Pictures from South Africa: Zululand and Maputaland

After a great start in Cape Town’s area, we headed to the region north of Durban. We left urban landscapes behind us to enjoy the beauty of wildlife and splendid landscapes… Here is an overview of our experience there.

Sleep under a tent in a private game park

Imagine sleeping in a cozy tent in the middle of a private game park, waking up at dawn to watch gazelles and giraffes from your terrace while drinking a rooibos tea… This is all you need to fall in love with Africa. We spent 2 nights at the  Falaza Game Park & Spa where we could enjoy the wonderful scenery with all the comfort needed (and even more!). I almost convinced myself that I was in « Out of Africa ». Robert Redford was missing though.

Private room at Falaza Game Park, South Africa
Do not disturb, Falaza Game Park, South Africa
Staff, Falaza Game Park, Afrique du Sud
Girafe, Falaza Game Park, Afrique du Sud
Nyala, Falaza Game Park, Afrique du Sud

Absolute freedom sensation: galloping along the Indian ocean

We booked our trip through an agency (Voyageurs du Monde) but still had the possibility to define our programme for certain days by ourselves. After searching the internet, I booked a 2,5 hour horse safari near St Lucia, a small town on the edge of Isimangaliso nature reserve. We rode near zebras, buffalos and hippos but what I enjoyed most was galloping on the beach along the Indian ocean.

Sigu, Bhangazi Horse Safari
Horseriding on the beach, South Africa
Yummy Planet gone horseriding on the beach, South Africa
Bhangazi Horse Safari

Self safari

You can access most of the nature reserves of South Africa by car and make your own safari. You follow a map, you stop to watch the animals from your car or from specific view points that you can access on foot. We didn’t see the famous Big 5 but we had the chance to watch a lot of animals from up close.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park self safari
Mission Rocks Beach warning, iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Vervet monkey, iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Lonely tree in iSimangaliso Wetland Park
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Great Kudu, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Away from civilization in Maputaland

We felt very lucky to spend 2 nights in a wonderful ecolodge called « Rocktail Beach Camp ». It was definitely one of the most beautiful lodges we’ve tested so far. Situated in the wild, near the Indian Ocean, you can only access it from a 40 km long, unasphalted road (they’ll organise you a transfer if you drive a small car).

Not only is the setting incredible but the staff make everything they can to make your stay unforgettable. The food is incredible (the chef, Jacques, is passionate about his job) and you can enjoy a lot of activities like snorkeling, guided tours…

The lodge is also part of the network « Wilderness Safari » which has a real sustainable approach and is one of the references in ecotourism in Africa.

Breakfast in the jungle, Rocktail Beach Camp
Land Rover, Rocktail Beach Camp
Not a real road, Safari at Rocktail Beach Camp
Sunset over Rocktail Beach Camp
Welcome at the Rocktail Beach Camp

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