3 Day St Lucia and Hluhluwe Game Reseve Safari Durban Central
Durban, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Durban
Heading north from Durban, we have the vast Hlulhuwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve in our sights – this is the oldest reserve in South Africa, one world-renowned for its historic conservation of the then nearly extinct white rhino. It’s home to the Big Five, as well as more rare sightings such as wild dog and the elusive cheetah. We track game in 10-seater open safari vehicles, so you have unimpeded views of the terrain, the wildlife and, of course, nobody blocks that perfect Kodak moment as the lion approaches…
Our leisurely boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary – part of the World Heritage Site, Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso Wetland Park) – also promises to provide clear sightings of giant crocodiles and hippos. Our tour takes in Veyane Cultural Village, where we spend time learning about the Zulu way of life; we watch traditional dancing, and skilled craftsmen weaving baskets and making beads. There’s so much to experience in this corner of Kwazulu Natal, and if you haven’t captured the Big Five in digital format, you’ll certainly have captured it all in your heart.
Day 1: Durban / St Lucia / Hluhluwe (BD)
We leave Durban by 08h30, arriving at Mtubatuba 11h30 where we meet our guide. We change vehicles and transfer to Veyane Cultural Village where we will have the opportunity to learn more about the way of life of the local Zulu people. We watch and have the opportunity to join in on bead making, mat weaving, playing of local instruments and watch traditional Zulu dancing. Following our cultural experience we head into St Lucia before enjoying a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso Wetland Park), a World Heritage Site, with the opportunity of viewing hippos and crocodiles, African fish eagles and other birds. Following the boat cruise, we continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Bonamanzi Game Lodge or similar
Day 2: Hluhluwe- Imfolozi Park (PB,BD)
A full day game viewing awaits in an open game viewing vehicle in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park renowned for its rhino conservation as well as home to the ?Big Five? plus an abundance of other animal species including zebra, giraffe, cheetah and wild dog. We depart early morning with breakfast packs prepared and undertake our game drive early when the animals are most visible and active. We will also visit the reserves renowned Centenary Centre and Museum that depicts the history of live game capture and translocation of game, especially the white rhino that would no doubt be extinct without the creation of this reserve. With a bit of luck there will be an opportunity for a close-up encounter with an animal or two in the capture bomas (enclosures), awaiting their move to other reserves. Accommodation: Bonamanzi Game Lodge or similar
Day 3: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park / Durban (PB)
Early wake up for a final game drive within the unique and wonderful Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. We return to our lodge in time to check out and connect onto the transfer shuttle back to Durban, arriving in the city at about 16h00.
River cruise is weather dependant.
This tour departs on a Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Tour in air-conditioned mini or midi-buses, and 10-seater open safari vehicles.
Discover Zululand with our professional Tour Guides.
Accommodation Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
All accommodation is of a 3 star standard.
Dining Inclusions 2 Breakfasts.
Plus Hotel porterage included.
KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife Reserves Conservation Levy included.
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