This 1 Night Bush, River & Night Drive Safari Package, takes you into the oldest proclaimed park in Africa, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, and then onto the St Lucia Estuary South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. Follow the less traveled roads into the Umfolozi Game Reserve, through the spectacular landscapes of this Big 5 Reserve, late afternoon we travel by boat on the St Lucia Estuary, South Africa’s first World Heritage site.

1 night bush, river and night drive safari package hluhluwe & isimangaliso

1 Night Bush, River and Night Drive Safari Package

Trip Highlights

Experience the oldest proclaimed big5 reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve.

•Explore South Africa’s first World Heritage Site by Boat.

•Learn about the Big5 and the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park with your knowledgeable game ranger.

•Enjoy a Night Drive Safari into a World Heritage Site


Itinerary   Day 1

imfolozi big 5 safari

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, St Lucia / South Africa   Its a early departure 5:00am board our 4*4 open game drive vehicle as we travel to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. (6 Hour Bush Safari in a Open Game Drive 4×4)

Once at the Umfolozi Game Reserve Gate (Nylazi gate) your personal guide will offer you some additional information and history on this splendid game reserve and then we set out on a safari in search of the big 5.   With rolling hills, amazing scenery your guide is sure to make this safari a memorable one. Breakfast in the bush, piping hot coffee in hand while listening to the sounds of the African Bush (full continental breakfast included). We travel to the southern section the Umfolozi past Mpilla as this remains the best suited area for witnessing Lions, Elephants, Rhino’s and Cheetah not to mention the Wild Dogs that frequent this part of the reserve.

richards bay boat cruise activities

After an eventful morning we travel to St Lucia, Isimangaliso Wetlands Park ( A World Heritage Site since 1999).   Late afternoon we board the Sunset Boat Safari, this 2 hour boat cruise gets us up close to the residant Hippo’s and Nile Crocodiles basking on the shores of the Estuary.

The total length of the Estuary is 85km and one of the largest in Africa. It is estimated that more than 800 Hippo’s and 1200 Crocodiles reside in the area. The birdlife in the area is magnificent with an amount of 450 species witnessed during the year. Hear the calls of African Fish Eagles, watch newly born Hippo’s display child like tendencies.

leopard on safari

Directly after the boat safari board the game drive vehicle and you are off on a Night Drive safari into the western shores of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, travel exclusively to our concessioned area explore and enjoy this safari, we go in search of the elusive Leopard, Hippo grazing, Buffalo, Elephants, Rhino and so much more its 3 hours of bush sounds and sights.

The day ends with fond memories and your ranger bids you farewell.

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bush & boat safari

1 Night Bush, River and Night Drive Safari Package