(Lekker is Afrikaans for cool…see you’re already learning the lingo!)
“iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale)” Nelson Mandela
This tour spends a lot of time in iSimangaliso (aptly meaning place of miracle and wonder) Wetland Park, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 because of the rich biodiversity, unique ecosystems and natural beauty occurring in a relatively small area. These ecosystems provide a huge diversity in fauna and flora; coral reefs, sandy beeches, subtropical dune forests, savannas and wetlands. This varied habitat is home to elephant, leopard, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo, whales, dolphins, crocodile, hippo and marine turtle.
This road trip incorporates opportunities to see the African Big 5; African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and white / black rhino. So-called by big game hunters because they are said to be the most difficult and dangerous to hunt on foot rather than because they are the biggest mammals.
While experiencing the endless beaches, game drives and colourful underwater life, this route also enables Road Trippers to get to know the Zulu people and their culture. A culture that’s rich with historical battles and combat between famous leaders making them the most well known sub-Saharan Bantu people. The projects Road Trippers volunteer at on this itinerary are small, locally established therefore are in need of extra pairs of hands!