Itinerary Highlights

  • Mountain hikes in the Drakensberg
  • Learn about the battlefields
  • Boat Safaris and game drives in Mkuze
  • Relaxation in Durban

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Car Hire
12 nights from £3,260 per person
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
Rainbow Specialists
0203 131 5311

Journey through the KwaZulu-Natal on this 12-day self-drive adventure and discover beautiful scenery and mountains through the midlands to the Drakensberg, followed by history and war stories through the battlefields area, on to safari near Mkuze Game Reserve before relaxing in the beautiful Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks. Stay in some charming guest houses and lodges throughout.


Depart from London Heathrow on your overnight flight to Durban via Johannesburg
On arrival into Durban today collect your standard car hire, with comprehensive insurance and unlimited mileage and drive to the midlands where you will check into the charming Granny Mouse Country House and Spa. Here you will spend your first night recovering from your overnight flight and preparing for your adventure ahead.
Today you will head up to the scenic and beautiful Drakensberg mountains. Here you will spend the next two nights discovering the various hiking routes and many activities that your hotel offers.
Spend the day exploring the mountain range. The Drakensberg Escarpment (Mountain of Dragons) stretches for over 1000 kilometres from the Eastern Cape through the KwaZulu Natal up into Mpumalanga as part of the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Three Rondavels. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and the scenery is simply breathtaking.
Today you will continue your route into the Battlefields for a two-night stay at the Fugitives Drift Guest House. Here you will learn about the history of the area, including the Anglo-Boer and Anglo-Zulu wars.
This area is famously known for the Anglo-Zulu wars. The lodge runs guided tours to visit the various sites and memorials. Other activities on offer include a visit to the Mangeni Falls, a visit to Blood River and the site where the Prince Imperial was killed, walking and fishing trips.
Today you head further North through Zulu Land and into the Elephant Coast, where you’ll find some amazing game reserves along the border of Swaziland. Spend two nights here at Ghost Mountain Inn, which enjoys a setting next to the Umkhuze Game Reserve, where you can see the ‘big 5’ as well as 420 recorded bird species!
Today you may decide to take a boat trip on the shores of Lake Jozini looking out over the Lebombo Mountains. The Hluhluwe and Imfolozi Game Reserve is also in proximity, with the opportunity to see some amazing wildlife. Or visit the St Lucia and Isimangaliso Wetland park
Today, if you have decided not to add on a further safari to your South Africa self-drive experience, you will drive down to Durban to relax in the luxurious Oysterbox Hotel, where you will be spending the next 3 nights. The beaches in Durban are beautiful coupled with a tropical climate makes for the perfect end to your holiday.
Durban is a bright and colourful city, in terms of people, food, culture and activities. At the Oysterbox Hotel you have the Indian Ocean at your feet along with a spa and great dining options. You may also choose to go shopping at one of the city’s retail hubs or enjoy the pool and gardens.
The Spa at the Oysterbox Hotel is well known in South Africa as one of the best, so choose to spoil yourself with one of the many treatments on offer here before your journey home.
Today you will leave sunny Durban behind. Check out of the hotel and drive to the airport where you will drop off your car hire and check in for your return flight to London via Johannesburg
Candice Buchan

Candice Buchan

All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist

Pricing Information & Dates

12 nights from £3,260 per person
Itinerary Dates

1st Jan 2023 -
15th Dec 2023
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
Rainbow Specialists
0203 131 5311

Price Includes

  • Return International Flights as per the itinerary
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Transfers as specified
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • All entrace fees on sightseeing tours as specified
International Flights, Accommodation as specified in the itinerary, comprehensive car hire with unlimited insurances and breakfast throughout.

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional excursions
Meals not specified, gratuities, items of a personal nature, visa's, travel insurance and meals not specified.

Pricing Notes

Prices are subject to availability and supplements apply for peak seasons and holidays.

Why Choose Us?

Passionate travel experts

  • We've been leading wildlife travel since our first South Africa tours over 25 years ago
  • Our Travel Specialists have lived in their specialist area for years
  • We work with local guides to immerse you deeper in our diverse range of experiences

Personal & tailor-made

  • You'll speak to your own expert who'll share their first-hand knowledge
  • We'll make your itinerary seamless with 24/7 emergency contact available
  • Your Travel Specialist will listen to ensure you have the best chance of seeing the wildlife you love

Responsible by nature

  • We take care to actively contribute to the conservation of environments we visit
  • For select countries, we make a charitable donation on your behalf when you make your booking
  • We've partnered with conservation experts and NGOs to curate responsible tours
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