Northern Zululand, the hunting grounds of king Shaka of the Zulu nation is home to iSimangaliso Wetlands World Heritage Site. iSimangaliso is a Zulu word meaning “a miracle” or “something wonderous”. Legend has it that the name originates from when king Shaka sent a subject to scout the land of the Thonga people. When he returned, the subject described the beauty of this place as a miracle. iSimangaliso Wetlands was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of it’s incredible natural biodiversity. It offers five distinct ecosystems to explore. These are: coral reefs, sandy beaches, dune forests, savannas and wetlands. Some of the most spectacular coral diversity in the world can be found on the reefs of Sodwana Bay (see our diving tours).
The Tembe Elephant Park forms an integral part of this biodiversity. This park is a “Big 5” safari destination, owned and co-managed by the Tembe people. Tembe not only offers encounters with elephants, but is also home to the “Big 5” and over 340 bird species. Explore sand forest, wetland, and savanna ecosystems.
Our tours of this region will also take you to South Africa’s answer to Kariba, Lake Jozini. Here the game and nature of the area is viewed from a boat to give a different perspective and leave a lasting impression.
All our Tours can be taken as a self drive option. Please contact us for a quote on a self drive option on any of our tours. Transport and guide related costs would not be included.