8 Night Self Drive Kruger National Park, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland

Package #32 Priced From R29 619

Per Person Sharing

  • 1 NIGHT RHINO POST SAFARI LODGE
    Kruger National Park
  • 2 NIGHTS PLAINS CAMP
    Kruger National Park
  • 1 NIGHT SWAZILAND
    Swaziland
  • 4 NIGHTS THONGA BEACH LODGE
    iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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INCLUDES:

Rhino Post Safari Lodge
1 nights accommodation, meals – brunch, high tea and dinner, teas and coffees, 2 game drives a day.

Plains Camp
2 nights accommodation with optional 1 night Sleep Outs, brunch, high tea and dinner, teas and coffees, morning walks and afternoon game walk/drive combination, soft drinks, house wine and local beers.

Thonga Beach Lodge
4 nights accommodation in a Forest View Room, (upgradeable to Ocean View or Deluxe Ocean View, see rate card), all meals, teas and coffees, use of snorkeling equipment, guided walks, cultural tours, kayaking and sundowners on Lake Sibaya and three times a week guided nightly turtle walks (Nov – Feb).

EXCLUDES:

Park fees, drinks (everywhere except Plains Camp), transfers, laundry, gratuities and items of a personal nature and 4×4 transfer at Thonga.

Rhino Post Safari Lodge
In-room spa treatments.

Plains Camp
Premium brand drinks.

Swaziland
All accommodation costs in Swaziland.

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

NOTES:

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

Night 1 Itinerary

Rhino Post Safari Lodge
Kruger National Park

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Rhino Post Safari lodge is built on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi river bed using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch and canvas. Stilts raise the 8 spaciously appointed suites along the riverbank, allowing views of the riverbed from your bedroom, bathroom and private deck. The suites are set out in an open plan style with wooden floors, thatched roofs, canvas walls and glass fronted doors and windows. Each en-suite bathroom includes a deep freestanding bath, his and hers basins, a separate toilet and an outdoor shower surrounded by wooden poles.

The raised walkways linking the spacious rooms to the main area, allows wildlife to walk underneath, undisturbed by mankind.

It is advisable to arrive at Rhino Post Safari Lodge in the early afternoon, this will give you ample time to relax in your suite before enjoying a delicious high tea.

Game drive safaris at Rhino Post are conducted in specially adapted open Land Cruisers, with professional guides.  In addition to the private wilderness concession, they make use of the Kruger public roads. The Kruger National Park has strict gate closing times (before sunset) for their rest camps and access gates. Rhino Post vehicles are however allowed to utilize certain public roads for night drives well after gate closing times. At sunset the game drive will stop for drinks while watching an African sunset, before continuing on into the night, spotting nocturnal animals. You will return to the lodge in time to freshen up, enjoy a drink before a sumptuous dinner on the deck or in the dining room, as you recount the day’s events, all the while accompanied by the night sounds of the bush.

Night's 2 & 3 Itinerary

Plains Camp – (Rhino Walking Safaris)
Kruger National Park

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After an early morning wake-up and an invigorating cup of fresh coffee or tea with muffins in our lounge, the game drive will depart. Midway through the morning you will stop in the bush for coffee/tea/fruit juice before continuing to look for Africa’s finest wildlife. Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy a leisurely brunch and then transfer in an open 4×4 game viewing vehicle to Plains Camp at 14h00.

After settling into your tent and exploring the camp, high tea is served followed by a brief on the dos and don’ts of bush walking by your guide. Rhino Walking Safari guides meet the stringent requirements of the South African National Parks and senior guides hold the highest guiding qualification possible in South Africa. After the brief, you will depart with your 2 armed guides for an introductory walk, returning to the vehicle in time for sundowners and enjoying a short night drive before returning to camp.

After an early morning wake-up, fresh coffee, tea and rusks (a South Africa tradition!), everyone departs with the guides for the next safari walk. Nothing is predictable in the bush; therefore each safari offers a potentially new experience. Our guides will share their wealth of bush experience, which involves the identification of fauna, flora and birds.  The medicinal use of plants, local folk lore, basic tracking and survival skills are also discussed.

All walking trails are enjoyed in the early morning and late afternoon to avoid the midday heat, with the average duration of the morning walk being between 3 and 4 hours. The guide will structure the trail taking into account the fitness level of the group and any special requests. After a light snack on the walk, you will be served a well- deserved brunch on your return to the camp. Relax during the heat of the day, enjoying our small Africana book collection or the plunge pool overlooking the plain, which is often host to zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino and lion. The afternoon safari activity is a short drive in the game vehicle to a specific location, after which you will depart on foot again for your trail. Upon returning to the vehicle, you will enjoy sundowners before returning to camp. Back at camp you will enjoy a dinner, all the while accompanied by the night sounds of the African bush.

Night 4 Itinerary

Overnight in Swaziland

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After a hearty breakfast you will pack up and be transferred back to Rhino Post Safari Lodge where you will check out. You will then depart, and drive through the Kruger crossing into Swaziland. We suggest that you book an overnight stay here.

Despite being the smallest country in the southern hemisphere, Swaziland more than makes up for its lack of size with a hugely diverse range of attractions and activities. Book an overnight break here and rest up for the night before continuing on with your journey to Thonga Beach Lodge.

Nights 5 - 8 Itinerary

Thonga Beach Lodge
Isimangaliso Wetland Park

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After checking out of your Swaziland accommodation, you will continue your journey in a southerly direction crossing the border at Golela before heading to Jozini. You will travel south and make your way to the Coastal Forest Reserve and Coastal Cashew Factory. A Thonga representative will meet you at the car park and transfer you to the lodge in an open 4×4 vehicle.

On arrival you will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and given a brief orientation of the lodge before being shown to your room. You will have time to settle in and freshen up before returning to the deck to enjoy a sumptuous dinner under the stars.

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 eco-sensitive 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 and Family Rooms have baths, and the Deluxe Rooms have outdoor showers.

The lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on the deck in the shade of the forest. Sundowners can be enjoyed in the bar lounge or the cool deck under the coastal milkwood trees.

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 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 Programme.

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Hopefully you will have time for an early morning activity before enjoying your final breakfast on the deck and taking the 4×4 transfer to Coastal Cashews from where you will continue with your journey.

ABOUT THE LODGES

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Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Rhino Post Safari Lodge is situated on a 12,000-hectare private concession in the iconic Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. The concession shares an unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala and Sabi Sand reserve, with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves. Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi river bed using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch and canvas. The eight spacious, open-plan suites are built on stilts along the riverbank, allowing you to see the riverbed and spot game from your bedroom, bathroom, outdoor shower and private deck. Raised walkways link the spacious rooms to the main lodge, allowing wildlife to walk underneath, undisturbed by humankind.

The highlights of a stay at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are the exciting game drive safaris in open Land Cruisers with professional and knowledgeable guides. You’ll drive in the private concession as well as the public roads in the Kruger National Park. Rhino Post Safari Lodge is proud to be a custodian of such an important conservation area.

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Plains Camp - (Rhino Walking Safaris)

Plains Camp Tented Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the wilderness concession overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain and waterhole – a previously-unexplored, environmentally-sensitive area with a vast diversity of both fauna and flora. Built in authentic pioneer tradition, the camp has the serenity of a 19th-century naturalists rest camp, nestled in an acacia knobthorn thicket. Guests are accommodated in comfort in the open savannah of the Kruger National Park in four en-suite tents. The explorer-style tents are raised on elevated platforms with scenic views of the lush plains surrounding them.

Along with exciting game drive safaris, walking trails are a guest favourite at Plains Camp Tented Safari Lodge. Led by experienced guides, these guided walking safaris give guests the opportunity to truly connect with nature. The lodge is also known for its Sleep Outs and is the only lodge in Kruger to offer this spectacular activity. You can choose to travel to a 4-metre high elevated wooden platform in the middle of the bush, where you can sleep under the stars amid the nocturnal sounds of the African wilderness.

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Overnight in Swaziland

Despite being the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere, Swaziland more than makes up for its lack of size with a hugely diverse range of attractions and activities.

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Thonga Beach Lodge

Every now and again something special comes along…Thonga Beach Lodge, the unspoilt gem of KwaZulu-Natal’s Maputaland coast. Situated in South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Thonga Beach Lodge is mere metres away from the sparkling Indian Ocean. Beneath the breakers lies a treasure trove of marine life, from vivid reef fish to schools of dolphins, and even turtles returning to the beach to lay their eggs. Thonga’s 12 thatched bush suites are positioned for maximum privacy and minimal environmental impact. The suites are built on raised platforms among the indigenous forest and undulating dunes with glass windows and doors to let in the ocean breeze and sounds.

Make your journey all the more memorable when you enjoy close encounters with nature. Indulge in a spa treatment; track mother turtles laying their eggs; explore the reefs with a snorkel or SCUBA dive; or go on a guided forest walk. Feel assured that you’re travelling with purpose, discovering and helping to preserve one of the last undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Please visit the website for more information: www.thongabeachlodge.co.za.

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