Combining the best of the beach and bush, a KwaZulu-Natal safari is the ideal family holiday. Located in subtropical northern KwaZulu-Natal, the game reserves of the province are in close proximity to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the large rivers and estuaries of the region. They are also close to neighboring Mozambique, which is just a short drive away.
The game reserves of KwaZulu-Natal provide sanctuary for threatened wildlife such as cheetah and black rhino and are also home to the rest of the Big Five. The region also has a very healthy hippo population and you’ll never go too far in the reserves without seeing one of these weighty animals popping out of the water to catch a peak at the passing parade. Bird watching enthusiasts revel in the opportunity to observe more than 500 recorded species of birds, some of them found only in the region.
Easily accessible via scenic self-drive or a road drive from Durban, the reserves of KwaZulu-Natal are perfectly situated for a wide range of activities. Soak up some Zulu culture in a nearby cultural village or relive history with a visit to the battlegrounds in the Natal midlands – scene of some of the most important battles in South African history. For the keen hikers, the beautiful backdrop of the Drakensberg mountain range is also just a short drive away.
The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, in the heart of Zululand, is Africa’s oldest game reserve and is renowned for it’s white rhino conservation program while our favorite reserve in the region, Phinda Private Game Reserve, comprises of 14 000 hectares of prime conservation land with seven unique ecosystems. Choose from one of six luxury &Beyond lodges in the Phinda Private Reserve and experience Africa in style.
A KwaZulu-Natal safari provides the perfect opportunity to soak up some sun on the beach, observe South Africa’s Big Five, check out the local culture and enjoy invigorating outdoor activities all on the same holiday. Watch whales in the bay from June to November or witness the miracle of hatching turtles from November to March. There is always something to do in South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom.