5 Night Self Drive KwaZulu-Natal

Package #1 Priced From R16 682

Per Person Sharing

  • 2 NIGHTS RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE
    Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
  • 3 NIGHTS THONGA BEACH LODGE
    iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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INCLUDES:

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
2 nights accommodation in a Safari Room, upgradeable to a Bush Villa or Honeymoon Villa, all meals, teas and coffees, morning and afternoon game drives.

Thonga Beach Lodge
3 nights accommodation in a Forest View Room upgradeable to an Ocean View or Deluxe Ocean View Room, all meals, teas and coffees, use of snorkeling equipment, guided walks, cultural tours, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya. Nightly turtle walks 3 times a week (Nov – Feb).

EXCLUDES:

Park fees, drinks, laundry, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Spa treatments, day trips out of the park, guided safari walks.

Thonga Beach Lodge
Spa treatments, SCUBA diving, open ocean experience, dive equipment hire, 4×4 transfers and vehicle driven turtle tracking tours in season (Nov – Feb).

NOTES:

Extra days can be added at any of the lodges and other Isibindi Africa Lodges may be added to this itinerary.

Contact [email protected] for your tailor-made package.

Honeymoon Add On:
All packages can be upgraded to a honeymoon package.

Night 1 Itinerary

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is situated within a 3.5hr drive from King Shaka International Airport, Durban and a 1hr 30min drive from Richards Bay Airport.  It is situated on the western boundary of Africa’s oldest proclaimed Game Reserve Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge within the park.  With its four star accommodation, guests are offered spectacular scenery and excellent safari opportunities within the heart of Big 5 territory.

On arrival at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge you will be greeted with a refreshing drink and welcomed by our friendly team who will give you a short orientation of the lodge and its facilities before showing you to your accommodation. After a quick refresh we will be waiting to serve you high tea on the verandah at the main lodge which offers spectacular views over the reserve. Here you will meet your guide who will prepare you for your first safari experience, offering some useful pointers about the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the bush.

By now you will be eager to board your safari vehicle to explore the magnificent hills and valleys of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.
At sunset your guide will take you to a special spot to enjoy drinks and snacks whereafter you will travel into the night looking for nocturnal creatures like leopards, owls and jackals. When you get back to the lodge you will be given time to freshen up for dinner and then enjoy superb cuisine either on the dining deck or in the restaurant. Sit around the fire late into the night discussing the day’s sightings and legendary tales of Africa against a backdrop of a million stars.

Night 2 Itinerary

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

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After an early morning wake-up, fresh coffee, tea and rusks (a South African tradition!), everybody departs with the guides for an early morning game drive. Be sure to have a jacket and scarf as it can get really chilly on the open 4×4 vehicle. Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses will also be needed for later in the day. Nothing is predictable in the bush; therefore each safari offers a potentially new and unique experience. Our guides will share their wealth of bush experience which involves the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects and birds. The medicinal uses of plants and local folk lore is also discussed as well as looking for the ever fascinating Big 5!

When you return to the lodge you will sit down to enjoy a hearty brunch. Now it is time for you to relax and imbibe the natural beauty of Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. You may wish to spend your day being pampered in our spa, do a few laps at the pool or simply relax in the privacy of your room enjoying the endless views from your private balcony.

Make sure you are back in time for high tea and the evening game drive. Hopefully this time you will spot all those other animals still on your bucket list. On returning to the lodge you will have time to freshen up before coming through for a delicious dinner.

Nights 3 - 5 Itinerary

Thonga Beach Lodge
iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the secluded Mabibi Bay, in the heart of the iSimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. With direct access onto the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast, this lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the last unspoilt and undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of tranquil swimming bays and snorkeling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. It’s clear warm waters offer superb snorkeling and fantastic offshore SCUBA diving.

The 12 thatched en-suite rooms have been carefully constructed in the coastal dune forest to ensure minimum impact on the environment and maximum guest privacy. Each room has a double vanity, indoor shower, bar fridge, air conditioning, ceiling fan and mosquito net. Deluxe Rooms have private plunge pools and both Deluxe and Family Rooms have freestanding baths.

Activities at Thonga Beach Lodge include SCUBA diving, open ocean experiences, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, guided snorkeling, seasonal turtle drives/walks, Tsonga cultural tours and forest walks. Whether you are a walker or a diver, take advantage of the wealth of activities that await you in this beautiful hideaway, or simply relax with a spa treatment on the beach deck.

SCUBA diving at Mabibi is phenomenal. Our professional lodge diving team can accommodate enthusiasts, from the beginner to the veteran. For those who don’t dive, we have an open ocean experience. An exciting launch through the surf in front of the lodge takes you beyond the breakers to a world of dolphins, whales and many other creatures. The warm Indian Ocean supports a myriad of fish and marine life.

Guests can sometimes swim with dolphins or whale sharks, or snorkel with manta rays and giant turtles. In summer there are nocturnal walks and drives along the beach in search of pre-historic turtles laying their eggs. Witness the culmination of an incredible journey as giant leatherback and loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in carefully prepared nests.

Turtle tracking is offered in the evening from November to the end of February. The turtles lay their eggs from November to February. Hatchlings arrive from end December to end February.

Every precaution is taken to ensure these magnificent creatures are not disturbed during the laying process and data collected from the turtle drives is submitted to the Ezemvelo Turtle Monitoring Programme.

END OF ARRANGEMENTS

After breakfast you will check out of Thonga and be returned to the Coastal Cashews where you will continue with your itinerary.

ABOUT THE LODGES

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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge Hluhluwe iMFolozi Park

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is situated within a 3.5hr drive from King Shaka International Airport Durban and a 1hr 30min drive from Richards Bay Airport.  It is situated on the western boundary of Africa’s oldest proclaimed Game Reserve Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Northern KwaZulu Natal.  Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge within the park.  With its four star accommodation, guests are offered spectacular scenery and excellent safari opportunities within the heart of Big 5 territory.

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Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the secluded Mabibi Bay, in the heart of the iSimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site.  With direct access onto the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast, this lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the last unspoilt and undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African continent.

 

Mabibi is a magical place of tranquil swimming bays and snorkeling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches.  It’s clear warm waters offer superb snorkeling and fantastic offshore SCUBA diving.

The 12 thatched en-suite rooms have been carefully constructed in the coastal dune forest to ensure minimum impact on the environment and maximum guest privacy.  Each room has a double vanity, stone bath, indoor shower, bar fridge, air-conditioning, ceiling fan and mosquito net.  Deluxe rooms have private plunge pools.

 

Activities at Thonga Beach Lodge include SCUBA diving, Open Ocean experiences, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, guided snorkeling, seasonal turtle drives/walks, Tsonga Cultural tours and forest walks.  Whether you are a walker or a diver, take advantage of the wealth of activities that await you in this beautiful hideaway, or simply relax with a Spa treatment of on the beach deck.

 

SCUBA diving at Mabibi is phenomenal.  Our professional lodge diving team can accommodate enthusiasts, from the beginner to the veteran.  For those who don’t dive, we have an Open Ocean Experience.  An exciting launch through the surf in front of the lodge takes you beyond the breakers to a world of dolphins, whales and snorkeling.  The warm Indian Ocean supports a myriad of fish and marine life.  Guests can sometimes swim with dolphins or whale sharks, or snorkel with Manta rays and giant turtles.

In summer there are nocturnal walks and drives along the beach in search of pre-historic turtles laying their eggs. Witness the culmination of an incredible journey as giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in carefully prepared nests.  Turtle tracking is offered in the evening from November to end of February.  (The laying takes place from Nov to Jan and hatchlings arrive from End Dec to end February.)  Every precaution is taken to ensure these magnificent creatures are not disturbed during the laying process and data collected from the turtle drives is submitted to the Ezemvelo Turtle Monitoring program.

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