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

Grand KwaZulu Natal - including Zulu Battlefields


SRT12D
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,695
International flights quoted separately
This classic KwaZulu Natal holiday is the perfect option for those wanting to explore the famous Zulu Battlefields at Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift, with private transfers throughout. Includes a Big Five safari, the dramatic landscapes of the Drakensberg Mountains, and time relaxing on the warm beaches of the Durban North Coast. All transfers, game drives & battlefield tours included.
South African Battlefields Tour Rorkes Drift Isandlwana  Durban
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Durban
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Zululand Game Reserve
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Big Five Game Drives
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Rhino
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Isandlwana
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Rorkes Drift
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Ladysmith
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Spioenkop
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Drakensberg
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North Coast Beaches
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Durban
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Zululand Game Reserve
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Big Five Game Drives
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Rhino
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Isandlwana
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Rorkes Drift
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Ladysmith
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Spioenkop
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Drakensberg
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North Coast Beaches
Day 1
You will be met at Durban Airport and transferred to your hotel on the warm North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and excellent holiday weather.
  
Check in and relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Day 2
This morning enjoy the beauty of rural Zululand, renowned for its outstanding beaches, mountains, history and wildlife as you transfer 3-hours to Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
  
After checking into your lodge, enjoy a thrilling open top game drive with a lodge ranger. Game 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 several of the Big Five - before dinner.
Day 3
Today is devoted to game viewing in Hluhluwe National Park.
 
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, and enjoy a thrilling open-top game drive in the famous Hluhluwe National Park, 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. Hope to see many interesting species before returning to your lodge.
   
The rest of the day is free to relax at your lodge or enjoy bird watching, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. Hope to see giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals. 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.
  
Note: children < 6 are not allowed on open top game drives
 
Day 4
After some final early morning game viewing in Hluhluwe, today transfer 3-hours to the remote battlefields at Isandlwana in rural Zululand.
 
Check in to your lodge and enjoy dinner, whilst absorbing some of the fascinating history of this great conflict between Britain and the proud Zulu Kingdom.
Day 5
This morning join a half day tour arranged by your lodge to the poignant battlefield at Isandlwana.
 
Your guide will recount the events leading up to this fateful battle, 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.
 
Recommended Reading:
The Day of the Dead Moon - David Rattray
Brave Men’s Blood – Ian Knight
Day 6
Today join a half day tour arranged by your lodge to the famous mission station at Rorkes Drift.
 
Following the battle at Isandlwana, 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 7
This morning transfer 4-hours to the spectacular uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains.
 
Known locally as the "Barrier of Spears", this might mountain range runs down Southern Africa all the way from the Great Rift Valley and is recognised as a World Heritage site for its vast collection of Bushman rock art paintings.
 
Check into your mountain resort in this area of unspoilt natural beauty.
Days 8 To 9
At leisure to relax in the Drakensberg Mountains and enjoy the facilities of your resort, with superlative scenery and fresh mountain air making it ideal for walking holidays at any level of fitness. Your hotel will organise guided walks each day – typically one short walk and one long walk, or a walk to a Bushman painting.
  
The mountains also offer an outstanding location for bird watching – particularly raptors, but also sunbirds, waxbills and the numerous other species found in the grasslands, riverine scrub and natural forests.
  
Your hotel has a swimming pool and offers many activities in or near the resort including golf, horse riding in the mountains, fly fishing for trout, tennis, lawn bowls, badminton, mountain biking, table tennis, darts and pool.
Day 10
Enjoy the beauty of the Natal Midlands on your 3-hours transfer to your beach hotel on the Durban North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and reliably warm holiday weather all year round.
 
Travel to the harbour city of Durban and continue along the North Coast. Check into your hotel and relax in lush sub-tropical surroundings on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Days 11 To 12
At leisure to relax on the warm golden beaches of the Durban North Coast.
 
Many optional activities are available such as a marine cruise to search for dolphins, turtles, sharks, whales (in season) and other fascinating sea life. Championship golf, horse riding and deep sea game fishing are also available.
Day 13
Transfer to Durban Airport for your flight home.
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