Hluwluwe Game Reserve and the nearby private game reserves offer game-viewing amidst stunning bush scenery. All can be easily combined with the Indian Ocean beach lodges for a safari and beach trip.
The many KwaZulu Natal game lodges and reserves are not as well known as those in the Kruger Park. But you should definitely consider them, especially if you want to follow your safari with a beach holiday. As you can easily combine them with the Indian Ocean beach lodges for a safari & beach trip. Game-viewing is either by open top game vehicle at one of the many private safari lodges.
The original game reserve, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, is the most famous of several parks in Northern KZN. Hluhluwe has good concentrations of white rhino, as well as elephant, black rhino, buffalo and many predators.
North of Hluhluwe lies Mkuze Game Reserve. Mkuze is known for its excellent birding, especially in the summer months. But KwaZulu Natal has several private game reserves which offer a huge diversity of habitats and therefore wildlife. Examples include Phinda Game Reserve, Manyoni and Amakhosi Private Game Reserves amongst others.
KwaZulu Natal is one of the better areas for spotting the elusive cheetah. Though not guarantee, you are more likely to spot Cheetah on a KwaZulu natal safari than in, say, the Kruger. Given its open grasslands which suit cheetah far more.
The prices range from the uber-deluxe (Phinda Homestead) to more affordable options.
We arrange private road transfers from either Richards Bay or Durban airport. Alternatively all these KwaZulu Natal game lodges are easily accessible by rental car.
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Thanda Tented Camp is a very attractive tented camp that offers a good alternative to its sister lodge, the very chic Thanda Safari Lodge. Luxury tents have the minimum of electric lighting, but are comfortable and spacious. Had some great elephant and rhino sightings, and generally thought the guiding was excellent. Food was very good.
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