REGULAR 2 - 3 DAY TOURS OF HLUHULUWE - iMFOLOZI GAME RESERVES INCLUDING  DUMAZULU ZULU CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Tours of 2-3 day duration (or longer)  to Hluhluwe - Imfolozi Game Reserves in Kwa Zulu-Natal are regularly conducted and include a half day tour of the Dumazulu Cultural village where visitors will experience first hand the culture and life style of traditional Zulu people. The welcoming greeting of Sanibona ! from the local chief will greet you as you arrive at the entrance to his village.

These tours are generally (but not specifically) conducted during mid week so as to avoid the crush of busy weekends. Accommodation on these tours can either be at Hilltop (Hluhluwe section)  or Mpila  (iMfolozi section) main Camps or, if camping is preferred, at Isinkwe Camp and Lodge ,just outside the Reserve.

DAY 1.

Tours generally depart from Pietermaritzburg and Durban ( or any major Kwa Zulu-Natal town), by prior arrangement, at 8.30 am on day one.

The trip of 320 kms takes you across the Tugela River (Uthukela ) at the point where the Zulu Forces of King Cetshwayo of the Zulu’s were given the ultimatum to disband or face the “might” of the British Army (1877). This point was also one of the river fords through which the British forces invaded Zululand. This invasion was followed by the biggest single reversals the British army had ever experienced at that time – namely the Battle of Isandhlawana.

We travel on the N3 through rural “Zululand “ – now part of Kwa Zulu- Natal Province – which will give the traveler a good idea of how modern day traditional rural Zulus live. 

North of the Tugela River the scenery is mainly made up of a patchwork of rural Zulu homesteads and grazing as well as many kilometers of green Sugar Cane fields and Timber plantations. The Indian ocean is ever present in the East. We will stop at a Zulu crafts and fruit market (Zamimpilo) to give you an idea of the variety and prices of local carvings, crafts and other curious. We  stop here again on our return journey to allow for the purchasing of any souvenirs that may be required. The Park also has similar community based craft and curio stalls but prices are generally cheaper at Zamimpilo.. 

We arrive in Hluhluwe – iMfolozi Park at approx 1.30 pm where we immediately do a Game Drive until approx 5.30 pm when you will book into your accommodation.

NB THIS IS A BIG FIVE PARK AND IS THE SECOND OLDEST IN THE WORLD AFTER YELLOWSTONE IN THE USA. IT WAS ESTABLISHED AROUND 1896.

Your first evening is to be spent at your pleasure. If staying at Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe section  dinner can either be enjoyed at the Restaurant which has quite a good menu, including African (Zulu) traditional food,or can take the form of a barbecue (Braai) cooked under the stars or, if  preferred, in your kitchen. You generally spend the 2 or 3 nights at the same accommodation. Accommodation in the Reserves usually comprises self-catering 2 bed Chalets (full facilities), which  you will find comfortable and very traditional. (NB There is no traveling allowed after dark in the Reserve, other than when on a scheduled night drive in open vehicles provided by the park authority,

 Typical Chalet                                   

 

DAY 2

You will be collected at 8.00 am from your accommodation for a full day excursion through both Hluhluwe and iMfolozi Game Reserves. These comprise one complex  of almost 100 000 ha’s in extent.

During the drive we will view and enjoy the diversity of the nature that this complex offers and will see most of the following animals, all in their natural environment.;

·          Giraffe (abundant)
     Elephant (generally abundant but can prove secretive.)
     White Rhinoceros (easily spotted and generally close up)
   
 Black Rhinoceros (very rarely seen in the day time)
Warthogs (abundant)
Buffalo (abundant)
Zebra (abundant)
Blue Wildebeest (Gnu) (abundant)
Impala (abundant in iMfolozi)

Nyala (shy but regularly seen)
Hyena (shy in the day time)

Kudu (reasonably abundant)
Lion (regularly seen, especially in in iMfolozi)
Leopard (rare but a good chance of seeing them)

Baboons (generally abundant
Vervet Monkeys (abundant)

In addition we will see many birds of which there are an abundance.

You arrive arrive back at your accommodation at 4.00 pm. in time to join a night drive in an open Game drive Vehicle  operated by the Park's Authority. You should be back in your accommodation by 9.00 pm.

Day 3. You will again be collected at your accommodation at 8.00 am and a further 1 ˝  hour game drive will be undertaken before departing the Park on your transfer to your City or Town of your choice in KZN.

En route you stop off at Dumazulu Cultural Village for a tour of their traditional Zulu village where you will be experience Zulu culture, marriage ceremonies, hut building, bead working, grass matt weaving and Zulu Corn beer making (and drinking). This will be followed by a display of Zulu dancing in full battle (dance) regalia. After the show you will enjoy lunch at Dumazulu where after you travel to Zamimpilo for browsing / purchasing of traditional Zulu crafted curios etc.

Depending on where your next stop is located you will be "home" sometime after 5.00 pm

NB. If the three day option us taken the additional day will be spent taking a boat trip on nearby Lake St Lucia where you will enjoy a 2-3 hour  trip on this RAMSAR protected lake within the World Heritage site known as Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Here you will see numerous Hippopotamus and huge crocodiles in their natural environment. Water birds are also in abundance. We will specifically look out for Goliath Heron, Pelicans (White and Pink-back), Flamingoes (Greater and Lesser) African Spoonbills etc. Thereafter we will also undertake a Game Drive on Eastern shores- Lake St Lucia via Cape Vidal passing Bhangazi lake, a favourite Hippo and Crocodile stretch of water. You will return to your accommodation at approx 5.00 pm where the evening can be so pent at your leisure.

PRICING IS DEPENDENT ON THE TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED AND DURATION OF TOUR 

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