This tour encompasses the highlights of the eastern states of South Africa with a particular focus on the fascinating province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. This less-explored South African province is home to the Zulu people and is rich in cultural and scenic highlights, all of which are included in this tour.
Starting in Durban, travel north to the beauty of the Drakensberg mountains and the historic Zulu battlefield sites of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. Experience the wildlife-rich areas of iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the famous Kruger National Park. The tour also visits the renowned township of Soweto and the historic Apartheid Museum, both in the vibrant city of Johannesburg.
Arrive into Durban and transfer to Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge (optional upgrade to The Oyster Box). Spend the afternoon at leisure in Umhlanga or take one of our recommended optional excursions that explore central Durban. (N)
Travel inland to Pietermaritzburg. Stop for a brief tour of the administrative capital of the Kwa-Zulu Natal province, where you will see the Mahatma Gandhi statue just outside the Colonial Building. Continue through Howick and the site where Nelson Mandela was captured in 1962. Drive through the picturesque Natal Midlands, filled with stretches of farmland and charming little towns, to your hotel in the heart of the Drakensberg. Spend 2 nights at Champagne Castle Hotel (or similar). (D)
Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Drakensberg mountains as you head on a short walking tour around Giant's Castle, taking in the historical caves; there are many San paintings and artefacts on display in the museum. Return to your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure or take advantage of the activities on offer. (B, D)
Drive north towards Spioenkop and climb to the summit of the mountain where the Anglo-Boer battle to relieve the nearby town of Ladysmith took place in January 1900. Continue to Ladysmith and visit the Siege Museum. Travel via Dundee to your accommodation and spend 2 nights at Rorke's Drift Hotel (or similar). (B, D)
Today you will visit the most famous battlefields in KwaZulu-Natal including Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift Mission, two key sites in the Anglo-Zulu war. Isandlwana is well-known as the location where some 20,000 Zulu warriors routed almost an entire British regiment within a couple of hours. (B, D)
Drive towards Hluhluwe and check into Falaza Game Lodge & Spa (or similar) for 2 nights. Depending on your time of arrival, enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon open 4x4 vehicle drive in search of wildlife, before returning to the lodge for dinner. (B, L, D)
Enjoy an early morning wildlife drive, before returning to the lodge for an afternoon at leisure, enjoying the lodge's facilities. In the evening, set off on a wildlife drive or embark on a leisurely sunset cruise in the St Lucia Wetlands, a world heritage site that affords glimpses of crocodiles and hippos as well as the prolific birdlife along the river banks. Return to the lodge for dinner. (B, L, D)
Take a further morning wildlife drive before travelling back to Durban via the Elephant coast. From Durban, fly to Johannesburg and transfer to the Protea Hotel Balalaika (or similar) for 2 nights. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Enjoy a morning tour of Soweto, a cluster of townships located in south-western Johannesburg and the site of the 1976 student uprising against the apartheid regime. Enjoy lunch at a local township tavern before proceeding to visit the Apartheid Museum. After your visit, return to the hotel. (B, L)
Depart Johannesburg and travel to Mpumalanga, nicknamed the 'Land of the Rising Sun'. Visit sites including the Blyde river canyon, Bourke's Luck potholes and the Three Rondavels as you travel via the magnificent Panorama Route. Time and weather permitting, make a stop at God's Window before you arrive at your hotel. Overnight at Perry's Bridge Hollow (or similar). (B, D)
Drive to the Kruger National Park, the best-known of the South African national parks. Stay 2 nights at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp (or similar) in the Manyeleti Private Reserve. There are a varying range of activities including wildlife drives and walks. (B, L, D)
Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D)
Early morning wildlife viewing activity (dependent on the time available). After breakfast, transfer to Hoedspuit airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Transfer to the Protea Hotel Balalaika (or similar) for an overnight stay and spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Depart your hotel for a tour of Johannesburg, exploring highlights such as the City Hall, Newtown Cultural Precinct and Maboneng Precinct, the Ghandi Memorial and a climb to the top of the Carlton Centre. Transfer to Johannesburg airport for your flight home. (B)
Arrive into the UK.
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a driver-guide from arrival in Durban.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7808 6780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge is conveniently situated within minutes of the beach and close to the Durban's new airport. There are 120 comfortably appointed rooms which are elegantly furnished and have satellite television. The hotel serves breakfasts and is in close proximity to a variety of restaurants in Umlanga...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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ERG2017: 13 Nights