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Zulus, Elephants & Beaches Itinerary

If you're looking for a mix of history, wildlife and scenery with the added freedom of your own car, this holiday is an ideal choice.

11 days from £2250pp plus international flights.

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KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 1

Arrive Johannesburg And Drive To Fugitives Drift

On arrival at Johannesburg airport you'll be met and taken to the car hire office to collect your vehicle. From here it's a drive of some 5 hours to Fugitives Drift Lodge in the heart of the historic Anglo-Zulu battlefields region. Unpack your bags and settle in - your holiday has begun in earnest! If you prefer, you can fly from Johannesburg to Durban and collect you hire car there for the slightly shorter drive to Fugitives Drift. There will be an additional charge for this flight. Relax on the terrace after the journey. This afternoon there should be time for a tour of the Isandlwana battlefields site, sure to be a moving experience.

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KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 2

Rorkes Drift Battlefield Tour

Today you visit another famous battlefield site: Rorkes Drift. This is the follow up to yesterday's tour of Isandlwana, where the Zulu army defeated the British. The story of the subsequent conflict at Rorkes Drift is equally compelling. You learn how a force of just 139 British troops were attacked by over 4000 Zulu warriors, and, against all odds, triumphed. The blend of courage, heroism and loss of life is powerful, and hearing the tale recounted in the very location where the battle took place is utterly riveting.

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KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 3

Drive To Ghost Mountain

Today you'll be able to visit a local homestead to meet the Myeni family for a demonstration of stick fighting or the opportunity to sample some authentic local food and drink. From here you have a scenic drive through the Lebombo Mountains, arriving at Ghost Mountain Inn in the mid to late afternoon. Here you can enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool, treat yourself to a spa treatment or, if feeling energetic, explore the area by mountain bike.

Breakfast

KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 4

Jozini Boat Cruise And Drive To Tembe

This morning you have a relaxing cruise on Lake Jozini, one of South Africa's largest dams which lies at the foot of the Lebombo Mountains. This is a scenic setting with dramatic gorges and abundant bird life. You may also spot hippo, crocodile, rhino and elephant. After the cruise you'll drive to Tembe Elephant Park where you stay in a small lodge with cosy tented accommodation. The lodge is part-owned and managed by the local Tembe people, known for their friendly hospitality.

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KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 5

In Tembe Elephant Park

Safari time! You'll set off early this morning for a 4 x 4 game drive in the park. As well as large populations of elephants, Tembe is home to lions, buffalo's, leopards and both black and white rhinos, so has all of the Big Five. Bird life is equally profuse, and your guide will help identify all you see. Return to the lodge for lunch and a rest, maybe enjoying a dip in the pool or watch elephants at the hide. After tea you'll head out on a second game drive which may incorporate sundowners at a specially chosen location. This evening you'll dine in the boma beneath the star-filled African sky.

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KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 6

Transfer To Kosi Forest Lodge

Your journey continues as you travel to iSimangaliso Wetland Park and your home for the next 2 nights, Kosi Forest Lodge. You will meet a representative from the lodge at an agreed location, where you leave your car at a secure parking place and transfer to an open 4 x 4 vehicle for the final part of the ride. Total journey time is around 90 minutes. The lodge has a lovely tranquil location overlooking a lake and meals are served outdoors on the deck or under the shade of large Albizia trees. You may just want to take things easy this afternoon, or you can take a guided walk to get to know the area.

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KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 7

At Kosi Bay

A day to enjoy all that the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve has to offer. You have a choice of activities. Take to the water on a full day motorised boat trip through the Kosi Lake system, a network of lakes and channels which cover around 18 kms. A picnic lunch is included, as is a swim in the sea and a walk through the famous fish traps at Kosi Bay. Alternatively, you can explore by canoe accompanied by a guide who will point out birds and plants. If you're at the lodge in the late afternoon you can join a guided walk in Raffia Palm Forest. These enormous trees are the largest palms in the world and home to many species of birds.

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KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 8

Transfer To Thonga Beach Lodge

It's time to leave Kosi Bay. You will drive about 3 hours to a meeting point about an hour from the lodge, where a scheduled 4 x 4 vehicle will pick you up at either midday or 3 pm for the last part of your journey to your beach lodge. Your destination, Thonga Beach Lodge is just a few metres from the bay and the ocean views are simply stunning. Depending on your arrival time you may have time for some kayaking or a guided walk, or just sit back and take in the glorious views. Tonight, you'll enjoy a delicious dinner served on the large, wooden deck.

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KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 9

At Thonga Beach

You'll be spoilt for choice today. The clear ocean waters are ideal for snorkelling and you can explore above the waterline by kayak, while guides are on hand to lead you on local walks. All these activities are included in your stay. For an additional charge (paid locally) you can go scuba diving and enjoy indulgent spa treatments, and if you're here between November and February you may see turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.

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KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 10

At Thonga Beach

Today you can opt for the Open Ocean Experience, weather permitting. You'll set out in a motorboat from the beach in front of the lodge that takes you out into the sea where you may spot dolphins, whales and whale sharks. You'll be able to go swimming and snorkelling to experience the rich marine life. If you prefer you can opt to stay put and enjoy the sun and fine food. However you spend your time, you should round off the day with a trip to Lake Sibaya for sundowner drinks.

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KwaZulu Natal Selfdrive Holiday

Day 11

Drive To Richards Bay Airport And Depart

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before your mid-morning transfer to collect your hire car for the drive to Richard's Bay airport, where you drop off the car and check in for your onward flight.

Breakfast

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Call:  01473 890499

Start planning your tailor-made holiday now. Tell us what you want, and we will tailor make your perfect trip.

Client Rating for South Africa 5/5 from 74 reviews