Overnight Hluhluwe Safari and Hippo Cruise

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Overnight Hluhluwe Safari and Hippo Cruise

Prices From: R4 195.00 pp
Based on 6 people.

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What is Big 5 Overnight Safari

Enjoy the two most popular excursions over 2 days with a stay over in St. Lucia. This 2 in 1 tour is a combination of Africa’s oldest game reserve and South Africa’s first World Heritage Site.

In Hluhluwe Game Reserve animals roam a vast area consisting of 960 km² of hilly topography consisting of 300km² on the Hluhluwe side and 660km² on the Imfolozi side of which 360km² is wilderness area. We don’t only get to see various animals and birds but we also experience the different terrain and vast open savannahs.

Isimangaliso Wetland Park was proclaimed a world heritage site in 1999. It is home to the largest pod of hippos in South Africa. Approximately 800 hippos can be found in Lake St. Lucia. A beautiful sunset boat trip up the estuary would be the perfect way to see what Lake St. Lucia has to offer. As you float along we will see pods of hippos, crocodiles up to 3 metres long basking in the sun and you can hear the call of a fish eagle. Isimangaliso Wetland Park is a birders paradise.

With staying the night in St. Lucia, we could get a chance to see a hippo walking the streets at night.

Day 1

General Times:

05:00 Depart Richards Bay

06:00 Arrive at Nyalazi Gate

08h00 Breakfast

12:00 Lunch

14:00 Depart to St. Lucia

15:30 Check-in at Guesthouse

16:00 At Leisure

18:00 Dinner for own account

Tour Details:

Pick up in Richards Bay at 05:00, you will be transferred to the Nyalazi gate at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. We arrive at the gate at 05:55. At 08:00 we have breakfast at one of the tranquil picnic spots. We then set out to explore the southern area of the park which is well known for its vast open plains where large herds of zebra and antelope roam. Due to this ever-present food source there is always the odd predator to spot and is one of our best lion tracking areas. Sontuli picnic spot awaits us to set up for lunch. After lunch we make our way back to St. Lucia. 15:30 Check-in at the 4* guesthouse. Some well-deserved leisure time to freshen up before dinner at 18:00.

Day 2

General Times:

07:30 Breakfast

09:00 Check-out

11:00 Tour in St. Lucia Town

11:30 Boat Cruise (departure times vary in winter and summer)

14:30 Depart back to Richards Bay

Tour Details:

We enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at 07:30. Check out from the guesthouse at 09:00. Tour around St. Lucia town, dip your feet in the Indian Ocean and visit the various craft markets. At 11:30 we make our way to the Sunset Jetty for our Lake St. Lucia boat cruise. As we float up the estuary we will see pods of hippos in the water, crocodiles up to 3 metres long basking in the sun and you can hear the call of a fish eagle. At 14h30 we depart to Richards Bay

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Overnight Hluhluwe Safari and Hippo Cruise Includes:

Included in Overnight Hluhluwe Safari and Hippo Cruise:

  • Transport
  • Conservation Levy
  • Breakfast is fresh fruit in season, yogurt, cheese, croissants, muffins and typical African rusks
  • Refreshments – coffee, teas, juices and cold water
  • Lunch
  • Hippo/Croc Boat Cruise
  • An experienced guide to give you the best safari experience

What To Take Along?

  • Memory cards

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Light jacket

  • Clothes and toiletries

  • Comfy shoes and flip flops

  • Binoculars

  • Camera with spare batteries

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