Blessed by a sunny year-round climate KwaZulu-Natal offers contrasting attractions, ranging from mountains and forests to wetlands, beaches & game reserves. Activities include deep-sea diving, white-water rafting, hiking, horse riding, trout fishing, safari, golf and more.
Settle into the laid back rhythm of the ‘Berg’ where you will spend the next 3 nights. It’s easy to see why the beauty of the Drakensberg Mountain Range has inspired many legends in the Zulu, Afrikaans and English cultures. Scraping the sky at over 3 400 metres, the jutting peaks of the Drakensberg are known as uKhahlamba (Barrier of Spears) in Zulu and Dragon Mountain in Afrikaans.
Never mind how fit you are, just pack your hiking boots because there will be a walk that’s perfect for you. The Drakensberg escarpment is an eco-tourist destination that stretches through quite a few provinces. It also forms part of the border between South Africa and Lesotho. Outstanding sights include the impressive Tugela Falls, the Amphitheatre, Cathedral Peak and the Sani Pass. The most visited section is the ukhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park. Come here to be rewarded by a magnificent World Heritage Site, grazing herds of oribi, eland and reedbuck and a wealth of ancient San rock art sheltering in its caves. As well as hiking there is plenty for the active soul: fly-fishing, horse-riding, mountain biking, bird watching and safaris. Think fresh clean air, green hills, snow in winter, flowers in spring, wooden chalets and chilled rock pools.
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MONTUSI MOUNTAIN LODGE
Montusi Mountain Lodge is an exclusive lodge in the northern Drakensberg mountains, a World Heritage Site, offering superb views of the Amphitheatre from each of the suites.
CATHEDRAL PEAK HOTEL
In the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a combined Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site, Cathedral Peak Hotel offers superb cuisine and a host of sporting and recreational facilities.
In the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a combined Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site, Cathedral Peak Hotel offers superb cuisine and a host of recreational facilities.
CLEOPATRA MOUNTAIN FARMHOUSE
Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has earned global renown as a romantic gourmet getaway under Richard & Mouse Poynton.
In the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has earned global renown as a romantic getaway under Richard & Mouse Poynton.
In the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has earned global renown as a romantic getaway under Richard & Mouse Poynton.
Enjoy a slice of history during your 3-night stay in this region, with optional tours to the battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana, sites of some of the most dramatic events in British military history that occurred during the Anglo-Zulu War of the 19th century. Alternatively stop on the way at Spionkop, the scene of another bloody conflict, this time from the Anglo-Boer War.
The Voortrekker-Zulu War (1836-1852), the Anglo-Zulu War (1879), the two Anglo-Boer Wars (1881 and 1899) and the Bambatha Rebellion (1906) are dramatic chapters in South Africa’s history that helped shape the present day nation. Today visitors from around the world come to roam the battle sites, graves, memorials and museums which tell stories of courage, betrayal and tragedy. To fully understand the present you must look to the past. Isandlwana, Spionkop, Rorke’s Drift, Blood River, the Battle of Majuba, the siege of Ladysmith - these sensational battles can be described as the ‘main events’ of these conflicts and these sites are easily accessible from a selection of establishments. But don’t think they are only of interest to military historians and enthusiasts. The way the tours are conducted and the events presented make them accessible and enjoyable to all.
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The Rattray family, pioneers of Heritage Tourism in South Africa, offer visitors an opportunity to experience the saga of the Anglo Zulu War. It is in the Fugitives’ Drift Game Reserve.
A short drive will take you to Nambiti Game Reserve for the start of an exciting safari. Close to the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range, a World Heritage Site full of extraordinary beauty and numerous activities, you will find the Malaria free Nambiti Private Game Reserve - situated 25 km’s east of Ladysmith, only 3½ hours from Johannesburg and 2½ hours from Durban. Nambiti Game Reserve is the only game reserve in the area with the Big 5 and currently has over 40 other species of game including cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, eland and zebra.
Nambiti Game Reserve offers incredible biodiversity, with grasslands, riverine bush, savannah and thornveld. Game viewing, birding, and fishing (for yellowtail) in the river are the main activities at Nambiti, which is also close to the renowned battlefields.
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THE SPRINGBOK LODGE
Springbok Lodge offers a comfortable tented safari experience and is set in the popular Big Five Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal which offers incredible biodiversity.
Springbok Lodge offers a tented safari experience and is set in the popular Big Five Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal which offers incredible biodiversity.
Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge is situated within the Nambiti Big 5 Game Conservancy, in Northern KwaZulu Natal, not far from the town of Ladysmith. overlooking the valley.
Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge is set within the Nambiti Big 5 Game Conservancy, in Northern KwaZulu Natal, close to the town of Ladysmith. overlooking the valley.
Another 3 hour drive, this time down the coast, will bring you to Shaka’s Rock or Umhlanga Rocks, both popular and relaxed coastal towns. After the activities further north spend a few days relaxing on the beach, swimming or enjoying the nearby restaurants.
Sunshine, sea, and sand… the classic summer holiday trio, only here you get it all year round. The subtropical North Coast of KwaZulu Natal follows the Indian Ocean from just north of Durban all the way up to Richard's Bay. Shaka’s Rock – A great choice for families, this is a residential coastal village with plenty of accommodation, a family friendly beach and tidal pool. Umhlanga Rocks - With its red and white lighthouse and lovely stretch of sand, Umhlanga has long been a favourite resort among South Africans. Due to this favoured status, it has a proliferation of high-rise luxury apartment blocks and a roaring social life for most of the year.
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Located on the Kwa-Zulu Natal Dolphin Coast, in the town of Shaka’s Rock, set within tropical gardens, the ocean extends out before it. Lalaria offers a laid-back seaside destination
Located on the Kwa-Zulu Natal Dolphin Coast, in the town of Shaka’s Rock, set within tropical gardens, the ocean extends out before it. Lalaria is a laid-back seaside destination.
OYSTER BOX HOTEL
The Oyster Box Hotel is a beachfront hotel of undeniable class and elegance. Since 1947, the Oyster Box has always been something of an institution, located directly on the sea.
FOLLOW THE SARDINE RUN SOUTH AFRICA
From May to July billions of sardines spawn in the waters of the Agulhas Bank, off the coast of KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. Travelling north from the colder southern seas.
From May to July billions of sardines spawn in the waters of the Agulhas Bank, off the coast of KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. Travelling from the colder southern seas.
From May to July billions of sardines spawn in the waters of the Agulhas Bank, off the coast of KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. Travelling from the colder seas.
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|London > Johannesburg||± 11hrs|
|Durban > London||± 14hrs|
|Johannesburg > Drakensburg||± 4hrs|
|Drakensburg > Battlefields||± 3hrs|
|Battlefields > Nambiti GR||± 2hrs|
|Nambiti GR > North Coast||± 3hrs|
|Note: These times are estimates and are dependant on flights and accommodation selections.|
Bush, Beach, Battlefields & Berg - these 'four B's' form the backbone of the majority of trips in KwaZulu Natal. The scenically breathtaking uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site. Numerous Anglo-Boer & Anglo-Zulu battle sites, such as Rorke’s Drift and Spionkop, scene of some of the most dramatic events in British colonial military history. Great beaches along the whole coast. And of course the great African attraction of a safari.
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Enjoy the sophistication of Cape Town before heading for dramatic African scenery, and then one of the best safari destinations in Africa - the world famous Kruger National Park and the adjoining private game reserves.
from £ 2,445 pps
A very popular itinerary & route, combining Cape Town with the Garden Route, ending with a safari in the Eastern Cape. You will be fully escorted for 4 days along the Garden Route, with a variety of day tours & excursions available in Cape Town.
from £ 2,539 pps
Welgevonden Game Reserve is certainly one of the finest places to watch wildlife, with antelope from the largest eland to the tiny duiker, lions and leopards always close by. Then fly to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius to relax on a tropical beach.
from £ 3,020 pps
This really is a ‘highlights’ tour of South Africa, a 16 day tour that includes a visit to the Cape Winelands; open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park; the Garden Route; Oudtshoorn, famous for the Cango Caves and ostrich farms.
from £ 4,098 pps