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Enjoy a comprehensive and luxurious tour of the Natal Midlands and Phinda Game Reserve on this 10-day self-drive safari and spa holiday in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province.

Begin your adventure by driving into the heart of the Natal Midlands' famously scenic and parkland-like countryside to spend a few days relaxing on the Hartford House Estate. Enjoy leisurely strolls around the estate, trout fishing trips to nearby rivers, a round of golf or spa treatments and massages at the Wellness Centre.

Next, travel to the northern part of the Midlands for a stay at the elegant and multi award-winning Fordoun Spa, Hotel and Restaurant. Book an appointment with the resident herbalist before having a treatment at the sensational spa.

Conclude your self-drive journey with superb game viewing in the Phinda Resource Reserve, set near the Lembombo Mountains. Explore the region by 4X4 or on foot in search of the Big 5 and also enjoy a cultural visit to a local Zulu community.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Self-drive KZN at your own pace
  • Stay in luxurious accommodation
  • Dine at KwaZulu-Natal's top restaurant
  • Get pampered at award-winning spas
  • Explore the Midlands on horseback
  • Game-viewing at Phinda on game drives & guided walks

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Relax on the Hartford House Estate

Collect your rental vehicle on arrival at Durban Airport and drive north to Mooi River in KwaZulu Natal. Make your way to Hartford House and the nearby Summerhill stud farm, located deep in this gently rolling and leafy landscape.

Spend the afternoon strolling through this beautiful estate and planning the next day's activities. This area offers a variety of outdoor pursuits that includes horse riding excursions, trout fishing and scenic walks. Pamper yourself at the wellness centre and enjoy the unhurried pace of this peaceful setting.

Book a seat at the award-winning restaurant: breakfast, lunch and dinner are served overlooking the magnificent landscaped gardens or in the candlelit dining hall with Zulu dancers and singers performing for your entertainment.

Days 3-5

Enjoy relaxation in Midlands

Enjoy a final breakfast at Hartford House before making your way to Fordoun Spa, Hotel and Restaurant in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Relax in the authentic and charming nature of an 1800s farmhouse which has been fully renovated and boasts style, luxury and lavish spa facilities.

Go on long walks around the expansive grounds or visit the herb garden and Dr Elliot Ndlovu, the resident herbalist who specialises in spiritual and medicinal healing. There are also plenty of outdoor activities to choose from including horse rides, hot-air balloon excursions, mountain biking and fly-fishing.

Days 6-9

Big 5 Game viewing in Phinda

After a hearty breakfast head to Phinda Vlei Lodge, a small, intimate lodge that overlooks a teeming wetland - Phinda Vlei - in the northern section of the extraordinary Phinda Resource Reserve. It's a private and very exclusive reserve and you'll enjoy a wide variety of activities that offer the perfect opportunity for you to see wildlife on your doorstep.

Go on game drives with experienced rangers, guided nature walks and bird watching trips - the reserve has the Big 5 as well as a bird count of no fewer than 410 species - or visit local communities to experience Zulu culture. Laze around the swimming pool during the heat of the day and enjoy delicious Pan-African cuisine in the evenings.

Day 10

Bid farewell to Kwazulu Natal

Make your way back to Durban Airport to return your rental vehicle and connect with your onward travel arrangements.


  • 2 nights at Hartford House on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Fordoun Spa, Hotel and Restaurant on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 4 nights at Phinda Vlei Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
  • 10 days car rental


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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 17 Oct 2014 - 12 Nov 2014 $3010
  • 13 Nov 2014 - 09 Dec 2014 $3035

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

"This luxurious KwaZulu Natal trip has it all: countryside retreats, incredible spa experiences and a thrilling Phinda safari."



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