Kwazulu Natal safari and beach vacation, South Africa

“The classic combination of safari and beach, but in South Africaís lesser visited spots: Hluhluwe Game Reserve and the Elephant Coast beaches.”

Highlights

Richardís Bay | Hluhluwe Game Reserve | four days on safari | Elephant Coast beaches | turtle tracking | fishing | boat trips | scuba diving | snorkelling | horse riding | cultural tours | forest walks | bird watching | excellent lodges

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Responsible tourism

Kwazulu Natal safari and beach vacation, South Africa

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Hluhluwe Game Reserve is the oldest reserve in Africa and has fought tirelessly to remain innovative with pioneering wildlife conservation schemes and avoiding human-wildlife conflict. The conservation bodies that protect the coastline and the surrounding iSangaliso wetlands are combining local and global knowledge to protect marine and wetland species. Your visit supports these initiatives by contributing income to the research and, having learned about their activities, you will doubtless be transformed into ardent ambassadors of their enriching work.

On the Elephant Coast, you might be lucky and coincide your visit with turtle nesting season. If this is the case, your guides will help you to observe this spine-tingling event from a respectful distance, ensuring you donít disturb the turtles.

With an abundant array of properties in the region we have focussed on selecting those that are most in line with our principles. These properties hire local staff and have the very best guides whilst being dedicated to sustainability and responsible tourism. Our team on the ground will be with you every step of the way to ensure you are comfortable, as well as to help you navigate these new environments with respect and understanding.

Community

Whilst we are always trying to ensure our guests experience the best properties and destinations possible, our ethos about responsible travel is extremely important to us.

We have selected the properties on this itinerary with sustainable and responsible tourism in mind. In the KwaZulu Natal you will enjoy the region's food and wine whilst supporting local suppliers and traders. The hotels also make a huge effort to train and employ local staff.

We encourage all our travelers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture. In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their childrenís education in pursuit of this opportunity.

As a company we are founded in the roots of providing responsible and sustainable vacations. This means we seek to partner with local suppliers who provide fair wages, to use accommodation where community and environment are considered and to look at every opportunity for making our vacations as fair to local people and places as possible.

5 Reviews of Kwazulu Natal safari and beach vacation, South Africa

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Reviewed on 27 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Safari

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book it

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Amazing

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our time at the flatdogs safari lodge.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Wear shorts or a skirt on the transfer to blue zebra lodge as you have to wade out to the boat for the transfer to the island

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we planted trees at the tea plantation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Stunning locations, stylish yet comfortable lodges, exciting safari activities, enthusiastic staff mostly from the local communities, scrumptious food.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Wear long trousers on the walking safari! Plenty of warm clothes and binoculars are a must.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most of the staff are employed from the local communities Tread lightly policies are in place with single use plastics banished.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



Reviewed on 12 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Beautifully organised. Each place we stayed had a different feel to it.
Drakensberg mountains, Zulu wars, game park and relaxing at the end.


2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Enjoy

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Marvellous

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The day we spotted some African wild dogs trying to protect their kill from 2 hyena. We were observing this from the opposite bank of a river and could see exactly what was going on whilst the wild dog pack could not. It was amazing to see and hear the commotion and see the dogs defend their kill. A short time later we came across 2 lionesses who had also heard the noise and were on a mission to find the kill too. We felt very privileged to witness this and will never forget the experience!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do as much research as you can about the areas you would like to visit and you will not be disappointed. We had a five week vacation to plan and the operator listened to our requirements and did their best to find us a good cross section of places to stay and at an affordable price. Their travel itinerary was faultless and their meticulous forward planning helped us enjoy our vacation to the limit!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I know that many local people who want to be involved in conservation have the opportunities to work in this field. The local guides and trackers that we met were very passionate about their wildlife and I felt that unfortunately many tourists put pressure on them to find certain animals on their 'tick-list'. These guides work very long hours and probably rely heavily on the tips they get from tourists. The lodges, hotels and guest houses were all very environmentally aware and took great care to reduce their impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent!

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