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.

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Responsible tourism: Zululand safari vacation, South Africa

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.

1 Reviews of Zululand safari vacation, South Africa

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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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