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South AfricaBattlefields and wildlife of Zululand

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Set off on a 11 day self-drive journey of wildlife viewing and cultural discovery following the Battlefields Route across South Africa. Immerse yourself in nature across a variety of stunning national parks and discover Swaziland, a small​, landlocked monarchy, known for its wilderness reserves and Swazi festivals. Prepare for game drives, guided bush walks, interacting with kindhearted local arti...

Set off on a 11 day self-drive journey of wildlife viewing and cultural discovery following the Battlefields Route across South Africa. Immerse yourself in nature across a variety of stunning national parks and discover Swaziland, a small​, landlocked monarchy, known for its wilderness reserves and Swazi festivals. Prepare for game drives, guided bush walks, interacting with kindhearted local artists and of course plenty of opportunities to come face to face with the 'Big Five'.

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Trip highlights
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Savannah
    Savannah
  • Safari
    Safari
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation
  • Local culture
    Local culture

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Day 1: Welcome to South Africa!

Arrival at O.R. Tambo international airport in Johannesburg...

• Upon arrival, you will be met by our local ​representative

• Board a shuttle and transfer to your hotel

Visited:
Johannesburg
Accommodation
Night at the hotel Emperors Palace (Johannesburg)

Day 2: The road trip begins!

Your ​rental car will be delivered to the hotel in the morning

Hit the road! Follow the N3 towards the Natal Midlands ​(Recommended departure time is 08:30)

• Arrive around 12:30, just in time for lunch (included)​

• Go for a half day Battlefields tour ​at ​14:00 (included)

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

Day 3: A full day battlefield tour

• Continue to discover history during a full day Battlefield tour ​(included)

Full day tour options include:

 Ladysmith Siege, Battles of Talana and Elandslaagte, full day (8h)

• Anglo-Zulu War Tours: Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, full day (10h)

• Battle of Blood River 1838, full day (10h)

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

Visited:
Ulundi Battlefields
Accommodation
Night at Three Tree Hill Lodge (Ulundi Battlefields)

Day 4: Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park 

• Depart for Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park, the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Southern Africa

• Make sure to arrive at your accommodation in time for the afternoon game drive

• Enjoy excellent birding and abundant 'Big Five' numbers

T​he park is best known for saving the white rhino from extinction (conservation fees included for duration of stay)

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

Day 5: Relaxing morning in Hluhluwe

• Today, enjoy both morning and afternoon game drives ​(included)​

• Later, relax around the pool or request a guided bush walk ​(not included)​

Accommodation
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge (Hluhluwe)

Day 6: Next up, Swaziland

Depart for Swaziland, a small​, landlocked monarchy, known for its wilderness reserves and Swazi festivals

Drive towards Manzini. En-route to your accommodation, stop at Swazi Candles, ​a candle factory established in 1982

Interact with the artisans, as they work their magic!

Accommodation
Foresters Arms Country (Swaziland)

Day 7: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary ​

• Explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area (entrance fees included​)

• Mlilwane offers an array of activities and adventures in the picturesque Ezulwini Valley

Visited:
Swaziland
Accommodation
Foresters Arms Country (Swaziland)

Day 8: Nelspruit & Lowveld National Botanical Gardens

Exit Swaziland at the Oshoek border and make your way to Nelspruit

• Stop at Jane Goodall Institute - Chimp SA​ (optional, pre-booking required)

• Once in Nelspruit, pay a visit to the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens

• Check out spectacular waterfalls which can be viewed at the Cascades and the Nels viewpoints

Continue to your accommodation near Hazyview

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

Day 9: Timbavati's wonderful landscapes

• Start with a tour of the ​Panorama Route

Head to your lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve ​(part of the Greater Kruger National Park)

• Visit the ​Blyde River Canyon​, South Africa’s only true canyon where well positioned vantage points allow a view of the 33km long gorge (optional)

• Ensure you arrive at your accommodation before 4pm, prior to the ​afternoon game drive (included)​

Accommodation
Night at Timbavati Game Reserve (Timbavati)

Day 10: South African Wildlife

• Enjoy ​morning and ​afternoon game viewing activities (included)

• Keep your eyes peeled for the white lions of the Timbavati

• Other than the 'Big Five' spot all sorts of wildlife in the company of an expert guide

Visited:
Timbavati
Accommodation
Night at Timbavati Game Reserve (Timbavati)

Day 11: South Africa departure

• Enjoy the final morning game viewing activity (included)

Depart for Johannesburg

Return the rental car at O.R Tambo international airport and board your onward flight

Safe travels!


JohannesburgKwaZulu-Natal MidlandsUlundi BattlefieldsHluhluwe-ImfoloziSwazilandNelspruitHazyviewRoute PanoramiqueTimbavati

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 the 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 the price:

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