KZN and Garden Route

KZN and Garden Route

  • KwaZulu-Natal UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Drakensberg & St Lucia Wetlands
  • Battlefields (Anglo-Zulu & Anglo-Boer wars)
  • Hluhluwe Safari experience
  • Overberg region
  • Picturesque Garden Route
  • Overberg Wine Region
  • Whale Watching (Seasonal)
  • Ostriches & Cango Caves
  • Cape Town city, Cape Point & Peninsula and Winelands Tours

Incorporating the diverse scenery and culture of KZN as well as the picturesque and bliss of the Cape Garden Route.

This exciting and diverse departure leaves bi-monthly from Durban with a maximum of 16 other travellers. This will provide for a much more personal experience and leisurely adventure. Travelling through the KZN midlands and into the Drakensberg leaves you in awe of the beauty of this magnificent countryside. The battlefields tour will bring the rich history back to life of how the British soldiers fought off the mighty Zulu troops.

Itinerary

Day 1 ( Durban - Midlands )

Travel and leisure day

Depart the cosmopolitan city of Durban and travel inland to Pietermaritzburg, for a brief tour of the City and its captivating past. Continue the journey through the midlands to Howick and the site where late former President Nelson Mandela was captured on August 5th, 1962. Continue via Natal Midlands to your accommodation which holds a fine location within the Drakensberg.

Accommodation: Champagne Castle Hotel

Day 1 ( Durban - Midlands )

Day 2 ( Midlands )

Drakensberg walk and Bushman paintings

Enjoy the magnificent scenery on offer in the Drakensberg, as well as discovering the cultural significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site – the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. At Giant’s Castle we enjoy a 45-minute walk to the main caves for a short tour and interpretation of the San paintings and artefacts on display in the museum. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Accommodation: Champagne Castle Hotel

Day 2 ( Midlands )

Day 3 ( Midlands - Battlefields )

Sight seeing and museum tour

Enjoy a delicious breakfast followed by check-out formalities. Make your way to the summit of Spioenkop Mountain. Continue to the town of Ladysmith. Visit the Siege Museum where a diorama excellently depicts Ladysmith and its surrounding hills at the time of the Siege. Artefacts, documents, uniforms, firearms etc. are on display. Travel via Dundee to your accommodation which is located at the heart of the battle sites between the Zulus and the British.

Accommodation: Rorke’s Drift Hotel

Day 3 ( Midlands  - Battlefields )

Day 4 ( Battlefields )

Battle of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift

Today is dedicated to the exploration of the most famous battlefields of all the many in KwaZulu-Natal – the Anglo Zulu War battle of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift Mission where British soldiers, outnumbered 35 to 1, fought off 4000 Zulus for 12 hours. Return to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Rorke’s Drift Hotel

Day 4 ( Battlefields )

Day 5 ( Battlefields - Hluhluwe )

Game Dives

After an early breakfast, travel across the various battle sites of KZN to Hluhluwe where you complete your KwaZulu-Natal discovery with an African safari experience. Depending on your time of arrival, enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon open vehicle game drive. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Accommodation: Falaza Game Lodge & Spa

Day 5 ( Battlefields - Hluhluwe )

Day 6 ( Hluhluwe )

Game drives and leisure

Today you get to enjoy the amenities on offer at your accommodation. The day includes all meals and two game viewing activities. Accommodation: Falaza Game Lodge & Spa

Day 6 ( Hluhluwe )

Day 7 ( Hluhluwe - Durban Airport )

Flight from Durban to Cape Town

Embark on a final game drive followed by breakfast and then checking out. Stop en route the Elephant Coast at St Lucia Estuary for an optional estuarine boat trip. Continue to Durban for your flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival in Cape Town, transfer to your Hotel.

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Town Waterfront

Day 7 ( Hluhluwe - Durban Airport )

Day 8 ( Cape Town - Swellendam )

Wine tasting and optional whale watching (seasonal)

Depart Cape Town and stop en-route for a wine tasting within the Hemel-en-Arde Valley. Stop in Hermanus for an optional eco-marine or whale watching (seasonal) boat trip. Continue to Swellendam - the third oldest settlement in South Africa.

Accommodation: Gaikou Lodge

Day 8 ( Cape Town - Swellendam )

Day 9 ( Swellendam - Plett Bay )

Garden Route via Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay for lunch

After a leisurely breakfast, depart Swellendam and enjoy your journey along the Garden Route via Mossel Bayto Plettenberg Bay for lunch and a stroll along the beach.

Accommodation: Hunters Country House

Day 9 ( Swellendam - Plett Bay )

Day 10 ( Plettenberg Bay )

Visit Birds of Eden and Tsitsikamma National Park

After breakfast, visit Birds of Eden. Proceed to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers incredible views. Spend some time at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hunters Country House

Day 10 ( Plettenberg Bay )

Day 11 ( Plettenberg Bay - Oustshoorn )

Day of exploration

Morning departure from Plettenberg Bay to the lagoon-side town of Knysna. Embark on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which is located on the western Knysna Head. The tour ends with a delicious lunch served under the shade of the milkwood trees. On return to the mainland, continue your journey to Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich show farm for a guided tour.

Accommodation: Rosenhof Country House

Day 11 ( Plettenberg Bay - Oustshoorn )

Day 12 ( Oudtshoorn - Route 62 )

Cango Caves Tour

Before departing Oudtshoorn enjoy a morning visit to the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world and which has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area. Travel along the famous Route 62 to Cape Town. Stop near Barrydale for lunch (to own account). Check into the hotel and enjoy a relaxed evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Town Waterfront

Day 12 ( Oudtshoorn - Route 62 )

Day 13 ( Cape Town )

Historic Simons Town and penguins Tour

Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bayy to Hout Bay (optional boat trip to Seal Island). Continue via Chapmans Peak to Cape Point and the good Hope Nature Reserve. We go on to historic Simons Town with a large penguin colony at Boulders Beach. End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Town Waterfront

Day 13 ( Cape Town )

Day 14 ( Cape Town )

Cape Town winelands

Wind your way through the heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads.

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Town Waterfront

Day 14 ( Cape Town )

Day 15 ( UK )

Depart for UK

Embark on a City Tour showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to modern buildings and malls. The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting). In the afternoon, transfer to Cape Town International Airport and check in for your onward flight.

Day 15 ( UK )

Pricing

Low Season from 2nd March 2018 - 31st August 2019

High Season from 1st September 2018 - 31st December 2018

Important Info


Note: 'From' prices are per person based on 2 people sharing one room travelling in the season dates indicated and are subject to availability. Call us today for an instant price based on your specific travel dates and travel party requirements.

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