The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park of KwaZulu-Natal is home to a rich diversity of fish, birds and animals. There are several other excellent reserves along with some private concessions where guests can view the big 5 on open vehicle day and night game drives, or on foot accompanied by professional guides. Accommodation ranges from rustic tented camps to luxury lodges.
Cathedral Peak Hotel
This charming family resort is set against the rugged backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, only a three hour drive from Durban. The resort is surrounded by some of South Africa’s finest scenery, and offers excellent cuisine, warm hospitality and luxurious accommodation. A wide variety of recreational activities are available including a challenging 9-hole golf course.
- Nearby Game Viewing
- Walks to Bush Paintings
- Two heated pools
- Mountain Views
From £74 per person per night (B&B)
Hluhluwe Safari Lodge
Overlooking False Bay Lake and the Hluhluwe River flood plain - part of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. Located just one hour from Richards Bay Airport or three hours from Durban. This colonial-style family owned bush lodge offers personalised service and delicious cuisine. Situated on the western shores of Lake St. Lucia close to the world famous Hluhluwe- Imfolozi Game Reserve, it is the perfect base from which to explore the game parks and lakes of Northern Zululand.
- Twelve thatched chalets
- Main lodge facility with separate lounge, dining room and pub facility
- Variety of ecoexperiences such as game drives, botanical trips, kayak trails and boat trip
From £81 per person per night (Full Board and Game Drives)
Karkloof Safari Spa
Karkloof is a Destination Spa of vast spaces and intimate exclusivity. A 5-star luxury boutique lodge with 16 individually decorated villas, an expansive world-class Spa (with all treatments include) and bountiful terrain abundant with wildlife, offering a variety of unforgettable experiences hosted by a team of 90 staff. Enhanced with the big heart of African sensibility and inspired by flowing water, Karkloof Spa captures senses like no other. With a personal butler, each individual experience is tailor-made, complemented with unfailing luxury and impeccable standards.
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Phinda Safari Lodge
Bordering the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, Phinda is situated in the Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal. 180km from Richards Bay Airport and 320km from Durban International Airport. Phinda’s 14000 hectares of pristine wilderness feature 7 distinct habitats - including the rare dry sand forest - which offer one of the continent’s finest game-viewing experiences. Phinda was a trailblazer in the successful reintroduction of the diverse wildlife that once inhabited the area.
- 4 unique lodges and a Walking Safari Camp
- Inclusive: Game-drives, nature walks and excellent birding. Riverboat cruises and canoeing along the Mzinene River
- Optional: Coastal flights, snorkelling and scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, turtle viewing, horse riding and cultural visits
From £119 per person per night (Full Board)
Just half an hour north of Durban, on the golden beaches of the Dolphin Coast, lies The Boathouse. With large private balconies to soak up the African sun; an unbeatable beach front location, a fine restaurant, cigar bar, library and cocktails at the pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Boathouse is a beach front retreat inviting inviting you to relax in comfort. Whatever your reason for travelling, The Boathouse offers exceptional quality and greatvalue for money.
- Luxury Guest House
- Swimming pool
- Nautical theme
- Excellent dining
From £53 per person per night (B&B)