The Garden Province of KwaZulu-Natal with Lesotho
14 days from £3,099 per person
A subtropical coastline of wildlife-rich estuaries, an interior of sweeping Tolkienesque mountains, immersion into the fascinating Zulu culture - South Africa’s Garden Province offers travel experiences by the bucketload. We’ll circumnavigate the region from Durban, with the chance to encounter the Big Five, learn about Zulu history from locals and spot migrating whales along the way. Plus, there’ll be a thrilling 4WD voyage into Lesotho (bring your passport), where you’ll enjoy lunch at the highest pub in Africa
Your holiday includes:
12 excursions and visits
- Visits to the Oribi Gorge; the southern Drakensberg; Howick Falls; Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift Anglo-Zulu War battle sites (with a historian)
- Home-cooked meal on a family-run farm
- Full-day excursion through the Sani Pass and into Lesotho
- 4 open-vehicle game drives at a private game reserve (or similar)
- Boat cruise on St Lucia Estuary
- 11 nights in hotels and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International and internal flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with Emirates from London Gatwick via Dubai. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 27 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 3-13) 3 lunches (days 4-5 and 7) 2 high teas (days 8-9) 11 dinners (days 2-12)
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Local Titan tour manager and guide
- Travel in destination by coach
Day 1 UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Durban.
Durban - Pennington/Scottburgh
This morning we arrive into Durban and travel along the coast to our hotel.
Selborne Golf Estate Hotel, Pennington (4-star) or Cutty Sark Hotel, Scottburgh (4-star)
After a leisurely morning to explore your tranquil surroundings, enjoy an afternoon tour to the Oribi Gorge. This wonderfully scenic nature reserve of cliffs and forests is home to many antelope, leopards and baboons. Whilst enjoying spectacular views of the gorge, you’ll also see some of the innumerable birds - there are five species of kingfisher and seven species of eagle here alone.
Underberg, Drakensberg Mountains
A beautiful drive takes us inland to the vast World Heritage Site of southern Drakensberg. JRR Tolkien was raised here, and the dramatic scenery provided inspiration for his Lord of the Rings books. En route we have a unique opportunity to experience local life and hear local stories over a home cooked chicken pie on a family-run dairy farm. We arrive in Underberg late afternoon, set within the amazing Drakensberg Mountains.
Premier Resort Sani Pass (3.5 star)
Sani Pass - Lesotho
We zigzag our way by 4WD up the famously rugged Sani Pass. The tallest mountains in this vast wilderness mark the border of Lesotho and South Africa (your passport is required when we cross the border). This independent state lies entirely above 1,000 metres, and many villages can only be reached on foot or horseback. Learn about the Basotho people and eat lunch at the highest pub in Africa, the House of Makhotso.
Underberg - Isandlwana
Enjoy another scenic drive to Howick Falls, a 95-metre cascade named by the Zulu people as KwaNogqaza, meaning ‘Place of the Tall One’. Take a stroll and do a little craft shopping before travelling to Isandlwana. We stay close to the site of the famous battle between the British and the 24,000-strong Zulu army on 22 January 1879.
Isandlwana Lodge (3.5 star)
In 1879, over 15,000 British troops invaded the independent nation of Zululand in a series of battles known as the Anglo-Zulu War. The Zulu force far outnumbered the British but the persistent attacks took their toll. Today we learn about the battles of Isandlwana, where the Zulus took no prisoners, and Rorke’s Drift, the site of a hastily constructed fort where the British found revenge with rifles and bayonets - a site made notable in the 1964 film ‘Zulu’. Our expert guide will retell these great emotional encounters as you visit each site.
Isandlwana - Amakhosi
Our tour leads us on to yet more amazing experiences. Watch for wildlife as we travel, via Umfolozi Game Reserve to our lodge in northern KwaZulu-Natal, and set off for our first game drive in search of the Big Five.
Amakhosi Safari Lodge (4-star) or Bayala Private Safari lodge (3.5 star)
Take two game drives today (one early morning) to witness the magic of the African bushveld. The spectacular landscape takes in 6,000 hectares of rugged mountains and flourishing savannah, forest and wetlands. You might experience a close encounter with a pride of lions and herds of elephants, or glimpse an elusive leopard; as well as spot a few of the 400 bird species that inhabit the trees and skies.
Amakhosi - St Lucia
After an early morning game drive to watch the park wake with the sun, we continue to the next World Heritage Site - St Lucia. The town sits on the edge of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the largest protected wetland in southern Africa. It also marks the start of the Elephant Coast, named after the country’s largest herd of indigenous African elephants, which have roamed the forests for centuries. This incredible stretch of untamed land also supports the Big Five and the white rhino, which was saved from extinction here.
Elephant Lake Hotel, St Lucia (3-star)
Time to enjoy a walk through this lovely village, haggle over fresh produce and traditional Zulu crafts at the characterful market, and stroll along the idyllic beach and sand dunes. This town isn’t just a great base for seeing some of the world’s great land dwellers - it’s also a renowned destination to view creatures of the water. Later today, we cruise the vast St Lucia Estuary, home to the country’s largest population of crocodiles and hippos, plus bull sharks, fish, amphibians and wonderful birdlife.
Today is a free day to enjoy your incredible surroundings, or take an optional excursion to wildlife-rich Cape Vidal. This offers a lovely game drive as well as a visit to the beautiful Cape Vidal beach. In the winter months you may see humpback whales as they migrate up the east coast of South Africa, while in summer, leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
Day 13 St Lucia - Durban - In flight
We transfer to Durban airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.