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South African Bush and Beach Fly In Safari - 8 days | 7 nights
South Africa is often described as a ‘World in One Country’! It’s a large land of spectacular beauty which has something for everyone from gourmets to wildlife enthusiasts, beach-lovers to adventure seekers, and anyone looking for authentic African cultural experiences. The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in the world and offers excellent viewing of all of the “Big 5” as well as more than 140 other species of mammal and more than 500 species of birds.Rhino Post Safari Lodge is situated in a 12000-hectare private concession in the Kruger National Park and lies 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 huge diversity of both fauna and flora. This beautiful concession offers 3 different types of accommodation at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Plains Camp and Sleep Outs - all totally different and unique experiences.The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the only place in the world where visitors can see the” Big 5” and watch dolphins and whales all within the same Park and on the same day. The Park, which is a World Heritage Site, protects three freshwater lake systems as well as eight ecosystems. The park covers some 3,320 km2 (1,281 mi2) and also protects a range of high, vegetation covered sand dunes which run along the coast.The dunes are estimated to be about 25,000 years old and are amongst the highest in the world. The coral reefs along the shoreline of the Park are very popular amongst divers. Whale sharks are also often seen in these waters. Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the secluded Mabibi Bay, with direct access onto the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast. Mabibi is a magical place of tranquil swimming bays and snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. The clear, warm waters offer superb snorkelling and fantastic offshore SCUBA diving.2 nights Rhino Post Safari Lodge and 2 nights Plains CampThe safaris begin with your departure from OR Tambo International, Johannesburg to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park for 2 nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge.Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi riverbed 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.Game-drive safaris at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are conducted in specially adapted open 4x4 Land Cruisers, with professional guides. In addition to our private wilderness concession, they 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 utilise certain public roads for night / evening drives well after gate closing times.For the third and fourth night, guests are transferred to 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, nestled in an Acacia Knob thorn thicket. The Camp has 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.3 nights Thonga Beach LodgeThe safari winds down as you fly out on the fifth day from Skukuza on a charter flight to Mazengwenya Airstrip in northern Kwa Zulu Natal. This is a beautiful scenic flight over Kruger, Swaziland and northern Zululand on to Thonga Beach Lodge, situated along the coastline.Thonga’s 12 en-suite rooms have been carefully constructed in the coastal dune forest to ensure minimum impact on the environment and maximum guest privacy. The lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on the deck in the shade of the forest and sundowners can be enjoyed in the bar lounge or the cool deck under the Coastal Milkwood trees.Activities at Thonga Beach Lodge include CUBA diving, Open Ocean experiences, kayaking and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, guided snorkelling, seasonal turtle drives/walks (Nov to Feb), Tsonga Cultural tours and forest walks. Whether a walker or a diver, there are a wealth of activities to explore this beautiful hideaway, or maybe simply relax with a Spa treatment or on the beach deck.On the eighth day, completely sun drenched and relaxed, guests are transferred back to Richards Bay Airport for the return flight back to OR Tambo International in Johannesburg. Priced from:R 44 179.00 per person sharing and includes flights and transfers.Includes:Rhino Post Safari Lodge 2 nights’ accommodation; brunch, high tea and dinner, teas and coffees, morning and afternoon/night game drivesPlains Camp: 2 nights’ accommodation – with optional 1 night Sleep Out, brunch, high tea and dinner, teas and coffees, morning walks and afternoon walk/drive combination, soft drinks, house wine and local beers.Thonga Beach Lodge:3 nights’ Forest View room (upgradable to Ocean View or Deluxe Ocean View), meals, teas and coffees, use of snorkelling equipment, guided walks, cultural tours, kayaking and sundowners on Lake Sibaya and nightly turtle walks (Nov to Feb). 4x4 transfer from airstrip to lodge; regional flights and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
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