Shore Excursion Details

Thanda Safari Lodge (Double Occupancy)

Richard's Bay, South Africa

Thanda Safari Lodge (Double Occupancy)


  • 3 Days/2 Nights
  • Passport

Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive from the Richards Bay Harbor to Thanda Private Game Reserve. The integration of South Africa's best climate and rich bush land has made Thanda Private Game Reserve the top award-winning safari destination in South Africa.

Upon disembarkation in Richards Bay, you will be met by an English-speaking representative who will accompany you on your 2-hour road transfer to Thanda Private Game Reserve.

Thanda is a spectacular private game reserve set in 14,000 hectares of Big 5 indigenous bush. Thanda Safari Lodge is the reserve’s flagship property. Each of the 9 suites has their own majestic master bedroom, double sided fireplace, large bathroom and indoor and outdoor showers. The common areas include an inviting lounge, an expansive deck overlooking a watering hole, a cigar bar, a wine cellar and the Thanda Safari Spa.

On arrival at the main entrance gate, you will be met by game rangers who will transfer you to your lodge in 4-wheel drive open vehicles.

Later in the day, gather for high tea before departing on an afternoon game drive. These are conducted in 4-wheel drive open vehicles, allowing for total freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down Africa's Big 5. After dark, spotlights are used, providing you with the opportunity to view nocturnal creatures and carnivores on the hunt.

Sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush following your game drive with the possibility of viewing several nocturnal wildlife species.

Return to the lodge to freshen up before dinner is served.

The day begins with an early morning wake-up call. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served in the lounge area. Depart from the lodge on an early morning game-drive.

Return to the lodge for breakfast followed by time at leisure to relax around the lodge.
Afternoon tea will be served after which you will depart on a late afternoon game drive.

As the day before, sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush following which you will continue your game drive before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Dinner is served at the lodge.

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.

• 10:30am Disembark in Richards Bay and transfer by road to Thanda Private Game Reserve
• 1:00pm Upon arrival at the main entrance gate of the reserve, guests are met by rangers & transferred to Lodge in 4-wheel drive open vehicles
• 1:30pm A welcome drink is served while guests fill out registration cards and indemnity forms
• 2:00pm Afternoon high tea will be served, guests will be shown to their rooms
• 4:00pm Depart on a late afternoon game drive
• 7:00pm Return to the lodge
• 7:30pm Dinner is served at the lodge
• Overnight at the Thanda Safari Lodge

• 5:00am Early wake-up call - gather in the living area for tea, coffee and biscuits
• 6:00am Early morning game drive
• 9:00am Breakfast at the lodge
• Time at leisure
• 2:00pm Afternoon tea will be served on the patio
• 4:00pm Depart on a late afternoon game drive
• 7:00pm Return to the lodge
• 7:30pm Dinner is served at the lodge
• Overnight at Thanda Safari 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 Thanda 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)

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 accessible rooms at the time of booking.
• No children under 6 years of age are permitted 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 Thanda Safari Lodge (Villa), 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
• ny 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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Excursion Type:

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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