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Thonga Beach Lodge

Isibindi Africa Lodges know and love Northern KwaZulu-Natal with a care that extends well beyond duty. Passionate about local communities, pristine natural land and creating fun, relaxing and romantic holiday experiences, here is a suggested short trip plan for you. In it we have tried to bring you the best of beach, forest and bush…

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Bush, beach and forest in one trip

Experience the best of beach, bush and forest in pristine natural environments in our barefoot luxury lodges situated within the safety of protected natural parks. Know that you are making a meaningful investment into local development with our shared community ownership and eco-sensitive natural lodges. Thonga Beach Lodge   Enjoy your favourite drink, with your…

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British Airways now flies direct to Durban!

Here’s a happy thing – now you can fly directly from the UK to KwaZulu-Natal. British Airways is now flying directly from London to Durban. You can be on the back of a safari vehicle in the African bush, or on a pristine beach sipping your favourite drink in no time.     Have a…

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A box of delight

Being the cousin-worse-offs, we used to watch with envy how our cousins would get loads of expensive gifts at Christmas, while we were still fortunate enough to get a few thoughtfully chosen, lovingly wrapped ones. I can only imagine what it would be like for a child to get nothing. Cue the much loved Santa…

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Give a gift of down time

One could argue that most of us need less productivity and a few less trinkets. This Christmas, consider giving someone you care about the gift of down time – a relaxing stay in great comfort in a beautiful natural environment. Food for the soul, a stay at one of the Isibindi Africa Lodges restores body,…

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So green it hurts

Not only is Isibindi Africa Group Executive Chef Carl Moller an incredible chef, talented photographer and sports enthusiast, he has a heart (and fingers) of green. Listen to this story of one man making a difference in rural KwaZulu-Natal: . “A little while ago I experimented with a few microgreen growing kits and a sprouter. …

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We are a recognised Fairtrader!

Isibindi Africa is not unreasonably pleased to have made it into an elite caring set of organisations who are officially considered Fairtrade compliant! After many months or rigorous assessment (they don’t just hand this award out!), Isibindi Africa Lodges have made the grade. This makes us incredibly proud to be internationally recognized for our commitment…

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June Lodge Specials

June is one of the loveliest months in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, where the waters are clear and still, the wildlife is active and the evenings are so bright you can see distant constellations of stars with the naked eye. Specialising in indoor and outdoor fireplaces, each of the Isibindi Africa Lodges brings warmth and inspiration to…

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iSimangaliso natural world

There are so few unspoilt places left in the world and one feels it keenly when one enters such a protected natural part of the globe. One of my favourite such places is the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of South Africa’s first World Heritage Sites. Passionately protected by the iSimangaliso Authority, this vast expanse of…

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Birdwatching in Northern KwaZulu-Natal

Where you can see the widest range of grassland, freshwater, sea and forest birds in one trip (with images by Dr George Hughes)     I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us Mary Oliver   Encountering a rare bird species on a walking safari is…

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