KwaZulu-Natal offers plenty of luxury experiences, including dining, day tour experiences and safaris. This, combined with its year-round great weather means romantics, adventure enthusiasts and foodies are spoilt for choice at South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom.
What’s a stay in KwaZulu-Natal without luxury experiences in the wild? Here’s our pick of game lodges to visit:
Thanda Private Game Reserve
(Photo courtesy of Thanda Private Game Reserve)
Thanda Private Game Reserve provides a great wildlife experience, with an authentic glimpse into Zulu culture.
Morning and evening safaris are your best chance to spot the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo), as well as other wildlife such as hyena and warthog. The 14 000ha of private land is at your disposal, and the English-speaking guides will share their knowledge and passion of their culture and wildlife experiences.
If you are a keen birder or have a huge interest in fauna and flora, Thanda Private Game Reserve offers bush walks on which you can spot popular or rare species of birds or flora.
Aspiring photographers can also get some professional photography tips from wildlife photographer Christian Sperka.
Back at your camp, relax and pamper your body at Thanda Spa. Some of the spa’s treatments are borrowed from Zulu culture, so expect an experience like no other.
Thanda Safari Lodge has nine suites that imitate Zulu homesteads, with thatched roofs and African curios.
Phinda Private Game Reserve
Elephants at Phinda (Photo courtesy of Phinda Private Game Reserve)
Phinda Private Game Reserve offers an amazing wildlife experience with the promise of the Big Five, and over 300 bird species and a diverse marine life. This luxurious bush reserve offers experiences such as:
- Open game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles
- Zulu village tour
- Horse riding along False Bay
- Whale watching at Sodwana Bay
You can choose between four lodges: Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Mountain Lodge, Phinda Vlei Lodge and Phinda Rock Lodge.
Rocktail Beach Camp
Rocktail by Wilderness Safaris (Photo courtesy of Wilderness Safaris)
Situated just a walk away from the coast of Maputaland Marine Reserve, Rocktail Beach Camp is ideal for those who are keen on water sports and seaside adventures. The beaches in this area are perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling, and have been voted in the top 10 best dive sites in the world.
If you visit Rocktail Beach Camp during the summer months, a turtle researcher makes the area his/her office. Guests can accompany the researcher at night and help with research such as monitoring turtle behaviour. See all Wilderness Safari camps & contact us for your own tailor-made itineraries.