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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure - Phinda Private Game Reserve

Tour description

Discover Africa's wildlife in four-wheel drive open vehicles whilst enjoying a touch of luxury during your bush experience. Situated in the lush northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 56,800 acres (23,000 hectares) of prime conservation land. Seven diverse habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black and white rhino.

01MIDRCB-A Phinda Private Game Reserve  

Departure: Richards Bay, March 31, 2015

Duration: 2 Days/1 Nights

Re-join ship: Durban, April 1, 2015

Reserve by: December 23, 2014

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  

Discover Africa's wildlife whilst enjoying a touch of luxury during your bush experience. Situated in the lush region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve comprises 43,240 acres (17,500 hectares) of prime conservation land. Seven diverse habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black and white rhino. Exciting game drives in 4-wheel drive open vehicles allow freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down the reserve's incredible diversity of mammals. Phinda is the proud winner of prestigious ecotourism awards.  

DAY ONE - Richards Bay/Phinda Private Game Reserve

Depart the ship in Richards Bay and travel by luxury coach the 1.5 hours to Phinda Private Game Reserve. On arrival at the Reserve's main gate, you are met and transferred in open 4x4 vehicles to the deluxe Forest Lodge. A welcome drink is served whilst registration cards and indemnity forms are handed out to be signed. Then, enjoy a light lunch, after which you will be shown to your rooms. (Rooms are not usually available before 2:00 p.m.) There is time to freshen up and enjoy the amenities of your deluxe accommodation, complete with sitting area, personal bar, private veranda with plunge pool and romantic al fresco shower.

Guest areas include a spacious u-shaped building with a central courtyard incorporating sitting and dining areas. A shaded terrace offers spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld.

Gather for afternoon tea on the patio before departing on a late afternoon game drive in 4-wheel drive open vehicles. These provide off-road tracking for Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. After dark, spotlights are used which may reveal nocturnal creatures and carnivores out hunting.

Sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, followed by the drive back to the lodge and a sumptuous dinner.  

Overnight in Forest Lodge Suites - Phinda Private Game Reserve.

DAY TWO - Phinda/Durban

After an early wake-up call, gather in the living area for tea/coffee and biscuits. Thereafter, depart on a game drive at sunrise, a time that is particularly exciting when the bush comes to life. After approximately two hours of tracking wildlife, return to the lodge and enjoy a full breakfast. After breakfast, prepare to check out and depart Phinda by open safari vehicle taking you back to the exit gate of the private reserve. Here switch to the coach for the 2.5-hour journey to Durban. Before heading to the port, a brief orientation drive will acquaint you with the highlights of Durban. Your return to the ship concludes your Phinda Safari experience.

Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The game drive traverses over uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bringing a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Phinda is in a low-risk malaria area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication. Animal sightings are frequent but cannot be guaranteed.

Programme Includes:

·        One-night at Forest Lodge (or similar) - Phinda Private Game Reserve

·        One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.