Sand Forest: Explore the beauty of South Africa with our tours!

Welcome to South Africa’s Sand Forest! We are a lodge that is situated right at the heart of South Africa’s nature reserve, which can be found on the edge of the ancient sand forest laying on the west side of False Bay park in the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park. 

Our wonderful lodge is the best place for you if you want to explore this unique side of Africa since we are only 10 minutes away from the wonderful village of Hluhluwe and 20 minutes away from Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. 

Our self-catering accommodation has everything you need for a comfortable stay in the wilderness of South Africa. Inside our lodge, we have several comfortable, two-bedroom cottages. If you reserve our en-suite cottage, you would be treated with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a kitchenette, mosquito nets, a barbeque facility and a private patio. 

Before you give us a visit, we would like to inform you that loud music, televisions and other devices that could create a disturbance in nature wouldn’t be allowed in the cabin. This is to ensure that we don’t attract animals and disturb their rest. 

If you are worried about possible entries from predators, we have electrical points all over the campsite to protect our guests. These electrical points can only stan the intruder and not harm them in a significant way. If you want to know more about our tours, here’s a list of details that you need to take note of: 

Our offered trips: Exploring South Africa 

South Africa is a place full of surprises. It is a land that is mostly reserved for nature and animals, thus it is mostly inhabited and its natural beauty is well-preserved. Explore the beauty of South Africa’s Sand Forest with the tours offered below: 

Explore Kwazulu Natal 

Get a feel of all the wonders in South Africa with this self-drive tour in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Sneak a peek inside the history of Kwa-Zulu Natal and explore the safari in our day trip tour. As one of the most beautiful provinces in the country, Kwa-Zulu can give you more than just a spellbinding view of the forest. You will also find towering cities here along with scenic countryside views. If that isn’t enough, the dazzling marine reserves in the area would surely have you dazed. 

To start the tour, you need to pick up the car you hired in Durban. After that, you can follow our guide as they amble through the beautiful town and dainty little shops in the Midland. As you go down the Drakensberg, you can hike or hairpin drive on the road for a touch of excitement in your journey. After going over the Drakensberg drive, you will find the ancient battlefield where a major clash took place. Our guide would tell you the story as you go. 

The trip will end at the Elephant Coast where you can find the most beautiful white beach view you would ever see in the country. Your guide will let you be on this part of the trip but you can still call them whenever you need. It is up to you to decide what you want to do with your day. Whether you want to go snorkelling or diving, you only need to reach out to us and we will help you prepare the gears that you need.

Off the beaten track in Lesotho and South Africa

Want to experience a combination of marine exploration and safari adventure? This tour would be perfect for you. For this tour, you will explore the land-locked Lesotho where you would ride a horse to your destination. You might want to hold fast to your saddle, this would be one exciting ride! 

The main attraction of this tour is the horseback adventure you would have as you explore the dramatically beautiful mountain kingdoms. While riding your trusty steed, you will also travel across the Drakensberg mountain to find our lodge at the off-beaten track Sand Forest lodge. While riding down with your horse, you will be exposed to a view of the majestic waterfalls, ancient rock paintings and canyons. 

After the horseback ride, you can spend a day or two on the Elephant Coast where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the beach as you discover more about South Africa’s aquatic life and marine reserves.  

If the adventure isn’t enough for you yet, you still have the Phinda Private Reserve to look forward to. This subtropical paradise supports seven ecosystems, which gives you ample opportunities to see the captivating animals in South Africa. 

Different types of tours that we offer

Searching for the perfect tour for you and your friends? Here’s a list of the different kinds of tours that we offer. Be sure to check the feature of each tour before you book our services: 

Shore excursion tours 

If you favour marine beauty over land, this tour would be suitable for you. This is a boat or cruise ship trip where you can explore the wonders of the Elephant Shore. Feel the sea breeze blow on your face as you sit by the white sand shore. 

If you want to see what beauty lies beneath the crystal waters, you can schedule a dive or snorkelling activity. Here, we will take you to the most popular reefs in the area while also giving you a peek inside the marine life of South Africa 

Adventure or sporting tours 

Feeling a little bit adventurous? Our adventure and sporting tour is sure to give you the time of your life as you go around climbing in the rocky planes of South Africa. Here, we offer different kinds of activities that include hiking around the reserve trails, horseback riding, mountain climbing and even bungee jumping. You will never run out of things to do for this tour! 

Combination tour

Get a taste of it all when you book our combination tour, this tour allows you to experience the beauty of both the land and the seas as you go on different adventures that would push you to the limits. Dive deep into the sea and swim with the fishes as you explore their reefs and discover magnificent new species.

As you settle on the land, you can get an eye full of the most colourful floras. Meet endangered faunas and test how far you can go on adventurous mountain trails. Our combination tour presents you with endless possibilities for adventure. See how far you can go today and book our tour!

Tour inclusions: What’s inside our tour packages 

If you are wondering about what is included in our tour packages, here’s a sneak peek of what we have prepared for you. What’s amazing about Sand Forest is that we allow our guests to customize their tour packages. If you want to remove any of these inclusions to lessen your bill, you can certainly do so. Here’s everything we have in our tour packages: 

  • Transportation – South Africa can be a dangerous place to explore when you are alone. For that reason, we have already prepared your transportation to make your tour easier for you. This transportation package can include both airfare and car rental. You can remove this option if you wish to use your vehicle during the tour. Our transportation can take you from hotel to airport and even tour you around the destinations in Sand Forest. 
  • Accommodation – Sand Forest is a tour company that offers a comfortable lodge for our guests. You can stay in our cabins as you enjoy the beauty of nature around you. Take a look at the countless stars in the night sky as you cook barbecue with your family. 
  • Sightseeing – The best part of our tours is our sightseeing trips where we would take you to the most popular spots in Sand Forest reserve. Here, you will see the different ecosystems surrounding the park. You can also experience feeding the animals and observing them from your vehicle.  
  • Itineraries – Here at Sand Forest, we offer three kinds of itineraries: circle, open-jaw and hub and spoke itinerary. The circle itinerary includes bringing you back to your starting point using a different route for a pleasant exploration of the South African reserve. 

The open-jaw itinerary is a tour that begins and ends at different points. This is a perfect tour for you if you don’t want to retrace your steps in your tour and explore as much of South Africa as you can. 

Lastly, the hub and spoke itinerary is a tour where you can leave behind your stuff in your hotel as you explore the surrounding areas in your lodge. This allows you to have an easier tour without packing and unpacking time and time again. 

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