KWA-ZULU NATAL

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Our party of seven first-time visitors to South Africa was privileged to have the expert help of Julie from Khaki Fever Safaris to craft our first ever safari in Africa. Julie ensured we had a most memorable and enjoyable experience of the African bush which we could easily have missed out on – including full day Kruger safaris with a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, experienced guide. We saw many different species including the big 5 at close range in the most beautiful settings imaginable. Our lodge was superb with everything we could want, and with it’s own range of “plains game” which greeted us on arrival – a most wonderful introduction to our African stay. Our trip also included a Panorama Route Tour with the Magnificent Blyde River Canyon.  Many thanks Julie for organising a perfect trip in every way which totally exceeded our expectations!

– JUDITH, NEW ZEALAND

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Julie and the team at Khaki Fever Safaris did the most fantastic job of organising a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and my friends when we visited South Africa. Julie understood our brief completely, and provided a great selection of offerings, tailored to our group and was very prompt at getting back to us with any questions we had. The option we chose was absolutely perfect – beautiful accommodation in a tranquil setting surrounded by so many gorgeous animals, delicious meals, fantastic drivers and guides and wonderful day trips to Kruger National Park and surrounding areas. Right from the moment we arrived in South Africa, we felt so welcome – from a handwritten note and gorgeous stainless steel drink bottle gift from Julie and the team, to her checking in along the way to make sure we were having a wonderful time. Thanks so much again – we can’t wait to come back again one day!

– REBECCA, NEW ZEALAND

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ULTIMATE BUSH & BEACH

 

Kwa-Zulu-Natal or “Natal”, as it’s known locally, is a world away from the rest of South Africa. This laid-back province has a permanent “vacation” feel – its golden beaches, great surf, friendly people and lush, sub-tropical climate make it a great destination to relax and unwind. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy a Bush & Beach safari, with game reserves and phenomenal beaches just a few hours apart.

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Phinda Game Reserve – Phinda is a small private game reserve 3 hours north of Natal’s biggest city, Durban. This lush, hilly landscape is home to the Big 5, as well as a healthy cheetah population and the rare and endangered black rhino. The reserve is small with just a few luxury lodges. At Phinda you’ll experience fantastic game viewing, luxury accommodation, great food, and incredible hospitality.

HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE

Not far from Phinda is the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve – the largest game reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal. This hilly landscape is a favourite environment for elephants, rhinos and cheetah. The reserve has affordable accommodation options and is close to other great sights in the surrounding area.

ST LUCIA

Not far from the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve is the quaint coastal town of St Lucia. The town is located on an estuary, right on the edge of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park – a massive conservation area extending far north towards the Mozambique border. St Lucia and the Isimangaliso Park are home to a huge population of hippos and Nile crocodiles, and visitors can spot them on boat cruises up the estuary, or on a game drive into the lush, tropical Isimangaliso Park. The town has many quaint guest houses and a strip of busy restaurants – this is not a destination for escaping the crowd!

UMHLANGA

This bustling “village” just north of Durban is a popular vacation town for both South Africans and foreigners. The busy beachfront is lined with vacation homes and apartments, and the colorful promenade is full of joggers, dog-walkers, and ice-cream vendors. This vibey beach town is also full of great restaurants and shops; and its perfect golden beaches and warm seas are a great spot to catch some rays (or some waves)!

KOSI BAY

Further north, towards the border of Mozambique lies the remote coastal area known as Kosi Bay. The dense forest here gives way to long stretches of deserted golden beaches. This is a truly wild and untouched part of South Africa. Stay in luxury “forest huts” or beach front suites and enjoy the peace and quiet of few people and no vehicles. Enjoy a walking trail through the coastal forest, kayak up the estuary in search of rare birds and hippos, or go on a fishing trip with your expert guide.

The seas here are big, but a swim in the Indian Ocean at low tide is highly recommended! This peaceful part of the country is highly recommended for relaxing and recharging your batteries after, or in between, a busy few days on safari. Tembe Elephant Park is just 40-miuntes from Kosi Bay. This quiet and remote park is off the beaten track and is definitely worth a visit.

THE MIGHTY DRAKENSBURG

The dramatic Drakensberg is a world heritage site, and there’s no wondering why! This mountain range stretches for hundreds of miles between Durban and Johannesburg and offers a huge variety of short hiking trails or longer multi-day hikes through thick indigenous forests, crystal clear mountain streams, and rolling green hills. Each area within the Drakensburg is diverse, offering varied scenery and outdoor activities, so depending on your needs, we can best advise where to enjoy this spectacular destination from!

This is a magnificent getaway for anyone who enjoys peace and tranquility, with the option of taking part in hiking, trout fishing, horse trails, or even a game of golf.

THE ZULULAND BATTLEFIELDS

The mighty Drakensberg Mountains provide a backdrop for what was once the site of bloody conflict between the “Boers” (Afrikaans forces), British soldiers, and the Zulus. For almost 100 years these enemies clashed in bloody conflict on Kwa-Zulu Natal’s grassy battlefields.

Relive this tumultuous time in South Africa’s history by listening to expert historians and storytellers vividly recreating these battles, while bringing to life the soldiers’ personal stories. This is a truly fascinating experience for anyone interested in South Africa’s colorful history.

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