7 Day Exclusive Zululand Safari
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 Hippo’s 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 unspoilt beaches and visits to local markets. Extraordinary views on a once in a lifetime Safari.
•Experience Shakaland, Zulu customs, culture and home life
•Explore the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe Game Reserve 96000 hectares of wildlife
•Travel to the first world heritage site in South Africa, iSimangaliso Wetland Park
•Witness of the largest Elephants in Africa at the Tembe Game Reserve
•Zimbali Coastal Resort
•4 Open Game Drive Safaris
•1 Boat Safari
•1 Night Drive Safari
Itinerary – 7 Days
Day 1 King Shaka International Airport Durban
Meet your personal guide for the duration of your stay. We transfer you to St Lucia, South Africa’s first World Heritage site. Once you have settled in at your deluxe accommodation meet up with your guide for a safari briefing to answer all of your questions, watch the excitement. Next some sightseeing, travel by open game drive vehicle through the quaint little village of St Lucia and get yourself orientated. Meet the resident Hippo’s that roam the streets by night.
Day 2 A World Heritage Site iSimangaliso Safari
A tasty breakfast while listening to the Hornbills and then we are off to iSimangaliso Wetlands Park (Eastern Shores), it’s a day of exploration, through meandering forests, vegetated sand dunes and amazing savannah grasslands. This open air 4×4 safari gives you panoramic views of Kudu’s grazing, Buffalo stares and Rhino’s resting. Keep your eye out for that elusive Leopard. A short hike to the top of Mission’s a magnetic view awaits you. Meet the Indian Ocean at Cape Vidal, warm tropical waters year round gives you an opportunity to snorkel in a protected bay or just relax on the beach while your ranger prepares a tasty lunch.
Late afternoon we travel up one of the largest estuarine systems in Africa by Boat to watch and see Hippo’s wallowing and Nile Crocodiles basking in the afternoon sun. A two hour epic journey one of wildlife and birdlife. Enjoy a true African sunset.
Day 3 Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa
We pick you up nice and early as we depart for the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Reserve, with an opportunity of witnessing the Big 5, Cheetah and Wild Dogs. Our game rangers know what your expectations are and with years of experience in the reserve they will undoubtedly go out of their way to ensure the most memorable day of your life. Breakfast and Lunch in the bush watch how your ranger creates something mouth-watering. Rich in history this reserve was the backbone of saving the White Rhino from near extinction in the mid 60’s and still today the same methods are made use of. Travel through savannah grasslands, thick luck bush and magnificent scenes of Africa all while in the comfort and company of your ranger.
We arrive back late afternoon in St Lucia, enough time to relax, enjoy dinner at the lodge then your off on a Night Drive into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park to go in search of all nocturnal animals including the elusive Leopard. 3 Hours of bush exploration.
Day 4 Tembe Game Reserve some of the largest Tusked Elephants left in Africa
With only the fondest of memories we depart today for Tembe Game Reserve to go in search of some of the largest Tuskers in Africa. Arriving mid-day we get you settled in and then we go on a short orientation game drive. The evening is spent in the reserve as we need a early start next morning to go in search of the mighty Elephants found in the reserve. The area known as the Ivory route in days past still boasts approximately 200 tuskers within a rare eco-system. With no tarred roads within the reserve its only 4×4 country as we go in search of the mightiest Elephants in Africa. With more Elephants currently in Tembe than Kruger National Park you are to be amazed at their magnificent graze and beauty.
The Big Five find their home here – lion, leopard, Black and white rhino and buffalo, as well as more than 340 bird species and myriad of other animals and plants. This is where you will find the Africa of story and legend, of adventure and myth. A place of warm African hospitality.
Day 5 ShakaLand Zulu Cultural Experience
A traditional Zulu “Umuzi” or homestead, divided into the home of the Zulu’s and hotel rooms. A unique resort built on the set of the movies Shaka Zulu and John Ross.
Feel the mysterious and magical Africa as you re live the excitement and days of King Shaka the Zulu King, in the recreated authentic Zulu kraal. Experience the sight of assegai-wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and the beer-drinking ceremonies.
Day 6 Durban Zimbali Coastal Resort / Ushaka Marine World
Travelling East towards the Dolphin Coast, under an abundant forest canopy, you will overnight at Zimbali – Zulu for “valley of flowers”. A sanctuary unlike any other in South Africa, this charming unspoilt region is a nature lover’s wonderland. Allow yourself to be pampered by the expert health and beauty spa team.
Day 7 King Shaka International Airport
After a delightful breakfast your guide and personal friend will drop you off at King Shaka International Airport as we bid farewell.
Group size min 2 and max 10 clients per outing, larger groups may be accommodated with prior arrangement.