The pristine wilderness sanctuaries of KwaZulu-Natal lend themselves to fantastic game drives, making this region one of the most sought-after safari destinations in South Africa. Reserves such as the renowned &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Thanda Private Game Reserve offer exceptional encounters with the Big Five and other incredible wildlife in breathtaking landscapes. Enjoy twice-daily game drives that set off early in the morning or late in the afternoon (continuing after nightfall), in the company of expert safari guides and local trackers who will do their best to ensure that all your wishes are met.
In addition to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo), each safari destination features an iconic set of wildlife and some of KwaZulu-Natal’s endemic species, which you won’t encounter anywhere else in South Africa. You will also be spoilt for choice at the range of awe-inspiring landscapes in the region. Venture through the seven distinct ecosystems of &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, often referred to as Seven Worlds of Wonder. This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including rarer and less easily spotted species such as the elusive cheetah or the scarce black rhino. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park also boasts an extraordinary array of habitatsn from mountainous regions and grasslands to flourishing forests and wetlands.