• Starting from

    $3500

  • Recommended Duration

    5 nights and 6 days

  • Best season

    June to October

  • Accommodation Type

    Lodge based

  • Transfers

    Road transfers

  • Starts at/Ends at

    Durban, RSA

Zimanga is the first reserve in Africa designed for avid safari enthusiasts whilst simultaneously addressing the needs of wildlife photographers of all levels, offering exclusive wildlife viewing experiences and innovative photographic opportunities unlike any found elsewhere on the continent.

Charl Senekal, a sugar cane farmer in SA – decided to purchase Mkuze Estates in 1998.  The Estate was bought sugar cane production as there was already 1000ha of established cane, but included in this Estate was a land known as the Hlambanyathi Game Reserve.  It was a relatively small patch of land (less than half the current size), not game-fenced, and suffering heavily under poaching mostly due to easy access and lack of security.  Game was almost wiped out, and apart from the more common species like impala and warthog, there were an estimated 7 zebra and 1 wildebeest left upon the Senekal’s arrival in 1998.

The original Hlambanyathi was adequately fenced, road networks reopened and expanded, enlarged with the addition of adjacent land, and species that were historically present were reintroduced in a  build-up phase.  The reserve now has more than 80 species of mammals, with populations of giraffe, buffalo, rhino, elephant, waterbuck, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, nyala, hippo, cheetah and lions all brought back to roam free in the area.  Zululand’s incredible variety of bird species returned soon after and more than 400 species have been spotted here over the years.

Zimanga is a conservation-orientated activity-based destination, offering traditional vehicle and boating safaris in conjunction with world-class photography hides combined with luxury accommodation in the middle of the African bush.

 

The itinerary includes all the activities mentioned but the exact day-wise schedule is subject to change based on availability and wildlife activity. On arrival at the Lodge, the exact schedule would be informed. Please feel free to write to us to start planning your Zimanga expedition.

Itinerary

Zimanga Private Game Reserve is located 3 hours away from the Durban Airport. It is advisable to arrive in the morning in Durban so as to reach the Lodge in Zimanga at noon for lunch time. For late evening flight arrivals, it is recommended to stay overnight and stay the next morning after breakfast.

 

On arrival in Zimanga, guests are shown their room and a sumptuous lunch is served in the lodge. After lunch, guests embark on their first outing into the Bush. It would be a 3 hour long safari starting in the afternoon and ending just after sunset. Return to the lodge, dinner and stay overnight.

 

The itinerary includes all the activities mentioned but the exact day-wise schedule is subject to change based on availability and wildlife activity. On arrival at the Lodge, the exact schedule would be informed. 

During the morning hours, guests spend their time at the Mkhombe hide which faces West. The early morning light is very favourable for bird photography. Return to the lodge for breakfast and relax a bit before lunch.

 

In the evening, it is time for the second game drive into the bush.

 

The itinerary includes all the activities mentioned but the exact day-wise schedule is subject to change based on availability and wildlife activity. On arrival at the Lodge, the exact schedule would be informed. 

 

 

At the crack of dawn, go on a game drive to have a chance to see many of Zimanga’s fascinating wildlife. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch.

 

During the late afternoon, it is time for the second hide session at the Bhejane Hide. The hide is positioned near the thick bush and makes the most of afternoon light to photograph some shy birds.

 

The itinerary includes all the activities mentioned but the exact day-wise schedule is subject to change based on availability and wildlife activity. On arrival at the Lodge, the exact schedule would be informed. 

In the morning, guests would go on a game drive and after breakfast, they spend time at the Scavenger hide.

 

In the late afternoon, they would be dropped off at the Umgodi or Tamboti Hide for an overnight session to watch and photograph the regions predators and other wildlife as they come by in the silence of the night for a drink.

 

The itinerary includes all the activities mentioned but the exact day-wise schedule is subject to change based on availability and wildlife activity. On arrival at the Lodge, the exact schedule would be informed. 

The guests return to the lodge in the morning and during the day, they will visit the lagoon hide. Lunch is served at the lodge. In the evening, a game drive awaits.

 

The itinerary includes all the activities mentioned but the exact day-wise schedule is subject to change based on availability and wildlife activity. On arrival at the Lodge, the exact schedule would be informed. 

Today, after the last game drive, they return to the lodge for breakfast. Later, the guests are transferred back to Durban for their return flights home or to their onward destinations.

 

The itinerary includes all the activities mentioned but the exact day-wise schedule is subject to change based on availability and wildlife activity. On arrival at the Lodge, the exact schedule would be informed. Please write to us to start planning your Zimanga expedition.

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