Overview

St Lucia safari tours depart from Durban in the early morning. Your guide will educate you on the History of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa on route to St Lucia – Isimangaliso Wetland park. Just before arrival a briefing will be given regarding St Lucia itself otherwise known as Isimagaliso Wetland park.

Once we have arrived in St Lucia, we will make our way to the Crocodile center where KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife are trying to educate the public on the plight of these amazing creatures. After your guide takes you on a Tour through the Crocodile center he will take you to the Santa Lucia Boat which will be a 2-hour educational and enjoyable estuary cruise where you are guaranteed to see Hippos and hopefully a few crocodiles and birds. The game reserve surrounding the estuary is home to 4 of the Big 5 only missing the Lion. Lions have now been introduced further north in the Mkuze game reserve after a 44-year absence.

After the boat cruise, we enter the small town of St Lucia where at night Hippos wonder the streets to get to the grassy areas to feed. We will feed ourselves at one of the town’s restaurants before heading down to the river estuary mouth. At the Estuary mouth we will do a board walk down to the Indian ocean where we will view Maphelane the Second Highest Vegetated Sand dune in the World. After this it is time to return to Durban.

The St Lucia safari tour is conducted in comfort with your experienced tour guide.

WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE IT

   Visiting South Africa’s first proclaimed world heritage site.

   Incredible biodiversity with 5 different ecosystems in one area.

✓   One of the only places you will find Hippo, Crocodiles and Bull Sharks sharing the same Estuarine waters.

Overview

Here in Durban KwaZulu-Natal we are spoiled to have many small Safari private game lodges and a few large Safari national parks. Around the Durban area Tala Private game reserve is one of the most popular of the smaller Safari Parks near Durban. A mere 40 Minutes from Durban City we will collect you from your Durban Hotel and guide you from the amazing city of Durban to Tala private game reserve. Your qualified guide will ensure your Durban day safari tour will be memorable as he shows off what wildlife Tala private game reserve has to offer!

After we depart Tala game reserve we head through the remarkable Valley of 1000 Hills previously home to the “Debe” People who were pushed to Cannibalism by the Zulus. This beautifully Scenic area is amazing to visit with stunning views of the rolling hills. We will arrive at Phezulu Safari Park for some lunch at the Boma restaurant, again, with great views before we head down to the Crocodile center to have a Tour of the reptiles.

Once done with this, we will enter the traditional Zulu cultural village, an authentic village run by the Gaza family. They have kindly opened their homes to us and their culture and we will share in the wonders of some traditional Zulu dancing, singing as well as entering the traditional Zulu huts to learn more about their culture!

This Durban day safari tour to Tala game reserve and the Valley of 1000 hills is a full day tour. It covers nature and culture. We can arrange a half day of either Tala game reserve or the Valley of 1000 hills at your request.

WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE IT

   Visiting a small nature reserve where the density of animals is high.

   Learning about many species of animals from the Rhino and Giraffe to the Warthog.

✓   Visiting a Zulu Cultural village to learn and witness the culture through Song and dance.

The Valley of 1000 Hills is a perfect destination to get a taste of African wildlife and Zulu culture, all in one day!

On this Durban day tour and safari we'll collect you form your accommodation and take you through to Tala Game Reserve. This reserve is home to a number of different antelope species as well as over 300 species of bird.

The Valley of 1000 Hills is one of the best places in South Africa to experience some Zulu hospitality and to learn more about the Zulu people's culture and customs.

On this tour we'll travel deep into the rural Valley of 1000 Hills for a tour of a Zulu village where a guide from the village will take you on a walk through the village. You'll have an opportunity to meet the Chief of the Village and his wives as well as learn about the important role that the Chief's still play in South Africa Today.