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St Lucia: iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Full-Day/Half-Day Tour

1. St Lucia: iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Full-Day/Half-Day Tour

Enjoy an open game drive safari in South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start with pickup from St Lucia or Durban, and after a brief introduction, enter the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. While on safari, enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the park as you explore numerous loop roads, outcrops, and lookout points. With knowledgeable and experienced guides, discover an abundance of wildlife species in the park. Search for Africa's Big 5 game animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Spot other animals such as waterbuck, impala, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, reedbuck, chameleon, giraffe, and hyena. Enjoy a stop at Cape Vidal, a protected bay and beach area. Take some time for snorkeling or swimming in the waters surrounding this resort destination, and enjoy some lunch on site. See the highest vegetative dunes on the African continent and enjoy plenty of scenic photo opportunities throughout the day.

Durban: Hluhluwe Big 5 Safari with Pro Zeiss Binoculars

2. Durban: Hluhluwe Big 5 Safari with Pro Zeiss Binoculars

Get up close with Africa's famous Big 5 on a safari tour of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Discover the different sides of the parks with one morning and one afternoon drive during which you will be provided with the high-end Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 binoculars and multi-language guidebooks.  Start early at 5 am to catch the wildlife, especially predators, at their most active times which is dawn and dusk. Enter the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve via Nyalazi Gate and explore the Imfolozi side of the reserve on a 3.5-hour morning game drive on our Hyundai H1 vehicle. The southern sector of the reserve is typified by its flat open plains and renowned for elephant and rhino sightings. Time for a spot of lunch at Hilltop Restaurant (at own cost). Enjoy your meal while taking in the panoramic views over the reserve and put those binoculars to test. After lunch, explore the northern sector of the reserve while keeping your eyes pealed for the highly endangered African Wild Dogs and Big Cats. Spend another 3.5-hours traversing the Hluhluwe side of the reserve. Around 4 pm we will start to make our way back to Durban. Your safari tour is in a Hyundai H1 Vehicle. This is not an open safari vehicle. It is a luxury van with large windows. The windows open wide enough for you to take pictures using amateur and professional cameras. All travelers will have access to our high-end Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 binoculars and multilingual safari guide book, available in English, German & French. 

From Durban: Sani Pass/Lesotho Tour

3. From Durban: Sani Pass/Lesotho Tour

Get your adrenaline rush driving a 4x4 vehicle up Sani Pass, the highest road pass in Africa. Scrape the clouds as you travel one of the highest mountain paths in Africa! Begin by driving through beautiful rolling hills of the Midlands to the town of Underberg, where you will board your 4x4 vehicle. These off-roaders are the only vehicles that can climb Sani Pass. On your drive, you'll enter the Kingdom of Lesotho, and nearby Sotho Village for a taste of the local culture. Enjoy a light lunch while admiring stunning views from the highest pub in Africa.

Durban: Interactive Sightseeing Tour with Locals

4. Durban: Interactive Sightseeing Tour with Locals

Start the day with a pickup from your accommodation then dive straight into your Durban adventure. Stroll through Africa’s oldest surviving Botanical Gardens and tap into its history and unique collections with a passionate horticulturist. Then meet the ‘loneliest man on the planet’, which is a tree, and discover the secret to invisibility. Next, unlock the trendy suburb of Glenwood, which is considered by many as the Arts Quarter of Durban. Explore on foot with local artists, Mooki Lion or Dane Stops, and track down the public portfolios of talented street artists. On the tour, uncover the underbelly of the city as you get into a conversation about the social issues that underpin the art. Time to meet Mama Nkosi next, also known as the dancing curator of Phansi Museum, and the head honcho of one of the largest collections of indigenous art and crafts in KwaZulu Natal. Learn about indigenous beliefs, tribal culture, and how people used the therapeutic nature of song and dance to deal with their emotions and feelings. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, taste the flavors of African cuisine and sample the popular delicacies of Durban such as bunny chow. With your energy levels restored, enter into the beating heart of the city, the Markets of Warwick. In the company of a local NGO, meet merchants peddling their wares and learn about the history, significance, and future of this remarkable space.  After the market, drive through the city center as your guide brings it to life with historical anecdotes. Finish the day at the creative hub that is Station Drive Precinct and enjoy an artisan gelato tasting with local creatives. For those who'd like to test out some craft beer, stroll over the S43 and try the refreshing flavors at That Brewing Company (at own expense).

Sani Pass: Cultural and Heritage Tour

5. Sani Pass: Cultural and Heritage Tour

On this tour, you will experience all that a standard Sani Pass tour offers plus the trip to Makhapung, a small Basotho village deep in the highlands of Lesotho. From Sani Top, cross the Sani Plateau before climbing the Black Mountain Pass (3240 meters). From here you can see Thabana Ntlenyana (the highest point in Southern Africa). Then head down the Sehonghong Valley, past Highland Basotho villages and on to Makhapung. The Makhapung living village is untainted and retains all its cultures and traditions. This trip offers a real insight into the lives of the Basotho nation. Have a completely unique experience and support this sustainable tourism project. Visit the resident traditional healer, observe a unique song and dance routine, and a secret ceremonial dance. Interact and have lunch with the villagers. 

Zulu Cultural Tour: Rural Village, Tribal Markets & Food

6. Zulu Cultural Tour: Rural Village, Tribal Markets & Food

Following collection from your Durban accommodation, begin a day about context, immersion, and relevance. Your tour starts with you meeting the dancing curator of the Phansi Museum, who introduces you to a vast collection of indigenous art and crafts before you sample some pan-African cuisine. Following that, head to Isithumba - a living Zulu cultural village. There a local resident helps you to explore the village on foot, as you begin to understand a different way of life. If the ancestors are kind you may even meet the village chief or the local spiritual healer for an immersive exchange. The Markets of Warwick are your final stop. This curious quarter represents the beating heart of indigenous culture. Meet the Lime and Imphepho Gogos (female elders), and watch them create their goods before you witness Muthi Bridge, or as the locals like to call it - Sangoma Central. Unlock this mysterious place and get a feel for where the culture is heading, before your driver returns you to your accommodation.

2 Night Big 5 Hluhluwe-iMfolozi & St. Lucia Safari

7. 2 Night Big 5 Hluhluwe-iMfolozi & St. Lucia Safari

Start with pickup after breakfast in Durban or the surroundings or KSIA and head north on the N2 highway. First stop is the small quaint town of St Lucia which falls within the iSimangiliso Wetland Park. This Park has been declared a world heritage site. Here you will embark on a hippo and crocodile boat cruise. Get up close and personal with these magnificent beasts. Enjoy a light lunch in the town (at own expense). Visit the Endomeni Cheetah Rehabilitation center. Here you will get to interact with these magnificent animals and learn about their conservation struggles in Africa. After lunch, make your way around the corner to your accommodation for the night. After settling into your en-suite accommodation for the evening and freshening up, meet round the campfire and indulge in a braai (BBQ) dinner. Wait whilst the bushbabies (a nocturnal primate) come around for feeding time.  Next day it is an early rise as you head out on your Big 5 Safari in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. Spend the entire day in the park searching for all the animals and birds on offer with your highly qualified guide. Coffee and tea will be provided, along with breakfast and lunch. Limited refreshments are also provided.  After your magnificent day in African paradise, return to camp for some much-needed rest and a scrumptious dinner. The following day, enjoy a final morning game drive to hopefully see anything you may have missed or choose from a range of other activities. Breakfast once again will be provided. Around midday, head back to Durban or KSIA as  you complete the trip.

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What people are saying about Durban

Overall, the tour over the Sani Pass to a mountain village in Lesotho was a very interesting tour. Unfortunately, we were unlucky with the weather when driving over the Sani Pass, it rained at times and it was foggy. Sometimes we couldn't even see the next hairpin bend. But our guide was a very safe driver! We were very happy that we decided to do the big tour. Because that's how we drove to a mountain village in Lesotho via a newly developed road and were warmly welcomed by the villagers and were able to learn a lot about how the people there live without electricity. In winter they sometimes have -14 degrees and they heat their huts with fire. We were very impressed!

Friendly guard Nyandeni Bheki who drove us around, it was amazing, seeing those animals in the park was exciting. Thank you for good time.

it was an awesome drive up to the pass and the scenery is spectacular, but it would be nicer if every passenger had a window seat.

We were really lucky, the whole Geländerbus belonged to us! The guide was very friendly and nice.

Thank you it was nice. Did not see a lot of nanimals