Battlefields & Safari

Highlights 

13 Nights/14days

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Over 16 years of Travel  Experience

Hi, I'm Amina

Our partners are owned and managed by Africans and winner of numerous prestigious World travel Awards.  

We pride ourselves on a high level of personal service and professionalism. From Wine tastings at century old vineyards to thrilling game drives, perhaps hot-air ballooning over dramatic landscapes....What ever you want from an African holiday, we will help you achieve a exceptional and memorable experience.

Trip highlights

  • Central Drakensberg

  • Umhlanga

  • KwaZulu Natal Battlefields

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve

Day 1 - 2

Arrive (South Africa)

 

Welcome to South Africa!

Upon arrival pick up your hire car (with navigation) at Durban Airport and make your way to Cleopatra Mountain Farmouse.

In its awesome setting with splendid views of the mountains and running with crystal clear streams and waterfalls, Cleopatra is the ultimate in peace, tranquility and solitude. It is ideal for its intended purpose as a restful refuge with professional yet understated service and most of all a gourmet experience to remember. All the ingredients are in place for a complete treat, warm snug beds with mohair blankets and crisp, fresh cotton sheets, a spectacular view of the mist covered mountains emerging from the early morning sun, the aromas of a country kitchen tempting hunger heightened by the brisk mountain air, loving meals of hearty soups, vegetables, freshly caught trout, local cheeses and homemade breads, bundles of fresh herbs and vegetables just picked from the kitchen garden, a friendly dining room filled with the quiet buzz of contented conversations, a roaring fire in the lounge, cantilevered over a trout-filled dam. Choose just the right wine from the underground wine cellar and prepare your senses for the tastes and flavours that follow Richard's legendary talks extolling the pleasures and practices of his food preparation.

 

2 nights in Kamberg, Mooirivier :

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse -

B&B and Dinner

Day 3 - 4

Umhlanga

This morning after breakfast, say farewell to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse and make your way to the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga.

Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the historical Umhlanga lighthouse, The Oyster Box has long been one of South Africa’s best-loved and most distinguished hotels. This 86-room hotel is renowned for its generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. The elegant rooms, decorated with antiques, feature private balconies (many with sea views), flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, and fresh fruit and flowers. There's a complimentary buffet breakfast, a fine-dining restaurant and multiple eateries/bars. Other amenities include a spa with a hammam, an oceanfront outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness centre. There's also a 24-seat cinema and a kids' activity programme.

2 nights in Umhlanga :

The Oyster Box B&B

Day 5 -7

KwaZulu Natal Battlefields

Today you depart Umhlanga and drive to the KwaZulu Natal battlefields.

The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lts. Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of the 1/24th.

It was here that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and created an award winning lodge for visitors to savour this extraordinary saga.

Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Walks and horse rides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife are offered.

 

3 nights in KwaZulu Natal :

Fugitives Drift lodge - B/L/D

Day 8 - 9

iSi mangaliso Wetland Park

Today, say farewell to Fugitives Drift Lodge and make your way to iSi Mangaliso Wetland Park.

Makakatana Bay Lodge is exclusively situated on the banks of Lake St Lucia, within the iSi Mangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site in Zululand, South Africa. Makakatana Bay Lodge offers visitors luxury accommodation with private, personal service. The 8 individually set rooms (which include 2 newly completed family rooms) can accommodate 16-20 people and are luxuriously fitted with full amenities, and are fully air-conditioned with private decks. This Zululand Safari Lodge is the only privately owned and run safari lodge set within the iSi Mangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. Let Makakatana Bay create the Zululand safari of your dreams as they share the splendors of this spectacular park with you.

2 nights iSi Mangaliso Wetland Park:

Makakatana Bay lodge - B/L/D

Day 10 - 13

Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve

Arrive today at your private game reserve for a 4 night safari experience.

Step out onto your wooden deck. Take a dip in your plunge pool. Enjoy dinner served in your own private boma. Or admire the African sunset from the circular daybed atop your thatched outdoor sala.

 

Thanda Safari Lodge is known for its 9 beautiful bush suites – each self-contained for absolute privacy. Shaped like a traditional Zulu homestead, the 220m² suites have panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve.Each suite is a tribute to abundance, Africa-style - with a spacious lounge and majestic master bedroom and double-sided fireplace. The bathroom has a vanity, his-and-hers basins, egg-shaped bath, enclosed toilet as well as indoor and outdoor showers.

 

Use your suite as a secret hideaway for relaxation, romance or reflection - or as the base from which you head out to enjoy one of our many magnificent experiences.

Thanda Safari Lodge’s public areas are colourful and drenched in light. They include an inviting library overlooking a waterhole that is favoured by elephant and other game, a private business area, a cigar bar and an impressively stocked wine cellar.

4 nights Hluhluwe:

Thanda Safari lodge -

All inclusive with game drives

Day 14

Last day - drop vehicle back at Durban airport for your trip back home

Departure - We recommend that you arrive at the international airport 3 hours prior to your departure flight (or 2 hours if travelling business class). It is recommended that you check in online for your departure flight so that you can avoid long queues at the airport check in counters. On line check in is available for most airlines 24 hours before your flight. Your hotel will be able to help you with this if necessary. We wish you a pleasant journey back home or to your next destination at the end of your magical South African experience.

International flights home

Trip details

Price from £ 3995  Per person based on twin share basis

With Economy international flights from

 £ 4560per person

Price includes

  • Accomodation as per itinerary

  • Meals as shown

  • Game drives as per itinerary

  • Battlefields guides as shown

  • Fully inclusive game lodge (local brand drinks)

  • Group D Car hire

  • ATOL protection (When taking international flights)

Additional Extra's

  • International Flights

  • Additional unscheduled excursions

  • Fuel

  • Immunisations

  • Visa's

  • Personal travel insurance

  • local gratuaties