Half Day Safari
On this tour, we take a maximum of eight guests to the mountain village of Istan. We then leave the tarmac road behind, take our two buggies off the trailer, and enter the beautiful Sierra Nieves National Park. Four of our guests can then travel by buggy while the other four travel in the Land Rover. The roof is also opened and two people can stand up and ride if they wish. For the buggy drivers, a full safety briefing and short test drive is given, then the buggies are allowed to go off and enjoy the off-road experience, followed by the Land Rover. We travel high into the mountains using the old trade routes and cattle tracks, stopping whenever you wish for photo opportunities, drink breaks, to see our range of Safari merchandise or for you to change drivers and passengers in the buggies. Our safari will travel through this very special National Park (see info below) all the way to the village of Monda where our buggies are put back on the trailer and we join the tarmac again. The hidden secret of Castillo de Monda is just a short drive away where we stop for refreshments. This castle is now a luxury hotel and a great place for our safari to visit (see Castillo DE Monda info below). After the break in the castle, we travel back by buggy and Land Rover again off-road through the national park all the way back to Istan. * A great Adventure for all the family!
Important InformationFor bookings please telephone Alan on (+34) 602 440 859 – English Alan on (+34) 602 423 824 – English or email us via the contact page. All prices are available on application, this is due to the numerous options available including duration, number of clients, departure times, food requirements and transportation if required. We have decided that to serve you better an accurate cost is best given by contacting us first so that a tailor made day can be compiled to suit your needs. There is nothing worse than putting prices "from"... when it is not applicable to the majority of our clients. Each of our buggies has two seats. The drivers must have a full driving license with them. Passengers can ride the buggies from 4 years old. Drinking water is available at no cost from our on board fridge. Refreshments can be purchased in the castle. Official Safari merchandise is always available. Special discounts available for large groups or families with children. Please contact us for more details, and to check availability before paying.
Sierra Nieves National ParkThe national park Sierra DE las Nieves is located in the hills behind Marbella and to the east of the road to Ronda from the Costa del Sol. The park centers on Mount Torrecilla (1909m) and covers an area of 30km by 20km or 18,530 hectares. This mountainous area has seen little human influence or activity (cultivation) even historically and has a rich variety of flora and fauna. As the name suggests, it can be snow-covered in the winter. The area was studied in the 19th century by Swiss botanist Edmond Boissier and in 1933 by Luis Ceballos. In 1970 the park was declared a National Hunting Reserve and in 1995 a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Castillo DE MondaLey lines meet on the hilltop where El Castillo de Monda stands today. Is this why since earliest times man has sought refuge here. According to local legend, Munda and Monda are one and the same and from Julius Cesar’s memoirs, it was in 45 BC, when the famous Battle of Munda was fought, bringing the Roman civil war between the forces of Cesar and Pompeii to an end. Before the Romans, Monda Castle has been an important settlement and garrison. An archaeological dig found pottery and tools from the Phoenicians in 2000 BC and since then many artifacts from the Moors have been found, who had the strongest identity for centuries. The castle was thriving under it’s Moorish influence and restoration in the sixth century by the Hammudies. Trouble flared when Catholic King Ferdinand and Isabella tried to reclaim Spain from Muslim rule in the 8 th century. Feuding ensued throughout the peninsular and by the 9 th century only the kingdom of Granada (Monda stayed in this kingdom) was still under Muslim rule. This lasted till 1485 when the catholic forces finally took over the ramparts. The defeated Muslims were allowed to stay inside the castle walls, provided they convert to Christianity. The castle finally became forbidden territory following the Mudejares uprising in 1570. All the inhabitants were expelled and the village of Monda settled at the bottom of the hill. It remained neglected for over 400 years until the present owners saw their dream of restoring a castle in a spectacular setting come true. After 6 years of painstaking craftsmanship Mr Freestone and Mr Norris opened El Castillo de Monda as a distinctive and timeless hotel. Today it is not just a landmark but a second home for others to share in a unique position above the village of Monda protected by the Unesco biosphere of the Sierra de la Nieves.
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Free pick-up and return in our Land Rover, anywhere along the N340 coast road between Marbella and Fuengirola, on the Costa del Sol.
Pick-ups elsewhere for a small fee!