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10 Days Durban, Drakensberg, Spioenkop, Nambiti Game Reserve
10 Days Durban, Drakensberg, Spioenkop, Nambiti Game Reserve
This itinerary explores an incredibly diverse and beautiful region of South Africa. Kwazulu Natal offers visitors a very different experience to your typical African holiday whilst still ticking off the big boxes with beautiful scenery, amazing culture and big game viewing.
You fly into Durban International airport and spend two nights in the quaint suburb of Umhlanga Rocks. From here you can relax, enjoy incredible seafood, explore Durban and even try your hand at shark cage diving. Driving on into the Drakensberg Mountains you will be blown away by breathtaking scenery and stunning accommodation. Hike, bike, swim, or just laze around the 'Mountains of Dragons'.
Next stop will be the site of the Anglo-Boer war where your beautiful accommodation offers horse riding, historical tours and walking in a rhino sanctuary.
Finally, you spend three nights in Nambiti Game Reserve. Home to all of the 'big 5', stunning scenery and a wonderful big cat rehabilitation programme - we love this hidden gem. You will then drive up to Johannesberg and fly back to your international destination.
Collect your keys
Umhlanga Rocks > Drakensberg
Activities in the Drakensberg
Drakensberg > Spioenkop
Battlefields and rhino tracking
Spioenkop > Nambiti Game Reserve
International Inbound Flight
Arriving in Durban off your international flight, most likely after a connection in Johannesburg, you will be met by a Wayfairer representative. You will receive the keys for your hire car, a detailed set of driving directions, a list of emergency contact numbers and a sat-nav system. Now the adventure begins and you will make the short 1 hour drive to your hotel in the suburb of Umhlanga Rocks where you stay on a bed and breakfast basis. You can enjoy a late lunch overlooking the Indian Ocean and relax by the pool in the afternoon. The area has some stunning options for eating out near the hotel so we recommend bed and breakfast to give you the freedom to explore.
Today we recommend you explore the brilliant seaside city of Durban. The city has been transformed in recent years and is now a pleasure to visit. We recommend a walking city tour with a local guide and will arrange this for you on request. Visiting food markets, local art stalls, viewing the colonial architecture and ending up on the beach for ice cream!
This morning you will enjoy breakfast on the ocean facing terrace and drive towards the Drakensberg Mountains. Stunning scenery will make the two and half hour drive fly by and we highly recommend a pit stop in Howick to see the breathtaking Howick Falls - a 95m waterfall. On arrival you will be blown away by the mighty Drakensberg mountains and have the chance to relax before making a plan for your stay with the on-site manager. Activities are wide-ranging here from fishing to hiking the infamous Sani Pass.
As mentioned above, activities are the name of the game here in the Drakensberg Mountains. However, if you want to relax you are also in the right place with phenomenal food and drink, stunning scenery, a lovely climate and impeccable service one can dwindle the days away in extreme comfort.
After a leisurely wake up, breakfast and waving goodbye to the epic backdrop of the Drakensberg you will embark on the hour long drive to Spioenkop. Tucked behind the mountains with white rhino roaming in the conservancy below the lodge it is hard to imagine that this is the site of the enthralling Ango-Boer war. You stay for 2 nights on a full board basis.
Spioenkop is the perfect base camp to take a half or full day tour of the battlefields. You will visit memorial sites and important strategic battle points by road and on foot with an extremely knowledgable guide. Game walks around the reserve are also brilliant and rhino tracking is possible with an experienced guide. This is a brilliant example of South Africa's immense anti-poaching efforts and conservation schemes.
From your lodge in Spioenkop you will be able to enjoy an early morning activity, such as a game walk or horse riding, before a 2 hour drive to Nambiti Game Reserve. On arrival to the reserve you will be met by your guide and leave your car at the gate, joining your guide in their 4x4 safari vehicle as you game drive to the lodge in time for lunch. Having settled in at the lodge, and perhaps had a dip in the pool, the next port of call will be an afternoon game drive - your first chance to explore the reserve. Lion, cheetah, rhino and elephant are all resident to the reserve as are lots of other beautiful species and stunning scenery. You will return for a sumptuous dinner at the lodge and experience the sounds of the bush from the comforts of your suite throughout the night.
A typical day on safari in Nambiti includes an early morning game drive with a picnic breakfast. An early morning safari is a great chance to view the big cats in action and provides the best light for photographers. You will return to the lodge for some relaxation and lunch before heading off on another game drive in the afternoon and the option of a night drive is there if you wish.
As well as enjoying your safari in Nambiti you will have the chance to learn what the reserve is doing with regards to conserving the flora and the fauna. Big cat rehabilitation is a huge project and, if you wish, you will have the chance to meet some of the hard working individuals making this happen.
Spend time enjoying the lovely lodge surroundings, pool, great food and wine as well as soaking in the last of the African bush on your final day.
This morning you will enjoy breakfast overlooking the reserve before returning to your vehicle and driving to Johannesburg International Airport. From the reserve you can pit stop in various spots but it is a fairly direct main road once out of the reserve, albeit with stunning scenery either side to keep you preoccupied. After four hours you will reach the airport and connect onto your international flight.
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.