KwaZulu-Natal is a stand-alone wildlife holiday destination rich in South African culture and connections with Britain. Winston Churchill was captured here as a young war correspondent during the Anglo-Boer war, and the Anglo-Zulu war played out on two significant battlefields that can be visited today. The scenery is spectacular, with two Unesco world heritage sites: iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) and the majestic uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.
The wildlife reserves of KwaZulu-Natal rival those of Kruger National Park or the Eastern Cape. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is the oldest game reserve in South Africa and has made great conservation efforts to protect, breed and restock endangered white rhinos across the continent. A visit to South Africa is not complete until you have visited the friendly people of KwaZulu-Natal.
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Overnight direct flight from London (regional connections available) to Durban with British Airways. (N)
On arrival in Durban you will have a VIP meet & greet and be shown to your car hire collection point. Drive for approximately 2 hours towards the Drakensberg mountains, stopping at Howick Falls and the Nelson Mandela Capture Site sculpture before arriving at Fordoun Hotel & Spa, where you will stay for 1 night. (N)
Drive along the Midlands Meander to the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, rich in ancient San Bushmen rock art. Check in to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse for a 2-night stay. (B, D)
View ancient rock art sites on a hike or take a drive to visit the craft breweries and local artisans of this farming area. (B, L, D)
Proceed north and visit the battlefield site of Spioenkop hill, where in 1900 the South African Republic and Boer forces fought against the British forces over the stronghold of Ladysmith. Later, check in to the nostalgic Three Tree Hill Lodge for 1 night. (B, L, D)
Take a leisurely drive towards Ladysmith, via Colenso, to visit the site where the young Winston Churchill was captured as a war correspondent by the Boer army. Continue towards the Tugela river and check in to Fugitives Drift Lodge for 3 nights, with all meals included as well as a tour of the Rorke's Drift, the site of the battle on which the film Zulu is based. Also visit the Isandlawana battlefield on a guided tour. (B, L, D)
Make an early start and drive into the heart of Zululand, via Babanango and Melmoth, towards the north coast. Drive into Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and ascend a steep hill, at the top of which you will check in to your safari lodge, Rhino Ridge, for 3 nights. (B, L, D)
At leisure to join daily wildlife drives through the reserve in search of rhinos and other wildlife. You may decide to spend a day visiting iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park). (B, L, D)
Follow the coastal road south and make a stop at the cultural village of ShakaLand to learn more about Zulu culture. Drive on to Umhlange and check in to Canelands Beach Club & Spa (or similar) with views of the Indian Ocean. (B)
After an early breakfast, proceed to King Shaka International Airport to return your hire car and take a direct flight to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Please note that the high season pricing is valid between 01 Jan - 30 Apr 2019 and 01 Aug - 30 Sep 2019. Low season pricing is valid between 01 May - 31 July 2019.
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BAD2019: 11 Nights