ZULULAND Day Tours

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park together with the Indian Ocean, play host to a spectacular diversity of animal and bird life, and offer a number of extraordinary experiences to captivate visitors.
 
Long-established home to the Big Five, the vast Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park established in 1895, is not only the oldest game reserve in Africa but has a proud international reputation for its dedication to the successful protection of the then endangered white rhino. In addition to the Big Five, the Park contains other special sightings, such as cheetah, wild dog, hyena, and other general game species. It’s one of South Africa’s finest. An hour or so away, lies the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso Wetland Park), a worthy World Heritage Site comprising the magnificent Lake St Lucia and the Eastern Shores Game Reserve.

HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK OPEN VEHICLE SAFARIS


DAY TRIP
Departs from both Hluhluwe
& St Lucia - Departs Daily
on Request
FULL DAY:
Summer 05h00 – 15h00 (Nov – Feb)
Winter 06h00 – 16h00 (Mar – Oct)
 
FULL MORNING:
Summer 05h00 – 11h30 (Nov – Feb)
Winter 06h00 – 12h30 (Mar – Oct)
 
FULL AFTERNOON:
Summer 14h00 – 18h00 (Nov – Feb)
Winter 13h30 – 17h30 (Mar – Oct)
 
3 HOUR MORNING:
Summer 05h00 – 08h00 (Nov – Feb)
Winter 06h00 – 09h00 (Mar – Oct)          
 
3 HOUR AFTERNOON:
Summer 16h00 – 19h00 (Nov – Feb)
Winter 15h00 – 18h00 (Mar – Oct)
 
If you visit Kwazulu-Natal, you can’t leave without visiting Big Five country in the oldest park in South Africa: Hluhluwe- Imfolozi. This is the legendary park where a dedicated team made worldwide conservation history with their successful efforts to bring the white rhino back from the brink of extinction.   You won’t simply be enthralled with this game-rich reserve and the extraordinary beauty of the terrain, but also with the sense of history having been made here. Our specialist tours are all conducted in specially modified open safari vehicles to enhance your game viewing, and give photographers the very best vantage point to capture that perfect image. We only tour with qualified, experienced guides, so you will not only be one step ahead because of their intimate knowledge of the animal movements and habitats, but you’ll learn more than you could have imagined possible about everything from trees, to animal spoor, to the rich bird life. You’ll be in awe of the Big Five, but with increased knowledge, you’ll be equally spellbound by the smallest of creatures, the most beautiful of trees. You’ll be hooked on the camaraderie of being together when you meet that elephant, or spot that lion, and you’ll be back. That’s for sure.  No children under 8 years, except on a private basis.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Professionally guided open vehicle game drive
  • Big Five game viewing
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

ST LUCIA TURTLE TOURS


HALF DAY TOUR
Departs Daily on request
from 17h30
Duration 6 - 7 Hours
(Operates Nov - Feb only)
In all likelihood, it’s once in a lifetime, so don’t even consider missing it. As the evening begins to fall, we set out on a quiet night drive on the beach to seek out, but never disturb, the leatherback and loggerhead turtles returning to their birthplace to lay their eggs; later in the season, we’re able to see the hatchlings making their desperate and dangerous dash for the ocean. Our evening expedition includes a night drive through the Eastern Shores Game Reserve, on to the beach, and – if all possible – a stealthy walk on the sand. We’ve packed our own refreshments and snacks, so it promises to be as convivial an evening as it’s likely to be thrilling.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Evening beach drive and walk
  • Leatherback and Loggerhead viewing
  • Evening game drive through Eastern Shores Game Reserve
  • Snacks and refreshments

INTERPRETIVE GUIDED WALKS


SHORT TOUR
Departs Daily on request
There’s an intimacy and closeness to nature when you experience it on foot, that’s not comparable to other forms of game viewing. Apart from that little edge of excitement even though there is no dangerous game there, you’ll learn so much on our guided walk through the Mfabeni Game Reserve section of the Eastern Shores Game Reserve. Our experienced guides will teach you so much about the animals, trees and vegetation you encounter, show you spoor, point out telling signs of animal presence, educate you as to the signalling sounds of birds and game. It’s a relaxed walk, not a hike, and you’ll love being that near to nature, with no fear.  Duration: 1, 2 and 3 Hours.  No children under 8 years.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Guided walk though Mfabeni Game Reserve section of the Eastern Shores Game Reserve
  • Experienced guides
  • Animal, tree, vegetation and spoor sightings

ST LUCIA BOAT CRUISE


SHORT TOUR
Departs Daily
All aboard the comfortable Santa Lucia, a spacious double-decker boat on St Lucia Estuary, with ample room for everybody to have the best view possible. We’re off on a two-hour relaxed interpretative cruise from the smartest vantage point – the water. We’ll get up close to the sight and sounds of hippo, crocodiles and other game species, and if we’re lucky, we’ll be serenaded by the haunting cry of the fish eagle...perhaps even watch one catch a fish. The boat has a coffee, snack and full bar on board, so relaxation is the order of the day.  Duration: 2 Hours.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Boat Cruise on St Lucia Estuary
  • 2 hour interpretative cruise
  • Animal and bird sightings
  • Coffee, snack and full bar (own account)