8 NIGHTS BUSH, BEACH AND LAKES FLY IN Kruger National Park, KwaZulu-Natal

Package #34 Priced From R29 304

Per Person Sharing

  • 1 NIGHTS RHINO POST SAFARI LODGE
    Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
  • 2 NIGHTS RHINO WALKING SAFARI
    Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
  • 2 NIGHTS KOSI FOREST LODGE
    iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • 3 NIGHTS THONGA BEACH LODGE
    iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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INCLUDES:

Rhino Post Safari Lodge
1 nights accommodation, meals – 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.

Kosi Forest Lodge
2 nights accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, teas and coffees, guided walk in raffia forest and guided canoe trip.

Thonga Beach Lodge
3 nights accommodation in a Forest View room, (upgradeable to Ocean View or Deluxe Ocean View Room, all meals, teas and coffees, use of snorkeling equipment, guided walks, cultural tours, kayaking and sundowners on Lake Sibaya and nightly turtle walks (Nov – Feb).

Flights
Johannesburg (OR Tambo) to Skukuza
Nelspruit or Skukuza to Mazengwenya
Richards Bay to Johannesburg (OR Tambo)

Transfers
Nelspruit or Skukuza to Rhino Post
Rhino Post to Nelspruit or Skukuza
Mazengwenya to Kosi Forest Lodge
Kosi Forest Lodge to Thonga Beach Lodge
Thonga Beach Lodge to Coastal Cashews
Coastal Cashews to Richards Bay

EXCLUDES:

Park fees, drinks (everywhere except Plains Camp), transfers, laundry, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Rhino Post Safari Lodge
In-room spa treatments.

Plains Camp
Spirits and premium brand drinks.

Kosi Forest Lodge
Kosi Mouth Trip, full day boat trip on the lake system, 4×4 vehicle turtle drive trip in season (Nov-Feb only).

Thonga Beach Lodge
Spa treatments, SCUBA diving, open ocean experience, dive equipment hire and 4×4 vehicle driven turtle tracking tours (Nov-Feb).

NOTES:

Contact [email protected] for your tailor-made package

Night 1 Itinerary

RHINO POST SAFARI LODGE
Kruger National Park

Guest from Rhino Post Camp on game drive looking at Elephant (Loxodonta africana). Kruger National Park. Mpumalanga. South Africa.

Fly in from either Johannesburg (OR Tambo) or Cape Town International Airport to Nelspruit. From there you will transfer (3.5 hours) to the Kruger National Park. Once inside the park it is a 20 minute scenic drive to Rhino Post Safari Lodge which is situated on a 12,000-hectare private concession in the Kruger National Park.

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. You get the opportunity to stay at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Plains Camp and Sleep Outs, the order of accommodation may vary depending on what day of the week your itinerary starts.

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, allows wildlife to walk underneath, undisturbed by mankind.

On arrival at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, after a refreshing drink and a brief introduction to the lodge, you will be shown to your room. After settling into your suite, guests 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 are conducted in specially adapted open Land Cruisers, with professional guides. In addition to the private wilderness concession, they make use of the Kruger Public Roads. The Kruger National Park has strict gate closing times (before sunset) for their rest camps and access gates. Rhino Post vehicles are however allowed to utilize certain public roads for night 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 a sumptuous dinner on the deck or in the dining room, as you recount the day’s events, all the while accompanied by the night sounds of the bush.

Nights 2 & 3 Itinerary

PLAINS CAMP (WALKING SAFARI)
Kruger National Park

Walking with 2 highly trained & experienced armed rangers at all times

After enjoying your final 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 which takes approximately 30 minutes.

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, with en-suite bathroom, 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 Five’ game area.

After settling into your tent and exploring the camp, high tea is served followed by a brief on the dos and dont’s 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 two armed guides for an introductory walk, returning to the vehicle in time for sundowners and enjoying a short night drive before returning to camp.

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 culture – the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects, birds, the medicinal uses of plants, local folk lore and basic tracking and survival skills.

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 and 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 sumptuous 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. Guests leave Plains Camp in the late afternoon for a 1-1.5 hour walk led by the guides and arrive at the platforms in the early evening, carrying only a lightweight rucksack containing a change of clothes and refreshments. Rucksacks are provided. The platforms are elevated about 4 metres above the ground and after the guests have chosen their platform, they enjoy sundowners overlooking the waterhole as the guide starts the fire and prepares dinner. Guests can relax around the fire while enjoying the sounds and senses of the wild while being closely guarded by our observant guides.

The rumbles of the elephant passing by, or the roar of the lion at the nearby waterhole, are some of the noises that might disturb guests in this peaceful wilderness. This is the only place in the Kruger National Park offering this unusual accommodation.

Nights 4 & 5 Itinerary

KOSI FOREST LODGE
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal

Accommodation in Isimangaliso Kosi Mouth

After your final morning walk you will return to Plains Camp for a hearty brunch & shower before packing up and being transferred back to the luxurious Rhino Post Safari Lodge in an open 4×4 vehicle (approx 30 min drive). From here you will checkout and transfer to Skukuza airport (a 20 min drive). Here you will board your aircraft for a spectacular scenic flight over Swaziland to Mazengwenya airstrip (1hr 15min flying time). At Mazengwenya you will be met by a member of staff from the lodge and transferred in an open 4×4 vehicle, through coastal forest and dunes to the charming Kosi Forest Lodge. (1hr travelling time).

On arrival at Kosi Forest Lodge you will be shown to your forest room and given time to unpack and relax before coming through to enjoy dinner at the main area at Kosi.

Kosi Forest Lodge is situated in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve which is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park proclaimed a Unesco World Heritage site. This 20-bed wilderness lodge offers the unique opportunity of exploring a pristine wetland environment by vehicle, guided canoes and boats.

When you wake in the morning at Kosi the rooms are surrounded by beautiful trees which are a haven for prolific bird life.

You will join the team for breakfast on the dining deck at the lodge and decide where to explore that day.

The highlight for many at Kosi Forest Lodge is the canoeing trip on the Kosi Lakes.  The best time for this activity is in the early morning and lasts for approximately 2 hours.  Guides escort you by canoe along the Sihadla channel where the bird life is very rewarding and the scenery peaceful and breath taking.

You will return for a delicious lunch and a siesta before embarking on your afternoon activity.

In the afternoon you can enjoy a walk through magnificent raffia palms – the tallest in the world! Home to the palm-nut vulture and Pel’s fishing owl, the area can be explored by birders at their leisure.

When you return from your afternoon activity you will have time to freshen up before coming through to enjoy a delicious meal on either the main deck or in the boma. The lodge is charming and the pathways and dining areas are lit by lanterns that create a warm atmosphere to enjoy the sounds of the night.

The Kosi Lakes are a series of interconnected lakes which stretch over some 18km. The best way to see the system is by boat. The full day excursion leaves shortly after breakfast and travels through the lake system and estuarine waterways.  The guides stop along the way and explain the traditional fishing traps and how the Tsonga community live in balance with the lake system. A picnic lunch is served once you reach the end of the lakes and then you visit Bhanga Nek beach for a swim.

Kosi Forest Lodge guests are accommodated in forest rooms, on raised wooden decks, hidden in the sand forest. All beds have mosquito nets. The unique open-air, reed enclosed bathrooms with the bath and shower sunk into white forest sand, has been noted by many guests as one of the highlights of their stay. Each room has an indoor shower as well to cater for the less adventurous.

Nights 6 - 8 Itinerary

THONGA BEACH LODGE
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal

Luxury Dive Resort - Thonga Reefs With Leopard Eel

After breakfast and an early morning activity guests will check out of Kosi Forest Lodge and be transferred through the coastal forest to Thonga Beach Lodge in an open 4×4 vehicle (1hrs drive).

On arrival at Thonga Beach Lodge guests will be shown around the lodge, taken to their room and given time to unpack and relax before coming through to enjoy an afternoon activity. After enjoying one of the many activities hosted at Thonga you will have time to freshen up before coming through for a delicious meal under the stars.

Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the secluded Mabibi Bay, in the heart of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, an internationally recognized 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, indoor shower, mini bar, air conditioning, ceiling fan and mosquito net. The Deluxe Suites have an outdoor shower as well as a freestanding bath. The Family Suites also have baths.

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, 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 the end of December to the end of 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 in an open 4×4 vehicle to Coastal Cashews where you will be met by a 2×4 vehicle which will transfer you back to Richards Bay Airport.  The first 5kms are on a gravel road, and thereafter you will travel on good tar roads bypassing typical rural villages, through parts of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, via the town of Hluhluwe to Richards Bay Airport (3 hrs driving). From Richards Bay you will catch your scheduled flight back to Johannesburg (OR Tambo).

ABOUT THE LODGES

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

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.

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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.

Canoeing at Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge is a haven of crisp, cool comfort in the sand forests and you will find that treading gently is a natural way of life in this soft sand forest. Glamping at its best, here you live amongst the trees, surrounded by birdsong. The perfect combination of thatch, canvas and wood, what sets these forest rooms apart is their unique bathrooms with an outdoor shower and deep, wide bath under a leafy canopy. Oil lamps are lit along the forest paths and in your outdoor bathroom, creating a warm glow and connection with the ancient past of this unspoilt land.

The gentle local staff are anxious to please and love to show off the beauty of this pristine part of the earth, be it gliding through a still river in a canoe, birdwatching, or taking you snorkeling at the Kosi Bay river mouth. They are only too delighted to pack you a generous picnic lunch or organise a private, candle-lit dinner under the stars at the open firepit. Enjoy your favourite sundowner drink at the pool which overlooks Lake Shengeza, where hippos grunt and fish eagles call.

The lodge is situated in a protected part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, famed for its diverse birdlife which includes forest, grassland and coastal birds. Palm-nut vulture and Pel’s fishing owl are local delights. As you walk lightly on this beautiful part of our earth, you too will become the gentlest version of yourself. Please visit the website for more information: www.kosiforestlodge.co.za

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