This 7 Days, 6 Nights self-drive package is designed for those who aim to discover the authentic Africa at its best. Spend time in St Lucia to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park and surrounding game reserves that protect an astonishing array of flora and fauna. Learn more about the fierce and brutal battles that forged the shape of South Africa. Explore the wild beauty of yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site of uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and the artistic haven of the Midlands Meander before making your way back to Durban.

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Today you will set off to St Lucia, while exploring the Elephant Coast. Although this area is relatively small in size, it is home to an incredible amount of unspoilt nature and wildlife. Here you will find the Big Five, whales, turtles, coral reefs and pristine, protected coastline. It is an area world-renowned for pioneering conservation, untamed wilderness and unparalleled diversity with a huge variety of habitats and eco-systems. Overnight: Guest House, St Lucia, incl. breakfast
You have the day at your leisure to explore the various options this diverse and beautiful area has to offer. Experience the game reserves and beaches of Kwa-Zulu Natal, snorkel at Cape Vidal and in the Kosi Bay, experience a half- or full- day guided open 4×4 game drive in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve or Mkuze Game Reserve or visit Ilala Weavers to view the largest collection of traditional Zulu baskets in the world. Numerous activities await you! Overnight: Guest House, St Lucia, incl. breakfast
Today you will walk in the footsteps of famous military strategists – Shaka, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha – they were all part of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields. The wind sighs and whispers the secrets and sorrows of great battles, made visible by lone forts and small graveyards on these undulating landscapes ringed with rocky outcrops. Overnight: Zulu Lodge, Battlefields, incl. meals, teas & coffees, one game walk or game drive per day. Battlefield tours are additional extras.
You can explore the private game reserve iSibindi Eco-Reserve during morning and evening game drives. iSibindi offers daily battlefield tours to the nearby Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. The iSibindi Eco-Reserve also has a traditional village, which offers authentic tours where guests are offered the opportunity of exploring traditional Zulu food and drink and enjoying an evening of energetic Zulu dancing. Overnight: Zulu Lodge, Battlefields, incl. meals, teas & coffees, one game walk or game drive per day. Battlefield tours are additional extras.
Today you will drive to the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Known as the “Dragon Mountains” to the Afrikaners or the “Barrier of Spears” to the Zulus, the Drakensburg mountain range has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts. Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges also contribute to the beauty of the site. Overnight: Guest Farm, Drakensberg, incl. breakfast.
You have the day at your leisure to explore the various options this diverse and beautiful area has to offer. The area is a hikers dream and there are various day hikes to choose from to suit all levels of fitness. Overnight: Guest Farm, Drakensberg, incl. breakfast.
Today you will take a slow leisurely drive back to Durban. We recommend you to spend your day on the Midlands Meander. This artistic and creative hot-spot has welcome thousands of travellers to its stunning and inspiring surroundings for over 25 years. You may also make a pilgrimage to the small town of Howick to view the Mandela Capture Monument. It is at this very place that Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962 and where he bid farewell to his freedom for the next 27 years. Your journey ends where it began in Durban. We trust that you have had an unforgettable experience rich in the culture, history and beauty of this unique nation and its diverse people and wildlife.