Hluhluwe Lion feeding

Trip Details

Hluhluwe 1 Day Bush and Boat Safari ,This one day Bush and Boat Safari 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. On this once-in-a-lifetime, experience extraordinary views  both of the bush and the estuary, magnificent African sunrise & sunsets.

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 gameranger.[/note]

Itinerary - 1 Day

Day 1 — 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 4x4)

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.

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 resident Hippo's and Nile Crocodiles basking on the shores of the Estuary. The total length of the Estuary is 85 km 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 tendances. The day ends with fond memories and your ranger bids you farewell.


What to bring along: Binoculars,Camera and a light pull over.

Included: transfers, conservation levy, breakfast, refreshments, 6 hour open game drive safari and a 2 hour boat safari

Trip Cost : R1045 pp

GROUP SIZE: Min- 2 Price is per person

For more information, please call +27 834572147 

What Some Of Our Clients Have To Say

"Stuttgart Expat Munich, Germany" LOVE Heritage Day Tours  Stuttgart Expat Munich, Germany" We did 4 trips with Heritage Safaris and loved all of them. The guides are not only very knowledgeable, but also about incredibly passionate about wildlife and conservation. Trevor, our guide to Hluhluwe explained to us the backstory behind the injured warthog that we saw and shared his personal experience about being on the anti-rhino poaching team. I also loved the hippo tour. I learned so much from Stacey and couldn't believe how close to the hippos we got. Bryan was our guide for the night game drive and the Cape Vidal tour. I swear he has eyes in the back of his head. His ability to spot animals is incredible. We wouldn't have seen 75% of the wildlife that we saw had we not gone with Heritage Safaris. I would highly recommend them.


"A great guide makes all the difference" I was advised by many to just get a car hire and see Hluhluwe on my own. Well, this monkey can't drive stick shift on the left side of the road with her left hand, so options were limited. I'm grateful that I lucked into getting a seat on two of Heritage's tours. Even if I could drive, I firmly believe that my experience would have not been as fulfilling had it not been for their tour guide, Bryan. He guided the full day Cape Vidal tour and full day Hluhluwe game drive- both of which I highly recommend. Punctual, patient, funny, highly knowledgeable, professional and can spot a male lion from over 100 yards away. You'll learn a lot, see things you would probably not be able to spot out on your own while in good company. Thanks for a world class experience. “A great guide makes all the difference” Cape Town, South Africa

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