Shore Excursion Details

Phinda Mountain Safari (Double Occupancy)

Richard's Bay, South Africa

Phinda Mountain Safari (Double Occupancy)

DETAILS

  • 3 Days/2 Nights
  • Passport

Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 56,800 acres of prime wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent's finest game-viewing experiences, Phinda features Africa's wildlife at its best. Often described as the "Seven Worlds of Wonder," with its seven distinct habitats, Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife from the largest lion to the smallest antelope. This fully inclusive program promises to be an unforgettable experience.


DAY 1

Depart Richards Bay harbor and drive approximately 2.5 hours to the Phinda Private Game Reserve.


Upon arriving at the Phinda Mountain Lodge, you will enjoy a welcome drink while checking in to the hotel. Afterwards, you will have time to settle into your accommodations before lunch and then departing on an afternoon game drive. The suites at Mountain Lodge each have their own private veranda, outdoor shower and plunge pool allowing you to savor the outdoors and fresh mountain air.


Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Herds of elephants are often seen meandering through the fever tree forests, while white rhinoceroses are usually found grazing on the grassland.


the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, where you might see nocturnal wildlife. In time, you will return to the lodge for dinner and to spend the evening.


DAY 2
The day begins with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing. As before, you will head into the bush in an open-topped 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.


You may catch sight of a shy red duiker grazing on fallen leaves and fruit. The elegant nyala antelope is seen even more frequently, as Phinda boasts one of the highest densities of the species. The male nyala has a dark brown coat, yellow legs and shaggy mane, making it particularly spectacular. The female nyala features a less flashy, but no less beautiful chestnut coat. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.


Following your game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast, followed by leisure time throughout the day to perhaps take a nap or maybe relax around the rim flow pool that follows the natural curves of the mountain, providing impressive views of the Lebombo foothills. Enjoy an in-room massage treatment or participate in one of the optional activities provided by the lodge. Optional activities may include bush walks, cultural excursions, scuba safaris and specialist safaris such as birding, photographic, tracking, luxury walking safaris (additional expenses may apply and space must be reserved at the lodge)


Lunch and afternoon tea are included before meeting for your evening game drive.


Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, where you might see nocturnal wildlife. In time, you will return to the Phinda Mountain Lodge for dinner and to spend the evening.


DAY 3
After breakfast and check-out formalities, transfer to the main entrance where you will board a vehicle for your road transfer to Durban’s King Shaka International airport. The travelling time is approximately 4.5 hours. A box lunch will be provided for the drive.


Arriving at Durban’s airport you will check-in for your flight to Port Elizabeth.
Upon arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport you will be met and transferred by road to the Port Elizabeth Harbor where you will re-embark the ship.


Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations that are beyond our control. All program details, including timings and any flights indicated below, are approximate and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Shore Excursion team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.


Day 1
• 8:30am Depart Durban harbor and transfer by road to the Phinda Private Game Reserve
• 12:30pm Arrive at the Phinda Mountain Lodge, complete indemnity forms, welcome drink
• 1:00pm Lunch and free time
• 4:00pm Afternoon tea prior to game drive
• 4:30pm Afternoon game drive
• 7:30pm Return to lodge and freshen up prior to dinner at the lodge
• 8:00pm Dinner at the lodge
• Overnight at Phinda Mountain Lodge


Day 2
• 5:00am Early-morning wake-up call, tea and coffee is served in the main lodge
• 5:30am Embark on a morning game drive
• 8:30am Return to the lodge for breakfast and free time
• 12:00pm Lunch
• 4:00pm Afternoon tea prior to game drive
• 4:30pm Afternoon game drive
• 7:30pm Return to lodge and freshen up prior to dinner at the lodge
• 8:00pm Dinner at the lodge
• Overnight at Phinda Mountain Lodge


DAY 3 – timings are dependent on flight details
• 6:00am Early breakfast at the lodge followed by time to gather belongings and check-out formalities
• 7:00am Depart Phinda in 4x4 open vehicles and transfer to the main entrance gate
• 7:30am Transfer by road to Durban Airport (lunch box included)
• 12:00pm Arrive at the airport and check-in for the flight to Port Elizabeth
• 1:20pm Flight Durban to Port Elizabeth (flight details TBA and subject to change)
• 2:35pm Arrive in Port Elizabeth, collect luggage and transfer by road to the harbor
• 4:00pm Approximate arrival time of arrival at the harbor


Luggage information:
Guests are limited to a maximum of one 20 kg/44 lb bag on domestic flights, plus one small carry-on that fits under the seat or in an overhead bin. Anything in excess will be subject to fees imposed by the airline and payable upon check in at the airport.


Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations)


  1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.


  2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regards to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)


  3. These documents need to be sent to the Cruisetours Team via Reservations at NCL at least one month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).


  4. Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which NCLH nor our local ground operator will be responsible for.


Expected Weather:
South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.


Expected weather in February: Guests should expect rain at some point during the day. The average temperature will remain around 31°C/88°F high and a low of 20°C/68°F.


What to Bring:
Sunhat, sunblock, camera and warm layers as the mornings and evenings may be cooler. Binoculars are also recommended. Bring a swimsuit as well.


Local Currency:
ZAR (USD not accepted at the lodge – credit cards are accepted)


Electricity:
South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels and lodges have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms. If you bring electric equipment, take along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs. Outlets in South Africa require a three-pronged adapter plug with 3 round prongs. Adapters should be brought from home as not all will be provided. Be aware, however, that overnight recharging may not be possible where generator use restricts the availability of electricity.


Documents and Visa Requirements:
A valid passport is required. Please consult the embassy to obtain the latest visa regulations for your country of origin.


VERY IMPORTANT – The name on your cruise booking, passport and any visas if required, must all be exactly the same for flight ticket purchase for this program otherwise guests may be denied travel by flight. Please ensure that all documents are identical in spelling to the names provided for your cruise reservation including first, middle and last name. Manifests generated by the cruise line must match your travel documents.


Please Note:
• One room is included in the per person single or double cost of this program and will be assigned for any bookings up to 2 guests regardless of cabin size on the ship. If additional bedding or rooms are required for this program, please contact Norwegian Cruise Line in advance of travel to request and price accordingly. Requests must be received at least 65 days before departure and confirmations will be based on availability at the time of request.
• The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the reserve.
• While this is a safari area, the animals are wild and so sightings cannot be guaranteed.
• During early morning game drives in open vehicles it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker.
• During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are not covered – and guests are therefore exposed to the elements. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sunblock and sunglasses, as well as their cameras and binoculars.
• The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy. Not recommended for guests with back and neck problems or pregnant women.
• This program is suitable for guests with walking disabilities, providing that a travel companion or spouse accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.
• No children under 6 years of age are allowed on safari.
• This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers; however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.


Program Includes for guests:
• 2 nights at Phinda Mountain Lodge (Suite), including meals with local beverages and game drives
• Limited drinks package, soft drinks available all day, house wines and local spirits and beers on evening game drives, pre-dinner and at dinner
• Economy-class flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth
• Transfers in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle with PA system
• Qualified English-speaking driver/guide to accompany on transfers to and from the lodge
• Porterage for maximum 1 piece of luggage per person
• 1 x 500 ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers
• Lunch box on Day 3


One room is included in the per person single or double cost of this program and will be assigned for any bookings up to 2 guests regardless of cabin size on the ship. If additional bedding or rooms are required for this program, please contact Norwegian Cruise Line in advance of travel to request and price accordingly. Requests must be received at least 65 days before departure and confirmations will be based on availability at the time of request.


Program Excludes for guests:
• Gratuities for drivers and guides
• Personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service
• Any meals or beverages not listed above including premium brands and Champagne
• Visa fees if required per your nationality
• Excess or overweight luggage fees
• Any optional activities on the Game Reserve that require a fee


Need to Know:

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.


All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations.


Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Mid-cruise overland programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.


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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Adventure
Wildlife Tours

Activity Level:

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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