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Experience 11 fantastic days as you thoroughly explore South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province – the itinerary includes the Drakensberg Mountains, the KZN Battlefields, the Maputaland Coastal Reserve and the extraordinary Phinda Resource Reserve.

Begin your self-drive journey at the base of the famous and iconic Drakensberg Mountains as you relax at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse. Enjoy Cleopatra’s famously delicious gourmet cuisine and the chance to explore the Drakensberg Mountains on foot or horseback.

Continue north into the historic and culturally rich Battlefields region and spend two nights at Fugitives’ Drift. You’ll learn all about the famous colonial battles of the area such as Isandwlana and Rourke’s Drift and you’ll also explore the Buffalo River for birds and spot giraffe and zebra in the local game reserve.

Next, drive yourself to Thonga Beach Lodge, situated on the sub-tropical KZN coast. Enjoy a few days of relaxation as you rest on white sandy beaches, go snorkelling in the clear Indian Ocean, or cool off in the camp’s swimming pool.

Finish off your adventure with a Big 5 safari in the Phinda Resource Reserve, one of South Africa’s most exclusive and diverse conservation areas.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Prepare meals with an award-winning chef
  • Hike or horse ride in the Drakensberg
  • Go fly-fishing in the Kamberg Valley
  • Re-live history in the Battlefields Region
  • Visit the actual Rourke's Drift battleground
  • Stay in a secluded coastal forest reserve
  • Dive with turtles & manta rays in the Indian Ocean
  • Stay at award-winning Phinda Forest Lodge
  • Enjoy superb bird watching throughout
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Tour Duration: 11 Days
Start: Drakensberg, South Africa
End: KwaZulu-Natal Safaris, South Africa

Destinations visited

Accommodations visited


Drakensberg, South Africa

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
2 Nights

Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal

Fugitives' Drift Lodge
2 Nights
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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thonga Beach Lodge
3 Nights

KwaZulu-Natal Safaris, South Africa

Phinda Forest Lodge
3 Nights


Day to day

Fly from Johannesburg to Durban, pick up your hire car and drive yourself to the scenic foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains and The Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse.

Enjoy two nights in this charming and cosy accommodation, situated next to the Giants Castle Nature Reserve. Take a hike or go horseback riding in this dramatic mountain region and keep your eyes peeled if you’re a birder: the area is a good birdwatching destination.

There’ll be plenty of time to relax at the farmhouse: settle into a hammock in the garden with a book or take a cooking class – Cleopatra is well-known for excellent cuisine and award-winning chefs.

What's Included?

  • 11 days car rental
  • Flight from Johannesburg to Durban

What's Excluded?

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

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