THIS TOUR FEATURES : HORSEBACK SAFARI AT A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. HIPPO & CROC BOAT CRUISE. TRACKING AFRICA’S ICONIC BIG 5 WITHIN THE HLUHLUWE IMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE.
Wherever you are in the Zulu Kingdom you are no more than 3 hours from Africa’s iconic Big 5. That’s where we’re headed but not before we make a few experiential stops. The next 2 days are not just about land rovers and game drives, it’s also about the sheer diversity of nature.
The only thing better than starring out over the sea is taking a microlight flight over the Indian Ocean as the dolphins frolic below. Make the journey north where you’re about to meet some of the most intrepid horses this side of the equator. Saddle up for a 1 hour horseback safari through the iSimangaliso Wetlands. Did you know hippopotamus roam the streets out here? Your final activity for the day takes you to the estuary surrounding St Lucia which is home to several pods of hippopotamus and a good few crocodiles. Jump aboard for a leisurely yet exciting boat cruise (2 hour).
Bright and early the following day your ranger will whisk you away into the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve [2nd oldest on the planet]. Enjoy a 6 hour game drive tracking Africa’s iconic Big 5 animals + other species such as giraffe, cheetah, wild dogs and more. Tuck into lunch before heading back to Durban.
|Destination||Hluhluwe, Isimagaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia|
Tours starts. Your guide will pick you up from your Durban accommodation or at King Shaka International Airport and brief you on your itinerary. Our complimentary Carl Zeiss Terra ED 8×42 binoculars and multi lingual safari guide will be handed over which you may use for the full duration of your tour.
Please note: travellers are not permitted to use the binoculars on the microlight flight.
OPTIONAL EXTRA: Arrive at the microlight flight airstrip and meet your pilots.
Do your safety briefing before jumping into your thermal flight suit and jump aboard for your 30 minute flight over the north coast and the Indian Ocean. Your pilot will introduce you to the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal from above and take you along and over the coast while spotting sea life below. Whale watching is also possible when in seasons.
Depart the airstrip and journey north to the quaint adventure hub of a town that is St Lucia. Your guide will help you unlock the background to the area, site and culture you will pass along the way. As all our guides are national guides we encourage open dialogue with them, in fact they look forward to it.
Arrive at the entrance to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — renowned for its natural abundance and offering a mosaic of landforms and habitat which create breathtaking vistas. iSimangaliso contains critical habitats for a range of species from Africa’s marine, wetland and savannah environments.
Meet the most intrepid horses in the Zulu Kingdom and their human family who are committed to ensuring their wellbeing. Saddle up and embark on a 1 hour horseback safari through the wetlands with opportunities to encounter plains game (antelope, giraffe, zebra, and others.) during the safari. Plains game are very comfortable with horses which allows you an intimate experience of the wildlife.
Enjoy a well deserved lunch.
Join your guide on a short drive to the St Lucia Estuary where you’ll jump onto a jetty and take a therapeutic boat cruise that weaves its way around the several pods of hippopotamus that call the estuary home. Sightings of crocodile and eagles are not uncommon.
Check in at your overnight accommodation and take a moment to relax and freshen up.
Stroll along the single main street of this town to dinner. Your guide will be on hand to recommend his/her favourite restaurants based on your tastebuds. Enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
It’s an early start. Your ranger will collect you from your accommodation in one of their authentic open safari vehicles at promptly 05h00 before whisking you off to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve which just happens to be the second oldest reserve on Planet Earth and the oldest reserve that’s home to Africa’s Big 5.
Your guide will hand over a guide books to you so that you can do a bit of background reading on your way to the reserve. Our safari guide books are available in English, German and French. You will also have access to our high end Carl Zeiss Terra ED 8×42 Binoculars for the day to take your game viewing to the next level.
Pass through the gates and embark on your half day safari game drive (6 hours) — don’t worry we will pause for breaks and leg stretching. Your safari ranger will use his skills and experience to track wildlife and pass on his extensive knowledge of the environment to help you unlock the experience.
The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve is renowned for it’s conservation work with the Southern White Rhino and is responsible for saving them from extinction. The reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Black & White Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo and Leopard) and there are also opportunities to see the endangered African Wild Dogs also known as the painted dogs of Africa as well as cheetah, giraffe, hyena, zebra, over 300 species of birds and offcourse various species of antelope.
Once your game drive comes to an end, your ranger will transfer you back to St Lucia.
Arrive in St Lucia and sit down for a hearty lunch.
Wave goodbye to this adventure town and enjoy a relaxing drive to Durban.
Arrive in Durban/King Shaka International Airport. Tours ends.