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Photographic Safari in South Africa

Join Heritage Tours and Safaris on a three-night photographic safari to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve (the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa) and Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (South Africa’s first World Heritage Site) - pristine beauty is preserved in these two exceptionally scenic national parks.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Group size: Minimum 2 and maximum 10 persons per outing
  • Children policy: No children under 6 years old
  • Starting point and ending point: St Lucia
  • Languages: English
  • All park fees are included


  • 2 open game drives and 1 night game drive
  • Enjoy a two-hour sunset boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary
  • Visit Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa
  • Explore iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's very first World Heritage Site
  • Head to Cape Vidal for a bush and beach experience, be on the lookout for marine life
  • Witness hippos, Nile crocodiles, a wide variety of estuarine birds, the big five, and more
  • 3 nights four-star accommodation with 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinner vouchers
  • Travel on Toyota Land Cruisers and Hilux 4x4s


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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Heritage Tours & Safaris would like to invite you to their boutique guesthouse at Heritage House. This four-star colonial style accommodation is set in the picturesque town of St Lucia, a wildlife haven and bordering South Africa's very first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a mere 45-minute from the world-acclaimed, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve.

The bed and breakfast boasts four stylish and comfortable rooms. Enjoy the refined style and modern comforts that the home has to offer. Lounge in either one of the two lounges on the premises, their interior lounge offers a great place to spend with family or making new acquaintances with fellow travelers. The outdoor lounge area is superb for those warmer tropical days where you can enjoy a book or a splash in the pool. Revel in the warm, calming, and contemporary ambiance of the accommodations.

All rooms are en-suite and air conditioned, with its own 32 inch TV and satellite TV system. Enjoy complimentary water and sub tropical fruit bowl in your room daily. Each room is also fitted with a safe for storage of laptops and other valuables. All of the rooms have been tastefully decorated adding to the sub tropical weather experienced in the area.

Features of staying At Heritage House include friendly staff able to assist you with all types of guest needs, including restaurant bookings and currency exchange, leaving you only time for enjoyment. They will also be delighted to offer you guidance as you set out to visit one of the numerous attractions in and around the area.

All inclusive guests enjoy complimentary dinners, drinks, and day and night time safari excursions. The guesthouse is connected with complimentary Wi-Fi should you need to stay connected with your loved ones.

At Heritage House is situated within walking distance to all of the local restaurants and craft markets.


Set out to explore Hluhluwe Umfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve and Isimangaliso Wetlands Park on the open game drive safari vehicles. Spot wildlife up close with your personal knowledgeable guide, and revel in African sunrise in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve and sunsets in Isimangaliso Wetlands Park.

Enjoy seeing hippo or Nile crocodiles while en route up the St Lucia estuary by boat, go in search of the elusive leopard, rhino, and buffalo while out in the bush at night on a night safari.

Trek into Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve (oldest proclaimed park in Africa) by open game drive safari vehicles, and surround yourself with rolling hills and spectacular sights of wildlife. Explore iSimangaliso Wetland Park (a World Heritage Site), some of the most impressive sights in the world with five natural ecosystems.

Go on a night drive safari in search of the leopard. Snorkel in a protected bay at Cape Vidal. Witness hippo, Nile crocodile, and the African fish eagle on the estuary on a boat cruise.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Arrive at the King Shaka International Airport Durban and meet up with your guide for your 2.5-hour transfer to St Lucia (or by your own transport). St Lucia is a tiny community at the edge of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Gather for a briefing from a friendly Heritage staff and get ready for a two-hour sunset boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary to witness hippo's, Nile crocodiles, and a wide variety of estuarine birds. You will then will be off to dinner (on your own account).

Day 2: Big five safari

At 5 a.m., start your day with an open game drive vehicle safari, you are transferred to the Umfolozi Game Reserve on the southern section of Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve.

You will set up your breakfast in the bush. See the abundance of animal life in this area. Against a backdrop of rolling hills, thick bush, and open plains, the big five await you, impala scatter, and giraffe frolic in the open plains. Travel with your knowledgeable guide, taking time to find and observe the exciting wildlife here.

Lunch is a traditional South African barbecue lunch in the bush or a picnic lunch if weather permits.

Day 3: Bush and beach experience

A later start today, you will be picked up at 8 a.m. as you head up to Cape Vidal on the lookout for marine life and the Samango monkeys that are prevalent there. The entire area a World Heritage Site offers one grasslands, mangroves, vegetated dunes and pristine beaches.

Snorkel in the protected bay (this activity is weather and low tide permitting), discovering stunning tropical fish species, hidden coves, and game fish. Stop for a picnic and witness the endangered Samango monkeys. After dinner (voucher included), you are off on a 2.5-hour night drive into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Day 4: King Shaka International Airport

Breakfast will be served at the lodge. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport, if required, for your flight home.


St Lucia

About 240 kilometers from Durban in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the town forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Its estuary has one of the highest concentrations of hippos and crocodiles in southern Africa. What also makes this area magnificent is that the park is South Africa's first World Heritage Site and includes nine per cent of the country's coastline. Be sure to have your camera ready - not just for the beautiful beaches, lush coastal forests, dunes, savannas, wetlands, sunsets over the lake, but also the extensive game and birdlife and fascinating scenery.



  • Boating


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge


  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 dinner vouchers
  • 4 breakfasts and 3 lunches on safari
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Park fees
  • 2 open game drives
  • 1 night game drive
  • 1 boat cruise safari on the Lake St Lucia

What's not included

  • 1 dinner
  • Tips, telephone, fax, and laundry
  • Airfare
  • Transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at King Shaka International Airport (DUR). You have the option to choose the package that includes the transfer from airport or no.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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