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Phinda Forest Safari (LIZ-RIC) - Double Occupancy

Port Elizabeth, Afrique du Sud

Phinda Forest Safari (LIZ-RIC) - Double Occupancy

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  • 3 Days / 2 Nights

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.


Special Note: Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour.


Program details and the number of game drives are subject to change depending on flight details:

DAY 1
Disembark in Port Elizabeth and transfer to the airport to check-in for a flight to Durban.


On arrival at Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, an English-speaking representative will meet and accompany you on a road transfer to Phinda Private Game Reserve. A packed lunch will be included for the journey. The travel time is approximately 4 hours.


Situated in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal and bordering the World Heritage Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Phinda comprises seven distinct habitats which shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo) and over 380 bird species.


Phinda Forest Lodge is cradled in a maze of ancient vegetation. Each air-conditioned suite provides serene, reflective spaces to watch the secrets of the forest unfold. Tiny suni and red duiker graze among the vines and massive tree trunks, and a short walk to the main guest area could easily become a close encounter with a graceful nyala or an agile impala.


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. Check-in and then you will be shown to your room.


Enjoy some time to check out your new surroundings before dinner at the lodge and overnight.


DAY 2
The day begins with an early morning wake-up call. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served in the lounge area before you depart on an early morning game-drive accompanied by your rangers and trackers. Game drives 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.


Return to the lodge for breakfast followed by time at leisure to relax around the lodge as you wish. The lodge includes a rim-flow swimming pool at the edge of the forest, an interactive kitchen, Safari Shop, traditional boma for open-air dining and in-room massage treatments. Optional (additional cost) activities may be available and are bookable only through the lodge while you are there. These include Zulu village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, an ocean safari, black rhino tracking on foot as well as specialist safaris such as birding, photographic, rhino notching, tracking, walking, family and private safaris.


Gather for high tea before departing on an afternoon game drive. 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. After dark, spotlights are used, providing you with the opportunity to view nocturnal creatures and carnivores on the hunt.


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

DAY 3
Enjoy one final early morning game drive and then return to the lodge for breakfast and check-out formalities.


Thereafter transfer to the main entrance where you will board a vehicle for your road transfer to Richard’s Bay Harbour where you will re-board 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 - timings and a game drive on this day are dependent on actual flight times once assigned, below is a sample itinerary
11:30am Disembark in Port Elizabeth and transfer to the airport
12:00pm Check-in for your flight to Durban
1:20pm Flight to Durban (flight details TBA and subject to change)
2:35pm On arrival collect your luggage
3:15pm Transfer by road to Phinda Game Reserve (lunch box included)
7:00pm Upon arrival at the lodge, check-in and freshen up prior to dinner
7:30pm Dinner is served at the lodge
Overnight at the Phinda Forest Lodge


DAY 2
5:00am Early wake-up call
Gather in the living area for tea, coffee & biscuits
6:00am Early morning game drive
9:00am Breakfast at the lodge
Free time at leisure
12:30pm Lunch followed by free time at leisure
3:30pm Afternoon tea
4:00pm Afternoon game drive
7:00pm Return to the lodge
7:30pm Dinner is served at the lodge
Overnight at Phinda Forest Lodge


DAY 3
5:00am Early wake-up call
Gather in the living area for tea, coffee & biscuits
6:00am Early morning game drive
9:00am Breakfast at the lodge
10:00am Gather belongings and complete check-out formalities
10:30am Transfer to the main entrance gate
11:00am Transfer to Richard’s Bay harbor
1:30pm Approximate arrival time at Richard’s Bay harbor


Expected Weather:
South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is June and midsummer is December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year. Expect it to be hot during the day and much cooler in the evenings. On average - 25°C / 77°F


What to Bring:
Sunhat, sunblock, camera, chargers, binoculars, something warm as the mornings and evenings may be cool


Local Currency:
ZAR (credit cards accepted)


Electricity
South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels and lodges have hair dryers and plug adapters in the bedrooms.
If you bring electric appliances, 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 can 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.


Luggage information
On the flight guests are permitted to check-in 1 piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches).
Hand luggage cannot exceed 3 kg (7 lbs).


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 Shore Excursion 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 NCL nor our local ground operator be responsible for.


Documents and Visa Requirements:
Guests must bring their passport with them
Please consultant the embassy to obtain the latest visa regulations for your nationality.


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:

  • 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
  • During early morning game drives in open vehicles it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker or jacket
  • Please note that the game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be “bumpy”. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back & neck problems
  • Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed
  • Children under 6 years of age are not permitted
  • This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers however, the program at the lodge is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge staff.


Program Includes for guests

  • 2 nights at Phinda Forest lodge (Suite) including accommodation, game drives, all meals and local beverages during meals and afternoon game drive.
  • Limited drinks package, soft drinks available all day, house wines and local spirits and beers on evening game drives, pre-dinner and at dinner.
  • Transport in a luxury air-conditioned coach with A/C and PA system
  • Lunch box on Day 1>
  • Qualified English-speaking tour 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
  • Economy class flight per the itinerary details


We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your sailing, then you will be staying at the lodge listed in the program.


Program Excludes for guests:

  • Any other meals not listed above
  • All other drinks including Champagne and premium brand spirits and liquor
  • Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers and lodge staff
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curio shop purchases and laundry
  • Overweight or excess luggage fees on the flight
  • Any other discounts or promos offered by NCL including but not limited to Latitude and Free at Sea discounts


Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter duration 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. Not combinable with any other discounts or promos including but not limited to Latitude and Free at Sea discounts.


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.


Need to Know:

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.

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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Type d'excursion :

Aventure
Excursions observation de la faune

Niveau d'activité :

Titre de l'image
  • 1
    Facile
  • 2
    Moyen
  • 3
    Difficile
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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