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Durban to Durban
KwaZulu-Natal, South African
Guided Safaris Tours
Day 1 : St. Lucia – KwaZulu-Natal
A guide from Far and Wild Safaris will collect you after your breakfast from your overnight accommodation in Durban area or from the King Shaka International Airport and drive along the scenic Dolphin Coast into rural Zululand, arriving in time for lunch in St. Lucia village. We will check into our lodge and then visit the eastern shores of Lake St. Lucia, driving to Cape Vidal on the Indian Ocean, game viewing all the while. After a visit to the beach we would continue on the circular route for extended game viewing, before returning to our lodge in the village of St Lucia. 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.
Overnight at Lidiko Lodge (or similar) which offers bed and breakfast accommodation in well appointed air-conditioned, private bathroom en-suite garden rooms. All rooms offer a private patio and lead onto the tropical pool area and park like gardens of the lodge. Dinner in St Lucia Village restaurants.
|Lidiko Lodge, St. Lucia|
Day 2 : Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park – KwaZulu-Natal
After breakfast we go for a two hour cruise on Lake St Lucia Estuary, a World Heritage Site. Here you are guaranteed to see hippo with a very good chance of seeing crocodiles along with a wide diversity of bird-life.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was granted World Heritage status in 1999 when the World Heritage Committee noted the park's "exceptional biodiversity. After our two-hour cruise on the lake and lunch we drive to the Big 5 Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park, where we would spend one night at Hilltop Camp which is located inside this game reserve. Accommodation at Hilltop Camp is in brick under thatch Chalets, each with private bathroom en suite.
Our game viewing commences immediately upon entering the gates of the game reserve. This evening you go on a sunset drive in an open game-viewing vehicle guided by a ranger from KZN Wildlife. The reason for this is to improve on your chances of seeing some of the nocturnal species such as leopard, (that are always difficult to find), lion, hyena, genet, bush babies and then the other nocturnal animals such as the owls and nightjars.
Day 3 : Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park – KwaZulu-Natal
Today will be spent on extended game drives to various areas of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, the Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. The Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park is 96 000 ha in extent, containing an prolific diversity of fauna and flora. Hluhluwe is characterised by hilly topography, with this northern section of the park noted sightings of White rhino, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, baboon, Vervet monkey, and a variety of antelope including impala, nyala and kudu, which are regularly seen with the possibility of seeing lion, black rhino, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hippo, hyena and antelope such as red duiker, steenbuck, waterbuck, bushbuck and the rare Samango monkey and wild dog, much less frequently. These drives are conducted by our guide in his vehicle.
|Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park|
Day 4 : Ghost Mountain Inn / Zimanga Game Reserve – KwaZulu-Natal
This morning we enjoy a further game drive and breakfast in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, then depart for the Ghost Mountain Inn in Mkuze where we overnight. Arrive in time for lunch. Visit the nearby Zimanga Game Reserve for an afternoon game drive, after which we return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 5 : Ghost Mountain Inn – Photographic Hide Session at Zimanga Game Reserve
Participate in an early morning 3-hour hide session at Zimanga followed by an afternoon hide session at another of their hides. You may alternatively do another game drive instead of the hide visit.
Day 6 : Durban – KwaZulu-Natal
After breakfast we drive to the nearby Mkuze Game Reserve. A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkhuze is renowned as an excellent birding venue, with more than 420 bird species on record. Visitors may enjoy excellent animal and bird sightings from the hides in the reserve, especially during the dry winter months.
Late morning we depart the bush and drive to Durban, where we drop you off at the airport or at your overnight accommodation in this city.
|Ghost Mountain Inn, Mkuze|
|Zimanga Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal|