6 days Fully Guided Flexible & Combinable Journey
Johannesburg |Battlefields | Hluhluwe-infolozi Park | St Lucia | Durban
In six exhilarating days, you’ll peel away layers of South African natural and cultural history, in a way you’ve not experienced before. This is no dry history lesson – it’s live theatre, and you’re one of the players on stage. No matter your nationality, you’ll be spellbound by the gifted story-telling of the professional guides stationed at the Battlefields. You’ll relive the legendary battles on the sites where Zulus, Boers and British fought it out at Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift and Spioenkop, and you’ll walk and ride in the footsteps of King Shaka, gaining a deeper insight into Zulu culture, and tracking the majestic Big Five on Shaka’s original royal hunting grounds. It’s war, warriors, culture and wild animals, the right ingredients for a gripping story of the nation. As the tour unfolds, there’s a thread link element to the next, and it’s that which will give you a richer perspective on South African history, culture, lifestyle and landscape.
Highlights Of Holiday- :
- Enjoy spectacular scenery.
- Relive Zululand’s historic battles of Spioenkop, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift with local specialist guides.
- Discover eMakhosini – Valley of the Zulu Kings and learn more about the Zulu culture with a visit to Umgungundlovu Interpretive Centre and KwaZulu Cultural Museum.
- Open vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park allows for superb photographic opportunities.
- Interactive Cheetah encounter at Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre.
- Learn from qualified THETA and FGASA registered and highly experienced field guides.
- Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake St Lucia – A World Heritage Site.
Day 1: (Mon) Johannesburg
We’ll meet you off your flight at OR Tambo International Airport and assist you to your airport shuttle to your overnight accommodation. At 19h00 we allmeet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]
Day 2: (Tue) Spioenkop (BB, PL, BD)
Our adventure begins as we depart from Johannesburg at approximately 08:00. Our destination is Spioenkop, where the third and bloodiest attempt by the British to relieve the besieged Ladysmith took place. There, right on the battlefield, we’ll meet our specialist guide, who’ll waste no time transporting you back to January 1900, as he plays out the tragic battle between Boer and Brit. The charismatic story-telling of that dramatic day will carry you into battle, and you’ll be right there, in the heart of the action. We’ve chosen to enjoy a picnic lunch today, to take full advantage of the sensational scenery. We continue to the comfort of our hotel, arriving around late afternoon, allowing time to absorb the drama of the day and relax before dinner.
Accommodation: Rorke’s Drift Hotel or similar [ Bed, Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Buffet Dinner Distance travelled today: 525 kms
Day 3: (Wed) Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift (BB, BD)
Tuck into a hearty breakfast this morning, for we’re off to battle today, an experience enhanced by the magical storytelling skills of our specialistbattlefieldsguides. We move onto the eerie landscape of Isandlwana, where 20 000 mighty Zulu warriors took on the firepower of the British troops, and wiped out close to an entire regiment in about 2½ hours. We’ll thrill to stories of individuals and regiments, feel the anguish of both friends and enemies, and soon, watch a clear picture develop of how this battle influenced the next. After lunch back at your hotel (own account), we visit the Rorke’s Drift battle site. Here, on the very site where the battle took place, we’ll relive the experience of a handful of British soldiers, outnumbered 35 to 1; we’ll feel the tension as they fought off 4 000 Zulus for 12 hours, in a battle which saw the award of 11 Victoria Crosses, the highest number awarded to a Regiment (the 24th Regiment of Foot) in a single action. What an extraordinary and impressionable day, filled with real tales of hardship, heartache and bravery. We return to our country hotel, thoughts lingering of young lives lost, medals won, and history made…to be greeted with warm hospitality and a delicious dinner.
Accommodation: Rorke’s Drift Hotel or similar [ Bed, Breakfast & Buffet Dinner ] Distance travelled today: 50 kms
Day 4: (Thu) eMakhosini – Valley of the Zulu Kings
We breakfast early in anticipation of a journey of expansive Africanlandscapes and fascinating cultural insights into the lives, influence and history of the Zulu nation. We visit the Umgungundlovu Interpretive Centre and the Kwazulu Cultural Museum at Ondini, both offering an interactive, accessible tale of Zulu culture, from traditions to today – you move at your own pace through the Centres, watching movie clips, enjoying well-designed displays and working the interactive topographical table. You’re in the land of kings, and it’s a royal experience. The adventure’s not over…for we travel to our accommodation through Kwazulu-Natal’s flagship Hlulhuwe-iMfolozi park, with the distinct possibility of spotting a vast range of game, including the impressive Big Five. It’s a gradual, yet exhilarating ride through the Park, binoculars at the ready, eyes peeled, as we all scan the landscape for something wild and wonderful. We travel to our lodge for our overnight stay, where cool, comfortable accommodation, a sociable setting and substantial meals contribute to a truly authentic African experience.
Accommodation: Emdoneni Lodge or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ] Distance travelled today: 330 kms
Day 5: (Fri) Hlulhuwe-iMfolozi Park
Rise and shine, for we meet our game ranger at around the same time the wild world is waking up and active. We traverse the acclaimed Hlulhuwe-iMfolozi Park for five hours in an open safari vehicle, so there’s little between you and the landscape, or what we hope to be a Big Five adventure. We’ll track the Big Five, but we’ll enjoy numerous other species like zebra, giraffe, and with luck, cheetah and wild dog. This afternoon, an extraordinary experience awaits you at Emdoneni Lodge, an interactive encounter where you’ll be spellbound by their cat rehabilitation programme. You can’t get closer to cats than that, and you’ll prove it back home with photographs!
Accommodation: Emdoneni Lodge or similar [ Bed and Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 125 kms
Day 6: (Sat) St Lucia Estuary/Durban [ Breakfast included ]
Early morning, and our boat awaits us at the St Lucia Estuary, part of the World Heritage Site, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso Wetland Park). Sit back, as we cruise past both little and large wildlife which live in and around this glorious waterway. Lift your camera; press the shutter, no other work required. And it’s time to leave the area and we end with a relaxed journey to Durban, where our estimated time of arrival is around midday.