We have made our lives a working holiday by doing what we love most.
Extreme Nature Tours & Travel is a family owned tour operator based in St Lucia South Africa, run by brothers Charl Koen and Peter Koen. We both have backgrounds as conservationists and worked as game rangers are several parks in South Africa. We started this venture because this is what we love to do. The more time we get to spend outdoors, the better, especially in an area like northern KwaZulu Natal where there is such a concentration of parks and protected wildlife areas and so many activities to do in the area. The ocean is warm and clean here which also allows us to scuba dive, surf and snorkel and also incorporate these activities into our tours and safaris.
Our tour company in St Lucia started in 1998, doing only day trips, but since then we have evolved and now offer a huge variety of tours and safaris throughout Africa. We also offer a travel service where we arrange accommodation, routes and activities to ensure a smooth vacation in South Africa.
The reason we are the longest surviving tour operators in St Lucia is that we concentrate on the quality of service, good guides, excellent food, and special accommodation. We are also very flexible, allowing us to cater to the needs of a wide variety of traveler’s needs.
Our infrastructure which we have built up over the years includes open safari vehicles, enclosed overland touring vehicles and 2 boats, used for water safaris and fishing adventures.
Join Us for the Adventure of a lifetime with people who really love what they do. South Africa Tour / Safari Itineraries & Package Deals
South Africa, Southern Africa, and East Africa
From tours on the mild side to living on the wild side, we have something for everyone
Follow the links below for a selection of South Africa Safari tour itineraries, examples of what we can offer. For a tailor-made tour and quote please contact us
We also offer a wide variety of South Africa tour packages and day safaris and trips in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Mozambique. Each tour concentrates on the diverse range of wildlife, scenery, and culture that Southern Africa has to offer.
Each South Africa tour and safari is fully guided in comfortable, reliable vehicles by professional, informative guides and experienced drivers. We prefer to take smaller, personalized tours. This choice has meant that we are able to tailor make any tour /safari to suit individual needs, ensuring YOU get the most out of your Extreme Nature African Experience.
Click on one of the above links for more information about some of the longer tours on offer in South Africa and for day by day Tour and safari itineraries. If there is something you are unsure of or would like more information on, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Day trips from St Lucia to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, KZN South Africa
St Lucia is the best place to use as a base to explore the natural wonders of Zululand and Maputaland. Places such as the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the Tembe Elephant Park, Mkuze Game Reserve, Sodwana Bay, and Kozi Bay are all within easy access for day trips, plus you have Cape Vidal and the St Lucia beach in the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park close by.
We will pick you up from your accommodation in St Lucia, or anywhere else in Zululand for a private day trip to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park or any of the other game reserves or places of interest in KZN. Private day trips and safaris are ideal for families with young children or babies, allowing you to enjoy the day as a family, with the whole 10 seater vehicle for yourselves.
Our private day trips from St Lucia to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park are flexible and we cater for your individual preferences in different aspects such as the types of food provided for you, the duration of the trip and for your individual interests. Let us know what you do and don’t eat, what your favorite foods are and we will cater to your preferences. Tell us what your interests are, we have a small library of reference books at your disposal.
The aim of our private day trips is to give you an interesting, informative, relaxing and enjoyable day, enjoying fantastic sightings of the wonderful wildlife and scenery which the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park has to offer. All our guides are nature lovers and all have at least 10 years experience in the field. Our guides are up to date about animal movement in the park and they know where to take you for the best sightings during your day trip the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.
Swim with Dolphins in the wild
Join us for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime on a boat out at sea to swim with wild dolphins. Get into the water with snorkeling equipment and observe and interact with wild dolphins in their natural environment.
If you have been wondering if you can visit South Africa, swim with dolphins, swim with whale sharks and rays, as well as do a safari to see Africa’s wildlife, the answer is yes. We are based in South Africa and offer a variety of tour options including our dolphin adventure where you can swim with dolphins, do turtle tours where watch giant sea turtles, safaris to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Tembe Elephant Park, and the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.
We also offer tours and safaris to other parts of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia.
St Lucia South Africa Walking / Hiking Trails
In addition to the game drives and tours through the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park (formerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park), we also offer a variety of guided walking/hiking trails in the St Lucia area and in the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. Our St Lucia walking trails include marine walks along our coastline, where the rocky shores and their abundance of marine organisms are explored, bush walks and forest walks.
Our St Lucia walking Trails cover areas of sub-tropical coastline, dense sub-tropical dune forest, and open savannah, with some routes following the shore of Lake St. Lucia and various wetlands. These walks not only give you the chance to see a range of animal species on foot but also offer incredible views over the lake system and the Indian Ocean, a wonderful way to experience St Lucia.
Our favorite walking trails around St Lucia are our Turtle trails and the combination Bush and Beach walking trails where both these environments are covered, thus providing the chance to fully experience the diversity of the St Lucia Wetlands Park. On this St Lucia walking trail, we often see turtles, rhino, dolphins, zebra, and buffalo, all within an hour of each other.
All of our bush and coastal walking trails are guided by an experienced ranger to ensure an informative walk.
All St Lucia walking trails can be tailor-made to suit everyone, from the intrepid hiker to casual walkers.