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South AfricaBattlefields and wildlife of Zululand

  • Highlights
Tour itinerary includes
  • Sightseeing
  • Savannah
  • Safari
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation
  • Local culture
    Local culture

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: First day in South Africa

Arrive at O.R. Tambo international airport in Johannesburg where you will be met by a local ​representative. Your representative will take you to the ​Emperors Palace Shuttle Terminal,​ located on the Western side of the International arrivals Terminal where you will board the shuttle which will take you to your hotel.

Night at the hotel Emperors Palace (Johannesburg)

Day 2: Following the N3 towards Midlands

Your ​rental car gets delivered to the hotel this morning. Depart and follow the N3 towards the Natal Midlands ​(Recommended departure time is 08:30)​. Arrive in the afternoon, in time for lunch (included)​at ​12:30​ followed by a half day Battlefields Tour ​(included) starting at ​14:00.

JohannesburgKwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Ulundi Battlefields
Night at Three Tree Hill Lodge (Ulundi Battlefields)

Day 3: Enjoying a Battlefield tour

Today, guests can enjoy a Full Day Battlefield Tour ​(included). See details of the full day tour options below: Ladysmith Siege, Battles of Talana and Elandslaagte, full day (8 hours). Anglo-Zulu War Tours: Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, full day (10 hours). Battle of Blood River 1838, full day (10 hours).

Picnic lunches and refreshments are included on the tours; however it is possible to dine at eateries on the battlefields route at your own cost

Ulundi Battlefields
Night at Three Tree Hill Lodge (Ulundi Battlefields)

Day 4: Visiting Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park 

This morning, depart for Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park ​(conservation fees included for duration of stay). ​Make sure you arrive at your accommodation in time for the afternoon game drive.​

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Southern Africa with excellent birding and home to the Big 5. T​he park is best known for saving the white rhino from extinction through Operation Rhino which saved the few remaining white rhino from the brink of extinction​.

Ulundi Battlefields, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge (Hluhluwe)

Day 5: Relaxing morning in Hluhluwe

Today, guests have the opportunity to enjoy both a morning as well as and afternoon game drive ​(included)​. During midday, guests can relax around the pool or request a guided bush walk ​(not included)​.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge (Hluhluwe)

Day 6: Swaziland and its ​reserves and festivals

This morning, depart for Swaziland, a small​, landlocked monarchy, known for its wilderness reserves and festivals, showcasing traditional Swazi culture. Drive north towards Pongola, from where you take the N2 to Piet Retief and then onto Mahamba Border Post. Once in Swaziland, continue north towards Manzini.

En-route to your accommodation, stop over at Swazi Candles. ​The Candle Factory was established in 1982 and the vibrant, music filled workshop invites guests to interact with the artisans as they work their magic! Arrive at your accommodation in the afternoon.

Forester’s Arms (Swaziland)

Day 7: Exploring Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary ​

Today guests can explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary ​(entrance fees included​), Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area, and a shining example of what is possible if passion, vision and action fuse. Mlilwane offers an array of activities and adventures in the picturesque Ezulwini Valley.

Forester’s Arms (Swaziland)

Day 8: Discovering Nelspruit lanscapes

This morning, exit Swaziland at the Oshoek border and make your way to Nelspruit, the capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. On the R40, between Barberton and Nelspruit, you will find the turnoff to the Jane Goodall Institute - Chimp SA​. ​This activity can be pre-booked at an extra charge.

Once in Nelspruit, pay a visit to the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens. ​The character of the Garden is shaped by the two main rivers that cut across it, namely the Crocodile and Nels Rivers. Before these two rivers converge in the Garden, they form spectacular waterfalls which can be viewed at the Cascades and the Nels viewpoints. The mystical baobab tree is famous for its unique shape and medicinal properties. There are two restaurants on-site. From here, drive to your accommodation near Hazyview where you will overnight.

SwazilandNelspruit, Hazyview
Night at Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa (Hazyview)

Day 9: Timbavati's wonderful lanscapes

Today, enjoy a tour of the ​Panorama Route​ before heading to your lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve ​(part of the Greater Kruger National Park) in the afternoon.

Possible places to visit would be ​the ​Blyde River Canyon​is South Africa’s only true canyon where well positioned vantage points allow a view of the 33km long gorge with its varied and lush vegetation, God’s Window ​which offers a panoramic view of the Lowveld and Bourke’s Luck Potholes​can. Spectacular waterfalls abound in the area, some as high as 92m cascading over sheer cliffs and into rock pools or rivers below. Ensure you arrive at your accommodation before 4pm to be in time for the ​afternoon game drive (included)​.

Night at Timbavati Game Reserve (Timbavati)

Day 10: Enjoying the South African Wildlife

Today, guests have the opportunity to enjoy ​morning ​as well as ​afternoon game viewing activities (included).

​Timbavati is well known for its excellent game viewing and if you are lucky you may even spot one of the famous white lions of the Timbavati. Other than the Big 5 there are great opportunities to see all sorts of wildlife, both big and small, and your field guide is an expert on the area’s flora and fauna.

Night at Timbavati Game Reserve (Timbavati)

Day 11: Time to leave South Africa

After a ​morning game viewing activity (included) ​and breakfast, leave for Johannesburg.
Return rental car at O.R Tambo international airport before boarding for your flight.

Johannesburg KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Ulundi Battlefields Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Swaziland Nelspruit Hazyview Route Panoramique Timbavati

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local guide
  • Car rental

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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