Ndumo Game Reserve: on the Mozambique border, the most remote KwaZulu-Natal nature reserve. Wetlands of the rivers Usutho and Pongola are lined with fig trees and fever trees, (once believed to cause malaria). There is also grassland, acacia bushland and forest. Large populations of hippos, crocodiles, water buffalo, giraffes, back and white rhinos, impalas, and other antelopes may be seen. More than 420 species of birds have been registered here, including those of tropical East Africa
Tembe Elephant Park: some 180 elephants live in this transitional zone between the tropics and subtropics. Buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard, zebra, giraffe, hyena, hippo and many species of antelope, along with 340 bird species are also to be found.
Mkhuze Game Reserve: bordered by the Lebombo Mountains and the Mkhuze river, rolling hills of wide acacia savannah, dotted with umbrella-shaped thorn-trees. Various types of forest, open grassland, swamps, and a jungle of wild fig trees, some as high as 70 feet in height characterize the area. Large numbers of black and white rhinos, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, warthogs, hippos, zebras, wildebeests, nyalas, kudus, impalas and other antelope, plus more than 420 bird species inhabit the terrain.
For more information on these and other South African tours see online guide South Africa Travel.