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Africa Wildlife Safari Tour Part 1: Drakensberg & Zululand - 14 Days

Africa Wildlife Safari Tour Part 1: Drakensberg & Zululand
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Africa Wildlife Safari: Eastern South Africa Part 1

This 14-day Africa Wildlife Safari and Birding Tour in KwaZulu-Natal, The Place of the Zulu, is an unbelievably diverse experience. The altitudinal variation is extreme, and in a half-day drive, one can go from a sub-alpine environment where several peaks reach over 3000 meters above sea-level, right down to the warm shores of the Indian Ocean.

In between there’s a transition through the green, rolling ‘Midlands’, studded with wetlands and forest patches, while to the north-east the Maputaland coastal plain becomes progressively more lush and tropical. This diversity results in a large and varied birdlife component, with species to be seen ranging from the awesome Lammergeier at 3000 meters up in the Drakensberg to the equally impressive Palm-nut Vulture foraging for fruit among the giant Raffia Palms of Mtunzini on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

This South Africa Wildlife Safari and Birding Tour begins in the port city of Durban, and then takes in some of the gems of the South Coast, before heading inland to the Drakensberg massif, where the undoubted highlight is a day trip up Sani pass and into Lesotho. From there the route takes us back to the coast, taking in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Sand Forests of Tembe Elephant Park, before the last stop in Wakkerstroom and an end in Johannesburg.

The itinerary includes a chance to see all of the province’s specials, as well as a good range of endemics and near-endemics, and a large list of more widely-occurring species. This tour leads on to Eastern South Africa Highlights #2: Escarpment and Kruger, to make for a comprehensive eastern South African birding and wildlife experience.

Africa Wildlife Safari highlights include:

  • Take a birding day trip up into Lesotho via the incredibly scenic Sani Pass to look for some very special birds.
  • Check out the aerial boardwalk and canopy tower in Dlinza Forest, Eshowe.
  • Visit the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of South Africa's World Heritage Sites.
  • Go on 4x4 vehicle birding and game drives in Tembe Elephant Park.
  • Look for some of Africa's rarest larks in Wakkerstroom, one of the country's endemics hot spots.

Like the look of this tour but interested to try out a different location? The Northern South Africa Wildlife Tours: Limpopo Valley & Kruger could be your answer.

Alternative Tour Name: Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 1: Drakensberg & Zululand

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ZAR53,320 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement ZAR 3450
This tour is operated by: Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris
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Tour Facts

  • Eastern South Africa
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Set Departure
  • Birds
  • Max of 8 pax; 4 pax per vehicle / guide.
  • No age restrictions but not suited to young children
  • Moderate
  • King Shaka Airport, Durban
  • O R Tambo International, Johannesburg