Day 1 A warm welcome awaits you at Durban International airport where you will be met by your friendly hosts. You will be transferred in air conditioned vehicles through Durban, Africa’s exciting seaside paradise to your 5 star lodge. Enjoy welcoming champagne and chocolates in luxurious facilities and 30 acres of private botanical garden with 18 ponds, waterways and prolific birdlife.
Located in the rolling hills of Kwazulu Natal and near the Valley of a Thousand Hills this is the perfect place to unwind, relax, and be enchanted by the scenery after your exertions of a long flight.
The beautiful gardens are an oasis of peace and serenity with indigenous and exotic plants and provide the ideal backdrop to achieve the desired levels of relaxation for all who visit. Soak up the spirit of our special slice of Africa while enjoying refreshments on the Terrance which overlooks a pond.(B)(5 Star Lodge)
Day 2 Today we spend relaxing at the lodge and soaking up its unique and enchanting atmosphere. Enjoy walks through the 30 acres of gardens incorporating artworks, sculptures, a magnifificent Japanese garden, cycad gardens, ponds and meandering pathways leading to waterfalls.Soak up your first day in Africa by spoiling yourself at the Health Spa with its special invigorating and holistic treatment range. In addition,you can soak up the African sun next to the large rock swimming pool. (B)(5 Star Lodge)
Day 3 This day holds much excitement as we explore The Golden Mile along the Durban Beachfront with its wonderful mix of cultures, nationalities, stunning beaches, flea markets, restaurants and places of interest. You will visit an exciting attraction Ushaka Marine World Africa’s largest aquarium with its seal and dolphin stadium and aquariums and where you will be fascinated by sharks, sea snakes, sting rays and stone fish in different magnificent aquariums. There are snorkeling pools with over one thousand fish and diving pools where you may dive and watch the stingrays swim by. We have lunch along the Village Walk with its numerous shops and restaurants before heading back to the Lodge. (B)(5 star Lodge) Day 4 Today we head out for the great African safari in Zululand and the Umfolozi /Hluhluwe Game Reserve situated in the largest and most spectacular ecotourism region in South Africa.(3 hours drive from Durban) .You will be welcomed with champagne,chocolate and flowers at your lodge which is nestled on the edge of rare sand forest habitat and an unforgettable opportunity awaits you of being really close to nature. Enjoy unique opportunities to observe and photograph a wide variety of wild animals, including numerous red data species of mammal and prolific birdlife. The “Secrets of the Forest Suites” have been born from a vision to provide an exceptional experience for you in the midst of a rare sand forest. Here you will enjoy absolute privacy in your exclusive, luxurious and spacious suite with glass walls and views into the amazing forest .
Relax while you enjoy your own private outdoor Jacuzzi where in the evening the stars seem to be so close that you would wish to touch them! .Your stay in Secrets of the Forest will be a unique time to share with your loved one as you recline and let the spirit of Africa touch your soul. An experience never to be forgotten!
Your safaris during your stay here are at Hluhluwe/ Umfolozi is the home of The Big Five and Operation Rhino. It became world renowned for saving the white rhino from extinction. You will be sure to spot elephant, buffalo, giraffe, warthog, zebra, impala and wildebeest and many other species during your visit here. The park is also home animals such as Lion, Leopard and Wild Dog. Enjoy a peaceful and safe ambience with Africa and its wildlife in your luxurious, air-conditioned vehicle with your experienced Game Ranger and your host. . (B) (4 star Lodge)
Day 5.6 These are the days where the spirit of Africa touches your soul. We embark on leisurely extended game drives to all areas of the Park. There is much to explore! Fot those who are keen photographers this is the perfect time to capture unique photos.Your experienced ranger will help you spot and identify many species of bird and animal life. (The Elephant Coast has more than 500 species of birdlife recorded). With a little assistance most people will be able to distinguish the more common families of birds in no time at all. Look out for the abundant animal life such as black rhino, nyala, kudu, hippo, crocodile, waterbuck, reedbuck, red duiker, baboons, monkeys, hyena, wildebeest, giraffe and often to be seen elephant and buffalo You may also see lion, cheetah, wild dog and other predators. (B)(4 star Lodge)
Day 7 Today we experience the magic of the Elephant Interaction where two wild elephants that are called in every morning by their guide. One can feed,touch and interact with these powerful and amazing animals. We stop for a leisurely champagne lunch at a nearby restaurant before heading to visit a local Cheetah Rehabilitation Centre where you will meet and watch various wildcats such as Serval,African Wild Cat and Cheetah.(B)(4star Lodge)
Day 8 Today will be a special excursion: You will visit numerous eco/cultural activities available in the area. Visit the ancient World Heritage Site at False Bay, the largest estuarine system formed in Africa formed 140 million years ago. Other attractions include Ilala Weavers with its restaurant where you will enjoy lunch and curio shops featuring traditional Zulu basket weaving and beading. Today's adventures include a visit to Dumazulu Traditional Zulu Village where you will learn of the African Zulu Tribe as you visit its cultural village. Be spellbound by the energetic Zulu Dancing with its awesome rhythm of drumbeats and African dancing ! We then set off for St Lucia, a picturesque village situated within a nature reserve and which is surrounded by 5 distinct ecosystems and iSimangaliso Wetland Park,A World Heritage Site(St Lucia 4 star Lodge)
Day 9 St Lucia offers the day visitor an endless wealth of possibilities with its shops, curio and African-ware flea markets, pubs, restaurants, boat trips, and a lovely interpretation centre explaining the ecology of the World Natural Heritage Site. You will spot crocodiles, hippos and abundant birdlife from the shoreline and on your boat trip which offers great opportunity for special and unique photography. You may prefer to soak up the sun on the beach and snorkel in rock pools at Cape Vidal and Beach , A World Heritage Site or alternatively head out to sea for a whale watching and dolphin viewing adventure.Let your spirits soar on this extraordinary educational adventure during this trip while gliding amidst memorizing turquoise blue waters.Whales migrate northward from the Antarctic through South African waters,passing and dwelling in St Lucia,on their way to warm tropical waters off southern Madagascar to mate and calf. Both mating and calving takes place in these warm topical waters. Gestation is 11 to 12 months and lactation takes a further to 12months. (B)(St Lucia ,4 star Lodge)
Day 10 Time to set off for the journey back to Durban and enroute we visit Gateway Theatre of Shopping the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you may enjoy the South African shopping experience, eat at one of the numerous up market restaurants, watch a show at the magnificent IMAX Theatre or watch the surfers at The Wave Pool before returning to your place of accommodation for the night alternatively return straight to your Lodge to spoil yourself with treatments at the Health Spar to explore the magnificent gardens. (B)(5 star Lodge)
Day 11 Time to prepare for your flight and transfer to Durban International Airport (B)
Exciting Extra Activities can be added as you prefer! Hot Air Balloon Adventure, Whale watching in St Lucia Snorkeling at Cape Vidal and Nature Reserve, World Heritage Site,St Lucia Canoe trip out on a lake with local guide to view abundant birdlife,crocodiles and hippos.
Included All accommodation four nights 5 star lodge and 6 nights 4 star lodge. All accessible transport and transfers. Vehicle is minibus with hydraulic lift in the rear. Personal game ranger and guide/driver.This ranger has 15 years experience of Hluhluwe Game Reserve and knows exactly where to find the wildlife. All meals as indicated. All safaris and activities as indicated except for St Lucia, hippo spotting boat ride,whale watching,snorkeling at Cape Vidal.(All activities optional) Itineraries are flexible. We ensure your holiday will be relaxed and enjoyable and offer highly personalized individual attention. This safari and holiday suitable for all travelers,honeymoon couples,families with children.
Not Included Visas, air flights, insurance, refreshments and drinks, St Lucia boat ride, whale watching and snorkeling. hot air balloon trip (All activities optional)