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KwaZulu Natal holidays - close up of  a vulture and jackal in the Drakensberg Mountains

South Africa: Wildlife & Culture of KwaZulu Natal


1PD10D
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
International flights quoted separately
Explore the wildlife & culture of sunny KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, on this wonderful beach safari holiday that includes a visit to a Wild Cat sanctuary & an up-close encounter with African elephants. See sharks, turtles, dolphins & other marine life at uShaka Marine World in Durban & experience Zulu culture, before relaxing on the beach. English speaking guide, all transfers & park fees included.
Disabled Safari Durban South Africa KwaZulu Natal Wildlife
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Durban
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Zulu Village
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Hluhluwe Gamne Reserve
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Big- Five Game dRives
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Rhino Preservation
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Wild Cate Centre
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Elephant Interaction
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Mkuze Game Reserve
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Durban
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Zulu Village
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Hluhluwe Gamne Reserve
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Big- Five Game dRives
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Rhino Preservation
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Wild Cate Centre
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Elephant Interaction
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Mkuze Game Reserve
Day 1
You will be met at Durban Airport and transferred to your hotel in this holiday city, renowned for its golden beaches and reliably warm holiday weather all year round.
  
Check in, settle in and relax in your lush sub-tropical surroundings.
Day 2
Today your guide will show you the highlights of Durban.
 
We start with a visit to uShaka Marine World, situated in the old harbour area that is being extensively re-developed. You will have the opportunity of viewing large indigenous sharks of the Indian Ocean and a wide variety of other marine animals - including turtles, dolphins, seals and penguins. Here there are accessible beach wheelchairs and snorkelling ponds with over 5,000 fish.
 
In the afternoon we drive along Durban beachfront, with its colourful markets, to Moses Mabhida Stadium which was built for the 2010 World Cup. This stadium has a cable car (40 stories high), which offers wonderful views of Durban and its coastline.
 
Our day finishes with a visit to the Sharks Board in Umhlanga, for an audio-visual presentation and shark disection (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday only).
Day 3
This morning your guide will introduce you to the beauty of rural Zululand, renowned for its outstanding beaches and wildlife, as we travel 3.5-hours to Hluhluwe.
 
Along the way we stop at an authentically reconstructed Zulu Village to learn more about Zulu life and culture, including their amazing beadwork. We also meet a sangoma ("witchdoctor").
 
We continue to our lodge situated near Hluhluwe Game Reserve and relax in this outstanding wildlife area.
Day 4
Today is devoted to game viewing in Hluhluwe National Park, travelling with your guide in his air-conditioned vehicle.
 
As you will have the services of a private driver/guide throughout your safari, you will have the flexibility of discussing preferred routings and travelling times with him each day. However we recommend setting off early each morning as the camp gates open (05h30 to 06h00 depending on the season), to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day.
 
One of South Africa’s most beautiful game parks, Hluhluwe is home to all the Big 5 - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - as well as the subcontinent’s largest population of endangered rhino, which this park saved from extinction. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately and hope to see many other interesting species too - including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, kudu, crocodile, waterbuck, warthog and baboon. With over 300 different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
 
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 5
This morning you will have the unique opportunity to interact with two mature orphaned African Elephants. These powerful yet gentle creatures have been hand reared, but now roam free in a large private game reserve. Each morning they visit the viewing area for a snack of game pellets, where you can get up close to them and learn more about these gentle giants.
 
We stop for lunch (own account) at Ilala Weavers, where you can see traditional Zulu basket weaving and beading.
 
In the afternoon we visit a Cat and Cheetah Rehabilitation Centre which cares for animals that have been orphaned or injured in the wild. Here you will see and learn more about some of South Africa's endangered wild cats - including the caracal (lynx), serval and magnificent cheetah.
Day 6
Today is devoted to game viewing in Hluhluwe National Park, travelling with your guide in his air-conditioned vehicle.
 
As you will have the services of a private driver/guide throughout your safari, you will have the flexibility of discussing preferred routings and travelling times with him each day. However we recommend setting off early each morning as the camp gates open (05h30 to 06h00 depending on the season), to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day.
 
One of South Africa’s most beautiful game parks, Hluhluwe is home to all the Big 5 - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - as well as the subcontinent’s largest population of endangered rhino, which this park saved from extinction. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately and hope to see many other interesting species too - including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, kudu, crocodile, waterbuck, warthog and baboon. With over 300 different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
 
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 7
This morning we travel 30-minutes to the small town of St Lucia on the KwaZulu Natal northern coast.
 
Forming part of the Isimangaliso Wetlands, this area has been declared a World Heritage site because of its unique biodiversity and importance to marine conservation.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on the Lake St Lucia estuary, where you may see hippos and crocodiles.  With over 500 different bird species, it also offers outstanding bird watching.
 
Note: You need upper body strength for this activity, as your carer will need to lift you in your wheelchair into the boat . It is not suitable for very heavy guests or powerchairs and there is no accessible toilet on the boat.
Day 8
Today explore the wildlife and wild beaches of Cape Vidal Game Reserve, where you can hope to see rhino, waterbuck, kudu and many other species.
 
You can also browse through the markets in St Lucia village.
Day 9
Today we leave St Lucia and drive 3-hours to the warm Durban North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and excellent holiday weather.
 
Here your guide will drop you off at your hotel to relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Day 10
At leisure to relax independently on the warm golden beaches of the Durban North Coast.
Day 11
Transfer to Durban Airport for your flight home.
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