Best Safari Trips from Durban

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park


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Traveling to Durban and have some time to explore. Herewith our list of the very best safari trips from Durban.

As always it largely depends on what exactly it is that one would like to experience. Durban to a large degree is fortunately well situated that you can enjoy and experience some of the very best that South Africa has to offer in a small area.

What exactly are the BEST SAFARI TRIPS from Durban ?

As the name suggests Safari then it has to be a Safari Park, and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park has to be the very best Park in KwaZulu Natal if not South Africa. Why then may you not have heard of it yet, well consider the fact that Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed park in Africa, compared to Kruger National Park it is small 96000 hectares in size. The park is synonymous and world re-known for its SAFE THE RHINO campaign in the 60's when less than 100 Rhino's roamed the planet. Further more this incredible park once too was used by King Shaka himself as hunting grounds.

This park is a BIG 5 RESERVE (Lion, Buffalo, Rhino, Leopard and Elephants) Wild Dogs and Cheetah are also present as well as Antelope and much much more.

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The park makes for some spectacular safari options, accommodations, guided walking trails and of course magnificent scenery.

How far exactly is Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park then from Durban a mere 250 km. For more tables and Distance's. This is undertaking on the National Road (N2) and is also a toll road. The road is immaculate and truly well maintained. Travel past sweeping sugar fields, forestry and impressive Ocean views of the Indian Ocean.

If its the African Big 5 that you are seeking it really is our Best Safari trip from Durban.


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(South Africa's very first world heritage site)

Not only has one the unique option of enjoying a Big 5 Park in close proximity to Durban but one may also discover the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This park was proclaimed as a world heritage site in 1999 (Unesco).

Enormous in size this park stretches from the quaint village St Lucia in the south and ends on the border of Mozambique in the north. Ironically St Lucia lies directly East of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and therefore is easily accessed from Durban either as a day outing or a overnight visit.

St Lucia is world known as the Home to the Hippo. Why ? well due to the fact that these animals walk freely around the village at night in search of grazing.

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This is a common and virtually nightly occurrence. One that all residents will attest to. Not only do Hippos roam the village but Bush Babies may be heard from your veranda at night among-st many many other nocturnal wildlife species.

So what would this have to do with the Best Safari Trips from Durban then ?

While in St Lucia one has the possibility of enjoying Hippo & Croc Boat Cruises departing every two hours (sunset trip is the Best ), or discover why then the area is a world heritage site by enjoying a full or half day Safari into the park from St Lucia.

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Best Safari Tips from Durban


Know what Park it is that you are going to and what it offers.


Any water source in any park is invaluable for sightings.


What's Available, in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Day Safaris

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Safari Packages

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal


St Lucia

Bush & Boat

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi & iSimangaliso Safari

Most Popular Safari Packages

3 Night

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari

4 Night

Zululand, St Lucia Safari

The Best Trip Ever!!! 

John & David 5 Out Of 5 Stars

Reviewed 4 August 2015
Thank you very much for a great time,

We spent with Heritage Tours & Safari.

Special thank you to Vusi and our safari guides,

John and David. All three days were amazing!

Visited July 2015

Excellent Trip

Ngcebo 5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed 1 week ago

Well done on the service of the staff at Heritage Tours from the office staff to guides.

Went on a half day safari with Ngcebo as a tour guide who was very informative and knowledgeable about the game.

Was a pleasure to have him as a tour guide.

Visited February 2017

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