Hluhluwe St Lucia 3 Night Safari
Join us on a 3 Day Photographic Safari,
Too Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve Big5 (the oldest Proclaimed reserve in Africa) & Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (South Africa's first World Heritage Site), pristine beauty is preserved in two exceptionally scenic national parks.
Set out to explore both on our open game drive safari vehicles.
Spot wildlife up close with your personal knowledgeable guide, African sunrise in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve & Sunsets in Ismangaliso Wetlands Park.
Enjoy seeing Hippo/Nile Crocodiles while enroute up the St Lucia Estuary by boat, go in search of the elusive Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo while out in the bush at night on a night Safari.
- Trek into Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve (oldest proclaimed park in Africa) by open game drive safari vehicles, and surround yourself with rolling hills and spectacular sights of wildlife
- Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (World Heritage Site), some of the most impressive sights in the world with 5 natural ecosystem
- Night Drive Safari in search of the Leopard
- Snorkel in a protected bay at Cape Vidal
- Witness Hippo, Nile Crocodile and the African Fish Eagle on the Estuary on a boat cruise
Itinerary - 3 Days
Day 1 — Durban International Airport, arrive St Lucia,South Africa
Arrive at King Shaka International Airport, travel to St Lucia South Africa. Get settled in and meet with guide for orientation. ( please indicate should you require a transfer). Late afternoon join us on a Boat cruise up the St Lucia Estuary to witness Hippo wallowing, Nile Crocodiles, African Fish Eagle and a lot more. After dinner we are of on a Night Drive into the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park in search of Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo, Chameleons and lots lots more, hear the bush come alive..
(2 hour boat cruise/ 2,5 hour Night Drive Safari)
Day 2— Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve Big 5
Board the 4*4 open game drive vehicle as we are of on a early Big 5 safari to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, witness the wildlife in the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa. Keep an eye out for the Big 5, African Wild Dog and Cheetah that hunt in the open plains. Traditional South African bush barbeque in the reserve while observing the wildlife at one of the many scenic picnic spots. With spectacular vantage points your personal and knowledgeable game ranger will get you the sightings that you love to see. African Vultures swirling in the skies, cries of Hyenas and Wild Dogs hunting this safari will remain with you for years to come.
(9 hour Big 5 Safari)
Day 3— Cape Vidal (Isimangaliso Wetlands Park)
A early departure as we set off into the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, a World Heritage Site this park has a lot to offer, 5 distinct ecosystems, mangroves, forests, vegetated dunes, estuary and marine reserve, we go in search of the endangered Samango Monkey, snorkel in the protected bay of Cape Vidal, short hike to Mission rocks look out, watch out for those monkeys at lunch. Witness the Humpbacks in winter as they migrate past the point of Cape Vidal.
(8 hour Safari)
Day 4- Depart for the airport
After a hearty breakfast we transfer you to Durban International
"Safari Details" Price is R5300.00 per person sharing no transfer, R8400.00 per person including transfers from Durban and Back. Airfare is not included. transfer's included to and from Durban International GROUP SIZE: 2—10 For questions, please call +27 834572147
"EXCELLENCE LOOK NO FURTHER" Pete I Bath, United Kingdom 3 DAY SAFARI We booked this direct from the UK an easy trouble free experience with great communication from Mandy and her team. DAY ONE We were picked up from Durban Airport by Stian (not sure how he spells his name) who was a very pleasant chap and a careful driver giving us a relaxed couple of hours, he explained our itinerary and the wildlife of Africa as we were driven through some wonderful picturesque places, we were finally dropped of at our lodge accommodation and met by several mongoose and their young,
Stian told us that Stacey would pick us up at 3pm for our trip down the estuary on a new boat (we were the guinea pigs) We found this a great experience as it had a personal touch unlike the bigger boats that held 60 people, on the smaller craft we could get closer to the wildlife, on this trip we saw Hippo and Croc's and a lot of birds, what a start we were very impressed. DAY TWO We had an early start, Stacey picked us up at 5am and we were in Hluhluwe game reserve by 6am on a warm and pleasant day, only 10 minutes in and we had our first sighting of a small pack of wild dogs (extremely rare) this seemed to map our day in a quest to get a sighting of the BIG FIVE,
Stacey was very informative and Patient at the end of a superb day that was never rushed and taken at a pace so that you could take advantage of the fantastic animals and sights, we had seen two prides of Lion, several white Rhino, a large herd of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, an assortment of different Buck, a Mother Cheetah and her four 1 year old cubs, warthog families, giraffe, two elephants and the icing on the cake a mother and calf Black Rhino the rarer of the two species, we left the park with smiles as wide as the St Lucia estuary.
DAY THREE This day was spent in the wetlands reserve where again we saw a large assortment of animals, spent some time to relax on a wonderful sandy beach and a Braai (sth African BBQ) for lunch. We were taken back to our lodge to get ready to go out on a night drive to see animals at night, as the sun set we completed our sighting of the Big Five not one but two leopard fantastic a sight to remember e spent nearly an hour watching them, once again never rushed with stacey giving us the benefit of her knowledge.
On the forth day we were given a huge breakfast and Stian picked us up and took us back to Durban. It is a wonderful company that care about giving you a fantastic time with little or no time restraint on you, If you want an excellent time with an informative guide then look no further than Heritage Tours in St Lucia. This has truly been an Xmas to remember. Pete & Lin from Somerset UK
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