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From tours on the mild side to living on the wild side, we have something for everyone

African Safaris

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Swim with Wild Dolphins

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Snorkeling Safaris

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Safaris

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African Safari

Bush, Beach and Ocean. 

The African Safari with a big difference

The most diverse African Safari available

Private African Safaris and family trips

Luxury African SafarisLuxury african safaris

Activities on our African safari include:

Open Vehicle Wildlife Safaris in Big 5 game reserves and National Parks
Swimming with wild dolphins
Viewing and photographing wild animals from the comfort of an open safari truck
Viewing sea turtles
Water safaris
Whale watching
Elephant interaction
Birding/Birdwatching safaris
Walking/Hiking safaris

South African safariOn our African Safari - elephant bull crossing the raod

Visit some of the best safari destinations in Africa including:

South Africa

The Kruger National Park
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
St Lucia Wetlands Park (iSimangaliso)
Mkuze Game Reserve
Tembe Elephant Park
Kosi Bay
Bhanga Nek
Sodwana Bay

Common animal sightings on our African Safaris include:

Elephants, Lions, Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Buffalo, Leopard, Giraffe, Kudu, Bushbuck, Reed buck, Gennet, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hyena, Cheetah, Wild Dogs, Warthog, Mongoose, Waterbuck, Red Duiker, Common Duiker, Crocodiles and also marine animals such as Dolphins, Humpback, Whales, Southern Right Whales, Leatherback Turtles, Loggerhead turtles, Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.

African Safari

Variety and Diversity - Terrestrial and Coastal African Safari

What makes our individually tailored African Safaris so different is the fact that we visit not only the best Big 5 safari destinations in Africa, but we also include activities such as:
  • Swimming and snorkeling with dolphins, turtles and whale sharks,
  • Sea Turtle nesting tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Whale watching
  • Coastal hiking trails

Highlight on your african safari - baby white rhinoBest African Safari. Male Leopard

We are located along the north eastern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, one of the best and safest wildlife safari locations in Africa with a large number of National and provincial game parks and wildlife reserves with a fantastic variety of different animals, birds and landscapes.

The changing pristine landscapes offer a large number of different habitats and ecosystems, all home to different plants, animals and birds, allowing excellent game and wildlife safaris as well as unbelievable animal and landscape photographic opportunities.

Professional, informative guides will ensure that you get the most out of your time on safari in South Africa. Enjoy the freedom of being in one of our open safari vehicles in the parks we visit, and enjoy the comfort of a closed 4x4 vehicle on the open road between safari destinations.  

Private African Safari Tours 

Tailored to your specific interests and time availability

African safaris. Ponta Do Ouro beach. The destination for our ocean safari in AfricaBest African Safari destinations.
Let us know how much time you have available and which activities you are interested in and we will design an African Safari around your interests and the time and dates available to you.

South African Safari Itinerary Example

Bush and beach African Safari - South Africa

South African Safari Day 1 - Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Safari

We will meet you at the King Shaka International Airport in Durban, or further north at the Richards Bay airport. There are direct flights to Durban, or you can fly to Johannesburg OR Thambo Airport and get an internal connecting flight to Richards Bay or Durban.

You will be transferred to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest game reserve in Africa and one of Africa's best safari destinations for the first game reserve od your African Safari. From here we will proceed in an open safari vehicle. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is not only home to all of the Big 5 animals (leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino), but also very scenic, with rolling hills in the north and vast savannas and woodlands in the south. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is also home to the highest concentration of white rhino anywhere in Africa and your best chance to see and photograph rhino on safari in Africa.

We spend the first night in the heart of the African wilderness in the comfort of a safari camp. Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner and sit back to enjoy the night sounds of the South African wilderness.

Lunch and dinner included and provided.

South African Safari Day 2 - Hluhluwe-iMfolozi & St Lucia

After a good breakfast we begin the day with a morning safari to search for the magnificent African Big 5 and the amazing smaller creatures and birds too. While on safari in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, we visit the best parts of the park for game viewing and spend time at view sites and game viewing hides. Your guide will ensure that you get the most out of your safari by traveling to the best parts of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi park, using his knowledge of seasonal movements of the wildlife in order to find animals large and small.

Our regular sightings on safari include lions, leopard, African elephants, giraffe, buffalo, black and white rhino, wildebeest, zebra and a variety of  antelope and birds, all from the comfort of an open safari vehicle.

In the afternoon we leave the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and drive 50km to the little village of St Lucia, gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, previously known as the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park.

After a rest at your luxurious lodge, we visit a restaurant in St Lucia to enjoy the local cuisine.

Breakfast and lunch included and provided.

South African Safari  Day 3 - St Lucia, iSimangaliso and Cape Vidal

Hippo in a pool seen on safari in South AfricaSightings on our African Safari
Today we visit another park, the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, formerly known as the Greater St  Lucia Wetlands Park, on of South Africa's World Heritage sites and one of the highlights of our South African Safari.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999 for its huge biodiversity, the park is home to animals large and small, including hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, herds of African buffalo, leopard and rhino, to name just a few. Marine animal sightings include Humpback whales which migrate up the African coast to give birth to their calves in the warmer waters of the Mozambique Channel.

iSimangaliso is also a RAMSAR site, with areas specially protected as breeding areas for waterbirds. Wetlands offer perfect habitat for wading bird species, the forests are home to larger raptors and the savannas are alive with many species large and small. 525 bird species have been recorded, including 150 waterbirds.

We also visit Cape Vidal, where a beautiful beach stretches for as far as the eye can see and beyond. For those who are avid snorkelers, we take along snorkeling equipment and explore the underwater wonders of Cape Vidal Bay and the remains of an old shipwreck, one of so many along the African coastline.

Lunch consists of a braai (barbecue) just off the beach where we enjoy some fresh African Safari cuisine, including free range steaks, salads and good South African beer and wine.

Traveling back to St Lucia we do an afternoon safari along some routes which are off the beaten track to view abundant wildlife and magnificent South African landscapes. We return to your lodge in the late afternoon for a rest before enjoying a meal at one of the local restaurants.

Breakfast and lunch included and provided.

South African Safari Day 4 - Tembe Elephant Park

African safari - Black rhino adult face on close upGiraffe sighting on our African Safari
Today we leave the coast and travel northward through Maputaland to the Tembe Elephant Park, home to the elephants with the largest tusks in Africa. Maputaland is a sparsely populated expanse of land which lies between the Hluhluwe river and the north eastern border of South Africa..

The Tembe Elephant Park consists of 300 square kilometers of pristine African wilderness and covers several ecological zones including savanna, sand forest and vast wetlands. With only 20 vehicles per day  allowed into the park, Tembe is one of the quietest and most personal African safari destinations with more than 300 elephants, lions, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, leopard, Zebra, wildebeest and many other species. Game viewing hides at waterholes offer tranquil rest stops and fantastic photographic opportunities.

The day in Tembe is spent traveling along different safari routes, stopping at game viewing hides and other waterholes and view points, viewing and learning about the local animal populations.

Accommodation for the night is in a typical African safari camp a short distance from the Tembe Elephant Park.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included and provided.

South African Safari Day 5 - Kosi Bay, Bhanga Nek. Snorkeling, Turtle Nesting walk

View nesting sea turtles while on safari in South AfricaAfrican Safari bookings
Today our safari takes us back towards the coast to visit the northern parts of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, a section of pristine coastline with untouched beaches and warm, turquoise water, coral reefs, inland freshwater and saltwater lakes, and coastal dune forests.

Highlights in this area include a water safari on the Kosi Bay lake system, snorkeling in protected bays and a canoe safari along the Siyadla river, the only river which feeds the Kosi Bay lake system. The tropical riverine forest and Raffia palm forests are home to the Palm nut Vulture, a beautiful bird which nests in, and feeds on the fruit of one of the largest types of palm tree in the world, the Raffia Palm.

During the sea turtle nesting season which is from November to March every year, we also do a turtle tour to view Loggerhead and/or Leatherback turtles leaving the ocean after dark to find a nesting site, excavate a nesting chamber and lay eggs, before covering the nest and slowly moving back to the warm ocean.

Our accommodation for the night is a luxury African safari lodge with fantastic food and individual rooms set in the forest. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included and provided.

South Africa Safari Day 6 - Ponta Do Ouro, Ocean Safari, Swim with dolphins

Swim with dolphins while on our African safari.African safari, swimming with whale sharks
Today our safari takes us northwards and across the border into southern Mozambique to the settlement of Ponta Do Ouro (Point of gold), named so because of the endless golden beaches.

The main reason we include Ponta Do Ouro in this itinerary is for the Dolphin safari, where we take a boat ride out to sea to search for and swim with wild dolphins in the ocean. Dolphins are the highlight of this trip, but we often see other animals such as turtles, whales, whale sharks and manta rays. Dolphin safaris are an unforgettable experience for adults and children.

After the dolphin safari we spend time on the beach, snorkeling,  and in the village of Ponta Do Ouro, visiting the local markets and seafood restaurants. Accommodation is in a lodge close to the beach.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be at restaurants at your own expense.

South Africa Safari Day 7 - Ocean Safari, Swim with Dolphins, Mkuze Game Reserve

We begin the morning with a second dolphin safari. After breakfast we start to travel back southwards to cross through the border back into South Africa. Once back in South Africa our safari turns west, our next destination being lake Jozini on the Pongola river.

Along the way we stop at the Muzi Pans, a famous birdwatching spot in the area, before transiting through the Mkuze game reserve. Mkuze is a Big 5 reserve with excellent game viewing opportunities, but is also perfect habitat for a diverse bird population ranging from the huge vultures and eagles to the small colorful waxbills and fire finches.

The Jozini Biosphere reserve lies at the foot of the Lebombo Mountains ans is home to elephants, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, hippos, crocodiles and many smaller animals. Lake Jozini is also a very good birding location, with more than 100 waterbird species visiting the area.

We spend the night in a safari lodge close to the water.

Breakfast and lunch are at your own expense. Dinner included and provided.

South Africa Safari Day 8 - Lake Jozini Water Safari

After a healthy breakfast, we do a water safari on lake Jozini to look for elephants and other animals and birds coming down to the water to drink.

The scenery is also beautiful, making the water safari not only a good opportunity to see animals, but also a great morning for some photography before we begin to drive back to the airport.

Breakfast included and provided.

This is just one itinerary example, we are flexible and we can design an African Safari itinerary around your time availability, interests and budget.

Our African safariMale giraffe. On our African Safari. Best safari in South Africa.

Things to bring along on your African Safari

Here is a list of essential items to pack in before your safari in Africa..

Light colored clothing for warm weather. You will be spending time in the sun often during your African safari.
A windbreaker/Fleas/Jacket for cool or windy days.
Sun Screen spray or lotion.
Insect repellent for at night
Electrical socket adapter. South African electricity sockets are 'Type D' and look like this:

African Safaris South Africa

 Type M adapters are required and look like this..

Type M travel adaptor

Camera and battery charger
Water Bottle
Pen and Paper
Flashlight/Head lamp
Light rain coat
Walking Shoes

African Safari Information

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a Safari Destination?

The first thing to consider before planning an African safari is safety and security. If you go on safari with a reputable tour operator, your safety is our main concern.

South Africa is one of the safest safari destinations in Africa. There has never been civil war and the people are friendly and respectful towards tourists. Tourists on safari are generally not targets for criminals in South Africa.

Diversity of  indigenous fauna and flora. For your African safari, choose an area which has several national parks or game reserves and a diversity in landscapes. This makes every day different with sightings of a large variety of creatures large and small.

Consider the climate in the region you plan to go on safari. Africa gets extremely hot in the summer months, causing both humans and animals to find shelter from the blazing sun. Cooler weather is better for a safari because the animals remain active during the daytime.

Do your safaris cater for vegetarians?

We cater for vegetarians, vegans, pesceterians, gluten intolerant, nut allergy etc. Please let us know about your individual dietary requirements when you make your reservation.

Will I be able to charge my camera and mobile phone batteries?

Yes, there is electricity in the accommodation at all the places we stay. Electric sockets are "Type D". An adapter may be necessary depending from which part of the world you are coming.

Do you offer private luxury safaris?

All of our tailor made African safaris are private and designed around your individual interests.

Do you offer family trips, and can children come on an African Safari?

We offer family safaris and welcome children of any age.  Half price for Children under 10.
We provide equipment such as surfboards, body boards, snorkeling gear and fishing tackle to make the most of our beach visits. All equipment is provided free of charge.

Our safari guides are qualified lifeguards and all dive, snorkel and surf. We get the best of both world here, beach and bush!

What clothes do we need to pack for our African Safari?

While on safari you will often be outdoors and exposed to the elements. It is often windy on the safari vehicles so bring a windbreaker with a hood for comfort. Bring light colored loose fitting clothes for hot weather. For our ocean activities, bring swimming gear.

We provide beach towels for the duration of the safari. Towels are available at all your accommodation along the way. Most  restaurants in South Africa have an informal dress code.

If you are planning to play a round of golf while you are here, a collared shirt is the norm.

Do you use local African guides on Safari?

The owners and all of our guides are born and bred in South Africa. We are all naturalists, biologists and conservationists with intimate knowledge of the area, and do what we do because we love the lifestyle. We are outdoorsmen and women and love to share our knowledge of this part of the world with visitors.

How to I organize and book an African Safari?

Do your research and decide on a country and a region where you would like to do a safari. Contact and communicate with tour operators in the area and find someone who is very flexible, a company who can do a safari which is individually planned around your interests and preferred activities.

When you have decided on your travel dates, book a flight and confirm you safari dates. When you land, we will be at the airport to meet you, you can sit back and relax and everything is arranged  for you.

For all other questions or inquiries, contact us at:

Email: info@extremenaturetours.co.za

Tel: 0027 76 4855 366
      0027 76 1971 818
      0027  82 2575 612 all hours

We are based in the village of St Lucia South Africa in the north eastern part of the province of  KwaZulu-Natal.

PO Box 87
St Lucia Estuary
South Africa

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