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.

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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.

Turtling in iSimangaliso – Kosi, Sodwana and Cape Vidal

Newsflash No.: 2014.11.16

Turtling in iSimangaliso

November in iSimangaliso Wetland Park heralds the beginning of one of the most special and awe-inspiring miracles of this world heritage site – the nesting of endangered turtles on the 220km golden shoreline. Annually, between the months of November and March, leatherback and loggerhead turtles haul their massive bodies out of the Indian Ocean and up to the base of the dunes, to lay their eggs. In this most ancient cycle of life, turtles return with almost magical accuracy to the very same beach where they hatched.

Of the seven species of marine turtles worldwide, iSimangaliso’s protected coastline has five species, and its pristine beaches comprise one of the last significant laying sites in Africa for loggerheads and leatherbacks. Turtle monitoring has been undertaken in the Park since the 1960’s, with turtles being measured and tagged. The turtles of iSimangaliso have received significant conservation attention, producing a noteworthy increase in the loggerhead turtle population.

“With less than 100 laying females coming ashore each year, iSimangaliso’s leatherback turtles, the most southern population in the world, are rarer than black rhino and critically endangered. This means they could go extinct in our lifetime. Having survived aeons and ice ages along with rhinos, and at a time when over 1000 biological species are going extinct globally every year, their future survival lies with all of us,” said iSimangaliso CEO Andrew Zaloumis. “As site managers, our challenge is that once they leave our shores and swim across the high seas, they undertake epic journeys, travelling as far as Australia and India. During these journeys, which occur between nesting periods, the leatherbacks spend their time foraging. They feed on pelagic (open ocean) invertebrates such as jellyfish and this makes them extremely vulnerable to threats such as long line fishing methods and pollution. Plastic bags are often mistaken for jellyfish by these feeding animals, ultimately killing the animals that ingest them.”

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A better understanding of these populations is key to their survival, and iSimangaliso has authorised and supports ongoing scientific research projects. Current work includes the satellite tagging of individual turtles, and genetic testing to determine whether known iSimangaliso nesting turtles mate with males in other populations in the Indian or Atlantic Oceans.

There is also strong collaboration with Mozambique’s Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve (PPMR) – proclaimed in 2009 – bordering iSimangaliso’s northern border. Africa’s longest trans-frontier marine protected area now offers greater protection and hope for the preservation of these species, with much improved compliance and monitoring efforts across the border.

According to PPMR’s Park Manager, Miguel Goncalves: “Since 1994 a total of 5811 tracks from loggerheads and 410 from leatherbacks were recorded. An increase in the number of tracks recorded for both species in the last seven years is likely the result of a better coverage of the monitoring season, according to researchers. Since 2007, loggerheads have laid an average of 220 nests, while for leatherbacks 32 nests were recorded on average per season. The number of loggerhead turtles tagged per season has been steadily increasing, with a record 197 turtles tagged in 2013/14, with an average of 63.9 turtles tagged per season.”

As conservation efforts and scientific knowledge are freely shared between the two countries, the future looks more promising for at least two of the planet’s endangered species.

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The gigantic leatherback turtle can weigh over 800 kg. It has a deep, narrow, barrel-shaped shell that lacks horny scutes (horny scales), but is instead covered with thick, smooth skin like vulcanised rubber. The flippers are long and clawless, and in the adults the shell and flippers are black, usually scattered with white spots. Leatherbacks can be found nesting from Maphelane in the south all the way along the coast of iSimangaliso into Mozambique. Most breeding occurs between Manzengwenya and Bhanga Nek in the Coastal Forest Reserve section of the Park.

Leatherbacks undertake long journeys and frequently enter colder currents to find food. They are adapted to conserve heat in cold water. They are the only living reptiles that are warm-blooded, generating their own heat. The adult turtles feed only on jellyfish, but the juveniles may also eat other floating organisms. They dive to feed and are able to reach depths of over 350 metres due to their flexible shells, and can stay under the water for up to 37 minutes. Long spines that project backwards cover the inside of the leatherback’s throat to stop slippery food from escaping.

A leatherback turtle becomes sexually mature at between three and five years old, when the carapace is approximately 1400 mm long. Mating between leatherbacks takes place at sea. Leatherback males never leave the water once they enter it, unlike the females, which crawl onto land to nest.

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The loggerhead turtle is much smaller than the leatherback turtle. It weighs between 80 and 140 kg. The large head and carapace are uniformly red-brown in juveniles and adults and their extremely strong jaws are able to crush giant clams. In southern Africa they mainly breed along the sandy shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with very small and isolated breeding patches along the coast of Mozambique. They come ashore every two to three years to lay about 500 eggs in batches of 100 to 120 every 15 days. This usually takes place at high tide during moonless nights. Both loggerhead and leatherback turtles nest in summer, generally at night. The female emerges from the surf and rests in the wash zone, looking out for danger. Then she moves above the high water mark to find a suitable site to lay her eggs. Around a thousand eggs are laid altogether during a breeding season, at nine to eleven day intervals. A high percentage (70-75%) hatch successfully.

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After 60 to 70 days, the hatchlings emerge at night (usually) and make their way back to the sea. Up to 12% may be taken during this short journey by ghost crabs. For the first couple of months the tiny turtles are prey to many marine predators. It is estimated that out of every 1000 eggs only one or two hatchlings survive. Females breed every two to three years.

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The green turtle is a large turtle, weighing between 125 and 200 kg. In the Atlantic, turtles of up to 300 kg have been recorded. In southern Africa they breed (in small numbers) on Bazaruto Island, Mozambique. They are found throughout the year along the coast of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. They can be seen from vantage points on the high, forested dunes, and from Black Rock and Dog Point in the Coastal Forest Reserve section of the Park. Snorkellers and scuba divers often encounter these turtles.

Hawksbill Turtle

This is a relatively small turtle, often weighing less than 50 kg. The beak is bird-like. In adults the upper section of the shell is translucent amber, beautifully patterned with irregular, radiating streaks of black, yellow and light red-brown. The curio trade has caused the decline of this species. The scutes are made into jewellery and sold on the black market. In countries like Singapore and the Philippines, it is estimated that up to 100 000 hatchlings are killed for the curio trade annually, highlighting the vital role that protected areas like iSimangaliso play in the conservation of such species.

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The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority has issued contracts to authorised operators to undertake turtle tours within the Park, either by vehicle or on foot. In the St Lucia and Sodwana Bay sections of the Park, vehicular tours are offered by two concession-holders in each respective destination, while community guides are licensed to take visitors on foot patrols from the Kosi Bay area. Often hailed as a ‘bucket-list’ experience, the attraction of witnessing nesting turtles has proven to be one of the highlights of most visitors’ trips to the Park, and one of the most poignant reminders of why it is so essential that this precious area is conserved in perpetuity. iSimangaliso restricts turtle trips to licensed operators who ensure that there is minimum interference with laying turtles, including the avoidance of camera flashes or spotlights while the turtle is moving up and down the beach to lay.

 

 

Rehabilitation of R74 expected to start soon

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Rehabilitation of R74 expected to start soon

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The Free State Department of Roads and Transport has announced it is in the process of appointing a contractor to rehabilitate the R74, viewed as the gateway to the Drakensberg Mountains.

This is welcome news and we hope the department will deliver on time.
Tourism establishments in the area have suffered desperately low occupancies during the past few years as a result of the exceptionally degraded state of the R74.
Spokesperson for the Roads Department, Hillary Mophete, told Tourism Update “that progress is being made and a tender to rehabilitate and reconstruct the R74 between Harrismith and Oliviershoek was officially published in October.” Subsequently, a consultant has been asked to appoint a contractor to start work on the road in the beginning of December provided that there are no delays caused by weather, such summer rainstorms.
Local tourism businessmen are optimistic that once the road is rehabilitated, a huge improvement in tourism to this diverse and scenic area would result.

Updated – contact numbers: Report Poaching or suspicious incidents

The illegal Trade in Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, Birds, Wildlife, Wildlife items and Marine life in South Africa, is an ongoing concern of conservationists and the general public.

If you need to speak to someone about your concerns, report suspicious activity or to clarify rules and policies, contact:

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife:

Permits Office (Pietermaritzburg) – 033 845 1324 – to clarify rules and policies

Marine Poaching – 083 380 6298

Rhino Poachingwww.stoprhinopoaching.com

Report Poaching or suspicious incidents to:

SMS HOTLINE: 32211

HAWKS RHINO HOTLINE NUMBER: 0713488630

South African Police Service, Crimeline 08600 10111

South Africa Police Service, Skukuza (Kruger Park only) 079 891 5278– W.O. Coetz

Anti Poaching Intelligence Group, Rhino Poaching tips, 0822691364

SANParks, Environmental Crime Investigation +27 (0) 13 735-5109

E.W.T. Rhino Poaching Hotline 082 404 2128

Namibia, Rhino poaching Hotline (00264) 55555

Nashua Wildlife Conflict Management Helpline 082 802 6223

North West Parks Board014 555 1609

N.W.P.B. Steve Dell 083 233 0571

Environmental Affairs and Tourism Ethics line, Environmental crimes, 0800 205 005

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LEATHERBACK SPECIALS – SEPTEMBER 2014

SOME GREAT SAVINGS – September 2014

(Terms and Conditions Apply)

RHINO CLUB benefits:

  1. If your main destination is iSimangaliso, please remember that the expiry date for the current Rhino Card iSimangaliso benefits is 31 March 2015. Therefore, in OCTOBER 2014 only, you can purchase or renew your Rhino Gold card for the period 01 October ending 31 March 2015. Cost R 125 per person – no surcharge applies for this period.

This benefit is re-negotiated annually and we will inform members if we are successful in getting an extension.

  1. If you wish to purchase a Card for the duration of one year, you may still do so. Costs R 250 per person. Surcharge applies for annual membership.

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

LAST MINUTE LEATHERBACKS – NEW BOOKINGS ONLY – 40% DISCOUNT

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 SEPTEMBER – Camps offering the discount VALID FROM now to 30 September 2014. EXCLUDES public holidays and events: Thendele (excludes Mahai), Midmar Dam (Chalets, cabins, camping), Ithala Bushcamps (Thalu, Mbizo, Mhlangeni), Kamberg, Injesuthi, Lotheni, Monks Cowl, Highmoor.

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

LEATHERBACKS OCTOBER/ NOVEMBERCamps offering the 40% discount VALID FROM 13 October 2014 to 30 November 2014 – EXCLUDES public holidays and events: Midmar Dam (Chalets, cabins, camping), Ithala Bushcamps (Thalu, Mbizo, Mhlangeni), Kamberg, Injesuthi, Lotheni, Monks Cowl, Highmoor.

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

LEATHERBACKS EXTRA “WOW” Sodwana Bay Special!!!

SODWANA BAY invites you to enjoy their SEASON SPECIAL – 50% DISCOUNT “turtle-loving” members! Valid for Chalets and Campsites from 13 October to 30 November 2014!!! EXCLUDES public holidays and events:

MORE SAVINGS!!!

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 BREAKFASTVALID from now to 30 November 2014 (excludes public holidays and events). 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 and game drive for R695.00 per person sharing…what a bargain… this package is available from now to 31 October 2014. PLEASE NOTE: During School Holidays this package is only offered in the Non-self-catering (Hotel rooms) chalets.
  • Sunday Lunch Buffet continues to be a bargain at R145.00 per person, but after discount for Club Members only R110.00 per person.
  • 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 BREAKFASTVALID from VALID from now to 30 November 2014 (excludes public holidays and events)

3. GIANTS CASTLE – All chalets – 30% discount including BED and BREAKFASTVALID from VALID from now to 30 November 2014 (excludes public holidays and events)

4. HILLTOP RESORT IN HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVEAll chalets and rondavels – 30% discount including BED and BREAKFASTVALID from now to 30 September 2014 (excludes public holidays and events)

5. 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

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 Lodge

2. SANTA LUCIA LAUNCH TOUR: 25% Gold discount – enquire at St Lucia Estuary Office tel 035 590 1340

 3. KARKLOOF CANOPY TOUR FOR Rhino Club Gold Members: Take your Rhino Card to confirm membership

The Karkloof Canopy Tour Team have offers a generous discount of R 100 per person to you, dependant on availability, 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

Mobile: (+27) 836474595

www.karkloofcanopytour.co.za

4. Pentravel Gold Special – Call into Pentravel PMB office and produce your valid Rhino Gold Card and claim R 250 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!

Kids Club

THE COST OF MEMBERSHIP is ONLY R250 (new/renewal includes Backpack (Olive or Burnt Orange) or sleeveless Fleece, Activity Booklets and Kids Club Outings).

  1. African Bird of Prey Sanctuary. Show your member card and get 20% Discount on your Entry ticket. Cell: 082 9253 023 – See the Aerial display; enjoy lunch at their Coffee Shop; Art and Curio Shop; Childrens Playground.
  2. Free entry to Midmar for you only, if you produce your valid Kids Club card!
  3. 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

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.

VALENTINE’S DAY – SPECIALS

VALENTINE’S DAY FALLS ON FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY!!! Take advantage of these SPECIALS at our Resorts

Please note: Dependent on AVAILABILITY. Gate times: strictly 06hoo to 18h00

Packages which include meals are discounted on accommodation only.

1.  uMkhuze Game Reserve – Mantuma Camp”Rhino Diner and Take-away” VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL!!!

Offered to guests who book in on the 13th to celebrate the 14th. VALID for the  2 bedder chalets and the 2 bed safari tented. BOOK the Bed and Breakfast package and pay only for accommodation – breakfast is FREE on the morning of the 14th only (that is, VALENTINE’S morning).

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2. Ntshondwe Resort at Ithala Game Reserve – Restaurant

WOW!!! FANTASTIC NEW DBB/Game Drive Package (regret no children 3 years and under on game drive): dinner, bed, breakfast and game drive for R695.00 per person sharing…what a bargain… this package is available from now until 31/03/2013 .

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3. DIDIMA RESORT at Cathedral peak – Restaurant

All chalets – 30% discount including BED and BREAKFASTVALID to 28 February 2014 and then from 01 MARCH to 19 MARCH 2014 and from 23 MARCH to 27 MARCH 2014 (excludes public holidays and long weekends unless otherwise specified).

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4. GIANTS CASTLE at Giants Castle Nature reserve – Restaurant –  All chalets – 30% discount including BED and BREAKFASTVALID to 28 FEBRUARY 2014 and then from 01 MARCH to 19 MARCH 2014 and from 23 MARCH to 27 MARCH 2014 (excludes public holidays and long weekends unless otherwise specified).

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5. HILLTOP RESORT IN HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE – Restaurant – Non-selfcatering 2 bed chalets (hotel rooms) – 30% discount including BED and BREAKFAST – VALID to 28 FEBRUARY 2014 (excludes public holidays and long weekends).

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EMERGENCY NUMBER HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE – PUNCTURES!

 Kindly The CORRECT number for False Bay Motors IS 035 562 0220

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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Bed & Breakfast package offered at our four top Resorts

NEWS!!!

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has offers a Bed & Breakfast package at the following Resorts:-

Didima

Hilltop

Ntshondwe

GiantsCastle

For the purposes of affordability and convenience guests now have a better deal, all aimed at enhancing your stay with us.

This rate is applicable to the chalets,  rest huts and honeymoon suites at these resorts.

Kindly note that the RACK rate will no longer apply to these 4 resorts

HOWEVER, the RACK rate will still apply to the Lodges, Bush camps and Bush Lodges.

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