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KwaZulu Natal Road Trip

11 Nights

From $5,316 USD

Tour Highlights:

Explore the picturesque Midlands Meander
Witness the majestic "Big 5" in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve
Experience seaside bliss on wild, unspoiled beaches

KwaZulu Natal Road Trip

Journey Overview

Begin a captivating 11-day South African Road Trip through the enchanting Kwazulu Natal, where adventure meets luxury. Discover the picturesque landscapes of the Midlands Meander and marvel at the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Venture into the untamed beauty of Zululand, encountering the iconic Big Five on an unforgettable safari at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve.

Unwind on pristine coastal beaches, where scuba diving unveils a vibrant underwater world. Experience the perfect blend of elegance and charm with stays at guesthouses and luxurious lodges. Engage in self-guided hikes and mountain biking excursions, offering breathtaking encounters with wildlife and the awe-inspiring Tugela Falls.

Indulge in delectable dining experiences that showcase the rich flavors of South Africa, elevating your road trip adventure. From exploring the rich biodiversity of the region to immersing yourself in the local culture, this South African Road Trip promises unforgettable memories as you traverse through Kwazulu Natal's diverse landscapes and experiences.

Unforgettable South African Road Trip Adventure!

DAY 1
Umhlanga

Umhlanga Retreat: Elegance & Delights

  • Your Accommodation

    You'll be staying at The Grange Guesthouse in Umhlanga, a charming mansion from the 1950s with high ceilings and dark wooden floors, exuding timeless elegance. Your accommodation will be a deluxe king room offering sea views and modern amenities for a comfortable stay.

    Your home away from home:

    The Grange
    www.thegrange.co.za
    Tel +27 (0)64 709 3505

  • Your Travel Time

    After picking up your rental car at King Shaka Airport, you'll have a quick 30-minute drive to reach The Grange Guesthouse in Umhlanga. The distance between King Shaka Airport and The Grange in Umhlanga is 30 kilometres.

  • Your Activities

    On your first day, take the opportunity to settle into the welcoming ambiance of The Grange Guesthouse. You can unwind from your travels by exploring the beautiful garden or simply savouring some quiet moments in this tranquil setting. The day is yours to acclimate and prepare for the exciting journey ahead.

  • Your Food

    As the sun sets, you can indulge in the flavors of Mo Noodles, an Asian fusion haven for dinner.

DAYS 2 - 4
Drakensberg

Adventures in Bergville: Nature's Delights

  • Your Accommodation

    For the next three days, your home away from home will be Three Tree Hill Lodge, a picturesque retreat nestled against the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Here, you'll find comfort in your cozy double cottage, which offers a perfect blend of rustic charm and modern amenities. With breathtaking mountain views just outside your window, Three Tree Hill Lodge provides a serene and idyllic setting for your stay.

    Your home away from home:

    Three Tree Hill
    www.threetreehill.co.za
    Tel +27 (0)87 059 9016

  • Your Travel Time

    The journey from The Grange Guesthouse to Three Tree Hill in Bergville covers a distance of approximately 260 kilometres and takes about 3 hours by car.

  • Your Activities

    After setting off on a scenic drive to Bergville, you'll explore the Midlands Meander, known for its arts and crafts, with over 160 places to eat, drink, shop, and explore.
    At Three Tree Hill Lodge, you can take part in various activities, including mountain biking along scenic trails, exhilarating trail rides on the working cattle farm, and bushwalks in the neighbouring Spioenkop Game Reserve, offering glimpses of wildlife from time to time.

  • Your Food

    Your journey begins with a satisfying breakfast at The Grange Guesthouse before embarking on your scenic drive. You'll end your day with a 3-course plated dinner at Three Tree Hill Lodge. During your stay at Three Tree Hill Lodge, you'll have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the lodge.

DAY 5
Vryheid

Historic Journey: Battlefields and Rapids

  • Your Accommodation

    Your accommodation for the night is at Koubad Farm Lodge in Vryheid, offering luxurious rooms within self-contained thatched rondavels. Each room includes an en suite bathroom, satellite TV, and same-day laundry service. Set amidst an indigenous garden, the lodge provides a serene backdrop for your stay.

    Your home away from home:

    Koubad Farm Lodge
    www.koubad.com
    Tel +27 (0)83 781 5231

  • Your Travel Time

    Departing from Three Tree Hill Lodge after breakfast, your journey to Koubad Farm Lodge in Vryheid is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes, covering a distance of 227 kilometres.

  • Your Activities

    Venture through the historic Battlefields Region, where the echoes of past conflicts add depth to your exploration. Later in the day embark on a thrilling canoeing expedition on the Bivane River that promises white-water excitement and an immersive encounter with the region's natural beauty.

  • Your Food

    Enjoy lunch at The Shed Pub & Grill in Dundee, known for its rustic charm and generous portions. Your day will end with a delightful dinner at Koubad Farm Lodge, featuring local flavours.

DAYS 6 - 8
Hluhluwe

Zululand Discovery: Safari Escapades

  • Your Accommodation

    For the next three days, immerse yourself in the heart of Zululand at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. Your luxurious Bush Villas offer open-plan layouts, cozy lounges, inviting fireplaces, and expansive viewing decks, seamlessly blending luxury with nature in this pristine wilderness.

    Your home away from home:

    Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
    www.rhinoridge.co.za
    Tel +27 (0)35 474 1473

  • Your Travel Time

    From Koubad Farm Lodge in Vryheid, it's a scenic 3-hour and 30-minute drive to reach Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in Hluhluwe, covering a distance of 200 kilometers.

  • Your Activities

    Embark on afternoon game drives in search of the "Big 5" and other captivating creatures. Experience morning game drives to witness the crimson dawn and iconic African wildlife. Your knowledgeable guide will not only help you spot these remarkable creatures but also share insights into the park's ecosystems and wildlife behaviour, creating a truly immersive safari experience.

  • Your Food

    Enjoy delectable dinners and Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided at the lodge.

DAYS 9 - 12
iSimangaliso

Coastal Bliss: Beachfront Retreat

  • Your Accommodation

    The adventure continues at Thonga Beach Lodge, an enchanting haven nestled within the pristine iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your Deluxe Ocean View Room offers sweeping vistas of the Indian Ocean, complete with a private plunge pool and a spacious deck.

    Your home away from home:

    Thonga Beach Lodge
    thongabeachlodge.co.za
    Tel +27 (0)35 474 1473

  • Your Travel Time

    Your travel to Thonga Beach Lodge in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park will span about 3 hours and 45 minutes, over a distance of 200 kilometers. Upon arrival at Sodwana Bay, you'll securely park your rental car and embark on an exhilarating 4x4 transfer to Thonga Beach Lodge. After your final breakfast at Thonga Beach Lodge, embark on a scenic 5-hour drive spanning 350 kilometers to King Shaka Airport. Return your rental car upon arrival and board your homeward flight, filled with unforgettable memories of this incredible South African adventure. Safe travels!

  • Your Activities

    Experience coastal wonderland as you bask in the splendour of unspoiled, wild beaches. Activities include scuba diving to explore vibrant reefs, beach relaxation, hammocks, spa treatments, kayaking expeditions on Lake Sibaya, captivating nature walks, birdwatching, and more. Thonga Beach Lodge promises an immersive coastal experience that leaves you utterly entranced by the natural beauty of the region.

  • Your Food

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served at Thonga Beach Lodge, providing a backdrop of the awe-inspiring ocean.

YOUR JOURNEY ENDS HERE

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