Battlefields and Drakensberg

PACKAGE SPECIFICATIONS

 

Package Name

BATTLEFIELDS AND DRAKENSBURG REDISCOVERED 

Number of nights

8 Nights

Short Description of the Package

ICONIC BATTLEFIELDS, THE ‘BERG' AND CRAFT BEER

 Experience Kwazulu Natal as never before. This journey of discovery showcases historic battlefields, takes in the once-private hunting grounds of King Shaka, and reaches to the roof of Africa before a meander through the countryside and beautiful Drakensberg.

Price

From R26 900  per person sharing. 

Validity

November 2020 to March 2021

Travel Dates

Selected Departures between 16 Jan 2021 – 06 March 2021

Sales Period

November 2020 to March 2021

Includes

8 night’s accommodation

8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches (including Be My Guest), 8 Dinners

Travel with no more than 18 other travelers

24/7 support team that has all completed the South African Government Department of Health COVID-19 training

On trip standards that meet guidance from local authorities and the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Physical distancing throughout your journey

Sanitisation and cleaning

Plus, numerous additional measures to give you peace of mind

Excludes

Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature

Extras

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Itinerary

Day 1

DURBAN - HLUHLUWE (2 NIGHTS)

Meet your Travel Director and small group of travel companions this morning in Umhlanga before heading to the northern reaches of South Africa's 'garden province'. We'll follow the Dolphin Coast all the way to St. Lucia, our first stop of the day. Here we'll board a cruise and spend a serene couple of hours gliding along the waterways of one of the world's most naturally scenic estuarine lake systems. Keep an eye out for St. Lucia's resident hippos and crocodiles, as well as its abundant birdlife. Later, we'll check in at our accommodation on the outskirts of South Africa's oldest game reserve, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park.

 Hotel - Anew

 Included Meals - Welcome Reception


Day 2

HLUHLUWE IMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE

Rise early this morning and board your open safari vehicle for a game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Uncover the secrets of KwaZulu-Natal's bushveld, including the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo), Little 5 (elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise) and everything in between! We'll round off your safari experience with a delicious and memorable bush breakfast, before returning to our hotel. This afternoon we'll show our support for a local family-owned business - Ilala Weavers. During our visit we'll learn first-hand how traditional and intricate Zulu beadwork is fashioned into baskets, wire bowls and jewellery. You'll be tempted to leave with a beautiful memento of your KZN adventure.

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3

HLUHLUWE – DUNDEE (2 NIGHTS)

This morning, we hit the road early so we can join our hosts, Nico and Rina Harris, for a unique 'Be My Guest' experience and lunch in the breathtaking eMakhosini Valley. We'll 'Connect With Locals' and learn more about the history of the Mtonjaneni Spring site - where King Dingaan used to send 2,000 Zulu maidens daily to fetch clean water. Later we'll travel onto our hotel in the heart of KZN's Battlefields.

 Hotel - Battlefields Country Lodge

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner


Day 4

BATTLEFIELDS EXCURSION

Today we'll step back in time with visits to two significant Zulu Battlefields. Your Travel Director will share heroic, poignant and compelling battlefield stories from a South African perspective. First up is the battle site of Isandlwana, where your guide will share the history and interesting facts behind this epic battle between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. After a picnic lunch we'll continue to the Rorke's Drift battle site, where approximately 150 British soldiers and colonial troops fought for 11 hours to hold off an attack from approximately 4,000 Zulu warriors.

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5

DUNDEE - NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG (2 NIGHTS)

As we leave the Battlefields behind, we have one final historical port of call. We'll stop to explore the town of Ladysmith, the site of the Battle of Ladysmith and a 118-day siege in the Second Boer War. This afternoon we'll arrive at our resort in the Northern Drakensberg. Settle into your deluxe chalet with breathtaking views of the majestic Drakensberg mountains and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening making the most of the activities and facilities of the resort.

 Hotel - Alpine Heath Resort

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner


Day 6

ROYAL NATAL NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION

Connect with nature today as you head out on a scenic guided walk within the Royal Natal National Park. Keep a look out for bearded vultures and black eagles as you explore the park's trails, soaking up its sweeping views and fresh mountain air. Your Travel Director will guide you to one of the most stunning geographical features of the Northern Drakensberg - often regarded as one of the most impressive cliff faces on earth - the Amphitheatre. After an invigorating walk return to your resort for an afternoon and evening at leisure.

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner


Day 7

NORTHERN– SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG (2 NIGHTS)

Today we'll have the opportunity to support local businesses as we explore the Midlands Meander 'Arts & Crafts Route'. Against a backdrop of picturesque landscapes and spectacular views, we'll visit quaint villages along the Midlands Meander, spending time with local craftsmen, including talented weavers, woodcrafters, cheese makers and beer brewers. Later we'll settle into our resort accommodation in the Southern Drakensberg, spending a relaxing afternoon surrounded by the Drakensberg's lofty peaks.

 Hotel - Drakensberg Gardens Resort

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8

SANI PASS EXCURSION

Fasten your seatbelts for an adventurous 4x4 drive up the Sani Pass. Safe in the expert hands of your 'Local Specialist', you'll navigate twists, turns and hairpin switchbacks, ascending to a heavenly height of 2,876 metres above sea level where you can enjoy a lunch at the highest pub in Africa. After lunch, we'll 'Dive Into Culture' during a visit to a remote Basotho village deep in the Lesotho highlands. Meeting a local villager, you'll be welcomed into one of their traditional homes to learn more about their way of life. After this unique cultural experience, a highlight of the trip, we'll jump back into the 4X4 and make our way down South Africa's most spectacular mountain pass.

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner


Day 9

SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG - DURBAN

Our local Kwa-Zulu Natal adventure a comes to an end today as we return to Durban. We'll stop en route to stretch our legs in the pretty village of Howick, taking in the impressive 95m-high Howick Falls. We'll arrive back in Durban in the late afternoon. If you're not quite done with your holiday yet, consider adding a weekend stay at South Africa's number one rated hotel, the Oyster Box.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. Pay a R999 per person deposit within 3 days of booking with full payment due 60 days prior to departure.

  2. The trip price does not include the costs of international flights (to/from the start or end the trip).

  3. Price is per person based on a lead in rate and subject to availability depending on the departure date. (High and low season rates apply).

  4. Single supplement rates available on request.

  5. All cancellation policies apply as per Trafalgar.

  6. Trip Itineraries are subject to change.