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KwaZulu Natal Holidays Tours South Africa Battlefields Durban Safari

KwaZulu Natal: Zulu Battlefields + Drakensberg, South Africa


SRT12D
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,780
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
With private transfers, this classic holiday to South Africa explores beautiful KwaZulu Natal, including a Big-5 safari in Hluhluwe National Park, tours of  the famous Zulu Battlefields at Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift, the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains & Spion Kop. Afterwards relax on the warm beaches of the Durban North Coast. All transfers, game drives & battlefield tours included.
Holiday South Africa Safari Zulu Battlefields Rorkes Drakensberg Durban
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Holiday to South Africa
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Safari in Hluhluwe
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Big Five Game Drives
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Zulu Battlefields
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Isandlwana
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Rorkes Drift
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Spion Kop
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Durban North Coast
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Holiday to South Africa
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Safari in Hluhluwe
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Big Five Game Drives
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Zulu Battlefields
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Isandlwana
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Rorkes Drift
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Spion Kop
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Durban North Coast
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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 enjoy the beauty of rural Zululand, renowned for its outstanding beaches, mountains and wildlife as you transfer 3-hours to Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
  
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.
Days 3 To 4
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 5
After some final early morning game viewing in Hluhluwe, today transfer 3-hours to the remote battlefields at Isandlwana in rural Zululand.
 
Check in to your lodge and enjoy dinner, whilst absorbing some of the fascinating history of this great conflict between Britain and the proud Zulu Kingdom.
Day 6
This morning join a full day tour arranged by your lodge to the poignant 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.
 
After returning to your lodge for lunch, in the afternoon we visit 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 7
Today we travel 4-hours to the spectacular uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains, recognised as a World Heritage site for its vast collection of Bushman rock art paintings.
   
We follow the Boer line of advance, stopping at the Talana Hill battlefield and museum, where the first battle of the South African War (Anglo Boer War) of 1899 took place and where khaki was worn for the first time.
 
We continue to Elandslaagte and Ladysmith, which was besieged for 118 days by the boers. Here we can visit the small Siege Museum. On Christmas Day, the Boers fired a carrier shell without a fuse into the town containing a Christmas pudding, two Union Flags and the message "Compliments of the Season". This shell is still kept in the museum (open on weekdays & Saturday am).
 
We also visit Spion Kop, where one of the bloodiest battles took place in efforts to relieve Ladysmith. 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.
 
Afterwards we drive to the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains. Known locally as the "Barrier of Spears", this mountain range is the backbone of Southern Africa and runs all the way down from the Great Rift Valley. Check into your mountain resort in this area of unspoilt natural beauty.
  
Recommended Reading:
Boer War – Thomas Pakenham
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
This morning enjoy the beauty of the Natal Midlands on your 3-hour transfer to your hotel on the Durban North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and warm holiday weather.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in your lush sub-tropical surroundings 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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