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See a different side of South Africa's scenic destinations as you spend a week exploring the incredible Drakensberg mountain region and the battlefields of the Natal Midlands.

Go on magnificent scenic hikes through the mountains or explore this region on horseback, swim in the mountain rivers, and relax in this wonderful environment.

Move on to the Natal Midlands where you will go on guided tours to learn about the fascinating battles that took place here between the British and the Zulu. See artefacts and art that was left over after the war and go on balloon rides to view this historically significant region from above.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Go hiking in the incredible Drakensberg
  • Swim in the trickling mountain streams
  • Enjoy horseback riding through the surrounds
  • Go trout fishing in the Little Mooi River
  • Meet a spiritual healer & herbalist
  • Explore the historic Natal Battlefields
  • See art & artefacts from the Zulu war
  • Relax with a range of spa treatments
  • Enjoy delicious, locally prepared meals
  • Stay in charming lodges with warm service

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Hike through the scenic Drakensberg Mountains

Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where you'll collect your rental car and drive to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse. Situated in the Drakensberg Mountains, this charming country house will be your home for the next two nights.

Go hiking through the incredible Drakensberg, swimming in the mountain rivers and see the prolific birdlife. Enjoy horseback rides and nature walks along the scenic mountain trails.

Venture further out to explore the Highmoor Dam and the Kamberg Nature Reserve and head out on the endless scenic trails of this impressive mountain range.

Back at the Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse you can enjoy excellent fishing as the Little Mooi River - brimming with brown trout - runs through the property. Relax with a book in one of the garden hammocks or even take a cooking class. In the evenings you can delight in the farmhouse's excellent cuisine.

Days 3-4

Unwind in the midlands

This morning you will make your way to Fordoun Spa, Hotel & Restaurant in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. These authentic, charming farm buildings are stylishly decorated to offer you a luxurious 2-night stay.

Go on long, relaxing walks through the expansive grounds or visit the herb garden and resident herbalist, Dr Elliot Ndlovu, who will teach you about spiritual and medicinal healing.

Get active with a range of activities like horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, mountain-biking and fly fishing, all the while drinking in this pristine landscape.

Return to the hotel for a relaxing spa treatment or massage and sit down in the evenings to a delicious dinner and warm, friendly service.

Days 5-6

Learn about the Zulu battles

Today you will travel to Fugitives' Drift Guest House, located in the historically rich Natal Battlefields. View a range of art, artefacts and contemporary memorabilia relating to the famous Zulu War as you stroll through the country house's museum - an interesting and enlightening experience.

Stroll down to the Buffalo River for a spot of fishing, or head out on a horse-back game viewing excursion, looking out for the zebra, giraffe and antelope that roam the plains.

There is a lot to learn about South Africa's fascinating past in your immediate surrounds; pay a visit to the memorial of the Prince Imperial or the Talana Museum. Go on a guided historic tour where you will learn more about the battles between the Zulus and the British as they were fought at Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.

Make one last stop at the Rorke's Drift Arts & Crafts Centre where you can buy a unique souvenir which will remind you of your trip.

Day 7

Reach the end of the journey

Say goodbye to your rural retreat and drive back to OR Tambo International Airport to drop off your car and catch your connecting flight home.

Inclusions

  • 2 nights at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse on a half board basis
  • 2 nights at Fordoun Spa, Hotel and Restaurant on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Fugitives' Drift Guest House on a full board basis
  • 7 day car rental

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 25 Oct 2014 - 11 Nov 2014 $1170
  • 12 Nov 2014 - 29 Nov 2014 $1185
  • 30 Nov 2014 - 17 Dec 2014 $950

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Experience the charm of the Midlands, the local delights of farmers markets & home-style restaurants, and relaxed country estates on this perfecly lovely self-drive."

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