Summary: Tour the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces. While on this safari, observe wildlife, the ethnic culture of the Zulu, and dip your toes in the Indian Ocean.
Overview: This is a perfect introduction to safaris. It offers a variety of activities and experiences.
Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights
ChaZen Private Nature Reserve – The base camp for Africa Through Your Lens is located in the Free State Province of South Africa. The habitat of this reserve has been fully restored to its natural state. Enjoy game drives here to explore the diverse wildlife and vegetation, and an array of bird species that inhabit these scenic hills, nestled in the Vredefort Dome.
National Reserve – This reserve is located within the rugged, mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZulu-Natal, the reserve’s multitude of habitats host a spectacular array of wildlife species. Its panoramic beauty aside, this reserve’s most characteristic attribute is perhaps its astonishing geological diversity. Some of the oldest rock formations in the entire world are found in this reserve, dating back 3 billion years.
Indian Ocean – The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean. Covering 70,560,000 km2 (27,240,000 sq. mi), approximately 20% of the water on the Earth’s surface. It is bounded by Asia on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, and on the south by the Southern Ocean or, depending on definition, by Antarctica.
Zulu Village – Experience traditional KwaZulu-Natal hospitality at South Africa’s biggest cultural village. Watch as locals make spears, shields, baskets and clay pots. Peek into the world of the Sangoma and have a one on one reading. Experience the rhythmic drumbeat and dance of Africa. Taste traditional Zulu beer.
Private Nature Reserve –The rolling valleys and hills offer awe-inspiring views framed by the Ubombo mountain range. From birds soaring above to the animals walking below, each and every aspect of the reserve has a profound impact on all who encounter it.
Day 1: ChaZen Private Nature Reserve Arrive in Johannesburg for your road transfer to ChaZen Private Nature Reserve. Embark on an afternoon Game Drive. Enjoy relaxing at the Safari Lodge.
Day 2: ChaZen Private Nature Reserve Enjoy a game drive and learn more about the Vredefort Dome International World Heritage Site with a geology presentation. Don’t miss the braai at the Safari Lodge where you can indulge in some local delicacies.
Day 3: ChaZen Private Nature Reserve & Parys Explore the quaint small town of Parys for some shopping before returning to the Safari Lodge for an evening by the fire.
Day 4: National Reserve Depart ChaZen and head to the National Reserve in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Enjoy game drives and accommodations for one night.
Day 5: Zulu Village Depart the National Reserve, visiting a functioning Zulu Village to learn about their culture and customs, and stay overnight in the village.
Day 6: Indian Ocean & Estuary Dip your toes in the Indian Ocean and get some spectacular views of the coastline. Enjoy a hippo cruise on an estuary and take some time to shop for local artefacts at the local markets. Overnight at a lodge.
Days 7, 8 & 9: Private Nature Reserve Travel to the next private nature reserve where you will explore wildlife and habitats on morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 10: Private Nature Reserve & Guest House Experience Leave the private nature reserve and head back toward the Free State. Overnight in a charming guest house for some African hospitality.
Day 11: ChaZen Private Nature Reserve Depart the guest house and finish the journey back to ChaZen Private Nature Reserve. Upon arrival get ready for an Ambassador Predator Walk.
Day 12: ChaZen Private Nature Reserve & Departure Today will be a relaxing morning for packing and preparing for afternoon flights to your next destination.