Zululand safari vacation, South Africa

“Dip your toe into KwaZulu Natal's diverse delights – Zulu history, wildlife, wetlands, beaches – and meet local people, too, on this 11 day tailor made trip.”

Highlights

Anglo-Zulu battlefields | farm, homestead and village visits | game drives | nature walks | Lebombo Mountains | Lake Jozini boat cruise | Tembe Elephant Park | Isimangaliso wetland system | Kosi Lake boat trip | canoeing | birdwatching | beaches | snorkelling | kayaking | swimming | optional: diving, spa treatments

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This trip can be arranged at any time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your requirements
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Tailor made vacations

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and zipcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Zululand safari 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.

At the company location in the UK there are fifteen staff members. Of these, four work from home (no commuting), one who cycles twenty miles a day to & from work, and another cycles ten miles a day (in summer). The new office that was recently built is very energy efficient. It is well-insulated, the roof is shaded by trees which helps with the building not overheating during the summer months and therefore air-conditioning is not a daily requirement, and it has lots of natural light to reduce electric light usage whenever possible.

The company is located on a former farm and the directors grow fruit and vegetables which are shared with the team (apples, pears, blackcurrants, broad beans, lettuce, mint, courgettes, squashes etc!), so we keep our own footprint low. In addition, there are other members of staff that have home grown products that are available to their team members. As a company, we look to buy energy-efficient computers, and believe in recycling, so the latest computers bought have been both energy efficient and re-conditioned.

As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.

As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. Whereas it is not always possible for them, due to their locations in remote areas, the company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.

Due to the nature of the vacations provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.

Environment

Thonga Beach Lodge is one of the Isibindi group of lodges and they have a very strong philosophy of respect for the environment. In building the lodge they very much thought about its location and blended it well with the environment as well as using local materials where possible.

Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated on an eco reserve with excellent links to the local community.

Tembe Elephant Park is mostly owned by the Tembe tribes and it protects 30,000 hectares of land which is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the KwaZulu Natal conservation service. Lion and suni populations are monitored, as well as elephants and rhinos, leopards and cultures.

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

Community

Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated on an eco reserve with excellent links to the local community. It offers a cultural experience which the community gets involved with to show visitors about their culture. Also the lodge has helped needy children with sponsorship, and financed the buying of books and even a new library when the old one burned down.

65% of Thonga Beach Lodge is owned by the Mabibi local community. When it was being built the local people were the main source of labour and where possible materials were also purchased locally. the lodge has created 30 jobs for local people, and the water treatment plant here also provides the community with fresh water, which can be quite scarce here. Lastly, crafts from older local women are sold at the lodge. But it doesn't end there, the lodge also feeds their local primary school children with a meal 3 days a week and help with repairs and with donations for computers and transport.

Ghost Mountain Inn has a Ndumu Charitable Foundation with helps with education of local children, the development of small enterprises, and encouraging awareness of conservation and sustainable practices.

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


Close proximity to the wildlife in their natural habitat, amazing scenery and masses of things to do a great first visit to an amazing and diverse country

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


The operator was fantastic !

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?


Super some wonderful memories for the whole family great experiences and great laughs

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