This horse riding holiday is on a private game reserve situated high up in the rolling hills, far above the sugar cane fields near to the St Lucia Wetlands Reserve. The exclusive five star lodge has sweeping views in all directions. There are only 8 magnificent accommodations, spacious and beautifully appointed with quality interiors and large private balconies. The food is truly gourmet and the view from the restaurant is magnificent. The stables are a few kilometres downhill from the reserve and have approximately 21 Arab and cross horses. All levels of rider from beginners to advanced will find a lovely match here. The owner breeds Arab horses and the horses are in prime condition.

Plentiful plains game including the elusive Nyala antelope, giraffe, zebras, kudu, waterbuck, gnu, impala, warthogs etc are all present on the reserve and you may even be lucky and spot the elusive leopard. None of the species present are considered dangerous so it is possible to walk freely along the many self guided trails on the reserve although a bush guide is also on site and is highly recommended. When on horseback you will marvel at how close you can get to the game even beginners. After riding take a dip in the glorious swimming pool. Several excursions are possible - please see itinerary for more details.

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Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from SP of Ardentown on 01/11/2019

Ride Summary
What was your overall impression of the holiday
The trip went beyond my fondest expectations!
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Was this trip accurately described to you beforehand?
YES
Please give more details to explain your response:
This trip was one of the most diversified riding trips I've even been on. There aren't enough "excellent!" responses to accurately describe Zululand Private Game Reserve.
Was there anything you should have known and were not told? NO
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What could we do to improve this ride?
Nothing and please don't change a thing - it's perfect.
How would you rate the difficulty of this ride out of 10 where 1 is very easy and 10 is very advanced?
1
Please explain why you scored it as you did:
The ride accommodated every level of rider and preference
Would you recommend Unicorn Trails to your friends?
YES
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Unicorn Trails did what they said they would. When I was unsure, the representatives were extremely helpful in finding exactly what suited my interests.
May we use you as a reference for other people wishing to go on this ride?
YES
Any other comments:
I can't wait to go back. Africa stole my heart and it was because of the excellent, warm welcome followed up with exception professional hospitality. I can't say enough nice things.
Unicorn comments: Wow... it sound like you had the most amazing time and wonderful that your non riding husband enjoyed it as much as you did.

Tailor-made Programmes:
On the tailor-made programme you can choose how long you want to stay and which activities you would like to do each day. You can pick two activities each day including horse riding, game drives, guided bush walks, archery, target shooting with air rifles, and clay target/rifle shooting (additional cost might apply). Horse riding for children under 10 is by prior arrangement only, babysitting services are available on-site.

Out-rides include cantering along sandy paths that criss-cross the stunning reserve stopiing only to watch zebra grazing or giraffe browsing the treetops. Back to the lodge for a dip in the pool or an afternoon activity after lunch. Some rides will take place in the early morning to avoid the heat before returning for a sumptious breakfast on the veranda.

 

Horseback Safaris

If the noise of an engine bothers you, try a horse back safari, with its gentle pace and proximity to nature. This is a spectacular way to view game, and the Reserve welcomes both beginners and advanced riders.
This unique experience combines the pleasure of riding with the thrill of an African safari. Delight in an adventure that allows you to experience African wildlife, scenery and culture at close quarters. Horse and rider become one with the environment – sharing the same sights, scents, sounds and excitement of the African wilderness. No horse lover coming to South Africa should miss this opportunity!

This Private Game Resereve specialises in pleasure riding holidays for families, groups and individuals.
Each trail ride offers incredible game viewing from the meandering plains or the challenging hilly ascents. There is nothing more exciting than riding into a herd of impala, giraffe, wildebeest and warthogs, and getting close to them, before they trot off.
A professional guide will take you through unspoilt wilderness areas, introduce you to the African fauna & flora and share the exhilaration of a Horseback safari.
Riding schedules are tailored to the requirements of each group, starting from a beginner’s lesson of half an hour, to a daily ride of up to five hours, breaking for a romantic Bush breakfast or picnic.
Great emphasis is placed on the care of the horses, which are Pure Arabians and Cross-breeds with the indigenous South African “Boerperd”.

There is a BIG 5 Reserve nearby, a visit can be arranged directly with the hosts (please note this might have to be an overnight visit, please enquire for more details).

Guided Activities

Game Drives

Accompanied by an experienced game ranger, guests traverse the vast 2,500 hectare reserve in an open safari vehicle. The knowledgeable guide will explain the fascinating life cycles of insects, plants and trees and the behaviour patterns of mammals, big and small, giving you a chance to experience, first hand, the magic of the African bush. Abundantly stocked with game including Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, a multitude of Antelope, Warthog and Monkeys, there is not always a need for an early wake-up call as the reserve can be explored all day long. Stop at a scenic spot throughout the Reserve on your drives for the ever-popular Sundowners and picnics.

Bush Walks

Rejuvenate your spirit on long walks through the unspoilt bush. Walks range from stalking trips, with camera and binoculars, to a comfortable stroll to a shaded picnic spot, where you will be welcomed by a specially prepared bush meal. Walking the numerous bush trails is the best way to work up a healthy appetite!
There is nothing quite like being on foot: somehow your senses are heightened and you see, hear and smell things that you would miss in a vehicle. Walking is also the best way to appreciate the magical little creatures of the bush – the way termites build their colonies, how dung beetles work, or the finer points of the toothbrush tree.
There are no predators or dangerous animals on the Reserve, so guests can feel quite safe exploring their own little corner of paradise.

Birding

There is nothing more inspiring than waking up to the call of hornbills or the flurry of weaver birds.
To date, over 200 resident species have been counted, with many more occasional visitors and seasonal migrants. From soaring eagles overhead to the vivid sunbirds flitting through the shrubs, the area offers birdwatchers constant excitement.

Botanical Walks

Take a tour through our Landscaped indigenous garden. Learn to identify some of our indigenous trees & plants found in the reserve, find out about their fascinating health benefits.

Shooting Sports

Archery

Be taken back into Sherwood Forest and experience the thrills of Robin Hood. Learn a new skill and test your aiming abilities by shooting an arrow from a Recurve bow onto a target between 10 and 40m away! Children will be supplied with a simple bow if they also wish to participate.
Archery has historically been used for hunting. Today the most popular form of archery worldwide involves shooting arrows at a target for accuracy from a set distance.

Air Rifle Target Shooting

Learn a new skill and test your aiming abilities by shooting a drop down target between 10 and 40m away. Shots are fired from a standing position only. Air rifles are easy to fire, and riflery can be fun and rewarding when you do it right.

Excursions

(upon request, additional charges apply)

Jozini Dam – Boat Cruise & Tiger Fishing

Jozini Dam is situated in a beautiful part of northern KZN on the western side of the Lebombo mountain range in an area characterized by bushveld, wildlife and subtropical weather. The Jozini Dam, covering an area of 16 000 hectare, is surrounded by private and provincial game reserves which have healthy populations of animals and birds. Jozini is now a protected breeding area for a host of water birds, mammals and fish such as the Tiger Fish. The Pongolapoort gorge is magnificent and worth a visit by boat to explore the inlets and cliffs.

There are 27 species of fish in the Jozini Dam, the most prevalent being the tiger fish, Tilapia (kurper), barbel, yellowfish and carp. The Jozini Dam is at the most southern range of the African Tiger Fish, and with so much space, food and warm water, the tiger fish populations have grown to the point where Jozini is now one of the most popular fishing destinations in South Africa, with catches of tiger fish comparable to places like the Okavango Delta and the Zambezi River, just so much closer by and very easy to get to with any vehicle.

TRANSFERS:
From Johannesburg International Airport (O R Tambo Airport), South Africa (JNB) approx. £289 each way (1-4 pax). Transfer time is approx. 5.5 hours.

Single Supplements
Paying the supplement guarantees a room to yourself. In the months of May, June and July the reserve is less busy and riders can often have a single room at no extra charge. At other times again no supplement will be charged if the reserve is not busy but this is most unlikely.

Children
- Children under the age of 10 will usually be able to ride with prior arrangement, please enquire. 
- Under 4 years free of charge, sharing  parents room
- 4 to 12 years - applicable child rate, sharing parents room. Children over 12 sharing with parents will be charged 3rd person rate, or the full adult rate if in a separate room.

Why not spoil yourself with a few days on a tropical beach after your safari? We recommend one of our Mozambiquan Beach Extensions as an ideal way to round off this safari.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

Horse lovers will be impressed by the Zululand Arabian Stud. The Arabian horses were originally born and bred in Andalusia, Spain, by Isabella von Stepski who is renowned internationally as an Arabian expert. Isabella transported her entire stud from Spain to this special corner of Africa where these noble horses are thriving well. The first generation of the African-born Arabians are already galloping across the endless pastures.



All horses are worked under saddle and the proud breeder is only too happy to arrange riding excursions with the entire herd for guests with equestrian interest. The horses are ridden in English tack and are trained English way, all with snaffle mouths. They are well-schooled and responsive, yet calm. Sizes are from 14.3hh – 16hh with some Boerperd crosses, a South-African breed of sure footed bush horse.



An elegant but comfortable lounge and veranda at the Zululand Stables invite riders and their friends to enjoy pre-ride drinks and snacks as well as a delicious dinner in a very special setting at the end of a day in the saddle.


Rider requirements

•Any age or level of experience can be accommodated.
•Itineraries are flexible according to your abilities and requirements.
•Children accepted - riding for children under 10 years only by prior arrangement.
•The minimum age for the Safari Week is 12 years

Weight limit: 187 pounds (85 kg)
Hard hats can be borrowed.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 187 lb/85 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

All buildings are of an almost palatial style and decorated to a very high standard with original art works and quality materials. There is a main lodge with reception lobby, large and well stocked library, living room with a huge fire place, lovely views and large veranda with cane furniture. There is a dining lodge with lobby, a large indoor dining are and fire place and large veranda with wonderful views.



There are 6 accommodation suites. Each has an entrance lobby, large bathroom with double basin, shower, bath tub, toilet and bidet. All finished to a very high standard. The bedroom area is slightly raised with king-size or twin beds. Up to two extra beds can be added to the rooms. Down a few steps is a sitting area with sofas, a well stocked mini-bar, coffee and tea making facilities, fresh biscuits and cakes, fresh fruit and double doors onto a private balcony with views over the bushveld. There is cane furniture on balcony.

A full size swimming pool and sun loungers are available for relaxtion and to take in the stunning views.



The elegant El Prado restaurant with its reputation for pleasing the most fastidious gourmet strives for perfection in hospitality, entertainment and fine dining. This is five star dining. From a sumptuous full breakfast up to a light lunch with salads, quiches, home baked breads, afternoon tea and sundowners, romantic alfresco four course dining on the covered veranda, gala dinner with concert entertainment on occasion all in a stylish but comfortable atmosphere. The cuisine, as well as the wines and liquors from the cellar, are of the highest international standards.



Or a perfect day can be rounded off around a crackling campfire under the stars enjoying the natural nocturne of the African night. There is Wifi in all the rooms and main building.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. You must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your return date and has at least 3 blank pages. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

NEW RULES ON TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN - DEC 2019:
Children who are foreign nationals from countries where visas are required will no longer have to carry supporting documents. This is because they would have been required to provide these during the visa application process.
Children who are foreign nationals from countries where visas are not required may be asked to produce supporting documents upon entry. Even though producing supporting documents is no longer compulsory, travellers are strongly advised to carry the supporting documents.
In the case of countries that endorse the particulars of parents in children’s passports, or other official identification documents, these documents shall be sufficient to establish the identity of the parents of the travelling minor.

General Entry Requirement Information:

A valid passport is required for travel to South Africa for U.K. or most other European nationals. Technically, your passport should be valid for at least 30 days beyond your intended date of exit from South Africa, in line with South African immigration regulations. However, some immigration officials still request that a passport should have at least 6 months validity on the date of entry to South Africa. To avoid problems at the airport on arrival, you’re advised to ensure your passport meets this requirement. Your passport should have at least 2 blank pages if you require a visa to enter the country. If you do not need a visa, one blank page will be sufficient. If you are visiting South Africa for tourism or business purposes for a period of up to 90 days, you don’t need a visa. If you overstay, you are likely to be declared undesirable and denied entry into South Africa in future. The enforcement of these penalties is strict, and appeals can take many months to process. In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on 020 7008 0230/0233.

In South Africa the UK High Commission is at No.19 Parliament Street, Cape Town, 8001, Tel +27 21461 7220.

The High Commission for the Republic of South Africa in the U.K is at South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP. Telephone: (020) 7451 7299. Email: general@southafricahouse.com.

Climate Summary

The best time to visit South Africa is from April to October generally when the days are sunny and warm (25 Celsius). Evening temperatures however drop sharply. This is also the best time for game viewing as animals gather around watering holes and the bush is dry and sparse. Temperatures begin to climb mid to late September. The rainy season begins in November, peaks in January and ends in March/April. Summer months are September to April. October, November and February are the hottest months, with temperatures varying from 12 degrees C to 38 degrees C at midday. The rains usually start November, with the occasional thunder shower. December to February are the wettest months. Winter is May to the end of August with no rain. Evening and early mornings are cold. Temperature varies from 8 degrees C to 24 degrees C at midday.
In the hottest months, the rides will be early in the morning or a shorter afternoon ride.

Climate Chart

Health

Awareness of Malaria risk and bite avoidance is recommended and if travelling to an area of Malaria risk in season we recommend speaking to your doctor about antimalarial medication. Current Malaria areas are; North-eastern Kwazulu-Natal, low altitude areas of Mpumalanga and low altitude areas of Limpopo. Malaria season is in the summer or rainy season. All travellers should avoid insect and tick bites day and night by using insect repellent and should wear adequate sun protection during the day.

According to the 2018 UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic South Africa has the biggest HIV epidemic in the world, with 7.1 million people living with HIV. HIV prevalence is high among the general population at 18.9%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS; avoid contact with bodily fluids and keep any cuts or wounds properly clean and covered.

We advise speaking to your doctor at least 8 weeks before your trip, to check the latest country-specific health advice and to see if you need any additional vaccinations or precautions while travelling. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. There is no reciprocal health care agreement between the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Health and medical facilities are generally of a good standard and readily available near larger centres. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 10177 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/ medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Health (ride specific)

They do not have mosquito nets in the rooms, but do offer repellent in the room. They are a very low risk area for malaria.

Electricity

The electricity supply requires a 3-holed, round pinned adapter. If you have a European two pinned adapter you can buy an adapter at Johannesburg Airport.

Film and Camera Equipment

It is recommended you bring plenty of film and batteries with you, however there will be some supplies available but they may not be exactly what you need.

Packing List

Khaki, green and bush colours – avoid white which scares the animals, and black attracts insects.
Riding hat or broad brimmed hat which stays firmly on your head- hard hats can be borrowed.
Riding pants - jeans or breeches 2 pairs
Riding boots, paddock boots or Riding sneakers (with heel) 2 pairs recommended
Half chaps (recommended) or full chaps
Riding gloves
Swimsuit and sarong
Lipbalm with sunscreen
Antihistamine cream/pills
Insect repellent
Sunblock
Sunglasses with string
Jumper or Jersey
Warm Jacket (May – August)
Plastic bags for wet clothing
T-shirts and shorts
Long sleeved shirts
Lightweight rainwear
Raincoat (seasonal)
Informal wear for evenings
Rubber flip flops
Mobile phone
Bumbag
Camera on strap with pouch and film & batteries
Binoculars (recommended)
Copy of your passport
Torch

Programmes

This ride is available all year round and can be booked for any length of stay.

Departure Dates

2022 Tailor-made: all year round, any day arrival or departure.

Pricing
No single supplement is charged if the rider is willing to share with someone of the same sex, and a sharer can be found.

Paying the supplement guarantees a room to yourself. In the months of May, June and July the reserve is less busy and riders can often have a single room at no extra charge. At other times again no supplement will be charged if the reserve is not busy but this is most unlikely.

No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2022 Per Nightper night1double pp175
2022 Per Nightper night1single supplement81
2022 Per Nightper night1child 4-12 years88
2022 Per Nightper night13rd adult sharing room129
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7double pp1,229
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7single supplement565
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7child 4-12 years 615
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n73rd adult sharing room905
2023 Per Nightper night1double pp199
2023 Per Nightper night1single supplement88
2023 Per Nightper night1child 4-12 years99
2023 Per Nightper night13rd adult sharing room155
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7double pp1,375
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7single supplement615
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7child 4-12 years 689
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n73rd adult sharing room1,089
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2022 Per Nightper night1double pp209
2022 Per Nightper night1single supplement95
2022 Per Nightper night1child 4-12 years105
2022 Per Nightper night13rd adult sharing room155
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7double pp1,455
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7single supplement665
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7child 4-12 years 725
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n73rd adult sharing room1,069
2023 Per Nightper night1double pp235
2023 Per Nightper night1single supplement105
2023 Per Nightper night1child 4-12 years115
2023 Per Nightper night13rd adult sharing room185
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7double pp1,685
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7single supplement755
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7child 4-12 years 845
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n73rd adult sharing room1,329
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2022 Per Nightper night1double pp225
2022 Per Nightper night1single supplement99
2022 Per Nightper night1child 4-12 years109
2022 Per Nightper night13rd adult sharing room165
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7double pp1,549
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7single supplement709
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7child 4-12 years 775
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n73rd adult sharing room1,139
2023 Per Nightper night1double pp249
2023 Per Nightper night1single supplement109
2023 Per Nightper night1child 4-12 years125
2023 Per Nightper night13rd adult sharing room195
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7double pp1,669
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7single supplement745
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7child 4-12 years 835
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n73rd adult sharing room1,319
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2022 Per Nightper night1double pp2,165
2022 Per Nightper night1single supplement989
2022 Per Nightper night1child 4-12 years1,085
2022 Per Nightper night13rd adult sharing room1,595
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7double pp15,159
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7single supplement6,909
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n7child 4-12 years 7,579
2022 Weekly Rate8d/7n73rd adult sharing room11,145
2023 Per Nightper night1double pp2,419
2023 Per Nightper night1single supplement1,085
2023 Per Nightper night1child 4-12 years1,209
2023 Per Nightper night13rd adult sharing room1,909
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7double pp16,945
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7single supplement7,579
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n7child 4-12 years 8,469
2023 Weekly Rate8d/7n73rd adult sharing room13,375
Recommended Reading

‘Land Mammals of Southern Africa’ – Smithers;
‘Birds of Southern Africa’ – Ken Newman;
‘Kalahari – Life’s Variety in Dune and Delta’ – Michael Main.
‘Memories of a Game Ranger’ – Harry Wolhunter;
‘Cry, The Beloved Country’ – Alan Paton,
‘Jock of the Bushveld’ – Fitzpatrick,
‘A Chain of Voices’ – Andre Brink,
‘Long Walk to Freedom’ – Nelson Mandela.
‘Over The Rainbow’ –Gavin Bell.
A range of interesting and inspiring equestrian travel books can be purchased from www.horsetravelbooks.com (part of the Long Rider’s Guild).

Other Activities

GAME DRIVE - Accompanied by an experienced game ranger, guests may traverse the entire reserve in an open safari vehicle. Your guide will explain the often-fascinating life cycles of everything from insects, plants and trees to the behaviour patterns of the mammals and birds, giving you a chance to experience at first hand the magic of the African wild.

GUIDED WALKS - Rejuvenate your spirit on long walks through the unspoiled bushveld. The numerous Bush walks are the best way to work up an appetite, these range from stalking trips with camera and binoculars to a comfortable stroll to a shaded picnic spot, where you will be surprised by a creative prepared Bush meal. Since none of the larger and more dangerous mammals roam the Private Game Reserve and access is restricted, you can look out for your own little corner of paradise.

BIRDWATCHING - More than 200 species have been recorded in the Zululand Game Reserve with many more occasional visitors and seasonal migrants. From soaring eagles overhead to the vivid sunbirds flitting through the shrubs, the area offers birdwatchers constant excitement.

BOTANICAL SEMINARS - With its wealth of plant life, Zululand can offer study tours and on-site botanical lectures conduct ed by local experts.

GOLF – The reserve can arrange transport to the small but challenging nine-hole golf course in Pongola, a 40-minute drive from Zululand. Visitors are assured of a warm welcome on this well-maintained course.

SIGHT SEEING TOURS - SOME OF THE MANY OPTIONS :
Cultural tours to the nearby centers of the proud and colourful history of the Zulu people, including conducted tours of the famous battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars.
St. Lucia World Heritage Site - wildlife observation and boat cruise through this vast coastal wetland.
Visits to local traditional Zulu villages, Zulu dancing and traditional Zulu arts and crafts.

There is a BIG 5 Reserve nearby, a visit can be arranged directly with the hosts (please note this might have to be an overnight visit, please enquire for more details).

FISHING - Expeditions to the nearby Jozini Dam (approximately one hour's drive) can be arranged for anglers seeking the legendary, hard-fighting Tiger fish and other freshwater species. The Jozini Dam, one of the largest in the region, is in a beautiful setting and an abundance of wildlife visits its shores. Our team will drive you there and back and organise everything you need for a memorable day's fishing.

SHOOTING - Zululand Paradise boasts its own shooting range in a fascinating mountain location (far removed from the hotel itself to avoid noise disturbance). Here a modern clay target FITASC-parcours as well as two target ranges (50 m and 100 m) are available for a thorough training session or, occasionally, for an exiting competition for "The Zululand Cup". Guns may be rented on-site and an experienced instructor is on hand to help throughout the shoots.
The end of a shooting session can be celebrated in the cosy clubhouse at the range where all can enjoy barbecues and happy hours.

CULINARY SPECIALITIES - The national dishes and drinks of specific countries are featured in turn.

SMALL-TALK AT THE POOLSIDE - The Rock Pool, sundecks and pool bar await your visit.

IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE - In winter weather, no better place than the roaring log fires in the magnificent Trophy Hall in the Main House.

AROUND THE CAMPFIRE - End your day under the brilliant star-lit African sky, surrounded by the incomparable symphony of wilderness' night music.

SPA TREATMENTS - Spa treatments are available at a local spa, which overlooks the breathtaking Pongola River. You can choose from of a variety of professional treatments while enjoying the wildlife and nature. Please enquire for a treatment and price list.

Please not that activities detailed in your itinerary are included in the cost; other activities mentioned above are available for an extra cost on-site.

Wildlife

On the reserve guests can expect to see leopard, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, warthog, bushpig, kudu, nyala, impala, bushbuck, common reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, grey and red duiker, steenbuck, klipspringer, baboon as well as many smaller mammals, predators and reptiles. The bird life, too, is prolific and varied.

Other Information

South Africa is a really diverse country. Zululand is situated not far from the Indian Ocean (50 km as the crow flies), about 30 km south west of the little town Pongola. Please have a look at the map below. This corner of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, the mountainous region at the border to the Kingdom of Swaziland, is scarcely populated and is counted amongst the most scenic regions of South Africa. The close proximity of the coast results in a moderate and temperate climate. Because there are no centers of industry or high density population, there is neither pollution nor social or political conflict.

A babysitting service is available.

Other Country Information

South Africa's land area is 1,228,376 km.2 (larger than The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy & Germany combined). It borders Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland & Zimbabwe to the north, and entirely surrounds Lesotho (a total land border of 4,750 km.) It has a coastline of 2,954 km, with few natural harbours.

The average day in South Africa starts early so the main work of the day is complete before the sun starts to really burn. Shops are open from around 07.30am and it is also acceptable to call people at that time.

South Africa is an exhilarating, spectacular and complex country. With its post-apartheid identity still in the process of definition, there is undoubtedly an abundance of energy and sense of progress about the place. The infrastructure is constantly improving, the climate is kind and there are few better places to see Africa's wildlife.

The international dialing code for South Africa is +27 and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram. The time zone is GMT plus two hours.

Always collect your luggage on arrival at any local airport and take it through customs. Most of the South African smaller airports don’t have customs clearance. Even if the airline tells you that your luggage can be checked through, it is not true.

At local airports there are a lot of porters who can be of great help if you are in a hurry to find your check in counter or your gate. However they sometimes ask for a lot of money. R 50,00 is more then enough to give them when they have been of great help, if they have only pushed the trolley, R 20,00 should be enough.

If you travel by car and police stop you for speeding or something else you might have done wrong, don’t give them any cash money, always ask for a ticket. If they persist, ask to speak to their supervisor. Also the toll gates don’t take international credit cards.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Johannesburg (JNB)
Transfer:
2022: From Johannesburg International Airport (O R Tambo Airport), South Africa (JNB) approx. £289 each way (1-4 pax). Transfer time is approx. 5.5 hours.
Flight Guide:
London - Johannesburg return £500 - £850.
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