The province of KwaZulu-Natal is a premier vacation destination for South Africans, with some of the finest game reserves in the country, including the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. The reserve is small compared to Kruger, but here you'll see the Big Five and plenty of plains game, plus an incredibly biologically diverse mix of plants and trees. The nearby Mkuze and Ithala game reserves are even smaller but are still worth a visit for their numerous bird species and game.
KwaZulu-Natal's best private lodges, including Phinda and Thanda private reserves, lie in northern Zululand and Maputaland, a remote region close to Mozambique. These lodges are sufficiently close to one another and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve to allow you to put together a bush experience that delivers the Big Five and a great deal more, including superb bird-watching opportunities and an unrivaled beach paradise.
KwaZulu-Natal Parks at a Glance
Elsewhere in Safaris
- Addo Elephant National Park
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
- Kruger National Park
- Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
- Manyeleti Game Reserve
- Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve
- Pilanesberg National Park
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