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    KwaZulu Natal Safaris

    Set along the warm Indian Ocean waters of South Africa’s east coast, KwaZulu Natal is a haven of natural splendour and a world class safari destination. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites the area is comprised of the vast mountain ranges of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg through to the lakes and wetlands of the expansive iSimangaliso Wetland Park in St Lucia. The Drakensberg escarpment rises 3000m above sea level and boasts more rivers than any comparable area in the country. The northern coast is world-renowned for remarkable scuba diving while the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo) reside in the plains of Zululand. KwaZulu Natal safaris are renowned for their highly populated game reverse and diverse landscapes and vegetation.

     

    With nearly one hundred protected areas it is no wonder that the Kingdom of the Zulu offers diverse ecosystems spanning savannah lands, wild bushveld, beaches, alpine and marine riches, waterfalls, and riverine gorges. This makes for a great variety of wildlife and bird species as well as water-loving animals including hippo and crocodile. KwaZulu Natal safari destinations holds a proud cultural heritage with private game reserves placing extremely high value on conservation efforts and community upliftment. Rhino conservation has been of specific interest in the region. When you’re not in search of wildlife on a Big 5 game drive, or getting involved in community and conservation initiatives, this is the perfect location to head to the beautiful coast, surf, fish, hike, or soak up the warmth of the African sun. KwaZulu Natal safaris offer an abundance of activities and as well ad warm climates throughout the year.

    Malaria:

    KwaZulu Natal is a malaria-free area.

    Location:

    KwaZulu Natal lies on South Africa’s warm east coast.

    Getting there:

    By Road

    The reserves are a 2- to 4-hour drive from Durban, 1 to 2 hours from Richards Bay, or a 5- to 7-hour drive from Johannesburg with most routes along the N2 highway.

     

    Flying

    Fly from all major centres in South Africa to Durban’s international airport. Flights on selected airlines are available to Richards Bay. Private charters from any location in South Africa can be arranged to selected reserves airstrips.

     

    Flight Duration

    • Cape Town to Durban: 2 hours
    • Johannesburg to Durban: 70 minutes

    Wildlife:

    Private game reserves place a high priority on conservation efforts and community upliftment with rhino conservation of specific interest in the region.

    Spectacular Big 5 encounters, crocodile sightings, and turtle tours in season. Further, you will see giraffe, zebra, varieties of intriguing antelope, hippo, warthog, and hyena to name but a few.

    Highlights:

    • KwaZulu Natal is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Mountain Range and iSimangaliso Wetland Park in St Lucia.
    • The northern coast is world-renowned for remarkable scuba diving.
    • Guests near St Lucia can enjoy water activities in the ocean and lakes including fishing, boat safaris, and kayaking.
    • Zulu cultural tours.

    Reason to go:

    • Incredible year-round climate for beach and bush combination tours.
    • Unique eco experiences and conservation initiatives.
    • Ideal for families, honeymooners, and adventurists as well as conservation activists and keen photographers.
    • Incredible natural scenery and diverse landscapes.

    Special Offers:

    We have some fantastic specials offers including PAY STAY deals, Honeymoon offers and discounted rates available for both international travellers and SA residents. View all specials on our specials page here: special offers

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    Mountain Lodge

    &beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

    All ages

    From CA$ 836 per person per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Tented Camp

    Thanda Private Game Reserve

    +6 years

    From CA$ 404 per person per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Leopard Mountain Lodge

    Manyoni Private Game Reserve

    +12 years

    From CA$ 444 per person per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Nambiti Plains

    Nambiti Private Game Reserve

    +8 years

    From CA$ 376 per person per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Bayete Zulu Private

    Manyoni Private Game Reserve

    All ages

    From CA$ 240 per person per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Forest Lodge

    &beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

    All ages

    From CA$ 836 per person per night

    Best-price guarantee

    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Rhino Sands Safari Camp

    Manyoni Private Game Reserve

    +13 years

    From CA$ 606 per person per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Vlei Lodge

    &beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

    +12 years

    From CA$ 1,042 per person per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Nambiti Hills

    Nambiti Private Game Reserve

    All ages

    From CA$ 347 per person per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Homestead

    &beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

    All ages

    From CA$ 9,758 per villa per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Cheetah Ridge

    Nambiti Private Game Reserve

    All ages

    From CA$ 263 per person per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Safari Lodge

    Thanda Private Game Reserve

    All ages

    From CA$ 700 per person per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Rock Lodge

    Phinda Private Game Reserve

    +12 years

    From CA$ 1,042 per person per night

    Best-price guarantee

    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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    Villa Izulu

    Thanda Private Game Reserve

    All ages

    From CA$ 6,909 per villa per night

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    Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

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