is located in the Natal Northeast
region of KwaZulu Natal
in South Africa
This area contains some wonderful open beaches, backed by enormous vegetated sand dunes. Further inland lies an array of private wildlife reserves, some of which offer some really high quality safari accommodation.
Phinda Game Reserve is a very well-known privately-owned conservation area, a wonderful sub-tropical wilderness filled with wildlife and with a very wide range of activities, including trips out to the wonderful beaches in the area. The very high-end lodges in the reserve cater mainly to fly-in guests.Phinda Vlei Lodge
... is a chic little place set in grasslands to the northeast of the reserve.Phinda Forest Lodge
... is also a rather funky and modern place, this time set deep within the coastal forest to the northeast of the reserve.Phinda Rock Lodge
... is in an elevated setting to the southwest of the reserve, a substantial construction, but with just six guests suites.Phinda Mountain Lodge
... is the largest and most heavily built option in the reserve, also in an elevated setting and with 25 guest suites.
Zululand Rhino Reserve is another private conservation area which lies further to the southeast and is an agglomeration of smaller private reserves and reclaimed farms. The area contains some reasonably interesting safari lodges ...Thanda Safari Lodge
... is a genuinely upmarket option to rival the lodges of the Phinda Reserve listed above, with just eight sumptuous guest suites.Leopard Mountain Lodge
... is a slightly lower cost option, with comfortable accommodation in a pretty mountain setting.
Mkuze National Reserve is a slightly larger public access conservation in the area, at 225 square kilometres, covering a broad range of sub-tropical habitats, largely across the coastal plateau.
Relatively speaking the reserve is little-visited and short of decent accommodation options, catering mainly to the domestic self-drive market.