7 Day Exclusive Safari Package
Set out to experience the wonders of Zululand from the unique perspective of the Zulu people who call it home. Settle down in St Lucia a world heritage site be bewildered by the Hippo’s waddling down the streets. Travel to the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa the Hluhluwe Game Reserve as we go in search of the Big 5, witness Zulu war dancing and see of the most amazing Sunsets on Earth. Compliment your adventure with game drives, night drives, walks on unspoiled beaches and visits to local markets. Extraordinary views on a once in a lifetime Safari.
Package Full Description
Day 1 King Shaka International Airport Durban
Meet your personal guide for the duration of your stay. We transfer you to St Lucia, South Africa’s first World Heritage site. Once you have settled in at your deluxe accommodation meet up with your guide for a safari briefing to answer all of your questions, watch the excitement. Next some sightseeing, travel by open game drive vehicle through the quaint little village of St Lucia and get yourself orientated. Meet the resident Hippo’s that roam the streets by night.
Day 2 A World Heritage Site iSimangaliso Safari
A tasty breakfast while listening to the Hornbills and then we are off to iSimangaliso Wetlands Park (Eastern Shores), it’s a day of exploration, through meandering forests, vegetated sand dunes and amazing Savannah grasslands. This open air 4x4 safari gives you panoramic views of Kudu’s grazing, Buffalo stares and Rhino’s resting. Keep your eye out for that elusive Leopard. A short hike to the top of Mission’s a magnetic view awaits you. Meet the Indian Ocean at Cape Vidal, warm tropical waters year round gives you an opportunity to snorkel in a protected bay or just relax on the beach while your ranger prepares a tasty lunch.
Late afternoon we travel up one of the largest estuarine systems in Africa by Boat to watch and see Hippo’s wallowing and Nile Crocodiles basking in the afternoon sun. A two hour epic journey one of wildlife and birdlife. Enjoy a true African sunset.
Day 3 Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa
We pick you up nice and early as we depart for the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Reserve, with an opportunity of witnessing the Big 5, Cheetah and Wild Dogs. Our game rangers know what your expectations are and with years of experience in the reserve they will undoubtedly go out of their way to ensure the most memorable day of your life. Breakfast and Lunch in the bush watch how your ranger creates something mouth-watering. Rich in history this reserve was the backbone of saving the White Rhino from near extinction in the mid 60's and still today the same methods are made use of. Travel through savannah grasslands, thick lush bush and magnificent scenes of Africa all while in the comfort and company of your ranger.
We arrive back late afternoon in St Lucia, enough time to relax, enjoy dinner at the lodge then your off on a Night Drive into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park to go in search of all nocturnal animals including the elusive Leopard. 3 Hours of bush exploration.
Day 4 Tembe Game Reserve some of the largest Tusked Elephants left in Africa
With only the fondest of memories we depart today for Tembe Game Reserve to go in search of some of the largest Tuskers in Africa. Arriving mid-day we get you settled in and then we go on a short orientation game drive. The evening is spent in the reserve as we need a early start next morning to go in search of the mighty Elephants found in the reserve. The area known as the Ivory route in days past still boasts approximately 200 tuskers within a rare eco-system. With no tarred roads within the reserve its only 4x4 country as we go in search of the mightiest Elephants in Africa. With more Elephants currently in Tembe than Kruger National Park you are to be amazed at their magnificent graze and beauty.
The Big Five find their home here - lion, leopard, Black and white rhino and buffalo, as well as more than 340 bird species and myriad of other animals and plants. This is where you will find the Africa of story and legend, of adventure and myth. A place of warm African hospitality.
Day 5 Shaka-Land Zulu Cultural Experience
A traditional Zulu "Umuzi" or homestead, divided into the home of the Zulu's and hotel rooms. A unique resort built on the set of the movies Shaka Zulu and John Ross.
Feel the mysterious and magical Africa as you re live the excitement and days of King Shaka the Zulu King, in the recreated authentic Zulu kraal.
Experience the sight of assegaai-wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and the beer-drinking ceremonies.
Day 6 Durban Zimbali Coastal Resort
Travelling East towards the Dolphin Coast, under an abundant forest canopy, you will overnight at Zimbali - Zulu for "valley of flowers". A sanctuary unlike any other in South Africa, this charming unspoiled region is a nature lover's wonderland. Allow yourself to be pampered by the expert health and beauty spa team.
Day 7 King Shaka International Airport Durban
After a delightful breakfast your guide and personal friend will drop you off at King Shaka International Airport as we bid farewell.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park was proclaimed as a world heritage site in 1999. The area is enormous and stretches from St Lucia in the South to the border of Mozambique in the North. This Tour will be conducted in the Eastern Shores of the park. Tours depart daily and may also be conducted as either early morning or late afternoon tours.
First Class Service
We had a four day stay with Heritage Tours and from arriving to leaving everything was meticulously organised. Jon was a very knowledgeable leader on the game drives doing his utmost to share his expertise and, of course, find the animals. Altogether a marvelous experience which I would willingly revisit tomorrow. Highly recommended.
We decided to come to South Africa for a short visit and wanted to experience a safari ideally near Durban. So after reading the trip advisor reviews decided to book the 4 night safari which included hippos, 'big 5', half day wetlands, night safari, cat rehab and cultural experience. These were booked with Heritage who provided transport as well as really informative and friendly guides. We had David for both the big 5 and the half day wetlands. He was really nice, patient and by the end he was a friend rather than a guide who pointed out animals. We managed to see buffalo, rhino and elephant as well as lots of different antelope species and other game. Unfortunately the cats did not want to play. Thanks for the picnics, with some of the nicest bar b qued food and the wine on the half day tour was a bonus. We would also recommend the cultural tour - learnt so much about the Zulu culture and enjoyed (and participated in) the incredible dancing. If you are thinking about going to Kruger or the smaller intimate game tours offered by Heritage, don't think just book Heritage. You will not be disappointed
It was an amazing experience! The guides were awesome (I'd ask for John!) and extremely knowledgeable. He knew where to take us to see what we wanted. We even managed to find the elusive black rhino whom he had only seen twice in his five years of working there! The hotel accommodations are incredible - 5 stars in my opinion especially for what we paid. We did a night safari, went to a cheetah reserve, and experienced a traditional Zulu cultural tour. My only wish is that I had more time to be on the safari just looking for animals and observing their behaviors!