The Garden Province of KwaZulu-Natal with Lesotho
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A subtropical coastline of wildlife-rich estuaries, an interior of sweeping Tolkienesque mountains, immersion into the fascinating Zulu culture – South Africas Garden Province offers travel experiences by the bucketload. Well circumnavigate the region from Durban, with the chance to encounter the Big Five, learn about Zulu history from locals and spot migrating whales along the way. Plus, therell be a thrilling 4WD voyage into Lesotho (bring your passport), where youll enjoy lunch at the highest pub in Africa
Day 1 UK – In flight
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Durban.
Day 2 Durban – Pennington/Scottburgh
Today we arrive into Durban and travel along the coast to our hotel.
Day 3 Oribi Gorge
After a leisurely morning to explore your tranquil surroundings, enjoy an afternoon tour to the Oribi Gorge. This wonderfully scenic nature reserve of cliffs and forests is home to many antelope, leopards and baboons. Whilst enjoying spectacular views of the gorge, youll also see some of the innumerable birds – there are five species of kingfisher and seven species of eagle here alone.
Day 4 Underberg, Drakensberg Mountains
A beautiful drive takes us inland to the vast World Heritage Site of southern Drakensberg. JRR Tolkien was raised here, and the dramatic scenery provided inspiration for his Lord of the Rings books. En route we have a unique opportunity to experience local life and hear local stories over a home cooked chicken pie on a family-run dairy farm. We arrive in Underberg late afternoon, set within the amazing Drakensberg Mountains.
Day 5 Sani Pass – Lesotho
We zigzag our way by 4WD up the famously rugged Sani Pass. The tallest mountains in this vast wilderness mark the border of Lesotho and South Africa (your passport is required when we cross the border). This independent state lies entirely above 1,000 metres, and many villages can only be reached on foot or horseback. Learn about the Basotho people and eat lunch at the highest pub in Africa, the House of Makhotso.
Day 6 Underberg – Isandlwana
Enjoy another scenic drive to Howick Falls, a 95-metre cascade named by the Zulu people as KwaNogqaza, meaning Place of the Tall One. Take a stroll and do a little craft shopping before travelling to Isandlwana. We stay close to the site of the famous battle between the British and the 24,000-strong Zulu army on 22 January 1879.
Day 7 Isandlwana
In 1879, over 15,000 British troops invaded the independent nation of Zululand in a series of battles known as the Anglo-Zulu War. The Zulu force far outnumbered the British but the persistent attacks took their toll. Today we learn about the battles of Isandlwana, where the Zulus took no prisoners, and Rorkes Drift, the site of a hastily constructed fort where the British found revenge with rifles and bayonets – a site made notable in the 1964 film Zulu. Our expert guide will retell these great emotional encounters as you visit each site.
Day 8 Isandlwana – Amakhosi
Our tour leads us on to yet more amazing experiences. Watch for wildlife as we travel, via Umfolozi Game Reserve to our lodge in northern KwaZulu-Natal, and set off for our first game drive in search of the Big Five.
Day 9 Amakhosi
Take two game drives today (one early morning) to witness the magic of the African bushveld. The spectacular landscape takes in 6,000 hectares of rugged mountains and flourishing savannah, forest and wetlands. You might experience a close encounter with a pride of lions and herds of elephants, or glimpse an elusive leopard; as well as spot a few of the 400 bird species that inhabit the trees and skies.
Day 10 Amakhosi – St Lucia
After an early morning game drive to watch the park wake with the sun, we continue to the next World Heritage Site – St Lucia. The town sits on the edge of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the largest protected wetland in southern Africa. It also marks the start of the Elephant Coast, named after the countrys largest herd of indigenous African elephants, which have roamed the forests for centuries. This incredible stretch of untamed land also supports the Big Five and the white rhino, which was saved from extinction here.
Day 11 St Lucia
Time to enjoy a walk through this lovely village, haggle over fresh produce and traditional Zulu crafts at the characterful market, and stroll along the idyllic beach and sand dunes. This town isnt just a great base for seeing some of the worlds great land dwellers – its also a renowned destination to view creatures of the water. Later today, we cruise the vast St Lucia Estuary, home to the countrys largest population of crocodiles and hippos, plus bull sharks, fish, amphibians and wonderful birdlife.
Day 12 St Lucia
Today is a free day to enjoy your incredible surroundings, or take an optional excursion to wildlife-rich Cape Vidal. This offers a lovely game drive as well as a visit to the beautiful Cape Vidal beach. In the winter months you may see humpback whales as they migrate up the east coast of South Africa, while in summer, leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
Day 13 St Lucia – Durban – In flight
We transfer to Durban airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.