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Cheetah, Phinda Reserve

Kwazulu-Natal Game Reserves

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Introduction

The reserves of KwaZulu-Natal boast lush green terrain thanks to the area's coastal rainfall pattern. The woods, wetlands and grasslands combine with mountains, rivers, marshes and pans to create a rich environment, abundant with diverse wildlife.

Close to the coast, wild and remote, the region's private reserves offer visitors some of the best chances to spot cheetah in South Africa. First among these is Phinda Private Game Reserve. Set in the prestigious Hluhluwe National Park, Phinda comprises 17,500 hectares of prime conservation land and is home to the Big Five, over 400 bird species and six unique lodges by luxury safari company, andBeyond.

Elsewhere, the iSimangaliso/Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park is a World Heritage site located on KwaZulu-Natal’s Indian Ocean coast. A region of rich biodiversity, it's home to the highest density of endangered black rhino in the world. It’s also the site of the last major swamp forests in South Africa, which in turn are framed by 25,000-year-old coastal dunes home to some 526 bird species, and a number of significant historical sites.

Top itineraries in Kwazulu-Natal Game Reserves

KwaZulu-Natal Discovery Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,755 pp incl. flights

With KwaZulu-Natal perhaps the most richly diverse of South Africa’s provinces, this spectacular drive takes in everything from the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains and Durban’s beachfront charms to Zulu battlefields and an all-inclusive, Big Five safari.

Black spots and white pearls – South Africa & Mozambique

9-day tailor-made journey from £4,575 pp incl. flights

This indulgent getaway is the ideal combination of relaxation and exploration. Begin with a Big Five safari in South Africa and end by enjoying butler service on Mozambique’s white sands. Enjoy all-inclusive gourmet dining, private transfers and ultra-luxury stays throughout.

South Africa with Red Carnation Hotels

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,440 pp incl. flights

Exceptional hotels form the basis of exceptional holidays and this luxury getaway combines nights in three of South Africa’s finest. Stay right on Cape Town’s picturesque coast, enjoy a wilderness retreat in the Cederberg Mountains and relax at a beachfront hideaway in Durban.

Best of South Africa

21-day tailor-made self-drive from £5,560 pp incl. flights

This is a comprehensive introduction to South Africa’s myriad delights. Included flight hops, luxury stays and scenic drives along the Garden and Panorama routes will showcase everything from Cape Town and the Winelands to a Big-Five Kruger safari and the mountain beauty of Zululand and Drakensberg.

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Top places to stay in Kwazulu-Natal Game Reserves

Forest Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

Contemporary safari lodge

Set in a rare and beautiful sand forest, the dense canopy ensures privacy and a calming atmosphere of Zulu Zen. Located between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, it is home to unique wildlife, over 380 bird species and the marine diversity off the nearby coast is said t…

Isibindi Zulu Lodge, Battlefields, Kwazulu-Natal

Traditional lodge

Located a stone’s throw away from the historical battlefields of Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana, Zulu Lodge is situated amongst diverse landscapes ranging from montane grassland and valet thornveld to riverine forests.

Rocktail Beach Camp, Richards Bay

Contemporary lodge

Found within World Heritage Site iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Rocktail Beach Camp is situated amongst wetlands, sandy beaches, woodlands and forested dunes, midway between Kosi Bay and Sodwana Bay. Surrounded by fascinating and beautiful wildlife, days can be spent relaxing along the empty beaches or…

Makakatana Bay Lodge, Richards Bay

Traditional lodge

The only privately owned safari lodge set on the banks of Lake St Lucia, Makakatana Bay Lodge is a four-star property, benefitting from the unspoiled wilderness beaches, vast wetlands and game reserves that accompany its location- iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site.

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Top 5 things to do in Durban

The coastal city of Durban is one of South Africa’s gems, with its myriad Indian influences, white-sand seafront and wildlife-rich game reserves of the world-famous KwaZulu-Natal. Read on for our pick of the top five things to do in and around Durban, from surfing to Big Five safaris.

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