KwaZulu-Natal Safaris

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.

 

 

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andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge

Situated in the Phinda Private Game reserve, guests will be enthralled by the wealth of African wildlife including the Big Five, cheetah and rare black rhino. Experienced guides lead guests on game drives and walking safari’s during the day, offering visitors exciting opportunities to connect with nature. Perched high upon a cliff face, the six luxury suites at andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge in KwaZulu Natal overlook a lush valley and Leopard Rock.

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andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge

andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge maintains the luxurious feel you’ve come to expect from all the andBeyond lodges, including Phinda Forest Lodge and the Rock Lodge. Phinda Game Reserve offers guests the opportunity to view the Big 5 on day and night safaris, walking safaris, river cruises and canoeing. Each lodge has its own special brew of ingredients that makes guests feel as if they’re having the time of their lives, and Mountain Lodge’s  magic lies in its magnificent setting, sumptuous feasts, individual attention, and a feeling of being ‘on top of the world’, whilst watching wildlife on the plains below.

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andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge

The award-winning andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge has skilfully combined exquisite design with conservation, bearing in mind the ecology of the surrounds.  Each stilted suite offers uninterrupted views of nature: wake up to the sights and sounds of the forest from the comfort of your bedroom, and drink in the spectacular evening light that filters through the trees. The forest will work its magic on you, and before too long, you’ll be mesmerised by the lush greenery and the soft, flickering light.

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andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge, located in the Phinda Game Reserve, is a gracious and elegant respite amongst 22 000 hectares of reserve and wildlife. Its setting in the wetlands of Maputaland in KwaZulu-Natal, explains the 7 diverse habitats on the reserve, all of which contain their own eco-systems and attract different animal, bird and insect species. The lodge itself comprises of six luxuriously appointed suites, decorated in subtle African tones, with a nod to Balinese style. There is an air of sophistication in every aspect of one’s experience at Phinda Vlei that keeps guests from all around the globe returning year after year.

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andBeyond Phinda Zuka lodge

On the low, leafy African plains surrounded by hills, stand four exclusive bush cottages of andBeyond Phinda Zuka Lodge. Catering to visitors who wish to experience Africa in an intimate, personalised way, the lodge is situated in Phinda Private Game Reserve and offers a tailor made adventure – providing personal game rangers, personal game drive vehicles and a dedicated chef and butler. Overlooking it’s own private waterhole, the lodge is perfectly positioned for excellent game viewing and enjoying the sounds of African wilderness. Ideal for small groups or people travelling as families, the cosy, luxurious cottages provide a retreat for peaceful relaxation.

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Thanda Luxury Safari Lodge

Thanda Luxury Safari Lodge

The ultimate in safari luxury and opulence, Thanda Private Game Reserve was the winner of the 2012 World’s Leading Luxury Lodge award and it’s easy to understand why. Set in 14,000ha of beautiful hills in the heart of Zululand in South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal, the reserve offers a choice of sumptuous villas at the main lodge, and a wilder but equally luxurious tented camp. Close to the St Lucia estuary, guests can add shark diving, whale watching, diving and horse-riding on the beaches to the excellent Big 5 game-viewing and can also learn about Zulu culture and history.

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Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Amakhosi Safari Lodge

With 5 star grading, luxurious suites peppered along the mighty Mkuze River and Big 5 game viewing, AmaKhosi offers visitors an unforgettable wild bush adventure. AmaKhosi Safari Lodge is based in the 10 000 hectare AmaZulu private game reserve, between Johannesburg and Durban, offering a mix of savannah, wetlands and mountainous terrain which attracts hundreds of bird species and several antelope species. Knowledgeable rangers take guests on safari drives in the morning and during the late afternoon to catch glimpses of herds of elephant, buck, lion prides, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard.

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Umkhumbi Lodge

Umkhumbi Lodge

Umkhumbi Lodge is set in a wildlife rich area of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi in KwaZulu-Natal and possesses that special, intimate feel of a family owned and managed lodge. Hosts Anton and Emma welcome their guests with warmth and sincerity, priding themselves on their passion for wildlife – and their fantastic service. The lodge itself is nestled amongst wildlife and varying ecosystems, due to its location within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and has been built with consideration given to the ecology of the natural African sand forest surrounds. Umkhumbi is located close to reserves offering safari encounters with the Big 5.

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Ghost Mountain Inn

Ghost Mountain Inn

Mkuze in Northern KwaZulu Natal is known for its rich vegetation and abundant wildlife, and it’s here that you’ll find Ghost Mountain Inn. Secluded and intimate, this 4-star inn offers easy access to wetlands and lakes and to the premier game reserves of Mkuze and Hluhluwe. Five acres of beautifully tended indigenous garden surround the en-suite rooms, and guests can choose between the suite, garden rooms, superior rooms or standard rooms. There is also a dedicated room for disabled guests. Two swimming pools provide a quiet oasis for guests to revive themselves from the African heat and languish at leisure.

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