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Zulu Kings & Coastal Retreats

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,869

Combine animal viewing with a stay on the ocean. The two lodges involved offer many interesting facilities including several game drives with an experienced guide at your first stay and a multitude of other activities to choose from at the second.


On arrival in Durban, you will pick up your rental car here. Your first night is in Durban, a city which combines beaches with a colourful downtown area with a number of colonial and art deco buildings plus a vibrant nightlife.

The following day, drive north to the Zululand Rhino Reserve just north of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve where you will have lodge accommodation for 2 nights. Here you will be briefed by a local guide on learning how to get the most of your safari game drives. In the evening, your guide will take you to a special spot to discover and view nocturnal creatures such as leopards, jackals and owls.

Early the next morning, have a game drive or walk with your guide followed by brunch at the lodge. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the facilities of the lodge which has a spa and a pool. This will be followed in the evening by another game drive.

The following morning brings another early game drive or walk. Later, you will drive on to your next stopover at the Thonga Beach Lodge located inside the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a one minute walk from the beach and your home for the next 3 nights. Activities you can enjoy during your stay 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. How you spend your time here is up to you.

After your stay, you will drive back to Durban.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,869

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Durban

On your arrival at King Shaka International Airport, you will be met by Goway's local representative who will assist and guide you through the airport to the Avis offices where you will be picking up your hired vehicle. Make your way to city of Durban where you will be spending the next evening at the quaint Quarters on Florida.

Durban offers stylish cafe's, wonderful cultural offerings and excellent shopping opportunities, much of which are clustered in fashionable areas within the suburbs. Thanks to Durban's stadiums and venues, golf courses and a swathe of butter-yellow sand, it's a great city for spectator sports and outdoor enthusiasts. The downtown area is a buzzing, gritty grid comprising grandiose colonial buildings and fascinating art deco architecture that all moves to a distinctly African beat. For beach-lovers, the beachfront remains a city trademark for daytime activities.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Quarters on Florida

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    Quarters on Florida



    There is a new breed of traveller - a discerning individual who wants accommodation that is modern, comfortable and intimate without feeling cramped, and is not steeped in expensive 5-star traditions. Quarters is a new breed of hotel designed for just such a traveller. Four ...

    There is a new breed of traveller - a discerning individual who wants accommodation that is modern, comfortable and intimate without feeling cramped, and is not steeped in expensive 5-star traditions. Quarters is a new breed of hotel designed for just such a traveller.

    Four gracious Victorian homes have been beautifully restored by award winning architects to create a unique hotel of immense charm and character. Inside you will find a subtle combination of modern sophistication and old-fashioned warmth reflected in everything from the decor to the welcoming attitude of our dedicated staff.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Durban-Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

After breakfast, drive to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. On arrival, you will be greeted by a refreshing drink and welcomed by the lodges friendly team who will give you a short orientation of the lodge and it's facilities before showing you to your accommodation. After refreshing, enjoy high tea on the veranda 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 which will be taken 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

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    Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge



    Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge situated inside the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, therefore in addition to driving on their private concession within the park they also have unlimited access to the greater Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park where you have the opportunity to spot ...

    Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge situated inside the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, therefore in addition to driving on their private concession within the park they also have unlimited access to the greater Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park where you have the opportunity to spot the Big 5. The rooms have been carefully positioned high up on a ridge to take full advantage of the spectacular views over the hills and valleys of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park while at the same time giving each room maximum privacy. Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge accommodates a maximum of 36 guests in 4 different room types.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Spa
    • Wedding venue

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Day 3

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

After an early morning wake-up, fresh coffee, tea and rusks, depart with your guide for an early morning game drive or walk. Nothing is predictable in the bush, therefore each safari offers a potentially new and unique experience. The guides will share their wealth of bush experience which involves the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects and birds. In addition to this, they share their knowledge of the medicinal uses of plants and local folk lore, all the while looking for the infamous Big 5. When you return to the lodge, you will be greeted by a hearty brunch followed by some free time to relax and imbibe the natural beauty of the area. You may wish to spend your day being pampered in the 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.

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Day 4

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge-Thonga Beach Lodge

After returning from your early morning game drive or walk, you will have time to enjoy your breakfast while taking in the last views of Hluhluwe iMfolozi before you wind out of the park and make your way north to Thonga Beach Lodge. You will be met at the Coastal Cashew Factory by a Thonga Beach Representative and transferred to the lodge. Remember bring a hat or cap and a warm jacket for the 1 hour transfer in an open 4x4 vehicle to the lodge. 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.

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Duration3 Nights
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Thonga Beach Lodge

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    Thonga Beach Lodge



    Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal ...

    Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa's best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Chapel/Shrine
    • Free WiFi
    • Internet Access
    • Non Smoking Property
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Snorkelling
    • Spa

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Day 5

Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the secluded Mabibi Bay, in the heart of the iSimangaliso 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 snorkeling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches.

It's clear, warm waters offer superb snorkeling and fantastic off shore SCUBA diving.

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 or on the beach deck. SCUBA diving at Mabibi is phenomenal. The professional diving team can accommodate enthusiasts, from the beginner to the veteran. For those who don't dive, they 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 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 end of February. The laying takes place from November to January and 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 program.

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Day 6

Thonga Beach Lodge

Spend the day enjoying the facilities and activities available at Thonga Beach Lodge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Thonga Beach Lodge-King Shaka International Airport

After breakfast, you will check out of Thonga and be returned to the Coastal Cashews where you will continue onward to King Shaka International Airport to drop off your hired vehicle and check-in for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily (01 Jul - 31 Dec 16)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Group E Car hire with Avis
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary by BLD
  • Game drives at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
  • Use of snorkelling equipment, guided walks, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya and cultural tours to Mabibi Community at Thonga Beach Lodge

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Gratuities 
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve Park Fee R 145 Per Person Per Night. Payable at the lodge
  • Thonga Beach Park fees R25 per person
  • Value Add: Complimentary room upgrade at Quarters on Florida to  a superior room  - subject to availability.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share 

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