Big 5 Safari Holiday

Big 5 Safari Holiday

Discover & Witness Africa's Big 5 on a Safari Holiday, Visit the oldest Proclaimed game reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and South Africa's first World Heritage site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

When one imagines the Mighty Big 5, one can but only think of African Sunsets, Wildlife, and Magnificent Savannahs as far as the eye can see. Our Big 5 Safari Holidays capture the essence of exactly that. Explore and Discover the beauty of KwaZulu Natal, if it's wildlife that you seek.

Our Big 5 Safari Package Holidays offer you the chance to enjoy and experience true Africa. Set in northern KwaZulu Natal, Zululand with its subtropical weather year-round, pristine wilderness areas, world heritage site, and the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

Join us on one of our magnificent Big 5 Safari Holidays, all safaris are about enjoying sightings of wildlife in their natural habitat. Meeting and making new friendships and discovering new destinations.

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Our Big 5 Safari Holidays/Packages include all of the highlights within the area, and each Safari Holiday Package includes as many outings as possible. Unfortunately, we feel that while you are with us that we show you everything possible. All Big 5 Safaris are conducted in Open Game Drive Safari Vehicles, unlike many other service providers.

What are the Big 5?

The Term Big 5 refers to:

Originally hunters referred to these animals as the Big 5 due to their difficulty in being hunted.

The Buffalo is considered the most dangerous of all of the Big 5, being incredibly territorial they can charge at astonishing speeds and can inflict severe damage if not death. Elephants with their incredible strength, Lions with their amazing speed and agility, Leopard's elusiveness, and of course the massive and near extinct Rhino.

Big 5 Safari Holiday into Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

All of our Big 5 Safaris are conducted in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This 96000-hectare reserve is rich in history and in itself rescued the Rhino from near extinction in the 60's when less than 100 Rhinos roamed the planet. Shaka Zulu himself made use of the lower Umfolozi as his personal hunting grounds and remnants may still be seen today.

Officially opened in 1895, the park was divided into two separate parks formerly known as the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and the Umfolozi Game Reserve. Today one is able to enjoy both parks when entering either gate.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Wildlife includes the Big 5, Wild Dogs, Cheetahs, Nyala, WaterBuck, Hyenna, Hippo, Kudu, Nile Crocodiles, Giraffes, and many other species.

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Big 5 Safari Holiday into iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first World Heritage site

Officially declared a world heritage site in 1999 (Unesco) iSimangaliso Wetland Park is an amazing park to visit while on Safari in South Africa. This is the 3rd largest protected park in South Africa and covers an area of 3280 square kilometers. Ironically the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park are only 54km apart from one another, yet another reason to visit.

St Lucia a small town on the southern side of the park forms part of the heritage site. This is one of the only towns that have Hippos roaming through it during both day and night time.

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Big 5 Safari Holiday with Heritage Tours & Safaris

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Heritage Tours & Safaris was established in 2003 and is the largest privately owned safari tour operator in the area. With numerous years of experience in the service industry, they will undoubtedly ensure that they exceed your expectations while out on any one of the Big 5 Safari Holiday Packages. Based in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa's very first world heritage site.

The company offers you multiple overnight safari package holiday options. Each is unique and depends on the amount of time you have to discover the local area. With no hidden commissions, charges, or add-ons.

Each Holiday Safari Package has been designed with an emphasis on you, highlighting the most fascinating areas to visit.

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Big 5 Safari Holiday Options

1 Night Adventure that includes Big 5 Safari, Hippo Boat Cruise, Accommodation and of course an African Sunset Safari


It was my first time in South Africa and I had never done a safari before. This trip exceeded all my expectations and was very surreal! Our guide, Jabo, was especially amazing and helpful making sure we went to all the good spots. I had the best big 5-day safari ever and would definitely recommend it!

2 Night Bush & Beach Safari Package that includes Big 5 Safari, Hippo Boat Cruise, Accommodation, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Tour and of course an African Sunset Safari

A 2-night tour package I will never forget! Fantastic!

We had chosen a 2-night package Safari and it included pick up from Durban and staying in the At Heritage B&B lodge. It was more than we could have hoped for. It was a safari package that we had hoped for.

Spot wildlife up close with your personal knowledgeable guide, African sunrise in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve & Sunsets in Ismangaliso Wetlands Park. Enjoy seeing Hippo/Nile Crocodiles while en route up the St Lucia Estuary by boat, and go in search of the elusive Leopard, Rhino, or Buffalo while out in the bush at night on a Sunset Safari.

Trek into Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve (oldest proclaimed park in Africa), Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (World Heritage Site), some of the most impressive sights in the world with 5 natural ecosystems.

Once in a lifetime accommodation and Safari experience

From arranging our tour with Bev via email, transferring to and from Durban, and during our tours and safaris we were looked after.

Set out to experience the wonders of Zululand from the unique perspective of the Zulu people who call it home. Settle down in St Lucia a world heritage site be bewildered by the hippos waddling down the streets.

Travel to the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa the Hluhluwe Game Reserve as we go in search of the Big 5, witness Zulu war dancing and see of the most amazing Sunsets on Earth. Compliment your adventure with game drives, night drives, walks on unspoiled beaches, and visits to local markets. Extraordinary views on a once-in-a-lifetime Safari.

Best company with the best guide!

Nothing but great things to say about this company and their guide Arno. They are prompt, on time, great value for money, informative and so much fun.

Our most popular Big 5 Safari Holiday by far. This nonstop package has it all and includes the very best that one may want to see and experience.


1 word - WOW!!! We made our booking with Nele, who was quick on recommendations, and bookings and made an effort to make my birthday special.

KwaZulu Natal has so much to offer the ideal destination for a true Bush and Beach destination. This 9 Night Exclusive Safari Package journeys to the most scenic and splendid areas within KwaZulu Natal.

If it's a longing for wildlife, sunsets, and tranquility then you are in for a super treat. Enjoy South Africa's very first world heritage site (iSimangaliso Wetland Park) as well as explore the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

The package includes a multitude of outings excursions and safaris on a daily basis.

The package is Exclusive and is the ideal way to enjoy Africa with either friends or family.


South Africa has long been one of the very best destinations in which to enjoy an African Safari Holiday. The top reasons are access, affordability, and of course the wonderful varying landscapes found within the various provinces of South Africa. Its diversity and beauty make for an unforgettable safari holiday destination.

KwaZulu Natal is mesmerizing, to say the least, the weather is ideal year-round and its people are incredibly friendly. Please note that all Big 5 Safari Holiday Packages do not guarantee sightings of any of the Big 5 due to all safaris taking place within there natural habitat.