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Dubai and South Africa: Nambiti Big5 Safari + Drakensberg


SRH12D
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,298
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
With Emirates now flying directly to Durban, this exciting Dubai and South Africa safari holiday combines the beaches of Durban, the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains & Big5 game viewing in the luxurious malaria-free Nambiti Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, with a few nights in Dubai. Ascend Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world, shop at Dubai Mall or take a 4x4 jeep safari. All transfers & game drives included.
Dubai and South Africa Safari Holiday Durban Drakensberg Big5 Nambiti
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Dubai and South Africa
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Durban Beach Safari Holiday
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Nambiti Game Reserve
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Big5 Game Drives
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Bushman Paintings
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Dubai Creek & Old Town
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Burj Khalifa
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Gold Souk
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Jumeirah Mosque
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Dubai and South Africa
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Durban Beach Safari Holiday
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Nambiti Game Reserve
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Big5 Game Drives
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Bushman Paintings
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Dubai Creek & Old Town
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Burj Khalifa
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Gold Souk
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Jumeirah Mosque
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
Today enjoy a full day private sightseeing tour of the highlights of Durban.
 
We start with a drive along the Golden Mile, the beachfront promenade with its colourful street markets, and through the Point Waterfront. We continue past the beautiful old City Hall to the small craft harbour at Wilson's Wharf and drive past huge sugar terminals and busy harbour warehouses to the University of Natal campus, which has lovely views over the harbour.
 
Then we visit the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle – home to 9 different markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange, where over 6,000 street vendors ply their trade – an authentic cultural experience. We then visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens, founded in 1849 and home to a magnificent orchid house and many massive trees from Asia, Africa and America. Our tour ends with a visit to the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium that was built for the 2010 World Cup. Here there is the option of taking a cable car ride to the top of the stadium for a phenomenal view over Durban and its coastline (pay locally).
 
After lunch (own account) we continue to uShaka Marine World, situated in the old harbour area that is being extensively re-developed. Here you can view large indigenous sharks of the Indian Ocean and a wide variety of marine animals - including turtles, dolphins, seals and penguins. There are snorkelling ponds with over 5,000 fish and a lovely beach. Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel.
 
Note: Moses Mabhida Stadium is closed on Saturdays and any other match day.
Day 3
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 4
Today transfer 3-hours through the rolling hills of the Natal Midlands and Ladysmith, to the malaria-free Nambiti Game Reserve.
 
Check into your Big Five safari lodge and enjoy a thrilling afternoon open-top game drive with your lodge ranger.
Days 5 To 6
Rise early when game viewing conditions are at their best, for an open-top game drive with a lodge ranger in Nambiti Game Reserve.
 
With a mixed vegetation of savanna grasslands, indigenous trees and bushveld, this wildlife conservation area is home to all the Big Five, as well as offering an ideal habitat for a large variety of plains game and abundant bird life. Although leopard are rarely seen, this reserve offers excellent opportunities to spot the endangered cheetah. Return to the lodge for lunch and some relaxation, before returning to the bushveld in the late afternoon for another exciting game drive.
 
Note: Children < 2 years are not allowed on open top game drives, with higher age limits applicable at certain lodges.
Day 7
After some final early morning game viewing in Nambiti Game Reserve, transfer 2-hours via Ladysmith to the spectacular 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 forms the backbone of Southern Africa, running all the way down from the Great Rift Valley. Check into your mountain resort in this area of unspoilt natural beauty.
Days 8 To 9
At leisure to relax in the Drakensberg Mountains and enjoy the facilities of your resort, with superlative scenery and fresh mountain air making it ideal for walking holidays at any level of fitness. Your hotel will organise guided walks each day – typically one short walk and one long walk, or a walk to a Bushman painting.
  
Your hotel has a swimming pool and offers many activities in or near the resort including golf, horse riding in the mountains, fly fishing, tennis, lawn bowls, badminton, mountain biking, table tennis, darts and pool. The mountains also offer an outstanding location for bird watching – particularly raptors, but also sunbirds, waxbills and the numerous other species found in the grasslands, riverine scrub and natural forests.
Day 10
Transfer 3-hours through the beautiful Natal Midlands to Durban Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Dubai Airport and transferred to your hotel in the downtown area, close to the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall.
 
Check in and relax in this modern city situated on the edge of the Arabian Desert.
Days 11 To 12
At leisure to relax and enjoy the amazing city of Dubai. If you are a sun worshipper, head to Jumeirah Beach or relax by the swimming pool of your luxury hotel.
 
Known for its luxury shopping and ultra modern architecture, Dubai has many other attractions to amaze you - including in the Burj Khalifa, at 830 m the tallest building in the world. Take a ride to the top of this incredible structure for fabulous views, and in the evening admire the water jets & lights of Dubai Fountain at its foot. You can also 'shop till you drop' at the nearby Dubai Mall, the largest in the world, with an aquarium, ice rink, many indoor and outdoor restaurants and a lovely waterfall. More incredible modern architecture can be seen along Sheikh Zayed Road, the main thoroughfare of the downtown business district.
 
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the world's tallest hotel which is lit up at night with a wonderful display. Designed to resemble a sailing dhow, it is located on its own artificial island. The nearby Mall of the Emirates offers more amazing shopping opportunities, including an indoor ski slope with a penguin enclosure. The Palm Jumeirah, with its many luxury apartments and hotels, offers postcard views of the city skyline.
 
In Deira City you can bargain in the traditional souks (markets) found in its winding streets, including the famous Gold Souk, Perfume Souk and Spice Souk. In the evening you can enjoy a realxing a dhow dinner cruise along Dubai Creek that separates Dubai into its two cities - Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south.
 
You can view many of these landmarks on an optional City Tour. Other attractions include Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, Jumeirah & Bastakia  mosques, the Heritage and Diving Village, with its pearl diving and dhow building displays, and Ferrari World in neighbouring Adu Dhabi, which is 1.5-hours away by road.
 
Note: If you visit a mosque, you need to be covered from wrists to ankles (i.e. long sleeved top and long dress or trousers).
Day 13
Transfer to Dubai Airport for your flight home.
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