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Most guests to Umkhumbi Lodge in Hluhluwe are travelling on a route between Johannesburg and Durban that includes Kruger National Park and Eswatini (Swaziland). It’s a great route to experience much of what makes South Africa so special; highlights include the Panoramic Route, the world-renowned Kruger National Park for Big 5 safaris, Eswatini for Swazi culture, Hluhluwe and St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal for great Rhino and Hippo sightings, and the vibrant coastal city of Durban with its Golden Mile of superb beaches and the excellent aquarium: Ushaka Marine World. Whether you are visiting South Africa for the first time, or you are returning for the 4th time because you love it as much as we do, it’s always good to get travel advice from specialists.

Umkhumbi Lodge is owned by Anton and Emma Roberts, who have been in the travel industry since the 2001 running a successful tour operation and helping thousands of people to plan and enjoy their holiday to South Africa and surrounding countries. KwaZulu-Natal has so much to offer to travellers and holiday-makers yet remains relatively unknown as an international destination due to being poorly marketed. As such, it is a hidden gem, and because it is not on the main tourist route prices have remained affordable.

Here we have put together a basic guide to travelling and safaris in the eastern parts of South Africa, including suggestions on where to stay and the best places to visit to make the most of your time.

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