Overview - 2019

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

Overview - 2020

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

BUSHVELD AND BATTLEFIELDS

Discover South Africa's dramatic landscapes and fascinating heritage from Kruger National Park & the Drakensberg to Swaziland, Zululand, Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Pretoria & Soweto

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.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Wildlife Experience
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO: Drakensberg Park
6 Lunches and 9 Dinners
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 6 - 25

Special Event

Welcome Dinner

Dinner at the Court Classique Hotel with a wine tasting.

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. (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.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Some travel is on unmade, bumpy roads and it is sometimes necessary to ‘climb’ into the safari vehicle.

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 Day at leisure. Transfer to the airport for the return flight. Alternatively, fly to Victoria Falls for a four-night extension. (B)

Day 14 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Some travel is on unmade, bumpy roads and it is sometimes necessary to ‘climb’ into the safari vehicle.

2019

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
August 8 £2695
September 19 £2695
October 3 £2745
October 17 £2795
November 14 £2595

2020

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 9 £2695
January 30 £2745
February 13 £2795
March 5 £2745
August 6 £2795
September 17 £2795
October 1 £2845
October 22 £2895
November 12 £2845
December 10 £2845

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £295 
(2020 £345)

 

Flight Options

London/Johannesburg/London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £695
British Airways Club World from £3095

Optional Excursions

Game Drive £70
Bush Walk £78

Extension Options

Extra nights
Court Classique (per night) £50
Single Supplement £40
Arrival transfer £25

Victoria Falls Hotel (per night) £175
Single supplement £150

Victoria Falls Extension - Victoria Falls Hotel
4 nights £1295
Single supplement £545

Independent Arrival

Save £800 
Arrival transfer with group included
Departure transfer add £30

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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