opportunity to see one of the local schools and see how these young South Africa ns are striving for a better future under trying conditions.
SUGGESTED iSimangaliso Wetlands Park: Suggested Additional Activities
Scuba diving at Mabibi is phenomenal, with reefs located a short distance from the lodge. Shoals of game fish, sharks and schools of bottlenose dolphins are often seen. The professional lodge diving team accommodates all enthusiasts; from the beginner to the veteran. 1,250 fish species (Great Barrier Reef has 1500) occur on the reefs in this area. Dives are from a semi-rigid dive boat, which launches from straight in front of the lodge directly through the surf. This can be exciting and strenuous so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Diving is limited by weather and the tides and cannot be guaranteed. Guests must have proof of their diving qualifications.
Open Ocean Experience:
This adventure activity offers guests a rare opportunity to experience the variety of marine life that lives along the Elephant Coast. An exciting launch through the surf, in front of the lodge, takes you beyond the breakers to a world of dolphins, whales, whale sharks and snorkelling. Guests can sometimes swim with dolphins or whale sharks or snorkel with manta rays and giant turtles. The launch through the surf can be strenuous. Weather and tide dependent.
The Spa at Thonga Beach Lodge:
The rejuvenating range of spa treatments will make your stay at Thonga Beach Lodge all the more special and relaxing. Facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, hot stone therapy and reflexology are on offer at your Lodge. Inspired by the energy of the sea, the treatments are designed to help you de-stress and reawaken your senses.
Leja & Markus, UK, 6th April 2019
We had an absolutely wonderful time in South Africa! I filled out the questionnaire you gave us and posted it. Everything was perfect. The hotels were all excellent, the tour guides and transfer drivers were punctual and knowledgeable, and the itinerary included a lot of variety and points of interest. We saw lots of animals at the game reserve, and we thought Cape Town and Thonga were both spectacular. Anya, you have been extremely helpful. I realize I have asked a lot of questions and asked you to check many possibilities. This was a lot of extra work for you … and you did it so promptly and thoroughly and without complaint. A huge Thank You to you!! Thanks for helping us plan an amazing trip. If we know of people going to South Africa in the future, we will certainly recommend you and Pembury Tours