Discover South Africa's dramatic landscapes and fascinating heritage from Kruger National Park & the Drakensberg to Swaziland, Zululand, Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Pretoria & Soweto
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Flight - 1 night
Pretoria - 1 night
Kruger NP - 3 nights
Swaziland - 1 night
Mkuze - 2 nights
Dundee - 2 nights
Drakensberg - 1 night
Johannesburg - 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 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
5 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. Overnight at the 4-star Court Classique Hotel. Welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 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 4 Full day open vehicle game drive with 'safari lunch'. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Optional game drive (£70) or bush walk (£78). Afternoon game drive. (B, D)
Day 6 Travel to mountainous Swaziland (6 hrs). Lunch and cultural show at Mantenga. Walk to Mantenga waterfall. Overnight at the 3-star Lugogo Sun in Ezulwini Valley. (B, L)
Day 7 Continue to Zululand (5 hrs) along the scenic Lebombo Mountains. Visit a Zulu homestead and community. Two nights at the 4-star Ghost Mountain Inn. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Morning game drive in Hluhluwe- Umfolozi Game Reserve. Optional night drive (£55). (B, L, D)
Day 9 Cruise on Lake Jozini. Continue to Dundee (3 hrs) for two nights at the 3-star Battlefields Country Lodge. Dinner in a historic building with 'Battlefields' memorabilia. (B, D)
Day 10 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 11 With your specialist guide visit 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 12 Travel to Soweto (4 hrs) for a township tour. Overnight at the 4-star Maslow Hotel in Sandton City. (B)
Day 13 Day at leisure. Transfer to the airport for the return flight. Alternatively, fly in the morning to Victoria Falls for a four-night extension. (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 boutique hotel with a restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 57 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, 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.
In the heart of Swaziland and stands proudly as the only hotel in Manzini, The George offers a home away from home with a restaurant, bar, pool, sauna, spa and WiFi (free). 53 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
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.
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.
Victoria Falls Extension
Spend four nights at the classic 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel in the Victoria Falls National Park. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Fly to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg for four nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel. (B)
Day 2 Day at leisure. (B)
Day 3 A morning guided tour of Victoria Falls. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi. (B)
Day 4 Optional excursions include a helicopter ride over the falls (12 mins, £119; 2019 £129) and a morning game drive in Zambezi National Park (£54). (B)
Day 5 Transfer to the airport for the return flight. (B)
Day 6 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
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
Save up to £150
Supplements per person
Single supplement £295
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £695
British Airways Club World from £3095
Game Drive £70
Bush Walk £78
Night Game Drive £55
Maslow Hotel (per night) £115
Single supplement £95
Departure transfer £25
Victoria Falls Hotel (per night) £165
Single supplement £140
Victoria Falls Extension - Victoria Falls Hotel
4 nights £1295
Single supplement £545
Arrrival transfer with group included
Departure transfer add £25
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 5 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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