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Great Drives
Wildlife & Safari
Apr - Dec

Through the Heart of South Africa’s History and Natural Wonders

Home to Zulu culture, South Africa’s major mountain range the Drakensberg, inviting hotels along the Indian Ocean and some wonderful Big 5 game reserves, KwaZulu-Natal offers the authentic feel of Southern Africa. Visit the famous battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu wars, where an expert historian guide will bring the stories of the battles to life. Combined with three nights in style at Cathedral Peak Mountain Resort, and a 'Big Five' safari as well as time on the coast, this circular drive will leave a lasting impression of the variety of the Rainbow Nation.

At a Glance

  • Safari at Thanda Gama Reserve, malaria free
  • Rorke’s Drift and the battlefields expert tour
  • Activity and relaxation at Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg
  • Style by the Indian Ocean at Oyster Box
  • Fly direct to Durban with British Airways

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Practical Info


  • Days 1 - 2
    UK to Durban

    Depart on your overnight flight to Durban. You will be met on arrival for the transfer to the Oyster Box hotel, for 2 nights relaxation in style on the Indian Ocean shore.

    The Oyster Box
  • Day 3
    Indian Ocean

    A day at leisure by the ocean, around the inviting Oyster Box pool, enjoy excellent and great value cuisine in the Ocean Terrace or Grill Room. Explore the Umhlanga waterfront area around the hotel or hop into Durban and see the harbour.

    Includes: breakfast

    The Oyster Box
  • Day 4
    Durban to the Drakensberg Mountains

    Pick up your car hire and head out on open roads into the green rolling valleys of KwaZulu Natal. You’ll soon arrive in the Midlands, an area of farmland and villages where you can stop for coffee or lunch. Then drive on wide roads into the hills, recognisable from the movie Zulu, to the heart of the Drakensberg and the historic mountain resort of Cathedral Peak Hotel, named after the towering peak under where it sits.

    Includes: breakfast & dinner

    Cathedral Peak
  • Days 5 - 6

    Two days to relax in the clear mountain air in this inviting location, enjoy full board hospitality and afternoon tea included. As well as pure indulgence, this is the perfect location to appreciate South Africa’s natural beauty, with guided walks to see prehistoric cave paintings, myriad hiking trails or all levels, mountain biking, tennis and a golf course.

    Includes: breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Cathedral Peak
  • Day 7
    Drakensberg to Rorke's Drift

    Drive out of the mountains and into the valleys, passing by Ladysmith into the heart of Zululand, a region of farming communities and traditional villages with rondavel houses. Arrive at Fugitive’s Drift overlooking the Battlefields in the Zulu heritage area.

    Includes: breakfast & lunch

    Fugitives Drift
  • Day 8
    Rorke’s Drift & Isandlwana Battlefields

    Today you will be taken to the site of the battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu war with an expert guide, who will bring to life the stories and background of the battles in this remarkable setting. Spend the morning at Isandwlana, where the British Army felt the force of the Zulu nation on the open plains. In the late afternoon visit Rorke’s Drift, featured in the famous film where more Victoria Crosses were won than any other battle in history, in a place where you can almost feel the history.

    Inlcudes: Breakfast, lunch &dinner

    Fugitives Drift
  • Day 9
    Rorke's Drift to Thanda Private Game Reserve

    Drive over the winding roads of KZN, heading towards the grasslands of the interior where some of South Africa’s excellent malaria-free game reserves are located in easily accessible locations. Arrive at Thanda Game Reserve for an authentic South African wildlife experience matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and conservation. Arrive in time for your first evening game drive and stay for 2 nights for a fully inclusive game experience in style.

    Includes: breakfast & dinner

    Thanda Private Game Reserve
  • Day 10
    Thanda Safari

    Here on a classic African safari, in a quiet location, game drives reveal the possibility to see elephant, rhino, big cat and wonderful bird life as well as unforgettable surprise encounters like leopard tortoise and rhino shrew. Walking safaris lead through local villages with expert guides and the chance to experience nature close at hand. With so much variety you might want to stay an extra day, particularly as you enjoy sunset on your daybed atop your outdoor sala.

    Includes: breakfast & dinner

    Thanda Private Game Reserve
  • Days 11 - 12
    Thanda to the UK

    Depart for the drive down the coast back towards Durban. Arrive at the airport in time for your overnight return flight. You might want to think about possible extensions - maybe add on a short flight to Cape Town for a few days or see the amazing Victoria Falls.

    Includes: breakfast

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The Oyster Box

‘Iconic Landmark – Well Deserved’

The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting have earned The Oyster Box a reputation that is legendary the world over. The setting, architecture, cuisine and décor all conspire to create a magical setting which is made all the more perfect by the most attentive of staff. Guests can enjoy the close proximity to the beach and the ocean as well as a host of leisure facilities and restaurants at their fingertips.


Cathedral Peak

‘Stunning hotel in a World Heritage site’

In the shadow of the formidable Drakensberg mountain range and tucked under the immense lava faces, Cathedral Peak is the four star resort hotel offering quite exceptional value for money with a whole array of on site facilities for both couples and families with children. A family run property whose popularity owes much to its magnificent surroundings and high levels of service to accompany its abundance of activities to keep everyone entertained.  


Fugitives Drift

‘Emotive, timeless and historic’

Recounting the emotion of the 1879 Zulu War, Fugitive’s Drift pays homage to the lost lives and sacred grounds that was once a coveted homeland. This battlefields property features memorable tours from informed guides, where guests will learn more of the plight of both the Zulu warriors and the British soldiers. This picturesque land is home to an equally impressive lodge featuring luxury en-suite cottages, created by the vision of David and Nicky Rattray, two real pioneers of heritage tourism in South Africa.

Kwazulu Natal Safari

Thanda Private Game Reserve

'Dramatic and Luxurious'
A truly luxurious retreat with amazing safari opportunities, the Thanda Private Game Reserve has created a tremendous base from which to explore the exciting world of Big Five Safari. The Zulu culture is kept alive with the Reserves' committment to sustainability and guests are able to share in the unique entertainment provided by the warrior dancers.

12 Days from £2,935 per person
Based on 2 adults sharing

This trip includes

International flights in economy class
All accommodation as listed
Car hire
Full day battlefields excursion with expert guide.

This trip excludes

Meals unless otherwise stated

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