Stay at 2 private game lodges, visit a World Heritage Site and spot Africa’s mighty ‘Big 5’. Admire the wildlife in 4 different areas and enjoy a truly African experience in an open safari vehicle whilst on your Wildlife Discovery Tour.
You will then spend 2 nights in uMhlanga Rocks where you will be staying on a bed & breakfast basis at the Protea Hotel uMhlanga Ridge. After your 2 nights here you will make your way to the Battlefields where you will spend your next 2 nights surrounded by moving history at the Fugitives Drift Lodge. Your final 2 nights will be spent at the Cathedral Peak hotel in Drakensburg before driving to Johannesburg airport to drop your car off and fly home.
(ENTRANCE FEES: Blyde River Canyon; Bourke’s Luck Potholes; God’s Window; Conservation Fee into Kruger National Park and Private Game Reserves; Morning open safari vehicle game drive in iSimangaliso Wetland Park; St Lucia Estuary Boat Cruise)
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 Johannesburg
Fly direct from London to Johannesburg.
Day 2 Johannesburg
Arrive into Johannesburg and overnight at your airport hotel ready to be collected for your tour In the morning
Day 3 JOHANNESBURG to HOEDSPRUIT AREA via DULLSTROOM
This morning you will be collected from your Johannesburg hotel and leaving the city behind you, head East, via Dullstroom, to Limpopo Province. Stop for lunch (own account) en-route and arrive at Moditlo River Lodge set within the Blue Canyon Conservancy. Let the bushveld captivate you on a guided open vehicle game drive, view the ‘Big 5’ and other distinctive species like the giraffe, zebra and the endangered cheetah. Return to the lodge and savour the luxurious yet rustic settings with pre-dinner drinks (own account) before dinner of delicious local fare. Moditlo River Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast including 2 game viewing activities
Day 4 HOEDSPRUIT to SABIE via PANORAMA ROUTE
An early start sees you catching the bushveld as it comes alive while on a guided open vehicle game drive. The morning sights and sounds differ vastly from the evening sounds of the night hunters and crawlers, and with a bit of luck, some of the big cats may still be about after a night of hunting. Enjoy coffee and rusks before breakfast back at the lodge. After breakfast we head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions, the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels, on the Panorama Route. The Blyde River Canyon may be one of the largest green canyons in the world with its lush subtropical vegetation. The Panorama Route offers you memorable views and unique natural phenomenons like God’s Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) will be enjoyed along this scenic route. Venture onto the small town of Sabie in the Drakensberg escarpment for the evening. This little town owes its existence to a drunken hunting party. In 1871, a few men's fateful stray bullets struck the cliff's wall, exposing sparkles of gold beneath the rock. Today Sabie has replaced gold mining with a green gold timber industry as its chief support. The town is surrounded by over 1 million acres of Pine and Blue-gum trees that comprise of one of the world's largest man-made forests. Check-in and freshen up at your Sabie accommodation, before enjoying dinner. Lone Creek River Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 5 SABIE to MTHETHOMUSHA GAME RESERVE via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
An early departure will see you leave the mountainous town of Sabie and drive, via Hazyview, onto Mpumalanga's flagship attraction, the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. A closed vehicle game drive will give you the opportunity to take in the park's vastness and seek out the ‘Big 5’ and other endangered and indigenous animals and plants. Amongst the park's diverse offerings are: 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles and a whopping 1 982 plants species with several historical and ancient archaeological sites. Lunch in the park (own account). Exit the park at Malelane Gate and onto your lodge on Mthethomusha Game Reserve. Enjoy an open vehicle game drive followed by dinner. Bongani Mountain Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast including 1 game activity
Day 6 MTHETHOMUSHA GAME RESERVE to ST LUCIA via SWAZILAND
After an early breakfast, we take a short drive through Mthethomusha Game Reserve, allowing for a few parting shots before travelling through to St Lucia via the Kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland, 1 of only 2 kingdoms in Southern Africa, is also the smallest country in Africa. We enter Swaziland at Mananga border post and experience the welcoming embrace of the friendly Swazi people when you indulge in lunch (own account) en route. Exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter the sub-tropical Elephant Coast, the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. An area abundant with towering mountains, the blissfully warm Indian Ocean, lush tropical vegetation, various historical battlefields and an array of different animal species. Arrive at your overnight accommodation in the late afternoon which is located in the only town in the world that is entirely surrounded by a natural World Heritage Site. You will have an opportunity to freshen up before relaxing with pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both for own account) at a restaurant. Optional night game activity available (own account). Elephant Lake Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast including one game activity NOTE: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain countries, multi-entry visa entry and conditions will apply (own account)
Day 7 ST LUCIA to DURBAN
Wake up charmed in this piece of paradise, ready to discover South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Before breakfast, embark on an open safari vehicle, where you will be guided on a game drive and short forest walk through iSimangaliso (which means ‘miracle and wonder’). The park is the biggest estuarine system in Africa and home to the biggest hippo and crocodile populations in the country. After breakfast, observe Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the Estuary. Enjoy a revitalising lunch (own account) while taking pleasure in the lovely lake views before departing for the city of Durban. The tour ends with a late afternoon arrival at your Durban hotel.
Day 8 Umhlanga Rocks
Visitors from around the world flock to the holiday resort village of Umhlanga Rocks to relax and have fun on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Situated on the east coast of South Africa just north of the vibrant Port City of Durban, Umhlanga faces the the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and has the best South African accommodation. The golden sandy beaches stretch northwards for more than 200 kilometres, all the way to the spectacular Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site. Inland from Umhlanga, endless fields of sugarcane give way to the undulating landscape of the Valley of 1000 Hills, the massive Inanda Dam and the mystical hidden valleys of Zululand.
Day 9 Umhlanga Rocks to Battlefields
Today you will make your way to your Battlefields accommodation. When you arrive at the Fugitives Drift lodge check in and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Day 10 Fugitives Drift Lodge
Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Walks and horserides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife are offered as well as fishing the 20km frontage on the Buffalo River.
The reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest House, both owned by the Rattrays and both born out of their extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Evident in every corner of Fugitives’ Drift is the Rattrays’ love of South Africa, its people and its unique history.
Both the Lodge and Guest House have spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages which all have private verandahs and broad views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge. The Lodge and Guest House both have swimming pools set in their colourful, well established gardens which are home to innumerable bird species.
Day 11 Battlefields to Drakensburg
Another 3 hour drive will take you to your last accommodation where you will spend your final 2 nights
Day 12 Cathedral Peak Hotel
Nestled in the unspoiled surroundings of the Drakensberg mountain range (a World Heritage Site) lies Cathedral Peak Hotel, one of South Africa's premier resort hotels.
Just 250 kilometers from Durban and 400 km from Johannesburg, the famous Cathedral Peak Hotel is easily accessible to its many visitors from all over South Africa and abroad. Since the hotel first opened to guests in 1939, the van der Riet family has succeeded in offering warm hospitality, combined with exceptional service and value for money.
Day 13 Drakensburg to Johannesburg to London
After an amazing holiday you will drive to Johannesburg airport where you will drop your car off and check in for your overnight flight home.
Day 14 London
Arrive back into the UK after an amazing holiday.