Kwazulu-Natal Big 5 & Drakensberg Mountains Safari

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Kwazulu-Natal Safari & Drakensberg Mountain Tour

6 Days ; 5 Nights

 

Explore the heart of Zululand, rich in history and characterized by a mosaic of hilly topography, woodland, grassland, wetland, forest, mountain ranges, river courses, marshes, sugar cane plantations and remains of the great battles in South African history. The game reserves are home to the free-roaming Big Fiveof the animal kingdom (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino), Visit 2 world heritage sites : iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) and the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains

 

Day 1 and 2 : HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE OR PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

  • Day 1 : Travel from Johannesburg or Durban to the heart of Zululand to one of these game reserves, home to abundantwildlife including  the Big 5 animals as well as numerous other wildlife species including the elusive Wild Dog, Giraffe, Cheetah and Nyala.
  • Day 1 and 2 : Explore this diversity of habitats in a wide range of activities like game drives,  guided walks or guided boat trips. Game Reserve Options are : Hluhluwe or Phinda Private Game reserve

Overnight Venue : Classic Modest or Elegant Luxury 3 and 4-star Value for Money Options or
Exquisite Premium 4 and 5-star Ultimate-in-Luxury Options game lodges available)

Day 3 : TO ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK (Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) AND DURBAN

  • Arrive at the 240 000 hectare Wetland Park, a sub-tropical paradise stretching along the East Coast from St Lucia to Mozambique with dunes, swamp, coastal forests, lakes, rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs, mangroves, savannah grassland, thickets and woodlands
  • Large variety of bird species including large breeding colonies of pelicans, storks, herons and terns.
  • Options :
    • Boat Cruise on the St Lucia Estuary
    • Paddling on one of the lakes
    • Snorkelling at Sodwana Bay
    • Diving
    • Boat-based dolphin and whale (in season) watching
    • Tirtle watching
    • Hiking
    • Horse-riding
    • Visit traditional villages
    • Craft markets
  • Travel to Durban

Overnight Venue : Classic Modest or Elegant Luxury 3 and 4-star Value for Money Options or
Exquisite Premium 4 and 5-star Ultimate-in-Luxury Options game lodges available)

Day 4, 5, 6 and 7 : THE DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS

  • Day 4 : Meander through the Natal Midlands with its gentle beauty : grassy plains ; villages and farmlands to arrive at theDrakensberg Mountains
  • The Drakensberg Mountains are awe-inspiring and truly magnificent. The majority lies in KwaZulu Natal and stretch over 200 kilometres, forming a natural border between Lesotho and KwaZulu Natal. It is known simply as ‘the dragon mountain’ or Drakensberg. The entire Drakensberg is a mosaic of toweringsandstone cliffs, gigantic peaks, hidden valleys and crystal clear rivers, incredible waterfalls, rock pools, mountain streams, caves, crisp mountain air,  its accessible plateau and the numerous passes and slopes that make for some of the best and most strenuous hiking. The average height of this series of mountains is 2 900 metres, with some of the highest mountain peaks in Southern Africa rising as high as 3 482 metres
  • Within the Drakensberg of KwaZulu Natal lies the 243 000 hectare mountain region that is also a World Heritage site, Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Not only does it boast some of the most incredible scenic beauty, but it also has over 600 examples of San rock paintings in caves around the park.
  • Giant’s Castle with its well-preserved ancient rock paintings
  • Picturesque Underberg at the foot of the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains.
  • 4 wheel drive in the magnificent Sani Pass and breathtaking views from the top of the mountain – driver experienced in navigating the notoriously hair-raising bends
  • Day 7 :  Travel to Durban where the tour ends

Overnight Venue : Classic Modest or Elegant Luxury 3 and 4-star Value for Money Options or
Exquisite Premium 4 and 5-star Ultimate-in-Luxury Options game lodges available)

Additional Options to personalize your tour and enhance your Garden Route experience :

  • Extend your Kwazulu Natal experience by adding a Greater Kruger experience
  • Take a flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth or George and add a Garden Route Tour / Eastern Cape Safari Tour

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