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

South Africa - KwaZulu Natal Holidays

Warm tropical KwaZulu Natal deserves a holiday of its own, to appreciate all that it has to offer – from the mighty Drakensberg Mountains, to the superb wildlife of Hluhluwe and the splendid beaches of the Durban North and South Coast. Perfect for a self-drive tour, KwaZulu Natal holidays showcase some of South Africa’s finest highlights.
 
But it is the Zulu culture that fascinates visitors the most and a trip to the remote Zulu battlefields at Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift is a must. Here expert guides bring these famous British battles to life, with heroic stories from both sides as Victoria Crosses were won. Be sure to watch Michael Cain in the film Zulu, before you leave home. We highly recommend incorporating a few days here into a KwaZulu Natal holiday.
  
For friendly first-hand advice on South Africa KwaZulu Natal holidays, and holidays to Durban, ring our South Africa team on 01582 766122.
  
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Umhlanga & Ballito
The holiday centre of South Africa because of its balmy climate, KwaZulu Natal is a very relaxed region that is known for its superb warm Indian Ocean beaches and the surfers’ paradise of Durban. Most visitors head for the more upmarket beaches at Umhlanga and Ballito on the north coast, but if you are on a budget the small towns along the south coast offer a wide range of accommodation with superlative beaches.
 
Hluhluwe & Private Game Reserves
Zululand’s wildlife is renowned, with some of the best birding in South Africa. Hluhluwe Game Reserve and adjoining iMfolozi, once the royal hunting ground of King Shaka, gained fame as it was here that the black rhino was saved from extinction. All the big-five can be found as well as many other species. There are a range of affordable and luxury safari lodges situated outside the gate, and simpler rest camps inside the park ideal for self-driving and self-catering.
 
The safari options on KwaZulu Natal holidays are excellent as there are also some outstanding private game reserves that cater for the upper end of the market such as Amakhosi, Thanda, Thula Thula and Phinda. Mkuze Game Reserve is great for birders, as it has some wonderful hides.
 
St Lucia & Thonga Beach
A boat ride on the St Lucia estuary in the iSimangaliso Wetlands, a World Heritage Site, is must on a Kwazulu Natal holiday as here you can see hippos and crocodiles, as well as great birdlife. You can also take an ocean safari to see turtles, dolphins, and migrating humpback whales from July to October. Further up the coast at secluded Thonga Beach you can snorkel and take a boat ride to search for wild dolphins.
 
From November to January loggerhead and leatherback turtles nest on this secluded stretch of coastline and a night-time guided marine walk is a magical experience. Enjoy canoeing on the lakes at Kosi Bay, where local fishermen still use traditional woven fishing traps, tiger fishing from a houseboat on Lake Josini and visiting Tembe Elephant Park, close to the border with Mozambique.
 
Diving in KwaZulu Natal
Sodwana Bay is the centre for scuba diving off the warm Mozambique Reef as well as deep-sea game fishing for the combative marlin, sailfish, barracuda and kingfish. On the south coast you will find Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks, two famous shark diving sites for advanced drift divers, where you can swim among Tiger, Zambezi, Ragged tooth and Hammerhead sharks.
 
Drakensberg Mountains
The Bushman paintings found in the mighty Drakensberg Mountains are another World Heritage Site that should not be missed. Named Barrier of Spears by the Zulus, these mountains offer wonderful walking, horse riding, tennis, mountain biking and trout fishing opportunities. Bird watching is also excellent, especially for raptors that nest in these cliffs. Many famous Boer War battlefields such as Spionkop, Ladysmith and Colenso are within easy reach and from the southern Drakensberg you can ascend the Sani Pass by four-wheel vehicle into Lesotho. Don’t forget to collect your passport stamp at the border!
 
World-class Golf
KwaZulu Natal is a also a magnet for golfers due to its year round sunshine, and it boasts some of the best championship courses in the country.
Big-5 Hluhuwe Safari + Durban North Coast
SRU7R
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,194
International flights quoted separately
This relaxing beach safari holiday combines a luxury safari staying at Rhino Ridge in Hluhluwe Game Reserve - home to all the Big Five and famous for its large population of endangered rhinos - with the warm golden beaches of the Durban North Coast. Enjoy swimming, relaxing or playing championship golf. All game drives and transfers included.
Beach Safari South Africa Holiday Vacation Durban Hluhluwe Game Reserve Zululand
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Durban
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Hluhluwe
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Big-5
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Rhino
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Game Drives
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Birding
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North Coast
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Golf
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Horse Riding
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Fishing
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Durban
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Hluhluwe
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Big-5
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Rhino
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Game Drives
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Birding
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North Coast
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Golf
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Horse Riding
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Fishing
Big Five Safari (Star Beds) + Durban North Coast
SRW7M
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,595
International flights quoted separately
This romantic holiday starts with a thrilling Big Five open-top safari at the luxurious Garonga tented safari camp. Enjoy game drives, bush walks, a bush bath & unforgettable sleepout under the stars. Complete your holiday relaxing on the warm Indian Ocean beaches of the Durban North Coast.  All game drives & transfers included. OFFER: add 2 extra nts at Garonga for price of 1 nt.
Star Beds Safari Sleepout Kruger Park Durban North Coast South Africa
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Mpumalanga
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Big-5 Safari
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Star Beds sleep out option
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Elephant Safari
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Hot Air Balloon
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Durban North Coast
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uShaka Marine World
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Zulu Village
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Spa Treatments
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Mpumalanga
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Big-5 Safari
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Star Beds sleep out option
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Elephant Safari
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Hot Air Balloon
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Durban North Coast
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uShaka Marine World
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Zulu Village
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Spa Treatments
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Indian Ocean Beaches
Grand South Africa - Escorted Tour 3*
SYA15J
15 NIGHTS
FROM £1,794
International flights quoted separately
This great value fully escorted tour travels the length of South Africa, from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Visit the beautiful Panorama Route & the world famous Kruger National Park. Then continue through Swaziland, Zululand, Durban, the Drakensberg Mountains & the scenic Garden Route to Cape Town. 2 departures per month, with English speaking guide. Group size 2 to 40.
Escorted Tour South Africa Kruger National Park Durban Cape Town
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Blyde River Canyon
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Kruger National Park
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Swaziland
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Hluhluwe
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Durban
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Drakensberg
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Wild Coast
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East London
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Garden Route
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Cape Town
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Blyde River Canyon
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Kruger National Park
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Swaziland
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Hluhluwe
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Durban
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Drakensberg
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Wild Coast
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East London
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Garden Route
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Cape Town
South Africa Safari: Luxury Hluhluwe + Thonga Beach
SVA7R
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
International flights quoted separately
Combine a thrilling Big-5 safari at the luxury Rhino Ridge game lodge in Hluhuwe, with relaxation on the unspoilt beaches of Thonga Beach. Enjoy superb snorkelling and scuba diving along the unspoilt Mozambique Reef, with the opportunity to see dolphins frollicking in the surf and loggerhead turtles nesting from November to February. All game drives and transfers included.
Beach Safari Zululand South Africa Big Five Thonga Beach Honeymoon
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Hluhluwe Safari
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Game Drives
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Rhino
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Big-5
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Thonga Beach
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Turtles
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Scuba Diving
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Dolphins
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Hippos
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Lake Sibaya
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Hluhluwe Safari
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Game Drives
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Rhino
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Big-5
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Thonga Beach
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Turtles
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Scuba Diving
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Dolphins
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Hippos
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Lake Sibaya
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
Zululand Explorer (self-drive)
SCZ14D
14 NIGHTS
FROM £1,994
International flights + car hire quoted separately
This classic KwaZulu Natal self-drive holiday starts on the warm beaches of the Durban North Coast, before heading north to experience the wildlife of Hluhuwe Game Reserve and St Lucia Wetlands. Continue to the Zulu Battlefields at Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift, before completing your holiday relaxing in the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains - a World Heritage Site. All game drives included.
Photo Durban Self Drive Safari Holiday KwaZulu Natal South Africa
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Durban
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uShaka Marine World
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Zulu Village
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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St Lucia
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Isandlwana
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Rorkes Drift Battlefield
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Bushman Paintings
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Walking
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Durban
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uShaka Marine World
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Zulu Village
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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St Lucia
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Isandlwana
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Rorkes Drift Battlefield
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Bushman Paintings
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Walking
Boer War Battlefields (Kimberley & Ladysmith)
SPY7K
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
International flights quoted separately
This privately guided tour focuses on the historic Boer War battlefields in South Africa. Starting in Kimberley, visit the Modder River, Magersfontein and Paardeberg, before driving via Bloemfontein to Ladysmith. Visit the Siege Museum and key sites around Dundee and Colenso, including the battlefield at Spionkop. English speaking battlefields guide, all entrance fees & transfers included.
Photos Boer War Battlefields Tours Kimberley Ladysmith Spionkop
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Kimberley
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Magersfontein
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Modder River
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Paardeberg
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Ladysmith
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Seige Museum
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Dundee
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Colenso
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Spionkop
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Majuba Hill
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Kimberley
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Magersfontein
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Modder River
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Paardeberg
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Ladysmith
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Seige Museum
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Dundee
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Colenso
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Spionkop
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Majuba Hill
Hluhluwe Safari + Kosi Bay + Thonga Beach
SRG12R
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,195
International flights quoted separately
If you want an authentic eco lodge, combine a Big-5 safari in Hluhluwe with a visit to the lakes of Kosi Bay in far northern Zululand, where your luxury tent is lit by paraffin lamps and where you can bathe in complete privacy outdoors. Complete your holiday relaxing on pristine Thonga Beach, where you can see hippos and crocodiles in Lake Sibaya and snorkel from the beach.
Beach Safari Zululand Kosi Bay Photo Thonga Beach Hluhluwe Durban
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Bushman Paintings
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Durban North Coast
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Hluhluwe Safari
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Big Five Game Drives
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Kosi Bay
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Kayaking
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Thonga Beach
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Snorkelling & Diving
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Lake Sibaya
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Bushman Paintings
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Durban North Coast
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Hluhluwe Safari
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Big Five Game Drives
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Kosi Bay
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Kayaking
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Thonga Beach
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Snorkelling & Diving
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Lake Sibaya
Golf: Grand KwaZulu Natal + Drakensberg + Safari
3RX7D
7 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
International flights quoted separately
Enjoy a superb golfing holiday enjoying the highlights of wonderfully warm KwaZulu Natal - from the magnificent championship course at Champagne Sports Resort in the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains, to the scenic and challenging course at 5* Zimbali on the Durban North Coast. Complete your holiday with a thrilling Big-5 safari near Hluhluwe in Zululand.
Golf Holidays KwaZulu Natal Champagne Sports Resort Zimbali Durban
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Durban
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Walking
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Bushman Paintings
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Ballito
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Zimbali
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Spa
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Beaches
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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Game Drives
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Durban
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Walking
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Bushman Paintings
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Ballito
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Zimbali
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Spa
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Beaches
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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Game Drives
Nostalgic Rovos Rail Train: Pretoria to Durban + Safari
9YF7J
7 NIGHTS
FROM £2,395
International flights quoted separately
Board the Rovos Rail for this nostalgic train journey to Durban, travelling through scenic KwaZulu Natal. Disembark at Ladysmith for a game drive or a visit to the Boer War battlefield at Spioenkop. Complete your holiday with a Big-5 safari. Selected departures in both directions, travelling in Pullman, Deluxe or Royal suite. All game drives and transfers included.
Rovos Rail Train Durban South Africa Luxury Safari Holiday Vacation
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Rovos Rail Train
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Capital Park Station
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Pretoria
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KwaZulu Natal
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Ladysmith
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Spionkop Boer Battlefield
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Nambiti Game Reserve
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Durban
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Ballito
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Zululand Safari
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Rovos Rail Train
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Capital Park Station
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Pretoria
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KwaZulu Natal
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Ladysmith
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Spionkop Boer Battlefield
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Nambiti Game Reserve
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Durban
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Ballito
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Zululand Safari
Madikwe Safari + Oyster Box (Durban North Coast)
SRH8J
8 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
International flights quoted separately
Experience a luxury fly-in safari in Madikwe Game Reserve, one of South Africa's hidden gems, renowned for its predator & wild dog sightings. Then relax at the iconic 5-star Oyster Box hotel on the beaches of the warm Durban North Coast. All light aircraft flights, transfers & game drives included.
Sun City Madikwe Safari Vacations South Africa Malaria Free
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Flying Safari
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Madikwe Game Reserve
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Wild Dogs
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Lions
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Elephants
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Leopard
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Durban North Coast
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Golf
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uShaka Marine World
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Zulu Village
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Flying Safari
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Madikwe Game Reserve
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Wild Dogs
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Lions
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Elephants
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Leopard
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Durban North Coast
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Golf
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uShaka Marine World
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Zulu Village
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
Grand South Africa - Escorted Tour 4* (fly to PE)
SYB15J
15 NIGHTS
FROM £2,695
International flights quoted separately
Travel the length of South Africa on this luxury 4* escorted small group tour, from the magnificent Blyde River Canyon & the wildlife of the world famous Kruger National Park, through the kingdom of Swaziland to Hluhluwe Game Reserve in Zululand and Durban. Fly to Port Elizabeth to continue your tour along the scenic Garden Route to Cape Town. Departs every Monday from Johannesburg. No children < 8.
South Africa Photo Tour Johannesburg Kruger National Park Durban Garden Route Cape Town
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Blyde River Canyon
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Kruger National Park
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Swaziland
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Zululand
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St Lucia
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Knysna
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Garden Route
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Winelands
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Blyde River Canyon
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Kruger National Park
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Swaziland
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Zululand
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St Lucia
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Knysna
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Garden Route
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Winelands
Privately Guided Tour of Zulu & Boer Battlefields
SPD10D
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,895
International flights quoted separately
Explore the South African Battlefields of the Zulu and Boer Wars, travelling with your own expert guide. Experience Rorkes Drift & Isandlwana, as well as Spioenkop and other historical sites around Ladysmith & Colenso. Complete your holiday relaxing in the Drakensberg Mountains. English speaking battlefields guide & all transfers included. Optional safari extension.
South Africa Zulu Battlefields Rorkes Drift Isandlwana Spioenkop Tour
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Durban North Coast
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Fort Nongqayi
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Valley of the Kings
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Blood River
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Isandlwana
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Rorkes Drift
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Ladysmith
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Colenso
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Spioenkop
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Drakensberg
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Durban North Coast
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Fort Nongqayi
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Valley of the Kings
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Blood River
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Isandlwana
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Rorkes Drift
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Ladysmith
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Colenso
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Spioenkop
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Drakensberg
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