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A South African Adventure

11 Days from £2,549

Lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and steeped in Zulu traditions, the province of KwaZulu-Natal is home to incredible landscapes, thrilling wildlife and some of South Africa's most sweeping golden beaches.

Departure from: Sep 2019 - Oct 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways

9 nights all inclusive in a lodge or hotel of a good standard plus 1 night in flight. 

27 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners and a free bar open 12 hours a day

Specialist Local Guide

Overseas transfers and other transportation

Porterage

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Included holiday highlights

Game drive in the Ubizane Wildlife Reserve

Three game drives in Hluhluwe Imfolozi  Park

Traditional braai farewell dinner

See hippos and crocodiles on a cruise in iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Village community project visit

Explore the Valley of a Thousand Hills

Witness the breathtaking Oribi Gorge 


 


 


 


 


 


 Make your own way

If you prefer the flexibility of booking your own flights and transfers and meeting us overseas, then you can! A price reduction of £825 applies. To book this tour without flights and transfers, please call our Holiday Advisors on 01858 898138. See terms & conditions.

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Durban

​Today you'll depart on your flight to Durban, the largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Day 2 Ubizane

On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel located in the heart of South Africa's Zululand. This area in the north east of KwaZulu-Natal is known locally as the Elephant Coast. For the next three nights you will stay in a thatched tree lodge in the Ubizane Wildlife Reserve. This privately owned reserve, home to an abundance of wildlife, stretches over 1,200 acres and has the Mzinene River flowing through it. Perched on stilts and surrounded by the natural beauty of Fever Tree Forest, your stunning accommodation also comes with its own private viewing deck. That means you can watch animals as they freely roam right in front of your eyes.
Begin your stay here with high tea, and then after time to settle into your lodge, you'll head off on your first thrilling safari. Ubizane is overflowing with magnificent wildlife, and the sights you see are sure to be just incredible. Your expert safari guide will know where to look for the park's residents, but keep a lookout yourself – nothing quite beats the feeling when you are the first to spot a rhino, giraffe, zebra or wildebeest. Whatever you see today, you'll certainly have plenty to chat about with the rest of the group over a pre-dinner drink. And this is just the start of your adventure! You're extremely well placed here not only for the thrills on offer in Ubizane, but for included excursions to nearby Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park , too.

Day 3 Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

A leisurely morning gives you time to relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings. The excitement then begins to build again as we head to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve in search of more thrilling wildlife. This is Africa's oldest game park and was the hunting ground of the Zulu kings, Amongst its rolling hills, look out for a whole host of animals, not least the 'Big Five' – lion, elephant, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino. In fact the park is renowned for its conservation efforts to save the white rhino from extinction, so hopefully you'll get to see this magnificent creature this afternoon. If you're really lucky, you might even see the endangered black rhino on your safari, as the reserve is now turning its attention to the dwindling numbers of this species.
As the sun begins to set we'll make our way back to the lodge, where you might choose to enjoy a sundowner before dinner.

Day 4 Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

You've a full day of game drives today, heading back into Hluhluwe Imfolozi early, when the animals are at their most active. After notching up more wildlife sightings – you're sure to see giraffe, zebra, hippo and many types of antelope – we'll head back to the lodge for breakfast. Spend the rest of the morning at leisure and enjoy high tea before setting off on another game drive this afternoon.
Tonight, back at the lodge, you're invited to a special farewell dinner in the form of a braai – a traditional South African barbecue.

Day 5 iSimangaliso Wetland Park

We'll bid the Elephant Coast farewell today as we head further south to our new base of Scottburgh. On the way there's another chance to view amazing wildlife with a stop at St Lucia and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, whose name translates to 'miracle' or 'something wondrous'. South Africa's first UNESCO-listed site consists of three major lake systems, eight ecosystems, most of South Africa's remaining swamp forests and 25,000-year-old sand dunes, which are among the highest in the world. It is also where you'll find more than 500 species of birds and over 6,500 types of plant and animal.
The best way to explore this unique area is aboard the luxurious double-decked ferry, Advantage Cruiser, and that's exactly what you'll do. Over a couple of hours you'll see animals in their natural habitat, with close encounters with hippos and crocodiles a breathtaking highlight. The knowledgeable guides on board will tell you all about Africa's largest estuarine system and help you spot fish eagles, kingfishers, herons and more.
After disembarking, lunch is included in the town of St Lucia before we continue to Scottburgh. This will be your base for the next six nights, and your accommodation, the Blue Marlin Hotel, is located just steps from the beach.

Day 6 Scottburgh

After all the excitement of the last few days why not simply relax at your hotel. Enjoy the facilities here, which include an outdoor pool, spa, games room and dive centre. Or why not head to the beach, which is just steps away, and enjoy a dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Day 7 Malangeni & Pennington

You'll get an insight into life in South Africa today on a morning visit to local communities. You'll meet the members of a women's sewing group, tour a cookery school and see a computer teaching scheme in action. These projects are all part of a social scheme which aims to redress past inequalities and enhance the quality of life for the people living in these villages. Over tea and cakes you can have a chat with the scheme organisers and the locals who are benefitting from it.
You'll be back at the hotel in time for lunch, and the rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish.

Day 8 Valley of a Thousand Hills

A morning out takes you to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, an area of spectacular unspoilt natural beauty. Take in views down to the Umgeni River, which flows to the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean, en route to PheZulu Safari Park, nestled amongst this undulating landscape. Here you'll learn about the Zulu culture as you watch dancing displays, explore traditional thatched huts and shop for traditional carvings and beadwork. You'll also take a tour of the crocodile and snake park to learn all about these fascinating creatures. And there's even the chance for a hands-on experience with a Burmese python that weighs in at a whopping 42kgs.
Your tour comes to an end as we head to The Pot & Kettle, a lovely restaurant overlooking the valley, with stunning views on the menu alongside lunch.

Day 9 Oribi Gorge

There are more scenic views to enjoy on today's included excursion, which takes you inland to the Oribi Gorge. Cut by the flow of the Umzinkulwana River, this million-year-old steep-sided valley is 400 metres deep and we'll head down into its heart. From here, you'll get spectacular views of the cliffs that now tower over you. We'll then drive out of the gorge for views over and beyond it.
Lake Eland Reserve is our next stop, to observe animals such as giraffe, zebra and many types of bird, including five species of kingfisher and seven species of eagle. Keep an eye out too for various members of the antelope family, although the gazelle-like oribi, after which the park is named, is a rare sight. You'll then have the chance to take a thrilling walk across the gorge on a suspension bridge. And if you want to see even more, you could take the 300 steps down the cliffs to the caves, and you could also opt to ride a zip line across the gorge or try abseiling if you're really feeling adventurous.  

Day 10 Scottburgh

After the excitement of yesterday, why not spend a day at leisure, with a spa treatment or a stroll along the beach at the top of your agenda. If you're still up for adventure, there will be optional excursions available at your hotel, including a day out in Durban or a visit to a crocodile conservation centre.

Day 11 Durban/UK

Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 2 - 4 :

Uzibane Zululand Safari Lodge
Located in the Uzibane Nature Reserve, with its flowing grasslands and abundant plant and animal life, there is plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife during your stay here. An array of wild birds flutter through the trees, and at night animals including giraffe, zebra and impala are known to stop by the watering hole. The safari lodge rooms have glass sliding doors and a patio area to make the most of these spectacular sights. Rooms also benefit from from en-suite, tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge.

Day 5 - 10 :

Blue Marlin Resort
Set in sub-tropical gardens overlooking Scottburgh Beach, your hotel boasts facilities including a restaurant and an open bar from 11am to 11pm, including local wine, beer, some soft drinks, some local spirits, tea and coffee. Additional facilities are a lounge/bar, swimming pool, pool bar, beauty salon, games room, and PADI scuba academy. The hotel put on nightly entertainment to enjoy, such as live music, themed evenings, quizzes and cabaret. Guest rooms have private facilities, ceiling fans, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
TOUR DURATION
DEPARTURE DATE
DEPARTURE
PRICE FROM
STATUS
 

10 days

Sunday 22 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,724

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10 days

Sunday 13 October 2019

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£1,824

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DEPARTURE
DATE
DEPARTING
FROM
DEPARTURE
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NOW
STATUS
 

SAT 21 SEP 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£2,699

£2,549

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 21 September 2019

Departs

16:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

05:35 Durban (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Tuesday 01 October 2019

Departs

07:30 Durban (Intl)

Arrives

17:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 12 OCT 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£2,799

£2,649

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 12 October 2019

Departs

16:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

05:35 Durban (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Departs

07:35 Durban (Intl)

Arrives

18:45 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.


Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

A South African Adventure in KwaZula-Natal with beach extension

Extend your holiday to 16 days from £499

Sep 2019 - Oct 2019 Departures