Today depart Durban, stopping at the Albert Luthuli Museum, home to Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize winner, who hosted greats such as Robert Kennedy. The essence of his anti-apartheid struggle is captured via photographs, newspaper clippings and mementos of South Africa’s turbulent past. Adjacent to Luthuli’s homestead is a modern interpretative center that hosts temporary art and cultural exhibitions. Luthuli has been described as ‘a leader ahead of his time’.
After the museum, continue to Makakatana Bay Lodge, the only private concession in the isiMangaliso Wetland Park. The lodge is named after a Zulu Chief called “Chief Mhakhakhathana”, who lived in the area many years ago. Zululand is a pristine safari country, with excellent parks, including the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, boasting the greatest concentration of rhino in the world as well as 3 other of the Big Five. (no lion). The region is host to one of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is known for its wide range of ecological zones including some of the highest vegetated sand-dunes in the world, eco-sensitive wetlands and sandy beaches where the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles come to lay their eggs. Enjoy morning, afternoon and night drives, boat trips on Lake St Lucia and beach safaris or game drives in the nearby Hluhluwe and uMfolozi Reserves. From November-March, we highly recommend joining a night walk* on the beach to see the Leatherback and Loggerhead sea turtles laying their eggs!