Kwazulu Natal Circle Tour <strong>Province</strong>: Kwazulu-Natal<br />

Kwazulu Natal Circle Tour

 
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Departs from: Durban
Province: Kwazulu-Natal
Days: 11
Persons: min 2
Departs: Daily
Price: request a package quote
 
Rates Valid till Oct this year, All Rates subject to change
   
Highlights: Zululand Circle

The Kwazulu Natal circle is a beautiful trip with a huge variety of different scenerys. Starting and ending at the coast with golden beaches, rocky coves and the warm Indian Ocean. Inland you take part of the famous Midland Meander with all its arts and crafts, which leads you to the empowering Drakensberg. You travel along the Drakensberg and go back to the coast taking in the history of the battlefields. You visit one of the popular Game Reserves in South African and the world heritage site, the Wetlands of St.Lucia.


   
Itinerary: 11 DAYS KWAZULU NATAL CIRCLE

The Kwazulu Natal circle is a beautiful trip with a huge variety of different scenerys. Starting and ending at the coast with golden beaches, rocky coves and the warm Indian Ocean. Inland you take part of the famous Midland Meander with all its arts and crafts, which leads you to the empowering Drakensberg. You travel along the Drakensberg and go back to the coast taking in the history of the battlefields. You visit one of the popular Game Reserves in South African and the world heritage site, the Wetlands of St.Lucia.

DAY 1: UNDERBERG

You arrive at Durban airport and pick up your hire car. From Durban you travel toward Pietermaritzburg, where you can visit the Voortrekker Museum. At the Voortrekker Museum you can get a good overview of the history of Kwazulu Natal, which is a perfect start. Continueing we take a little detour to Underberg where your accommodation will be for the night.

DAY 2: SANI PASS

Today you take a guided tour though the Sani Pass. The awe-inspiring Sani Pass climbs the face of the escarpment to an altitude of 2874m and into the "Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho". It is the getaway to the "Roof of Africa". The scenery is breathtaking and attracts visitors from all over the world.
The tour will reveal the history of the pass, geology of the mountains, flora & fauna, and a unique experience with the Basotho people. The highest pub in Africa offers a cold beer & lunch before the descent back to Underberg.

Your tour starts at 9am and you need to take with a valid passport, warm clothes, cameras, binoculars etc. Overnight in Underberg

DAY 3: GIANT CASTLE

From Underberg you head back to Howick. In Howick you should make a stop to see the Howick Falls. You continue on the Midland Meander which is known for its many arts and crafts shops. Your final destination is the historic Giants Castle Game Reserve, home of the eland and the majestic bearded vulture. Giant Castle lies in the Central Berg region of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Superb rock art is high among its special attractions. Giants Castle Reserve offers wonderful range of hikes for the fit and not so fit. Overnight at Giants Castle.

DAY 4: GIANT CASTLE

Today you have the time to explore the wonderful area of Giants Castle. Overnight at Giants Castle.

DAY 5: SPIOENKOP

From Giants Castle you travel to Spioenkop. On your way you can visit Cathedral Peak, which is the northern part of the Drakensberg. Your accommodation is full board.

DAY 6: DUNDEE

Your day starts with a guided tour to the Spioenkop Battlefield at 8h30 after an early breakfast at 7h45. You head off in the bus where they play the CD - The Pre-amble to the Boer War, which takes you from the Boer invasion of Natal into the Battle of Spioenkop. You will spend two hours exploring the summit, listening to the compelling tale that unfolds on this emotive hill. After refreshments you return to the Lodge in time for lunch, listening to the cd - The Aftermath. After lunch you leave for Dundee.

If you have time, you can drive a bit past Dundee to visit the Museum of the Blood River at Dundee. Ncome-Blood River Heritage Site is probably one of the most unique battlefields in South Africa. The site witnessed a major confrontation between the Voortrekkers and amaZulu on 16 December 1838. The Voortrekkers fought under the skilful leadership of Andries Pretorius while King Dinganes impi was led by Ndlela kaSompisi. You can do this also the next morning.

Overnight in Dundee.

(Here you can choose if you like add 2 extra days to visit Swaziand)

DAY 7- 8 : HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE

Today you travel to Hluhluwe Game Reserve, set in the heart of Zululand, the oldest game reserve in Africa where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the "big five" of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. You have 2 days to drive through the reserve in search for the Big Five. Accommodation at Treetop Zulu Lodge in Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, which is just outside Hluhluwe.

While you are in Hluhluwe you can drive to St.Lucia to visit this popular town (100km one way).

DAY 9: SHAKALAND AT ESHOWE

From the game reserve you travel towards Eshowe for a cultural day and night at Shakaland. At shakaland Experience the sight of assegaai-wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and the beer-drinking ceremonies. Your program starts at 16h00pm, so you should be there half an hour before that. Overnight in Shakaland.

DAY 10: UHMLANGA ROCKS

After your morning program at Shakaland you travel to the coast to Uhmlanga Rocks. If time you can still enjoy the golden beaches and warm waters. Overnight in Uhmlanga.

DAY 11: END OF TOUR/ FLY FROM DURBAN

You travel to the airport in Durban to return your car and fly to your next destination
   
Included: The following is included standard: Flights (only internal flights, no Int. Flights included), transfers, car hire with unlimited kms, accommodation, way cards and/or books, a vast route description, If you overnight in a national park or nature reserve the obligatory access money and/or conservation fees has been included in our price.


   
Excluded: All purchases of a personal nature, except breakfast, all food and drinks, excursions, access money, petrol, toll road costs and travel and cancellation insurance. (Travel Insurance and cancellation insurance for you cost)

   
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