3 Days, 2 Nights
An amazing Durban Big5 overnight safari. Travel from Durban on a Big5 safari that will leave lasting memories for years to come.
Set in the heart of Hluhluwe, is the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre. Emdoneni is renowned for its efforts in conserving and breeding some of Africa’s most endangered cat species. A stone’s throw from Emdoneni is Kwa-Zulu Natal’s most popular safari park, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This Big5 game reserve is a pioneer in South African conservation, having brought back the rhino from the brink of extinction. One of our best safaris near Durban.
Durban Big5 Safari
Day 1 – We leave Durban for our Big5 safari and travel along the coast towards St Lucia(Isimangaliso Wetland Park) for a boat cruise. St Lucia is a World Heritage Site, with some of Africa’s most pristine coastal and estuary vegetation. St Lucia was recently renamed Isimangaliso Wetland Park. We will board a boat and take a slow ride along the St Lucia Estuary. On your boat safari, you will have the opportunity to view hippo, crocodile, fish eagle and numerous other mammal and bird species. From St Lucia we make our way to Emdoneni Cheetah Rehabilitation Lodge, where we will stay the night. In the late afternoon is a cat feeding and interaction session. Here you will have the chance to learn of Emdoneni’s efforts at breeding and returning to the wild, cheetah, caracal, serval and African wild cat. Your guide will also feed the cats, where you will witness the amazing agility and jumping ability of the caracal. The highlight of the afternoon is entering the cheetah enclosure with tame, hand reared cheetahs. You will interact with the Cheetahs and have the chance to have your picture taken with these beautiful animals. Emdoneni also has a stunning Spa. A new addition to the lodge, the Spa, which is in a tranquil setting, is a guest favorite. Dinner will be a buffet at the camp restaurant, a selection of traditional South African and international dishes.
Day 2 – After an early breakfast we make our way to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Once through this Big5 safari park’s gates, we go straight into a safari game drive, on the lookout for the Big Five and other animal species. Sightings of elephant, rhino, buffalo and giraffe are common inside Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. We will check into Hluhluwe’s Hilltop Camp, where we will spend the night. After lunch we set out to find and photograph the animals which capture your imagination. Lion, leopard and cheetah are all residents of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, finding them is a challenge your safari guide relishes. After a full day’s wildlife viewing we return to camp for dinner at the restaurant. A delicious buffet consisting of starters, a number of mains and desserts.
(Night drives with the camp guides are available, this will be paid by you to the camp reception).
Big 5 Safari From Durban
Day 3 – A final buffet breakfast is enjoyed, whilst taking in the magnificent views from the vantage point Hilltop Camp offers. We will set out for half a day’s safari game drive. In the early morning you will have the opportunity to see nocturnal animals before they retire to sleep for the day. Your guide will take you to the Imfolozi side of the reserve where large herds of buffalo and wildebeest are often spotted. There will be a visit to the Centenary Center for refreshments and to learn of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi’s efforts of bringing back the black and white rhino from the brink of extinction. We will then leave the park and make our return journey to Durban.
Price of safari – R7490.00 per person sharing. Minimum 2 persons. Discounts apply for group bookings, please inquire for rates.
The above safari can also be done over 2 days and 1 night, or extended longer than 3 days and 2 nights. Your itinerary will remain the same. Please contact us for rates.
Safari night game drives are available on request. This is paid direct to Hilltop Camp. The price is R350.00 per person.
Departs: Durban hotels and guesthouses
Returns: Durban hotels and guesthouses
Departs: Durban Daily
Min Passengers: 2
✅A qualified safari guide
✅St Lucia boat cruise
✅Cheetah interaction at Emdoneni
✅Breakfasts and dinners
✅All gate entrance fees
✗ Personal expenses
✗ Lunches and additional drinks
✗ Personal and medical insurance
We place tourist safety at the top of our priorities list. All areas visited and routes taken are considered with your safety in mind.