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Sun, Sea & Safari

From $1,231/pp

From $1,231/pp

Durban, South Africa

Sun, Sea & Safari

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge 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. The 12 thatched en-suite rooms at Thonga Beach Lodge have been care fully 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 an outdoor shower. Family and Deluxe rooms also have freestanding baths.

Description

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge 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. The 12 thatched en-suite rooms at Thonga Beach Lodge have been care fully 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 an outdoor shower. Family and Deluxe rooms also have freestanding baths.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Big 5 territory

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.

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 entire 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 where after 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 back drop of a million stars.

Sit around the fire late into the night discussing the day's sightings and legendary tales of Africa against a back drop of a million stars.

Activities

  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

Day 2

Game Drive Deluxe

After an early morning wake-up call, fresh coffee, tea and rusks (a South African Tradition!), everybody departs with their guides for an early morning game drive. Be sure to have a jacket and scarf as it can get really chilly on the open 4x4 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.

Additional activities include guided bush walks (children 14 years & older only) in the national park with highly skilled armed trails rangers; who not only ensure your safety at all times but impart their intimate knowledge of the bush and wild animals, most notably the white rhino for which this park is most famous. Visits to the local Zulu community with which the lodge works very closely can also be arranged. Bush walks are charged at an additional cost payable at the lodge.

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.

Our guides will share their wealth of bush experience during your exciting game drives, which involves the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects and birds.

Activities

  • Early Morning Game Drive
  • Evening Game Drive

Optional Activities

  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Visits To The Local Zulu Community
  • Spa Treatments

Accommodation

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge.

Day 3

Dinner under the stars

After an early morning game drive and brunch it will be time to bid farewell to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge and wind your way out of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and make your way north to the Coastal Forest Reserve and then continue along the sand road to the 4x4 pickup point where you will be met by a Thonga Beach Representative and transferred via an open 4x4 vehicle to the lodge. The total travel time from lodge to lodge is approximately 4 hours.

On arrival you will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and given a brief orientation of the lodge before being shown to your room and given time to unpack and relax before coming through for lunch. After enjoying one of the many activities hosted at Thonga, you will have time to freshen up and enjoy a cocktail at the bar before settling down for a delicious meal under the stars.

Enjoy a cocktail at the bar before settling down for a delicious meal under the stars.

Accommodation

Thonga Beach Lodge

Day 4-5

Turtle Experiences

Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the secluded Mabibi Bay, in the heart of the iSimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park, an internationally recognised 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 snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, grass lands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. It's clear warm waters offer superb snorkelling and fantastic offshore SCUBA diving.

Activities at Thonga Beach Lodge include SCUBA diving, Open Ocean experiences, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, guided snorkelling, seasonal turtle drives/walks, cultural tour of local Tsonga village and guided 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 or 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 snorkelling. 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 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.

Take advantage of the wealth of activities that await you in this beautiful hideaway, or simply relax with a Spa treatment or on the beach deck.

Activities

  • Snorkelling

Optional Activities

  • Scuba Diving
  • Kayaking & Sundowners At Lake Sibaya
  • Seasonal Turtle Drives Or Walks
  • Cultural Tour Of Local Tsonga Village
  • Guided Forest Walks
  • Spa Treatments

Accommodation

Thonga Beach Lodge

Day 6

Goodbyes

After breakfast you will check out of Thonga Beach Lodge and be transferred in a 4x4 vehicle (1hr transfer) to the 4x4 pickup point from which you will continue your onward journey.

Activities

  • Transfer To Pickup Point

What's Included

Accommodation

  • 2 Nights' Accommodation at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in Safari room, upgradeable to Bush Villa or Honeymoon Villa
  • 3 Nights' Accommodation at Thonga Beach Lodge in a Forest view room upgradeable to Ocean View or Deluxe ocean view room
  • Upgrades are subject to availability

Ground Transport

This is a self drive option

  • Rentals can be arranged on request

Exclusions

Park Fees, any drinks not specified, laundry, gratuities and any items of a personal nature

Bonus Inclusions

  • RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE: Morning and afternoon game drives.
  • THONGA BEACH LODGE: Use of snorkelling equipment, guided walks, cultural tours, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, Nightly turtle walks 3 times a week (Nov - Feb)

Honeymoon Options

All packages can be upgraded to a Honeymoon Package

Flights

All International/Domestic flights and visas are excluded.

  • Flights can be arranged on request

Meals

All Meals

Optional Extras

  • RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE: Spa treatments and guided safari walks.
  • THONGA BEACH LODGE: Spa treatments, SCUBA diving, Open Ocean Experience, dive equipment hire, 4x4 transfers and vehicle driven turtle tracking tours in season (Nov - Feb).

Extra Days

Extra days can be added at any of the lodges mentioned or at any other Isibindi Africa Lodges

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Johnothan Dean Sanders

I am open to everything and trying new things. From food, to extreme and challenging adventures, I’ll be up for it! I love mysterious places, blue oceans and the true African "Braai" with people and music in the air. I like to fully submerse myself in other cultures and customs.

Traveling for me is freeing. It’s allowing myself to be moulded, shaped, transformed by a place that isn’t my home. It’s seeing that the world is so limitless, so inviting, beyond what you’ve always known. It teaches you about yourself. Your strengths, your limits, your patience, your compassion, your love for others, your openness, your confidence and your connectedness with what’s around you.

Travel With Me Africa is a fully registered one click travel agency based in South Africa, Pretoria. Our forward vision is to strive to become an outstanding entity in travel based corporate and retail service, capable of demanding unconditional response from the targeted niche. We are committed to take our achievements to the next level and travel with our clients with memorable, unique and no regrets experience.

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