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5 Days Wet and Wild Safari in South Africa

  • Umkhuze Game Reserve - Kosi Bay - Sodwana Bay - St Lucia


Water Wildlife Safari South Africa

  • Daily guided game drives
  • Service of a professional guide
  • Sun downer cruise at Kosi River
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned safari vehicle
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Park entrance fees

This Wet n Wild safari is exactly what every adventure enthusiast is looking for. If you are looking for a bit of adventure as well some time off from a rushed daily routine, then this safari is right on your bucket list. This safari offers game drives in game reserves and a chance to indulge in water adventure activities. Not only does this safari expose the traveler to the thrill, but to the natural wetlands as well that exist in South Africa and its natural cultures that inhabit it.

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 5 activity days
  • English
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Umkhuze Game Reserve lodge

You will be staying here on the first night of the safari.

Kosi Bay lodge

Kosi Bay lodge is perfectly situated for guests who want to base themselves in the heart of this pristine area and further explore the region. Just a few hundred meters from the water’s edge of Lake Nhlange, Kosi Bay lodge offers everything an African bush lodge should and more. The accommodation is rustic more than plush, but the setting and range of activities make a stay well worthwhile. You will be staying here on the second night of the safari.

Sodwana Bay lodge

Sodwana Bay lodge is located on the untouched eastern seaboard, where wide lakes and lagoons shimmer with life. Here you will find stretches of beautiful forest populated with rare and protected animals; this is one of the greatest sections of the South African coastline. The chalets are tastefully decorated and offer privacy as well as incredible views. These picturesque views have you feeling like you can reach out and touch the whales swimming by.

You will be staying here on the third night of the safari.

St. Lucia Wetland Park lodge

You will be staying here on the last night of the safari.

Day 1

You will depart Johannesburg early morning from your place of accommodation and make your way through the lowveld to the uMkhuze Game Reserve. More than 420 species of birds can be found in this 38,500 hectare bird lovers’ paradise! Leopard, black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, wild dog, cheetah, hyena, and various antelope are also to be seen.

Day 2

Travelling a short distance towards the Indian Ocean, you will arrive at the small town of Kosi Bay. An early check in at the accommodation assures you time enough for an unforgettable snorkeling experience in the crystal clear warm waters and a long awaited sun downer cruise to end off a spectacular day. The Kosi River's mouth is known as "the aquarium" because of the clarity of the water and the abundance of fish species making for a perfect snorkeling experience.

Day 3

You will depart in the morning for a short trip to your next overnight stop over at Sodwana Bay. Sodwana Bay is a jewel located on the east coast of South Africa. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean provide each traveler the thrill of scuba diving, big game fishing, turtle tours, and so much more. You can take a long walk on an unspoiled, protected beach or participate on any of the activities on offer for an additional cost.

Day 4

Another relaxed departure to continue your journey southward towards St. Lucia. The small town of St. Lucia is a hub for the greater St. Lucia Wet land Park. They offer a variety of activities on offer that includes boat cruises, game drives in the Umfolozi or Hluhuwe Game Reserve, whale watching, snorkeling, or take a day off and enjoy this small town at your own pace.

Day 5

The route back to Johannesburg on this day is a fairly long drive. You will bid farewell to Kwa Zulu Natal and head inland back to Johannesburg. Stopping regularly for refreshments, you will arrive late afternoon in Johannesburg.

A sun downer cruise at Kosi River is included in the price.

This safari will take place in Umkhuze Game Reserve, Kosi Bay, Sodwana Bay, and St. Lucia.

You will be provided with lunch and dinner on the first day of the safari. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will provided on the second, third, and fourth day of the safari. On the last day, you will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Kosi Bay

  • Bhanga Nek available from 08:00 to 14:00 [280 ZAR per person]
  • Three lakes cruise available from 09:00 to 15:30 [500 ZAR per person]
  • Turtle tour available from November to January only [680 ZAR per person]

Sodwana Bay

  • Big game fishing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling

St. Lucia

  • Half day Cape Vidal [640 per person]
  • Half day open game drive [770 ZAR per person]
  • Lake St Lucia boat cruise [190 ZAR per person]
  • Zulu cultural evening [400 ZAR per person]
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily guided game drives
  • Park entrance fees
  • Service of a professional guide
  • Sun downer cruise at Kosi River
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned safari vehicle
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Meals not indicated
  • Optional excursions

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Jacki Dover from South Africa

    Fantastic Experience

    PROS Pros: Great staff. Friendly and responsive service. Went above and beyond to personalize my trip.

    10 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    7.5 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-03 07:07:04


  • Review by Jacki Evans from Dover, USA

    "Absolutely fantastic experience! I booked last minute as a solo traveler. I was paired with another group of like-minded travelers and an excellent guide/driver. Over our 4 day trip I saw all Big 5 (and 4 of the 5 "Ugly 5") and the staff went out of their way to make the trip perfect. On our last night, the staff heard that we wanted to try an authentic South African dinner so they changed the menu just for us. Great service all around!"

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  • Review by Jeff Zissleman from USA

    "The first place we stayed was really nice and we loved the staff and Eric and Jeffrey were great guides. The food was also really nice. We liked the fact that it was just the 3 of us. That exclusivity is awesome. We also really enjoyed David and his knowledge about the park, conservation and the animals”"

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  • Review by Rachael Costa

    "Absolutely loved our 3 day camping safari in the Pilansberg, SA. Such a joy to encounter huge game animals in the wild and being hosted by such knowledgable and friendly guides. Thanks again David and Ettienne."

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  • Review by Faith Price

    "What an amazing trip! We were a group of 4 joined by another group of 5 for 2 days of touring through Pilanesberg Game Reserve with Dave (the owner). We couldn't have imagined a better experience! I got amazing views of all the animals and surprisingly the animals were so close to us the whole time. We never struggled to see their beauty, but also were able to watch them in their natural habitat. The camping was fun, great food and braai at a great location where we swam while waiting for the peak animal watching time. Dave was a blast to hang out with and his stories round the campfire were phenomenal. We'll be back to ask about the baboon story soon."

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  • Review by William Sin from Singapore

    "From start till the end, it did not feel like a tour! Very personalized experience and they go the extra mile be it accomodating our requests or making sure our experience was like no other to ensuring we finish the tour and transition to our next stop safely. Very warm and friendly interactions with an extremely passionate and knowledgeable guide exceeded our expectations and then some!"

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