LEATHERBACKS AND SPECIALS – MAY, JUNE 2015

SOME GREAT SAVINGS – May and June 2015

(Terms and Conditions Apply) 

IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR NEW RHINO CLUB CARD DUE TO ONGOING POSTAL DELAYS, PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU HAVE A VALID TEMPORARY PERMIT BEFORE LEAVING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY DESTINATION!

  • RHINO CLUB benefits to note:
    If your main destination is iSimangaliso, please remember that the expiry date for the current Rhino Card iSimangaliso benefits is 31 May 2015, until further notice.
  • You can purchase or renew your Rhino Gold card for a period of one year at a cost of R250 per person / R 230 per person over 60 yrs of age (valid from the date of payment)
  • To renew your Rhino Club membership CONTACT OUR HELPDESK ON 033 8451008/1009 or rhinoclub@kznwildlife.com or via http://www.rhinoclub.wordpress.com

IMPORTANT: All Terms and Conditions apply to LEATHERBACKS AND SPECIAL OFFERS, so make sure you ask the booking consultant about these when you make a reservation. NEW BOOKINGS ONLY. Dependent on AVAILABILITY. All offers EXCLUDE LONG WEEKENDS, PUBLIC HOLIDAYS and SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, EVENTS and COMPETITIONS, unless otherwise stated:-

LAST MINUTE LEATHERBACKS: EXCLUDE LONG WEEKENDS, PUBLIC HOLIDAYS and SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, EVENTS and COMPETITIONS

NEW BOOKINGS ONLY – 40% DISCOUNT. The Leatherback Discounts will apply only to the ACCOMMODATION ie Breakfast will not be discounted. Leatherback Offers EXCLUDE Events AND Competitions. CONTACT OUR RESERVATIONS on 033 8451000 or bookings@kznwildlife.com:-

  1. a) APRIL: 2015–Valid from the 13th of April till the 23rd of April 2015

Midmar Dam (Chalets, cabins, camping), Wagendrift, Weenen, Ithala Bushcamps (Thalu, Mbizo, Mhlangeni), Kamberg, Injesuthi, Lotheni, Monks Cowl, Highmoor, Sodwana Bay, Kosi bay, Amatikulu, Maphelane (very rustic), St Lucia Campsites, Umlalazi cabins and camping, Oribi Gorge, Vernon Crookes, Mkhuze (Mantuma, Safari Camp, Nhlonhlela Bushcamp), and Ndumo.

  1. b) MAY and JUNE: 2015Valid from the 04 May until the 30 June 2015

Midmar Dam (Chalets, cabins, camping), Wagendrift, Weenen, Ithala Bushcamps (Thalu, Mbizo, Mhlangeni), Kamberg, Injesuthi, Lotheni, Monks Cowl, Highmoor, Sodwana Bay, Kosi bay, Amatikulu, Maphelane (very rustic), St Lucia Campsites, Umlalazi cabins and camping, Oribi Gorge, Vernon Crookes, Mkhuze (Mantuma, Safari Camp, Nhlonhlela Bushcamp), and Ndumo.

MORE SAVINGS!!!

All these Special Offers EXCLUDE LONG WEEKENDS, PUBLIC HOLIDAYS and SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, EVENTS and COMPETITIONS
Please note: Dependent on AVAILABILITY. Gate times: strictly 06hoo to 18h00
Packages which include meals are discounted on accommodation only.

1. Ntshondwe Resort at Ithala Game Reserve

All chalets – 30% discount including BED and BREAKFAST – VALID from 13th of April till the 23rd of April 2015, then Valid from the 04 May until the 30 June 2015. Plus ALL Rhino Club members can enjoy a Game Drive for R100 per adult and R50 per child under 13 years – regret no children 3 years and under.

  • WOW!!! FANTASTIC NEW DBB/Game Drive Package: (dinner, bed, breakfast, one game drive per day) for only R725.00 per person sharing accommodation, or R 895.00 for single accommodation …what a bargain. this package is available from now until 31 October 2015

PLEASE NOTE: Minimum two night stay: This package is only offered in the Twin bedded Non-self-catering (Hotel rooms) chalets.

  • NTSHONDWE Sunday Lunch Buffet continues to be a bargain at R125.00 per person, after special discount is applied.
  • 10% discount to all Gold Rhino Club Members on standard priced meals, including all bar beverages – (Discounts not applicable on any other Special packages which may be advertised from time to time).

2. DIDIMA RESORT at Cathedral peak

All chalets – 30% discount including BED and BREAKFAST – VALID 13th of April till the 23rd of April 2015, then Valid from the 04 May until the 30 June 2015

3. GIANTS CASTLE – All chalets – 30% discount including BED and BREAKFAST – VALID from 13th of April till the 23rd of April 2015, then Valid from the 04 May until the 30 June 2015

4. HILLTOP RESORT (Hluhluwe Game Reserve) – All chalets – 20% discount including BED and BREAKFAST- VALID from 13th of April till the 23rd of April 2015, then Valid from the 04 May until the 30 June 2015

5.WILDERNESS TRAILS –– WILDERNESS TRAILS – Ask Lwazi and Mlu about their discounts. Note: Giants Cup Trail hut Mzimkulu has no mattresses.
Bookings: Trails Desk – tel 033 8451067 or fax 086 505 8884 or email trails@kznwildlife.com.

Trails offer to Gold Members: WOW!!! Wonderful new discounts for,
1. 30% discount – Base Camp, Explorer Trail, Extended Short Trail and Weekend Short Trail (Sunday).
2. 20% discount – The Primitive Trail and the Weekend Short Trail (Fiday).
3. 30% discount – The Giant’s Cup Trail.

OTHER DISCOUNT OFFERS:
1. FIVE LODGE GOLD SPECIAL: 15% discount
 
all year round (except Easter, Christmas and New Year) at Thendele Lodge, Rock Lodge (Giants), Ithala Lodge, Mtwazi and Masinda Lodges

2. Santa Lucia launch tour 25% Gold discountenquire at St Lucia Estuary Office tel 035 590 1340

3. Karkloof Canopy Tour  – Rhino Club Gold Members (excludes Easter) – The Karkloof Canopy Tour Team have offered a generous discount of R100 per person, if you wish to participate on the Karkloof Canopy Tour. It is widely regarded as one of the best eco-adventure activities in the world and is something for people of all ages with the youngest being 3 and the oldest 90 so far to do the tour. Bookings can be made directly with them on: Office: (+27) 33 3303415 OR Mobile: (+27) 836474595 or  www.karkloofcanopytour.co.za

4. Pentravel Gold Special Call into Pentravel PMB office and produce your valid Rhino Gold Card and claim R250 per booking discount on all International travel packages.(T’s and C’s apply). Contact Pentravel PMB on tel +27 033 3927910, fax +27 033 342 7835 or check out www.pentravel.co.za for their special packages on offer!!!

5. GROUNDCOVER FOOTWEAR is giving our Rhino Club Gold members, including Kids Club, a 10% discount on footwear! View the footwear on their website at www.groundcover.co.za .NB email them directly on info@groundcover.co.za (DO NOT ORDER ONLINE). Simply give your Rhino Card Number or a scan a copy of your card to info@groundcover.co.za. OR YOU CAN VISIT THEM on the Midlands Meander (Curries Post Road) and make your purchase in person!

6. African Bird of Prey Sanctuary. Show your member card and get 20% Discount on your Entry ticket – Cell 0829253023. See the Aerial display and enjoy lunch at their Coffee Shop.

7. Kids Club Members – Free entry to Midmar for you, if you produce your valid Kids Club card!

ASK about the KIDDIES Menus at Hilltop, Giant’s, Didima and Ntshondwe Resorts We give them what they like!!!

FOR Information speak to your Rhino Club Consultants, Kay or Nomfundo on 033 8451008/1009/1011/1013

Plan your arrival at the Reserve – try to avoid travelling after 4pm (16h00) and give yourself time for unexpected delays en route. Check Gate closing times.
To renew your Rhino Club membership CONTACT OUR HELPDESK ON 033 8451008/1009 or rhinoclub@kznwildlife.com

Visitors to All Parks are also reminded that while wildlife is often seen amongst the chalets and campsites in the protected areas, these animals are not tame and members of the public should not try to touch them or feed them.

Rhino Card access to iSimangaliso Wetland Park 2016

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UPDATE:

We are delighted to inform you that iSimangaliso Authority have generously confirmed that VALID Rhino Gold Card members will be granted free access through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park gates until 31 March 2016.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Remember that the Community and Conservation Levy of R 5 per person per day is a SEPARATE FEE ALTOGETHER AND IS NOT PART OF THE ENTRY FEE. All visitors including Rhino Club Gold members, must pay this fee (take CASH), which is collected at the entrance gates.

Extra Leatherback Specials from 21 January 2015

LAST MINUTE LEATHERBACKS – NEW BOOKINGS ONLY – 40% DISCOUNT – Now includes JANUARY 2015!

The Leatherback Discounts below, will apply only to the ACCOMMODATION ie Breakfast will not be discounted. CONTACT OUR HELPDESK ON 033 8451008 or rhinoclub@kznwildlife.com

LEATHERBACKS JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH 2015Camps offering the 40% discount  NOW VALID FROM 21 January 2015 to 19 March 2015EXCLUDES Events, such as Midmar Mile (and others at the discretion of Management):

Oribi Gorge, Midmar Dam (Chalets, cabins, camping), Wagendrift, Weenen, Ithala Bushcamps (Thalu, Mbizo, Mhlangeni), Kamberg, Injesuthi, Lotheni, Monks Cowl, Highmoor.

Sodwana Bay, Kosi bay, Cape Vidal, Amatikulu, Maphelane (very rustic), St Lucia Campsites, Umlalazi cabins and camping, Vernon Crookes, Mkhuze (Mantuma, Safari Camp, Nhlonhlela Bushcamp), and Ndumo.

Other Resorts – For Didima, Ntshondwe (Ithala) and Giants Castle see November Leatherbacks

To renew your Rhino Club membership CONTACT OUR HELPDESK ON 033 8451008/1009 or rhinoclub@kznwildlife.com

All Terms and Conditions apply to Leatherbacks and special offers, so make sure you ask the booking consultant about these when you make a reservation. NEW BOOKINGS ONLY. Dependent on AVAILABILITY. All offers EXCLUDE LONG WEEKENDS, PUBLIC HOLIDAYS and SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, unless otherwise stated.

Plan your arrival at the Reserve – try to avoid travelling after 4pm (16h00) and give yourself time for unexpected delays en route. Check Gate closing times.

CONTACT OUR HELPDESK ON 033 8451008/1009 or rhinoclub@kznwildlife.com

 

iSimangaliso Turtle Tour operators

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Reseachers workking on an adult Loggerhead Turtle

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An adult Leatherback Turtle nesting high up on the beach

Newly appointed iSimangaliso Turtle Tour operators

Operator Section Contact Person Contact Email
Phinda Sodwana Taryn Goetzsche 035 5624524 Phindagame.a@andbeyond.com
Ufudu Tours Sodwana Peter Jacobs 082 3911503 peterjacobs@lantic.net
Thompsons Tours Eastern Shores Malcolm Organ 035 5901584 or 035 5623001 touring2@iafrica.com
Shoreline Eastern Shores Mandy Muir 035 590 1555 info@stlucia.co.za
(Walking tour) Kosi Bay Thembile Ngubane 073 2280 934 n/a
(Walking tour) Kosi Bay Simangaliso Mageba 072 7252 738 n/a
(Walking tour) Kosi Bay Shadrack Mathenjwa 082 6384 488 n/a
(Walking tour) Kosi Bay Sthembiso Mthembu 071 1546 623 n/a

Summary statistics for loggerhead and leatherback turtles nesting in iSimangaliso

Loggerheads Leatherbacks
Population size (number of females nesting per year) 700 females per season 70 females per season
Population Trend (is the number of turtles increasing or decreasing) Increasing Stable
Size (average shell length) 86 cm 160 cm
Diet of adult turtles Crabs, snails and starfish Jellyfish
Age to sexual maturity 36 years 12 years
Breeding frequency (number of years between nesting seasons) 3 years 3 years
Reproductive lifespan (number of years between first and last nesting) 18 years 16 years
Number of eggs per female over a nesting season 390 eggs 700 eggs
Emergence success (% eggs that produce viable hatchlings) 80% 70%
Number of hatchlings produced per female per season 300 hatchlings 480 hatchlings
Total hatchlings produced each year 63 000-144 000 36 000-52 000

Private Restaurant at Midmar Resort is OPEN Weekdays and Weekends

MIDMAR VIEW PRIVATE RESTAURANT

Located inside the Midmar Resort between the yacht club and Munroe Bay chalets, the privately run Midmar View Restaurant offers affordable meals of Modern African and quasi-French cuisine. The Midmar View Restaurant can host up to 70 guests inside, or 60 on its patio.

Serving Breakfast, Lunch, “High Tea” and Dinner, the restaurant operation hours:

Sunday to Thursday:  07h00 to 17h00

Friday and Saturday: 07h00 to 21h30

SATURDAYS:  Breakfast Buffet SERVED between 08:00 & 10:30)

SUNDAYS:  Lunch Buffet SERVED between 12:00 & 15:00) with a 10% pensioner discount on all meals.

Facilities include a fully equipped conference and functions room that can host up to 100 guests, eg. family functions, Weddings, Anniversaries, Reunions, Birthdays. This venue is equipped with a state of the art projector screen ideal for those sports fanatics

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GPS co-ordinates to our Reserves

CAMP_NAME longitude latitude
Amatikulu 31d35’58.76″E 29d06’41.17″S
Cape Vidal Beach Camp 32d33’27.84″E 28d07’42.38″S
Cape Vidal Camp Site 32d33’21.22″E 28d07’20.48″S
Bhangazi Bush Lodge 32d32’05.24″E 28d06’58.93″S
Didima 29d13’54.17″E 28d56’35.68″S
Chelmsford 29d54’35.07″E 27d59’17.02″S
Mabibi 32d44’59.89″E 27d19’44.61″S
Kosi Bay 32d49’32.99″E 26d57’36.96″S
Cobham 29d24’51.65″E 29d42’09.11″S
False Bay 32d22’52.51″E 27d58’06.8″S
False Bay Dugandlovu 32d21’51.88″E 28d02’11.13″S
Fanie’s Island 32d25’51.67″E 28d06’41.27″S
Garden Castle 29d12’25.47″E 29d44’45.64″S
Giant’s Castle 29d31’11.87″E 29d16’12.29″S
Harold Johnson 31d25’18.76″E 29d12’23.11″S
Highmoor 29d37’30.55″E 29d19’21.97″S
Hilltop Camp 32d02’37.58″E 28d05’05.72″S
Hilltop Mtwazi Lodge 32d02’39.44″E 28d04’54.71″S
Munywaneni Bush Lodge 32d02’04.58″E 28d09’00.45″S
Muntulu Bush Lodge 32d03’07.85″E 28d07’38.42″S
Gqoyeni Bush Lodge 31d50’44.65″E 28d15’45.24″S
Hlatikulu Bush Lodge 31d52’51.32″E 28d16’09.83″S
Nselweni Bush Lodge 31d55’02.78″E 28d17’22.37″S
iMfolozi Masinda Lodge 31d56’37.03″E 28d16’41.13″S
iMfolozi Mpila Camp 31d51’44.62″E 28d18’36.36″S
Injesuthi 29d26’24.05″E 29d07’06.43″S
Ithala Ntshondwe 31d16’49.14″E 27d32’40.88″S
IthalaThalu 31d12’22.65″E 27d30’10.11″S
Ithala Mbizo 31d12’18.25″E 27d31’11.28″S
Ithala Mhlangeni 31d22’21.91″E 27d31’22.59″S
Ithala Campsite 31d12’13.74″E 27d30’44.77″S
Kamberg 29d40’04.82″E 29d23’13.54″S
Kamberg Stillerus 29d42’32.4″E 29d23’29.36″S
Lotheni 29d31’30.32″E 29d26’59.55″S
Lotheni Simes 29d30’54.1″E 29d26’15.56″S
Maphelane 32d25’21.62″E 28d24’22.36″S
Midmar 30d11’37.85″E 29d29’27.86″S
Midmar Munro Bay 30d11’23.48″E 29d29’24.37″S
Midmar Morgenzon 30d10’32.76″E 29d30’11.81″S
Midmar Dukuduku 30d09’42.96″E 29d29’59.77″S
Mkhomazi 29d42’12.26″E 29d29’28.17″S
Mkhuze Mantuma 32d13’09.89″E 27d35’43.58″S
Mkhuze Nhlonhlela Bushcamp 32d11’52.86″E 27d35’52.7″S
Mkhuze Umkumbi Bushcamp 32d18’03.13″E 27d46’43.42″S
Mkhuze Emshopi Campsite 32d09’30.27″E 27d38’24.34″S
Monk’s Cowl 29d24’12.27″E 29d02’49.18″S
Mount Currie 29d23’20.68″E 30d29’14.16″S
Ndumo 32d18’48.85″E 26d54’32.48″S
Oribi Gorge 30d16’24.35″E 30d43’54.92″S
Phongolo 31d54’21.99″E 27d20’30.1″S
RNNP Rugged Glen 28d59’38.15″E 28d40’07.65″S
RNNP Mahai 28d56’55.16″E 28d41’24.44″S
RNNP Thendele 28d56’04.04″E 28d42’37.06″S
Sodwana Bay Gwala-Gwala 32d40’19.03″E 27d32’45.03″S
Spioenkop 29d30’34.58″E 28d42’43.49″S
St Lucia Estuary 32d25’23.34″E 28d22’51.09″S
Umlalazi 31d46’19″E 28d57’24.74″S
Vergelegen 29d27’09.29″E 29d31’40.29″S
Vernon Crookes 30d36’33.45″E 30d16’27.41″S
Wagendrift 29d50’36.47″E 29d02’41.98″S
Weenen 29d59’47.02″E 28d50’06.23″S
Charter’s Creek 32d24’59.95″E 28d12’17.25″S