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Durban to Durban
KwaZulu-Natal, South African
Guided Safaris Tours
Day 1 : St. Lucia
A Far and Wild Safaris guide 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 shores of the Indian Ocean, game viewing all the while. After a visit to the beach, we would continue on the circular route for more game viewing before returning to our lodge in St Lucia late afternoon. 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, 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.
|iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St. Lucia|
|Lidiko Lodge, St. Lucia|
Day 2 : Hilltop Camp – Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park
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 Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park, a Big 5 game reserve, where we would spend two nights at Hilltop Camp. Accommodation 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 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 – Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park
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 : Mkuze Game Reserve – Ghost Mountain Inn
Another early morning game drive in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi park and enjoy lunch here.
After lunch depart for the Ghost Mountain Inn, in Mkuze where we overnight, arriving in the late afternoon, an ideal venue at which to relax and enjoy Africa in comfort.
Day 5 : Mkuze – Ithala – Ntshondwe Camp
After breakfast we drive to the nearby Mkhuze Game Reserve. Mkhuze is renowned as an excellent venue for birding enthusiasts, with more than 420 bird species on record. The reserve has an astonishing diversity of natural habitats, from the eastern slopes of the Lebombo Mountains along its western boundary, through broad areas of acacia savannah, large swamplands and a variety of woodlands and riparian forest. Animals to be found in the reserve include black and white rhinoceros, elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, zebra, nyala, blue wildebeest, warthog, impala, kudu and other smaller antelope. Rare species occurring are cheetah, hyena, red duiker and suni. Visitors may enjoy excellent animal and bird sightings from the hides in the reserve, especially during the dry months.
We then make our way to the Itala Game Reserve to overnight at Ntshondwe Camp. This magnificent reserve, tumbling from the heights of the Ngotshe Mountains a thousand meters down into a deep valley, carved over the eons by the Phongolo River revealing the world's oldest rock formations, is a game viewers paradise.
Day 6 : Durban
After breakfast and another game drive in the Itala Game Reserve, we drive to Durban via a different route that takes in some of the rural landscapes of KwaZulu Natal, arriving in time for your departure flight from the King Shaka International Airport or to drop you off at your overnight accommodation in the Durban area.
|Ghost Mountain Inn, Mkuze|
|Ntshondwe Camp, Itala Game Reserve|