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Zululand Elephant Coast Adventure | Safari & Sub-tropical Beach

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Duration

11 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English

Overview

Experience the less-traveled path of the Zulu Kingdom and surrounds, combining beach & bush and more!

KwaZulu meaning ‘the place of Heaven,’ provides so many opportunities for the intrepid adventurer. In Northern KwaZulu Natal, we find the heartland of the famous Zulu Nation, which features fantastic Big 5 reserves, an incredible stretch of sub-tropical coast line, and a myriad of cultural and historic sites, all within short traveling distance.

​Game-viewing and walks, scuba diving, fishing, boat trips, cultural tours, local food, and just a majestic setting are just some of the features of this expedition

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Best of Safari and sub-tropical beaches, and a well-balanced trip! Perfect for intrepid travellers and families. Very good cost for service and experience.

Itinerary

Arrival Day | KwaZulu Natal
Arrival Day | KwaZulu Natal

On arrival at King Shaka Airport, Durban, be welcomed by your guide. We begin out journey right from the airport, travelling the 3 or so hours up to iMfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve, one of the oldest in Africa.

On arrival in the early afternoon, enjoy a short game drive to camp. Arrive at Mpila camp, set on a hilltop overlooking incredible wilderness; verdant valleys, mixed woodland, and meandering rivers. One can sit and relax from the comfort of their accommodation watching wildlife.

Enjoy dinner this evening traditional style, around the fire with a braai (barbecue).

(It is possible to add an extra night to sleep over in Durban before starting your journey, especially if the international flights are long. Please contact us to arrange pre-tour accommodation).

Days 2 & 3 | Hluhluwe Imfolozi Wilderness Trail
Days 2 & 3 | Hluhluwe Imfolozi Wilderness Trail

We enjoy an early morning safari (optional) searching for wildlife, before returning to camp for a hearty breakfast. We pack up our things and prepare for the wilderness trail, leaving camp at 12h00. (It is possible to give water bottles and luggage to the guides the night before, who will porter your belongings to camp via donkey this morning, so you don't have to carry the weight).

We head out on foot to our camp for the next 2 nights; within the iMfolozi Wilderness area, devoid of any infrastructure and 30 000ha of wild bush. 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. All camp provisions provided.

During your full day, wake up at leisure and enjoy cooked breakfast. During the day we wander the wilderness searching for wildlife, led by your experienced guides. Return to camp in the afternoon.

Days 4 & 5 | Mkhuze Game Reserve
Days 4 & 5 | Mkhuze Game Reserve

We next travel further into Zululand, a short distance to another old game reserve, Mkhuze. Well known as a birders paradise, we are based here for 2 nights. Encompassing a range of bush types, and a mighty fresh-water pan (or lake) that brings a variety of birdlife and animals to it, especially in the dry season, we enjoy several game drives searching for wildlife, and enjoy spending time at several picturesque and strategically-placed hides (blinds). We also explore the ancient Fig Tree Forest, an excellent location to see special birds and wonder these century old giants.

Stay in luxury tents, enjoying all meals and relaxing in this quiet wilderness, with comforts like a swimming pool and lovely walk-able routes in camp.

Days 6 to 8 | Tembe Elephant Park & Kosi Bay
Days 6  to 8 | Tembe Elephant Park & Kosi Bay

From Mkhuze we travel further into the bush for another three 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 too.

Revel in the luxury of 3 meals a day, tented camps, fire-side entertainment, and beautiful sub-tropical wilderness.

We enjoy morning and sunset safaris, relaxing during the heat of the day at camp, with a bar, swimming pool, lounge and comfortable, private tents.

From here we travel over to the coast for a full day, 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 a full day exploring the beach and many of the fascinating places and activities on offer. From the 700-year old fishing tradition, to snorkeling and exploring the wonderful estuary mouth.

Days 9 & 10 | St Lucia
Days 9 & 10 | St Lucia

Leaving the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal, we head back down south towards Durban. We end this fascinating trip with a leisure stay at St Lucia; a wild seaside town bordering the isiMangaliso Wetland Park. A diversity of wild areas, from estuaries, to lakes, from rivers to coastal forest, this wonderland protects habitat and species like hippos, crocs, vultures, otehr wetland birdlife, fishes, turtles and more!

Spend 2 nights here, enjoying fine dining in town for dinner (at own expense), and decide on a range of activities in the area during the day. Included will be a hippo croc cruise one day, but there are night drives, whale watching, fishing charters, snorkeling, scuba diving and more!

End of Itinerary
End of Itinerary

On the final day, enjoy a relaxed morning and breakfast.

We pack up and transfer south to Durban today. Depending on your timing, either head straight to the airport, or we stop on the way at a cultural Zulu village, show-casing this proud nation's culture and history in the traditional style; enjoy the deep culture showcased, with local architecture, exuberant dancing, and food.

End your trip at King Shaka International Airport for flights home or own itinerary.

Included/Excluded

  • This is an all-inclusive safari; tour price includes park fees (unless for own expense), transport, activities (unless optional), accommodation, meals (unless for own expense), and your own personal, guide
  • Arrival Airport transfers
  • Services of professional English Speaking guide-drivers for safari
  • Bottled water daily, along with morning tea/coffee
  • This is a private, guided tour and will ONLY service you. Some activities will be with other clients, but the freedom of travel is mostly with you
  • Pre-tour or post-tour accommodation,
  • visas or personal travel insurance
  • Both international and internal flights. We will quote the internal flights separately, based on dates and times of your personal itinerary
  • Personal shopping and curios
  • Laundry and telephone calls
  • Soft drinks & alcohol (we provide a fridge for drinks)
  • Gratuities & tips
  • Any other expense not listed as included above

Languages

English

Tour's Location

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Payment Terms
We quote prices for an entire trip. For full details of what is included, an itinerary will be sent to you.

- In order to secure a trip, our policy is to call for a payment of 30% (thirty percent) of the total cost quoted to clients up front so as to secure our providers of accommodation and related parties.

- The balance owing of 70% (seventy percent) is due 30 (thirty) days before a trip starts

- If the trip is cancelled prior to the agreed start date or balance payment, an administration fee of 10% (ten percent) of the total trip cost quoted will be levied to cover our costs relating to the cancellation of bookings, refunds of deposits, time costs and the like.

- If a trip is cancelled within 30 days before start of trip, or after balance payment, 90% (ninety percent) is levied.

Please note that all calculations regarding refunds will be done based on prices expressed in SA Rand (ZAR) and converted at exchange rates ruling at that time and NOT on the exchange rate applicable when you made payment.

- You may wish to take out travel insurance to cover any possible shortfall.

Private tours (i.e. tours reserved for ONLY you, and preventing others from joining the expedition) will increase the cost. A surcharge will be levied, where clients wish to reserve a tour for their exclusive use. It is highly personal though, with your own guide, so the extra costs are to compensate for this.

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