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KwaZulu Natal Holidays Tours South Africa Battlefields Durban Safari

South Africa Tour: Drakensberg + Zulu Battlefields + Safari


SYF12D
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,095
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This fully escorted tour of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa will show you the highlights of this historic region, including the Bushmen paintings at Giants Castle in the Drakensberg Mountains, the Boer War battlefield at Spion Kop & the Zulu battlefields at Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift. End your holiday with a Big Five safari & time relaxing on the warm Durban North Coast. Tour departs once a month.
Tour South Africa Drakensberg Spion Kop Zulu Battlefield Rorkes Safari
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Tour of South Africa
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Giants Castle
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Bushman Paintings
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Boer War Battlefields
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Spion Kop
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Zulu Battlefields
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Rorkes Drift & Isandlwana
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Big Five Safari
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Durban North Coast
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Tour of South Africa
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Giants Castle
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Bushman Paintings
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Boer War Battlefields
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Spion Kop
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Zulu Battlefields
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Rorkes Drift & Isandlwana
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Big Five Safari
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Durban North Coast
Day 1
You will be met at Durban Airport and transferred to your hotel on the warm North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and excellent holiday weather.
  
Check in and relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Day 2
This morning transfer to Durban to join your small group tour, travelling for 3-hours to the mighty Drakensberg Mountains.
 
We stop for a city tour in Pietermaritzburg, a beautifully preserved Victorian town. Here we visit St Peter's Cathedral and walk along charming streets, allowing you to savour the character of this city and its captivating past.
 
At Howick we visit the site where Nelson Mandela was captured in 1962, marking the start of 27 years of imprisonment. We continue through the rolling hills and farmlands of the beautiful Natal Midlands, following the 'Midlands Meander' - an arts and crafts route through picturesque scenery.
 
Check into your hotel in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains, recognised as a World Heritage site for its vast collection of San Bushmen rock art paintings. Known locally as the 'Barrier of Spears', the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains form the backbone of Southern Africa, running all the way down from the Great Rift Valley.
 
Note: On escorted group tours please note that for operational reasons it is sometimes necessary to substitute one hotel with another of similar quality.
Day 3
This morning enjoy more of the magnificant scenery of the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, as we visit Giants Castle where we walk 45-minutes to one of the main Bushman caves.
 
These mountains once offered shelter to the Bushmen, before their clashes with the Zulus and the white settlers. Painted on the rocks, they left behind their stories of sacred animals and journeys to the spirit world. The small museum offers an interpretation of the paintings and artefacts on display.
 
In the afternoon we return to our hotel, with balance of day at leisure.
Day 4
Today we travel 3-hours through rural Zululand to the remote Zulu Battlefields.
 
But first we stop at the Spion Kop Battlefield, where one of the bloodiest battles of the South African War (Anglo Boer War) of 1900 took place in efforts to relieve Ladysmith, which was besieged for 118 days. Visit the mass graves atop Spion Kop hill and see for yourself how poor military decisions affected the outcome of this battle.
 
Incredibly three future world leaders were in the area at the time this battle took place - Winston Churchill as a young newspaper correspondent, the future Mahatma Gandhi as a stretcher bearer, and Louis Botha as the Boer general who would go on to become the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.
 
Continue to Ladysmith, where we visit the small Siege Museum (open on weekdays & Saturday am), with its diorama that depicts the town and its surrounding hills at the time of these battles. We continue via Dundee to the heart of the Zulu battlefields.
Day 5
Today is dedicated to the exploration of the historic Zulu Battlefields.
 
Your guide will recount the events leading up to the fateful battle of Isandlwana, where in 1879 the mighty British army suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in its history following the controversial invasion of Zululand. See for yourself the events portrayed so passionately in the film Zulu Dawn, as the regiment was wiped out almost to a man by 20,000 Zulu warriors.
 
We continue to the famous mission station at Rorkes Drift, where later that day a handful of British soldiers (outnumbered 30-to-1) fought off over 4,000 Zulu warriors for almost 12 hours. This battle - unforgettably brought to life by Michael Caine in the film Zulu -  saw 11 Victoria Crosses awarded, which is more than in any other engagement in the history of the British Empire.
 
Recommended Reading:
The Day of the Dead Moon - David Rattray
Brave Men’s Blood – Ian Knight
Day 6
This morning we travel 4-hours across rural Zululand to your private game lodge.
 
On arrival enjoy an afternoon game drive in an open top vehicle with a lodge ranger. Hope to see a variety of wildlife including lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, hippo, kudu, waterbuck, warthog and baboon. With over 300 different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
Day 7
Today is at leisure to enjoy the amenities of your lodge, including two game viewing activities.
Day 8
After a final early morning game drive and breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge and transferred to Hluhluwe Game Reserve, renowned for its outstanding wildlife.
  
After checking into your lodge, in the afternoon enjoy a thrilling open top game drive with a lodge ranger. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately and hopefully you will see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe - as well as several of the Big Five before dinner.
 
Day 9
Today is devoted to game viewing in Hluhluwe National Park.
 
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, and enjoy a thrilling open-top game drive in the famous Hluhluwe National Park, which saved the rhino from extinction. One of South Africa’s most beautiful game parks, Hluhluwe is home to all the Big 5 - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - as well as the subcontinent’s largest population of endangered rhino. Hope to see many interesting species before returning to your lodge.
   
The rest of the day is free to relax at your lodge or enjoy bird watching, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. Hope to see giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals. With over 300 different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the southern hemisphere.
  
Note: children < 6 are not allowed on open top game drives.
Day 10
After some final early morning game viewing, enjoy a boat ride on Lake St Lucia estuary where you may see hippos and crocodiles. Forming part of St Lucia Isimangaliso Wetlands, this area has been declared a World Heritage site because of its unique biodiversity and importance to marine conservation. With over 500 different bird species in the region, it also offers outstanding bird watching.
  
Continue 3-hours to your hotel on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal, renowned for its wonderful beaches and reliably warm holiday weather all year round. Check in, settle in and relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Days 11 To 12
At leisure to relax on the warm golden beaches of the Durban North Coast.
 
Many optional activities are available such as a marine cruise to search for dolphins, turtles, sharks, whales (in season) and other fascinating sea life. Championship golf, horse riding and deep sea game fishing are also available.
Day 13
Transfer to Durban Airport for your flight home.
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