While hunting the Umkomaas river in Kwazulu Natal there are a number of options available to the non hunter.
The Umkomaas is on the North East coast of the country and the following are outings that are available to the non-hunter while hunting the area.
The Natal Parks board is famous for saving the White Rhino from extinction. Not long ago the White Rhino was critically endangered and thanks to the efforts of Parks board are now common in the area again. Hluluwe, Mkuze and Phinda are all great destinations to view and photograph Africa’s big game species. A little further North the St Lucia wetland reserve offers all the big game as well as a huge variety of birdlife and estuarine fishing opportunities. A couple of nights or day trips with the family at one of these resorts will be an experience that you will never forget.
Our hunting area in Kwazulu Natal is slightly over an hour from the warm Indian Ocean. Durban and the many North Coast holiday resorts are lovely places to relax and to take in some of the countries best coastal scenery. While out hunting a day trip up the North Coast is something that the ladies and kids enjoy. Spending the day on the beach and following that up with a few sundowner drinks and a seafood dinner is what many of our clients have enjoyed over the years. Kwazulu Natal is a subtropical area with warm temperatures and warm water all year round, making the above outdoor activities realistic during the winter months that are our hunting season.
The warm Mozambique current flows up the East coast of South Africa, this warm water often brings with it good game fishing opportunities. Depending on the time of year and weather conditions fishing trips out of Durban and the North Coast resorts can be organized. Further inland the Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg Mountains offer some excellent trout fishing. Running stream and still water trout fishing are available all year round with some real good size fish in the water. One of the trout dams we regularly fish recently produced the South African record. All our guides spend lots of time fishing these waters and are always on hand to advise on tackle and pass on some local knowledge. If you would like to do some fishing while on safari you will need to advise us beforehand so we can have the necessary time to put these trips together.
Natal is famous for the Zulu nation that inhabits the country and some of the famous battles that have been fought between the Zulu and English settlers over the years. The battle of Rourke’s Drift and Isandlwana are both famous Zulu battles and the sites are now national monuments. Visits here will take you back many years giving you an insight into how Africa and Kwazulu Natal have developed over the years. Either an informal trip through these battlefields can be put together or with prior warning, a detailed and professionally guided tour can be organized. There are historians that have studied these great battles and offer guided tours through the historical battlefields.
The midlands meander is a well-travelled route through the Natal Midlands; it is made up of many small craft stores where you can pick up African curios to remind you of your stay in South Africa. Coffee shops, restaurants, and microbreweries all form part of the world famous meander where you can indulge in the above activities and then visit a health spa to be pampered and relax. There are a variety of upmarket health spas on the meander. These spas run a full day’s program of relaxation and pampering, all specialise in different factors of the spa experience. We will show you what options are available to you and with your preference book the outing of your choice.
The highest mountain range in South Africa, the Drakensberg Mountains run from North to South along the East coast of the country. It is a beautiful mountain range full of Eland, Vaal Rhebok, and many bird species. A trip up Sani Pass to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho with a meal at the highest pub in Africa is an entertaining way to spend a day if you would rather see some of the sights than spending the day hunting.