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Holiday Title: Nature at its Best
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 12 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Nature at its Best
Passengers: 2 Adults
13 Day Car Rental: Group C: Toyota Corolla Quest or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)
Drive to The Drakensberg (approx 400 km / 4 h 30 mins). Nestled in the unspoiled surroundings of the Drakensberg mountain range (a World Heritage Site) lies Cathedral Peak Hotel, one of South Africa's premier resort hotels.
Drive to Durban (approx 285 km / 3 h 30 mins). Undoubtedly the brightest star on Durban's Golden Mile, the Southern Sun Elangeni is a Durban beachfront landmark favoured by holidaymakers.
Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi or Kosi Bay) and look out for the Total Garage on your left handside. Once you arrive at this service station, a Kosi representative will meet you there and drive you to a secure car parking area not far away. The trip to the lodge from here will be approximately 30 minutes in an open 4x4 vehicle. PLEASE PRE-BOOK WHICH PICK UP TIME YOU REQUIRE - EITHER 12:00 OR 16:00.
Drive into KwaNgwanase - allow about 5 hours from Durban - and drive through the town until you see the Total Garage on your left handside. Once you arrive at this service station, a Kosi representative will meet you here and take you to a secure car parking area where you will leave your car. The transfer to the lodge from here departs at 1600 promptly. Kosi Forest Lodge offers the opportunity to explore by guided canoe, take boat trips onto the lake or go on forest walks, or enjoy a day excursion to nearby coastal beaches.
St Lucia Wetland Park
You will be transferred back to the secure car park at Manguzi where you will collect your hire car and drive to Ghost Mountain Lodge.
Ghost Mountain Inn is a wonderful place to just relax for a few days. Enjoy a sundowner from the top of the Lebombo cliffs watching the sunset across the valley and mountains in the distance, or watch elephants swimming from a boat cruise on nearby Lake Jozini. Those who prefer to just relax, you can do this in the indigenous gardens, around the pool, or in the spa. The sound of birdsong will never be far away.
Set off after a leisurely breakfast for the drive to Thanda Private Game Reserve (approx 50 km / 45 mins). Thanda offers an authentically South African wildlife experience, including close-up encounters with Africa's magnificent Big 5. Each of the luxury safari tents has a private sun deck set in the bush, and flickering lanterns guide your way at night.
Thanda Private Game Reserve
The first European settlers called them 'Dragon Mountains'; the Zulus call them 'Barrier of Spears' - whatever you know them as, the Drakensberg mountain range is one of the most spectacular natural features of Africa. It is also the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, and stretches the entire length of the western boundary of KwaZulu-Natal, forming a natural boundary between the province and Lesotho.
With over 200 kilometers of unspoiled escarpment awaiting the tourist, it is an ideal place for those who want to get away from it all for a few days. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, and nature lovers will enjoy the many hiking and walking trails available for all levels of ability. There are easier walks through lush meadows and across clear streams, or more strenuous hikes up and across rugged mountain terrain. In addition there are countless other activities including bird watching, horse riding, fly-fishing, and art-courses to be enjoyed.
The Drakensberg has between 35,000 and 40,000 works of bushman art, which is the largest collection of such work in the world. San rock art paintings found here date back thousands of years, and are still clearly visible on the walls and the ceilings in the caves.
Nestled amongst the beautiful Drakensberg Mountain range lies Cathedral Peak Hotel. Since the hotel first opened to guests in 1939, the hotel has been renowned for its warm hospitality and exceptional service.
Surrounded by some of the world's most stunning scenery, this KwaZulu-Natal hotel resort also enjoys the privilege of an abundance of birdlife, plants and rock art.
The rooms offer views of the surrounding mountains and includes an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower.
The hotel features a 9-hole golf course, swimming pool and gym facilities. Guests can also enjoy guided hikes, bird watching and guided horse rides.
These natural treasures, combined with the hotel's own facilities, lure guests to this award-winning hotel time and time again.
|Room:||1 x Standard Room|
|Includes:||Al meals and afternoon tea are included.|
With over 320 days of sunshine per year, Durban is a holidaymakers paradise. The 6 km 'Golden Mile' of beaches are packed with sun worshippers throughout the year, while the warm waters of the Indian Ocean entice swimmers, surfers and other water sport and diving enthusiasts.
For those looking for attractions away from the sand and sea, Durban offers a bustling cosmopolitan city with excellent restaurants, museums, live music and theatre. Durban is also home to the largest population of Indian descendents in South Africa, so it is not surprising, therefore, that the city is renowned for its aromatic spice markets and delicious curries - reputed to be some of the best in the world outside of India itself.
Some of the best diving in South Africa can be found at Aliwal Shoal, just 50 km south of Durban. Aliwal is voted as being one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Besides being able to dive and swim alongside the many tropical fish species and loggerhead turtles, the major attraction at Aliwal is the ragged tooth shark, or 'Raggy' as it is fondly known within the local dive community. From July to November the ragged tooth sharks visit Aliwal Shoal in their annual migration from the Cape to the St Lucia Marine Reserve, and the docile nature of this species means that divers can get extremely close to the sharks without the need for a diving cage.
One of Durban's premier hotels, the Southern Sun Elangeni has breathtaking views of Durban's Golden Mile and warm Indian Ocean.
All the air-conditioned rooms are well furnished and offer every amenity. There are also 3 outdoor pools (one of which is heated), beauty salons, Camelot spa and a gymnasium.
The hotel is home to several of Durban's most exciting restaurants and bars. Guests are presented with a wide range of dining options, from generous buffets to traditional Japanese and exotic curries. Visitors looking to experience glamour and stunning views of the Indian Ocean and vibrant cocktails head to Sky, the hotel's exclusive Durban venue at the top of the Maharani Tower.
|Room:||1 x Standard Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Kosi Forest Lodge is located in a private nature reserve in a tranquil sand forest alongside one of the lakes in the Kosi system, which forms part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (also now known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park), an internationally recognised World Heritage Site.
The 11,000 hectare, 30 km long nature reserve is a tropical paradise of crystal clear water, marshland, swamp and coastal forests that is home to about 250 species of bird. Kosi Forest Lodge is the only private lodge in the nature reserve.
Activities include guided canoeing on the lakes, walks in the Raffia Forest, boat trips, and snorkelling.
A massive Zulu Podberry tree is the focal point of the main lodge with the lounge, dining room and bar all opening onto a large, wooden deck around the tree.
Kosi Forest Lodge takes full advantage of Maputuland's sultry weather with most meals served alfresco - on the deck or under large Albizia trees. Candles light the area at night giving it a warm, romantic ambience reminiscent of wild African adventures of long ago.
The thatched bush suites are raised on a wooden deck with a beautifully appointed bedroom, and are carefully positioned to provide guests with privacy and an intimacy with the peaceful surroundings.
The romantic en-suite bathrooms are open-air, giving guests a truly unique experience.
A swimming pool, built into the deck at the lake's edge is a wonderful way to spend a few relaxing hours in the sunshine.
|Room:||1 x Forest Room - Stay 3 / Pay 2 (applicable to certain periods only)|
|Includes:||All meals; tea/coffee; a guided canoe trip, guided walk in the Raffia Forest, the Isibindi Foundation Levy; and the Conservation fee are included.
Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on forest walks.
At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain, 300 km north of Durban, lies the privately owned 4* Ghost Mountain Inn, a perfect setting for taking time out to relax and experience the charms of Africa in comfort and style.
For those travelling to southern Mozambique, or between Kruger Park, Swaziland and Durban, Ghost Mountain Inn makes an excellent stopover or memorable getaway.
A variety of guided tours can be arranged for guests, including game drives, hikes, tiger fishing, boat rides and Zulu cultural trips.
Hike up Ghost Mountain and take in the heart stopping view of the Lebombo Mountain Range and the plains beyond. Nature lovers will enjoy the Mkhuze Game Reserve, where the range of wildlife includes both black and white rhino.
The area is also a bird watcher's paradise, and birding walks can be arranged.
Relax in one of the tastefully appointed, en-suite bedrooms or suites or take in the golden African sunset from your very own garden patio.
Guests can choose to dine in the restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the expansive grounds and swimming pools.
Indulge your senses with a skin or body treatment in the Health Spa, which also includes an indoor gym and steam room.
|Room:||1 x Standard Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Thanda Private Game Reserve is situated approximately 300 km north of Durban, and invites you to experience ultimate luxury and world-class service. A full suite of animal species, including the Big 5, which roamed the area in the past have been reintroduced to the 14,000 hectare reserve, and guests can enjoy game drives in open game viewing vehicles, and bush walks guided by knowledgeable and experienced game rangers and trackers.
Thanda Safari Tented Camp has no electricity, and without compromising luxury or service offers guests an opportunity to get closer to nature in style.
The main area includes a large rim-flow pool, atmospheric Hemingway-style lounge and dining area featuring authentic African artworks.
The wellness centre offers a variety of therapies and beauty treatments to ease the effects of life's daily stresses on your body and mind.
Qualified health and skin care therapists will ensure that your soothing full body aromatherapy massage or healing reflexology, to name just a few, will aid you to unwind and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Thanda Private Game Reserve.
Private safaris vehicles are available at an additional cost.
Situated on the slope of a hill, and with spectacular views of the reserve, each of the 15 luxury tents at Thanda Safari Tented Camp has a viewing deck and a spacious bathroom with a shower.
Jabula Tent within Tanda Tented Camp is a beautifully spacious private tent and is ideal for honeymooners and families. The tent features a king-sized bed and separate lounge, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, splash pool and spectacular views of the reserve making it ideal for honeymooners and families.
Guests can dine on an exquisite variation of Western and traditional Zulu cuisine, and can choose to have their meals in the dining tent or around the boma fire.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Tent|
|Includes:||All meals and game activities are included.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
As of the 18th March 2020, passport holders from certain countries are now required to obtain a visa before travelling to South Africa - including the United Kingdom; United States of America; France; Germany; Italy; Spain; Switzerland; and New Zealand.
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You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to South Africa.
To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.
There is a risk of malaria in and around the Kruger National Park/Mpumalanga Province, the Limpopo (Northern) Province, and the north-eastern part of KwaZulu-Natal - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.
There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is South Africa. However, in accordance with International Health Reguations, South Africa requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.