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KwaZulu Natal holidays - close up of  a vulture and jackal in the Drakensberg Mountains

KwaZulu Natal Tour: Durban + Battlefields + Safari


SYX8D
8 NIGHTS
FROM £1,894
International flights quoted separately
This escorted tour of KwaZulu Natal will show you the highlights of this historic region, including the Bushmen paintings at Giants Castle in the Drakensberg Moutains, the South African War battlefield at Spioenkop & the Zulu War battlefields at Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift. End your holiday with a  safari , then relax on the warm Durban North Coast.  Departs once a month.
Photo Battlefields South Africa Tour
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Durban
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Giants Castle
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Bushman Paintings
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Spioenkop Battlefield
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Ladysmith
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Isandlwana Battlefield
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Rorkes Drift Battlefield
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Zululand Safari
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North Coast Beaches
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Durban
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Giants Castle
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Bushman Paintings
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Spioenkop Battlefield
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Ladysmith
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Isandlwana Battlefield
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Rorkes Drift Battlefield
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Zululand Safari
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North Coast Beaches
Day 1
You will be met at Durban Airport and transferred to your hotel in this city, renowned for its golden beaches and warm holiday weather all year round.
  
Check in, settle in and relax in your lush sub-tropical surroundings.  
Day 2
This morning join your small group tour, departing from Durban and travelling inland for 3-hours to the mighty Drakensberg Mountains.
 
We stop for a city tour in Pietermaritzburg, a beautifully preserved Victorian town. Here we visit St Peter's Cathedral and walk along charming streets, allowing you to savour the character of this city and its captivating past.
 
At Howick we visit the site where Nelson Mandela was captured in 1962, marking the start of 27 years of imprisonment. We continue through the rolling hills and farmlands of the beautiful Natal Midlands, following the 'Midlands Meander' - an arts and crafts route through picturesque scenery.
 
Check into your hotel in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains, recognised as a World Heritage site for its vast collection of San Bushmen rock art paintings. Known locally as the 'Barrier of Spears', the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains form the backbone of Southern Africa, running all the way down from the Great Rift Valley.
Day 3
This morning enjoy more of the magnificant scenery of the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, as we visit Giants Castle for a short tour of the main caves.
 
These mountains once offered shelter to the Bushmen, before their clashes with the Zulus and the white settlers. Painted on the rocks, they left behind their stories of sacred animals and journeys to the spirit world. The small museum offers an interpretation of the paintings and artefacts on display.
 
In the afternoon we return to our hotel, with balance of day at leisure.
Day 4
Today we travel 3-hours through rural Zululand to the remote Zulu Battlefields.
 
But first we stop at the Spioenkop Battlefield, where one of the bloodiest battles of the South African War (Anglo Boer War) of 1900 took place in efforts to relieve Ladysmith, which was besieged for 118 days. Visit the mass graves atop Spioenkop Hill and see for yourself how poor military decisions affected the outcome of this battle.
 
Incredibly three future world leaders were in the area at the time this battle took place - Winston Churchill as a young newspaper correspondent, the future Mahatma Gandhi as a stretcher bearer, and Louis Botha as the Boer general who would go on to become the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.
 
Continue to Ladysmith, where we visit the Siege Museum where a diorama depicts the town and its surrounding hills at the time of these battles. We continue to the Zulu battlefields and enjoy dinner at our hotel.
 
Day 5
This morning enjoy a full day tour to the poignant Zulu Battlefields.
 
Your guide will recount the events leading up to the fateful battle of Isandlwana, where in 1879 the mighty British army suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in its history following the controversial invasion of Zululand. See for yourself the events portrayed so passionately in the film Zulu Dawn, as the regiment was wiped out almost to a man by 20,000 Zulu warriors. Time permitting, we also visit Fugitives Drift, where two young officers attempted to carry the Queen's colour to safety.
 
After lunch we continue to the famous mission station at Rorkes Drift, where later that day a handful of British soldiers (outnumbered 30-to-1) fought off over 4,000 Zulu warriors for almost 12 hours. This battle - unforgettably brought to life by Michael Caine in the film Zulu -  saw 11 Victoria Crosses awarded, which is more than in any other engagement in the history of the British Empire.
 
Recommended Reading:
The Day of the Dead Moon - David Rattray
Brave Men’s Blood – Ian Knight
Day 6
This morning we travel 4-hours across rural Zululand to Hluhluwe, famous for its outstanding wildlife.
 
After checking into your private game reserve, enjoy an open top game drive with a lodge ranger. Wildlife viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately and hopefully you will see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe - as well as some of the Big Five - before dinner.
Day 7
Today enjoy included morning and afternoon open-top game drives in Falaza Game Reserve, with a lodge ranger.
 
Hope to see many interesting species including giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodile, waterbuck, warthog and baboon. With over 300 different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed. After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
If arranged in advance, it is possible to pay for an optional game drive to Hluhluwe Game Reserve, which saved the rhino from extinction. One of South Africa’s most beautiful game parks, Hluhluwe is home to all the Big 5 - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - as well as the subcontinent’s largest population of endangered rhino.
Day 8
After a final early morning game drive, we travel 3-hours to the Durban North Coast, where your tour ends with drop off at your hotel.
 
Check in and relax in your warm beach surroundings.
Day 9
Transfer to Durban Airport for your flight home.
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