KwaZulu Natal Meander - Culture, Wildlife & Beach - Self Drive
Drakensberg Mountains  
Basontho Village, Southern Drakensberg  
 
Isandlwana  
Ghost Mountain Lodge  
The Oyster Box  
The Oyster Box  
 
16 day tour
Including flights
Prices from
£3130 - £3650

Tour Highlights

  • Hike and explore the magical Drakensburg
  • Delve in the history of the Battlefields
  • Cruise on the Pongola River
  • Search for big game in Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Relax and indulge at the luxurious Oyster Box Hotel
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KwaZulu Natal Meander - Culture, Wildlife & Beach - Self Drive

South Africa

Our KwaZulu Natal Meander is a relaxed two-week South Africa self-drive holiday. The journey includes a stay at a stunning and award-wining (yet unpretentious) spa hotel in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, walking in the Drakensberg Mountains and hearing moving accounts of heroism in the historical Battlefields around Spione Kop and Rorkes Drift. Along the Elephant Coast, enjoy a variety of safari experiences to get up close to the iconic wildlife, including embarking on game drives in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Rhino Ridge Lodge, before ending with a final two nights of sea views and convivial evenings at the rooftop bar of the luxurious Oyster Box Hotel.

 


Day 1
London - Johannesburg
Depart from London Heathrow on your over night flight to Johannesburg.
Day 2
Day 2
Fordoun Hotel and Spa
Arrive in Johannesburg and connect with onward flight to Durban. Collect your car hire and drive inland, approx 1.5 hours, to Fordoun Hotel and Spa, where you will spend the next two nights with bed and breakfast in a luxury room.
 
Your highlight here is the peace and tranquility of staying in such a beautiful and vast setting.
Accommodation: Fordoun Spa Hotel
       
Day 3
Day 3
Midlands Meander
Fordoun is situated in the beautiful and scenic KwaZulu Natal midlands. Enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding country side and the Drakensberg Mountains in the distance.
 
Your time here can be spent on a variety of different activities, including a visit to the local Sangoma/Inyanga (Herbalist), for a private consultation. As part of this unique experience the Sangoma uses herbs from his own garden and the Spiritual healing powers of his ancestors. He also offers guided tours of his herb garden and local rural Zulu village
 
Fordoun is surrounded by the Midlands Meander a renowned tourist route, as well as two golfing gems. There is also the opportunity to go horse riding, mountain biking, hot air ballooning and clay pigeon shooting.
 
If this is all too much then how about spending a day relaxing in the Fordoun Spa being pampered, there are a wide range of treatments on offer from massages to facials and manicures, most use their signature range of products.
Accommodation: Fordoun Spa Hotel
       
Day 4
Day 4
Cleopatra Hotel
Leaving Fordoun behind travel northwards along winding scenic roads to the Cleopatra Hotel, in the Central Drakensberg. Two nights dinner, bed and breakfast in a standard room.
 
This haven is tucked away in the Drakensburg mountain range. This area is famous for its rock art and hikes in the mountains. We have included dinner here as the restaurant has won many award for their food and it is not to be missed!
Accommodation: Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
                   
Day 5
Day 5
Drakensberg Mountains
The mountains offer some of the most beautiful hiking and climbing trails in Southern Africa and the hotel can organise guided hikes to waterfalls as well as some more adventurous and difficult hikes. Some of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of the area is by horse back or mountain bike, as well as appreciating the sheer beauty from above by either helicopter or micro-light.
 
If you fancy a slower pace how about spending the morning trout fishing in the mountain lakes and streams.
Accommodation: Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
                   
Day 6
Day 6
Three tree Hill
Leaving the spectacular Drakensberg behind you head to the famous battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. Here the Boers fought the British and the British fought the Zulus in a series of bloody conflicts.
 
Here you will spend the night with dinner and breakfast included.
Accommodation: Three Tree Hill Lodge
Day 7
Day 7
Fugitives Drift
Visitors to the area enhance their experience by walking in the footsteps of famous military strategists - Shaka, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha, with the help of a knowledgeable guide who talks about each battle, debating the strategies used, the numbers who perished and the medals and rewards won by the brave.
 
Spend 2 nights with all meals included.
Accommodation: Fugitives' Drift Lodge
                     
Day 8
Day 8
Battlefields
The battles of Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift, Spioenkop, Blood River and Cetshwayo come alive in the guides stories, even though the only visible evidence is seen in national monuments and museums or at lone forts and small graveyards on these undulating landscapes ringed with rocky outcrops. It is highly recommended that you spend your free day here on a guided tour of the battle fields (Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana), the Lodge can organise this and uses enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides.
Accommodation: Fugitives' Drift Lodge
                     
Day 9
Day 9
Ghost Mountain Lodge
Depart the battlefields for the drive to Ghost Mountain Inn. KwaZulu-Natal is home to one of Africa’s most proud and once most feared tribes under the rule of the legendary King Shaka. Visitors to the region are welcomed with wide smiles. At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, in the heart of northern KwaZulu Natal lies the privately owned Ghost Mountain Inn, where you will spend the next two nights.
 
Two nights bed and breakfast in a superior room.
Accommodation: Ghost Mountain Inn
                   
Day 10
Day 10
The Elephant Coast
Set on five acres of indigenous garden Ghost Mountain Inn is the ideal location to explore the surrounding array of wildlife and coastal reserves. Take an ox wagon to a traditional Zulu village of bee-hive huts and experience warm Zulu hospitality, or attend a rural wedding ceremony, visit a sangoma (traditional healer) or take in the vibe of the taverns and shebeens. Arrange your game drive and boat cruise with the team at reception.
Accommodation: Ghost Mountain Inn
                   
Day 11
Day 11
Hluhluwe Safari
Today you will make your way to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in the heart of the Hluhluwe National Park, where you will spend the next 2 nights with all meals and safari activities included.
 
Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
         
Day 12
Day 12
Hluhluwe National Park
Hluhluwe is the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Southern Africa with excellent birding and home to the Big 5. As the name would suggest, many of South Africa's Rhino Population are in this reserve. This includes the elusive Black Rhino, although we cannot guarantee you will see one, this is where you will have a really good chance of a sighting!
Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
         
Day 13
Day 13
Umhlanga - The Oyster Box
Depart Rhino Ridge Safari driving to your final destination at The Oyster Box. This luxurious and elegant hotel is situated in the upmarket village of Umhlanga. Set literally a step away from the beach, with private swimming pool and sub-tropical gardens. Somewhere for you to relax and unwind before you return home. Stay two nights bed and breakfast
Accommodation: The Oyster Box
Day 14
Day 14
Umhlanga
With the Indian Ocean on your door step you will be happy to go for a dip in the warm water here. Activities in this area includes some lovely nature trails, surfing, scuba diving, whale watching and dolphin viewing as well as plenty of restaurants and markets. There are also many golf courses nearby should this be on your list of things to do.
Accommodation: The Oyster Box
Day 15
Drive to Durban Airport and return hire car. Depart on the flight to Johannesburg. Depart Johannesburg on the overnight flight to London Heathrow.
Day 16
Artrive in London

Pricing Information & Dates

16 day tour, from £3130 - £3650 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Carhire
Itinerary Dates From Price
01 Oct 2017
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30 Nov 2017
£3260
01 Dec 2017
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15 Dec 2017
£3415
12 Dec 2017
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15 Jan 2018
£3495
15 Dec 2017
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31 Jan 2018
£3650
16 Jan 2018
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30 Apr 2018
£3205
01 Feb 2018
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30 Apr 2018
£3415
01 May 2018
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31 Aug 2018
£3335
01 May 2018
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30 Sep 2018
£3130
01 Sep 2018
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30 Nov 2018
£3480
Price Includes
• International and domestic flights from London
• Airport taxes
• Car hire - 4 door sedan vehicle with comprehensive insurance cover and unlimited mileage
• Accommodation
• Meals as specified
Price Excludes
• Visa fees
• Meals other than specified
• Drinks
• Personal Items
• Car hire refundable deposit, contract fee and fuel.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Drakensberg & Midlands
  2.   Kwazulu Natal Safari
  3.   Durban Coast

Accommodation on this Tour

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
Drakensberg & Midlands, South Africa
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is a mecca for food lovers in the Drakensberg. It's an intimate, luxury gourmet retreat beside a dam in the beautiful Kamberg Valley, just two hours from Durban in the Highmoor section of Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve. The owners of this welcoming lodge are renowned chefs.
                   
Fordoun Spa Hotel
Fordoun Spa Hotel
Drakensberg & Midlands, South Africa
Fordoun is a boutique hotel and world-class spa located in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands Meander. The hotel's spa offers an extensive choice of treatments, but the unique aspect of a stay here is the well-known ethnobotanist and spiritual guide, Dr Elliot Ndlovu.
       
Fugitives' Drift Lodge
Fugitives' Drift Lodge
Zululand & the Battlefields, South Africa
You feel steeped in history at Fugitives' Drift Lodge. The main building stands on 5000 acres, close to Rorke’s Drift, and is a museum of the Zulu Wars. Accommodation is in luxurious cottages which are spacious with private verandahs.
                     
Ghost Mountain Inn
Ghost Mountain Inn
Maputaland, South Africa
Ghost Mountain Inn is a friendly, comfortable country hotel close to Mkuze Reserve, just off the N2. It has has 52 standard and executive rooms, a swimming pool, tennis court, health spa, indoor gym and a steam room.
                   
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Kwazulu Natal Safari, South Africa
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge Offering luxurious lodges surrounded by sensational scenery and exciting safari opportunities, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is a luxury private bolthole in Northern KwaZulu......
         
The Oyster Box
The Oyster Box
Durban Coast, South Africa
The Oyster Box The Oyster Box was built in 1954. The original Oyster Box was a well-known and much loved resort hotel in a great location by the beach and lighthouse at Umhlanga, just two minutes......
Three Tree Hill Lodge
Three Tree Hill Lodge
Zululand & the Battlefields, South Africa
Three Tree Hill Lodge Three Tree Hill Lodge overlooks Spioenkop battlefield, near Ladysmith. Its wood and iron construction is designed to resemble the housing kits brought out from Britain in the......

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