Introduction

The richly diverse province of KwaZulu-Natal, which stretches along the warm Indian Ocean from Port Edward in the south to Swaziland and Mozambique in the north, provides an abundance of attractions.

To the west, the Drakensberg, in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, is a Unesco World Heritage with dramatic natural beauty and wealth of San Bushman rock art found in its caves - the richest concentration on the continent of Africa. The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands offers lush, green countryside brimming with historical little towns, attractive country hotels and irresistible craft routes. KwaZulu-Natal is also where battles that captured the world’s attention took place in the 1800s and early 1900s, when Boers and the British battled Zulus, and Boers battled the British.

In the interior, north of Durban, among other smaller game parks and superb private Big Five game reserves, is the iconic Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park - which is the province's premier reserve and one of the biggest in South Africa covering 96 000 hectares of stunningly beautiful landscape. The Park has the distinction of being the oldest formally protected area in Africa and has a long and interesting history.

Some of South Africa’s best-protected indigenous coastal forests are found along the subtropical coastline of KwaZulu-Natal, such as at Dukuduku and Kosi Bay.

It is also along this coast that the magnificent iSimangaliso Wetland Park is found – along with the Drakensberg, one of KwaZulu-Natal’s two Unesco World Heritage sites.

With a total area of 94 361 square kilometres, KwaZulu-Natal is roughly the size of Portugal. While it’s the country’s third-smallest province, taking up 7.7% of South Africa’s land area, it has the second-largest population, with 10.3-million people living there.

The principal language is isiZulu, followed by English and Afrikaans. Remnants of British colonialism and a mix of Zulu, Indian and Afrikaans traditions give the province a rich cultural diversity.

Day

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Basis

Day 0

The Oyster Box Umhlanga

1 night

B&B

Day 1

andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

4 nights

FB

Day 5

Fugitives' Drift Lodge Rorkes Drift

2 nights

FB

Day 7

Hartford House Midlands Meander

1 night

B&B

Key

B&B: Bed and Breakfast

FB: Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Umhlanga: The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box The Oyster Box The Oyster Box

andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve: andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge

Phinda Mountain Lodge Suite Phinda Mountain Lodge Suite Phinda Mountain Lodge Suite

Rorkes Drift: Fugitives' Drift Lodge

The Boma at the Lodge The Lodge Dining Room Giraffe and Isandlwana

Midlands Meander: Hartford House

Fast Facts

9 Days / 8 Nights

Included / Excluded

Includes:

Includes:
Meet and greet at airport
All road transfers and private guiding
1 night B&B Oyster Box Hotel
Touring from Oyster Box Hotel to Thula Thula plus game drive and lunch
Touring from Thula Thula to Phinda Private Game Reserve
4 nights Full Board Phinda Mountain Lodge
Game drives
Touring of iSimangaliso Wetland Park
River cruise St Lucia estuary
Day Tour to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, Zulu Village
Black Rhino Tracking, morning activity at Phinda
1 day private touring between Phinda and Fugitives Drift
Bayete elephant engagement
2 nights Full Board Fugitives Drift
Battle Fields Tours : Isandlwana, Blood River & Rorke's Drift
1 day touring between Fugitives Drift & Three Trees Lodge
Touring to Hartford House Midlands
Lunch at Three Trees Lodge
1 night B&B Hartford House
1 day private touring from Hartford House to Nelson Mandela Capture site
Lunch at selected venue
Transfer to Kind Shaka International airport.

Excludes:
Lunch at Three Trees Lodge
Lunch en route to King Shaka International Airport
Items of Personal Nature
Flights
Visas
Tips & Gratuities

Excludes:

Optional: Bayete elephant interaction
Optional additional tour : Turtle Nesting - seasonal dependent)

Umhlanga: The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box The Oyster Box The Oyster Box

andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve: andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge

Phinda Mountain Lodge Suite Phinda Mountain Lodge Suite Phinda Mountain Lodge Suite

Rorkes Drift: Fugitives' Drift Lodge

The Boma at the Lodge The Lodge Dining Room Giraffe and Isandlwana

Midlands Meander: Hartford House

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