10 NIGHTS SAFARI TO SEA HONEYMOON Kruger National Park, KwaZulu-Natal

Package #55 Priced From R96 968

PER COUPLE

  • 3 NIGHTS RHINO POST SAFARI LODGE
    Kruger National Park
  • 2 NIGHTS PLAINS CAMP
    Kruger National Park
  • 5 NIGHTS THONGA BEACH LODGE
    iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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INCLUDES:

Rhino Post Safari Lodge
3 nights accommodation, brunch, high tea and dinner, teas and coffees, morning and afternoon/night game drives.

Plains Camp
2 nights accommodation with optional 1 night Sleep Out, 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
5 nights accommodation in an Ocean View Room with private plunge pool, meals, teas and coffees, use of snorkeling equipment, guided walks, cultural tours, kayaking and sundowners on Lake Sibaya and nightly turtle walks (Nov – Feb), 4×4 transfer from airstrip to lodge.

EXCLUDES:

Park fees, laundry, gratuities and items of a personal nature and 4×4 transfer at Thonga Beach Lodge if self driving.

Rhino Post Safari Lodge
In-room spa treatments, all drinks.

Plains Camp
Spirits and premium brand drinks.

Thonga Beach Lodge
All drinks, spa treatments, SCUBA diving, open ocean experience, dive equipment hire, turtle tracking on 4×4 vehicle in season. (Nov-Feb).

Flights
Johannesburg (OR Tambo) to Nelspruit
Nelspruit to Mazengwenya (Thonga)

Road Transfers
Skukuza to Rhino Post
Rhino Post to Skukuza or Nelspruit Airport
Mazengwenya to Thonga
Thonga to Coastal Cashews
Coastal Cashews to Richards Bay airport or KSIA

NOTES:

Extra days can be added at either lodge and other Isibindi Africa Lodges may be added to this itinerary. Contact [email protected] for your tailor-made package.

Night 1 - 3 Itinerary

RHINO POST SAFARI LODGE
Kruger National Park

Evening Safari Drive From Plains Camp

Rhino Post Safari Lodge is situated on a 12,000-hectare private concession in the Kruger National Park. It is approximately 10km northeast of Skukuza Rest Camp. The concession shares a 15km boundary with Mala Mala in the Sabie Sands Game Reserve, with game moving freely between the two reserves and comprises of environmentally sensitive areas, previously unexplored, with a huge diversity of both fauna and flora. There are 3 different types of accommodation available; Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Plains Camp and Sleep Outs, offering 3 totally different and unique experiences.

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

On arrival at Rhino Post Safari Lodge you will be greeted with a refreshing drink and given a brief introduction to the lodge after which you will be shown to your room. After settling into your suite, you are invited down to the lounge, overlooking the water hole to enjoy a scrumptious high tea before departing for an afternoon/evening game drive.

Game-drive safaris at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are conducted in specially adapted open Land Cruisers, with professional guides. In addition to the private wilderness concession, we make use of the Kruger public roads and also have exclusive use of some of the Kruger Park public roads at night. Rhino Walking Safaris are allowed to utilize certain public roads for night /evening 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. Returning to the lodge in time to freshen up, enjoy a drink before dinner on the deck as you recount the day’s events, all the while accompanied by the night sounds of the bush.

Night 4 Itinerary

PLAINS CAMP
Kruger National Park

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After enjoying your final morning game drive at Rhino Post and a delicious brunch, the lodge will transfer guests through to Plains Camp in an open 4×4 game vehicle. Plains Camp is situated in the heart of the wilderness concession overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain and waterhole. Built in authentic pioneer tradition, it has the serenity of a 19th century naturalists rest camp, nestled in an acacia knobthorn thicket. Plains Camp offers 4 comfortably furnished African explorer style tents, en-suite with hot running water and the African wilderness right on your doorstep. The concession is an environmentally sensitive area previously unexplored, with a huge diversity of both fauna and flora. An ideal setting for wilderness walking safaris in an internationally renowned “big 5” area.

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.

Night 5 Itinerary

PLAINS CAMP
Kruger National Park

PC Walking with giraffe Reduced

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 animals, trees, grasses, insects and birds. The medicinal use of plants, local folk lore and 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 & 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.

However, if guests want to enjoy the ultimate outdoor overnight experience then the Sleep Outs are not to be missed.  Sleep Outs is a giant treehouse with sleeping platforms elevated above 4 metres above the ground, each platform has a tent made of fabric that allows you to gaze at the stars from your sleeping bag waking up to the light of the African dawn.  Guests are given a lightweight backpack to carry their clothes for the 1 night and then leave from Plains with the guides in the late afternoon for a 1-1.5 hour walk arriving at Sleep Outs in the early evening. Guests enjoy sundowners overlooking the waterhole as the guides prepare the fire and traditional South African braai (barbeque).  The sounds and senses of the wild at night is an experience unrivalled in the African bush.

While diner is being prepared on an open fire, enjoy the sounds and senses of the wild, while being safely guarded by our observant guides. After your final morning walk you will return to Plains Camp for a hearty brunch and shower before packing up and being transferred back to Rhino Post for your final check out.

If you are flying, you will be transferred by road to Nelspruit Airport to catch your charter flight to Mazengwenya Airstrip.  This is a beautiful, scenic flight over Kruger, Swaziland and northern Zululand.

If you are driving , you will start your journey, travelling through the magnificent Swaziland, overnight there before making your way to Thonga Beach Lodge.

From here you will be transferred in an open 4×4 to Thonga Beach Lodge. Approximately 45 mins driving time on sand roads.

 

Nights 6 - 10 Itinerary

THONGA BEACH LODGE
iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Kayaking at Thonga Beach 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. You will have time to relax before enjoying afternoon activity or simply laze on the deck after indulging in a decadent afternoon coffee and cake or treating yourself to a pamper session in the sea spa.

Join us for a drink at the bar before adjourning to 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 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 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, stone bath, indoor shower, bar fridge, air conditioning, ceiling fan and mosquito net.

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 (Nov-Feb), 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 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 Programme.

END OF ARRANGEMENTS

After breakfast you will check out of Thonga Beach Lodge and be transferred via 4×4 to Coastal Cashews where you will be met by your transfer vehicle for your journey to Richards Bay Airport for your flight back to OR Tambo International, Johannesburg.  Flying time 1hr 45min.

ABOUT THE LODGES

Rhino Post Viewing Deck

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.

RHINO PLAINS CAMP PKP (37)

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.

Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge

Every now and again something special comes along… like 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 eco-sensitive rooms are positioned for maximum privacy and minimal environmental impact. The rooms are built on raised platforms among the indigenous forest and undulating dunes with expansive 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 beneath 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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