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I loved going to to Hluhluwe. It was a long drive there, about 3.5 hours from Durban but we spent over 8 hours just at the game reserve, it made for a long day but it was amazing. Our driver was very nice. We saw only 3 of the big 5, but we saw lots of the buffalo and rhinos. We saw many beautiful giraffes and zebras. It was great how close they get to the cars. I suggest paying the extra for the open game drive, it was worth it. If you only have a short time for a safari, this is perfect for you. I would recommend this tour and the company.
Fantastic trip. The journey up was great and the guide really good. And at the top in Lesotho was superb too. Well worth doing if you're ever staying in Durban.
The drive up Sani Pass was beautiful!! We rode but the pass is a Land Rover and it was a lot of fun, going down was a little sketchy in parts due to the clouds that rolled in but I felt completely safe with our driver. The driver was really nice and funny so it made the drive entertaining. We visited a small Lesotho village, I suggest eating the bread! It was very tasty. We ate lunch at the higest pub in Africa and it would have had a beautiful view if it wasn't so cloudy. I suggest this tour if you want to get out of the city and see some beautiful scenery.
While we only saw three of the "big five" I would consider our safari to be a success. Our driverguide was both very personable and also very informative. He shared a lot both on our trip to and from the game reserve as well as providing us with information on animals in the reserve itself. I would highly recommend this safari to anyone who was considering it.
This trip was work flying 6,000 miles for on its own. Our guide Thabo was excellent. Full of information and spotted things that we would have missed. Our meal at the hilltop restaurant was delicious and the view could not have been bettered. Anyone planning at trip to Hluhluwe should definitely book it through Viator. Excellent value for money.
This was a great cultural experience.
Review by Anonymous, February 2010
Doing what: Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center
This ‘traditional’ village was created for a popular TV programme called Shaka Zulu, and when the show came to the end of its run, the set was transformed into a hotel and cultural village. Here, the ‘villagers’ give demonstrations of grinding maize, making traditional beer and preparing food amongst other things. But it’s the dancing and drumming show that is most spectacular. The dancers really go for it, staring the audience in the eye as they launch into the Zulu War Dance, and by the end it’s a free-for-all multi-dancer melée. How much you enjoy Shakaland will depend entirely on how much you like this sort of thing. Take the history lessons with a large pinch of salt, ignore the fact that the traditional Zulu villagers will revert back to jeans and mobile phones post-performance and take things in the spirit intended… then it’s all jolly good fun.
Note from Viator: This review is from David Whitley, who posted a complete tour summary over on the Viator Travel Blog.
Review by Anonymous, February 2010
Doing what: Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari
On my game drive, we’d barely got through the gates when we came across a bull elephant. Unfortunately, it had no intention of moving, and our guide started sensing that Dumbo was becoming agitated. A quick reverse back up the hill was in order – these male elephants can be very dangerous. We watched him slowly trudge away from a safe distance and then continued. It was pretty hot, so a lot of creatures were undercover, but we did see warthogs, buffalo, zebras, rhinos and giraffes before sightings dried up. After lunch, it was a different story. We were treated to rhinos wallowing in mud, giraffes up incredibly close, wildebeest sauntering around and seemingly hundreds of impalas. The highlight came towards the end, though. At the other side of a watering hole from our vehicle sat four lions, just waiting for something to come their way and have a drink.
Note from Viator: This review is from David Whitely, who posted a complete tour summary over on the Viator blog.
We had an excellent driver/guide, who did all he could to make our trip both enjoyable and to let us see so many animals.
Totally professional service. Driver to Hluhluwe and back was so entertaining and knowledgeable about South Africa that the 3 hour drive to the reserve passed quickly. Our guide for the safari was also excellent and when to great lengths make sure we saw as many animals as possible. Lunch was excellent too.
Very anxious having to confirm once in Africa as well as before leaving the UK, relied upon kindness of hotel. Good day. Long journey, as expected. First vehicle absolutely terrible...impossibly small for 4 adults. Driver agreed to change. Finally set off in van and all was great. Very knowledgeable driver guide.Pleased with animals seen. Very late return but to our advantage having had very late start.
Review by Anonymous, May 2009
Doing what: Mountain Splendor -The Kingdom of Lesotho
Incredible experience. Must go if you travel to South Africa.
The trip is not for the fainthearted as it involves a 4 wheel drive trip up a steep mountain track, but it is well worth it for the experience at the end.