We had a fabulous time, the lodge is gorgeous, the food is incredible, the spa area is beautiful and we saw absolutely everything you could hope for, including a lion kill!" - Debbie, Aug 2016

Beach, bush and culture in Kwa-Zulu Natal

Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal - locally known as 'Zululand' is an entire safari on its own - home to a stunning and remote coastline with great marine life, numerous Big 5 safari camps, lodges and experiences and the dramatic Drakensberg mountains to the west. If all these natural elements weren't enough - KwaZulu Natal is also the home of the Zulu nation and the history, the battles and culture alone are worth a visit!

Safari highlights include:

Zululand Safari Lodges

Superb safari experiences at various Zululand lodges

East Coast Beaches

Visit the wild beaches and stunning wetlands along the east coast

Battlefields & Culture

Learn about the fascinating Zulu history and culture

Suggested safari route

With so much to offer in a relatively small area, exploring Zululand is pretty flexible. Whether you start by unwinding on the beaches, tracking down the wildlife or following in the footsteps of the gripping Anglo-Zulu war history will depend very much on your preference and venue availability.

Safari itinerary

Note that this itinerary can be customized to suit your interests

Day 1 -4: Zululand

Suggested Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Accommodation: Our clients have loved Mavela Game Lodge, Amakhosi and the various lodges in Phinda.

Activities: Twice daily game drives, bush walks and various other activities are available at these venues.

Logistics: Be collected at Durban’s King Shaka Airport and transferred by road to Mavela or our other selected safari camp.

Day 4 – 7: St Lucia

Suggested Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Accommodation: We recommend Makakatana as it offers an exclusive St Lucia experience  – allowing you to experience this World Heritage site Wetland Park.

Activities: A typical 3 night stay will include game drives, a boat based wetland safari and full day exploring the Eastern Shoreline swimming and snorkelling along the remote coastline.

Additional Options: Turtle safaris, scuba diving and horse back safaris could all be added.

Logistics: Road transfer from Mavela to Makakatana.

Day 7 – 10: Fugitive’s Drift

Suggested Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Accommodation: Fugitive’s Drift Lodge

Activities: Follow the history of the incredible Anglo-Zulu Wars through various on site lectures and tours – it’s a spell binding 2 days!

Additional Options: Nature walks and game drives on the lodge property.

Logistics: Road transfer from Makakatana to Fugitive’s Drift.

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Fly in and out of Durban Airport.

When to visit

This trip can be enjoyed throughout the year.


9 night trip from: R 27'000 pps

Photo Album

Photographs from this safari. CLICK to view in full size.