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If you’re wanting to experience a truly unique holiday, one which combines the beach, bush, mountains, culture and an incredible safari experience, the KwaZulu-Natal is the destination to visit! We are so lucky to host the African Big 5 in numerous reserves in our province, and for every type of traveler- the larger families, the younger wanderlusters, the newly-weds or the businessman looking for a little leisure – KwaZulu-Natal offers a range of lodges positioned on game reserves which offer comfortable accommodation coupled with exciting daily adventures through the wild.

Smaller, more private reserves such as Thanda Private Game Reserve, Phinda Game Reserve or Amakhosi Safari Lodge, just to name a few, allow for a better chance for a visitor to spot the majestic Big 5 in all their glory, whilst often avoiding crowds or spending too much time tracking various animals. Come face to face with rhino’s, elephant, leopard, lion, buffalos and so many other animals in their most natural habitat.

Just to name a few, Thanda Private Game Reserve is situated in the North of Zululand, close to the coastline off the Indian Ocean. Here you can experience premium exclusivity and a taste of the Zulu culture in the heart of the African bush. This is luxury at its finest, Thanda Safari has three distinct accommodation options: Thanda Safari Lodge offers 9 exquisite bush suites; Villa iZulu is a completely private and exclusive bush retreat, ideal for celebrities, small groups and families. Thanda Tented Camp has 15 luxury safari tents for an evocative experience of the wild. With the name ‘Thanda’ which directly translates to ‘love’, it’s the perfect place to fall in love with the Big 5 in the wild, or celebrate some romance.

Situated on the banks of the Mkhuze River, the Amakhosi Safari Lodge is situated on another private reserve – the Amakhosi Private Game Reserve and boasts six luxurious river and two honeymoon suites, in complete harmony with their surroundings. Amakhosi also offers a private home experience. This hidden gem is a touch of paradise that can accommodate four guests. With exquisite views of the natural surroundings, and of course the Big 5, why would you want to be anywhere else?

If you’re looking for the biggest and the oldest, then Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is where you should head. Being the largest and oldest reserve in KwaZulu-Natal which hosts the Big 5, you’re bound to spot tons of rhino, spectacular bird life and maybe even a predator or two. With various lodges in close proximity to the reserve, the choice for accommodation is quite large.

You’re spoilt for choice should you want to meet the Big 5 in KwaZulu-Natal, we really do have it all!

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