Rhi­nos, reefs & tur­tles

Ex­pe­ri­ence the very best of Zu­l­u­land and Ma­puta­land with us!

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22 – 30 Novem­ber 2018 Nine days, eight nights De­par­ture point: Ulundi, KwaZulu-Na­tal End point: Ithala Game Re­serve Ac­com­mo­da­tion: Chalets and guest­houses Rates: R18 450 per adult. Sin­gle sup­ple­ment ad­di­tional 30%.

WHAT TO BRING • Your 4x4 (fuel is for your own ac­count) • Drinks and snacks • Camp­ing chairs

THE RATE IN­CLUDES • A pro­fes­sional tour leader and an ex­pe­ri­enced field guide • Three meals a day • Ac­com­mo­da­tion in lux­ury chalets and guest­houses • All park fees • Two-way ra­dios ITIN­ER­ARY HIGH­LIGHTS Day 1: We meet in Ulundi and spend some time at the Ulundi Bat­tle Site. Af­ter a pic­nic lunch, we head into the heart of the great Zulu em­pire. Our route takes us from tar to gravel be­fore we en­ter iM­folozi Game Re­serve. Day 2: Owing to a pilot pro­ject, we are per­mit­ted to drive a 4x4 route that is not open to the pub­lic. This ex­pe­ri­ence gives you the op­por­tu­nity to spend the day in the mid­dle of black and white rhino con­ser­va­tion coun­try. For bird­ers, the re­serve’s 360 species will keep your eyes glued to your binoc­u­lars. Day 3: Af­ter break­fast and a game drive through Hluh­luwe, we’ll meet at the KZN Wildlife Game Cap­ture and Cen­te­nary Cen­tre, where guide Frank Carlisle will share his knowl­edge of rhino pro­tec­tion. After­wards we’ll head east to­wards the coast and St Lu­cia. Af­ter an early din­ner, you’ll be col­lected in an open game-view­ing ve­hi­cle for a night drive along the east­ern shores of Lake St Lu­cia and into iSi­man­gal­iso Wet­land Park. Day 4: En­joy some free time – spend the day horserid­ing on the beach, vis­it­ing the nearby cro­codile cen­tre, driv­ing up to Cape Vi­dal or snorkelling. Or just re­lax in St Lu­cia. We re­group later for a sun­downer cruise on the lake. Day 5: We head north into iSi­man­gal­iso and drive along the western shores of Lake St Lu­cia. This area, once home to plan­ta­tions, has been re­ha­bil­i­tated and now abounds with wildlife. We’ll re­stock and re­fuel in Hluh­luwe, then drive fur­ther north to Thonga Beach Lodge, our home for the next two nights. Af­ter din­ner on the beach, we walk to Bhanga Nek to look for nest­ing sea tur­tles. Day 6: Af­ter break­fast we fol­low a sandy track to the Kosi Bay es­tu­ary to look at the tra­di­tional fish traps, used by lo­cal fish­er­men for cen­turies. Snorkelling, swim­ming and a pic­nic are also on the agenda. Day 7: To­day we make our way to Tembe Ele­phant Park and hope­fully en­counter the elu­sive, gen­tle gi­ants of Ma­puta­land. The ele­phants of Tembe are of­fi­cially some of the big­gest tuskers in Africa. We then carry on to Ithala Game Re­serve where we spend the next two nights. Day 8: To­day you can ex­plore Ithala at leisure. Bush walks with a qual­i­fied guide can be or­gan­ised, or you can go on a game drive. Weather per­mit­ting, we spend our fi­nal evening in the boma around the braai. Day 9: With a new un­der­stand­ing of Shaka’s land, and in-depth knowl­edge about rhino and tur­tle con­ser­va­tion, you’ll hit the road home with a huge smile on your face.

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