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Durban to Durban
KwaZulu-Natal, South African
Guided Wildlife Safaris Tours
Day 1 : Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park – KwaZulu-Natal
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 – KwaZulu-Natal
Today will be spent on extended game drives to various areas of the Park, with an early start to make the most of the day and to possibly chance upon one of the predators returning to their day-time lair. 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 African legend stalk the verdant savannah. 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. Hluhluwe is characterised by hilly topography, and this northern section of the park is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life. Sightings of rhino, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, and antelope such as impala, nyala and kudu are seen frequently and with the possibility of seeing lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, black rhino, hippo, crocodile, monitor lizard, hyena and antelope such as red duiker, steenbuck, waterbuck, bushbuck and then the rare Samango monkey and wild dog, much less frequently. These drives are conducted with your guide in his vehicle.
|Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park|
Day 3 : Ghost Mountain Inn – KwaZulu-Natal
This morning we enjoy a further game drive and breakfast and depart for the Ghost Mountain Inn in Mkuze where we overnight, arriving in time for lunch and check-in. This afternoon we depart for the nearby Zimanga Game Reserve for an afternoon game drive or hide session, thereafter we return to the hotel.
|Ghost Mountain Inn, Mkuze|
Day 4 : St. Lucia – Durban – KwaZulu-Natal
This morning after breakfast we depart for St. Lucia where we will board a boat for a two hour cruise on the lake estuary in this proclaimed World Heritage Site. Here you are guaranteed to see hippo, and a very good chance of seeing crocodile 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.
|Zimanga Game Reserve, Mkuze|
|iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St. Lucia|