Untamed and wild, Zululand is claimed by game parks and eco-reserves teaming with life. Extensive tracts of bush abut coastal stretches of swamp and vegetated dunes. Woodland forests open up onto lakes and rivers, and sandy beaches flow into seas and lagoons. Zululand is vitally alive, from the smallest creature seen on nature hikes, to the big tusker elephants which sway through the parks, disdainful of excited human onlookers. Nature conservation is of prime importance here, and some of the world’s most endangered species are carefully protected and nurtured. The area’s biodiversity offers both water and land-based game experiences, providing a uniquely well-rounded safari which includes big 5, marine and wetlands animals.
The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park is home to a healthy population of highly endangered black and white rhino and at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles can be witnessed laying their eggs on the very beaches from which they hatched many years before. The turtle’s ability to navigate back to their place of birth is still a source of wonder in the world of science. World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso offers supreme diving, a variety of ecological zones and claims the world’s highest vegetated dunes. Zululand’s private reserves afford both luxury and a top safari experience.
Ideally start your day with an early morning game drive, up at dawn to witness the birds and antelope which begin to surface the minute the sun comes up. A refreshing coffee stop provides the opportunity to admire the scenery and take in the sounds of the bush. This landscape is a diverse array of habitats of craggy mountains, open grasslands, and forests. We recommend heading back to camp for some down-time and a siesta during the midday heat, then hop onto open vehicles for a late afternoon game drive. Perhaps enjoy sundowners as darkness falls and continue your search for nocturnal species with the aid of a spotlight.