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

South Africa Safari: Luxury Hluhluwe + Thonga Beach


SVA7R
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
International flights quoted separately
Combine a thrilling Big-5 safari at the luxury Rhino Ridge game lodge in Hluhuwe, with relaxation on the unspoilt beaches of Thonga Beach. Enjoy superb snorkelling and scuba diving along the unspoilt Mozambique Reef, with the opportunity to see dolphins frollicking in the surf and loggerhead turtles nesting from November to February. All game drives and transfers included.
Beach Safari Zululand South Africa Big Five Thonga Beach Honeymoon
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Hluhluwe Safari
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Game Drives
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Rhino
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Big-5
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Thonga Beach
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Turtles
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Scuba Diving
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Dolphins
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Hippos
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Lake Sibaya
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Hluhluwe Safari
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Game Drives
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Rhino
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Big-5
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Thonga Beach
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Turtles
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Scuba Diving
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Dolphins
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Hippos
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Lake Sibaya
Day 1
You will be met at Richards Bay Airport and transferred 1.5-hour to Hluhluwe Game Reserve in Zululand.
  
After checking into your lodge, enjoy a thrilling open top game drive with a 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 returning to your lodge for dinner.
Days 2 To 3
Today is devoted to game viewing in Hluhluwe National Park.
 
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, and enjoy a thrilling open-top game drive in the famous Hluhluwe National Park, 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 interesting species before returning to your lodge.
   
The rest of the day is free to relax at your lodge or enjoy bird watching, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. Hope to see giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals. With over 300 different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
  
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: children < 6 are not allowed on open top game drives
Day 4
After some final early morning game viewing in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, transfer 3-hours to the Thonga Beach lodge pick-up point at the Coastal Cashews depot.
 
Then transfer 1-hour through the coastal reserve on an open-top 4x4 vehicle, 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 your wonderful subtropical surroundings, where monkeys and antelope roam free.
Days 5 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 whose canyons and caves are 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 from Thonga Beach on an open-top 4x4 vehicle to the Coastal Cashews depot..
 
From there transfer 3-hours to Richards Bay Airport for your flight home.
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