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.
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.
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!
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)!
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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