A Big Cat Safari
Meet Africa’s most iconic cats, from the king of the beasts, the mighty lion, to the stealthy leopard and the elegant cheetah, at some of South Africa’s best known game reserves and lodges. This exhilarating adventure travels from the renowned Kruger National Park to the splendidly diverse &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in search of an intimate glimpse into the lives of the continent’s most magnificent predators.
Located on the boundary of the world renowned Kruger National Park, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve is well known for its high densities of elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as for its African wild dogs. Ngala was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and has exclusive traversing rights on almost 15 000 hectares of some of the richest wildlife regions on the African continent.
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, the Reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems.
What to Expect
6 Days / 5 Nights
Great for new travellers to Africa, families, honeymooners and wildlife enthusiasts, this is the ultimate in intimate leopard encounters as well as the Big Five. Get to see the Seven Worlds of Wonder at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.
Upon your arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will be met by a member from the &Beyond team who will assist you onto your road shuttle transfer to Benoni Airfield for your light aircraft flight to &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp. Spend two nights at the romantic and intimate &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp. Accommodation is in a deluxe tent, featuring a deep bathtub, an al fresco shower under starry skies, twin hand basins, separate w.c., overhead fans, air conditioning, electric blankets for winter and wooden decks. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge adventures.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. Spend three nights at Vlei Lodge. Accommodation is in a spacious thatch suite that looks out onto a clearing filled with wildlife. Each suite has an ensuite bathroom with twin hand basins, bath, separate shower and a separate w.c. All suites have a personal bar and private plunge pool. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge adventures or Spend three nights at Rock Lodge in a suite with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives, nature walks (1 hour) accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance and laundry.
After breakfast you will depart for your flight back to Benoni Airfield for your shuttle transfer to OR Tambo International Airport for your outbound flight.
- Suitable forRomance / Honeymoon, Photographic enthusiasts
- Recommended for ChildrenNot recommended for families
- Guest SafetyPlease see our Travel Advice page
- WildlifeLeopards, lions, and the Big Five
Where to Stay
Learn more about the luxurious &Beyond properties available for your trip.
Rates & Terms
- Meet and Greet at OR Tambo International Airport
- Return road shuttle transfer OR Tambo International Airport/Benoni Airfield/OR Tambo International Airport
- Seat on scheduled charter flight Benoni Airfield/Skukuza Airport/Ngala Airstrip/Phinda/Benoni Airfield
- Twin / single accommodation
- Meals on a full board basis
- Soft drinks, house wine, local brand spirits, local beer, teas and coffees (premium brands to own account)
- Game viewing activities as offered by the lodges
- Emergency medical evacuation insurance
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Additional suggested activities not included in the rate
- Long stay rate at all &Beyond lodges valid throughout the year
We have many activities to keep you busy during your stay. See our destination pages for more information.
Enhance Your Experience With
- Maputaland Beach Adventure
- Turtle Nesting Adventure
- Swim with Whale Sharks
- Endangered Wild Cats Project
- Indian Ocean Scuba Safari
- Cascades and Canyon Spectacular
Ready to start planning your adventure?
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