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Zululand & Elephant Coast Safari

Travel to parts of the Zulu Kingdom where the wilderness has been preserved in its primeval nature, and we walk and enjoy game drives through these areas. Close to this are magic sub-tropical beaches with few people. Balance the land with the sea in this trip of wonder!

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $1935 - $2873
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 11 days
Best months: March - October
Countries visited: South Africa South Africa
Parks visited: Hluhluwe Umfolozi
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Night drive
  • Camping
  • Cultural
Take a journey with us traveling slowly through the wilder parts of KwaZulu Natal, where all of the fascinating locations are within short distance of one another and driving is limited. You will visit various wilderness areas, coastal stretches and some cultural hotspots that each offer unique experiences and promise an expedition to be remembered. This tour includes participation camping. This means that guests will have to assist with camp chores, such as setting up your tent. See the day-by-day section for a more detailed description of the camp chores.

Day 1-3: Zululand Wilderness Trail | Walking & Camping under the stars

We spend three nights within the iMfolozi Wilderness area, devoid of any infrastructure and 30 000ha of wild bush teeming with wildlife. On trail with two experienced guides that lead us in search of wildlife sightings and who cater and prepare everything around the campsite. We camp under the stars, experiencing wilderness as it has been for thousands of years. As participation, everyone must spend an hour in the night on watch, looking after the fire.

Day 4-5: Mkhuze Game Reserve

We leave Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve and head north into the Mkhuze area. Similarly, this Reserve is full of game (including the Big 5), and we spend our days on game drives, visiting bird hides overlooking waterholes where game comes to drink, picnic in the bush, and stay in luxury tented safari camps.

Day 6-7: Tembe Elephant Park | Great Tuskers

From here we travel further into the bush for another two nights at one of South Africa's last remaining true wildernesses. Here, at Tembe Elephant Park, we find one of the last remaining populations of great Elephant tuskers and other fascinating wildlife. This community-owned Park is also a fantastic cultural experience.

Day 8-9: Kosi Bay | Sub-tropical Beach

From here we travel over to the coast, in this remote area of KwaZulu Natal, visiting Kosi Bay. A series of lakes eventually leads out through an estuary into the Indian Ocean. We are able to spend a few days exploring the beach and many of the fascinating places and activities on offer.

Day 10: St Lucia | Wild Seaside Town

We continue down the coast to our final stop, also within isiMangaliso Wetland Park, at the tiny seaside town of St. Lucia. Set alongside a massive estuary, and within pristine coastal bush, this piece of paradise puts the cherry on top of our tour.

Day 11: Durban | Zulu Cultural Village

We finish off this fascinating tour by traveling slowly on the scenic route back to Durban. We head into the historical heart of Zululand, visiting Shakaland, where the traditions of the Zulu kings and people of old still hold. We enjoy local dancing, a cultural insight, and great food.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Wilderness Trails - Camping
  • Mantuma Camp - Luxury Tents or Chalets
  • Tembe Elephant Lodge - Private Game Lodge
  • Kosi Bay Lodge - Chalets
  • St. Lucia Safari Lodge - Guesthouse

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