KwaZulu Natal - Self Drive
Drakensberg caves  
Basotho Village, Southern Drakensberg  
Cathedral Peak Hotel  
Thanda Private Game Reserve  
Isandlwana Battlefields  
Thanda Private Game Reserve  
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KwaZulu Natal - Self Drive

South Africa

If a 'sun-lounger' holiday is not your thing, this exciting two-week tour of South Africa's KwaZulu Natal, packed with outdoor activities and excursions, might rock your boat. This trip takes you high into the Drakensberg on the Lesotho border, through the famous 1879 Zulu War battlefields, on safari in Zulu King Shaka's former hunting grounds, and ends with three days in the 260,000 hectare Isimangaliso Wetland Park. Kwa Zulu Natal has sunshine year-round. March to November are the best months for touring, as South Africa's summer (December - February) can be wet and humid. Days are clear and sunny throughout the South African winter (June to August), but take a warm fleece as nights can be cool, especially on safari and high in the mountains.

Days 1 - 3
Day 1
Drakensburg Mountains
Fly overnight to Johannesburg, where you pick up your hire car. Drive to the Drakensberg for a three night stay at Cathedral Peak Hotel set in a pretty valley surrounded by spectacular peaks, breakfast and dinner included. There is so much to do here, you will feel spoilt for choice guided and self-guided walks, excursions to see San rock art, birding hikes, mountain-biking, horse riding, fishing, golf, tennis, and white water rafting at Four Rivers during October/November and April/May.
Accommodation: Cathedral Peak Hotel
Days 4 - 5
The Battlefields
Drive east to the Battlefields to stay three nights at comfortable Fugitives Drift Guest House, on the reserve only 5 minutes from the main lodge with just 6 rooms each with private veranda, grouped around an old farmhouse, set in lovely gardens with a peaceful atmosphere. Here there are fascinating tours to the nearby battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, as well as to Dingaan's Kraal and the Zulu -Valley of the Kings.
Accommodation: Fugitives' Drift Guest House
Day 6
Thanda Private Game Reserve
Travel to Thanda Private Game Reserve for a 3 night stay at the Thanda Tented Camp which is on the private 7800 hectare reserve just north Hluhluwe, all meals, selected local beverages and scheduled morning and afternoon game drives per day are included.
Accommodation: Thanda Private Game Reserve
Day 7
Day 7
Thanda Private Game Reserve
Your time here focusing on safari game drives. The reserve has been cleared of alien species and restored to its natural equilibrium. Look for wild dog, cheetah, giraffe, rhino, buffalo and elephant.
Accommodation: Thanda Private Game Reserve
Day 8
Day 8
Thanda Private Game Reserve
As well as the twice daily game drives, Thanda has a superb wellness centre that offers health and beauty treatments including traditional Zulu remedies.
Accommodation: Thanda Private Game Reserve
Days 9 - 11
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Drive to the World Heritage Site of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park for a three night stay at Makakatana Bay Lodge with breakfast and dinner included. A perfect place to relax at the end of your holiday, this privately owned lodge offers guests optional activities of boat rides on the lake, beach safaris and game drives on the reserve.
Accommodation: Makakatana Bay Lodge
Day 12
Drive to Richards Bay on your last morning to catch the flight to Johannesburg, and connect with the overnight flight to London.

Pricing Information & Dates

12 day tour, from £2799 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Carhire
Price Includes
• International and domestic flights from the UK
• Comprehensive Group C car hire with unlimited mileage
• Battlefields tour
• Accommodation with meals as specified
Price Excludes
• Visa fees
• Drinks
• Personal Items

Tour Route Map

  1.   Drakensberg & Midlands
  2.   Greater St Lucia
  3.   Durban Coast

Accommodation on this Tour

Cathedral Peak Hotel
Cathedral Peak Hotel
Drakensberg & Midlands, South Africa
Cathedral Peak Hotel is an established resort hotel beautifully set in a quiet valley among the rugged peaks of the Central Drakensberg. Since it first opened in 1939, the owner’s family has provided warm hospitality and exceptional service, and the hotel has won numerous awards.
Fugitives' Drift Guest House
Fugitives' Drift Guest House
Zululand & the Battlefields, South Africa
Fugitives' Drift Guest House offers alternative accommodation on the Fugitives' Drift Reserve, just five minutes away from the lodge. It has just six rooms, each with a private verandah, grouped around an old farmhouse and set in lovely gardens.
Makakatana Bay Lodge
Makakatana Bay Lodge
Maputaland, South Africa
Makakatana Bay Lodge This privately owned safari lodge is located in the heart of Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now a World Heritage Site. Built in a dune forest on the banks of Lake St Lucia, this......
Thanda Private Game Reserve
Thanda Private Game Reserve
Kwazulu Natal Safari, South Africa
Thanda Private Game Reserve Close to Hluhluwe, is a romantic haven offering exclusive accommodation and exceptional game viewing. This is a particularly intimate camp consisting of nine indulgent......

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