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“The Champagne saves the day!”

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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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“The Champagne saves the day!”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

My partner and I had been planning a trip to South Africa for some time. Having grew up in Kwa-Zulu Natal I knew Uhluhluw-Imfolozi would be the perfect "safari" for my German friend. We searched on google and after much looking around I emailed an enquiry to Heritage Tours & Safaris. Within the next 12 hours I had my first response and this set the ball rolling. We were enticed into the 3 day package which includes a boat ride along the St Lucia Estuary, a night game drive in the Isimangaliso Wetlands, a full days game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and topped off with a beach trip to Cape Vidal. As I am sitting here writing this review I have to point out that we are embarking on the Cape Vidal trip tomorrow morning so I cannot comment on that as yet - however it is raining so I suspect we will not be snorkelling. The package was attractive because of what it offers and for a great price. We were placed in Umlilo Lodge (2min walk from Town) a beautiful little family run lodge with full (free!) wifi access. Due to the weather we were given the option of taking the night game drive on the first night as there would be a chance we would miss out on it the second night as they were expecting the rain to continue. We decided we did not want to take the chance so we went for it. Unfortunately the guided tour operator did not see our names on the altered list and we were forgotten at our lodge. Umlilo lodge manager promptly contacted Heritage who then contacted the driver who was happy to turn around and pick us up, followed by an apology. The boat trip was marvellous, operated by an informative ranger who clearly has a passion for wildlife. Head my warning though, when he dryly remarks that "in case of an emergency we will remain on-board." this is not dark humour - he is being deadly serious. Between the Bull Shark, (Zambezi) African Crocodile and Hippopotamus there is no chance of survival as these are extremely dangerous animals. We spotted many hippo's, an african fish eagle, a goliath heron, a pied king fisher, giant king fisher and a woodlands king fisher. Only one crocodile made an appearance. They are cold blooded creatures so they tend to spend a lot of time out of the water soaking up the sun, but as it was raining they remained in the warmer water. Our game night drive was pleasant, we spotted many nocturnal creatures including the bush-baby and plenty of waterbuck and we even crossed paths with a 20cm baby python. The following morning we had an early start to the day, pick up at 5 am for the trip to Uhluhluwe - what we were waiting for! Uhluhluwe is one of the oldest game parks in africa, formed in the 1800's it is also the most successful breading reserve for white and black rhino. 5 minutes into our game drive we spotted a large herd of elephants (+- 80 - 100 strong) including large females and their young calves and one notably massive bull. We also spotted lions who were taking time to sleep under some bushes as they showed off their great big paws. We did see a small group of 3 males buffalo and many wildebeast, impala, warthog, inyala, giraffe, zebra and birds galore. The White-backed Vulture perched in a tree adjacent to a yellow-billed kite and a silver chested kite. We also saw a yellow billed hornbill and a burchells coocal. Rhino's were in packs of two and were great big animals lying in the grass sleeping. Our guide Simpiwe kept us educated with his knowledge of the reserve and its many varying wildlife. We did hear of a cheetah kill but got their too late and we were also unlucky not to see hyenas and their counter parts wild dogs. A great trip, and well planned out with an early morning breakfast and a lunch before the end of the drive. I would recommend anyone to Uhluhluwe and even more so to Heritage Tours & Safaris because when we arrived back at our lodge we were welcomed by a package and a card to apologise for the mix up on the first night! Now that is service! They clearly value their customer.

Visited December 2013
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Altdorf Bei Nurnberg, Germany
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“BEST SAFARI OF ALL”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

We spend 3 weeks in SA and visited 4 Reserves with guided tours.
Heritage offered simply the best of all. The guides from Heritage are professionell, helpful and also very friendly. And: Can cook very well when we had lunch in the savannah.

Have you ever seen when a lepard hunts a pig? During Heritage night safari you can watch !!!

Thank you for everything. We come soon again.

Visited October 2013
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Quentin M, Owner at Heritage Day Tours & Safaris, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Thank you so much for the review, it was such a pleasure having you on our excursions and safaris. We hope that you wil beable to join us again.

Regards
The Heritage Team
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Hampshire
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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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