Wilderness & Wild Coast South Africa


US$5,750 Per Person


6 Nights


On Demand


2 / 8


US$5,750 Per Person


6 Nights


On Demand


2 / 8

From thrilling wildlife encounters at Kwandwe to enchanting marine wonders at GweGwe, this is a South African safari like no other!

Why You’ll Love It:

  • This is a one-of-a-kind experience, unrivalled in the African safari landscape.
  • Tailored for families with young children, this safari is also perfect for small groups seeking immersive conservation-based experiences.
  • Malaria-free and available throughout the year, this is a seamless exploration of diverse ecosystems.
  • Both Natural Selection and Kwandwe, two trusted tour operators, ensure an unforgettable and responsibly guided safari adventure.
  • From the wilderness to the Wild Coast, enjoy two exceptional lodges, and two very different experiences.

This itinerary is fully customizable. To change this itinerary, please enquire with us.

What’s Included:

  • Kwandwe accommodation includes: all meals, soft and alcoholic drinks, all safari activities and conservation fees.
  • GweGwe accommodation includes: all meals, soft drinks, all activities (except for e-biking, snorkelling and scuba diving which are at an additional cost), and conservation fees.
  • Road transfers from PLZ Gqeberha to Kwandwe (with the option to upgrade to a charter flight).
  • Private charter from Kwandwe to GweGwe.
  • Boat and road transfer from GweGwe to Durban (with the option to upgrade to a charter flight).

Exclusions: Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive travel insurance.

A land and marine safari combo like no other!

Embark on an extraordinary land and marine safari spanning two destinations teeming with remarkable biodiversity and awe-inspiring scenery. A brief 45-minute charter flight connects these contrasting worlds – from thrilling big cat sightings, encounters with rhinos and elephants at Kwandwe, to the enchanting marine wonders, including whales and vibrant sea life, as well as the inviting warmth of the ocean for a refreshing swim at GweGwe.

This is a one-of-a-kind experience, unrivalled in the African safari landscape.

Safari Itinerary


DAY 1 -3: Arrive in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and drive to Ecco Lodge in Kwandwe. 

One of South Africa’s largest privately-owned reserves, your next three days will be spent away from any crowds surrounded by exceptional wildlife viewings. This private 22,000-hectare wilderness reserve is home to the big 5 and is a leading conservation model, committed to biodiversity conservation and the protection of black and white rhino, as well as cheetah.

With only 6 suites (3 twin/double, 3 family), enjoy this vibrant and intimate little lodge. All rooms have private plunge pools and outdoor showers, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in nature.

Your days will be spent on morning and afternoon game drives, night drives, walking safaris (from ages 12+), as well as immersive nature conservation experiences. Guests in family suites are allocated a private guide and vehicle.

A shared lodge pool provides the perfect place for a communal splash, with additional family activities to enjoy. End your days sipping sundowners on the wooden viewing deck offering exceptional views of the Kwandwe reserve.

Day 4-7: GweGwe Beach Lodge

DAY 4-7: Fly to GweGwe Beach Lodge in Mkambati Nature Reserve. 

From the wilderness of Kwandwe Game Reserve you’ll fly to the rugged and picturesque Wild Coast where you’ll land near  GweGwe Beach Lodge situated in the Mkambati Nature Reserve, along the Indian Ocean.

If your idea of paradise involves unspoiled landscapes, pristine coastlines, and a symphony of nature’s wonders, then this is perfect. A hidden gem where luxury and adventure take centre stage. There are not many places in the world you can watch wildlife on land and dolphins (and even whales) offshore.

Situated on a stretch of coastline that is as untamed as it is beautiful, between the dramatic cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, pockets of dense swamp forest and crystal-clear waters, you can enjoy days filled with wildlife watching, beaching and exploring, and nights being lulled to sleep by the Indian Ocean.

The reserve is a haven for diverse plant and animal species. Jump on a mountain bike and hit the cycling trails (eBikes are also available), head out on a hiking trail, guided 4×4 nature drive, our hit the sea on a kayak or SUP.

Enjoy a marine or botany walk, shore based whale watching (June, July and October), snorkel amongst incredible marine life, watch the sardine run (mid-June to mid-July). Visit one of the largest remaining colonies of Cape vultures in the Eastern Cape, or engage with the Pondo locals – you’ll experience the warmth of the people and the richness of the culture.

The lodge itself offers 9 en-suite luxury rooms (7 twin deluxe suites, 2 family), each with a small garden, private deck and 7m pool with exquisite ocean views.

Day 7: Boat to Port Edward and drive to Durban. 

After 6 exciting nights on your bush and sea adventure, today it’s sadly time to say goodbye. You will set sail for Port Edward by boat, followed by a road transfer to Durban before heading to your onward destination (with the option of flying to GweGwe directly to Durban or East London). Bon Voyage! 

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This itinerary starts at US$5,750 Per Person/person* and is fully customizable based on the number of people and travel dates.

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Additional Information

Travel Arrangements

DAY 1: 

FLY: to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) Airport.
DRIVE: 2hr road transfer to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.
OPTION: Instead of the road transfer from Gqeberha, upgrade to a scenic 30-minute helicopter transfer directly to Kwandwe.

DAY 4: 

FLY: Private Charter from Kwandwe private airstrip to Mkambati Airstrip followed by a short transfer.

DAY 7: 

BOAT: Scenic 1 hr 15 min boat journey from GweGwe to Port Edward.
DRIVE: Followed by a 2 hr 30 min road transfer to Durban airport.
OPTION: Upgrade to a 35-min charter flight directly from GweGwe to either Durban or East London.

Seasonal Highlights

1 May – 30 September:

Enjoy crisp clear days on safari at Kwandwe and warm ocean swimming at GweGwe.

This is also the best time of year for rhino conservation at Kwandwe.

At GweGwe catch the Sardine Run, an annual marine spectacle (mid-June to mid-July).

1 October – 6 January: 

Enjoy warm summer months, this is a fabulous time to travel. The rainfall is lower making it an attractive safari option. The bush is vibrant with milder ocean conditions at GweGwe.

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