Luxury Private Game Reserve and Safari Game Lodge - Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal, 3915, South Africa

Surf and Sand: Water Adventures

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Beach Picnic

Located about 2,5 hours from Thanda by car is 9 Mile Beach – a coastline that invites guests to experience a different kind of African beauty: one where sun, sand and sea combine to create the perfect beach location.

This is truly special: an opportunity to feel the most perfect seclusion in one of the world's most picturesque places. You'll be nourished by the surrounding forest, the mammoth dune and just beyond it, the kind of views that will change the way you think about scenery. 

In essence, this is a full-day outing under the sun. Choose whether to depart after the morning game drive or earlier with a packed breakfast. And, once at the beach, you'll find that our staff have set up a picturesque gazebo where you can experience a delectable fish braai, fresh juices and sparkling wines. Expect 5-star service, 6-star food and 7-star seclusion and beauty. 

Fully tailor-made activity. R2 750 per person (helicopter rate on request). Min 4 pax. Daily on request. Recommended for stays of 3 nights or longer.

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Hippo & Croc Cruise

The St. Lucia Estuary is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which – as Africa’s largest estuarine system – is a renowned World Heritage Site. The largest congregation of Nile crocodiles and African hippos can be found in this area, which is also the last significant breeding ground for the world-famous giant leatherback and loggerhead turtles.

Thanda can organise a two-hour interactive boat trip up the St. Lucia Estuary, where guests can spot hippos yawning, view crocs lazing and hear fish eagles calling. On the comfortable and secure 15-seater vessel, you’ll hear from knowledgeable rangers who can answer your questions, point out unusual sights as you sail through the water and provide fascinating information on both the estuarine system and its inhabitants. 

It’s worth sticking around after the cruise so that you can make the most of St. Lucia town and its surrounds, which offer: walking trails, bird watching sites, deep sea fishing and exceptional local seafood restaurants. There is also the option of taking your group on a totally exclusive version of the cruise, to experience this momentous nature encounter totally privately.

5-hour excursion. R1 800 per person. Min 2 pax. Daily on request.

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