Not new to the Safari circuit but often sidelined because of its well-known neighbour, the Kruger Park, the Reserves in KwaZulu Natal have some superb game viewing and diverse habitats. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve is the oldest proclaimed park in Africa and is well known for its rich wildlife, including the Big 5, and conservation efforts. The Phinda Resource Reserve is privately owned and home to some outstanding luxury lodges. It has 7 distinct eco-systems from savannah and mountain to sand forest and thornveld. Phinda is well known for exceptional Cheetah sightings, as well as the Big 5, and conservation initiatives. The Game Reserves in Natal are all within easy driving distance of Durban. For your adventure traveler or self-drive enthusiast, the reserves offer a super “beach and bush” combination.
The climate in Natal works favorably for this mix, winter or summer. This is a destination fabulous for everyone, including families! Phinda Private Game Reserve offers outstanding lodges. Often award-winning, you have a choice in this reserve of 6 luxury properties. Mountain Lodge with wrap around views of the Ubombo Mountain range. Rock Lodge carved into the rocky mountainside. Forest Lodge set in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest. Phinda Vlei Lodge nestled on the edge of a unique wetland. And the two private, sole use Villa’s of Phinda Zuka Lodge or The Homestead.
Accommodation in the Phinda Reserve is owned and operated by one of our preferred supplies, andBeyond. Known world-wide for their conservation efforts, Phinda Reserve is no different. With the diverse habitats comes diverse game viewing and also some rare additions. The shy Suni antelope and Nyala both make their homes here. One often gets a glimpse of the Cheetah and even her cubs, and there is no shortage of hippos in the Mzinene River.
A KwaZulu-Natal safari provides the perfect opportunity to soak up some sun on the beach, observe South Africa’s Big Five, check out the local culture and enjoy invigorating outdoor activities all on the same holiday. Watch whales in the bay from June to November or witness the miracle of hatching turtles from November to March. There is always something to do in South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom.