Northern Natal & Game Parks
Start Date : In March
End Date: In March
Duration: 7 days
Cost: On request
Please Note: The dates can be changed to fit your time schedule when visiting South Africa. The cost could be different due to entrance fees for international visitors. Arrangements can be made should you wish to fly in & out. Minimum is 4 people.
The northern and central region of Kwazulu Natal has so much to offer to tourists. It varies from the rolling green hills, to high mountains, to the warm Indian Ocean, to its beautiful national parks and private game reserves, and the St. Lucia Wetlands region.
Day 1: 08h30: Distance for day: 350 km
We firstly travel along the N4 towards Middelburg, (coffee break) where we turn off towards Ermelo, where we will enjoy lunch. After lunch it is another 2 hours comfortable drive towards Piet Retief, where we will stay overnight at the Dusk to Dawn guest farm. It is lovely working farm, and guests can explore the farm on foot, before enjoying a wonderful dinner prepared by our hosts.
Day 2: 08h30: Distance for day: 300 km
After a wonderful farm breakfast, we depart along the N2 route, towards Hluhluwe, where we check into the Hluhluwe Hotel for the next 2 night’s stay. It’s a great base to explore the area from. A light meal will be enjoyed on arrival, and you can also relax and enjoy the lovely gardens and swimming pool. At around 14h00, we take a short drive to the entrance of the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve. This reserve is a classical big 5 reserve, but is mostly known for its conservation efforts to save the black and white rhinos. We do our first game drive, which is a lovely 3 hour game drive on an open vehicle. We then return to the hotel to have a lovely dinner.
Day 3: 08h30: Distance for day: 150 km
Today is set aside to explore the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, which is one of South Africa’s 7 World Heritage Sites. It is also known as Isimangaliso. We do a scenic drive towards the town of St Lucia, where we do a morning boat cruise on the estuary to view the crocodile, hippos, wildlife and birdlife that makes the estuary such a great attraction to visit. After the lovely 2- hour boat-trip it is time for lunch in town. This is followed by a pleasant walk alongside the beachfront and river mouth area, and exploring the town on foot. We then return to Hluhluwe in the late afternoon.
Day 4: 08h00: Distance for day: 100 km
After breakfast and checking out, we depart towards the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve again. This time we explore another part of the park, including a nice coffee stop at a picnic area, as well as lunch at the Hilltop camp. In the mid to late afternoon, we depart from the park for a short 50 km drive to the town of Mkuze. We arrive and check into the Ghost Mountain Inn for 3 nights. It is a beautiful hotel with a lovely history and story. Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the lodge, before dinner.
Day 5:: 08h30 Distance for day: 20 km
We depart on a short drive to the Jozini dam, where we embark on a boat trip on the dam. This boat cruise travels alongside the side of the dam, to view game on the adjoining game farms. It is a very different from other game viewing activities, and a wonderful experience. The boat is big, with all the necessary ablution facilities on board. The boat cruise is approximately 4 hours, after which we return to the lodge for afternoon relaxation. The hotel has a wonderful Spa, and guests can arrange for some treatment and pampering. (For own account)
Day 6: 10h30: Distance for day: 50 km
We depart around 10h30 on a game drive into the Mkhuze Game Reserve on an open game viewing vehicle. This park is well known for its wonderful birdlife and viewing of animals and birds alongside the rivers and dams. The game drive on the open vehicle is approximately 6 hours, which will also include a lovely picnic lunch at a picnic site in the park. We return in the late afternoon.
Day 7: 08h00: Distance for day: 522 km
Sadly we have to leave this beautiful area.
We travel back to Johannesburg
We enjoy a last lunch on route home, and arrive home in the late afternoon.
Mkuze to Wakkerstroom – 259km
Wakkerstroom to Jhb – 334km
Transport, tourist guide, fuel, toll fees
Lunch only included for Lions Valley Lodge
Lake Jozini boat cruise
One full day open vehicle – Hluhluwe
One half day open vehicle – Mkuze
Any extra activities that is not on this Itinerary