Over 10 nights, this trip will give intrepid travellers a glimpse of the hidden gems tucked away in KwaZulu-Natal. Walk in a UNESCO World Heritage site to see bushman paintings dated back thousands of years, relax on a beach, chase across the plains in search of the Big 5, and end in the saddle of a magnificent Arabian horse and experience the sights, smells, sounds and excitement of the African veld and literally become one with the environment.
You’ll begin your adventure with a few days to wander through the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains on one of 18 walks and hikes or enjoy an abundance of other activities including horse rides, archery, mountain bike trails and golf. Then it may be time for a bit of down time and relaxation, and your 5* hotel just north of Durban offers hotel rooms with a private balcony and an uninterrupted view of the ocean.
After this, you’ll head for Big 5 territory and take a string of thrilling game drives over the hills and valleys of your beautiful reserve. Imagine close encounters with newborn cheetah cubs, or being the prime witness to a daring lion fight. Your guides are well qualified and extremely committed to the environment, and look forward to taking you on a journey of discovery.
Finally, you’ll saddle up for a sensational horseback safari on the scenic plateau of the Pakamisa Mountain. Each trail ride offers incredible game viewing from the meandering plains or the challenging hilly ascents. There is nothing more exciting than riding into a herd of impala, giraffe, wildebeest and warthogs, and getting close to them, before they trot off.
Make your way into the Arrivals Hall at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport and find the Bidvest Car Rental office. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving licence, passport and credit card. The keys to your hire car will then be handed over to you.
13 Day Car Rental: Group C: Toyota Corolla Quest or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)
Allow about 4 hours to drive to your first destination. Nestled in the unspoiled surroundings of the Drakensberg mountain range (a World Heritage Site) lies Cathedral Peak Hotel, one of South Africa's premier resort hotels. Cathedral Peak Hotel guests enjoy free daily guided hikes (including walks to Bushman paintings and beautiful waterfalls). There are a choice of 18 different walks and hikes, ranging from gentle river-side ambles suitable for anyone to the challenging hike and climb to the summit of Cathedral Peak itself. Bird-spotting enthusiasts can tick off some of the 121 resident species recorded.
Drive to the Amazulu Private Game Reserve (approx 385 km / 4 h 15 mins). Amakhosi is a majestic destination where no day is the same. From scintillating night safaris to culinary delight, Amakhosi offers an African safari holiday like no other.
Drive to the Pakamisa Game Reserve (approx 50 km / 1 h 15 mins). Pakamisa is home to a collection of magnificent Arabian Horses all superbly trained. There are few greater thrills than exploring the wild African bush on horseback.