These luxury lodges have slashed their prices for SA citizens

Posted by Mishqah Schippers on 13 August 2021

Can’t afford that dream stay? Think again – with so many specials for SA citizens, now is the time to luxuriate at private safari lodges usually out of your reach. These spectacular venues have dropped their prices to as much as half their usual rate.

Greater Kruger

Tanda Tula Nkarhi Homestead

Nkarhi Homestead, in the private Timbavati Game Reserve adjoining Kruger park, centres its vacation experience around ‘rest, rejuvenation and the slowing down of time,’ and is a good choice for families. The homestead is made up of four farm-style rooms, accommodating up to nine guests, and the lodge is off the grid. Guests can enjoy undisturbed views of the Greater Kruger National Park, as well as morning and afternoon game drives, wildlife walks, sundowners and family-orientated board games.

Nkarhi, in the world-renowned Timbavati, is perfect for families keen on wildlife adventures.

Standard rate: From R4 667 pp, for up to nine

Special Offer: From R2 250 pp (for the first six guests). Valid until 31 December 2021

Excludes
Conservation levy (R100), Tanda Tula Foundation contribution (R90), landing fees at Rockfig Airstrip (R450) and Greater Kruger vehicle entrance fee for self-drive guests (R220).
015 793 3191 | tandatula.com

Jock Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park 

WIN two nights at Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park

Jock Safari Lodge is named after Jock of the Bushveld, the canine hero of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick’s famous story set during the gold rush era. With 6000 ha of exclusive traversing rights within the Kruger National Park, Jock offers excellent Big Five game viewing, daily game drives and wilderness walks. The refurbished lodge retains the timeless style and elegance of a classic safari lodge, paying homage to its rich history and heritage, with the addition of modern comforts and conveniences. 12 secluded thatched suites offer privacy and uninterrupted views of the riverbed with extensive private decks, an outdoor Victorian bath and shower, as well as a plunge pool and an enclosed sala (day bed) for daydreaming and sleep-outs.

Special offer

Current rate: R4,525 per person sharing per night

17% discount means you pay: R3,750 per person sharing per night

Includes all meals, non-alcoholic drinks and twice daily game drives. Valid for stays until 16 December 2021. SA residents only

Key phrase: Jubilant Jock Getaway

Contact: +27 13 010 0019

Visit their website here

Klaserie Drift, Kruger National Park

Experience untouched luxury in the heart of the renowned Greater Kruger at Klaserie Drift. Situated on a gentle cliff above the expansive Klaserie River, the lodge boasts panoramic views of the surrounding bushveld – a stunning and diverse terrain of unspoilt, Big Five wilderness. The five-star accommodation combines modern luxury with a traditional, African style and with just six exquisite suites, creating the perfect, intimate retreat. Interpretive morning and afternoon game drives will excite and rekindle your love of nature as you search for Africa’s iconic wildlife and discover the many other joys of the bush. Back at the lodge, the on-site spa therapist is available to unwind your body and mind, whilst their talented chefs delight in serving the finest gourmet meals inspired by local, fresh ingredients.

Special offer

Current special: R4,700 per person sharing per night

15% discount means you pay: R3,995 per person sharing per night

This rate does not include drinks but does include accommodation, game drives, meals, snacks and tea and coffee as well as a complimentary sundowner drink on afternoon game drive. Only for SA residents and valid until the end of 2021.

Key phrase: Kiff Klaserie Getaway

Contact: +27 15 793 2077

Visit their website here

Western Cape

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Walker Bay

Nothing says I love you quite like flowers, and the multi-award winning Grootbos will never disappoint on this and many other factors. This private reserve is unique in that its focus is on the protecting and showcasing the local fynbos, much of which is endemic to this region, as well as the fauna that relies on it. Chalets in Forest Lodge are separated by ancient milkwood forests – secluded, charming and cosy. Each has extensive views over the colourful fynbos and the sweeping expanse of Walker Bay where whales abound in season. The food is outstanding, paired with carefully picked local wines. the hospitality, legendary. Think spa treatments under the trees, romantic horseback rides among the fynbos and sand dunes, beach picnics and much more.

Grootbos has a Spring Splendour Special of R4450 pppn sharing (52% DISCOUNT ON NORMAL RATE) for travel between 1 September – 10 December 2021

Contact: grootbos.com

De Hoop Collection, De Hoop Nature Reserve

For active couples and concerted nature lovers, De Hoop Nature Reserve is a must visit – the only place in the Western Cape to see a successful breeding colony of Cape vultures, while minutes away, southern right whales swim close to shore where they rear their calves between June and October. Think romantic picnics on sand dunes while whales frolic in the water, warm fires on chilly nights, wonderful hospitality and access to mountain bike and walking trails among the eland, bontebok and reedbuck in this remarkable reserve.

De Hoop Collection has a variety of options from self catering bungalows to large cottages, and our recommendation for couples would be one of the catered luxury suites currently on special from R1860 pppn.

Contact: dehoopcollection.com

Namibia

Kwessi Dunes Lodge

If seemingly endless, undulating space is what you are looking for, a stay at Kwessi Dunes Lodge may be just what you need. Situated deep in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, the lodge is surrounded by breathtaking red dunes. Visitors have access to the entire 
200 000-hectare reserve for horse riding, quad biking or a nature walk. The lodge is made up of 12 air-conditioned chalets, two of which are family-friendly. Each chalet has a separate ‘stargazer’ room, offering a full view of the open sky, for those who want to fall asleep under the stars.

Kwessi Dunes Lodge is located deep within Namibia’s NamibRand with access to the desert’s most striking features.

Standard rate: From R7 880 pp

Special Offer: From R3 080 pp (if booked within 30 days of travel).Offer exclusive to members of the Explorers Programme. Excludes Daily NamibRand Nature Reserve park fee. This 30-day rate is valid throughout the year.

+264 61 225 616 | naturalselectionexplorers.co.za

 

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