Self drive holiday in South Africa

Description of Self drive holiday in South Africa

This self-drive adventure of South Africa's most beautiful regions sees you visit the battlefield of Spion Kop, enjoy game drives in Nambiti Game Reserve and take in the scenic views of the Drakensberg.

Starting in Durban, you’ll collect your vehicle before heading to the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Explore the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, learn about one of the most significant battles in South Africa's history at Spion Kop, then head to Nambiti Private Game Reserve for wildlife-watching and safari activities.

Kwazulu-Natal offers a very completely experience to your typical South African tour, whilst still ticking the boxes of big game viewing, stunning scenery and a rich and diverse culture.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Durban - Upon arrival in Durban, you will be met by a representative to collect your rental car, receive detailed driving directions and a SatNav system, plus emergency contact numbers. Then, drive for one hour to reach your superb accommodation in Umhlanga Rocks on KwaZulu-Natal’s northern coast.
Day 2:Explore Durban - You have a full day to explore Umhlanga, a wonderful stretch of coastline. We recommend the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail. This 90-minute walk takes you through pristine coastal forest, where you can expect to see vervet monkeys, blue duiker antelope, colourful butterflies and a variety of birds.
Day 3:Drive to the Drakensburg - Enjoy a scenic, two-and-a-half-hour drive towards the Drakensberg. We highly recommend that you stop to see the spectacular Howick Falls on the Umgeni River en route. Your home for the next two nights is a charming lodge in the beautiful Kamberg Valley in the heart of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. This rustic and luxurious lodge is one of South Africa's best culinary retreats, and you can expect an incredible dining experience during your stay here.
Day 4:Explore the Drakensburg - Hop into your car and start driving through one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa. You can choose to explore Giants Castle Nature Reserve and see numerous waterfalls, pools and lush, forested gorges; travel to Kamberg Nature Reserve if you want to and discover bushman rock art sites within the reserve; or hike on the scenic trails of the Drakensberg before returning to your lodge.
Day 5:Drive to Spion Kop - You are off to the next destination of your South African adventure with a short drive to Spion Kop after breakfast. The lodge where you’ll stay for the next two nights is set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, overlooking the site of the battlefield of Spion Kop. The lodge specialises in the history of the South African War (2nd Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902) with the Battle of Spion Kop being the focal point. It offers evocative and insightful battlefield tours. You can also visit memorial sites and important strategic battle points.
Day 6:Explore Spion Kop - You have a full day to enjoy Spion Kop and the surrounding area. You may wish to explore the battlefields region further, join a game walk in the Spion Kop Game Reserve, or take part in a guided mountain biking excursion in the foothills of the Drakensberg.
Day 7:Drive to Nambiti Game Reserve - Srive to Nambiti Private Game Reserve, near Ladysmith, in the heart of the battlefields area. A guide will meet you at the entrance of the reserve and transfer you from your rental vehicle to the lodge's 4x4 Land Cruiser. Enjoy an afternoon game drive with sundowners. See great views of Amakhala's spectacular landscape. Return to the lodge for a delicious dinner.
Day 8-9:Safari in Nambiti Game Reserve - Enjoy dawn and dusk game drives, when you’re likely to spot an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), as well as hippos, cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, impalas, elands and zebras. The reserve is also known for its amazing variety of birds. The reserves' rivers, water bodies and its spectacular, 40-metre-high waterfall on the Sundays River attracts several rare bird species.
Day 10:Depart South Africa - Your South African adventure is coming to an end. Transfer back to the entrance of the reserve after breakfast. Collect your vehicle and drive to Johannesburg for your onward flight.

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Self drive holiday in South Africa

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

This itinerary focusses on ensuring you have the perfect blend of intimate properties and romantic experiences, whilst being able to safely explore one of Africa's most exciting driving routes. Our team on the ground will be with you every step of the way to ensure you are comfortable and can enjoy yourselves hassle free.

The properties chosen hire local staff and have the very best guides whilst being dedicated to sustainability and responsible tourism. Nambiti Game Reserve, for example, is home to one Africa's leading cheetah conservation projects. KWA work tirelessly to protect Africa's most endangered big cat and whilst you are staying in the area you will get a chance to see their hard work in action.

To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This ‘work’ also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners

Community

Whilst we are always trying to ensure our guests experience the best properties and destinations possible, our ethos about responsible travel is extremely important to us.

We have selected the properties on this itinerary with sustainable and responsible tourism in mind. In the KwaZulu Natal you will enjoy the region's food and wine whilst supporting local suppliers and traders. The hotels also make a huge effort to train and employ local staff.

We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture. In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

As a company we are founded in the roots of providing responsible and sustainable holidays. This means we seek to partner with local suppliers who provide fair wages, to use accommodation where community and environment are considered and to look at every opportunity for making our holidays as fair to local people and places as possible.

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