Day 1: To Durban - Overnight
flight from London to Durban via Johannesburg.
Day 2: To Ghost Mountain
- Morning arrival and drive up the Elephant Coast to the Ghost
Mountain Inn where we stay for 2 nights. This luxurious hotel is
located in a lovely relaxing location in a traditional area, close
to a number of game reserves and in the shadow of Ghost Mountain.
Afternoon walk to Ghost Mountain, a sacred place for local tribes,
which is said to be haunted.
Day 3: Mkuze Game Reserve
- Enjoy a morning game drive in the Mkuze reserve, a great place
to see elephant, giraffe and possibly white rhino as well as
lovely bird life. This afternoon we take a guided naturalist walk
through the reserve’s Fig Forest.
Day 4: To Battlefields
- Morning cruise on Lake Jozini, for wonderful scenery and hippo,
crocodile and other wildlife as well as lovely tropical birds.
Continue inland into the heart of Zululand, through rolling
countryside with small traditional villages. Arrive at the lovely
Isandlwana Lodge for a stay of 2 nights.
Day 5: Rorke’s Drift
& Isandlwana - In the company of an expert historian
guide explore the battlefields of the Anglo Zulu wars, the
haunting fields of Isandlwana and the famous siege at Rorke’s
Drift. Your guide will bring to life the history, events and
personal stories surrounding the battles in this area as we walk
through where they took place.
Day 6: To Cathedral Peak
- Morning drive across the countryside of KwaZulu-Natal, rich in
history, until the Drakensberg mountains come into view and we
climb into the central part of the range to the famous Cathedral
Peak Hotel where we stay for 3 nights. The hotel is a first class
mountain retreat with an unbeatable location for walking and
offering a splendid place to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
This afternoon we take a walk to see San bushman paintings.
Day 7: Drakensberg walks
- Enjoy excellent full or part day walks in the stunning
mountains. Walk options include the dramatic Rainbow Gorge or the
popular Contour Path.
Day 8: Drakensberg walks
- Another great day of walking, with a variety of routes available
direct from the hotel.
Day 9: To the Royal Natal
National Park - Morning at leisure at Cathedral Peak,
followed by the short drive to the northern area of the main
Drakensberg range and the Royal Natal National Park, where it is
easy to see why the Zulus named it the Barrier of Spears. We stay
in the heart of the park at The Cavern resort.
Day 10: Tugela Gorge
- A full day’s walking, with harder and easier options, in the
stunning Tugela River gorge, through valleys of yellowwood trees
and protea savannah, unusual geological formations with names like
Devil’s Tooth and Toothpick and great mountain views.
Day 11: The Amphitheatre
- A fantastic full day’s walk to the summit of the Amphitheatre,
the symbol of the Drakensberg and close to the highest point in
South Africa. Drive to a well marked trail with a zig-zag path
leading onto an undulating contour path which then leads to the
summit. A less challenging shorter walk in the area is available.
Day 12: To Johannesburg
- Enjoy a relaxing final morning in the mountains. Afternoon drive
to Johannesburg Airport