Are you an advetourous traveller looking for new challenges, sorrounded by wild nature and untame landscapes? What we propose here is a journey in Kwa Zulu Natal, across South Africa and Swaziland, a tailormade tour and vacation which really has it all: culture, landscape. wilderness and adventure. We will always ensure that you are safe and comfortable, and that you feel at home and completely immersed in new surroundings .This tour is specifically tailored for the adventurous traveller and you will be travelling through areas of malaria risk. so be sure to contact your personal physician for required vaccinations before departure.

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Are you an advetourous traveller looking for new challenges, sorrounded by wild nature and untame landscapes? What we propose here is a journey in Kwa Zulu Natal, across South Africa and Swaziland, a tailormade tour and vacation which really has it all: culture, landscape. wilderness and adventure. We will always ensure that you are safe and comfortable, and that you feel at home and completely immersed in new surroundings .This tour is specifically tailored for the adventurous traveller and you will be travelling through areas of malaria risk. so be sure to contact your personal physician for required vaccinations before departure.

The highlights of this incredible tour and vacation include:

  • Exploration of the Drakensberg, where you will enjoy marvellous hikes and admire the Amphitheatre
  • Game drives in Nambiti Big 5 Nature Reserve with the unique chance to meet the African wildlife
  • Journey into the Kingdom of Swaziland with rafting on Usuthu River and sightseeing in local markets
  • Exploration of Shayamoya Nature Reserve enjoying a boat cruise in Jozini Dam and optional rhino tracking,
  • Tour of wild Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, Isimangaliso Wetland Park and St Lucia Estuary
  • Sightseeing in Eshowe with interaction with the local Zulu population
  • Visit to the beautiful city of Durban

Trip summary

  • Departure Durban
  • End Durban
  • Countries
    • South Africa
    • Swaziland
  • City
    • Drakensberg
    • Ladysmith
    • Malkerns
    • Pongola
    • Isimangaliso Wetland Park
    • Eshowe
    • Durban
  • Theme Wild nature
  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Royal Natal National Park, Drakensberg
    Day 1-2

    Pick-up at airport by the local guide/representative with a bottle of water. You will then drive around the city of Durban and then head to the mountains. Lunch today is take-aways (own expense)  from a restaurant along the way. Arrive at Thendele Rest Camp in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, a World Heritage Site. Here you will undertake a day hike to admire the well-known Amphitheatre. You will have the chance to view eland and other animals in their natural mountain habitat as well as the highly endangered bearded vulture.

    During your 2-day stay you will enjoy lunch and one dinner in the chalets. Have a swim in the natural rock pools formed by the mountain streams. (Total distance: 260 km; Approximate travel time: 3,5 hours). All meals except lunch on Day 1.

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  • 2
    Nambiti Big 5 Private Nature Reserve
    Day 3-4

    After a rich breakfast at the restaurant, you will leave the mountains behind and travel through the midlands to Ladysmith which played a very important role in South Africa’s history and your guide will explain all about it. You will then reach your lodge, previously a farmohouse, located in the Nambiti Big 5 Private Nature Reserve. Spend two blissful days here with two game drives per day with all meals included. (Total distance:130 km; Approximate travel time: 2 hours).

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  • 3
    Malandelas, Swaziland
    Day 5-6

    Leave South Africa for a short visit to the Kingdom of Swaziland, a totally independent country situated between South Africa and Mozambique. You will cross the border at Houdkop and drive to your accommodation in the Malkerns Valley. You will stay here for two nights rubbing shoulders with the locals while enjoying their cuisine and the local Sibebe beer.

    On Day 6  you will go on am adventurous half-day white water rafting trip on the Great Usuthu River. In the afternoon enjoy the verdant gardens at Malandela’s or ask your guide to take you around to visit some of the local markets in the area. (Total distance: 270 km;  Approximate travel time: 4,5 hours). All meals included except lunch on Day 6.

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  • 4
    Pongola
    Day 7

    From Swaziland cross the border back to South Africa to reach Shayamoya Game and Tiger Fishing Lodge. Your lodge for the next two days in KwaZulu Natal is really unique: you will have the chance to admire Lake Jozini, the Lebombo Mountains and the Pongola Game Reserves. You will arrive at Shayamoya at lunch time and have time to relax before setting off on a three hour boat cruise departing at 4pm in afternoon on the Jozini Dam. Sit back with a drink in hand and enjoy the birdlife and wildlife on the water’s edge. A wonderful dinner at the lodge awaits on return. (Total distance: 200 km; Approximate travel time: 3 hours). All meals included.

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    Isimangaliso Wetlands Park
    Day 8

    After an early breakfast at the lodge, set off towards Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, famous for being the home of the black and white rhino. Reach the Centenary Gate of the reserve and begin your game drive with the chance to view a wide variety of wildlife as well as spectacular scenery. Enjoy a spectacular view from the restaurant at Hilltop Camp where you will enjoy lunch before continuing the game drive. Leave the reserve and head to St Lucia, a town nestled between the St Lucia estuary and the warm water of the Indian Ocean.

    Here lies in the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, a World Heritage Site. Have dinner at a local restaurant tonight always keeping an eye out for the wildlife that wanders the streets. (Total distance: 200 km; Approximate travel time: 7 hours). All meals included.

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    Eshowe
    Day 9

    In the morning, take a walk to the beach and after breakfast relax while taking a boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary, home to the highest number of crocodiles and hippos in South Africa as well as a wide variety of birds. Afterwards you will  head to the town of Eshowe. You will check into your accommodation and then visit a Zulu cultural village.

    On returning from the Zulu experience, you will have some rest at the lodge before reaching the George Hotel to taste some real Zulu Blonde beer handcrafted on the premises. Dinner in the restaurant while listening to stories of the Zulu nation. (Total distance:150 km; Approximate travel time: 2 hours). All meals included.

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  • 7
    End of tour
    Day 10

    Take an early morning walk on the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk. Here you will enjoy a stunning view over the untouched indigenous forest. Your guide will further enlighten you on the birds and history of the forest. After breakfast you will travel back to Durban for your flight back home. (Total distance: 115 km; Approximate travel time: 2 hours). Breakfast included.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • All activities (except when indicated otherwise in the program)
    • Qualified and experienced English/Afrikaans speaking guides and tour leader
    • All entrance fees, accommodation and conservation fees where applicable
    • Support of one welfare/social/sustainable projects
    • All transport
    • All meals as indicated
    Price does not include
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips, laundry, drinks and meals not included
    • Optional activities
    • Flights

    Notes:

    • Bring along: towels, personal toiletries, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, hat, suncream, swimwear, comfortable clothing, rain coat, torch and a valid passport (must have at least five open pages and be valid for another 6 months from the time of the tour).
    • From 4 pax up (max 20).
    • This tour is specifically tailored for the adventurous traveller.
    • We will be travelling through areas of malaria risk.
    • Our tours are led by well-trained and experienced guides that are familiar with the territory that we traverse.
    • When travelling to and from South Africa with children, you need to bring an unabridged birth certificate and both parents must accompany the child, otherwise one or both parents that are not travelling with the child, need to send a certified letter along stating that the child can travel with the group/on this tour.