Discover South Africa's dramatic landscapes and fascinating heritage from Kruger National Park & the Drakensberg to Eswatini, Zululand, Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Pretoria & Soweto
Flight - 1 night
Pretoria - 2 nights
Kruger NP - 3 nights
Swaziland - 1 night
Mkuze - 2 nights
Dundee - 2 nights
Drakensberg - 1 night
Flight - 1 night
The popular image of the Anglo-Zulu war is coloured by the garrison battle at Rorke’s Drift featured in the 1964 film ‘Zulu’. This features prominently in the history of the region and recalls the siege of Ladysmith, the exploits of Winston Churchill as a War Correspondent and the battles at Spioenkop, all set against the glorious backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, known to the Zulu people as Ukhahlamba or ‘Barrier of Spears’.
The landlocked and independent kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), one of Africa’s best kept secrets reveals mountainous grandeur, lush forests, fertile valleys and the hot still beat of the African lowveld. The itinerary includes an extended stay at Kruger National Park, renowned as one of the largest and best managed game reserves in the world with over 700 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibian. Top of most people’s ‘must see’ list will be the ‘Big Five’: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, all frequently sighted.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO: Drakensberg Park
6 Lunches and 9 Dinners
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 6 - 25
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Day 2 Drive to Pretoria, viewing the Union Buildings, Church Square and imposing Voortrekker Monument. Two nights at the 4-star Court Classique Hotel. Welcome dinner with a wine tasting. (D)
Day 3 Full day tour in Johannesburg, visiting Soweto, the Hector Pietersen Memorial, Nelson Mandela’s House and the Military Museum. At Liliesleaf farm learn about the anti-apartheid struggle. (B, L)
Day 4 Travel to the Kruger National Park (8 hrs) via the 'Province of the Rising Sun', Panorama Route, Blyde River Canyon and gold-mining village of Pilgrim's Rest. Three nights at the 3-star Nkambeni Tented Lodge at Kruger National Park. (B, D)
Day 5 Full day open vehicle game drive with 'safari lunch'. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Optional game drive (£70) or bush walk (£78). Afternoon game drive. (B, D)
Day 7 Travel to mountainous Swaziland (6 hrs) for a singing and dance performance. Visit the National Museum Overnight at the 3-star Lugogo Sun in Ezulwini Valley. (B, L)
Day 8 Visit the Mlilwane Nature Reserve and a traditional village to meet the Lady Chief and enjoy a nature walk. Continue to Zululand (5 hrs) along the scenic Lebombo Mountains. Two nights at the 4-star Ghost Mountain Inn. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Morning game drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve, known for its rich wildlife including the white rhino. Visit a Zulu homestead and community. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Lake Jozini cruise, home to crocodile, hippo and birdlife. Continue to Dundee (3 hrs) to visit Talana museum. Two nights at the 3-star Battlefields Country Lodge. Enjoy a ‘braai’ in the ‘Moth Hall’ with ‘Battlefields’ memorabilia and local experts. (B, D)
Day 11 Meet a specialist guide at Isandlwana for a moving account of this opening encounter in the Zulu War, then at Rorke's Drift of the heroic defence, where 11 VCs were awarded. (B, L, D)
Day 12 With a specialist guide and minibus drive up to Spioenkop battlefield in Ladysmith (drive up in a mini-bus). Overnight in the Drakensberg mountains at the 4-star Cathedral Peak hotel. Time for a walk. (B, D)
Day 13 Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport for the return flight. (B)
Day 14 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
Some travel is on unmade, bumpy roads and it is sometimes necessary to ‘climb’ into the safari vehicle.
A 4-star boutique hotel in Pretoria with restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 57 air-conditioned rooms with tea/coffee making facilities, safe, mini-fridge, satellite TV and hairdryer.
This is a large safari camp within the Kruger National Park boundaries. Restaurant, bar and pool. The 146 air-conditioned rooms are permanent safari style tents and offer views of the surrounding Kruger National Park with private facilities and tea/coffee making facilities.
The 4-star Lugogo Sun overlooks a majestic landscape of sub-tropical gardens. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and spa. 202 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze lies the Ghost Mountain Inn - a perfect setting to experience the allure of Africa in stylish comfort. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool, sauna, spa and WiFi (free). 50 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, mini-bar, safe, satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Battlefields Country Lodge is situated near the well known historic Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal. Restaurants, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 70 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, mini-fridge, safe, satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
This 4-star hotel is nestled in the unspoiled surroundings of the Drakensberg mountain range (a World Heritage site). Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 104 rooms with private facilities, fan or heater, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
Victoria Falls Extension
Overnight at the Maslow Hotel Johannesburg before spending four nights at the classic 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel in the Victoria Falls National Park. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Transfer to the 4-star Maslow Hotel for overnight in Johannesburg.
Day 2 Fly to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg and transfer to the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel for four nights. (B)
Day 3 A morning guided tour of Victoria Falls. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi. (B)
Day 4 Optional excursions include a helicopter flight over the falls (12 mins £129) and a morning game drive in the Zambezi National Park (£54). (B)
Day 5 Day at leisure. (B)
Day 6 Transfer to the airport for the return flight. (B)
Day 7 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
The 4-star Maslow Hotel is located in Sandton City. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
One of the world’s great hotels, known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Falls’ and a member of the exclusive ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, this 5-star hotel is steeped in history and tradition. Fine dining and casual restaurants, afternoon teas on the terrace, pool and gardens, a short walk to the falls and WiFi (free). 161 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £345
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £695
British Airways Club World from £3095
Game Drive £70
Bush Walk £78
Court Classique (per night) £50
Single Supplement £40
Arrival transfer £25
Maslow Hotel - Johannesburg (per night) £75
Single Supplement £75
Victoria Falls Hotel (per night) £175
Single supplement £150
Victoria Falls Extension - Victoria Falls Hotel
4 nights £1295
Single supplement £595
Arrival transfer with group included
Departure transfer add £30
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 9 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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