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KwaZulu-Natal: Beach to Battlefields

Embark on a South African adventure, from the balmy beaches of the Indian Ocean to wild encounters in the bush of KwaZulu Natal.

Start your journey in Durban staying at one of the city’s most iconic hotels before heading inland to Umhlanga where you will visit the historic battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana.

Stay on Phinda Private Game Reserve, described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder,’ due to its distinct habitat. Home to the Big Five, you can expect to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino.

Round off your safari with a relaxing coastal retreat where you can watch breaching whales and darting dolphins slicing through the waves.

Johannesburg to Umhlanga

On arrival in Johannesburg you will be met by an A&K representative and assisted onto your onward flight. On arrival in Durban, you will be met and transferred to the iconic Oyster Box, one of South Africa’s most loved hotels, a short drive away. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel and maybe sample the famous curry lunch or afternoon tea.

Umhlanga to Rorke’s Drift

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before your driver picks you up for your transfer to Fugitives' Drift Lodge and Guesthouse for three nights. Enjoy your afternoon at the lodge. Join one of the guides for an immersive nature walk of the 2,500-hectare reserve, learn about the indigenous flora and fauna and enjoy incredible views over the Buffalo River Gorge.

Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift

Today you will visit the flagship battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. These thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours leave our guests with a more profound appreciation of modern-day South Africa. Long family associations with the area and its people allow Fugitives’ Drift to offer unique Zulu perspectives on these remarkable battles. This evening a dinner with other guests and your hosts will be a highlight of your stay.

Rorke’s Drift to Phinda

Following a leisurely breakfast, your driver will take you to Phinda Private Game Reserve. This Big Five reserve with its seven distinct habitats, is often described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder,’ and is a tapestry of woodland, mountains, rivers, and pans. Home to 1,000 hectares of Africa’s remaining rare dry sand forest, the reserve is close to the beaches and coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, offering a bush and beach adventure. Enjoy an afternoon safari followed by dinner.

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Two full days in the wildlife reserve giving you ample opportunity to experience the most it has to offer, with safari drives and nature walks with your knowledgeable guide. Phinda is home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino), as well as 436 bird species – giving you a wonderful opportunity to seek out the wildlife you wish to see.

Phinda to Thompson’s Bay

Enjoy your final safari drive this morning. After breakfast your driver will collect you and transfer you to your last stop in KwaZulu Natal, currently a hidden gem in Thompson’s Bay. Sala Beach House is a small boutique hotel with a home from home feeling right on the coast.

Thompson’s Bay

Today simply kick back and enjoy Sala Beach House. The team will look after you exceptionally well. You might see dolphins or whales breaching in the waves. Take a walk along the beach or a dip in the tidal pool. If you want to take to the sea, we can arrange a boat trip for you. Enjoy dinner this evening, maybe under the stars and toast your adventure round the fire pit.

Thompson’s Bay - UK

Enjoy a lazy morning and a relaxed breakfast out on the deck (weather permitting) before your driver meets you to transfer you back to Durban airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

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