KZN’s best game reserves North of Sheffield Beach

Living in KZN means there are a variety of amazing experiences waiting to be had, right on our doorstep, including getting up close with some of Africa’s Big 5. Here are two of our must-see reserves:

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

This location was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Aside from its natural beauty, iSimangaliso is a protected area due to the number of fragile and unique ecosystems within it. Located about 275 kilometres north of Durban, it includes 280 kilometres of coastline up to the border of Mozambique. Due to its sheer size, this protected area includes Lake St. Lucia, Sodwana Bay National Park and Cape Vidal amongst many others.


Reasons to visit: Such a diverse landscape means you can explore coral reefs, dune forests, savannas and wetlands and you may even spot the southern black and southern white rhino present there.


andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda is a 170 km² private game reserve located between the Mkuze game reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This reserve is home to the true African Big 5 and comprises several lodges each with its own unique flavour and vistas, and an array of activities in the great outdoors. Experience its 7 unique habitats made up of woodland, grassland, wetland, and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivers, marshes, and pans.

Phinda’s reputation and stature attracts many overseas visitors seeking the African Big 5 experience. Although it’s quite pricey to stay at Phinda, it is well worth it.


Reasons to visit: Phinda is home to the rare black rhino and the reserve is renowned for close-up viewings of cheetah.


Whether you’re into the berg, the beach, or the bush, living in KZN means you’re only a few hours’ drive from some of SA’s most captivating natural treasures and several world heritage sites. A quick drive from Lush will get you onto the N2 North and on your way to your next African adventure.

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