2019 South African Geophysical Association – Post-Conference Safari
Departure Thursday 10th October 2019
– R14650-00 per person sharing (transfer costs are based on 2 persons sharing)
– 2 day, 2 nights
– Quoted on a couple sharing
– Accommodation is at Thanda Tented Camp is situated in the Northern area of KwaZulu Natal https://www.thandasafari.co.za/accommodation/thanda-tented-camps/
– Included: transfers, accommodation, all meals, 2 game drives per nights stay and conservation fees, selected local drinks (soft drinks, house wines and local spirits)
– Excluded: laundry & gratuities
– A transfer will collect you from the King Shaka International Airport in Durban on Thursday 10th October 2019 (time to be confirmed) and take you on a relaxed comfortable drive to the Thanda Safari Reserve. You should arrive in time for afternoon high tea. On Saturday 12th October 2019 the same transfer company will collect you at your lodge, mid-morning and return you to the King Shaka International Airport. An Uber or local taxi can take you from anywhere in Durban to the airport to catch your shuttle. (this would be for your own account on the day)
A day on safari goes like this –
Having had a very busy past few days of conferencing, it’s time to give yourself a break, and a luxury one at that. A transfer will arrive to pick you up at your Hotel in Durban and off we go on a 2-and-a-half-hour journey to the Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve. Enjoy game viewing from your vehicle upon entry to the game reserve, as you arrive at your beautiful destination. Your home for the next two nights is Thanda Safari Tented Camp. Your camp is situated within a 14 000ha nature reserve in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal. Game viewing is excellent all year around, but optimal times are from May to October.
Freshen up in your private accommodations and enjoy a relaxed high tea served around 2pm. Relax at the camp and make use of the swimming pool or a spa treatment in the privacy of your tent or at the Spa tent. Communal areas include a reception area, curio shop, spacious bar and guest lounge area, a dining tent, a 5×10 meter rim-flow pool, a viewing deck and boma for outside dining.
Experience the African bush with qualified rangers and trackers for the late afternoon game drive. Game drives usually start around 3pm or 4:30pm in the afternoon depending on the season. See the Big Five, Little Five (elephant shrew, rhino beetle, leopard tortoise, ant lion, and buffalo weaver), hyena, myriad birds, and much more.
Return to the lodge after a fantastic safari experience and indulge in an African dinner in the tented dinner restaurant around 7pm.
Friday 11th October
You will rise early for your morning game drive which leaves at between 5am and 7am (season dependant). It usually is a 3-hour drive. The game drives try to leave before sunrise so as to improve your chances of finding animals before the heat of the day. In the morning the wildlife is at its most active and you might get lucky to find a predator still moving about after its nightly activity.
Return to your lodge for a sumptuous breakfast.
Another day to enjoy the resorts leisure activities – possibly a walk in the bush with an experienced game ranger, a hippo and croc cruise, rhino tracking, rhino darting or a traditional Zulu blessing, which can be booked on your arrival. These are extra and for your own account as and when you book.
Enjoy another meal around 12pm, take a siesta in the comfort of your private tent, and then enjoy a high tea before another evening game drive, (hopefully having spotted the Big 5!), enjoy another African dinner under the stars in the boma, listening to the calls of nature.
Saturday 12th October
Enjoy the last early morning game drive and get back to the lodge to shower, change, enjoy your last breakfast in the bush and meet you transfer at Reception. A two- and half-hour journey back to the city will transfer you to the airport in good time to check in for your departure flight.
What to bring
- A good hat for the sun (the 4×4’s do not have a cover so you do get a lot of sun)
- Bathing costume
- A comfy pair of shoes and neutral coloured clothing (you may get off the vehicle and go for short walks with your guide if the opportunity arises)
- Insect repellent and long trousers in the evening
- Warm clothing for your game drives. Jacket, beanie and scarf. It can get cold on the back of an open vehicle
- A good book to read while you are relaxing in camp
- The Tented camp has no electricity, there is solar lighting in the tents and power is generated for a few hours a day
- Wifi is available in the communal areas of the camp only
- This camp is declared a 99% malaria free area by the WHO.
If you feel that you would like to leave a gratuity for your guide, tracker or staff at the lodge, then you are welcome to do so at your own discretion. It is common to leave a gratuity for your guide and tracker which can be given directly to them and should you wish to tip the camp staff please discuss this with your hosts in camp.