KwaZulu-Natal is a province jam-packed with beauty and diverse landscapes, offering everything from beaches to bush stays, as well as historic battlefields, incredible wetland areas and lush country pockets.

DAY 01

From O R Tambo International Airport, take a domestic flight to Durban International Airport & collect hired vehicle. Enjoy a picturesque drive into the lush Midlands, to the Mooi River area (about 133 km drive).

OVERNIGHT IN THE MIDLANDS AREA

DAY 02

After breakfast, spend the day exploring the Midlands Meander – a wonderful country route of arts and crafts, eateries and local activities, or do some hiking / cycling / horse riding in crisp country air and most beautiful surroundings.

OVERNIGHT IN THE MIDLANDS AREA

DAY 03

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and head towards the battlefields regions of Rorke’s Drift or Spioenkop. Enjoy an afternoon tour with a guide, or explore a nature reserve on horseback.

OVERNIGHT IN RORKE’S DRIFT OR SPIOENKOP

DAY 04

After breakfast, hear more about the battles of bravery in the area. Shaka, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha were all part of the historical weave of  the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields. Guides breathe life into tales of long-ago battles and skirmishes, making vivid the events of the Anglo-Zulu Wars. If tales of warfare have no appeal,  spend the day out in nature, mountain biking, hiking, or horse riding. Lazing at the pool is another way to enjoy the vast open landscapes of this region.

OVERNIGHT IN RORKE’S DRIFT OR SPIOENKOP

DAY 05

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park area, an exceptional World Heritage Site (approximately a 450 km drive). From here you will be able to access the famous Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park where lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, and a multitude of antelope can be seen. Hippos and crocodiles abound on Lake St Lucia, and birdlife is also plentiful.

OVERNIGHT IN THE HLUHLUWE AREA

DAY o6

After breakfast, leisure options include a birding walk in the sand forests, horseback trail, an excursion into the wetlands, or a game-viewing drive in the bushveld. You could also take a boat cruise or a hippo/croc tour.

OVERNIGHT IN THE HLUHLUWE AREA

DAY 07

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for the Mkuze Game Reserve or Pongola in the north of KwaZulu-Natal. Activities include exciting Big Five game excursions, bush walks, boat cruises and fishing.

OVERNIGHT IN THE MKUZE AREA OF ZULULAND OR IN PONGOLA

DAY 08

An early morning game drive precedes a hearty breakfast. Spend the rest of the morning at leisure or enjoy a guided bush walk. Enjoy lunch and relax at the lodge until the late afternoon / evening game drive which is followed by dinner.

OVERNIGHT IN THE MKUZE AREA OF ZULULAND OR IN PONGOLA

DAY 09

After the early morning game drive and breakfast check out of the lodge and drive along the Elephant Coast towards Mabibi Bay (approximately a 270 km drive). Take up the undemanding art of barefoot beach luxury just a skip away from your private beach lodge, followed later in the day by sundowners at Lake Sibaya.

OVERNIGHT AT MABIBI BAY

DAY 10

Choose from a variety of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving or canoeing on Lake Sibaya. After lunch spend the afternoon on a beautiful remote beach, swimming, walking and collecting shells. Between November and February, awesome guided turtle-tracking adventures take place on the beach after nightfall.

OVERNIGHT AT MABIBI BAY

DAY 11

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to the Oribi Gorge on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal(approximately a 490km drive).

OVERNIGHT AT ORIBI GORGE

DAY 12

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast feasting on idyllic views, and then spend the day out in nature. You have the options of guided nature drives, hiking, mountain biking and extreme sports. At the lodge there’s a great menu of treatments to choose from at the spa.

OVERNIGHT AT ORIBI GORGE

DAY 13

Check out of the lodge after breakfast and drive back to Durban. Return hired car and take a flight back to Johannesburg or head for Cape Town. Alternatively, extend the tour to spend a night or two in Durban.

END OF TOUR

This tour can be custom-made to suit your particular interests and travel schedule. It can also be combined with other holiday ideas to create a more comprehensive tour of South Africa.

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