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Mountains, Safaris, Battlefields and Beaches

Private Travel | General interest | Self-drive 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £4295 Current prices from: £4295

This ‘alternative’ self-drive itinerary
takes in some of the less visited, but
equally impressive regions of South
Africa, with a large slice of historic
significance providing added interest.
Begin by exploring the magnificent
mountain scenery and plentiful walking
trails of the Drakensberg. Then step
back in time to 1879 to discover the
many-layered history of the Anglo-
Zulu war in the region known as ‘The
Battlefields’. A supreme ‘Big Five’ safari
experience follows at the Phinda Private
Game Reserve, before a relaxing beach
break in Umhlanga Rocks, where the
warm waters of the Indian Ocean lap
invitingly on the shoreline.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Chance to connect with the locals in the Drakensberg mountains
  • In-depth Battlefields experience
  • World-class ‘Big Five’ safari activities at Phinda
  • Participatory conservation schemes
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Johannesburg

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Johannesburg. (N)

Day 2: Drakensberg mountains

On arrival, you will be met by our VIP meet and greet service before collecting your premium package category B hire car and driving to the Three Tree Hill Lodge, located in the Drakensberg mountains overlooking the Spioenkop Nature Reserve, where you will spend the next 3 nights. (D)

Days 3-4: Drakensberg mountains

Enjoy 2 full days of optional excursions. Possibilities include wildlife walks, horse riding, nature hikes, mountain biking, birding and a visit to the nearby village of Hambrook, from where many of the staff at the lodge are recruited and with which the lodge shares a somewhat symbiotic relationship. (B, L, D)

Day 5: The Battlefields

Drive to the fascinating and historic region known as ‘The Battlefields’. It was here, in 1879, that the British fought the native Zulus in the famous battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, among others. These two battlefields are now looked over by guests of the spectacular Fugitives’ Drift Lodge, where you will spend the next 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 6: The Battlefields

Take part in an included guided excursion to the nearby Battlefields, where history will be brought to life by a specialist guide. Learn about the major strategic moves, along with how and where the battles were won and lost. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Phinda Private Game Reserve

Drive to Phinda Private Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s most revered safari locations. The reserve is known for its abundance and range of wildlife which not only includes the ‘Big Five’, but also, due to its lush environment, more elusive species such as cheetahs and black rhinos. Spend 3 nights at Phinda Mountain Lodge, which offers elegant luxury and unforgettable experiences in equal measure. (B, L, D)

Days 8-9: Phinda Private Game Reserve

Choose from a host of included activities, including twice-daily wildlife drives, Zulu village tours, night turtle drives (seasonal), black rhino tracking on foot, and participative conservation experiences. (B, L, D)

Days 10-11: Umhlanga Rocks

Drive to the affluent coastal resort town of Umhlanga and stay 2 nights at The Oyster Box, a well-known luxury property. (B)

Day 12: Fly to London

Drive the short distance to Durban Airport, where you will drop off your hire car and fly home. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Three Tree Hill Lodge
    Three Tree Hill Lodge

    Three Trees at Spioenkop is a colonial Natal farmhouse capturing a turn-of-the-century ambiance with haunting memorabilia and an old-world charm. Overlooking the spectacular secluded valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, the expanses of pristine game-rich wilderness provides the perfect base to discover the history of bygone battlefields and Anglo-Boer sites. Spioenkop is arguably the most famous of all battles between the British and the Boers. 7 rooms and a cottage each with private decks are tastefully furnished with locally made linens and feature antique sash windows, wood panelling and corrugated iron exteriors. The main areas offer comfortable sofas where you can immerse yourself in the history of the region. Communal meals are serviced on wrap-around verandas, or indoors around a warm blazing fire in cooler months. A swimming pool and deck boast stunning views towards the Drakensberg Mountains. Features: Swimming pool, 7 double rooms, 1 family cottage, turn-of-the century décor, battlefield tours, ...

  • The Oyster Box
    The Oyster Box

    Situated just 5 minutes from Umhlanga village and offering convenient access to the bustling city of Durban, Oyster Box occupies a commanding location right on the ocean's edge. Legendary colonial elegance mingles comfortably with contemporary style, making this an iconic beacon of this coastline. There are 86 rooms and suites and the hotel has a luxurious spa with a wide range of treatments.

  • Fugitives Drift Lodge
    Fugitives Drift Lodge

    Set in 4,000 acres on the banks of the Buffalo river, Fugitives Drift Lodge offers a superb base to explore the Zulu and Anglo-Boer war battlefield sites, particularly Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana. It was from here that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and created this award-winning lodge.Spacious, luxury, en suite cottages each have a private veranda affording views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River gorge. The Lodge is also home to an Annex, or Cottage, which has been redesigned to have two en suite bedrooms and a sitting room. One bathroom has a shower and bath, the other is a small shower-room. It is ideal for small families or couples travelling together. Another feature of the Lodge is the beautiful, shady, well-established garden, home to innumerable birds, and a spectacular large swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River gorge. ...

  • &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge
    &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge

    Situated within Phinda Private Game Reserve on the crest of a mountain that offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, &amp;Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge has 24 suites, all of which feature spacious en suite bathrooms, sitting areas and spectacular viewing decks. Between exciting wildlife drives, birdwatch from the pool deck, or simply relax in the Lodge’s comfortable sitting area with its great vaulted ceiling and enormous fireplace.Features: 24 suites, Wi-Fi, restaurant, swimming pool, outdoor deck with seating area and sunbeds.<br>Room amenities: Private deck, plunge pool, en suite facilities including outdoor shower.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4295 per person

High season from £4635 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • VIP meet & greet service on arrival
    • Premium car rental package with VW Polo (or similar)
    • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
    • Guided Battlefields tour
    • Guided excursions at Phinda

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