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KwaZulu Natal – a World Heritage Discovery

Exploring nature’s wonderland; walking, game viewing and sightseeing in wonderful South Africa.

Blood was shed on these lands. On the plain of Isandlwana, the British suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Zulus. On these now quiet grassy plains, the then world superpower was humiliated by a native force. Keep an eye on the ground as you walk the battle site; there is still evidence of what took place here.

Flying into Durban we head north to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park. Here we have four days of game walks and drives accompanied by rangers with the chance to see giraffe, impala, nyala, warthog, white rhino, wildebeest and zebra. Boat safaris bring us close to crocodiles, hippos and a wealth of birdlife.

We now head inland to Dundee, a small town rich in Boer heritage, where British troops withdrew from Zulu land after their defeat at the battle of Isandlwana during the 1879 Anglo Zulu War. The first shots of the Second Anglo Boer war were fi red in Dundee in what later became known as the Battle of Talana. We have the whole day with a specialist military guide who will bring the battle fields to life.

We continue towards the Drakensberg Mountains. Zulus call them the Barrier of Spears. Our first centre is at Cathedral Peak in the Ukhalhamba-Drakensberg National Park. The Drakensberg’s rugged escarpment provides a dramatic background to the gentle green and rolling hills of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. We can walk straight from our hotel out onto the peaks and buttresses of the surrounding mountains. For those who like to relax, this is one of our most comfortable and superbly located hotels, the perfect place to take it easy in style.

Cavern Berg is in a stunning location on the edge of the Royal Natal National Park, dominated by the Amphitheatre, a crescent shaped basalt-topped wall six kilometres wide which soars to a height of 3,000m. Once again, we head straight out on foot from our hotel into the amazing mountain scenery.

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You love travel and dynamic experiences. You like to push yourself or experience something completely new because the rewards make it worth the effort. You enjoy discovering the wonders of the country, whilst at the same time finding out about yourself. Previous outdoor activity experience may be essential for some of these holidays. Some holidays may have a high degree of adventure but are not necessarily over energetic. These holidays involved a heightened sense of adventure for example on water or zip wire. Where walking is involved the climate might make walking more challenging and occasionally ascents may be up to 900m.



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    13 Oct 2017
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    18
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    31 Oct 2017
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    07 Nov 2017
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    23 Apr 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    13 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017

    Day 1 - 2 - In Flight
    Depart London Heathrow on the overnight British Airways flight to Durban via Johannesburg.

    Day 2 - 3 - Hluhluwe
    On arrival in Durban, we travel north into Zululand for 5 nights in a hotel or lodge in the Hluhluwe area, our base for exploring the varied character of this fascinating region.

    Day 3 - 4 - Hluhluwe
    Today we are guests of the Mbonise Cultural Experience and shall get a glimpse into the daily rural life of a Zulu community. During the afternoon we will visit the St Lucia Wetland Park and take a walk in False Bay Reserve.

    Day 4 - 5 - Hluhluwe
    Today we shall walk on an Indian Ocean beach with free time for lunch in the town of St Lucia, the perfect spot to sample the local fish and seafood. In the afternoon we join a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary to view the bird life and to look for hippopotami.

    Day 5 - 6 - Hluhluwe
    Today we spend much of the day in Hluhluwe- Umfolozoi Game Park in 4x4 vehicles. We may have a braai (barbeque) lunch on this day.

    Day 6 - 7 - Hluhluwe
    We have a very early start to the day and before breakfast go on a walking safari from the lodge with an armed ranger. Late afternoon we will enjoy a sunset safari in Hluhluwe / Imfolozi National Park.

    Day 7 - 8 - Dundee
    Today we travel inland via the Battle of Blood River site to Dundee for 2 nights.

    Day 8 - 9 - Dundee
    A full day sightseeing and walking amongst the Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift led by a local guide.

    Day 9 - 10 - Drakensberg
    Today we head, via Ladysmith, to our first centre in the Drakensberg - the beautiful Cathedral Peak region where we spend three great days walking directly from our hotel.

    Day 10 - 11 - Drakensberg
    From Cathedral Peak we transfer to the Cavern Berg Resort, approximately one hour by road. Here we spend four days walking in the spectacular mountain scenery and we shall visit the Royal Natal National Park.

    Day 11 - 12 - In Flight
    We transfer from the Cavern Berg Resort to Johannesburg Airport for our return flight to UK.

    Day 12 - 13 - -
    Arrive UK


  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • Half board en suite accommodation and four lunches.
    • All advertised excursions and entrance fees.
    • All local transport costs. 

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Getting close to the wildlife at Hluhluwe on a series of game drives and walks.
    • Discovering the battlefields at Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift.
    • Walking the awe-inspiring Drakensberg Mountains.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Johannesburg Durban(c12hrs+ stop)/Johannesburg-Heathrow (c11hrs), British Airways
      and Comair.
    • Please note: Depending on final schedules for your outward flight, there could be a long wait in Johannesburg on some dates.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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You love travel and dynamic experiences. You like to push yourself or experience something completely new because the rewards make it worth the effort. You enjoy discovering the wonders of the country, whilst at the same time finding out about yourself. Previous outdoor activity experience may be essential for some of these holidays. Some holidays may have a high degree of adventure but are not necessarily over energetic. These holidays involved a heightened sense of adventure for example on water or zip wire. Where walking is involved the climate might make walking more challenging and occasionally ascents may be up to 900m.



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