Thanda Private Game Reserve and Karkloof Safari Spa is the ultimate African escape combining the wilderness with pure relaxation and pampering. Thanda is the zulu word for love and you will feel the love from the moment you arrive. Explore Thanda’s 14 000 hectare reserve in search of the Big 5 either by game vehicle or on foot. Thanda boasts diverse wildlife in addition to the Big 5 including cheetah, hyena, warthog and the occasional wild dog, as well as an abundance of bird and plant life.
Karkloof Safari Spa is Africa’s largest spa, a wellness and wildlife retreat that compliments Thanda perfectly. Your stay at Karkloof will be tailored to suit your preferences at all times. They have an abundance of wildlife such as rhino, buffalo, leopard and hippos. You may explore the reserve on foot or nature drive taking in the breathtaking scenery. You may also enjoy a short hike to view the beautiful water falls. However, the highlight of your stay will undoubtedly be your spa experience with unlimited spa treatments. Karkloof boasts 17 spacious treatment rooms with views overlooking the bush and surrounding gardens and world class hydrotherapy facilities.
WELCOME TO KWAZULU NATAL!
On arrival in Durban you will be met by your eAfrica representative who will transfer you by road to Thanda Private Game Reserve (approximately 3hrs).
On arrival at Thanda you will be met by your lodge manager and assisted with check in. Enjoy some relaxation time before your first activity. A delicious high tea will be served at the lodge deck before departing on your afternoon game drive by open safari vehicles and accompanied by your lodge ranger and tracker. Your very knowledgeable ranger and tracker team will be your hosts on the game drive and will endeavour to impart their knowledge of the local fauna and flora that Thanda Private Game Reserve has to offer. Your tracker watches the road for spoor to follow. There might be some murmuring between ranger and tracker as they discuss the spoor or if any interesting animals have been spotted. Your ranger will choose a spot where you can stretch your legs and enjoy sundowners to witness the spectacular African sunset. On return to the lodge you will have an opportunity to freshen up before dinner. Dinner will be served at the main dining area. Overnight at Thanda Safari Lodge (D)
After your early morning wakeup call from your ranger, enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or juice and some breakfast pastries before departing on your morning game drive. Although it is still very early, the bush is already alive and bustling. Depending on the animal activity during the night, your ranger and tracker might continue where you left off last night or head in a different direction this morning. Return to the lodge after an adventurous morning drive. Enjoy a sumptuous brunch on return to the lodge.
Following brunch depart for a guided morning bush walk (optional). The walk will offer you an opportunity to get a close up experience of the bushveld. Return to the lodge for some relaxation time before the afternoon activity. High tea will be served before departing for your afternoon game drive by open safari vehicle. Your ranger and tracker will continue the search for the Big 5. Enjoy sundowners en-route your game drive. Return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight at Thanda Safari Lodge. (B, D)
Enjoy some light breakfast pastries and coffee, tea or juice before departing for your morning game drive and one last opportunity for your ranger and tracker to impress you! Enjoy a delicious brunch on return to the lodge, followed by check out.
Your eAfrica representative will assist you with your transfer to Karkloof Safari Spa (approximately 4,5 hour drive). After check in you may enjoy a late lunch and have some time to relax and explore your hotel. The balance of your day is at leisure. Dinner will be served at the lodge dining area. Overnight at Karkloof Safari Spa. (B, L, D)
Your time at Karkloof is tailor made and at your leisure. You may discuss with your host “what you want to do, when you want to do it”! Karkloof Safari Spa is a wellness and wildlife retreat and offers a variety of activities on the reserve. Your options range from a nature walk to the Karkloof Falls, game drives and birding with your private safari guide and vehicle to unlimited spa treatments.
Your meals are tailored to your activity schedule and spa treatments or your activity schedule may be tailored around your meal plans! Overnight at Karkloof Safari Spa. (B, L, D)
Your local guide will collect you and assist with your transfer to King Shaka International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport you will need to connect with your international departure flight. (B)