This tour encompasses the area known as the Elephant Coast, as well as crossing over into Mozambique for a day adventure. This is all of our favorite short trips rolled into one. You won’t be disappointed.
Day 1: Pick up Durban airport or accommodation, travel to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park. Game drive through the park to your accommodation at Mpila camp: en-suite safari tents (pending availability).
Day 2: The following day will start with the sunrise as guests can take either a game drive or guided walk. If they choose to take the opportunity to walk in the field a qualified and highly experienced armed ranger will accompany them. This activity aims to give each guest an opportunity to experience the excitement of the African bush. One may even be lucky enough to share a close encounter with the larger game species such as Elephants, Lions or even Leopard. After the early walk or drive it’s time for a well earned brunch. The rest of the day will be spent on a game drive during which the guide will interpret life in the African bush. This experience will not only introduce the guest to a multitude of fauna and flora species but will also provide insight into the management and conservation of this; Africa’s oldest conserved game area.
Day 3: Departing Umfolozi after breakfast we take a game drive through the Hluhluwe side of the Park. Exiting at the northern gate, we stop at a craft shop for gifts and souvenirs and lunch before driving on to Kosi Bay. After refreshments and welcome on their arrival at Amangwane camp, we take a tranquil walk to a lookout point overlooking the estuary system to enjoy sundowners with a view you will never forget. Feast on a superb dinner before relaxing by the campfire for the evening.
Day 4: The day’s activities commence with a trip down to the Kosi Bay estuary with local fisherman and host, Elmon Mkhonto. Guests are invited to explore the traditional fish traps, which date back six hundred years, as well as participate in the unique art of traditional spear fishing. Relax and enjoy the ambiance of the uninhabited surroundings and before catching the incoming tide, and with it, superb snorkeling opportunities, before settling into a secluded picnic site on the beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Day 5: A morning safari to Tembe Elephant Reserve – this big 5 jewel has some of the largest elephants in Southern Africa as well as many other big and small game species such as Back Rhino, lions, many antelope species and amazing birdlife. After lunch head down to the clear and calm waters of the Kosi bay estuary again for more fun in the sun.
Day 6: Today we leave Amangwane after breakfast for a day-trip into Mozambique. There we experience some real 4x4 driving, get a taste of the local flavor, and see some stunning beaches. If weather permits we can take a scenic trip out to sea, and do some snorkeling. If dolphins are around we may be able to swim with the dolphins! We come back to Kosi Bay for the last night.
Day 7: After a hearty brunch we head to St Lucia. After a 2.5-hour drive we check in to your accommodation, a 4-star B and B centrally situated in St Lucia village making it easy to wander around and explore all the sights and sounds. In the afternoon we take a boat cruise on the lake where we will introduce you to some of the 2000 crocodiles and 800 hippos that live in this amazing World Heritage site. Dinner is for your own account at one of the local restaurants.
Day 8: After breakfast head into the Wetland Park for a full day tour of the area with a fully qualified and experienced nature guide. Enjoy unusual scenery and a host of wildlife and bird species. Visitors will be taken to various viewpoints to see the lake system, as well as enjoy a spot of bird viewing and hippo or crocodile sightings. Cape Vidal and Mission Rocks will also be visited during the tour. At low tide these stunning parts of the coastline, with rock pools full of sea-life, are great for exploring and snorkeling (sea-conditions permitting) as well as some beach or relaxation time.
Day 9: Your last morning is one of choice. Your guide can take you on a guided walk / cycle tour to explore the area. Or you could spend the morning relaxing, shopping, or on one of the many optional activities available, not included in the package price (see below for some ideas), before heading back to Durban.
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