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KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, Coast and Battlefields

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

$4,255 ex. flights

This diverse holiday offers a perfect mixture of wildlife, history and relaxation all in KwaZulu-Natal, a province of South Africa blessed with a great climate and some beautiful scenery.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

kayaking on Mzeneni river, Phinda activities, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa 1

Phinda Wildlife

Search for big game in the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

View of Durban from the beach, South Africa 2

Durban Beaches

Relax on Durban’s glorious Indian Ocean beaches.

Sandlwana hill or Sphinx with soldiers graves in foreground, KwaZulu Natal Battlefields, South Africa 3

Rorke's Drift

Learn about the battle of Rorke’s Drift, where 139 British soldiers were attacked by 4,000 Zulu warriors.

Pool, The Oyster Box, Durban, South Africa 4

The Oyster Box

Stay at the Oyster Box, positioned on Umhlanga’s beachfront and close to Durban’s iconic lighthouse.

Why we like it

KwaZulu-Natal could well be a country in its own right, such is the history, culture and diversity that is found here. This journey showcases the best – and bloodiest – of this remarkable province, taking in fantastic wildlife, rich coastal culture and gripping stories of forgotten battles.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Johannesburg - KwaZulu-Natal
  • Days 2-3
    KwaZulu-Natal
  • Day 4
    KwaZulu-Natal - Durban
  • Days 5-6
    Durban
  • Day 7
    Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields
  • Days 8-9
    KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields
  • Day 10
    KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields - Johannesburg
game drive with elephant, Phinda activities, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

Phinda Game Reserve

Start off with a safari in Kwa-Zulu Natal’s best game reserve – Phinda, well known for its variety of habitats, abundance of wildlife and range of safari activities. These include game drives, walking safaris, rhino tracking, swimming with whale sharks and night turtle drives.

Stay at one of Phinda’s beautiful lodges. With six choices, ranging from the tree-enveloped Forest Lodge to the exclusive Phinda Homestead, there are options to suite everyone.

Umhlanga Beach, Durban, South Africa
Durban, South Africa

Durban

After early morning starts on safari, spend time relaxing in the coastal neighbourhood of Umhlanga, in Durban. Soak up ocean vistas from the terrace or walking along sandy beaches lapped by the warm Indian Ocean.

Durban offers a year-round sub-tropical climate, interesting attractions and a chance to recharge before heading to the Battlefields. Durban is also renowned for its cuisine, especially the local favourite, bunny chow. Try this Indian-influenced curry dish, which is served in a hollowed-out loaf.

Isandlwana, KZN, South Africa
Isandlwana, South Africa

Battlefields

Drive on to the World Heritage Sites of Isandlwana, Fugitives Drift, Rorke’s Drift and Blood River. The Anglo-Zulu and Boer Wars of the late 19th century have come to symbolise the best and worst of human history.

Tales of unbelievable bravery abound from a time when warfare bore no resemblance to the high-tech combat of today. Listen as passionate accounts of bravery unfold against the backdrop of the African veld and Drakensburg Mountains.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Fugitives Drift Lodge £££££

  • South Africa
  • Wilderness

Lovingly created by legendary historian the late David Rattray and his wife Nicky, Fugitives Drift Lodge, located in the heart of the historic Zulu Battlefields, is renowned for its warm hospitality and is home to some of SouthAfrica’s best storytellers who bring the Zulu and Ango-Boer wars to life in an animated, inspirational and emotional way.  Set on a hillside above the Buffalo River Gorge, this lodge harbours a fascinating collection of Zulu War memorabilia and its eight spacious, comfortable en-suite cottages each have a private veranda. Activities from the lodge include Battlefields tours, horseriding, walking, fishing, mountain biking, and game drives with the opportunity to see many species including giraffe, kudu and zebra as well as the birdlife, prolific in this area.

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Phinda Private Game Reserve £££££

  • South Africa
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Situated just north of Richards Bay in the Heart of KwaZulu Natal, stands the conservation success story that is Phinda Private Game Reserve. This large and geographically diverse reserve was once depleted farmland which was regenerated to create one of the best game reserves in South Africa, famous for its superior cheetah and rhino sightings. Six very stylish lodges populate the reserve, each offering a unique accommodation experience suited to different requirements. Mountain Lodge is social and inviting, Rock lodge is perched on a high rock outcrop with stunning views and eclectic décor. Vlei Lodge nestles in the lowlands with privileged views over a fertile game area and Forest Lodge is made up of glass-sided rooms set in an ancient sand forest. Zuka and Homestead cater to families and groups looking for exclusive privacy.

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The Oyster Box £££££

  • South Africa
  • City

The Oyster Box is an iconic hotel, complete with lighthouse, it is a landmark on the Umhlanga beach on the outskirts of Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal. After a refurbishment that took two years, the Oyster Box has once again taken its place as one of South Africa’s most striking hotels. A sister to the Twelve Apostles in Cape Town and Bushman’s Kloof in the Cederberg, the same easy luxury is an integral part of this hotel. Umhlanga has always been the place to go if you want a great family beach near Durban and it still is. Enjoy spotting dolphins from the Ocean Terrace.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From $4,255 Per person

When to travel

South Africa in January

A great time to visit around Cape Town and the Garden Route, as it is hot and dry. Further north in the Kruger, it is also hot, but there is a much greater chance of rainstorms.

South Africa in February

Peak season in the Cape continues, and it is often the hottest time. It is worth booking well in advance to get your preferred accommodation.

South Africa in March

It is an excellent time to visit all parts of the country, as the weather is still warm and the rain eases in the north. In the Kruger, it is lush and green after the rainy season.

South Africa in April

Visitor numbers drop, and lower temperatures make for ideal hiking conditions in the Drakensberg mountains. It is warm and dry across the country, making it a great time to explore multiple regions.

South Africa in May

A quieter time of year and a good time to visit, especially if you are not looking for balmy heat. The north and especially the Kruger enters its dry season, with cooler temperatures.

South Africa in June

Midwinter brings the rainiest time in the Cape, but it is still pleasantly mild in the day with the sun shining. The dry season in the north makes for excellent wildlife viewing as animals congregate around watering holes.

South Africa in July

Clear skies and crisp sunshine dominate in the north, as it is the driest month. It is low season so parks are generally quiet and it is easier to spot wildlife around the sparse waterholes.

South Africa in August

A fantastic time to see KwaZulu Natal as is one of the warmest places in the country at this time. In the Western Cape, it is starting to dry out in time for whale watching season.

South Africa in September

The West Coast springs into life as the flowers bloom and temperatures rise across the country. A chance to spot newborns and it is prime time for whale watching in the Cape.

South Africa in October

A great time to see both the north and south, as it is relatively dry everywhere. Flowers carpet the countryside as temperatures continue to rise.

South Africa in November

The start of the rainy season in the Kruger and the north, as temperatures heat up. Impressive thunderstorms become more regular in the afternoon. The last chance to see whales in the Cape, and a good time to see inland areas before they toast in the summer heat.

South Africa in December

Summer approaches and with it visitor numbers rise, especially in the south. If you want to travel around Christmas and New Year, you should book well in advance to secure the best spots.

Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

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