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7 Days Family Safari South Africa

  • Phinda Private Game Reserve - Umhlanga

7 Days Family Safari South Africa

  • Phinda Private Game Reserve - Umhlanga

The Big Five South Africa Safari

Made in Africa Tours introduces you the best bush and beach experiences in South Africa. Start your family safari trip in the exquisite Phinda Private Game Reserve with its abundance of games including the "Big Five", diverse habitats, and an exceptional luxury lodge. Your safari trip will end in the seaside town of Umhlanga at luxurious Oyster Box Hotel. You will rest, relax, and there are plenty things for kids to do. Start your adventure in some of the best wilderness areas in South Africa!


  • "Big Five" game viewing
  • Fun game drives and walks
  • Long walks on beautiful beaches
  • Turtle watching, scuba diving & boat cruises
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 6 activity days
  • English
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Phinda Mountain Lodge or Phinda Forest Lodge

From day 1 to 3, you will be either accommodated at Phinda Mountain Lodge or Phinda Forest Lodge. Phinda Mountain Lodge balances itself majestically above its panoramic surroundings with wraparound views of Ubombo Mountain. The 16 suites, 3 family cottages, and a family suite offer a complete privacy and luxury that are scattered along the mountainside. Spacious verandas with private plunge pools and layered guest areas provide their own magnificent outlook.

Meawhile, Phinda Forest Lodge is set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest. This award-winning lodge fuses architecture and conservation. The lodge was built by local artisans with a minimal footprint on the forest floor. An exquisite contradiction and floor-to-ceiling glass walls invite the forest inside while the dense tree canopy shelters and provides privacy.

Oyster Box Hotel

You will stay at Oyster Box Hotel from day 4 to 7. This hotel is situated overlooking the historical and famous landmark, Umhlanga lighthouse, and beautiful Umhlanga Beach. The hotel has been one of South Africa’s best-loved and most distinguished hotels which occupies a special place in the hearts of the countless guests who have enjoyed its warmth, caring service, and relaxed elegance since its first opening in 1947. Oyster Box Hotel is renowned for its generous hospitality, attentive service, and exceptional cuisine. This place offers all the colonial charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but with all the modern comfort and amenities.

Day 1 to 3: Johannesburg - Phinda Private Game Reserve

You will fly from Johannesburg to King Shaka International Airport (DUR) or Richards Bay Airport (RCB) on a scheduled domestic flight. Upon your arrival in Durban or Richards Bay, you will be welcomed by Made in Africa Tours’ representative who will transfer you to Phinda Private Game Reserve. During this safari trip, you will have scheduled safari activities and nature walks accompanied by experienced and armed trackers (subject to availability). Children will be well-taken care of with exciting daily activities designed around their needs.

You will also get an emergency medical evaluation insurance and laundry. Moreover, adding to Phinda Private Game Reserve’s charms, you will enjoy some activities such as scuba diving, fishing, and turtle watching in the magical array of marine life on nearby Sodwana Bay. After that, to make you fully relax, you will spend three nights at Phinda Mountain Lodge or Phinda Forest Lodge in a suite with an en-suite bathroom.

Day 4 to 6: Umhlanga

After having your breakfast and morning game drive at Phinda Private Game Reserve, you will be collected and transferred to the coastal town of Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal. You will spend three nights at beautiful Oyster Box Hotel in a classic sea-facing room with an en-suite bathroom.

Day 7: Johannesburg

After savoring breakfast, you will be transferred to King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in time for your flight to O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg.

South Africa

South Africa is a world in one country with towering mountains, an enormous coastline full of beautiful beaches, an array of excellent national parks and wilderness areas, and stunning urban areas. There are four main South African destinations which everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime such as Cosmopolitan Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Kruger National Park, Garden Route, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and Drakensberg.

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Kwa-Zulu Natal is a province that is home to vast and golden beaches, warm seas, great surf, teeming game reserves, and a balmy, sub-tropical climate. This place is a favorite holiday destination for South Africans and particularly suited to a self-drive safari. The north of the province offers a stunning array of game reserves, bush and beach experience with scuba diving and "Big Five" spotting, as well as a choice between luxury safari accommodations.

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its diverse habitats, exclusive game viewing, and wide range of safari activities. The place is situated within reach of the warm Indian Ocean and the famous iSimangaliso Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Phinda Private Game offers a fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation. A huge variety of bird, mammal, and marine life can be found in this place. Furthermore, Phinda Private Game Reserve is a home to an abundance of wildlife including the "Big Five" and many rarer species such as the black rhino. With only a few lodges sharing the reserve and expertly trained rangers and guides, guests are assured of fantastic game viewing, photographic opportunities, and extraordinary service.


Umhlanga is a seaside town located in Kwa-Zulu Natal. This place is heaven for sun worshippers and water enthusiasts. With almost year-round sunshine and warm weather as well as warm seas, Umhlanga is an exceptional seaside retreat that offers plenty to see and do. In addition, Umhlanga boasts world-class boutique stores that become a shopper’s paradise. This town also offers a wonderful selection of eateries and attractions such as Natal Sharks Board, professional golf courses, and an array of watersports including scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, surfing, and dolphin viewing.

During this safari trip, you will be provided with daily breakfast. From the day 1 to 3, your stay will include 3 daily meals, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, soft drinks, and house wines.

  • Deep-sea fishing
  • Dolphin viewing
  • Professional golf courses
  • Shop in world-class boutique stores in Umhlanga
  • Surfing
  • Visit Natal Sharks Board in Umhlanga
  • 3 daily meals
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • All road transfers
  • Fun game drives and walks
  • Local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, soft drinks, and house wines
  • Long walks on beautiful beaches
  • Meals and drinks as specified
  • The "Big Five" game viewing at Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Turtle watching, scuba diving, and boat cruises at Phinda Private Game Reserve

Arrival by airplane

Made in Africa Tours will either transfer you from King Shaka International Airport (DUR) or Richards Bay Airport (RCB) to your safari place. The pick up is included in the price.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Stefan Schmitz from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Richard, it was the best ever. The rangers were world class, the game drives and walking tours are breathtaking and informative. And, the food was exceptional. Thank you so much for recommending Tanda Tula. We spoke with many other people during our stay and they all said the same, that Tanda Tula is the best and so is the Timbavati. On the first night, they prepared a private dinner on our veranda, bathtub with rose petals and champagne. Again, thank you so much for the outstanding experience."

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  • Review by David Bloom from United States
    10 out of 10

    "We had dreamed about visiting Africa for years, and Richard helped us put together the best safari to match all our expectations and desires. We stayed in some of the most luxurious lodges in Botswana and Namibia and saw the most spectacular wildlife and wilderness areas. A dream come true!"

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  • Review by James O'Donoghue from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Richard, I would like to thank you very much for all of your help in organising this trip and ensuring it went smoothly. You were always available to answer queries and help me with my preparations. The wildlife was terrific, both in Namibia and in Botswana. Highlights included seeing dozens of lions, including on kills, and a close sighting of a martial eagle."

    "I very much enjoyed the Caprivi Strip, and I enjoyed all of the tented camps we visited in Namibia with Camp Kwando and Desert Camp at Sossusvlei my particular favorites. "

    "Botswana plugged the gaps that remained from the first tour; namely, terrific sightings of wild dogs (on two occasions we had very good sightings close to my favourite lodge of them all - Hyena Pan), leopards (which I had never seen close up before; we had good sightings of leopards on three occasions, including seeing one seemingly ambushed by elephants whilst on another occasion we saw one, very close up, at a kill)."

    "Another remarkable highlight was seeing a pair of bull elephants fighting in Chobe. That was pure theater and felt like one of those once in a lifetime moments when you get a ringside seat at something rare and remarkable.Next time around, and I am certain that there will be a next time, I will be looking at a more bespoke tour with my wife and it will include the lodges around Botswana."

    "I would not hesitate to use your services again Richard. Overall it was a wonderful trip and I have many memories that will last a lifetime."

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  • Review by William Litvin from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Richard, our safari went off without any glitches and like a well-oiled machine. A really lovely touch was the women meeting us at Maun Airport (MUB) and our trip to Victoria Falls with a wheelchair. Thank you, Made in Africa Tours for giving us an excellent service and a wonderful trip!"

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  • Review by Ben Drake from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The best part of the trip was Moremi and the Xakanaxa camp in Botswana. The trip with Made in Africa Tours was so amazing! "

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  • Review by Betty Monroe from United States
    10 out of 10

    "We had been on safari before, but this time wanted to take our young children. Made in Africa organized an amazing family-friendly safari through Botswana and South Africa, and our kids had the best time! Educational, fun, and the stuff memories are made of!"

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