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.
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.
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.
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.
More inspiration for your trip to South Africa
- Take a look at our pictures from Cape Town area.
- One of our best experiences in South Africa was going on a safari in Sabi Sand private reserve. We tell you a bit about it here.
- We’ve not tasted a lot of local food in South Africa but we’ve enjoyed the small yummy things to nibble at.
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