- St Lucia
- Boat cruise to see hippos/crocodiles
- Ocean and beach
- Jozini Dam
The northern and central 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 private game reserves, and the St. Lucia Wetlands region
Day 1: March 10
Johannesburg to Piet Retief
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 prepared by our hosts.
Day 2: March 11
Piet Retief to Hluhluwe
After a wonderful farm breakfast, we depart along the N2 route, towards Hluhluwe, where we check into the Hluhluwe Hotel for the next 2 night’s stay. 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 and swimming pool. At around 14h00, we take a short drive to the entrance of the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve. This reserve is a classical big 5 reserve, but is mostly known for its conservation efforts to save the black and white rhinos. We do our first game drive, which is a lovely 3 hour game drive. We then return to the hotel to have a lovely dinner.
Day 3: March 12
Today is set aside to explore the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, which is one of South Africa’s 7 World Heritage Sites. It is also known as Isimangaliso. We do a scenic drive towards the town of St Lucia, where 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. We then return to Hluhluwe in the late afternoon.
Day 4: March 13
Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game reserve
After breakfast and checking out, we depart towards the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve again. This time we explore another part of the park, including a nice coffee stop at a picnic area, as well as lunch at the Hilltop camp. In the mid to late afternoon, we depart from the park for a short 50 km drive to the town of Mkuze. We arrive and check into the Ghost Mountain Inn for 3 nights. It is a beautiful hotel with a lovely history and story. Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the lodge, before dinner.
Day 5: March 14
We depart on a short drive to the Jozini dam, where we embark on a boat trip on the dam. This boat cruise travels alongside the side of the dam, to view game on the adjoining game farms. It is a very different from other game viewing activities, and a wonderful experience. The boat is big, with all the necessary ablution facilities on board. The boat cruise is approximately 4 hours, after which we return to the lodge for afternoon relaxation. The hotel has a wonderful Spa, and guests can arrange for some treatment and pampering. (For own account)
Day 6: March 15
Mkhuze Game reserve
We depart around 10h30 on a game drive into the Mkhuze Game Reserve. This park is well known for its wonderful birdlife and viewing of animals and birds alongside the rivers and dams. The game is approximately 6 hours, which will also include a lovely picnic lunch at a picnic site in the park. We return in the late afternoon.
Day 7: March 16
Mkhuze to Wakkerstroom
Sadly we have to leave this beautiful area, departing towards Wakkerstroom.
Lunch in Wakkerstroom. Book into Forellenhof Guest Farm .
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 8: March 17
Wakkerstroom to Johannesburg
Sadly we have to leave this beautiful area after breakfast. We travel back to Johannesburg.
Cost of the 8-day tour is R14 800 per person sharing. Single supplement is R 2 300
Included in the costs above:
Accommodation in Standard chalets
Excluded in the costs above:
Drinks Laundry Telephone calls
Curios Porterage Gratuities