7 DAY SAFARI AND TOUR
A warm welcome awaits you at Durban International airport where you will be met by your friendly hosts. You will be transferred through Durban, Africa’s exciting seaside paradise to the 5 star Makaranga Garden Lodge.
This lodge is the premier lodge in South Africa catering for people with physical disabilities in the world with 30 acres of private botanical gardens including 18 ponds, waterways and prolific birdlife. Located in the rolling hills of KwaZulu Natal and near the Valley of a Thousand Hills this is the perfect place to unwind, relax, and be enchanted by the scenery after your exertions of a long flight.
The beautiful gardens are an oasis of peace and serenity with indigenous and exotic plants and provide the ideal backdrop to achieve the desired levels of relaxation for all who visit. Soak up the spirit of our special slice of Africa while enjoying refreshments on the Tuscan Terrance which
overlooks a pond.
After a relaxing morning here you may wish to have a spa treatment or simply explore Makaranga tunning gardens we head for the Valley Of Thousand Hills (a 20-minute drive) for its stunning views and to Phezulu Cultural Village where you will watch the Zulu Dancers and traditional cultural village and learn about the special and unique Zulu customs. We visit craft markets, interesting shops and the Heritage Market along this route on our return to Makaranga Lodge.
Today is a day of excitement where you will be taken to Durban Beachfront and Golden Mile to explore the markets, beachfront at North Beach and restaurants before heading out for the great African safari and Umfolozi / Hluhluwe Game Reserve situated in the largest and most spectacular ecotourism region in South Africa; (3 hours drive from Durban) Established in 1895 Hluhluwe.
Umfolozi is the home of The Big Five and Operation Rhino. It became world renowned for saving the white rhino from extinction. Bonamanzi Game Reserve is
where you will be staying for the next 3 nights. The wildlife walks freely around the lodge and it is located in rare sand forest park surrounded by sights of the bush and nature.
Day 4 and 5
These are the days where the spirit of Africa touches your soul. We embark on leisurely extended game drives to all areas of the Park. There is much to explore! Your experienced ranger will help you spot and identify many species of bird and animal life. (The Elephant Coast has more than 500 species of birdlife recorded). With a little ssistance, most people will be able to distinguish the more common families of birds in no time at all.
Look out for the abundant animal life such as black rhino, nyala, kudu, hippo, crocodile, waterbuck, reedbuck, red duiker, baboons, monkeys, hyena, wildebeest,
giraffe and often to be seen elephant and buffalo You may also see lion, cheetah, wild dog and other predators.
Today will be a special excursion: Visit the ancient World Heritage Site at False Bay, the largest estuarine system formed in Africa formed 140 million years ago. Other attractions include Ilala Weavers with its restaurant where you will enjoy lunch and curio shops featuring traditional Zulu basket weaving and beading. We then set off for St Lucia, a picturesque village situated within a nature reserve and which is surrounded by 5 distinct ecosystems and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
St Lucia offers the day visitor an endless wealth of possibilities with its shops, curio and African-ware flea markets, pubs, restaurants, boat rides, and a lovely interpretation centre explaining the ecology of the World Natural Heritage Site. You will spot crocodiles, hippos and abundant birdlife from the shoreline and on a boat trip which offers a great opportunity for special and unique photography. In the afternoon we head for the return back to Durban and to your accommodation near Valley of Thousand
(Optional Activities) Day 4,5)
Elephant Interaction A unique and wonderful experience in the heart of Zululand where you get close and interact with these powerful but gentle creatures. Guests seeking deeper meaning to their visit can have close contact and interaction with wildlife. Although little can match the thrill of seeing wild elephants in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, guests are also afforded an opportunity of close contact with 2 mature elephants that were orphaned and hand reared but are now free to range in a private game reserve that is over 2 500 hectares. These two elephants come up to visit the viewing area each morning, for a welcome snack of game pellets.
Here you will be able to interact with them in well-controlled situations and also enjoy suburb interpretation of the elephant species, which is enlightening and clearly shows the care and concern that is shown. Visit to Cat and Cheetah Rehabilitation Centre Join us for an up close and personal tour and learn more about South Africa’s endangered wild cat species. Come and be mesmerized by the beauty of the Caracal (Lynx), enchanted by the playful Serval, astonished by the speed and agility of the Cheetah and delighted by the African Wildcat. View and photograph these amazing animals at this Centre. There are educational tours daily, with feedings during the afternoon tour and informative talk about the animals The aim of this Centre is to care for the cats which have been orphaned or injured in the wild and are in need of care.
Time to prepare for your trip and flight Home. We transfer you to Durban International Airport.