Hluhluwe

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve & Isimangaliso Wetlands Park 3 day Exploration Safari

Trip Details

Take to the Bush in a Big5 full day, Open Game Drive Safari Vehicle in one of the wildest places in Africa, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Gravel roads, rolling hills, hear the roars of the Lion’s . Grasslands and open Plains where Cheetah hunt, watering holes rich with wildlife of every sort, from African Wild Dogs and Elephants to Warthogs. Exploring from the intimate perspective of your 4*4 Open Game Drive Vehicle, encounter the bush and wildlife of beautiful Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve close up. Venture into Isimangaliso Wetlands Park and spend a day exploring the Wetlands, Game Viewing, Snorkeling through this otherworldly wilderness of protected bays and wetlands wonder. Then head of to the St Lucia Estuary on a Boat Cruise to observe Hippo’s, Nile Crocodiles and Birds of Prey.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the sights & sounds of the African Wilderness on a Full Day-Big5 Safari expedition into Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest proclaimed park in Africa.
  • Observe the second highest vegetated sand dunes in the world, grasslands, forests and mangroves in the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site.
  • Set out on a Night Drive to possibly see the elusive Leopard, Buffalo, Hippo and many more.
  • Take a cruise on the St Lucia Estuary to witness Hippo wallowing, Nile Crocodiles basking and African Fish Eagles.

Itinerary – 3 Days

Day 1 — St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal/South Africa

Arrive at the Durban international airport and meet up with your guide for our short transfer to St Lucia, a tiny community at the edge of Isimangaliso Wetlands Park. Gather for a briefing with your guide and get readied for a 2hr Sunset Boat Cruise on the St Lucia Estuary to witness Hippo’s, Nile Crocodiles and a wide variety of Estuarine Birds, then after Dinner at the lodge you are off on a 2,5hr Night Drive into the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park.
4 Star Lodging in St Lucia

Day 2 — Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve Big5 Safari              

Board a 4×4 open game drive vehicle, early this morning as you are transfered to the Umfolozi Game Reserve on the Sourthern section of Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. We’ll set up breakfast in the bush. See the abundance of animal life in this area. Against a backdrop of rolling hills, thick bush and open plains, the Big5 await you, Impala scatter and Giraffe frolic in the open plains. Travel with your knowledgeable guide, taking time to find and observe the exciting wildlife here. Lunch is a traditional South African barbeque in the bush. Tonight, we’ll have dinner at the lodge, listening to the sounds of Hippo grazing. ( 9 hours safari)
4 star lodging in St Lucia

Day 3 — Isimangaliso Wetlands Park

A later start today, 8am pick up as we head up to Cape Vidal on the lookout for marine life and the Samamgo Monkeys that are prevalent here. The entire area a World Heritage Site offers one grasslands, mangroves, vegetated dunes and prestine beach’s. Snorkel in the protected bay, discovering stunning tropical fish species, hidden coves, and game fish. Stop for a picnic and witness the endangered Samango Monkeys. ( 4-5 hours)
After the excursion, you will be transfered to the airport for your flight home.

Trip Cost R6500.00 inclusive of transfer Durban       Trip Cost R3700.00 excludes transfer
Price is per person, double occupancy. Airfare is not included.

GROUP SIZE: 2—10

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