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Majestic Giants

Exclusive Elephant Safari – Phinda, SA

Exclusive Elephant Safari – Phinda, SA

$ 9000 / per person
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Phinda Private Game Reserve


10 Days / 9 Nights
1 January – 31 December 2022


To experience the essence of the African elephant and its daily life, still within in its natural habitat, is a memory that one will treasure for the rest of one’s life. Some interesting facts which will be shared by an  authoritarian on elephants on your trip are:


  1. The African elephant is not just the largest living land animal but it has an enormous brain size to match. Their brains can weigh up to an incredible  5.4kg and are, without doubt, the largest brain of all animals living on land.
  2. Need help remembering which is an African elephant and which is an Asian elephant? Check out their ears! African elephant ears are, rather helpfully, the shape of Africa.
  3. Have you ever seen an elephant swim? It’s pretty special! But not only can they swim, did you know they’ve also been spotted using their trunks as a snorkel when crossing rivers?
  4. Elephant family groups are very close. While they can’t exactly hug each other, elephants do wrap their trunks around younger relatives to reassure them and to greet each other they twine their trunks together.
  5. Elephants are super smart! They can both learn and feel emotions. If a member of their family group is injured, the rest of the group may come and help it. They also know when a family member is no longer in the herd and it’s a truly heart-breaking sight to see an elephant grieve over the bones of lost family and friends.
  6. Female elephants have the longest pregnancy of any mammal. It’s a lengthy 22 months before baby elephants are ready to be born!
  7. Baby elephants stay with mum for up to 10 years. They even learn to eat by putting their trunks inside their mothers’ mouths to take food.
  8. Did you know elephants can get sunburned? These giants bathe in mud to help protect their skin from the sun.
  9. You definitely don’t want to get in the way of a charging elephant. It’s said they can reach speeds of 40km/h!
  10. Elephants make sounds that we can’t even hear. Some of their calls are so low, they are below the range of human hearing. And these amazing animals can recognise over 100 different friends from their calls alone.

Adult elephants have no real predators in the wild… except us.
Right now, elephants are fighting for their survival. Despite a ban  on international ivory sales  in 1989, the illegal trade has exploded, particularly over the last 10 years and is now bigger than ever. The number of elephants being poached for their ivory is unacceptable and we must end this before it’s too late.



  • 8 Nights’ accommodation at lodging or tented camps.
  • 1 Nights’ accommodation on a house boat.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Daily game activities.
  • Elephant educational program with leading elephant authoritarian.
  • Internal flights.
  • Transfers between lodges.
  • Visits to traditional villages.
  • Park fees.
10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Oliver Tambo International Airport

Tour Plan


DAY 1: Mkuze Kwazulu Natal

Start your experience with a scheduled chartered flight to Mkuzi Airport. During your flight over Maputaland you will enjoy the magnificent views of both the Lubombo Mountain range and the Mkuze gorge.  These form part of a significant ecological feature of the Maputaland Interior which has influenced the unique biodiversity of this region for millions of years and which supported the first anatomically modern man. The stunning views of the Mkuze gorge and Maputaland beyond, will stimulate much discussion for the rest of the adventure. After disembarking from the aircraft you will transfer to the “Shayamanzi”  houseboat, where you will enjoy lunch and a moment to relax.  “Shayamanzi” is Zulu for “ Hits the Water”  and it sails upon the majestical Lake Jozini -- the biggest lake in this Province, completely surrounded by Swaziland on its interior side and on the opposite side by the South Africa Trans Frontier Conservation Area. Enjoy an afternoon and evening of Big Game viewing from the comfort on the houseboat deck, with the chance of viewing elephants wallowing at their favourite beaches. Overnight in a secluded cove on board, after a scrumptious meal of wild venison and BIG FOOT hamburgers, with stories about the translocation of elephants back to this area after the last was shot over 100 years ago.

DAY 2: Tembe Elephant Park.

.Rhino viewing on day 2 after which you will be transferred to the Royal Thonga Safari Lodge in the Tembe Elephant Park. Visit a traditional Thonga Village followed by an Elephant Safari experience.

DAY 3-4: iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Leave Magical Maputaland travelling south-easterly through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and via the Mkhuze Game Reserve, a Ramsar World Heritage site.  Your next destination is the Thanda Safari Tented Camp, in the Thanda Private Game Reserve and the Mduna Royal Game Reserve, both hosting the Big Five and privately owned, together, by the two adjoining neighbouring Traditional Authorities. This World Biodiversity Hotspot was proclaimed a National Protected Nature Reserve facilitated under the stewardship of Space for Elephants Foundation and the Thanda Game Reserve in 2015. Overnight in bush tents. Morning Game drive followed by an Elephant Interaction Safari experience at Zulu Bayete in the Zululand Rhino Reserve.

DAY 5-6: Thula Thula Game reserve

Transfer to magical Thula Thula Game Reserve

DAY 7-8: Kariega Game Reserve

Chartered flight from Richards Bay to Port Elizabeth Airport. Upon arrival you will be collected and transported to Kariega Game Reserve to enjoy an Elephant Safari experience.

DAY 9: Tsitsikamma Forest

This morning you will be transferred to the Port Elizabeth for transfer to the Elephant Park in the famous Tsitsikamma Forest in the Southern Cape. Here you will experience and enjoy direct interaction with the elephants. Overnight with the elephants close by in four-star accommodation and experience the herds interesting habits and behaviour during the night hours.

DAY 10: Cape Town

Next morning, you will be transferred to George Airport for your flight to Cape Town International Airport. Should you wish to add a Cape Town extension the kindly contact one of our Safari Odyssey Consultants on info@safariodyssey.com

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