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KwaZulu Natal holidays - close up of  a vulture and jackal in the Drakensberg Mountains

Hluhluwe Safari + Kosi Bay + Thonga Beach


SRG7R
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
International flights quoted separately
If you want an authentic eco lodge, combine a Big-5 safari in Hluhluwe with a visit to the lakes of Kosi Bay in far northern Zululand, where your luxury tent is lit by paraffin lamps and where you can bathe in complete privacy outdoors. Complete your holiday relaxing on pristine Thonga Beach, where you can see hippos and crocodiles in Lake Sibaya and snorkel from the beach.
Safari Big 5 Hluhluwe Kosi Bay Nature Reserve Sodwana Bay Marine Park
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Hluhluwe
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Game Drives
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Big-5
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Rhino
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Kosi Bay
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Scuba Diving
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Thonga Bay
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Turtles
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Dolphins
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Lake Sibaya
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Hluhluwe
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Game Drives
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Big-5
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Rhino
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Kosi Bay
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Scuba Diving
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Thonga Bay
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Turtles
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Dolphins
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Lake Sibaya
Day 1
You will be met at Richards Bay Airport and transferred 1.5-hours to your game lodge near Hluhluwe in Zululand, renowned for its outstanding wildlife.
  
After checking into your lodge, enjoy a thrilling open top game drive with your lodge ranger. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately and hopefully you will see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe - as well as several of the Big Five - before dinner.
Day 2
Today is devoted to game viewing in Hluhluwe National Park.
 
Enjoy an open-top game drive into this famous game reserve, which saved the rhino from extinction. One of South Africa’s most beautiful game parks, Hluhluwe is home to all the Big 5 - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - as well as the subcontinent’s largest population of endangered rhino. Hope to see many other interesting species too including giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodile, waterbuck, warthog and baboon. With over 300 different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
  
The balance of the day is free to relax at your lodge, before enjoying a late afternoon game drive in a nearby reserve. After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Note: Game drives are optional extras, if not included in your lodge package. Children < 6 are not allowed on open top game drives.
Day 3
After some final early morning game viewing, transfer 2-hours to your lodge pick-up point, with a 30-minute transfer in an open-top 4x4 vehicle through local villages to Kosi Bay Nature Reserve.
  
Check in to your luxury Kosi Bay tented lodge set in an indigenous coastal sand forest, with each unit having complete privacy and intimacy with your surroundings – including only paraffin lamps in the bedrooms and an open-air bathroom! Later relax by the campfire before enjoying dinner on the outdoor deck under the stars!
Day 4
Relax at your lodge which is situated near Kosi Bay - a series of four interleading fresh water lakes, that lead into the sea at the Kosi Bay River Mouth in far northern KwaZulu Natal near the border with Mozambique.
 
Kosi Bay forms part of the St Lucia Wetlands, which has been declared a World Heritage Site because of its importance as one of the world’s greatest marine wilderness areas. It is home to over 600 species of birds as well as hippos, crocodiles, loggerhead and leatherback turtles (which lay their eggs on the beaches from November to January) and many other fragile marine species.
 
Activities at the lodge centre around canoeing and boat rides on the lake (both combined with walking to the lake through the coastal forest); fishing on the lakes; bird watching; snorkelling at Kosi Bay River Mouth where local fisherman still use ancient fishing traps; and excursions to Thembe Elephant Park. From November to January, also an evening Marine Trail to see the remarkable spectacle of the egg laying and hatching of loggerhead and leatherback turtles.
Day 5
Transfer 1.5-hours on an open-top 4x4 vehicle through the coastal reserve to remote and unspoilt Thonga Beach in the heart of the protected iSimangaliso St Lucia Wetlands.
  
Check into your beach lodge concealed in a canopy of indigenous coastal forest on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean and relax in subtropical surroundings, where monkeys and antelope roam free.
Days 6 To 7
Thonga Beach is a remote and unspoilt beach destination, with miles of untouched warm Indian Ocean beaches inhabited only by the loggerhead and leatherback turtles, which return to lay their eggs on the beaches from November to January each year.
 
With its wonderfully warm climate and outstanding snorkelling, spend lazy days by the swimming pool or on the beach surrounded by the highest naturally vegetated sand dunes in the world. Enjoy long walks on the beach, pamper yourself at the spa or enjoy a sundowner drives to Lake Sibaya where you may see hippos and crocodiles as well as abundant bird life.
 
Scuba Divers can explore the underwater treasures of the warm Mozambique Reef, the southern-most coral reef in the world, with canyons and caves teeming with a huge variety of marine life including over 1,200 species of fish, turtles, bottle-nosed dolphins, moray eels, ribbon tail rays, mantas, butterfly fish, angelfish, sharks, migrating whales (April to July) and whale sharks (January to February).
 
Other optional activities include an Ocean Safari to search for dolphins and Deep Sea Fishing.
Day 8
Transfer 1-hour through the coastal reserve on an open-top 4x4 vehicle to the pick-up point.
 
Connect with your 3-hour transfer to Richards Bay Airport for your flight home.
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