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Cathedral Peak Hotel
Drakensberg Mountains & Midlands

Cathedral Peak Hotel is located in the unspoiled surroundings of the Drakensberg mountain range. The hotel offers a wide variety of accommodation. All hotel rooms provide tea/coffee making...

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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
Drakensberg Mountains & Midlands

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is located in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg overlooking a lake which in turn is surrounded by gardens with fantastic views over the mountains...

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Hartford House
Drakensberg Mountains & Midlands

Hartford House is a boutique country house hotel situated in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. The property forms part of the Summerhill Stud Farm at Mooi River. Accommodation is in 16 spacious and...

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Montusi Mountain Lodge
Drakensberg Mountains & Midlands

Montusi Mountain Lodge is situated in the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg, and has a full and uninterrupted view of the Drakensberg's most famous part, the Amphitheatre escarpment. Accommodation is...

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Tamakwa Country Lodge
Drakensberg Mountains & Midlands

Tamakwa Country Lodge is situated just outside the village of Rosetta in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Tamakwa offers a choice of luxury bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation...

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Quarters Hotel Florida Road
Durban & Surrounds

Quarters Hotel is situated at the corner of Sindile Thusi (formerly Argyle) and Florida Road, in an area often referred to as Durban's "Dining District". Accommodation consists of 23 standard...

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The Oyster Box
Durban & Surrounds

The Oyster Box is situated overlooking the historical Umhlanga lighthouse on prestigious beachfront near Durban, with views of the Indian Ocean. There are 86 luxurious and individually designed...

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Beverly Hills Hotel
Durban & Surrounds

The Beverly Hills Hotel is set on the coastline of Umhlanga Rocks, one of the premier coastal locations in South Africa, with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. The hotel has 89 rooms...

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Zimbali Resort
Durban & Surrounds

Zimbali Resort is set within a coastal forest reserve on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Situated between the reserve and the sea, the resort's natural beauty is enhanced by the rich Zulu...

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Rocktail Beach Camp
Greater St Lucia Wetland Park

Rocktail Beach Camp is set in lush Maputaland Coastal Forest covering the ancient dunes that make up the edge of KwaZulu Natal's coast. With the Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore and the...

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Thonga Beach Lodge
Greater St Lucia Wetland Park

Thonga Beach Lodge is situated on the pristine shores of the Elephant Coast, set in a beautiful coastal dune forest with sweeping views of the spectacular beach below. Carefully constructed...

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Hilltop Camp
Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Hilltop Camp is situated on the summit of a forested hill offering fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. The camp, the oldest in KwaZulu Natal, was extensively rebuilt and enlarged in...

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Hluhluwe River Lodge
Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Hluhluwe River Lodge is situated on the western boundary of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and has sweeping views of False Bay and the Hluhluwe River floodplain. Accommodation is in 12 thatched...

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Mkuze Falls Lodge
Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve

Mkuze Falls Lodge is located along the northern bank of the Mkuze River in the heart of KwaZulu Natal. The lodge has eight luxuriously appointed thatched chalets and one safari suite...

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Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge
Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve

Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge is for an adventurous experience in five "Hemingway" style East African Tents, each overlooking the Mkuze River. Each tent is completely private and well spaced apart...

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Forest Lodge
Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Forest Lodge is set in rare sand forest with glass walls offering a sweeping view of one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. Accommodation is in 16 air-conditioned glass suites...

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Mountain Lodge
Phinda Private Game Reserve

Mountain Lodge is situated on the crest of a mountain with dramatic views over the surrounding landscape. Accommodation is in 25 split-level suites, each with en suite bathroom, private sitting...

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Rock Lodge
Phinda Private Game Reserve

Rock Lodge is set on a cliff face overlooking Leopard Rock in Phinda Private Game Reserve. Accommodation is in six exceptional suites set on the side of a rocky cliff. Each suite has a spacious...

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Vlei Lodge
Phinda Private Game Reserve

Vlei Lodge is set on the edge of the forest overlooking an open meadow (or vlei), complete with watering hole. Accommodation is in 6 stilted glass and thatch suites located in the rare...

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Zuka Lodge
Phinda Private Game Reserve

Zuka Lodge is a sole-use villa accommodating families or groups of up to eight. The lodge includes private ranger/host, tracker, butler, chef and exclusive use of an open 4x4 safari vehicle...

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White Elephant Bush Camp
Pongola Game Reserve

White Elephant Bush Camp is a private, sole-use bush villa located in Pongola Game Reserve and provides an authentic 'back to nature' experience with the emphasis on simplicity, comfort and...

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White Elephant Safari Lodge
Pongola Game Reserve

White Elephant Safari Lodge is located in Pongola Game Reserve and offers classic, décor, with deep verandahs and sweeping views. Guests are accommodated in 8 luxurious safari tents, each with...

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Thanda Main Lodge
Thanda Private Game Reserve

Thanda Main Lodge is situated 23 km north of Hluhluwe in northern Zululand, on the 14,000 hectare private game reserve. Accommodation consists of nine luxury bush villas each with a private...

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Thanda Tented Camp
Thanda Private Game Reserve

Thanda Tented Camp is situated 23 km north of Hluhluwe in northern Zululand, on the 14,000 hectare private game reserve. The camp has recently been renovated and is built in a colonial safari...

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Fugitives' Drift Guest House
The Battlefields

Fugitives’ Drift is world famous for its battlefield tours, led by knowledgeable and highly-qualified lecturers, steeped in the history of the region and telling the tale as they were taught to...

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Fugitives' Drift Lodge
The Battlefields

Fugitives’ Drift is world famous for its battlefield tours, led by knowledgeable and highly-qualified lecturers, steeped in the history of the region and telling the tale as they were taught...

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Isandlwana Lodge
The Battlefields

Isandlwana Lodge is carved into the iNyoni rock overlooking Mount Isandlwana, the site of the historic Anglo-Zulu war battle which took place on the 22nd of January, 1879. Accommodation...

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Three Tree Hill Lodge
The Battlefields

Three Tree Hill Lodge overlooks the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve against the backdrop of the Drakensberg mountains. The lodge consists of 6 standard luxury twin...

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Teremok Marine
Durban & Surrounds

Along the tropical belt of KwaZulu-Natal, nestled amongst the palm and giant Milkwood trees lies Teremok Marine, a luxurious five-star boutique lodge whose name translates fro...

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Canelands Beach Club & Spa
Durban & Surrounds

Canelands is a luxurious and elegant 10 bedroom beach club situated in the popular upmarket region of Salt Rock on KwaZulu Natal‘s North Coast, South Africa. Set literally a step away from th...

ITINERARY IDEA

Day 1 - 2: Durban & Surrounds

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Just outside of Durban is the seaside resort town of Umhlanga Rocks. The tropical weather and lush vegetation make this an enticing holiday destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. It is the perfect location for ocean enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers alike, with great opportunities for diving, swimming, scuba diving, whale watching, dolphin viewing, deep sea fishing and kite boarding. 

Day 3 - 4: Drakensberg Mountains & Midlands

Meal Basis: Full Board

An imposing wall of rock that rises to 3000m, creating untold inspiring views and hikes. Known to the Zulus as the Barrier of Spears and to the first European settlers as the Dragon's Mountains. The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg is 1 of 8 South African UNESCO World Heritage sites, uniquely being on for both its significance as a natural resource and for the heritage of the San Paintings. For 1000s of years they hosted the San people and they in turn left their record on the walls on numerous sandstone caves.

Today most of the Drakenberg is protected as a National Park and it is a major attraction for the lover of the outdoors.

Day 5 - 6: Drakensberg Mountains & Midlands

Meal Basis: Full Board

KZN is steeped in history and literally littered with battlefields; from the struggles of the Zulu Civil Wars, to their clashes with the Boers and the British and the two wars where South Africa’s white tribes fought against one another. The most well-known and well visited sites are those where the legendary Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift took place on the same day, lodging the Zulus firmly at the top of great warrior nations. Not far from these battlefields are the famous Anglo-Boer War fields of Spioenkop, Colenso and the Siege of Ladysmith, which drew characters like Winston Churchill, Louis Botha and Mohandas Gandhi onto the same stage.

Day 7 - 11: Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is the jewel in the crown of the KwaZulu Natal game reserves. Proclaimed in 1895, it is also the oldest game reserve in Africa. Initially two separate reserves, they were joined to create a single 94 000-hectare reserve which is home to one fifth of the world's black and white rhino population. It was here that the internationally acclaimed Operation Rhino started in the 1960s, successfully capturing and relocating white rhino to havens within South Africa and abroad. As a result, this country's white rhino population is now 12 times the 1960 count of 500. Today Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is focusing its efforts on saving the endangered black rhino, whose number in Africa dwindled from 14 000 to a pitiful 2 550 in the 1990s. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve was the first reserve to introduce walking safaris and its Wilderness Trails are internationally renowned.

This itinerary is a guideline, Africa & Beyond tailor every trip to your individual specifications including all accommodation, flights, transfers & activities, please contact us to discuss your ideas.

ABOUT KWA ZULU-NATAL

South Africa's Zulu Kingdom, KwaZulu Natal, is an increasingly popular destination. It is a unique blend of cultural diversity, sophistication and nature – as well as being home to the historic Battlefields of Isandlwana and Fugitive's Drift.

Flanked by the warm Indian Ocean, the region also has areas of vast, unspoiled beaches and coastline teeming with nature. In Maputaland, a great number of turtles inhabit the waters and breeds include the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley, Green Turtle and Hawkbill. The Big 5 are all found in the province's Game Reserves, and the largest population of Black and White Rhino is also to be found here.

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