A few minutes drive from the City Hall takes you into the African bush. Several well-stocked game reserves promise exciting game viewing, birding and hiking trails to some of the waterfalls in this area. With a pair of good hiking boots, binoculars and a reliable vehicle expect to see it all.

Karkloof Spa Wellness & Wildlife Retreat
Tel: 033 5691321
Fax:033 5691322 
Location:Ottos Bluff Road
E-mail:info@karkloofspa.com
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Karkloof Spa Wellness & Wildlife Retreat has over 3500 hectare of vast and varied terrain to explore. There is an abundance of game and species of black and white rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and a multitude of antelope, warthog and monkeys can be found.

Gwahumbe Game & Spa
Tel: 031 7811028 
Fax:031 7811083 
Location:Mid - Illovo
E-mail: info@gwahumbe.co.za
Star Graded: AA Superior 
 
Insingizi Lodge & Spa
Tel: 031 7811767
Fax:0866948372 
Location:Mid - Ilovo
E-mail:marketing@insingizi.co.za
Star Graded : 3 star
 
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary
Tel: 031 7854382
Fax: 086 524 9048  
Location: Umlaas Road
E-mail: onair@africanraptor.co.za
Details : Bird Park,Sanctuary,Daily Flying Demonstrations
 
Cumberland Nature Reserve
Tel: 033 0017538
Fax: 086 508 4963  
Location: Table Mountain
Town: cumberland@edelnet.co.za
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Albert Falls Resources Reserve
Rhino, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck, red hartebeest, eland and other plains antelope are sighted here to a backdrop of rolling thornveld and the vast Albert Falls Dam. A fisherman's delight, the dam holds records for the largest basscaught in KwaZulu-Natal. This spot is also generous to birders, with a species count in excess of 280.
Bisley Nature Reserve
As part of the eastern green belt of the city and right in the valley, this beautiful little reserve offers interesting bushveld walks with occasional glimpses of zebra and antelope.
Gwahumbe Game Reserve
Some 45 minutes drive from the city this reserve makes a great day's outing, offering game drives, rhino, hiking, 4x4 trails, mountain biking, birdwatching and comfortable facilities.
KZN Wildlife
KZN Wildlife headquarters are based at Queen Elizabeth Park. The park overlooks the city and welcomes visitors to its attractive wildlife trails, game and picnic sites.
Lion Park & Zoo
Experience the thrill of a close encounter with the king of the jungle. This pride of lions, sometimes lazy and sometimes playful, allows you to drive through their enclosure. The rest of the park promises a photo opportunity with elephants and possible sightings of buck and other smaller animals.
Then visit the adjoining zoo and say hi to the tigers, orangutan, jaguar, leopard, lama, chimps, tortoise and a selection of birds. Lawned braai facilities under shade are available.
Montello Safari Lodge
A 45 minute drive along the Greytown Road, takes you to a pleasant days outing at Montello Safari Lodge and offers a good selection of plains animals as well as luxury facilities.
Tala Private Game Reserve
Treat yourself to the splendour of the African bush in luxury and style. Unrivalled game viewing at Tala is sure to offer encounters with rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo and a wide varity of antelope. Be sure to have your camera handy, as this game reserve is known as a photographer¹s delight.
Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve
Home to the Wildlife Society of Southern Africa, this reserve offers visitors a choice of six trails with a colourful variety of wild flowers. School and educational groups are welcome and rustic camp sites available. Game include giraffe, wildebeest, kudu, nyala and otter as well as over 260 bird species including the trumpeter hornbill and black eagle.
Umkomaas Valley
Some 40 kms out of town, is a visitor-friendly series of private reserves and a great adventure sport area. The views into this African valley are absolutely stunning
Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Injured and orphaned animals, birds and reptiles are cared for at Crafty Duck Animal Farm. Also visit their Snake and Reptile Park.
WATERFALLS
The Umgeni River drops some 107 metres over the Howick Falls, known in Zulu as 'the tall one'. You can enjoy this sight from the viewing platform at the top of the falls or take a walk through natural forest in the reserve to the base of the falls.
Set amongst forestry, the 88m drop of the Karkloof Falls is equally impressive. The cascades above the falls offer the perfect spot for an outing with tubing and braaiing.
A fifteen minute drive and a short walk takes you to the base of the Albert Falls. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a relaxing afternoon here.
Other waterfalls include the Cumberland Falls, Esigodeni, Cascades, Umlaas Road and the cascading falls above Midmar Dam.
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