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Durban to Durban
KwaZulu-Natal, South African
Guided Safaris Tours
Day 1: St. Lucia
This morning we collect you after your breakfast from your overnight accommodation in Durban or from the King Shaka International Airport and travel along the scenic Dolphin Coast and into rural Zululand, arriving in time for lunch in St. Lucia. 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). Set above the Great St. Lucia Lake on a coastal dune, the main lodge offers bed and breakfast accommodation in well-appointed air-conditioned en-suite garden rooms. All rooms offer a private patio and lead onto the tropical pool area and park like gardens of the lodge.
|Lidiko Lodge, St. Lucia|
Day 2: Hilltop Camp
This morning we 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 also a very good chance of seeing crocodiles and a vast array 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, including some 521 bird species". After our two-hour cruise on the lake and lunch we make our way directly to the “big 5” Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Park where we would spend one night at Hilltop Camp.
Our game viewing commences immediately upon entering the gates into the park. This evening we go on a sunset drive in an open game-viewing vehicle with staff 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
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 4: Zimanga
This morning we enjoy a further game drive and breakfast and depart for the Zimanga Private Game Reserve where we overnight, arriving in time for lunch and check-in. From hereon we are subject to the planned activities at Zimanga - these activities, which take place twice a day, are either a hide session or a game drive.
They never reserve more than two guests per row in the game viewing vehicles. Your guide will make the decision on which of the different species you will concentrate on depending on animal behaviour, weather and activity levels.
Zimanga is home to several state of art photographic hides designed by Bence Mate and built by wildlife photographer, Charl Senekal. These hides are unique in their design and execution in Africa and are already producing potentially award-winning photographs.
Different hides have different levels of activity as the seasons vary. Zimanga cannot be held responsible for the movements of free-roaming wild subjects, as sometimes high season activity can be quiet or vice versa.
Current Zimanga hides are:
Day 5: Zimanga
Today we again enjoy a morning and afternoon photographic session – these activities are set by the guides at the reserve, depending on which will be most rewarding.
Day 6: Zimanga - Durban
This morning after our last wildlife session and brunch we head back to Durban, where we drop you off at the airport for your departure flight or at your overnight accommodation in this city.
|Ghost Mountain Inn, Mkuze|
|Zimanga Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal|