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KwaZuluNatal on the south east coast of South Africa combines 'Natal' in the south - declared a British colony in 1843 - and the Kingdom of the Zulu in the north. KZN's climate is sub tropical along its 600 kms coastline stretching from Mozambique in the north to the Eastern Cape Province in the south.

Not only do we have the perfect climate - warm year around on the coast but without any cyclones, tornados or monsoons - we also have Africa's most picturesque mountains in the Drakensberg, through rolling hills in the midlands to world's highest vegetated sand dunes bordering on the coral reefs of the Zululand coast. Not only do we have the most beautiful scenery in Africa, we also have the best 'Big Game' reserves. Kruger may be the biggest Park but only KZN has the variety of dramtic mountain reserves in the Drakensberg, through sand forest at Tembe, steep hills of Hluhluwe, rolling hills of Umfolozi and St Lucia's unrivalled lake, swamps, open grasslands and sand duned beaches with some of the world's most diverse coral reefs just offshore. Each zone has it's own type of bush from grasslands to thick forests with it's own wildlife.

UNESCO has declared two large areas of Natal as World Heritage sites.

The Isimangaliso or St Lucia Wetlands Park has been declared a World Heritage site due to it's huge variety of land types, variety of birds (over 400 species), variety of plants (the whole of Europe has 70 indigenous trees whilst St Lucia has over 400) and it's variety of land indigenous animals. Sretching 200 kms from St Lucia to the Mozambique border, the reserve has elephant, white and black rhinoceros, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and all the indigenous antilope plus hyaena etc etc.

The Drakensberg Mountains or uKhahlamba National Park is our other World Heritage site awarded this status due to it's unrivalled beauty but also due to it's having the largest and most concentrated group of San (Bushmen) cave paintings some up to 4,000 years old Click here for more information and pictures of Bushman art.

Many people are happy to experience our province from the comfort of an air conditioned 54 seater bus whilst others 'tough it out' in an equally airconditioned 4x4. 'Special people' like us, we like to get close to nature from the back of one of our equine friends.

Discovering Africa's Horseback Safaris invite you to share both of these World Heritage sites with us. Click here to see the Safari itinerary.

The Safari includes:-

A three day ride in the southern uKhahlamba National Park from the Sani Pass base to Lesotho and back .

Two days ride in the Champagne Valley Northern Drakensberg.

Two days ride in Royal Natal Reserve in the Northern uKhahlamba National Park

Two days ride in the 'Big 5' Isimangaliso or St Lucia Wetlands Park

A full day drive in the Umfolozi/Hluhluwe 'Big 5' Game Reserve.

Cost of the Safari

1,890 Euro per person

Included

Meals as shown in the itinerary

Entry fees to all Game Parks

All rides as shown in the itinerary

Not included

Meals not included in the itinerary

Flights

Car hire (Cost example Hertz class A car 14 days 2,800 kms Rand 2,641 = 189€)

Please remember to bring your own GPS or hire one with the car.

 

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