7 Day Kwa Zulu Natal Highlights

Days

7

Style

Escorted Tour

From Price

$3,399 AUD per person

7 Day Kwa Zulu Natal Highlights

This seven day KwaZulu Natal Highlights tour is a combination of the magnificent Drakensberg, Isandlwana and Battlefields as well as the historical Rorkes Drift. This tour will take you on a journey where you will be able to explore the Midlands and KZN region extensively from battlefields tours to the historical museum of Seige, Mahatma Ghandi Statue and even the city of Howick where our late former president Nelson Mandela was captured.

Experience the history and feel the battlefields has to offer amongst other exciting activities KZN has to offer.

Itinerary

Day 1 – CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG

Leave Cape Town and travel along the N1, through the Huguenot Tunnel and on to Route 62. Cape Route 62 is the tourist route in the Western Cape, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway.

Enjoy a lunch stop (not included in cost) in Barrydale then continue on to Oudtshoorn where your first stop will be at an Ostrich Farm, where you can enjoy an informative tour (included in cost).

Day 2 – CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG

Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world. Travel to the lagoon-side town of Knysna – gem of the Garden Route before continuing your journey to Plettenberg Bay. Embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River before check-in to your accommodation where you shall spend the following two nights. Freshen up before dinner at the lodge.

Day 3 – KWAZULU NATAL BATTLEFIELDS

Enjoy a delicious breakfast followed by check-out formalities. Make your way to the summit of Spioenkop Mountain. Your guide shall recount and bring to life the Anglo-Boer 9-day battle in January 1900 - the third and bloodiest attempt by the British to relieve Ladysmith. Witnesses to this battle include Louis Botha (the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa), Winston Churchill and Mohandas Ghandi, who led the heroic British stretcher bearers and later became the Mahatma.

Continue to the town of Ladysmith, a town which made world headlines at the end of the 19th century when it was besieged for 118 days during the most crucial stage of the Anglo-Boer War. Its historic heritage gives many fascinating sites to discover. Visit the Seige Museum where a diorama excellently depicts Ladysmith and its surrounding hills at the time of the Siege. Artefacts, documents, uniforms, firearms etc. are on display.

Travel via Dundee to your accommodation which is located in at the heart of the battle sites between the Zulus and the British.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 – KWAZULU NATAL BATTLEFIELDS

Today is dedicated to the exploration of the famous battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal where many battles were fought more than anywhere else in South Africa. Your guide shall recount the Anglo Zulu War battle of Isandlwana where 20 000 Zulu warriors wiped out almost an entire British regiment and their firepower within 2 ½ hours.

Visit Rorke's Drift where British soldiers, outnumber 35 to 1, fought off 4000 Zulus for 12 hours. This battle saw 11 Victoria Crosses awarded - the highest number awarded to a Regiment in a single action. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 – HLUHLUWE

After an early breakfast, travel across the various battle sites of KZN to Hluhluwe where you would end your KwaZulu Natal discovery with an African safari experience.

Depending on your time of arrival, enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon open vehicle game drive which yields exciting game viewing opportunities. The highly qualified rangers have a wide knowledge of the rich bird and animal life of the region, as well as the indigenous trees and plants.

Return to the lodge for dinner.

Day 6 – HLUHLUWE

Start the day with an early morning game drive when the animals are at their busiest, before the harsh African sun beats down and they take shelter from the sweltering heat in shady areas. Return to the lodge for breakfast and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy the facilities on offer at the lodge including the well-equipped Spa on the reserve (treatments to own account and subject to availability).

We end the day with an afternoon open vehicle game drive before enjoying dinner and overnight.

Day 7 – END OF ITINERARY

Embark on a final game drive followed by breakfast and check-out formalities.

Travel via the Elephant coast back to Durban where the tour ends on arrival at your Durban based hotel or with drop-off at King Shaka International Airport for your onward flight arrangements.

Inclusions

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner as specified

Transport

Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle

Tour Guide

English speaking THETA registered tour guide

Travel Information

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands.

Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

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