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“Game Drive to Umfolozi Reserve”

Heritage Day Tours & Safaris
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Owner description: Heritage tours & Safaris was established by people that LOVE wildlife. Family owned and proudly South African, our aim has always been to enthusiastically share that love and passion with all the satisfied tourists that have been though our hands.Heritage Tours & Safaris offers the widest range of Big 5 Safaris, night drives, hippo and croc cruises and Whale Watching.Our safaris/activities are not only affordable but also offer our guests a value-filled product with a personal touch.We invite you to find out for yourself what sets us apart as a safari company.
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Hampshire
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4 reviews
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“Game Drive to Umfolozi Reserve”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

After a 5am start in St Lucia we were driven for 50 mins to the reserve in a game vehicle. Our driver and guide was Steve who did a great job of finding and explaining the wildlife we watched. This was our 2nd trip to this park and on this occasion we were able to watch lion, white rhino, buffalo and elephant together with a host of other animals and birds including giraffe and a resting cheetah. A thoroughly good trip lasting 10 hours with a very knowledgeable guide.

Visited September 2013
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Merritt Island, Fl USA
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“Heritage Tours - AMAZING”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

October 2013
We have been working in Durban and booked a two day package with Heritage. Bev was great in getting us booked and everything in order prior to our weekend.

We drove up from Durban to St. Lucia Saturday morning. It took us just over two hours to drive up.

We booked the Cape Vidal tour followed by the Hippo and Crocodile tour on Saturday, followed by the all day hluhluwe safari.

Stacy was our guide and picked us up at the Heritage office at 8:00 am Saturday. We were in the park and seeing animals in 15 minutes! We spent the next five and a half hours going through the park, visiting the beach and having a nice lunch. Stacy is very knowledgeable and has great eyes, spotting things we never would have! Hundreds of pictures later we were dropped off at the umlilo hotel which was included in our package. The hotel was great.

We went to the Hippo and Croc tour dock (about a 5 minute drive from the hotel) and boarded. The heritage guide (lawrence) was great, telling us all about the river, the plants and wildlife along our tour. We saw weaver birds building their nests, crocodiles laying on the banks and hippo families doing their thing. ALL FROM VERY CLOSE UP! The pictures are amazing and another 150 or so snaps were taken.

Stacy picked us up Sunday at 5:00 am. The weather had cooled by 25 degrees and it was slightly raining. Stacy had blankets for everyone (you are riding in a safari vehicle) and we began the 1 hour drive to hluhluwe. We were one of the first vehicles in the park. Stacy came through again and we saw a ton of animals and I took another 450 pictures!

Water and a tasty Lunch on Saturday and Breakfast/Lunch on the hluhluwe tour are included..

Two words "BOOK HERITAGE" for any of your tour needs in St. Lucia and ask for Stacy as your guide!

Visited October 2013
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Quentin M, Owner at Heritage Day Tours & Safaris, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you so much for these kind words. It is always such a pleasure to hear such great reviews with regards to our kind and willing staff and rangers. Nice also to see that you captured some incredible pictures while out with us.

Regards the Heritage Team
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Thoroughly professional”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We visited in April 2013-a long weekend.We flew in from Johannesburg,late Friday,slept in Umhlanga and 4hrs drive later,Saturday, we checked in at Hippo Safari Lodge.Afternoon from Siyabonga Jetty boarded for Hippo and crocodile excursion.Friendly,polite,thoroughly knowledgeable game ranger.They have know-how and experience for best sightings!Hippos,crocs,birdlife,mangrove swamps!Also vehicle geared to take you real close to shore.Soft drinks provided-own alcohol allowed on board.Sunset on the estuary-with hippos in background,unforgettable!
Sunday-Bushbreak-full day in Hluluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.Great game viewing,expertise,lovely barbeque-Africa at its best!
Monday-Bush and Beach excursion-full day-game drive in Isimangiliso and snorkelling at Cape Vidal,what a pleasure in midwinter!Best time, as summer temps can reach 40celsius.
If I were to go again-would reuse Heritage Tours and Safaris!

Visited April 2013
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Quentin M, Owner at Heritage Day Tours & Safaris, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this review, the entire team at Heritage Tours & Safaris send their regards.
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Canberra, Australia
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“Best part of our trip to South Africa!”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

My friend and I recently did the 4 night Zululand safari tour. This tour included 2 day time safaris, a trip to Cape Vidal, a night safari, a croc and hippo boat cruise, a trip to a zulu cultural village and a trip to a cheetah rehabilitation centre. We got heaps of photos of all the different animals we saw and had an amazing time every day!

St Lucia is a lovely little town with heaps of restaurants to dine at and safe streets to wander around while in between the shops, markets and your accommodation.

Apart from our amazing safaris and tours, our lodge (Umlilo) was also great and our guides were excellent. Especially Bryan, who took on us on a few of our tours and also picked us up and dropped us off at Durban airport. The staff were also extremely efficient in answering all our questions while completing our booking.

We had an absolutely awesome time and if we go back to South Africa we will definitely be dropping by St Lucia again! I missed out on catching a glimpse of any chameleons, so I may have to come back and try to see the little fellas!

I’d definitely recommend St Lucia and the Heritage Tours & Safaris company to anyone who is on their way to South Africa.

Visited September 2013
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Quentin M, Owner at Heritage Day Tours & Safaris, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Its so nice to hear that this area was the highlight of your South African tour. Thoroughly enjoyed the review and once again thank you very much.

Regards the Heritage Tours & Safaris Team
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Voorhies, Iowa, United States
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“Amazing experiences!”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

When my wife was invited to present at a conference in Durban, (and I decided to tag along) we just knew that safari had to be a part of the trip. We found Heritage Tours online and contacted Mandy to check on availability. Mandy immediately responded and was constantly communicating with us as we prepared for the trip, even as it was somewhat last minute. Then, when weather caused us to miss our flight to Johannesburg, we were able to quickly rearrange our pick up to get our safari started on time. The accommodations at the Umlilo Lodge that Heritage arranged were excellent, great food and friendly owners. The boat tour for hippo and crocodile was a great intro to our African wildlife experience and got us ready for the game drive to Hluhluwe. Although it was a hot day, we saw tons of animals and Stacy worked very hard to find them for us. Our full day in the wetland park and Cape Vidal were again amazing and the night drive was exciting. Our guide through most of it was Stacy and she was fantastic! She is extremely knowledgeable and personable and made our experience just about perfect! I would point anyone looking to safari in the St. Lucia area toward Heritage Tours! Our trip was amazing and I truly hope to return and will definitely use Heritage again if we do.

Visited September 2013
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Quentin M, Owner at Heritage Day Tours & Safaris, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you for the review, its such a delight to hear that you received great service and witnessed some incredible sightings.

Regards the Heritage Tours & Safaris Team
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