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“Overpriced and tired”

Phezulu Safari Park
Ranked #15 of 116 things to do in Durban
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Cape Town
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87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Overpriced and tired”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

Phezulu offers a number of animal attractions (snake park, crocodile park and game drive), a Zulu cultural village, a restaurant and a shop. Our overall impression of the place is that it is tired and overpriced.

The shop has the usual African trinkets available at any tourist shop - nothing appeared to be made locally which was a real shame. I would have liked to see some unique crafts from the area.

There are 2 places to get food - a (very) basic takeaway and a restaurant that specialises in game. The view from the restaurant is stunning but the restaurant is not very exciting - think metal conference chairs and plastic table cloths. I didn't eat there, but nothing I saw would make me want to. We stopped at 'The View' which was also rustic, but much nicer.

My husband and son went on the game drive (R300 for the 2 of them) and enjoyed it. Bearing in mind they don't exactly have an extensive collection of game I thought the price was steep.

All 3 of us attended the Zulu cultutural experience which we got to late because the game drive started and finished late (no apology was received for this). The ladies and men who performed the dances and provided us with info were cheerful and informative but the whole event lacked spark. I attended a show like this when I was a child and they haven't updated the concept since then. Oh, and the half hour cost about R230 for the 3 of us!

Overall I wouldn't bother - rather attend one of the township experiences.

Visited July 2012
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“A bit of a rip off”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2012

Ok so Rands into Pounds etc etc equals pretty good value for money anyway but I have to say that Phezulu is really disappointing. The crocodile park is worth a look I guess; but seen one croc and you've seen them all! Don't eat in the restaurant; it's tired, looks grubby and the food is not nice. But just across the car park is a lovely little shop with great views over the valley and whilst priced for the tourists you can still find some nice African curios. Be warned if you're going to see the African dancers - it's pricey and you STILL are expected to leave a big tip for the dancers. The game drive was disappointing - there are far better game drives in the province (they only have zebra, giraffe and some antelope).

Visited May 2012
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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“:)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

A must for every visitor to KZN. Lovely to see Zulu dances and learn about their culture. Nice curious at reasonable prices.

Visited April 2012
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“Magnifecent views from viewing deck”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

Zulu dancing ,marvelous views of thousand hills ,crocodile and snake park for kids and adults ,coffee shop,souvenior shop .Well worth a visit

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Durban, South Africa
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“A taste of Africa.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

It's the most well arranged"tourist venue" I've seen. There is a huge shop with beads, carvings, clothing etc-all with an Africa touch. Then there is a crocodile farm, and you can see these great prehistoric beasts at close quarters. Included in the historic educational opportunity, is a representation of a typical Zulu village and an enactment of their traditions, such as courtship and marriage.

Visited September 2011
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