We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Durban city tour: £25per person
The ideal introduction to this city by the sea, explore the ‘Golden Mile’ beachfront area, visit the Indian and Herbal markets and learn about the Zulu, Indian and colonial influences that have shaped its history and culture.
This half day city tour is the perfect way to sample some of the attractions and get your bearings. The tour starts off with a drive along the Golden Mile beachfront area, which takes it’s name from the Portuguese explorers who referred to the sea sand along the coast in this area as the 'Sands of Gold'. See Vetchies Pier and lavish casinos as wells as diverse cultural mix of locals from sari clad Indian ladies walking on the sand to surfers, children feeding the pigeons to traditional healers collecting bottles of seawater to use as muti (medicine). Continue to the harbour entrance for magnificent views of Durban’s coastline before taking in Emanuel Cathedral and the City Hall. The next stop are the Indian and herbal markets where you get a real taste of the Indian influences for which the city is renowned. Enjoy the scents of spices and see the hawkers and herbalists ply their trades. Afterwards, drive through the sprawling informal settlement of Cato Manor before concluding at the Botanic Gardens where you can purchase a refreshing cup of morning tea.
Ushaka Marine World: £35 per person
Explore the wonders of the ocean at the magnificent uShaka Marine World, Africa’s largest Marine Theme Park. See the largest collection of sharks in the Southern Hemisphere, snorkel with sea colourful creatures, view dolphins and enjoy a thrilling range of water slides and rides.
Set on the Durban beachfront, uShaka Marine World spans over 15 hectares and comprises over wonderful exhibits including one of the aquariums in the world. Explore the Shark infested waters of Africa’s East Coast, touch a star fish or feel a sea cucumber at the rocky shore and swim with sea creatures at snorkel lagoon. Other attractions include the 1200-seater Dolphinarium, seal pool and penguin rookery.
Those looking for something a bit more active will not be disappointed with uShaka Wet’n Wild, with a host of slides and pools. Climb to the top of the adrenalin-pumping freefall slide, try the kamikaze ride for gut-wrenching thrills or race down the five-lane racer. For the less adventurous, relax on the sand or take a leisurely float through the park on a lazy river.
Day by Day
Day 1 London to Durban
Fly overnight from London to Durban
Day 2 Durban
When you arrive in Durban pick up your compact car and drive the 1 hour 30 minute journey to your accommodation. When you arrive settle in and enjoy the day at leisure.
Day 3 Fordoun Boutique hotel
Fordoun, situated in the rolling hills of Nottingham Road in the KZN Midlands, was created and is managed with the goal that every guest should leave feeling uplifted, positive and relieved of stress. This award winning Spa and Boutique Hotel was converted from an old farmyard and dairy, into a Destination Spa. The underlying philosophy is that Fordoun focuses on positive energy and the enjoyment of life. This allows guests the opportunity to make choices for themselves, in an environment that embraces what Africa offers them in a personal and intimate setting. Skye Bistro uses only the freshest local produce available; open 7 days a week for hotel guests and also visitors in search of excellent cuisine.
Day 4 Fordoun to Battlefields
After your 2 days at this stunning hotel it’s time to continue your drive to the Battlefields where you have 2 nights at the Isandlwana Lodge.
Day 5 Isandlwana Lodge
Isandlwana Lodge is an ecologically and culturally sensitive building perched on the side of the Nyoni Rock just underneath where the Zulu Commander stood during the Battle of Isandlwana on the 22nd of January 1879. The building is made of local rock and has a thatched roof. There are twelve bedrooms, each with a private balcony looking out to views that seem to go on forever. The rooms are comfortably furnished in a mixture of ethnic and modern styles. The main level of the lodge is where the lobby, dining area and bar are located and there is a board room and library just above them. The wrap-around verandas overlook the same marvelous view as one enjoys from the bedrooms. Battlefield tours of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift are led each day by Rob Gerrard, FRGS,author and renowned resident historian at the lodge or one of his associates. Enjoy walks, photographic safaris, birding, horse riding and cultural tours.
Day 6 Isandlwana Lodge to Hluhluwe
After 2 magical days learning and discovering the History of the battlefields you are now on your way to your Game Reserve. When you arrive you will check in and go straight on your first evening game drive!
Day 7 – 8 Thanda Private Game Reserve
Thanda Private Game Reserve offers an authentically South African wildlife experience, matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and conservation of the environment. It is the proud location of 3 different products, each with their own style. Thanda Safari Lodge is known for its 9 bush suites, each shaped like a traditional Zulu homestead and the height of African abundance. Exclusive Villa iZulu is the ideal hideaway for those with a taste for privacy. Amidst green lawns and surrounded by bush, it is beyond any understanding of extravagance. For guests wanting an authentic safari experience, Thanda Tented Camp offers 15 spacious tents, with private decks from which to enjoy spectacular views over one of the most beautiful reserves. Within the Tented Camp lies the romantic and beautifully spacious Jabula ('Happiness') Tent – ideal for honeymooners as well as families.
Day 9 Hluhluwe to Umhlanga
You will have your last game drive early this morning before checking out your hotel and continuing your drive down the coast where you’re last 3 nights will be spent at the famous Oyster Box Hotel
Day 10 - 11 The Oyster Box
Standing proud on uMhlanga's beachfront, directly on the beach and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the 86-room Oyster Box, is one of South Africa's best-loved hotels. Renowned for generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine, The Oyster Box, a Member of Red Carnation Hotel Collection, offers all the colonial charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but with all the modern comfort and amenities. Dining venues range from the Ocean Terrace, serving casual and al fresco fare and a curry buffet, to the legendary, fine-dining Grill Room. The Palm Court serves a lavish High Tea daily, with live piano accompaniment. The Oyster and Lighthouse Bars are the hottest spots in town for sundowners. Equipped with 6 treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy bath, grooming lounge, plunge-pool, gym, infinity pool and tranquillity lounge, The spa offers the latest in health and wellness treatments. Other facilities include 2 swimming pools, a private library, luscious tropical gardens and an intimate, 24-seater movie theatre. The Oyster Box is KwaZulu-Natal's premiere wedding and honeymoon venue.
Day 12 Durban to London
Your time in Durban and the KZN has come to an end so it’s time to drive back to the airport, drop your car off and check in for your overnight flight home.
Day 13 London
Arrive back into the UK after a fantastic holiday.