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Premier Private Reserve Holidays in KwaZulu Natal

On the north east coast of South Africa, north of the major port of Durban, in the province of KwaZulu Natal and close to the heart of the Zulu Kingdom is an area of forest, bush and grassland that has been conserved for over a hundred years.

Here there are several outstanding private game reserves that offer fantastic luxury holiday experiences.

Specially known for the conservation of critically endangered black rhinos, these are truly some of the most exciting game viewing areas in Africa.

With easy air access from Johannesburg or Durban and excellent road access on good roads (3 or 4 hours from Durban) these reserves are also close to the stunning Indian Ocean coast, so combined game and beach holidays without long transfers are a great possibility.

More details of some of these parks are set out below, but for independent advice on where to go, and how to get there and for ATOL and ABTA protected bookings, contact us today!

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&BYOND Phinda Private Game Reserve is a very special place. It covers more than 70 000 acres over 7 distinct habitats, including woodlands, grasslands, wetlands and forests, with mountain ranges in the mix.

Known specially for rhinos and cheetahs, as well as its 436 bird species, it offers every type of game viewing opportunity.

It has direct scheduled flights from Johannesburg and is very close to the coast.

To see if this is where your game reserve holiday should be contact us now!

Thanda Safari

Very close to Phinda, Thanda Safari is much smaller, at 28 000 acres. But it is also more exclusive, with only three lodges, one of them particularly small and exclusive, ideal for big parties who want the place to themselves!

This reserve was restored to its current glory from degraded farmland, so it represents a really important good news conservation story.

With all the Big 5 present and absolutely beautiful landscapes Thanda (which means 'love' in isiZulu) is a superb place for a game viewing holiday.

To talk about a luxury holiday at Thanda Safari, contact us now!

Mkhuze Falls

Set on the beautiful Mkhuze River, in the middle of prime game viewing area, the Mkhuze Falls Private Nature Reserve is another outstanding Big 5 game reserve that offers the whole range of game viewing holiday experiences.

To compare it with the other wonderful options, contact us today!


In a completely different part of KwaZulu Natal, near the town of Ladysmith, on the main route between Johannesburg and Durban, is Nambiti.

This 23 000 acre reserve has lovely thorn-veld, grassland, savannah and riverine bush, and is also home to the Big 5, as well as unusual and rare animals like the oribi.

It is close to the KwaZulu Natal battlefields, for combined holidays, and importantly, it is in a malaria-free area.

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