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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.
Fly overnight from London (regional
connections available) to Johannesburg. (N)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Drive to the affluent coastal resort town of
Umhlanga and stay 2 nights at The Oyster Box,
a well-known luxury property. (B)
Drive the short distance to Durban Airport,
where you will drop off your hire car and fly
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
MBE2020: 10 Nights