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This corner of South Africa has much to offer, and is home to battlefields and beaches, wildlife and vistas.

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Kwazulu Natal

A corner of South Africa with much to offer.  KZN is home of Zulu culture, battlefields, beaches, wildlife and vistas.

Day 1: Ballito
Day 3: Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve
Day 5: Maputaland
Day 8: Hluhluwe
Day 9: Battlefields
Day 12: Northern Drakensbergs
Day 15: Depart Durban or Johannesburg
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The Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu Natal represents a holiday destination in its own right, and here we explore just such an itinerary including a little of everything, for everybody. The State of KwaZulu Natal is the traditional home of the Zulu people, a nation of tribes, ruled by a chief. They are lovely warm and friendly people, eager to please!

Day 1: Ballito
From Durban, drive to Ballito – a quiet little residential seaside town. At the right time of year, bottlenose dolphins, southern right and humpback whales can be seen.
Two nights Ballito

Day 3: Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve
Head north, roughly following the coast, to Hluhluwe. The big five are present here, which hopefully you’ll spot on your game drives.
Two nights Hluhluwe/Umfolozi National Park

Day 5: Maputaland
Driving further north today, heading towards the Maputaland Marine Reserve. In the Coastal Forest Reserve are several lodges, offering a range of activities from scuba diving to horse riding and walking. At the right time of the year you will be able to see the turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.
Three nights Maputaland

Day 8: Hluhluwe
It is possible to get all the way to your next stop in one go, but it is a long day, and worth, we think, breaking the journey at Hluhluwe again. This time, we suggest choosing a lodge close to the St Lucia Wetlands for an overnight stay.
One night Hluhluwe

Day 9: Battlefields
Turn inland now to the Battlefields, to re-live the Zulu wars. For even the armchair historian or those with a passing interest, a tour is essential; one cannot help but feel moved by the stories of these epic battles.
Three nights Battlefields

Day 12: Northern Drakensbergs
Drive via the Spionkop Battlefield, to the Drakensbergs. See the Amphitheatre – the source of the Tugela River, and home of the second highest waterfall in the world.
Three nights Drakenbergs

Day 15: Depart Durban or Johannesburg 
Return to Durban or Johannesburg today for the onward or homeward journey.

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SAT Isandhlwana      SAT zulu hut

 

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Fifty miles of pristine beaches, backed by dunes and only three lodges to choose from.  This is remote wild Africa at its best – we love it!
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KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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KwaZulu Natal, the scenery seems to fit the experience – the emptiness of the plains around Isandlwana, the rolling waves on the long empty beach at Thonga and the density of the bush as you look out for rhino in Hluhluwe.  The friendliness of those that you meet along the way enliven your visit to this part of the world.
 

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KwaZulu Natal

The scenery seems to fit the experience – the emptiness of the plains around Isandlwana, the rolling waves on the long empty beach at Thonga and the density of the bush as you look out for rhino in Hluhluwe.  The friendliness of those that you meet along the way enliven your visit to this part of the world.

 

Day 1 : Durban

Day 3: Drakensberg Mountains

Day 5: Isandlwana and the Battlefields

Day 7: Isimangaliso Wetlands (St. Lucia) – part 1

Day 9: Isimangaliso Wetland (St. Lucia) – part 2

Day 12: Hluhluwe

Day 14: Beach

 

KwaZulu Natal

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Offering a mixture of amazing scenery, wildlife, experiences, history, food and beach, KwaZulu Natal has to be a destination that will please most people.  Getting there is easy as is driving around, and the people are truly welcoming.  This is Africa with a huge variety of interests and all within reasonable travelling distances.

Day 1: Durban

Spend time in Durban to acclimatise and explore the many attractions that this seaport has to offer.  With a fusion of African, Indian and European influences the food on offer has always been good – particularly their take on curries.  A visit to uShaka Marine World and the Botanic Gardens are worth pitting on your agenda.

2 nights Durban

Day 3: Drakensberg Mountains

Make your way to the beautiful Drakensburg Mountains and to a property that nestles at the foot of these.  Here you have the chance to relax with the stunning views, take yourself on hikes up into the mountains or join a full day walk with guide and lunch provided.  Archery, fishing, mountain biking and horse riding are also available.

2 nights Drakensberg Mountains

Day 5: Rorke’s Drift

Your next destination has you stepping back into the Zulu Wars and learning about Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift from both the Zulu and European points of view.  There is something special in being shown around Isandlwana (one of the few undeveloped battlefields of the world) by a Zulu and then hearing about the heroic fights as you walk through the building and grounds of Rorke’s Drift.

2 nights Rorke’s Drift

Day 7: Kosi Forest

Next spend time in the natural environment of lakes and forest, including Raffia Forests.  Drive out to the Kosi River mouth for snorkelling, swimming and a picnic.  Take a tour through the Raffia Forest looking out for the Palm Vulture, the only vegetarian vulture in the world.  Consider a canoe trip through the forests and out in to the lake.

2 nights Kosi Forest

Day 9: Beach Stay

Head to the coast for a stay close to and Indian Ocean beach.  Much of the area is protected and consequently beautifully productive for snorkelling, diving and other water sports.  Turtles haul out to lay their eggs at certain times of the year and guides will take you along the huge beach to show you their activities.  In the evening join on a scorpion and spider hunt.

3 nights Beach 

Day 12: Hluhluwe National Park

For your wildlife experience head to Hluhluwe National Park, South Africa’s oldest.  This park has something like 2,000 white rhino and 500 black rhino, so you would be unlucky not to see them.  The drive to your lodge is through rolling hills with stunning views and wildlife to be seen quite regularly.  Al of the Big 5 are here as well as wild dog.  Either take yourself around the park (easy to do) or jopin an organised game drive from your lodge.

2 nights Hluhluwe

Day 14: Depart KwaZulu Natal

Head to Durban or Richards Bay for the onward or homeward journey.

KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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Watching the blue spotted ray swim away from you while snorkelling in half a metre of water and two metres from the shore.

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Beach, Battlefields and Bush

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This itinerary includes a stay on the stunning, remote and little known northern KwaZulu Natal coast.  50 miles of sandy coast, lined with sand dunes – this is not a place for an average seaside holiday.  This is a very, very special experience

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Beach, Battlefields and Bush

Day 1: Hazyview
Day 2: Kruger National Park
Day 5: Swaziland
Day 6: Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
Day 8: Forest Lodge
Day 10: Rorke’s Drift
Day 12: Johannesburg.
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One of the advantages to this itinerary is that it can be easily be a self drive or a flying safari (perhaps less stressful and quicker getting around but more expensive)

Day 1: Hazyview
From Johannesburg pick up a hire car and head due east towards the Kruger (About 4/5 hours on good tarmac roads), stopping at Hazyview. This is a good location to unwind after all your travelling. From Hazyview, you might like to take the Panorama Route – a driving route with plenty of interesting look out points to see Blyde River Canyon. If time allows, consider increasing this stay to two or even three nights.

Day 2: Kruger National Park
Today you’ll enter the World famous Kruger National Park. Your destination is a Safari Lodge based on a private concession in the Kruger National Park. Here we’d suggest a three night stay and this will usually include two game drive safaris per day. You will have time to explore the Park yourselves or watch the animals coming to the waterhole by the Lodge. For details of what has been seen and where, talk to the staff and guides at the Lodge. They will be more than happy to advise you.

The roads in Kruger are well maintained, even the dirt ones, but do not rush. It is amazing what people drive past! There are also a number of Rest Camps, often in excellent game viewing locations, for a stop for a drink or snack.

Day 5: Swaziland
This morning you will exit the Park, and then head south towards Swaziland and near to its capital Mbabane to break your journey. Here, visit a candle maker or glass factory for some locally produced crafts. It will feel a bit cooler in the mountains of Swaziland, so ensure you have a coat or jumper.

Day 6: Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
Dropping down from the mountains you will continue to head further south with your next destination being the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. This is still a remote part of the world and your vehicle will not be able to travel all the way there. We will provide you with details of where to park and where you will be met and transferred by 4×4 for two nights at a Beach Lodge. The Lodge will be situated over looking the sea and you have the chance of relaxing on pristine beaches. Here, enjoy diving, snorkelling, forest walks, kayaking and sundowners on the lake.

Day 8: Forest Lodge
You will be transferred to your Forest Lodge (a short distance away) for your next two night stay. Here you can take part in guided canoeing, walks through the Raffia forest and boat excursions on the Lake system.

Day 10: Rorke’s Drift
Leaving the coast behind, drive to Rorke’s Drift to stay at a Lodge deep in Zululand for two night stay. You will be heading back inland for this destination. Take a tour of the Battlefields, and enjoy a Zulu Boma evening. They will evoke the spirit of these extraordinary places and give you a different experience to those you have had elsewhere.

Day 12: Johannesburg
Early start today as you drive back to Johannesburg. You should allow about five and half hours for your journey back to the city airport. From here, check in for your onward or homeward journey.

Please contact us for greater details on this bespoke trip or any others to Southern Africa.

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A Mixture of African Experiences

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Here is a suggested itinerary that can be adjusted to meet your requirements:

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 Day 1  Arrive in Johannesburg and pick up your hire car. Depending on the flight that you have taken either spend one night in the city or drive to the Kruger National Park. Here you will have three nights in a lodge in a Concession within the Park which ensures that you have the best of game viewing. Kruger remains one of Africa’s prime game watching places and being in a Concession will allow you to join night drives or walking safaris. You should have plenty of wildlife encounters and your guides have an extensive knowledge of the area and amazing eyesight for spotting animals.

Day 4  Head south and into Swaziland for an overnight stop. Take the opportunity to learn about this mountain kingdom and its culture. The cooler air is very welcome as are the people who you will meet.

Day 5  Today has you back in South Africa in KwaZulu Natal and your destination is Isimangaliso Wetland Park and a two night stay in a forest lodge deep in the park. Here you have the chance of kayaking or boating on the lake and looking for the myriad number of birds, hippo and other game that live here. There is a chance to track turtle at the right time of the year.

Day 7  Transfer to the coast and time to enjoy the miles of pristine sands and the Indian Ocean. This location offers South Africa’s best snorkelling and some great diving sites. The other option is enjoy the sea and remote location.

Day 9  Leaving the coast and wetlands behind you have a short drive to Hluhluwei Mfolozi Park for a two night stay in the Park – the only lodge within the Park. All of the big 5 are here and you can also add in whale and dolphin watching in the season.

Day 11  Your next destination is set with the Battlefields and Zulu culture very much in mind. Take a tour of the main Zulu War battle sites and then add in a dinner in a Zulu village to learn about their culture and watch their dances.

Day 13  Drive down to Durban or back to Johannesburg for your flight back to the UK.

This gives you a real flavour of South Africa and can easily be adjusted to meet your interests, time constraints and budget.

And the Pound is currently strong against Rand making Southern Africa a great destination.

So to plan your bespoke tailor made holiday please give us a call or drop us an email – Tel 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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