Inken Scharpwinkel-Smith
Inken Scharpwinkel-Smith Travel Specialist
"Cape Town, the Garden Route, Kruger and KwaZulu Natal… where else in the world offers so many iconic holiday experiences?"

Kwazulu Natal Safari Holidays

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is South Africa’s oldest wildlife reserve and the jewel in KwaZulu Natal’s crown. It’s a vast reserve, covering 95,000 hectares, and is world-famous for its work in conserving the white rhino, which now number over 2000 in this park. It is the best place on earth to see rhino, both black and white.

The reserve is steeped in history. Once the private hunting ground Shaka, the famous Zulu king, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park was established in 1895, primarily to protect the white rhino, which even then was threatened with extinction.

However, there are another 82 mammal species in the park, including all the Big Five. In the first five minutes of a drive through the park recently, I saw warthog, baboon, nyala, white rhino, a herd of buffalo, zebra, as well as several elephant on the road. There are around seventy lions in the reserve, but they are hard to spot. Birds are prolific and over 400 species have beenrecorded in the park.

Much of the bush surrounding the reserve is also given over to game: there are several well-known private reserves in the area, including Mkuze Falls, Thanda, Leopard Mountain, and CC Africa’s renowned Phinda Reserve, to name but a few. The provincial conservation authority has been expanding the giant Mkuze Reserve to the north so that, eventually, all these reserves will link together and east to the St Lucia Wetlands Park on the coast - so that animals will once more be free to roam through Zululand, unimpeded by fences.

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KwaZulu Natal Action-Packed Family Holiday - Self Drive
  • Family
  • Fly-Drive
From £2180 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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South Africa
This action packed holiday is a perfect to involve and absorb kids and young people in environmental awareness. Take part in an action packed programme such as tracking, orientation, bush survival skills, anti-poaching methods and spear-fishing.
KwaZulu Natal Meander - Culture, Wildlife & Beach - Self Drive
  • Culture & History
  • Safari
  • Fly-Drive
From £2650 per person
20 day holiday
Flights included
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South Africa
This South Africa holiday is a relaxed three-week self-drive trip, staying at carefully chosen hotels and lodges. You visit the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Drakensberg Mountains, historic Battlefields, Huluhluwe Game Reserve, Elephant Coast and the coastal resort of Umhlanga.
South Africa Safari & Beach
  • Honeymoons
From £3350 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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South Africa
Our 9-night beach and bush honeymoon in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province is a blissful mix of romance, big game safari and pristine wilderness beaches.
KwaZulu Natal Deluxe - Self Drive
  • Responsible
  • Safari
  • Fly-Drive
From £4515 per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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South Africa
This luxury KwaZulu Natal self-drive takes in the Drakensberg, the Zulu Battlefields, a superb safari experience and time to relax on an Indian Ocean beach.
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