Over 12 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 dating 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 many walks and hikes or enjoy an abundance of other activities including horse rides, fly fishing, 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 and golden beaches.
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 highly 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 disappear back into the bush.
Arrive into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, 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.
13 Day Car Rental: Group C: Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6 or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)
Allow about 4 hours to drive to your first destination. Situated in the Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, Montusi Mountain Lodge offers a full and uninterrupted view of the Drakensberg's most famous part, the Amphitheatre escarpment, and guests enjoy this spectacular scenery from the comfort of their private suites.
Drive to Umhlanga (approx 300 km / 3 h 45 mins). The award-winning Beverly Hills Hotel, which first opened its doors in 1964, has become synonymous with elegance, gracious hospitality and intuitive service. Distinctive features, and an atmosphere of old-world opulence, contribute to a relaxing and enjoyable stay here.
Drive to the Amazulu Private Game Reserve (approx 385 km / 4 h 15 mins). Amakhosi Safari Lodge is a majestic safari destination where no day is the same. This is Big 5 territory and what you don't view from your deck, expert guides invariably will deliver on dawn and dusk game drives. Inbetween drives, relax by the rock-fringed lodge swimming pool, and when darkness falls, listen for the roar of the lions.
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, and there are few greater thrills than exploring the wild African bush on horseback. Imagine being able to experience the sights, smells, sounds and excitement of the African veld so that you literally become at one with the environment.