Bush & Boat Big 6 Safari

This one day safari tour includes a half day Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Safari and then a late afternoon Boat Safari on the St Lucia Estuary. Experience both the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa as well as South Africa's very first World Heritage site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Safari Duration 6/7 Hours

Hippo Boat Cruise 2 Hours

Trip Highlights on this Bush & Boat Safari

•Experience the oldest proclaimed Big 5 reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve.

•Explore South Africa’s first World Heritage Site by Boat.

•Learn about the Big 5 and the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park with your knowledgeable game ranger.

Bush & Boat Safari

This one day Bush & Boat Safari takes you into the oldest proclaimed park in Africa, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, and then onto the St Lucia Estuary South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. Follow the less traveled roads into the Umfolozi Game Reserve, through the spectacular landscapes of this Big 5 Reserve, late afternoon we travel by boat on the St Lucia Estuary, South Africa’s first World Heritage site.

On this once-in-a-lifetime, experience extraordinary views, magnificent African Sunrise & Sunsets.


Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, St Lucia / South Africa   Its a early departure 5:00am board our 4*4 open game drive vehicle as we travel to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. (6 Hour Bush Safari in a Open Game Drive 4×4)

Once at the Umfolozi Game Reserve Gate (Nylazi gate) your personal guide will offer you some additional information and history on this splendid game reserve and then we set out on a safari in search of the big 5.   With rolling hills, amazing scenery your guide is sure to make this safari a memorable one. Breakfast in the bush, piping hot coffee in hand while listening to the sounds of the African Bush (full continental breakfast included). We travel to the southern section the Umfolozi past Mpilla as this remains the best suited area for witnessing Lions, Elephants, Rhino’s and Cheetah not to mention the Wild Dogs that frequent this part of the reserve.

After an eventful morning we travel to St Lucia, Isimangaliso Wetlands Park ( A World Heritage Site since 1999) to board the Hippo & Croc Boat Safari, this 2 hour boat cruise gets us up close to the residant Hippo’s and Nile Crocodiles basking on the shores of the Estuary. The total length of the Estuary is 85km and one of the largest in Africa. It is estimated that more than 800 Hippo’s and 1200 Crocodiles reside in the area. The birdlife in the area is magnificent with an amount of 450 species witnessed during the year. Hear the calls of African Fish Eagles, watch newly born Hippo’s display child like tendances.

The day ends with fond memories and your ranger bids you farewell.


Bush & Boat Safari

We booked the half day safari at Hluhluwe-imfolozi game park and the St. Lucia estuary boat tour as a package. We were picked up by our driver Mbeki at 5am and taken to the game park where we had an awesome game drives with plenty of animal sightings and breakfast in the bush. It was a pleasant experience and we enjoyed it very much. In the afternoon we did the boat trip to watch hippos and crocodiles at the St Lucia estuary. The guide Dennis was very knowledgeable and gave a very good insight in the animals. It's a great way to see a bit of everything if you've got limited time, like we did. We highly recommend the company and the guides.



Our tour guide Jacques took us on an amazing trip down the St Lucia river. We got up close with Hippos in their natural habitat and learned a lot about their habits in the wild. He was also very knowledgeable on many other marine animals and birds. Overall a great experience.


Professional & Well Organised

We have done two tours with Heritage Tours & Safaris - 2 h Hippo Tour and the full day Hluhluwe safari tour. Both tours where amazing.

We have seen many animals and got a good overview/description of the animals' behaviour/living situation from the tour guides.

In general, the company staff and the tour guides where very professional and well organized.



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Vessels/ Boats


All Bush & Boat Safaris are conducted aboard the 15 Seater Shoreline Vessels on the St Lucia Estuary. Our vessels offer the shallowest draft thus getting into the shallowest water on the estuary possible. This is incredibly advantages as one now has the opportunity in getting much closer to all of the wildlife while out on the Estuary. 

With ample space, comfortable seating and incredible skippers one is assured of a magnificent trip up the estuary. Please do make sure that you do not forget your Camera, extra memory cards and a light jacket if possible. Aboard Shoreline one is also allowed to bring a small cooler along.

Incredible views and amazing wildlife

Incredible views and amazing wildlife


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