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 private game reserves and lodges of KwaZulu Natal are not as well known as those in the Kruger Park. But they are definitely worth considering, especially if you want to follow your safari with a beach holiday. All can be easily combined with the Indian Ocean beach lodges for a safari and beach trip.
The original game reserve, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, is the best known of several parks in Northern KZN. Hluhluwe is particularly famed for its concentrations of white rhino, as well as elephant, black rhino, buffalo and many predators. Game-viewing is either by open top game vehicle or under your own steam in a rental car.
North of Hluhluwe lies Mkuze Game Reserve. Mkuze is known for its excellent birding, especially in the summer months. KwaZulu Natal has several private game reserves which offer a huge diversity of habitats and therefore wildlife. This is one of the better areas for spotting the elusive cheetah.
Further north, at the foot of the majestic Lebombo Mountains and Lake Jozini, lies Pongola Game Reserve. Pongola is the only place that you can enjoy tiger-fishing within South Africa. Furthermore you may enjoy a variety of activities like bush walks, sunset boat cruises, canoeing and tiger fishing. 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.