Zululand safari holiday, South Africa

Description of Zululand safari holiday, South Africa

KwaZulu Natal has so much variety to offer visitors, and this trip shows you much of the best of the area, from the beaches to the wetlands and the wildlife reserves to the Zulu culture. It is easy to self-drive here, yet in the game reserves you still benefit from the local guides.

Kwa Zulu Natal province contains a variety of landscapes and attractions as diverse as the Drakkensburg Mountains and the St Lucia Wetlands and is probably best know for its Zulu culture and fantastic Indian Ocean beaches. There is a long coast of sub-tropical surf beaches, remote lowveld savanna, mountains and the historic battlefields of the Anglo-Boer and Anglo-Zulu wars. The Natal Parks Board has many excellent parks with a huge range of wildlife, both self drive and guided.

Featured highlights:
- Wildlife viewing
- Trekking
- Bird watching
- Swimming
- Cultural tours

Best time to go: This trip can be taken at any time of year. From October to March, KwaZulu Natal, is hot and rainy. From April to September it is warm and dry.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:We meet you at Johannesburg airport and help you to the car rental collection office to collect your hire car. You are heading to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse in Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. It's a stunning situation and you have 2 full days to enjoy this beautiful region.
Day 2:Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is in the picturesque Kamberg Valley, an area known for its trout fishing, mountain views, San rock art, streams and waterfalls. Enjoy exploring the area, knowing you'll be come back to a delicious evening meal in the farmhouse.
Day 3:A second day in the Drakensberg enjoying the gorgeous scenery. The Drakensberg Mountains are the highest in southern Africa, with Thabana Ntlenyana at 3,482 metres. They follow the border between KwaZulu Natal and Lesotho. The walking and hiking here is excellent.
Day 4:This morning you head for the Battlefields. This area is where the Boers fought the British and the British fought the Zulus in various bloody battles. You will stay at a famous lodge called Fugitive's Drift.
Day 5:Take guided tours of the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. A knowledgeable guide will talk to you about each battle, and enliven this piece of history. The Lodge offers walks with Zulu guides for the longer walks, fishing and horse riding.
Day 6Travel to Zululand on KwaZulu-Natal's northern coast - home to one of Africa’s most proud tribes ruled by King Shaka. You stay for 3 nights at Thanda Tented Camp from where you can enjoy a variety of activities including game drives.
Days 7-8:A full day to do just what you want. You might decide on a morning or evening game drive, a guided bush walk, and maybe enjoy a bush breakfast or dinner. Other activities offered here are horse riding on the beach, diving and snorkelling and whale watching (seasonal), plus there is a spa, an infinity pool and an outdoor boma.
Day 9:Today you head for Rocktail Beach Camp on the remote, unspoiled northern part iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park. The lodge is a 20-minute walk through the protected dune forest from the beach. You spend 4 nights here.
Day 10-12:Some of the highest vegetated sand-dunes in the world are found in this vicinity, and loggerhead and leatherback turtles come to lay their eggs n the sandy beaches here. You have access to about 40km of beaches on the edges of the Maputaland Marine Reserve and the diving and snorkelling is superb.
Day 13:After breakfast drive to Richards Bay where you drop off your hire car and catch your homebound flight.

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged at any time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your requirements
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Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Zululand safari holiday, South Africa

Environment

Rocktail Beach Camp has won multiple awards for its excellent environmental policies. Examples of these policies include the conservation of loggerhead & leatherback turtles which use the nearby beaches to lays eggs from about October to March.

Thanda Tented Camp's involvement in responsible travel can be encapsulated in these three words - Jobs, AIDS and Conservation. They are helping with a dam-building project with three local communities. As regards conservation, they look after a huge area of wilderness and its resident wildlife. This includes helping with projects such as black rhino research projects with Wildlife ACT.

The tour operator is a multi-award winning responsible travel company, and for each person travelling with them they plant 10 trees in a degraded area of northern Malawi. This not only helps the indigenous forest from being hacked down for firewood (which is destroying huge tracts of forest in Malawi each year), but, working with local communities, it encourages the planting and care of new woodland to benefit both the environment and the local people.

Community

Rocktail Beach Camp has strong links with the local community who benefit financially from the camp. They received the Imvelo Award for Best Community Tourism Partnership at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.
More than 2% of the community in the immediate surroundings (about 1500 people) are permanently employed at the camp. Through a programme called Business Linkages in Tourism, community-based enterprise is being supported to provide a range of additional products and services. The latest joint venture between Wilderness and the community is Gugulesizwe Community Centre, a replica of a typical Zulu homestead that offers an additional activity for guests at Rocktail Beach Camp - offering overnight stays in a traditional bee-hive hut.

Thanda Tented Camp backs Star for Life, and AIDS programme in their locality. They also work closely with three local tribal authorities to ensure that contractors are from the area, that jobs generally are given to as many local people as possible.

Reviews of Zululand safari holiday, South Africa

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Close proximity to the wildlife in their natural habitat, amazing scenery and masses of things to do a great first visit to an amazing and diverse country

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The operator was fantastic !

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Super some wonderful memories for the whole family great experiences and great laughs

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