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Introduction

The KwaZulu-Natal Cultural Safari is a combination of the very best of what the beautiful and cultural province of Kwa-Zulu Natal has to offer. From the worm waters of the Indian Ocean to the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and finally finishing off with a truly magical Big 5 game viewing experience at the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

This 10-day adventure will have you indulging in the cultures and charms of the Zulu people. You will also experience the best big 5 game viewing this area of South Africa has to offer.

  • 9 nights accommodation in some of South Africa’s most picturesque destinations – Including Durban, the Drakensberg and Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands, as well as the infamous Phinda Private Game Reserve!
  • A variety of spectacular sightseeing spots – e.g. Ushaka Marine World, The Battlefields and Giants Castle
  • Various transport options available on request
Day 1-2 – The Oyster Box, Umhlanga, Durban
Collect your hire car from the airport and make your way to The Oyster Box Hotel on the seashore at Umhlanga Rocks just north of Durban*.
The Oyster Box is a delightful five-star hotel right on the rocks from which Umhlanga gets its name. With an infinity pool and terrace facing the warm Indian Ocean and a variety of bars and restaurants to choose from, the Oyster Box is an ideal place to relax and unwind after your flight.

* Note: if the half-hour drive from the airport to Umhlanga Village sounds a bit much after your long flight let us transfer you directly to the hotel and have your car delivered.

Meals: breakfast

Day 2-4 – Hartford House, Drakensberg and Midlands
You have a short hour and a half drive from Durban into the scenic Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal: the gentle rolling hills that rise into the Drakensberg Mountains. Your home for two nights is the wonderful Hartford House, complete with trout lake, stud farm and one of the best restaurants in South Africa. Officially.
Activities on the estate include a guided tour of the world-renowned stud, horse riding (of course), trout fishing, hiking, tennis, swimming, wellness treatments and guided tours of the historic battlefields.

Meals: breakfast

Day 4-5 – Three Trees Lodge, Zululand and the Battlefields
After breakfast, you leave behind South Africa’s highest mountains and head northeast towards the famous Battlefields region. Check into Three Tree Hill Lodge, in the hostoric Spioenkop Battlefield where the Boers resisted the English advances from atop Spioenkop Hill.
Go on a guided tour of the region which brings this famous battle to life. With a long and complex history since the early 1800s, Spion Kop (Spy Hill) and the Tugela River Valley presents a fascinating insight into the history of modern South Africa and the guided tours at Three Tree Hill Lodge receive regular and widespread praise. The lodge itself is luxurious, tranquil and equipped with magical views in all directions.

Meals: full board including local drinks

Day 5-7 – Fugitive’s Drift Guesthouse, Zululand and the Battlefields
Your scenic historical tour continues as you head north to visit the famous battlefields of the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. Explore the sites of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift where the British suffered their biggest defeat and their biggest victory in the course of one day. Survivors from Isandlwana crossed the Buffalo River at a place which came to be named Fugitives Drift and this is exactly where your safari lodge is located.
Led by historians, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Walks and horse rides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife are offered as well as fishing on the Buffalo River. Accommodation is in large chalets with en suite bathrooms and private verandahs with a view of the reserve.

Meals: full board including local drinks

Day 7-10 – Phinda Mountain Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve, KZN Safaris
Leave the Battlefields behind taking with you a wealth of history and head eastwards to Phinda Private Game Reserve. An exceptional safari experience, this exclusive reserve hosts the Big 5 and an array of plains game in a spectacular setting.
All the lodges offer the utmost in luxury, Phinda Mountain Lodge has glorious rooms with wrap-around views of the scenic Ubombo Mountains and the South African bush below. It really does promise a world-class Safari. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with your expert ranger, guided bush walks, sleep-outs and romantic dinners in the bush. Or you can just relax on your private balcony and watch the animals pass by and listen to the birds overhead.

Meals: full board including local drinks

Day 10 – Departure
After one last game drive and breakfast, check out of the Phinda Game Reserve and drive south along the N2 to Durban for about three hours to continue with your onward travel arrangements.

Oyster Box Hotel

The Oyster Box combines colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting. A lovingly refurbished landmark, it offers guests a vibrant, contemporary experience, while evoking the warm nostalgia of bygone days, delivering a blend of hospitality and elegance with a wealth of modern facilities and fresh touches to satisfy today’s discerning guests.
Situated on an impressive beachfront on the eastern seaboard of KwaZulu Natal, the hotel is just a five-minute walk from the Village Center, a 15-minute drive from Durban, and convenient to Ushaka Marine World, the historical Natal Midlands, the Drakensberg Mountains, and excellent “big five” game parks. With its feeling of classical charm and elegance, The Oyster Box offers a timeless expression of exceptional hospitality, luxurious accommodation and personal service unmatched in all Africa.

Hartford House

Old-world splendour oozes from the expansive terraces, walls crawling with ivy, towering trees scattered across manicured lawns, and lush gardens of Hartford House. Nestled on Summerhill Stud in the undulating hills of the Kwazulu Natal Midlands, five-star country charm awaits at this hotel where any stay is undoubtedly a decadent affair.
Guests can enjoy a slow trot around the farm on one of their magnificent steeds or cast a line for trout or bass in their tranquil dam. Lounge by the swimming pool, enjoy high tea on the curtained terrace or spend an afternoon walking and game-spotting on the nearby game conservancy. Hartford House boasts a tennis court while world-class golf courses are a short drive away.

Hartford’s 15 luxurious suites feature heated towel rails, underfloor heating, and satellite TV, and are set around a scenic trout lake on the estate. The award-winning restaurant offers opulent 5-course dinners and 3-course lunches. Select dinners are accompanied by the sights and sounds of tribal dancing and drumming, while the Hartford Wellness Centre is the perfect venue for pampering.

Three Trees Lodge

With the Drakensberg Mountains as the backdrop and views of the Spioenkop Nature Reserve and the eponymous Spioenkop Hill, Three Tree Hill Lodge finds itself in a setting of pure serenity. A strong advocate of responsible tourism, this eco-friendly lodge is Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) certified and actively involved in the local community. With its economical use of electricity and water (as well as a rigorous recycling program) Three Tree Hill Lodge strives to impact the environment as little as possible.
Spioenkop Nature Reserve affords plenty of opportunities to get in touch with the surrounding environment and to learn more about this land. Explore the Drakensberg foothills on guided nature walks or go mountain-biking through the reserve. Bird lovers will be pleased to learn that around 300 bird species have been recorded in the area.

Accommodation is a throwback to a bygone era, with soft wooden interiors and antique sash windows. Each room or suite has a private deck with sprawling views of the surrounding wilderness. The open-plan main lodge houses an elegant dining room and a lounge area with countless board games and puzzles.

Fugitives’ Drift Lodge

Set on the eponymous Fugitives’ Drift Game Reserve, a 2,000-hectare wildlife sanctuary and registered Natural Heritage Site. Overlooking Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, known for the Anglo-Zulu War battles that took place here, this lodge offers guests a chance to explore this part of history.
Daily tours to these battlefields are conducted by some of the finest guides in South Africa, eager to impart their vast knowledge of these historic conflicts. Nature walks and horse-riding are some of the best ways to explore the surrounding wilderness and its many inhabitants. Bird lovers will be pleased to know that over 250 bird species have been recorded in the area, from the yellow weaver to the peculiar purple-crested turaco.

The accommodation offerings range from Luxury Suites at the Lodge or Guesthouse buildings to the self-catering Umzinyathi House with a capacity of 6 guests. The suites offer a luxurious experience, with en-suite bathrooms and a lush garden outside. Umzinyathi House is a more rustic option: less opulent but with a lot of heart, catering to those whose primary interest lies in the region’s rich history and culture.

Phinda Mountain Lodge

Offers its guests a special experience: not only is it set on a mountain crest, overlooking the surrounding wilderness from one of the best vantage points possible, but the nearby reserve is home to some of the rarest wild animals around (including cheetah and both the white and black species of rhino).
The layout of suites and public areas at Phinda puts privacy first, resulting in a very personal experience, with nothing getting in the way of the breath-taking vistas unfolding all around. And while admiring the wild from a distance is its own reward, getting up-close-and-personal with nature on one of the game drives or boat rides is a truly unforgettable experience.

Accommodation consists of 25 Suites, including 2 spacious Family Suites. Each suite has a private outdoor shower and plunge pool, allowing you to cool off with ease. Meals at Phinda come in different forms, from a delicious spread on the veranda to an impromptu treat in an undisclosed location. You can trust the fun and friendly staff to make your stay at Phinda one for the books.

Why Book a Safari Package With Us

  • Our packages are tailor-made by experienced and knowledgeable consultants.
  • Game drives in an open safari vehicles.
  • We offer our own transfer service, adding a special touch to your getaway
  • Hassle-free, convenient booking process
  • Competitive rates and flexibility to suit your budget
  • Quick response and turnaround times
  • Local industry leaders and destination experts
  • Customer-service orientated team – we go the extra mile

Rates

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Included

  • Accommodation in luxury en-suite rooms
  • Activities as specified in itinerary (subject to availability)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Transport options as requested

Excluded

  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • All entry fees for sightseeing
  • All beverages
  • Optional extras such as spa treatments and items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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