Arrive, Transfer To Rhino Post Safari Lodge
On arrival at Johannesburg airport you will be met and assisted through customs and immigration. Once you have collected your luggage, it's on to the next 90-minute light aircraft flight to Skukuza, in Kruger National Park. From here you will be taken by safari vehicle to Rhino Post Safari Lodge, about a 45-minute journey. The lodge is in a 12,000-hectare private concession within Kruger National Park, adjoining the Mala Mala and Sabi Sand reserves. The 8 spacious suites are on stilts with private verandas overlooking the dry riverbed. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool or a cold drink at the bar and relax after your long journey. Your African adventure is about to begin!
To Rhino Plains Camp
This morning you have an early game drive, a chance to spot the Big Five, followed by brunch at the lodge. You then travel the short distance to Plains Camp, your base for the walking safari. You spend the heat of the day relaxing and, in mid-afternoon, enjoying high tea. Your first walk will be in the late afternoon. Led by 2 experienced guides, you will learn how to identify different trees, grasses, animals, insects and birds and be introduced to tracking and survival skills. This is a full-on experience, immersing you in nature and is sure to be highly informative and rewarding.
The day is dedicated to walking safaris. Walks take place twice a day, early in the morning and late in the afternoon, avoiding the hottest part of the day. Most walks last between 3 and 4 hours but can be shortened or lengthened to suit your wishes and needs. There are many walking trails leading from the camp and your guides will lead you on a fascinating day of discovery. After the first walk you head back to camp for brunch and a siesta. You will set off on your final walking safari in the late afternoon, with chances to demonstrate your newly acquired knowledge and skills.
After breakfast you will leave Kruger National Park. At Skukuza airport you will pick up your hire car and begin the next part of your adventure as you head for Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in eSwatini. The journey will take between 4 and 5 hours and will take you through some stunning scenery. On arrival at your accommodation you will have time to unpack and freshen up and perhaps explore or relax in the grounds before dinner.
To Thonga Beach
This morning you can choose to have an early breakfast and get on the road, or a more leisurely one. Your aim is to reach Coastal Cashews (about 4 hours away) for an organised transfer to Thonga Beach Lodge which departs at either 12 noon or 3 pm, so the choice is yours. At Coastal Cashews your vehicle is left in a secure place and you join a 4 x 4 vehicle for the drive to Thonga Beach Lodge where you will spend the next 4 nights. This is a lovely luxury lodge on a beautiful beach within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It is time to relax, enjoy the ocean views and sample some exquisite seafood.
At Thonga Beach
There is no pressure to do anything other than kick back, listen to the ocean waves on the shore and savour the serenity of your surroundings. You can sit back and enjoy views of the magnificent dune forest from the privacy of your balcony. You will enjoy convivial meals in the large thatched rondavel and on its expansive deck. You may want to spend the first day simply enjoying your new surroundings, but if you wish to explore further afield, you can be driven the 6 km to Lake Sibaya, perfect for kayaking, lake shore walking and bird spotting.
At Thonga Beach
If you can tear yourself away from the beach, there is plenty to do. The clear ocean waters with their shallow reefs and shoals of brightly coloured fish are ideal for snorkelling and diving. You can also go out in the lodge's launch beyond the breaking waves, looking for dolphins, whales and whale sharks. Out here you can swim in their company (this excursion is payable locally). In summer (Nov-Feb) you can take nocturnal walks or drives searching for egg laying turtles.
At Thonga Beach
Another day in paradise. You can opt for a lazy day around the lodge, treating yourself to a spa treatment and enjoying the fine food on offer, or head to the beach for swimming and snorkelling. If you feel more adventurous you can take advantage of the various activities on offer. You might like to visit a Tsonga homestead and learn about their unique culture, spending time talking to community members and visiting a village school. However you choose to spend your day, why not conclude it with sundowners on the shores of Lake Sibaya, a large freshwater lake with abundant bird life.
This is your last morning at the beach and after a relaxing breakfast the 4 x 4 will be ready to take you back to Coastal Cashews and your hire car at 10.30 am. The drive to Richard's Bay airport, where you will drop off the hire car is about 3 hours. Once you have handed back the car, you can catch your onward flights.
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