DURBAN CITY TOUR
Duration 3 hours   R 450 PER PERSON


 

So much to see – you choose!!! Take the Skycar at the new Moses   Mabhida Stadium for the best views of Durban city. Take in the   tranquility and beauty of the Botanical Gardens. The 100-year-old Victoria Street Oriental Market is a must. The harbour views from Wilson’s Wharf, Travel along the beachfront towards the harbor entrance where you can see anything from sari clad Indian ladies walking on the sand to traditional healers collecting bottles of seawater to use as muti (medicine).  Discover the highlights of the city of Durban, with this tour dedicated to showing you the cultural   and historical contrasts of this city.



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VALLEY OF A THOUSAND HILLS
Duration 5 hours   R 700 PER PERSON

 

We will travel along a scenic route to the valley of a thousand hills and you will be guided through the Crocodile farm where you will see one of the largest crocodiles in Kwa Zulu Natal, and a full range of snakes which are indigenous to the area. We will visit a traditional Zulu home at Phezulu for a display of Tribal dancing to pounding drums, and a good opportunity to learn about the proud Zulu nation and their age old customs. The guide will be able to give you many fascinating facts about the area and it'shistory. We will than drive back to Durban via a scenic route  


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FULL DAY FREEDOM ROUTE TOUR

Duration 12 hours   R 1600 PER PERSON

 

Travel to KwaMuhle Museum for an introduction to the Durban system. KwaMuhle is central to the lives of every African who ever lived and worked in the city of Durban between 1928 and 1986. It was also important to anyone who employed the labour force. This history pervades people’s memory of this city: the administration of passes, the labour bureau, housing, health and administration of beer halls all centered on KwaMuhle.

We then travel to Cato Manor Heritage Centre where a tour of an era gone by can be experienced. It is an area rich in cultural and political heritage. Establishment of informal settlement in Cato Manor by the African and Indian populations started as the municipality was unwilling to provide adequate housing for poor Africans or Indians coming to Durban for work, and because many Africans who came to Durban for work were not ‘legally’ in Durban, according to influx control regulations. Tea/ Drinks can be purchased at the Coffee Shop at your own cost.

Our next stop will be the Inanda Heritage Sites of Mahatma Gandhi’s Phoenix Settlement, John Dube’sOhlange Institute, the Shembe Church and the Inanda Seminary School.

We then take a trip to Groutville for a tour of the Albert Luthuli Museum which was home to the Luthuli Family during the Apartheid struggle. Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli was a visionary leader. He dedicated his life to raising the awareness of human rights violations and fighting for an end to racial discrimination. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. 

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TALA GAME RESERVE AND VALLEY OF A THOUSAND HILLS

Duration 8 hours. R 1400 PER PERSON

 

Depart Durban westwards into the bushveld for a drive at a Private Game Reserve that boasts wildlife such as rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, and a wide variety of antelope. This is followed by lunch. We then depart for the Valley of 1000 Hills, for a visit to the Assegai Safari Park, for a guided tour of the crocodile enclosures, and the snake collection. We then visit "Phe-Zulu", a traditional Zulu village, for a cultural show, encompassing tribal songs and dances to the rhythm of drums and a tour of the village. 




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SHAKALAND – ZULU CULTURE
Duration 8 hours.    R 1700 PER PERSON (lunch included)

 

For the best of Zulu Culture, Shakaland is a must. We drive north through sugar cane plantations and various historical landmarks to our destination "Shakaland". Thrill to the rhythm of the drums as the Zulus give you an amazing demonstration of traditional dances. You will learn about Zulu customs and lifestyles, and have an opportunity to taste zulu beer. For lunch, you can enjoy a hot or cold buffet which includes traditional zulu food. Hand-crafted goods and souvenirs are available to buy .After lunch we visit the superb Dlinza forest at Eshowe 


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HLUHLUWE-UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE

Duration 12 hours. R 1850 PER PERSON

 

Enjoy a full day of game viewing in a 96’000 hectare wildlife sanctuary for the opportunity of spotting animals including the Big Five. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is renowned for its conservation efforts in saving the white rhino from extinction. Early morning departure from Durban and travel approximately 3 hours to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Spend the day searching for the Big Five and various other game species. Stop for lunch (OWN ACCOUNT). Depart the park by 15h30 to return to Durban in the late afternoon.Optional open safari vehicle game drive is available at a surcharge. 



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ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK
Duration 8 hours.  R 1600 PER PERSON

 

After a scenic drive through Zululand to St Lucia we head for the estuary mouth as our first stop. A short hike through the game park you may encounter various wildlife and birdlife. After lunch, relax on a boat ride to view crocs, hippos and the African fish eagle amongst many more species of birds. You'll learn about the delicate balance of 5 eco-systems in the area, and many facts about the large and small inhabitants of these regions, before our late afternoon drive back to Durban. 



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HLUHLUWE-UMFOLOZI AND ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK

Duration 12-14 hours   R 2300 PER PERSON

 

Visit Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Park for the morning and then drive to St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetlands for a 2 hour boat cruise down the world’s largest estuary viewing hippo and crocodile in their natural habitat.Optional open safari vehicle game drive is available at a surcharge. 



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DRAKENSBERG WORLD HERITAGE SITE TOUR

Duration 8 hours R 1700 PER PERSON (lunch included)

 

Driving through Pietermaritzburg we head for Drakensberg range, we arrive at Giant's Castle a world heritage site for a half hour easy walk to see the Bushman paintings, whilst seeing incredible scenery and hopefully the rare bearded vulture amongst other small game species. After lunch, we make a scenic trip back to Durban via the Midlands Meander Route with its many craft and farmers markets and Howick falls.

 

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SANI PASS –LESOTHO 

Duration 14 hours R 2200 PER PERSON (Lunch included)

 

We travel through to Underberg where we transfer into a 4×4 vehicle for a trip up the famous Sani Pass to the top of the Drakensberg and into Lesotho where we meet these mountain people living in a very harsh land. We will visit the Sani top chalet which is one of the most isolated pubs in Africa. It is certainly the highest. The area is renowned for its incredible scenery, flora and birdlife. This is the home of the eland, the largest antelope in Africa, duikers, baboons and the rare bearded vulture. Passports are essential for entry into Lesotho, and jerseys, jeans and binoculars are must.

 

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ISANDLWANA AND RORKE’S DRIFT TOUR

Duration approx 14 hrs) R2200 PER PERON (Lunch included) 

 

Relive the horror of the two most famous Anglo-Zulu War battles with a specialist Battlefield guide. Visit the eerie battlefield of Isandlwana, where British troops were massacred by the Zulu army in 1879, then continue to Rorke's Drift, where a handful of British soldiers heroically held a mighty Zulu regiment at bay, a battle made famous by the movie 'Zulu'. The tour winds through some of the most spectacularly beautiful scenery in KwaZulu-Natal. After a full day's touring, we return to Durban in the early evening.

Afro Zulu Tours is a Durban based tour company  and has tour partners in Cape Town, Johannesburg, offering:

·         Fully escorted tours in Kwa Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Western Cape and Gauteng.

·         Day tours from each of the above cities

·         Airport and shopping  and hotel transfers

·         Shuttle services

·         Accommodation booking

·         Overnight tours

·         Tailor made tours

Travelling

Tour prices are quoted in ZAR (South African rands)

Departures are subject to a minimum of 2 passengers and availability (*Single supplement apply)

Tour prices are quoted in ZAR (South African rands)

Group discounts available

Children between the ages of 03 and 11 year pay 50% of the normal price

All tours are accompanied by registered guides

All tours are in English, language guides can be arranged

In all matter relating to accommodation, sightseeing or transport by whatever means Afro Zulu tours holds itself free from responsibility for any delay,loss,injury,death or damage arising from any cause whatsoever.

All passengers requiring visas for neighboring countries are to make their own arrangements  

Two Days One Night-  Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Park Safari Durban - DurbanDay One – Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Park (Dinner)

You will have an early start and travel along the scenic Dolphin Coast and into rural Zululand, directly to the “big 5”Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Park you will have a wonderful opportunity to see the Big 5; lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, as well as warthog, giraffe, cheetah, and various types of antelope in the oldest game reserve in Africa. There is a great abundance of birdlife in the reserve, as well as many small mammals too. Lunch would be at the Hilltop Camp Restaurant.(own account) after lunch you have afternoon at leisure, and later enjoy a sunset game drive on drive in an open game-viewing
vehicle with staff from KZN Wildlife, the organisation tasked with running this reserve. This is to improve on your chances of seeing some of the nocturnal species such as leopard (always difficult to find), lion, hyena, genet, bush babies and then the other nocturnal animals such as the owls and nightjars. You also
get to see some of the diurnal animals such as are those that are found in the day.

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT AT HILLTOP CAMP

Day Two – St. Lucia, Durban (Breakfast)

This morning we depart the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Park after breakfast and a short game drive to the exit gate and make our way to the village of St. Lucia where we board a boat for a two hour cruise on the
lake in this proclaimed World Heritage Site. Here you are guaranteed to see hippos, and a very good chance of seeing crocodiles and a vast array of bird-life.The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has both
one of the largest estuary systems in Africa and the continent's southernmost coral reefs. In granting it World Heritage status in 1999, the World Heritage Committee noted the park's "exceptional
biodiversity, including some 521 bird species". Situated on the central Zululand coast of KwaZulu-Natal, the park is made up of 13 adjoining protected areas with a total size of 234 566 hectares. Its
remarkable biodiversity is a result of the park's location between subtropical and tropical Africa, as well as its coastal setting. After our two-hour cruise and lunch (OWN ACCOUNT) we make our way back to Durban, arriving late afternoon

001 .Two Days One Night-  Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Park Safari

Price:  R5500 PER PERSON SHARING | Day One – Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Park (Dinner)

 

You will have an early start and travel along the scenic Dolphin Coast and into rural Zululand, directly to the “big 5”Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Park you will have a wonderful opportunity to see the Big 5; lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, as well as warthog, giraffe, cheetah, and various types of antelope in the oldest game reserve in Africa. There is a great abundance of birdlife in the reserve, as well as many small mammals too. Lunch would be at the Hilltop Camp Restaurant.(own account) after lunch you have afternoon at leisure, and later enjoy a sunset game drive on drive in an open game-viewing vehicle with staff from KZN Wildlife, the organisation tasked with running this reserve. This is to improve on your chances of seeing some of the nocturnal species such as leopard (always difficult to find), lion, hyena, genet, bush babies and then the other nocturnal animals such as the owls and nightjars. You also get to see some of the diurnal animals such as are those that are found in the day. 

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DINNER AND OVERNIGHT AT HILLTOP CAMP  | Day Two – St. Lucia, Durban

 

This morning we depart the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Park after breakfast and a short game drive to the exit gate and make our way to the village of St. Lucia where we board a boat for a two hour cruise on the lake in this proclaimed World Heritage Site. Here you are guaranteed to see hippos, and a very good chance of seeing crocodiles and a vast array of bird-life.The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has both one of the largest estuary systems in Africa and the continent's southernmost coral reefs. In granting it World Heritage status in 1999, the World Heritage Committee noted the park's "exceptional biodiversity, including some 521 bird species". Situated on the central Zululand coast of KwaZulu-Natal, the park is made up of 13 adjoining protected areas with a total size of 234 566 hectares. Its remarkable biodiversity is a result of the park's location between subtropical and tropical Africa, as well as its coastal setting. After our two-hour cruise and lunch (OWN ACCOUNT) we make our way back to Durban, arriving late afternoon

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002 .Three Days Two Nights: HluhluweImfolozi  Park – St Lucia- Shakaland

Price:  R8200 PER PERSON SHARING |  Day One – Shakaland - St Lucia

 

After breakfast we depart from your hotel in Durban.  Experience the Zulu culture first hand with a visit to South Africa’s most famous cultural village – Shakaland – situated a mere 170 km north of Durban. This ‘Living Museum’ was created around the film set of the epic film Shaka Zulu! Your day will be one of interaction with the villagers, who will entertain you with fascinating stories of history, culture and intrigue. You will be introduced to their Sangoma, invited to taste the traditional beer and be mesmerized by their vibrant drumming and dance. After a delicious lunch we continue our journey onto St Lucia, our base for the next three nights. Upon arrival, we enjoy a sunset game drive into the Western shores of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. Tonight you can enjoy dinner (own account) at one of the local restaurants, based in St Lucia.

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Day Two – Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park – St Lucia

 

An early dawn departure enables us to enjoy an open vehicle safari, with ‘possible Big 5’ photo opportunities. We travel a short distance into the heart of Zululand to visit the oldest Game Reserve in South Africa, the Hluhluwe & Imfolozi National Park. It was here that the famous White Rhino conservation project was initiated and implemented with great success. This reserve is host to the ‘Big 5’ – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, and Rhino – as well as many other exciting wildlife species. The area is also renowned for its exceptional birding. A break will be taken for lunch at around midday, when the animals tend to seek the cool of the denser vegetation. We return to St Lucia later in the afternoon. We return to St Lucia in the early afternoon, in time for our ‘Estuary Safari”, where we’ll enjoy a boat cruise on Lake St Lucia that falls within the greater Isimangaliso St Lucia Wetlands Park, one of South Africa’s 8 World Heritage sites.  Here we will have the opportunity to view crocodiles and hippos in their natural habitat, as well as an abundance of birds and possible other animals. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the local St Lucia restaurants.

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Day Three – Cape Vidal –Durban 

 

After breakfast we depart to Cape Vidal.  Here, we spend the entire day relaxing on the unspoiled beaches. Cape Vidal falls within the St Lucia Marine Reserve and is situated north-east of St Lucia.

It has the best of both worlds with access to the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia where there is a variety of game including reedbuck, other antelope, hippos, crocodiles and buffalo, spectacular water, forest and grassland birds and the wonderful Indian Ocean shore line with its startling array of marine animals. We return to Durban in the late afternoon/evening.

 

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003 .Seven  Day African Safari & Zululand  |  Price:  available on request

 

Sights in Zululand, KZN, South Africa This African tour Includes the most interesting and scenic highlights of Zululand and Kwa Zulu Natal, in South Africa. These include the World Heritage site of the St Lucia WetlandsReserve, safaris in HluhluweUmfolozi Big 5 Game reserve, Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields, Drakensberg Mountains,Giants Castle, Bushman Cave Paintings and Sani Pass into Lesotho.

 

 

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Day One – St Lucia - Hluhluwe  Imfolozi Park

 

Depart Durban for St Lucia, and a boat ride on the St Lucia Estuary. The entire St Lucia Wetlands Reserve has been proclaimed as a World Heritage site.The St Lucia Estuary is made up of 5 different and separate eco-systems,and is therefore unique. There are very frequent sightings of hippos and crocodiles, as well as riverine and marine bird species. There are also breeding pairs of African fish eagle on the estuary, and sightings are regular.Lunch will be enjoyed in St Lucia, before entering the HluhluweUmfolozi Game Park, famous as a Big 5 reserve,and for saving the rhino from almost certain extinction. In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive in the Hluhluwe reserve en route to Hilltop Camp, famous for its gracious and charming accommodation, in one of the higher parts of the park with expansive views. Check in at the reception. After time to freshen up, an early dinner will be enjoyed before embarking on a night drive in the park. A night drive often gives very good sightings of game not seen during the day, and one can sometimes seebush baby, cerval, civet cats, and otherinteresting animals. Encounters with rhino and elephant are quite regular.Lion, leopard and hyena are also occasionally seen on night drives, and will make the experience unforgettable. Return to your en-suite private chalet for a good night’s sleep.

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Day Two - Hluhluwe- Imfolozi Park

 

An early game drive will be offered before breakfast. This is often one of the best times of the day to view game. The day will be spent in game drives, with time to rest and relax at your chalet during the hottest part of the day (when the animals are in hiding). We will, however, be flexible if there are indications of exciting game to be seen and will do all in our power to get you to the right sites. Another night drive is offered and the night will again be spent at Hilltop Camp.

 

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Day 3 - Hluhluwe- Imfolozi Park – ITHALA game park

 

Another opportunity for an early morning game drive before breakfast. After breakfast, we leave for Ithalagame park. This park is completely different to Hluhluwe Umfolozi, and is known as the jewel of KwaZulu-Natal's parks. The scenery is stunning, and although the park has no lion, there are many other species of game which are frequently seen which make it a very worthwhile reserve, e.g. black-backedjackal, wild dog, black rhino, etc. The accommodation is wonderful, and you will again have a private chalet. Enjoy game drives through the remainder of the day, with time to relax and freshen up before an early dinner. After dinner,enjoy a night drive which will again afford you spectacular sightings.

 

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Day Four - IThala game park – Anglo-Zulu Battlefields

 

The morning will be spent in game drives. After lunch, leave for Isandlwana Lodge for an overnight
stay. This is a wonderful lodge, designed to look as if it grew out of the rock formations, set high up against the Nyoni Rock overlooking the Isandlwana mountain and battle plains. The area is steeped in history.

 


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Day five - Anglo-Zulu Battlefields (Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift)

 

After breakfast, the tour of the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields begins. Isandlwana was the site of one of the most dramatic and gripping events in the history of the Zulu kingdom. A column of British red-coats, under General Chelmsford was utterly defeated by King Cetshwayo's Zulu army. That same day, part of the Zulu army was repulsed after ten hours of heroic struggle around a barricaded border post at Rorke's Drift by just a handful of the red-coats and the event is etched into history in a story of courage, self-sacrifice and tragedy. You will gain immense insights into these events with your tour-guide, and tread the same ground. Leave for Giants Castle, arriving in the early evening.

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Day Six Drakensberg (Bushman Cave paintings)

 

Enjoy a lazy lie-in before breakfast. We then will take a walk up to the Bushman Cave paintings (this walk takes about half an hour, and is a pleasant walk although it meanders slowly uphill. The last 5 minutes is steep, but it is worth it for the views of the surrounding countryside and the paintings. After a leisurely lunch, we leave for Himeville and overnight at a Country Cottage or Guest House.

 

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Day Seven - Drakensberg Lesotho (Sani Pass)

 

Enjoy a lie-in before breakfast. After breakfast, you will be collected in a 4 x 4 for a trip up the spectacular Sani Pass into Lesotho. (PASSPORTS are ESSENTIAL!) Lunch will be at the Sani Top Chalet, one of the highest pubs in Africa. You will get a glimpse of thestark living conditions of the Basotho people and a chance to meet them if you desire. The trip down the Sani Pass affords different viewpoints and is alsobreathtaking. Animals that may be seen are eland (the largest antelope in Africa) and baboons; the rare bearded vulture is also an inhabitant of thisarea. We return to Durban in the late afternoon.

Accommodation
- Hilltop Camp, Ithala and Giants Castle are all within KwaZulu-Natal game parks, and offer superb accommodation which can be classed as 3 or 4 star. We utilise 2 bed or 4 bed chalets on our tours which all have en-suite bathrooms.-Isandlwana Lodge is a luxury lodge.-In Himeville, we utilise Guest houses with that lovely country feel. All roomsare en-suite.

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004. Two Days One Night: DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS TOUR

Price:  R5500 PER PERSON SHARING | Day one- Natal Midlands - Drakensberg

 

Travel to the Valley of 1000 Hills to enjoy the magnificent panorama. Short drive through the colonial town of Pietermaritzburg famous for its many Victorian buildings. View sites of the spectacular Howick Falls where the Umgeni river plunges 95 metres over dolomite cliffs Travel through the Natal Midlands to the central Drakensberg.

 

 

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Overnight at Giants Castle. | Day Two- Drakensberg

 

After breakfast enjoy a half hour easy walk to see the Bushman paintings, whilst seeing incredible scenery and hopefully the rare bearded vulture amongst other small game species, Giant's Castle Game Reserve is home to one of the best preserved sites of prehistoric rock art in the world. Part of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, and a World Heritage Site, the area is a prime destination for eco-tourism and one of the world’s truly pristine great open spaces.

Giant's Castle mountain peak is so called because its shape resembles the profile of a sleeping giant. The camp is located in the grassy terrain below this giant, surrounded by the cascading peaks and valleys of the High Drakensberg. Return to Durban. 

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005 .Three Days Two Nights: DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS TOUR

Price:  R8200 PER PERSON SHARING  |  Day one- Natal Midlands - Drakensberg

 

Travel to the Valley of 1000 Hills to enjoy the magnificent panorama. Short drive through the colonial town of Pietermaritzburg famous for its many Victorian buildings. View sites of the spectacular Howick Falls where the Umgeni river plunges 95 metres over dolomite cliffs Travel through the Natal Midlands to the central Drakensberg. Overnight at Giants Castle.

 

 

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Day Two: Drakensberg

 

After breakfast enjoy a half hour easy walk to see the Bushman paintings, whilst seeing incredible scenery and hopefully the rare bearded vulture amongst other small game species, Giant's Castle Game Reserve is home to one of the best preserved sites of prehistoric rock art in the world. Part of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, and a World Heritage Site, the area is a prime destination for eco-tourism and one of the world’s truly pristine great open spaces.

Giant's Castle mountain peak is so called because its shape resembles the profile of a sleeping giant. The camp is located in the grassy terrain below this giant, surrounded by the cascading peaks and valleys of the High Drakensberg. After lunch we drive to Himville overnight at Himeville

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Day Three Sani Pass – Lesotho

 

After breakfast we transfer into a 4×4 vehicle for a trip up the famous Sani Pass to the top of the Drakensberg and into Lesotho where we meet these mountain people living in a very harsh land. We will visit the Sani top chalet which is one of the most isolated pubs in Africa. It is certainly the highest. The area is renowned for its incredible scenery, flora and birdlife. This is the home of the eland, the largest antelope in Africa, duikers, baboons and the rare bearded vulture. Passports are essential for entry into Lesotho, and jerseys, jeans and binoculars are must. We return to Durban by late afternoon.

 

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006. Two Days One Night: BATTLEFIELDS TOUR

Price:  R5500 PER PERSON SHARING  | Day one –Isandlwana - Rorke’s Drift-Fugitive’s Drift

Make an early start from Durban and head inland towards South Africa’s famous battlegrounds, where more battles were fought in this remote area of KwaZulu-Natal than anywhere else in South Africa. Your expert Battlefield guide will recount the Anglo Zulu War Battle of Isandlwana, where 20 000 Zulu warriors took on the firepower of the British troops, and wiped out almost an entire regiment in about 2 ½ hours. Then travel on to Fugitive’s Drift, where many of the 402 soldiers who fled from the battle managed to escape from Zululand into Colonial Natal. Several of the fugitives were killed after they had crossed the Mzinyathi (Buffalo) River and the graves of Lieutenants Nevill Coghill, Teignmouth Melvill and others lie on the hillside overlooking the river. Visit Rorke’s Drift, where a handful of British soldiers, outnumbered 35 to 1, fought off 4 000 Zulus for 12 hours, in a battle which saw 11 Victoria Crosses awarded, the highest number awarded to a Regiment (the 24th Regiment of Foot) in a single action. We continue, thoughts lingering about young lives lost and medals won, to our guesthouse for warm, country hospitality and a delicious dinner before retiring for the night.

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DAY TWO  - SPIOENKOP MOUNTAIN - DURBAN


After a hearty traditional South African breakfast we make our way to the summit of Spioenkop Mountain. From here your guide will recreate the tragic battle between Boer and Brit which unfolded over 9 days in January 1900.

The British occupying Spioenkop’s summit were in full view of Boer rifle and artillery fire, in this, the third and bloodiest attempt by the British to relieve Ladysmith. Incredibly, General Louis Botha (who became the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa), Winston Churchill, by then a Lieutenant serving in the South African Light Horse, and Mohandas Gandhi, then a stretcher-bearer and later the Mahatma, witnessed the battle. We then continue a little further to visit the site of the armoured train incident, made famous due to the fact that Churchill (at that stage a correspondent with the Morning Post) was among those captured. After lunch, we take our leave of bloody battlefields and head for Durban, arriving in the late afternoon. This tour recounts fascinating tales of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. Many British soldiers, Zulu warriors and Boer burghers lost their lives at the battles of Isandlwana, Fugitives’ Drift, Rorke’s Drift and Spioenkop. Re-live these intriguing stories, some of astounding bravery, recounted by an expert Battlefield Guide. And later drive back to Durban 

FREEDOM ROUTE TOUR

FULL DAY FREEDOM ROUTE TOUR

Duration 12 hours   R 1450 PER PERSON

Travel to KwaMuhle Museum for an introduction to the Durban system. KwaMuhle is central to the lives of every African who ever lived and worked in the city of Durban between 1928 and 1986. It was also important to anyone who employed the labour force. This history pervades people’s memory of this city: the administration of passes, the labour bureau, housing, health and administration of beer halls all centered on KwaMuhle.

We then travel to Cato Manor Heritage Centre where a tour of an era gone by can be experienced. It is an area rich in cultural and political heritage. Establishment of informal settlement in Cato Manor by the African and Indian populations started as the municipality was unwilling to provide adequate housing for poor Africans or Indians coming to Durban for work, and because many Africans who came to Durban for work were not ‘legally’ in Durban, according to influx control regulations. Tea/ Drinks can be purchased at the Coffee Shop at your own cost.

Our next stop will be the Inanda Heritage Sites of Mahatma Gandhi’s Phoenix Settlement, John Dube’s Ohlange Institute, the Shembe Church and the Inanda Seminary School.

We then take a trip to Groutville for a tour of the Albert Luthuli Museum which was home to the Luthuli Family during the Apartheid struggle. Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli was a visionary leader. He dedicated his life to raising the awareness of human rights violations and fighting for an end to racial discrimination. Return to the hotel in the afternoon.