Bush & Beach 8 Nights Kruger KZN
DAYS 1 – 2: Rhino Post Safari Lodge Kruger National Park
Travelling: Upon arrival at OR Tambo International airport you will be met by a representative from 3 Diamond Charter and transferred by road to Benoni Airfield (approximately 15mins). From here, 3 Diamond Charters will fly you in a light aircraft to Skukuza Airport in the Kruger National Park (flying time approximately 1hr30). At Skukuza you will be met by a guide from Rhino Walking Safaris who will transfer you in an open 4×4 game drive vehicle, through the Park to the lodge (approx. 25mins).
Rhino Walking Safaris 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 Sabi 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.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi riverbed using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch & canvas.
The raised walkways linking the spacious rooms to the main area, allows wildlife to walk through underneath, undisturbed by mankind.
After settling into the suite, high tea will be served down at the lounge overlooking the water hole, before departing for an afternoon/evening game drive.
Game drive safaris at Rhino Post are conducted in specially adapted open Landcruisers, 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 Walking Safaris, however is allowed to utilise certain public roads for night drives well after gate closing times. At sunset the game drive will stop for sundowner drinks while watching an African sunset, before continuing on into the night, spotting nocturnal animals. Return to the lodge in time to freshen up, enjoy a drink before a sumptuous dinner on the deck or in the riverbed, as you recount the day’s events, all the while accompanied by the night sounds of the bush.
After an early morning wake-up and an invigorating cup of fresh coffee or tea with muffins in our lounge, you will set off for your morning game drive. Midway through the morning you will stop in the bush for coffee/tea/fruit juice before continuing to look for Africa’s finest wildlife. Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy a leisurely brunch. There is plenty of time afterwards to relax around the pool which overlooks the water hole, catch up on some sleep, or read some books.
DAYS 7 – 8: Thonga Beach Lodge Isimangaliso Wetland Park
Travelling: After brunch, check out of Rhino Walking Safaris and be transported back to Skukuza in an open 4×4 game vehicle. From Skukuza, 3 Diamond Charters will then fly a light aircraft to Manzengwenya airstrip at Thonga Beach Lodge. (Approximately 1hr15 of scenic flying). From Manzengwenya, it is a 25min road transfer to the lodge.
Spend the following 4 nights at the World Heritage Site of Thonga Beach Lodge
Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the secluded Mabibi Bay, in the heart of the Isimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. With direct access onto the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast, this luxury 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 snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer superb snorkelling and fantastic offshore scuba diving.
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. Our professional lodge diving team accommodates all 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 snorkelling. 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-January (for the laying season) and until the end of February (for the hatchlings). Every precaution is taken to ensure these magnificent creatures are not disturbed during the laying process. There is no limit to the number of guests that can participate in Turtle walks however Turtle drives are limited to a maximum of 10 guests a night.
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.
DAY 9: Back to Johannesburg
After breakfast, you will be driven to the nearby airstrip, Mazengwenya for 3 Diamonds light aircraft transfer back to Johannesburg. (flying time approximately 1hr45)