DURBAN CITY TOUR Duration: 3 hours
This is half day tour which includes, as we make first stop, Kwa-Muhle museum helps us learn about the Indian, and Zulu
Influence on Durban, after the WWII. We then continue with a drive past the new Moses Mabhida soccer stadium, named
After a former General Secretary of South Africa Communist Party. It is a multi-use stadium, one of the host stadiums for the
2010 FIFA World Cup, with the capacity of 62,760 seats. It is adjacent to Kings Park Stadium and the Durban Street Circuit,
used for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. A short stop at the Victoria Street Market, full of spices and souvenirs, is a must for any shopper. Travelling along the Victoria embankment the tour passes the Dick King statue and the Yacht Club. We drive past the sugar terminal and the University of Natal, the tour proceeds through Cato Manor informal settlement and the residential areas of Berea and Morningside to the Botanical Gardens with its beautiful orchid house. Passing the Post Office and City Hall in the city centre, we return to the hotel.
Cost from: R950.00
VALLEY OF 1000 HILLS Duration: 3 hours
After departure from Durban, this three hour tour travels through the suburbs of Westville and the residential area of Kloof. The first stop is at a Safari Park, where we visit a crocodile snake park. Learning about these ancient reptile, and getting as close as you dare. The tour continues to Phe zulu, a small traditional Zulu kraal, which includes an informative talk about the Zulu traditions, and beliefs. The tour is completed with an energetic display of Zulu Dancing overlooking the 1000 rolling hills. We recommend this tour which would lead you to learn about the Zulu culture, if you do not wish to dedicate one full day, to go to Shakaland. Although it is 2, 5 hours away from Durban, it is a complete experience.
Cost from: R1150.00
DURBAN “WILDLIFE” TOUR Duration: 3 ½ hours
This three hour tour begins with a visit to the Natal Sharks Board for an audio-visual presentation for one hour and a shark dissection for one hour. Explore more about these feared predators which every year end up in fisherman nets or get stuck in those which are spread alongside of the North Coast. The tour moves onto the Umgeni River Bird Park with its exotic and indigenous birds. The park is situated in an old quarry site, which used to contain water. It has an extension of 3,5 hectares with 800 birds of 200 species.The river Umgeni or Mgeni ( in Zulu it means Place of Acacias ) rises in the KZN Midlands and its mouth is in Durban, some distance north of Durban’s natural harbour. It is 232 kilometres long. The Hawick Falls are some famous waterfalls on Mgeni (you might be able to visit on one of our trips).
Cost from: R 950.00
FULL DAY TOURS
INLAND SAFARI Duration: 8 hours
Departing Durban we head inland toward the Valley of 1000 Hills. We begin with Zulu culture and dancing, followed by a visit to the Snake and Crocodile Park. We then continue inland to a private game reserve, a light Picnic Lunch is included within the park. Enjoy the afternoon game viewing in this private game reserve near Pietermaritzburg. This affords us the opportunity of viewing buffalo, rhino, and giraffe, sable and roan antelope amongst many other species. Return to Durban late afternoon. Roan is in an extinction in parks such as Kruger and it is considered one of the three largest antelope in Africa. It occurs in West, Central, East and Southern Africa. Sable might be mistaken by the Roan, when seen from far, and it is one of the most admired and most beautiful animals, not always present in large numbers in National Parks.
Cost from: R 1950.00
SHAKALAND ZULU EXPERIENCE
Duration: minimum 8 hours
After driving along the North Coast road through sugar cane fields and farmlands, after about 2, 5 hours, we arrive at Shakaland, a traditional Zulu uMuzi (Home) situated 17 kms from Eshowe in Zululand. The visit starts with a video and short film on life of the great Zulu warrior, Shaka, who united zulu clans, conquered territories and other smaller tribes. It includes a visual explanation of typical Zulu traditions: beer brewing, spear making, hut building, pottery, weaving, traditional dress, Zulu etiquette and the layout and social structure of a kraal. After a spectacular display of singing and dancing a Buffet meal with some typical Zulu food is served in the restaurant overlooking the Goedetrou dam. An unforgettable and unique experience, this tour can also be done in the evening departing Durban at 13h00. The complex has accommodation, traditional african huts, where one can spend one or more nights.
Cost from: R 1880 .00
MIDLANDS MEANDER Duration: 8 hours
The tour starts with a drive through the residential suburbs of Westville and Kloof. After a short stop at Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg we view the many Victorian buildings of the colonial town before proceeding to World’s View – a spectacular view site overlooking the surrounding country. The highlight is at Howick Falls formed when the Umgeni River falls 95 m. It is known by the original Zulu inhabitants as “The place of the tall”.In its vicinity there are: Cascade Falls, Shelter Falls and Karkloof Falls.The town of Howick is 88 kilometres situated from Durban. After lunch at one of the local country inns (for own account) visit weavers, potters, leatherworks, galleries and craft shops.
Cost from: R 1850.00
HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE Duration: 12 hours
With an early departure from Durban, this tour takes us, along the dolphin coast, through sugar cane fields, and then forestry plantations towards the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Situated in Northern Zululand, this 96000 hector reserve was established in 1895 and is world renowned for its work in saving the rhino. It is also home to the BIG 5. Enjoy a full day of game viewing in the reserve with either a picnic lunch or packed lunch, in the vehicle you travel in. It is possible to organise it in the 4×4 vehicle, for a supplement.
R 2880.00 per person / Departs Daily at 06h00
Drive time to and from the game reserve is 3 hrs each way.
SANI PASS/LESOTHO Duration: 11 hours
Travel inland past Pietermaritzburg to the area known as the Natal Midlands. When we arrive in Underburg; the foothills of the Southern Drakensburg Mountains, we transfer into 4 wheel drive vehicles to climb the steep and spectacular Sani Pass, allowing a few stops for photographs of the breathtaking views. We cross the Lesotho border, lunch at the highest Pub (2844 m) in Southern Africa followed by a visit to the local Sotho village. Lesotho, officially, the Kingdom of Lesotho, is an enclave, landlocked country, completely surrounded by South Africa. It’s just over 30 000km2 in size, with a population of over 2 million people. The name translates into the land of the people who speak Sesotho.
Passports essential (2 ½ hrs driving time each way)
Cost from: R 2950.00
ANGLO-ZULU BATTLEFIELDS Duration: 11 hours
Depart at 07h00 for Northern Natal. Travelling along the North Coast through sugar plantations we turn inland at Eshowe. Passing Babanango, a small farming village we visit the battlefields of the Anglo Zulu War of 1879: Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift. The worst defeat ever faced by the British army at the hands of a native force. Picnic lunch is enjoyed between the tour battle sites. Time permitting we visit Fugitive’s Drift where a 2 Victorian Crosses were awarded for saving the queens colours. We return to Durban in the late afternoon via Tugela Ferry and Greytown. The Anglo Zulu war was fought between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom.Sir Henry Bartle Frere, without the approval of the British government and with an intent to instigate a war, with a Zulu, had presented an ultimatum to the Zulu king Cetswayo, with which Zulu king could not comply. The war resulted in a British victory and the end of the Zulu nation’s independence.
Cost from: R 2850.00
HLUHLUWE / ST LUCIA Duration: 2 days
Day 1: Early departure for Hluhluwe Game Reserve, well known for its rich bird life and animal life including the famous white rhino, for a full day game viewing. We include Picnic lunch in the park. Dinner and overnight at a local lodge, either within the park, or at a nearby smaller private game reserve in the area of Hluhluwe.
Day 2: After early morning game viewing followed by breakfast, we proceed to the world heritage site of St. Lucia. Lunch stop for your own account is followed by a 2 hour boat trip on the estuary, home to the Nile crocodile, hippo and an astonishing variety of birds. The small town is mainly a hub for the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park.It is also park to about 1200 Nile Crocodiles and almost 800 Hippos. Other animals include leopards, greater Kudu, Black Rhinos and rich avifauna. It has humid subtropical climate. We return to Durban late afternoon.
Cost from: R 6580.00
DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS Duration: 2 days
Day 1: We depart for Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of Kwa Zulu-Natal via the Valley of 1000 Hills where we enjoy the magnificent view sites (please find the description of Valley of 1000 Hills on our half day tour, from Durban).
Pietermaritzburg (Zulu- umGungundlovu) was founded in 1838 by Voortrekkers, following the defeat of Dingane, at the Battle of Blood River, and was capital of short lived Boer Republic, Natalia.Britain took it over in 1843.It is also famous for an incident in life of Mahatma Gandhi after which he decided to stay in South Africa and to fight racial discrimination against Indians. Out of that struggle emerged his version of nonviolent resistance- Satyagraha.After a short drive through the capital, famous for its lovely parks and red-brick buildings, we proceed to the spectacular Howick Falls plunging 95 metres over dolomite cliffs. Lunch stop at one of the local Country Inns for your own account. Arrive in the foothills of the Southern Drankensberg Mountains enjoy dinner and overnight at a local resort.
The Drakensberg (derived from Afrikans meaning Dragon Mountains) is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which reaches its greatest elevation of between 2000 and 3000m.It stretches for over 1000 kilometres from the Eastern Cape Province, in the South. It winds north, through Mpumalanga, where it includes Blyde River Canyon.It moves north again in Limpopo Province.
Day 2: Morning departure in a 4×4 vehicle for ascent of Sani Pass into the Kingdom of Lesotho. Visit a Sotho village. Enjoy lunch at the highest pub in Africa! Return to Durban via the Natal Midlands. Passport essential
Cost from: R 8890.00
ZULULAND CULTURE/WILDLIFE Duration: 3 days
Day 1: Depart Durban via the North Coast for Dumazulu, a cultural village, to experience traditional dancing and sample the local cuisine (similar concept to the one in Shakaland, described earlier under the excursions from Durban). Enjoy afternoon game viewing in Hluhluwe- Umfolozi Game Reserve, before dinner and overnight at a local lodge.
Day 2: After breakfast spend the day game viewing in the reserve with a picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at a local lodge.
Day 3: We leave for an early morning game drive and breakfast before departing for St. Lucia. After a lunch time stop, in town, relax on a lake cruise. Return to Durban late afternoon. You might be back, more likely, early evening.
Cost from: R 11500.00
ANGLO-BOER WAR BATTLEFIELDS Duration: 2 days/1 night
Day 1: After an early departure from Durban, we arrive in Ladysmith. It is 230 kilometres north-west of Durban, called after the Spanish wife of the Governor of Cape (1847-1852), Juana Maria de los Dolores de Leon Smith. Important industries in the area include food processing, textile and tyre production. It was established in 1882, after the discovery of coal, by Boer Farmers. It’s called after a hometown of a pioneering Scottish settler. Ladysmith has subtropical highland climate, with mostly summer precipitations. Re-live the dramatic chain of events of the most famous sieges of the turn of the century. After lunch we visit the Talana Museum in Dundee, unique in South Africa, this is the only museum on a battlefield where the buildings dating from the time of the battle still exist. Dinner and overnight at a local country inn.
Day 2: After breakfast we depart for the battlefield sites relating to the Anglo Zulu War of 1879: Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. We return to Durban late afternoon.
Cost from: R8570.00
uShaka Marine World Duration: 4 Hours
The 5th largest aguarium in the world, uShaka Marine World is situated on Durban’s Golden Mile. It is founded in 2004 and it is comprised of 16ha grounds.It’s name is a symbol of Zulu proud nation and their leader known as white Napoleon ( you can learn more about that period on your tour to Shakaland ).The park comprises of 4 sections: uShaka World; uShaka Wet’nWild; uShaka Beach; uShaka Village Walk.
Here you can enjoy a dolphin show; a seal show; Snorkel lagoon; Spotted Eagle Reys; Walk on the ocean floor; Feed the fish; Have close encounter with the sharks. Visit the underground galleries, extending 500 meters through a series of four superbly designed old ship wrecks, Each and every display was designed to represent not only the natural habitat of the sea creatures, but to depict a story that ties in with the Phantom Ship theme. This is highly recommended tour for families, friend and all the lovers of nature, which is walking distance from all the hotels on the Golden Mile.
Cost from: R850 per person
GIANTS CASTLE SAN ROCK ART Duration: 10 Hours
This is a great full day tour, taking you through the Natal midlands and then into the foothills of the central Drakensburg Mountains. The scenery and photographic opportunities present itself on each corner. We will go on gentle 45- minute walk to Main Cave; here many bushman paintings still exist on the rock walls. The Khoi San people used to live nomadic lives in this area, before they were hunted to extinction, leaving only these paintings to tell their story. A guide will inform us of the meanings of the art, and enlighten us on some of their beliefs, and traditions. On returning to camp, a light lunch is included before return to Durban at around 18h00.
Cost from: R2950.00
St. LUCIA WETLANDS
Departure: 800 am Duration: 12 hours
This is a full day tour heads north along the scenic dolphin coast, and then in through the sugar cane fields so typical of Kwa Zulu Natal landscape. Passing the forestry plantations which we use for production of paper. The world heritage site of St Lucia is a must for all nature loves. We will arrive here with animals and a little time for curio shopping at some of the roadside markets, a quick drive through the village. The one and half hour boat cruise will bring you up close to hippos, crocodiles and prolific bird life all in their natural habitat. A knowledgeable guide will help to point out the animals and teach you about the various eco systems along the banks. After the boat cruises we have a lunch stop for your own account in the holiday village of St Lucia.
Then we will head back to Durban.
Cost from: R 2950.00 per person.