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Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park – iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Durban to Durban
KwaZulu-Natal, South African
Guided Safaris Tours
Day 1 : Hilltop Camp – Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park
You will be collected by Far and Wild Safaris from your overnight accommodation in Durban or from the King Shaka International Airport, we then drive to Zululand and the Big 5 Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, where we will spend two nights at Hilltop Camp in chalet accommodation, with private bathrooms en suite. Game drive on entering Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, with an open vehicle sunset drive conducted by the Park authorities, the latter part of this drive would be in the dark, finding the animals by spotlight, improving on ones chances of seeing some of the nocturnal species, such as leopard, lion, hyena, genet, bush babies and then the other nocturnal animals such as owls and nightjars.
Dinner at the Hilltop Camp restaurant.
Day 2 : Hilltop Camp – Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park
Breakfast at Hilltop Camp restaurant. Extended guided game drives to various areas of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.in Far and Wild Safaris tour vehicle. Set in the heart of Zululand, this is the oldest game reserve in Africa, where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the "big five" of Africa roam. Established in 1895, game viewing is the prime attraction.
As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, the Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. The Park covers some 96 000 ha and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora.
Wildlife such as White rhino, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, baboon, Vervet monkey, with antelope such as impala, nyala and kudu seen frequently, finding lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, black rhino, hippo, crocodile, hyena and antelope such as red duiker, steenbuck, waterbuck, bushbuck and the rare Samango monkey and wild dog, much more difficult.
Return to Hilltop Camp before the gates close, dinner at Hilltop camp.
Day 3 : St. Lucia – Lidiko Lodge
This morning, more game viewing as we leave the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park to drive to St Lucia Lake Estuary in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, arrive in St. Lucia in time for lunch. We will check into our lodge and then visit the Eastern Shores of Lake St. Lucia, heading to Cape Vidal, game viewing all the while. After a visit to the beach we would continue on the circular route for a game drive before returning to our lodge. Animals that may be seen here include kudu, reedbuck, zebra, waterbuck and other antelope species, Black and White rhino, elephant and on the odd occasion, leopard.
We will overnight at Lidiko Lodge (or similar).
Day 4 : St. Lucia – Durban
This morning we will board a boat for a two hour cruise on the lake in this proclaimed World Heritage Site. Here you are guaranteed to see hippos, and a very good chance of seeing crocodiles and a vast array of bird-life.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has both one of the largest estuary systems in Africa and the continent's southernmost coral reefs. In granting it World Heritage status in 1999, the World Heritage Committee noted the park's "exceptional biodiversity, including some 521 bird species". Situated on the central Zululand coast of KwaZulu-Natal, the park is made up of 13 adjoining protected areas with a total size of 234 566 hectares. Its remarkable biodiversity is a result of the park's location between subtropical and tropical Africa, as well as its coastal setting. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has its origins in the St Lucia Game Reserve, declared in 1895 and made up of the large lake and its islands. St Lucia Park was proclaimed in 1939, containing land around the estuary and a strip of about one kilometre around most of the lake shore.
After our two-hour cruise and lunch we make our way back to Durban, arriving in the late afternoon, where we drop you off at your overnight accommodation or at the King Shaka International Airport in time for your flight.
|Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park|
|iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St. Lucia|
|Lidiko Lodge, St. Lucia|