When you ask many older people what they would like most for their birthdays or special celebrations, they will often say that they would love to have all their family together. What better way to celebrate a much-loved person than to club together and book a holiday in a special destination which can be enjoyed by the whole family, including members of all ages. The memories and photographs will last well beyond even the time spent together, such that children and adults will be able to draw on the experience of a happy family time for years to come.
At Isibindi Africa Lodges, we have been privileged to host many such celebrations – of memorable birthdays, anniversaries and special holidays and feasts. What makes our lodges suitable for family functions is the following key factors, of which we are very proud:
Pristine natural environments
All of the Isibindi Africa lodges are set in spectacular natural environments, from beach to bush to lakeside settings. This means you are surrounded by the calm beauty of nature. Here you can appreciate endless wonders of the unique fauna and flora which each area has to offer. Make the most of our holiday packages, where you can combine a beach, safari and lake experience in one discounted trip.
Thonga Beach Lodge is situated as-close-as-it-gets to a vast, untouched beach with rock pools in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Kosi Forest Lodge is at the edge of the Kosi Lakes system, where hippo grunt and water lilies grow in abundance. Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge overlooks the Big 5 Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. Isibindi Zulu Lodge rests on the edge of an impressive gorge and gentle game reserve where zebra, wildebeest (gnu) and giraffe roam freely. Being far away from cities makes our lodges safer and quieter, where you can relax knowing you are surrounded by scenic, uninhabited natural land.
Size of the lodges
Each of our lodges are the perfect size for an extended family gathering, and you may even wish to book out an entire lodge so that your family can take over the public and private spaces on offer.
Private suites and communal spaces
Each of the lodges offers private, freestanding rooms, suites or huts, which offers some personal space for individual families or couples. The communal lounges, outdoor dining decks and bar areas are beautifully designed to appreciate the spectacular natural settings of the lodges. They are wonderful gathering places for special functions, games or relaxing together. The swimming pools and poolside loungers at each lodge are especially appealing, positioned for vast views, favourite sundowner drinks and family relaxation.
Fun collective and individual activities
Isibindi Africa Lodges specialise in fun and fascinating activities, which include safari game drives, ocean activities such as snorkelling and diving, sunset cruises, river and lake canoeing, guided nature walks, cultural experiences and battlefields tours. You may choose to engage in the many activities on offer as a big group, or as individuals, so you can choose how busy or laid back you each want to be on your holiday together.
Full board sumptuous catering
Our fabulous catering means that no-one needs to stress and fuss around meals. Full cooked breakfasts, sumptuous buffet lunches, indulgent teas and four course dinners mean that the food experience of the Isibindi holiday is usually a highlight for guests. Tea, coffee and little treats are provided in every room. Our chefs delight in local, seasonal produce, and have sourced the very best of local tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, speciality cheeses, sustainable fish and meat. Special dietary needs and children’s menus are routine for us and we are experienced in catering for our guests’ individual needs and preferences. Most children (and adults) love an outdoor picnic, and thoughtfully packed picnic lunches are a favourite way for many families to explore the beaches, lakes, forests and lovely surrounds of each lodge.
Each lodge organises transfers from major airports and towns so organising the transport for your family holiday (not to mention navigating) need not be a source of stress.
Eco-friendly and community-owned
It is especially good to know that your holiday investment goes towards empowering and supporting local communities, and Isibindi Africa Lodges are award winners and recognised pioneers in community engagement and co-ownership. You will love meeting our local staff and will immediately sense their pride in showcasing their pristine corner of the earth and giving you the best possible holiday experience.
As we each get on in years, and as we become more aware of the precious natural resources of our world, many of us would rather invest in beautiful holiday experiences together than collect more trinkets or even bigger houses or cars. And nothing quite shows how much you care about someone than spending time connecting meaningfully with them and creating family memories together.
To learn more about our delectable combination holiday packages, click on this link: www.isibindi.co.za