This self drive Honeymoon has been designed to showcase some of the best areas in the area of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
You begin your journey in the heart of Zulu Land, on an Eco -Reserve which is home to abundant indigenous game. From Safaris to Zulu and Anglo-Battlefield culture, you then spend a couple of nights in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve. Canoe trips and snorkling await you in this pristine area and after relaxing at this charming lodge, you will end your honeymoon with 3 nights at Thonga Beach Lodge – saving the best until last. Endless golden beaches, sunsets to delight you and cocktails in the sun will ensure that you return back home with everlasting memories.
DAY 1 – 2 ZULU LAND & SAFARI
On your arrival at Durban King Shaka Airport, you will be met and assisted with the collection of your hire car.
Excitement builds as you take a leisurely drive to the Isibindi Eco -Reserve and Isibindi Zulu Lodge, where you will be spending the following two nights.
Your days at Isibindi Zulu Lodge will be filled with morning and evening game drives, as well as excellent bird watching.
Walk or enjoy a romantic picnic along one of the meandering river beds and watch Giraffe or Wildebeest in close proximity.
This small 12 bed lodge is a peaceful retreat in the bushveld of grassland and riverine forests, making this a perfect honeymoon destination.
Combine relaxing with game viewing, visiting the historical Anglo-Zulu Battlefields of Isandlwana where the Zulu and British clashed in a devastating battle and experiencing Zulu culture
On certain evenings, a Zulu Boma Dinner begins just as the sun starts setting, casting the hills in soft golden light. Guests are led down a narrow path to the beat of drums. As you emerge into a clearing coming across a historical Zulu umuzi (village) the dancing bodies of Zulu children make for a profound experience. The traditional dances and singing and their role in Zulu history and culture is explained amid the energetic displays.
A separate day trip to a Zulu Homestead gives you a rare chance to experience the life of a rural Zulu family which has remained largely unchanged over the past hundred years since Shaka Zulu forged this mighty nation. Guests drive down the valley, rowed across the river and then walked to a traditional homestead, where a sangoma (Zulu witchdoctor) lives. A tour of the homestead is conducted by the sangoma. Panoramic and other cultural tours also available.
6 beehive suites offer sweeping views of the game reserve, each en-suite with bath and showers. If you are not interested in all the activities on offer, then just relax by the pool.
OVERNIGHT: ISIBINDI ZULU LODGE – Fully inclusive of all meals and select activities
DAY 3 – 4 CANOE & EXPLORE KOSI BAY
Say farewell to Zululand and you head off to the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, to immerse yourselves in total and utter tranquility at this 16 bed Wilderness lodge
Explore this pristine wetland environment by vehicle or guided canoe and boat trips on the Kosi Lakes.
Kosi Forest Lodge guests are accommodated in thatched bedrooms, on raised wooden decks, hidden in the sand forest. There is no electricity, but that’s part of the charm!
The highlight of many a stay at Kosi Forest Lodge is the canoe trip on the Kosi Lakes. These take place early morning or late afternoon and go for approximately 2hours. Guides escort you by canoe along the Sihadla channel where the bird life is very rewarding and the scenery peaceful and breathtaking. Alternatively there are walks 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 keen birders at their leisure. No experience is required.
The Kosi Lakes are a series of interconnected lakes which stretch over some 18km. The best way to see the system is by boat. These full day excursions leave shortly after breakfast and travel through the lake system and estuarine waterways, stopping to see the famous Kosi Bay fish traps. A picnic lunch is served shortly after and then onto the secluded Banga Nek beach for a swim in the sea amongst beautiful coral reefs.
There are also optional day trips to Kosi Bay Mouth where the lakes meet the sea. The water is warm and almost always crystal clear. Snorkelling is great, with plenty of fish all year round and we provide equipment. Enjoy swimming in the Indian Ocean and soaking up the sun along this beautiful stretch of pristine beach, followed by a scrumptious picnic lunch. Tembe Elephant Park is only an hour’s drive away and is now home to the Big 5.
OVERNIGHT: KOSI FOREST LODGE – Fully inclusive of all meals and select activities
DAY 5 – 7 LUXURY BEACH – ROBINSON CRUSOE STYLE
Saving the best till last – you will be spending the last three nights of your Honeymoon in the heart of the Isimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site.
One of the last unspoilt and undeveloped wilderness beaches on the African continent awaits you – with tranquil swimming bays, snorkelling reefs, coastal forests , shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches – making this a magical place to end your honeymoon
Its crystal clear, warm waters offer superb snorkelling and fantastic offshore scuba diving.
The 12 suites are Robinson Crusoe-chic! Thatched en-suite 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/outdoor shower, bar fridge, air-conditioning, ceiling fan & mosquito net.
Activities at Thonga Beach Lodge include scuba diving, Open Ocean experiences, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, guided snorkelling, 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 by the swimming pool.
Scuba diving at Mabibi is phenomenal. The coral reefs along this protected stretch of coastline are home to several species of tropical fish, including Blue Surgeons, Moorish Idols and Parrotfish. The warm Indian Ocean supports a myriad of fish and marine life. You 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-January (for the laying season) and until the end of February (for the hatchlings).
In the afternoon spoil yourself at the Sea Spa, which offers a wealth of seaweed rejuvenation treatments, facials, massages, hot stone therapy and reflexology. Alternatively take a walk on the beach, or enjoy afternoon tea before departing on a drive to the inland freshwater lake, Lake Sibaya. Watch the sun go down, look for hippos and crocs, whilst enjoying an early evening drink.
OVERNIGHT: THONGA BEACH LODGE – Forest View Suites – Fully inclusive of all meals and select activities
DAY 8 BID FARWELL TO THONGA BEACH LODGE
All good things unfortunately have to come to an end!
Return to Durban King Shaka Airport and drop off your hire car – taking home with you everlasting and beautiful memories