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KwaZulu Natal Holidays Tours South Africa Battlefields Durban Safari

Walking in South Africa: Drakensberg + Giants Castle + Safari


SRY10D
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,098
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This wonderful walking holiday in South Africa includes hiking in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains - a World Heritage Site. Stay in simple lodges to hike to the famous Amphitheatre in Royal Natal National Park & view ancient Bushman paintings at Giants Castle. Afterwards relax on the warm beaches of the Durban North Coast & enjoy a luxury Big Five safari in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. All transfers & game drives included.
Walking Holiday South Africa Hiking Drakensberg Bushman Giants Safari
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Durban, South Africa
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Royal Natal National Park
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Amphitheatre Hike
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Hiking in Drakensberg
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Giants Castle
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Bushman Paintings
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North Coast Beach
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Hluhluwe Big Five Safari
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Walking Holidays in South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Royal Natal National Park
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Amphitheatre Hike
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Hiking in Drakensberg
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Giants Castle
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Bushman Paintings
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North Coast Beach
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Hluhluwe Big Five Safari
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Walking Holidays in South Africa
Day 1
You will be met at Durban Airport and transferred 3-hours through the rolling hills of the Natal Midlands 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 great natural beauty, with its many bushman paintings and wonderful walks in the shadow of the dramatic Amphitheatre.
Days 2 To 3
At leisure to walk in the northern Drakensberg Mountains, where the magnificent Amphitheatre dominates the landscape of Royal Natal National Park.
 
The superlative scenery and fresh mountain air are 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 San Bushman painting.
 
There is also the option of hiking with a specialist mountain guide to the Mont-Aux Sources, where suddenly the Tugela River drops over 3,000 feet to create the second highest waterfall in the world. From the top of the Amphitheatre you can view KwaZulu Natal thousands of feet below. This hike is only for the fit and active and must be pre-booked.
 
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. Other activities include horse riding in the mountains and fly fishing.
Day 4
Today transfer 3-hours through beautiful scenery to Giants Castle in the central Drakensberg Mountains.
 
Check into your simple KZN Wildlife self-catering rest camp (with limited restaurant and bar) in this region that has a particularly good collection of Bushman Rock Art Paintings.
Days 5 To 6
At leisure to relax in the Giants Castle region of the Drakensberg Mountains.
 
There are many excellent walking trails and hikes available in these mountains, with some of the best Bushman rock art sites. Horse riding, mountain biking and fly fishing are available at some lodges.
 
Bird watching is also outstanding and you can arrange (in advance) to visit the Vulture Hide, accessible only by 4x4 vehicle. Here you can see Cape vultures, ravens and a variety of buzzards and eagles. If you are fortunate you may even see a rare Bearded Vulture. The best time of year to visit this hide is from May to September.
Day 7
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.
Day 8
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 9 To 10
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 11
Transfer 4-hours to Durban Airport for your flight home.
 
Note: An extra hour of transfer time is allowed, in case wildlife slows down your progress through the park.
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