It may be South Africa’s third-smallest province, but KwaZulu-Natal’s scenic and cultural riches include the country’s most popular beaches, numerous game reserves, historic battlefields, and the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains.Take a different style of South Africa vacation, and see why this region is so popular with first-time and repeat visitors.
This trip takes you to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal, encompassing history, wildlife, and the natural beauty of this much-loved part of the country.
Staying in Durban itself, start with a full day exploring the city’s highlights. Come face to fins with the local ocean life at UShaka Marine World, and follow the revitalized ‘Golden Mile’ beachfront before browsing the markets of Warwick Triangle, where up to 6000 street vendors sell their wares. The tour concludes with a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens and the spectacular view from the top of Moses Mabhida Stadium. The following day, journey into the heart of Zululand with a visit to the largest Zulu kraal, a visit with an iSangoma or traditional healer, a local beer tasting, and a thrilling display of traditional dance.
It may not have the instant name recognition of Kruger, but Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is one of South Africa’s best game parks. Rising early, you’ll embark on a game drive, searching for the Big 5 (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and black rhino) among other majestic creatures. Bird watchers will also love this region with 425 distinct species recorded. From wildlife to landscapes, go on to the Drakensberg Mountain Range, including the Giant’s Castle. You’ll explore the nearby caves, and see Bushman paintings dating back millennia.
South Africa boasts a rich mix of ethnic influences from near and far, which has contributed to its distinctive and delicious cuisine. To devotees, the Curry Buffet is more a site of pilgrimage than a restaurant. But even a currysceptic will appreciate the sweeping Indian Ocean views as you enjoy this multicultural feast at Oyster Box Hotel. Your final full day is one of history, exploring the Battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu war,Isandiwana and Rorke’s Drift.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare to Durban, South Africa via Toronto
- All transfers
- 7 nights accommodation at The Square Boutique Hotel & Spa (or similar)
- 11 Meals as indicated in itinerary (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner)
- Sightseeing Highlights:
- Full Day Durban Highlights Tour
- Full Day Shakaland Tour
- Full Day Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Tour
- Full Day Drakensberg World Heritage Tour
- Curry Buffet at Oyster Box Hotel
- Full Day Isandlwana & Rourkes Drift
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Depart North America on your flight to Durban, South Africa.
Travel To Durban, South Africa
Upon arrival at Durban King Shaka International Airport, you will be met a representative and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel: The Square Boutique Hotel & Spa (7 nights)
Departs between 08:30am & 09:00am – Returns at 5:00pm.
If you want to get to grips with Durban, this full day tour is for you. Ample time to discover the cultural and historical contrasts of this city…before spending time at the world class attraction: uShaka Marine World. Our tour begins as we travel along the brand-new Golden Mile, the revitalised beachfront promenade which hugs the beckoning beaches of Durban viewing the newly upgraded Point Waterfront. We move through the City, viewing the majestic City Hall, and enjoying its humorous history! We continue to the small craft harbour viewing the 8th largest harbour in the world. Drive past the sugar terminals and very busy harbour warehouses on our way to the University of Natal – Durban Campus where we view lovely sights of the harbour down below. Then we visit the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle – home to 9 distinct markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange and where approximately 6000 street vendors ply their trade, to an average of 460 000 daily commuters – an authentic experience. Visit the fascinating Phansi Museum – home to the largest publicly accessible collection of Southern African artefacts and traditions, including beadworks, headrests, Zulu clay pots and various other treasures. (Closed on weekends and entrance fee for own account). From culture to nature, we visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens founded in 1849, a treasure trove of massive trees from Asia, Africa and America, and a magnificent orchid house. We then proceed to an icon of Kwazulu Natal, the Moses Mabhida Stadium where you will have the option of experiencing the cable car ride (own account) to the top of the Stadium for that phenomenal view of Durban and its surroundings. Afterwards, we’re going to sit back and be entertained at uShaka Marine World, where the dolphin, seal and penguin shows are not only spectacular, but fun and light-hearted too!
Departs between 08:30am & 8:45am – Returns at 4:30pm
Experience traditional Zulu culture and customs at the largest Zulu kraal in all of Zululand, look into the future with an iSangoma or traditional healer… all this and more, packed into one exhilarating day. We’ve laid on some traditional Zulu beer for you to sample, while the craftsmen and community who make the spears, shields, beadwork, pots and their huts, open their doors so you can witness their skills and artistry. The Zulu dancers will thrill with their grace and energy, and we’ve made sure you’re treated to a most satisfying lunchtime feast! Come live a day in the life of a traditional community – you’ll find it informative and a far cry from anything you’ve ever experienced!
YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS: Zulu kraal, iSangoma or traditional healer, Sample Zulu beer, Discover Zulu skills and artistry, Zulu dancing, Lunch
Day 6 – Scheduled Full Day Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Tour (B)
Departs between 6:30am & 6:45am – Returns at 6:30pm
This magnificent Big Five game park is not only home to 84 species of game, but it’s the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, world-renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme. A day on safari in the magical Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park doesn’t stop at the thrill of searching for the Big Five, but the hilly terrain offers spectacular views of the Reserve and your camera is going to love it. We’ve arranged lunch at the lofty Hilltop Camp – or similar – and it’ll give you a chance to check how close your bird count has come to the 425 listed birds in the Park. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is Kwazulu-Natal’s pride and joy, and after your visit, you’ll understand why.
YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Big Five game drive, Lunch
Departs between 6:00am & 6:30am – Returns at 5:30pm
Discover the beauty of the undulating Drakensberg Mountain range as we travel through such breathtaking vistas as we visit the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Castle. The enigmatic Bushman paintings in the vicinity are not far, so we set off on foot for a leisurely 3km round hike to the site of the caves to discover this magical legacy of the bushmen (moderate fitness level required). Our guide there will share his knowledge of the paintings which date back 2 000 years. We’re bound to have built up an appetite, so we’ll tuck into the hearty lunch laid on. Our return to Durban is via a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture site – a historically significant moment in South African history and now commemorated with a world class sculpture, in memory of Nelson Mandela and his heroic role in the struggle against apartheid.
YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS: Drakensberg Mountain range, World Heritage Site, Giant’s Castle, 3km foot hike (moderate fitness level required), Explore caves, Bushman paintings, Lunch, Nelson Mandela Capture site
The Curry Buffet in the Ocean Terrace Restaurant continues to attract fans from far and wide. Set in the casual, Mediterranean-inspired Ocean Terrace, with gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean, the impressive curry selection, of at least 11 curries daily, includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs, each curry is a masterpiece in itself.
From the delicate flavours of the Singapore Fish Curry, using the freshest fish of the day, to the spicy, hot Lamb Vindaloo and smooth-textured Butter Chicken. Vegetarian options delight as Bean and Botie sit side-by-side with, Vegetable Korma and Sugar-Bean Curry. The city’s famous Chicken and Prawn Curry and the Oyster Box’s signature Traditional Durban Lamb Curry remain firm favourites.
Accompanied by fresh, home-made condiments including lime and vegetable pickle, home-made Chutneys, Raitas, Sambals and freshly baked Naan breads, Papadums and Roti, the Curry Buffet, compels diners to return time and again.
Two Tandoori ovens guarantee authentic, freshly prepared Tandoori chicken, also available on the Buffet.
Departs between 6:15am & 6:45am – Returns at 7:30pm
Historians will love it for sure, but if you enjoy a really great story, the Battlefields tour is for you too – it’s both a thriller and a drama. KwaZulu-Natal is rich in Anglo-Zulu war history, where two of the most famous, at times heart-wrenching battles fought between the Zulu and British Armies took place. We visit the eerie battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and let your imagination paint mental pictures of the battle scenes played out here. Our tour includes lunch, and we wind our way home thereafter through some of the most spectacular scenery in the province of Kwazulu Natal.
YOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS: Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Lunch
Transfer to the airport for your departure to North America.
- Passport: A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit South Africa. The passport must be valid for a period of at least 6 months beyond the date of your expected departure from South Africa and must have at least two blank pages in the passport.
- Tourist Visa: Canadian Citizens do not require a Visa to enter South Africa.
- Health: Health requirements can change at any time The Public Health Agency of Canada strongly recommends that your travel plans include contacting a travel medicine clinic or physician six to eight weeks before departure. Based on your individual risk assessment, a health care professional can determine your need for immunizations and/or preventive medication and advise you on precautions to avoid disease. Travelers are reminded to ensure that their routine (childhood) immunizations (e.g., tetanus, diphtheria, polio, and measles) are up to date. As of 1 October 2011, all travellers arriving from yellow fever risk countries are required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination (unless in possession of a valid waiver certificate).
- Tipping is not obligated by visitors yet it is still an expected custom. All visitors are urged to tip their staff and guides. Tipping amounts are entirely up to the guest to decide, however, a few guidelines have been listed below:
Transfer Drivers should be tipped US$2.00 per person. Tour Drivers and Guides outside of the camp and game lodge should be tipped US$5.00 per person for a half day, and US$10.00 per person for a full day tour. Hotel staff should be tipped between US$1.00 and US$2.00 per guest per day. Porters should be given US$1.00 per person on departure and arrival. When eating at Restaurants, 10% of you meal bill is recommended for the tip.
It is important to remember that the amount listed above is only an average, and should you deem your service to be above or below that worth, feel free to adjust your tip accordingly.
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