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Er… Saving the rhino?

Meet Ingwe, the youngest and newest staff member at Isibindi Zulu Lodge. With boundless energy, he will give you an enthusiastic greeting (every time he sees you). Always ready to take you on a guided tour to show you the really good stuff the lodge has to offer, Ingwe is currently compiling an inventory of…

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Nicest spot we have EVER visited!

Our “Malbeckies” group have just returned from a most delightful visit to Thonga Beach Lodge. Over breakfast, before departure, Vicky and I made the statement that your very special Lodge is the nicest spot we have EVER visited. You fully deserve all the accolades you have accumulated and Thonga is fully worthy of the best…

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A Whole New World

I am more of a ‘strandloper’ (beachwalker) than water sports kind of girl. But I joined in the snorkelling at Thonga Beach Lodge mainly to impress my partner. Looking perhaps a little less than impressive, I was breathing like a hippo, and walking like a spastic turtle as I made my web-footed way into the…

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Feeding growing bodies and minds

The local school, Mabibi Primary, is near and dear to all at Thonga Beach Lodge. The lodge provides R 1 500 worth of food on a monthly basis, which gives each child a meal 3 times a week. The photograph shows Bheki from Thonga Beach Lodge passing on food supplies to teachers at the school. Last…

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World Rhino Day – Protective Instincts

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With a growing environmental conscience, nothing touches me quite the way a stay in the Kruger National Park does. With our natural world shrinking, it is an immense privilege to experience this vast original world. The Rhino Walking Safaris of Isibindi Africa are one of the greatest privileges within a privilege – an opportunity to…

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A privilege of which I will never tire

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There is something other-worldly about driving in through the gates of the Kruger National Park. Pre-historic looking giraffe glide past in the bushveld and armour-plated rhinos graze, defensively protecting their baby rhinos. A furtive hyena pauses to sniff the air then slinks off and disappears into the scrub, leaving you wondering if you imagined seeing…

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The good, the sad and the ugly

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It is an early morning game drive, and we are restless with anticipation as we settle onto the high seats of the open game vehicle. A British couple is with us, breathy with excitement, repeating “We have never been on safari before.” We are led by experienced guides Charlotte and Kyle Preston, the newlywed managers…

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Donation of Two Nights at Rhino Ridge

Isibindi Africa donated a two night stay for two people at Rhino Ridge for auction by the Robin Hood Foundation. The gift raised R 6,000 towards Robin Hood’s “Spring in Your Step” fundraising event which brought in over R 50,000 to worthy charitable organisations. Coordinator Kim Jones thanked Isibindi for their wonderful and generous vacation…

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The cursed battle of Isandlwana

As we drive into the battlefield of Isandlwana my skin prickles and the phrase keeps coming into my head “This is where it really happened.” The first thing I notice is a poignant pile of white stones commemorating a burial that took place on this site. I soon learn that this pile of stones is…

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