Safaris in Zululand and near Durban
Kruger, Cape Town and the Garden Route are undeniably - and understandably - South Africa's biggest pulls for first time visitors. However, the Rainbow Nation is a huge country, and there are so many wonderful places to explore if you look beyond the obvious.
KwaZulu-Natal is one of these places - covered with green rolling hills, thick forests and waterfalls, rich in fascinating and tumultuous tribal history, fringed by beautiful beaches and packed with wildlife. If you're a second-timer to South Africa or you're eager to stray off the beaten track, we can't recommend it highly enough.
Choosing a safari holiday in KwaZulu-Natal will give you a real twist on the traditional route and provide you with plenty of chances to get a glimpse of the Big Five. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, in the very heart of Zululand, is famous for its white rhino population and a brilliant spot for a self-drive safari.
The private game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal are buried amidst the lush, wild landscape of the region, which is criss-crossed by rivers and dotted with wetlands. Phinda Game Reserve is a world-class safari destination described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder‘ for its diverse wildlife and ecosystems. Here, in addition to Big Five game drives, you can also glide down rivers, track rhino on foot, swim with whale sharks and even go on a scuba safari!
Nambiti, Thanda and AmaKhosi private reserves also offer exhilarating game drives set against stunning backdrop of Zululand, complete with experienced guides and luxury accommodation. Whether you dream about star-gazing from a Hemingway-style safari tent or staying in a rock lodge suspended over a deep valley, there's bound to be the perfect type of safari lodge for you in KwaZulu Natal.
Not only this, but KwaZulu-Natal has a truly remarkable coastline that ranges from the remote and untouched coves of St Lucia Wetlands Park to the busy resort beaches surrounding Durban. It's a coastline of true contrasts, where coral reefs and turtle breeding grounds meet chic bars and shopping malls. This makes it a fascinating region to explore as well as the perfect place for a safari and beach getaway all rolled into one.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge within Africa’s oldest game reserve - the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. The lodge offers morning and evening game drives which are conducted in open Land cruisers with professional guides.
Children aged 4 years and older are welcome.
AmaKhosi Safari Lodge
AmaKhosi Safari Lodge is situated in the Big 5 Amazulu Private Game Reserve, about 4 hours north of Durban. The magnificent River Suites offer superb views of the flowing Mkuze River. Early morning and late afternoon guided walks and game drives take you in search of the wildlife.
Children of any age are welcome.
The 5* Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge has 8 luxury suites and one honeymoon suite, and each suite has a private viewing deck and an interior featuring a contemporary eclectic mix of local African design.
Children aged 8 years and older are welcome.
Thanda Tented Camp
Thanda Safari Tented Camp is situated approximately 300 km north of Durban in the Big 5 Thanda Private Game Reserve. Each of the luxury tents is set on the slope of a hill and offers spectacular views of the reserve from a private viewing deck.
Childrenaged 6 years and older are welcome.
Thanda Safari Lodge
Thanda Safari Lodge is located in a 14,000 hectare Big 5 reserve 300 km north of Durban. The 9 luxury bush villas have a private splash pool and viewing deck, sala, lounge, fireplace and a full bathroom with an inside as well as an outside shower.
Children of any age are welcome.