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6 Day - Zulu Wariors & Wildlife Tour - [SJW6]
Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal
ZULU WARRIORS & WILDLIFE TOUR
Immerse yourself in KwaZulu-Natal’s rich natural and cultural history
Spellbinding story-telling evokes the excitement of great wars, the proud Zulu nation and Africa’s wildlife as you uncover the exciting historical and cultural chronicles that have all played their part in shaping South Africa as a country today. This tour ranges from the Natal Battlefields through the former Zulu Kingdom taking in the abundant wild lands of this region.
- Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars come vividly to life on the evocative battlefields of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Spioenkop. - Experiencing the rich Zulu culture, arts and traditions and connecting with the friendly modern people who benefit from your responsible tourism. - Open vehicle game drives in Africa’s oldest game reserve, once the royal hunting grounds of the Zulu Kings, and a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day One Arrive Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. Transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure (unescorted).
Day Two After breakfast head out to Spioenkop, the third and bloodiest attempt by the British to relieve the besieged Ladysmith. Our specialist guide will transport you back to January 1900, as he plays out the tragic battle between Boer and Brits. Picnic lunch on the battlefields before arriving at the hotel in the mid afternoon. [BPLD]
Day Three This morning we visit Isandlwana, where 20 000 mighty Zulu warriors took on the firepower of the British troops, and wiped out close to an entire regiment in about 2½ hours. After lunch, we visit Rorke’s Drift where we will relive the experience of a handful of British soldiers, who fought off 4 000 Zulus for 12 hours, in a battle which saw the award of 11 Victoria Crosses. Return to hotel late afternoon. [BD]
Day Four Early breakfast. Visit the Umgungundlovu Interpretive Centre and the KwaZulu Cultural Museum at Ondini, both offering an interactive tale of Zulu culture. Travel through Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Overnight at a lodge in the Hluhluwe region. [B]
Day Five Early morning game drive through Hluhluwe- Umfolozi Game Reserve in an open safari vehicle. This afternoon, enjoy an interactive cheetah encounter of the cat rehabilitation programme. [B]
Day Six Depart early for a cruise on the St Lucia Estuary, part of the World Heritage Site, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (weather permitting). Transfer to Durban, arriving late morning when our tour ends. [B]
Day1 - PROTEA HOTEL OR TAMBO AIRPORT Set in the heart of Kempton Park, only minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, the 4-star Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport offers an ideal location for travellers. The central theme of an aircraft hangar is addressed in high-class steel finishes and chrome lighting. The spacious rooms are elegantly furnished and have wooden floors and sound-proof windows to ensure a peaceful night. Enjoy fine cuisine at The Warehouse restaurant and a cocktail at the lounge and bar.
Day 2 & Day 3 - RORKE’S DRIFT HOTEL Nestled below the Shiyane Mountain in the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, Rorke’s Drift Hotel boasts high-class accommodation with a spectacular view. Step back in time with an exterior inspired by Zulu design and a luxurious interior taking its cues from the Victorians. Rorke’s Drift Hotel’s spacious and elegant en suite rooms provide an intimate and elegant experience for patrons. Cuisine with a South African twist is on offer in the expansive dining room and lounge. At the end of the day relax with a drink on the deck while enjoying views that seem to offer a glimpse of the past.
Day 4 & Day 5 - EMDONENI LODGE Emdoneni Lodge is perfect intersection between wildlife and luxury accommodation. Located on a small game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, this tastefully furnished lodge offers guests intimate accommodation and true South African hospitality and cuisine. Elegant chalets and rondavels provide comfort in a forest setting. Perfect for nature lovers, at Emdoneni you can get up close to a variety of game. Once the day is done, watch the sun go down from the deck and enjoy a drink around a hearty open fire.
Inclusions & Exclusions
- Transfer from OR Tambo International Airport to hotel, - 5 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 2 dinners, 5 nights accommodation, porterage - Zulu cultural experience - boat cruise on St Lucia Estuary (weather permitting) - game drives as specified - KwaZulu- Natal Wildlife Reserves Conservation Levy
- Any additional personal expenses and purchases - Any activities and meals not mentioned in the itinerary