KwaZulu Natal is the widest expanse of untouched savanna in South Africa, and its only fitting that it would be home to some of the most prestigious game reserves too. A combination of coastal and inland beauty KwaZulu Natal has all the charm of an African adventure but all the refinement one would expect from award winning luxury holiday accommodation.
There are plenty of places to spot the infamous African Big Five as well as discover bird species that you won’t get the chance to see anywhere else. Private Game reserves such as Phinda and Hluhluwe Umfolozi will captivate your wild side and rekindle a sense of adventure in you.
Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve will provide visitors to the shores of Durban with unrivaled Big Five viewing. In particular, this game reserve is famous for its white rhino conservation. It is at many of the game reserves in KwaZulu Natal that you will be able to encounter large numbers of rhino. The protection of these animals is of the utmost importance at these parks.
While Hluhluwe is the oldest game reserve in South Africa, Thula Thula and Phinda are among the most exclusive. These eco-safari lodges ensure that guests enjoy a truly African holiday with a side order of utmost luxury and refinement.
Whether in search of a private luxury get away with panoramic views or a quite corner of Africa to call your own, you’ll find it at one of the many Game Reserves in Kwazulu Natal.
KwaZulu Natal is found on the Eastern South African coast and shares borders with Swaziland and Lesotho.
KwaZulu Natal is accessible from the N2 from either Cape Town or Maputo.
Best time to visit
Different times of the year provide different opportunities to partake in the many wildlife viewing. Spring and Summer are the perfect time to enjoy bush walks, game drives, and sea life exploration.
16 beautifully furnished suites are raised above the sandy forest floor with wall to floor windows making the ancient forest feel part of the furniture. Truly unique and totally unforgettable.
This home from home safari villa has 4 double en-suite rooms, beautifully decorated with gorgeous living areas, private pool, viewing deck as well as a private vehicle and ranger / tracker. Sole-use only, Phinda Homestead makes a sensational family safari experience.
Set up high on a hillside, Phinda Mountain Lodge has 25 suites with private viewing deck and plunge pool.
Carved into the side of a rocky hill, andBeyond Rock Lodge boasts bird-eye views of the bush veld and over the coastal plains. Immaculately presented, these 6 suites are incredibly intimate and romantic offering total privacy in luxurious surrounds.
Situated on the edge of the wetlands (vlei) these 6 secluded villas are built for optimum game viewing, whether you're in the bath, in your bedroom or on the private viewing deck.
4 individual suites overlooking a waterhole with a private butler, game ranger, tracker, central lounge, dining room and swimming pool.
Perched on a clifftop in the private Zululand Rhino Reserve, this family-run 9 chalet lodge commands breathtaking vistas over leagues of bushland, forest and a seasonal river.
An off the beaten track treasure, this family friendly reserves is perfect for those interested in exploring the game reserve on horse-back.
Set high up on a ridge overlooking the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve with spectacular views and interesting game viewing.
A beautiful safari lodge with three different styles accommodation on the reserve including a private villa, luxury tents and zulu-style suites, all in a big 5 reserve that offers outstanding activities such as black rhino tracking and turtle tours.
A hilltop, colonial-style collection of 15 tented suites. While its the most rugged and furthest-flung place, there’s still top notch service and real luxury on offer.
An exclusive-use villa, able to host up to ten guests who want real pampering, buried in grassland savannah deep in the reserve’s heart
Renowned for its water-based and specialised research safaris, this intimate 8 luxury tented lodge is perfect for those wanting a variety of wildlife activities.
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A wonderful 7 night break to South Africa
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