This 12 night itinerary is a memorable combination of culture, nature and wildlife. Beginning in the Drakensberg Mountains with panoramic views at every turn, you continue onto The Battlefields for a look back to South Africa’s troubled past. You will then enjoy an exclusive Big 5 safari in a malaria-fee reserve before ending on the beach at one of South Africa’s best-loved and most distinguished hotels.
Upon arrival into Durban's King Shaka Airport, you will collect your hire car immediately and drive to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, which has earned global recognition as a romantic gourmet getaway. Tucked away in the beautiful Kamberg Valley close to Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve, scenic walks are right on your doorstep.
Isandlwana Lodge, your next stop on this trip, has one of the most perfect locations in the Battlefields area. You’ll learn about the fiercely-fought battles that shook the area from a resident historian, taking guided tours that will leave you speechless and with the hairs standing up on your arms. The historians have a wonderful knack of telling the battle stories in such a way you are momentarily transported back in time, and can imagine yourself standing on the battlefield surrounded by Zulu warriors wielding shields and spears.
Then it's safari time at the Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve, which is home to elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino, as well as over 30 other animal species, plus it is also rich in birdlife and indigenous flora. Your luxury suite, adorned with traditional African accents, has its own private viewing deck, where you can sip on a chilled glass of something sparkly under clear, starry skies.
Finally, what better way to finish than at the ocean’s edge, in a boutique hotel with direct beach access. The Oyster Box is delightfully private and secluded, with a feeling of classical charm and chic sophistication - an idyllic combination!
Arrive into Durban's King Shaka Airport. Collect your bags, then make your way to 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.
9 Day Car Rental: Group K: Toyota Rush 2x4 or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)
Set off for the drive to the Drakensberg (approx 150 km / 1 h 45 mins). Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has earned global renown as a romantic gourmet getaway. Nestled in the heart of the Drakensberg, it is a luxury, gourmet lodge dedicated to sumptuous food and rustic luxury.
Drive to The Battlefields (approx 240 km / 3 h 30 mins). Isandlwana Lodge, stylish and thought-provoking, is carved into the side of the Nyoni Rock just below where the Zulu commander stood during the Battle of Isandlwana on the 22nd of January 1879. Tours of the Zulu Battlefield sites of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift and other Anglo-Zulu/Anglo-Boer war sites are conducted by resident historians. Other activities include walking trails, horse riding, birding tours, photographic safaris, and the ever-popular visit to a Zulu village where guests can experience the life and customs of the Zulu people in an authentic setting.
Drive to Nambiti Private Game Reserve (approx 110 km / 1 h 50 mins). Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge is situated on a prime sector of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve and offers visitors an unforgettable, personal retreat with all the indulgences. Prepare to be whisked away from the stresses of a routine lifestyle and be welcomed by the tranquil serenity of nature at its finest.
Drive to the Oyster Box 260 km / 3 h 10 mins). Standing majestically on Umhlanga's beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, the Oyster Box is the ultimate in colonial charm and style.