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.