The northern region of Kwazulu Natal has so much to offer to tourists. It varies from the rolling green hills, to high mountains, to the warm Indian Ocean, to its beautiful national parks and the St. Lucia Wetlands region.
Day 1: 08h30: Distance for day: 350 km
We firstly travel along the N4 towards Middelburg, (coffee break) where we turn off towards Ermelo, where we will enjoy lunch. After lunch it is another 2 hours comfortable drive towards Piet Retief, where we will stay overnight at the Dusk to Dawn guest farm. It is lovely working farm, and guests can explore the farm on foot, before enjoying a wonderful dinner.
Day 2: 08h30: Distance for day: 300 km
After a wonderful farm breakfast, we depart along the N2 route, towards Hluhluwe, where we check into the Bonamanzi Game Reserve for the next 2 night’s stay at their Lalapanzi camp. It’s a great base to explore the area from. A light meal will be enjoyed on arrival, and you can also relax and enjoy the lovely gardens. At around 15h30, we will enjoy a Twilight boat trip ending with sundowners and snacks on the banks of the Hluhluwe river. It also includes two short game drives to and from the Hluhluwe River. We then return to the camp to have a lovely dinner.
Day 3: 09h00: Distance for day: 150 km
We depart around 09h00 on a game drive into the Hluhluwe Game Reserve on an open game viewing vehicle. This park is well known for its wonderful birdlife and viewing of animals and birds alongside the rivers and dams. The game drive on the open vehicle is approximately 6 hours, which will also include a lovely picnic lunch at a picnic site in the park or at the restaurant at Hilltop camp. We return in the late afternoon to Bonamanzi Game Reserve to relax before dinner. Weather permitting we will enjoy a bush braai in the indigenous forest.
Day 4: 09h00: Distance for day:
After breakfast and checking out, we depart towards the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park for the next 2 nights, which is one of South Africa’s 7 World Heritage Sites. It is also known as Isimangaliso. On the way to St Lucia we stop and enjoy a Cat tour at Emdoneni Lodge at 10h30, meeting some of our wildcats (cheetah, servet, caracal). Book into our Guesthouse Lodge Afrique for the next 2 nights and explore the town of St Lucia for the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Lodge Afrique.
Day 5: 08h00: Distance for day: 100 km
After a leisurely breakfast we do a morning boat cruise on the estuary to view the crocodile, hippos, wildlife and birdlife that makes the estuary such a great attraction to visit. After the lovely 2- hour boat-trip it is time for lunch in town. This is followed by a pleasant walk alongside the beachfront and river mouth area, and exploring the town on foot. Dinner and overnight at Lodge Afrique.
Day 6: 08h00: Distance for day: 231km
After breakfast and checking out, we depart towards Wakkerstroom.
Lunch in Wakkerstroom. Explore the town and shops and book into Forellenhof Guest Farm in the late afternoon.
Enjoy a walk on the farm, do bird watching and then have a dinner prepared by our hosts.
** bird list of over 400 species has been recorded in the area. Crowned Cranes, marsh and Grass Owls etc.
Day 7: 10h00: Distance for day: 165 km
Sadly we have to leave this beautiful area after breakfast. We travel back to Johannesburg.
Boat cruise at Bonamazi (water permitting)
One full day open vehicle -Hluhluwe
Cat tours Emdoneni
St Lucia boat cruise
Lunch Drinks Gratuities Laundry
Any other activity not on the Itinerary