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Kwazulu Natal

Firstly, KwaZulu-Natal, with Durban and its beaches, stands out as a gem in South Africa’s crown. As a matter of fact, it offers a tantalising blend of safari adventures, sun-kissed beaches, and urban vibrancy. Embark on thrilling safaris in iconic reserves like Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, encountering the Big Five and diverse wildlife. Afterwards, unwind along the picturesque coastline, from Durban’s bustling beaches along the Golden Mile to the tranquil shores of Ballito. Durban, the province’s heartbeat, captivates with its rich cultural tapestry, vibrant markets, and delectable cuisine. Whether exploring untamed wilderness, soaking up the sun, or immersing in city life, KwaZulu-Natal promises an unforgettable fusion of natural beauty and urban allure.

Safari

Secondly, KwaZulu-Natal boasts exceptional safari experiences. Among these, Thanda Private Game Reserve stands out, renowned for its luxury accommodations and Big Five sightings. Additionally, Pakamisa Private Game Reserve offers a unique twist with exhilarating riding safaris, allowing intimate encounters with wildlife on horseback. Whereas, for an awe-inspiring elephant encounter, Tembe Elephant Park is a must-visit, home to majestic “greater tuskers” roaming freely. These diverse safari options ensure unforgettable wildlife encounters amidst the raw beauty of KwaZulu-Natal’s untamed wilderness. Moreover, St. Lucia offers a great ‘hippo/croc’ boat excursion on the estuary, definitely an ideal way to end the day with a sundowner cruise.

Not that much time?! For example, nearby Durban there is the big five game area of Hluhluwe. The reserve is made up of many game reserves offering excellent safari experiences.  Hence, the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe Game Reserve is well worth a visit. As well as in the Kruger, you can self-drive in the park. However, you can also join up with a guided game drive in an open vehicle.  Furthermore, you can experience close up elephant encounters along with visiting some great wildlife sanctuaries if you have less time. For a superb Durban safari and beach holiday, consider our Bush & Beach itinerary.

 

Beaches

Thirdly, the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, are a mesmerising fusion of golden sands, azure waters, and vibrant culture. In other words, stretching along the Indian Ocean, they offer diverse experiences. For instance, Durban’s Golden Mile is famous for its lively atmosphere and excellent surfing conditions. Further north, the pristine shores of Ballito beckon with tranquil coves and family-friendly vibes. In addition, nature enthusiasts find solace in the untouched beauty of iSimangaliso Wetland Park’s coastal stretch, where turtles nest and dolphins frolic. Rich Zulu heritage permeates the region, adding a cultural dimension to sun-soaked days. KwaZulu-Natal’s beaches promise unforgettable moments amid breath-taking scenery and warm hospitality.

In other words, the Natal coastline offers amazing stretches of beaches. E.g. the popular and busy areas of Umhlanga which is a popular holiday area. Basically, the coast stretches north through to Mozambique offering a warm Indian Ocean with white sandy beaches.  Furthermore, from the St. Lucia area all the way through to Kosi Bay you are spoilt with kilometers of beach and in some areas, even in the busy season, these beaches are quiet.  The area also offers some of South Africa’s best snorkelling and deep sea diving.

 

Cape Town
Cape Town is as much about the surrounding areas as the city itself. Recommended visit time is 5 days to be able to comfortably fit in all the main sights from Cape Point, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and Robben Island. More More
Winelands
Only a 'hop and skip' from Cape Town, the Winelands offers an excellent combination of indulgence, history and visual pleasure! Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are the popular towns, each offering its own unique charm and you are spoilt for choice of excellent restaurants and wine farms to visit. More
Hermanus
Only 2½ hours from Cape Town you will find the 'whale capital' of Hermanus that offers some of South Africa's best 'land based' whale watching. The town offers some super Blue Flag swimming beaches and a beautiful mountain setting. More
Garden Route
Stretching from Swellendam to Tsitsikamma, the Garden Route offers visitors a diverse experience ranging from rolling landscapes, semi-desert arid region of Oudtshoorn to the lush forests of the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay areas. Lovely white beaches in the Mossel Bay, Wilderness and Plettenberg Bay completes this destination as an excellent choice for all ages. More
Eastern Cape Safaris
Situated in the eastern part of South Africa, the Eastern Cape is fast becoming South Africa's hottest holiday destination. The region is malaria free, offers a host of top class "Big Five" game destinations, with the added advantage that travelling closer to the coast, you can also enjoy the "Big Six", namely whales, the silent giants of the sea. More
Durban
Durban is the gateway to the warm beaches of Natal as well as the Drakensberg and game regions of Hluhluwe. There is an international airport with numerous daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. More
Hluhluwe & Battlefields
This area offers such a diversity - from the excellent big five game viewing of the Hluhluwe area with a good selection of big five reserves, heading inland you reach the Battlefields where raconteurs take you back to a by-gone era of the Zulu Wars. Nearby you have access to kilometres of isolated beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters. More
Drakensberg
The vast expanse of the Drakensberg is a must for any person who enjoys tranquil surroundings and hiking. Easily accessible from both Johannesburg and Durban and complimentary to any longer holiday in South Africa. Excellent hiking for all fitness levels. More
Kruger
The Kruger area offers a diversity of experiences from some of South Africa's best big five game viewing to the spectacular Panorama Route. This is a must visit destination in its own right. More
Mozambique
Becoming one of Africa's hottest destinations with its tropical beaches, warm waters and palm trees. Most connections between lodges within Mozambique are achieved by scheduled and charter flights as well as boat transfers, as road networks are not as developed. A great way to end off any African holiday by spending a few days relaxing on the beach and indulging in tropical spoils.
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Madikwe & Waterberg
The ‘big five’ game regions of Madikwe Game Reserve and the Waterberg Game Reserve are increasing in popularity and giving Kruger some healthy competition. These areas are malaria free, located within a 3–4 hour drive from Johannesburg and also offer a great safari experience. More

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