This 10 night itinerary is a memorable combination of culture, nature and wildlife. Beginning on the beach at a 5* boutique hotel, you will then head to the Drakensberg Mountains with panoramic views at every turn, before continuing onto The Battlefields for a look back to South Africa’s troubled past. You’ll end with an exclusive Big 5 safari in one of South Africa’s most exquisite malaria-fee reserves.
Spectacularly situated on the ocean’s edge, with direct beach access and just 5 minutes’ walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, The Oyster Box enjoys a heavenly location. It’s also conveniently placed for quick and easy access to Durban city centre, King Shaka International Airport and numerous stylish shopping centres. And yet it’s delightfully private and secluded, with a feeling of classical charm and chic sophistication like nowhere else on earth - an idyllic combination!
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has earned global renown 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 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.
Finally, the Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve 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. It’s a fitting end to a trip filled to the brim with adventure and variety.
You will need to clear Customs & Immigration at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Arrivals, collect your bags, and walk across to the Domestic Departures Terminal (about a 5-10 minute walk), where you will then check in for your onward flight down to Durban.
South African Airways SA2039: Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 11:30 to King Shaka International Airport (DUR), arriving at 12:40
Collect your hire car from the Bidvest offices at the airport terminal once you have collected your bags.
13 Day Car Rental: Group E: Toyoto Corolla Auto or similar - Automatic Transmission (on Super Cover)
Drive to the Oyster Box. 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.
Drive to The Drakensberg (approx 170 km / 2 h 15 mins). Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is a luxury gourmet lodge dedicated to sumptuous food and rustic luxury. With just 11 rooms this is a haven for those looking to break away from their fast-paced life to enjoy mountain walks, roaring log fires, 7 course dinners and time for relaxation and pampering.
Drive to The Battlefields (approx 305 km / 4 h 15 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 120 km / 2 h 15 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.
After your morning game drive and breakfast back at the lodge, you will drive back to Johannesburg Airport (allow about 4 hours), where you will return your hire car and check in for your international flight home.
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 12 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.
*Excludes international flights from your home country - please ask us if you would like us to include these for you.
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