An outing to Phezulu Safari Park presents a handful of options for the first-time visitor to South Africa. From a game drive to a traditional Zulu village experience – and seeing some of the country's most fearsome reptiles – this is a great introduction to Africa.

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Phezulu Safari Park is home to a 102-year-old Nile crocodile named Junior.

Set in the rolling hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, Phezulu Safari Park is an all-in-one destination that offers visitors an appealing slice of Africa.

Depending on your preference, a day at Phezulu might include a 4x4 game drive, a traditional Zulu village experience, a live crocodile show, snake viewing and stopping off to enjoy the spectacular scenery at various vantage points.

The hour-long game drive takes in a region that is home to wildebeest, impala, bushbuck, duiker, bush pig, caracal, blesbok, zebra and giraffe. An added bonus is having a local sangoma (traditional African healer) sharing his knowledge of medicinal plants found in the area.

Knowledgeable guides conduct tours of the crocodile and snake park, where they educate visitors on the behaviour of these amazing reptiles. Don’t miss out on a chance to meet Cleo, a 3.2m Burmese python that weighs 42kg.

Snakes housed at Phezulu include endemic African rock pythons, the highly venomous green and black mambas, vine snakes, puff adders, spitting cobras, forest cobras, Egyptian cobras, bush snakes, night adders and some exotic specimens such as the anaconda and boa constrictor.

Get in to the rhythm of Africa at Phezulu village, home to the Gasa clan for the past three decades. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive-shaped thatched huts, where Zulu cultural beliefs and rituals are explained.

An explosive Zulu dancing show follows, with dancers in traditional skins demonstrating their agility and athleticism – a great photo opportunity.

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