A spectacular tour of the unspoilt marine and wildlife of the Zulu Kingdom.
South Africa is probably best recognised for scenic Cape Town and the wildlife treasure trove that is the Kruger Park. This trip is, however, focused on exploring the KwaZulu Natal province, a gem of unspoilt ecosystems, nature reserves and the home to the Zulu and Tsonga tribes. This tour of the Zulu Kingdom has been designed to offer an intoxicating mix of luxury lodges, rich cultural immersion in Zulu heritage, active participation in rhino conservation and pristinely preserved UNESCO listed wetlands, marine parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
Ticks for your bucket list:
- Visit a UNESCO listed wetland park
- Visit traditional Zulu villages
- Swim with dolphins and whale sharks
- Snorkel with manta rays
- Visit a Zulu witch doctor
- Watch hatching turtles run to the see
- Go on big five game drives
- Take part in rhino conservation
- Visit the Dolphin Coast
- Visit the home of King Shaka Zulu
The Zulu people are probably South Africa’s best-known tribe and with good reason. Under Shaka Zulu the tribe became a notorious warrior nation which fiercely resisted the colonial advances with great success. Even during the apartheid years, the Zulu Kingdom retained its rich cultural heritage and managed to live lives true to its traditions and customs in close harmony with nature.
As a result, much of KwaZulu Natal remains a tropical wonderland with undisturbed ecosystems. This includes the Wild Coast in the south of the province, but the focus of this trip is on the North coast of the province which is home to the UNESCO listed iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This spectacular park stretches along more than 280km of shoreline and encompasses no less than 16 marine, wetland, and game reserves, sanctuaries and parks.
This trip has been designed to take visitors across the entire length of this park down to Umhlanga Rocks, a resort town at the edge of the vibrant port city of Durban. En-route, guests will stay at three of the best luxury lodges in the region each with a distinct flavour and set of activities to enjoy.
Thonga Beach Lodge is set on one of Africa’s most unspoilt wilderness beaches, and its crystal clear warm water offers South Africa’s best snorkelling and scuba experiences. Here you will have the chance to swim along with dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays and a spectacular explosion of life amongst the reefs.
Phinda Lodge is situated on an impressive private reserve which offers big 5 game viewing experiences, as well as a rhino conservation activities. And your final stop, Oyster Box is situated in Umhlanga Rocks on the Dolphin Coast. Given the name, it should come as no surprise that the area is renowned for the large pods of dolphins who frolic in the ocean just beyond the break.