Zululand safari holiday, South Africa

“Dip your toe into KwaZulu Natal's diverse delights Zulu history, wildlife, wetlands, beaches and meet local people, too, on this 11 day tailor made trip.”


Anglo-Zulu battlefields | farm, homestead and village visits | game drives | nature walks | Lebombo Mountains | Lake Jozini boat cruise | Tembe Elephant Park | Isimangaliso wetland system | Kosi Lake boat trip | canoeing | birdwatching | beaches | snorkelling | kayaking | swimming | optional: diving, spa treatments

Description of Zululand safari holiday, South Africa

KwaZulu Natal has so much variety to offer visitors, and this Zululand safari holiday, South Africa, 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 local guides.

KwaZulu Natal province contains a variety of landscapes and attractions 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 of course the history of the Anglo-Zulu battles. The Natal Parks Board has many excellent parks with a huge range of wildlife, both self drive and guided.

Enjoy wildlife viewing, trekking, a battlefield tour, bird watching, swimming, cultural tours and a boat cruise on Lake Jozini.

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 experiences

Day 1:TO BATTLEFIELDS REGION: We meet you at Johannesburg airport and help you to collect your hire car. You are heading to Isibindi Eco-Reserve into the heart of the Anglo-Zulu battlefields area. Settle into your lovely lodge.
Day 2:RORKES DRIFT BATTELFIELDS TOUR: Today you visit another famous battlefields site: Rorkes Drift. You learn how a force of just 139 British troops were attacked by over 4000 Zulu warriors, and, against all odds, triumphed. The blend of courage, heroism and loss of life is powerful, and hearing the take recounted in the very location where the battle took place is utterly riveting. Full board
Day 3:TO GHOST MOUNTAIN: Visit a local homestead to meet a family for a demo of stick fighting, or to sample some local food and drink. You then drive through the Lebombo Mountains to Ghost Mountain Inn. Relax by the pool. Breakfast.
Day 4:LAKE JOZINI BOAT CRUISE: This morning we take you on a relaxing boat cruise on this lake within its beautiful setting by the Lebombo mountains. Dramatic gorges, great bird life, and maybe hippos, crocs and elephants to be spotted. We then drive you to Tembe Elephant Park. You're in a tented camp tonight. Full board.
Day 5:TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK: From your camp, which is part managed by the local Tembe tribe, you set off for a 4x4 game drive in the park. It's not just elephants here, there are lions, buffalos, leopards and rhinos. You'll have another game drive in the afternoon, after lunch in the camp. Full board.
Day 6TO KOSI FOREST LODGE: You continue your KwaZulu Natal exploration by heading for the coast, and the Isimangaliso wetland system just inland from the coast. Here you'll stay at a gorgeous little rustic lodge. Perhaps relax by the pool this afternoon, or take a short walk. Full board.
Day 7:AT KOSI BAY: Today you have a choice of activities from a motorised boat trip on the Kosi Lake system, including a swim in the sea, a picnic lunch and a visit to the famous fish traps, or alternatively you can explore the region by canoe - great for birdwatching. Full board.
Day 8:TO THONGA BEACH LODGE: Today you drive south to a lovely beach lodge. You drive the first section on good roads in your hire car, then leave this at a pre-arranged secure place where you're picked up by a 4x4 vehicle for the last section to the lodge. And relax! Full board
Days 9-10:AT THONGA BEACH: Apart from being a great place to just relax by the pool or on the wild beach, you can also get involved in activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, swimming, or, for extra charges, diving and spa treatments. Enjoy. Full board.
Day 11:TIME FOR HOME: After breakfast you're taken back to your car, and you drive to Richards Bay where you drop off your hire car and catch your homebound flight. Breakfast.

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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
Holiday type

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


Thonga Beach Lodge is one of the Isibindi group of lodges and they have a very strong philosophy of respect for the environment. In building the lodge they very much thought about its location and blended it well with the environment as well as using local materials where possible.

Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated on an eco reserve with excellent links to the local community.

Tembe Elephant Park is mostly owned by the Tembe tribes and it protects 30,000 hectares of land which is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the KwaZulu Natal conservation service. Lion and suni populations are monitored, as well as elephants and rhinos, leopards and cultures.

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.


Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated on an eco reserve with excellent links to the local community. It offers a cultural experience which the community gets involved with to show visitors about their culture. Also the lodge has helped needy children with sponsorship, and financed the buying of books and even a new library when the old one burned down.

65% of Thonga Beach Lodge is owned by the Mabibi local community. When it was being built the local people were the main source of labour and where possible materials were also purchased locally. the lodge has created 30 jobs for local people, and the water treatment plant here also provides the community with fresh water, which can be quite scarce here. Lastly, crafts from older local women are sold at the lodge. But it doesn't end there, the lodge also feeds their local primary school children with a meal 3 days a week and help with repairs and with donations for computers and transport.

Ghost Mountain Inn has a Ndumu Charitable Foundation with helps with education of local children, the development of small enterprises, and encouraging awareness of conservation and sustainable practices.

1 Reviews of Zululand safari holiday, South Africa

4 out of 5 stars

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?


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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