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We decided to come to South Africa for a short visit and wanted to experience a safari ideally near Durban. So after reading the trip advisor reviews decided to book the 4 night safari which included hippos, 'big 5', half day wetlands, night safari, cat rehab and cultural experience. These were booked with Heritage who provided transport as well as really informative and friendly guides. We had David for both the big 5 and the half day wetlands. He was really nice, patient and by the end he was a friend rather than a guide who pointed out animals. We managed to see buffalo, rhino and elephant as well as lots of different antelope species and other game. Unfortunately the cats did not want to play. Thanks for the picnics, with some of the nicest bar b qued food and the wine on the half day tour was a bonus. We would also recommend the cultural tour - learnt so much about the Zulu culture and enjoyed (and participated in) the incredible dancing. If you are thinking about going to Kruger or the smaller intimate game tours offered by Heritage, don't think just book Heritage. You will not be disappointed.

-Tony M-

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Highlights
• Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Safari
• iSimangaliso Wetlands Park / UNESCO World Heritage Site
• uKhahlambe Drakensberg Mountains / UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Midlands
• Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift & Fugitive’s Drift Battlefields

Overview

This 8 day safari / tour package was designed to cover the very best that KwaZulu-Natal has to offer – Drakensberg, Battlefields and Northern Zululand. It is a safari tour that offers splendid and magnificent scenery, historical, cultural and natural heritage. Along with tastefully selected accommodation this safari tour is sure to meet your expectations.

8 Days of Absolute Beauty, KwaZulu Natal

8 Day KwaZulu Natal Safari Package Description

durban midlands day tours

Day 1

Durban / Pietermaritzburg / Drakensberg      (Dinner incl)

Depart Durban and travel inland towards Pietermaritzburg. Amidst hills and rolling countryside of the Natal-Midlands, one of the best-preserved Victorian cities in the world awaits.

Enjoy a brief city tour, including

  • The Tatham Art Gallery
  • Legislative Building
  • St Peter’s Cathedral
  • Church Street Mall
  • The Mahatma Gandhi statue

Continue to Howick and the site where former President Nelson Mandela was captured on August 5th, 1962.

The Natal Midlands is a spectacular region with stretches of farmland, splendid towns, and is also a wonderful arts and crafts route. Check into the hotel and enjoy some leisure time before dinner.

Overnight Champagne Castle Hotel

drakensberg viewing tour

Day 2

Drakensberg                                       (Breakfast, Dinner incl)
Today enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Drakensberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. At Giant’s Castle we enjoy a 45-minute walk to the main caves for a short tour of the paintings and artefacts on display in the museum.  Enjoy some leisurely time late afternoon.

Overnight Champagne Castle Hotel

battlefields kwazulu natal tour

Day 3

Spioenkop / Dundee / Isandlwana (Breakfast, Dinner incl)
Today we make our way to the summit of Spioenkop Mountain. Your guide shall recount and bring to life the Anglo-Boer 9-day battle in January 1900 – the third and bloodiest attempt by the British to relieve Ladysmith. Witnesses to this battle include Louis Botha (the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa), Winston Churchill and Mohandas Ghandi, who led the heroic British stretcher bearers and later became the Mahatma.

Continue to the town of Ladysmith, a town which made world headlines at the end of the 19th century when it was besieged for 118 days during the most crucial stage of the Anglo-Boer War. Its historic heritage gives many fascinating sites to discover. Visit the Siege Museum where a diorama excellently depicts Ladysmith and its surrounding hills at the time of the Siege. Artefacts, documents, uniforms, firearms etc. are on display.  Travel via Dundee to your accommodation which is located in at the heart of the battle sites between the Zulus and the British. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Rorke’s Drift Hotel

8 day zululand battlefieds tour

Day 4

Battlefields                                        (Breakfast, Dinner incl)

Today is dedicated to the exploration of the most famous battlefields of all the many in KwaZulu-Natal. Your guide shall recount the Anglo Zulu War battle of Isandlwana where 20 000 Zulu warriors wiped out almost an entire British regiment and their firepower within 2 ½ hours. Visit Rorke’s Drift Mission where British soldiers, outnumber 35 to 1, fought off 4000 Zulus for 12 hours. This battle generated the award of 11 Victoria Crosses – the highest number to a Regiment in a single action. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight Rorke’s Drift Hotel

boat safari tour

Day 5

Battlefields / St Lucia      (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner incl)
After breakfast, we travel to St Lucia, South Africa’s very first world heritage site. Enjoy lunch followed by a afternoon Sunset Boat safari exciting viewing opportunities of Hippos and Crocodiles await. The highly qualified skippers have a wide knowledge of the rich bird and animal life of the region. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight @Heritage House

hluhluwe-imfolozi park isimangaliso bush and boat safari

Day 6

StLucia/Hluhluwe        (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner incl)
An early start to the day as we head of to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and go in search of the African Big 5. This park is the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa and offers some incredible sightings of wildlife. This full day safari includes a tasty traditional South African bush braai. Your experienced and knowledgeable ranger for the day will undoubtedly get you to the best spots within the reserve. The safari is conducted in an Open Game Drive Safari Vehicle. We end the day in St Lucia.

Overnight @Heritage House

Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari Tips and information

Day 7

St Lucia  / Elephant Interaction & Cheetah Rehab(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner incl) 
Today after breakfast we head north towards Bayete Elephant interaction here you will be amazed and stunned by the beauty of the African Elephants close up not to mention a chance to personally feed them, after lunch we head to Emdoneni a cheetah rehabilitation centre where you will witness and experience Cheetah and other amazing wildlife at the centre. After a thrilling days outing we continue back to St Lucia where you will finally have some free time however not to much as we end the evening with a Night Drive safari into the Western Shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This 3 hour drive on a open game drive vehicle is but a must while in Africa. Hear the bush come alive and go in search of the illusive Leopard, Hippos, Buffalo, Elephants and many other nocturnal animals.

Overnight @Heritage House

self drive hluhluwe

Day 8

St Lucia / iSimangaliso Wetlands Park  / Durban
Embark on a final game drive after breakfast as we travel to the eastern shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park this half day bush and beach safari tour includes snorkelling in a protected bay wildlife and much more.

After which we Travel via the Elephant coast back to Durban where the tour ends on arrival at your Durban based hotel or with drop-off at King Shaka International Airport for your onward flight arrangements

 What is a Safari Then ?

Travel with Heritage Tours & Safaris

 

Explore and discover South Africa with Heritage Tours & Safaris the company is based in KwaZulu Natal,  St Lucia and was established in 2003. The company offers various safari packages highlighting the area and its incredible beauty. All of the above safari packages while in South Africa are conducted within KwaZulu Natal due to its impressive range of game reserves, wildlife and magnificent beaches. Natal is situated in the North East of South Africa, travelling here is easy with a impressive infrastructure.

All national roads from Durban are toll roads making your travels comfortable and safe. Natal offers scenic landscape with a tropical temperature year round, incredible wildlife and splendid beaches for as far as the eye can see.

The province also boasts some incredible history of Boer wars against the mighty Zulu warriors, two distinct world heritage sites within the same province namely the iSimanagliso Wetland Park the first in South Africa and Drakensberg. Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa with an abundance of wildlife including the Big5.

Heritage Tours & Safaris would like to invite you on a once in a lifetime safari package, not only will they ensure that you have a great time but also meet and witness the very best that this country has to offer. The company has fast become the top safari specialist company in the area due to its offering of service, knowledgeable and friendly staff and most importantly passionate rangers. All transfers are conducted in luxury air conditioned vehicles and all safaris are conducted in open game drive vehicles. With no hidden charges nor commissions the company is certain that all of the safari packages offered are true value for money.

Top Safari Tips prior to departing on your next safari.

  • Don't buy new shoes without walking them in, nothing can be more uncomfortable that shoes that have not yet been walked in, also when buying shoes buy ones that have thick rubber soles as the South African thorns are serious.
  • Don't drink water unless it is from a sealed bottle, water is a serious problem in Africa.
  • Camera's and Bags, dust is a problem and no matter what you do it will surely be somewhere. Pack some ziplock bags and ensure that your lenses are sealed at all times nothing can be worse than capturing that amazing shot with grains of sand or dust in the photo
  • Drymac, always take a windproof rain jacket along on any safari no matter what, it can easily rain without much warning in Africa, don't forget those bags for your camera.
  • Clothing, light weight and please try and stay away from brightly coloured clothing when going out on safari.

Safari Packages to South Africa are meant to be amazing, incredible and memorable we trust that we offer just that and we would be delighted if you decide to travel with us.

3 night hluhluwe umfolozi safari package

mandyhc

Fantastic 3 night package!

Thank you very much for the amazing time we spent in St Lucia. The safari tours, hippo cruise, guides Shark, John & Vusi were all great. Very informative and we saw 4/5 of the big 5. Our South African holiday was made truly memorable by your company. Thank you.

ashleymarieh13

If I could rate higher than excellent, I would

These tours were nothing short of phenomenal! Our guides were so knowledgeable, friendly, and hospitable. We went on the hippo river tour, the daytime safari tour and the night safari tour. All three were awesome, and we were able to get.so many wonderful pictures of of the wildlife. Our guide Johnathan on the daytime safari was the best!! You could tell how passionate he was about what he did and that made our day all the better! I would absolutely go back and do this tour again. I can't say enough great things about Heritage.

manuel-i

Best thing to do in South Africa

With my wife, we spent four days in St. Lucia as part of our Honeymoon last year. We did all the tours with Heritage and the experience was incredible: the landscapes, guides and everything was perfect. They prepared a great surprise for our last day, including another safari, just for us, as a gift for our wedding. In few words, the best thing to do in South Africa.

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