Combining some of the best that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has to offer, this family-orientated self-drive package has it all: history, wildlife and ocean. The history aspect focusses on the Anglo-Boer War where the British Empire clashed with the South African Republic and the Republic of the Orange Free State.
A fiercely contested battle at Spioenkop in 1900 saw the Boers defeated by an army double its size; and it remains a rallying point for nationalistic sentiment to date. Leaving these momentous battlefields, the journey continues a short drive towards Ladysmith for an exciting wildlife experience before heading to the fair shores of northern KZN for some well-deserved relaxation, beach fun and ocean exploration.
Guests check in at Three Tree Hill Lodge overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve. This owner managed luxury lodge place great emphasis on responsible tourism and offer spectacular scenery, locally farm-style country food and superb hospitality.
2 nights with all meals included at Three Tree Hill Lodge
Guests will enjoy a leisurely day at Tree Hill Lodge. Activities at extra cost include guided Battlefield Tours (12 years and older), guided Drakensberg hikes, guided Horse Trail Ride and guided Spioenkop Game Reserve walk (12 years and older). Canopy tours, hot air ballooning, white water rafting (November –May only) can be booked at the Adventure Centre. Other activities can include quad biking and archery.
Breakfast will be followed by a drive to the Nambiti Plains Private Game Lodge, the only Big Five Game Reserve in the area. The 9000 hectare malaria-free reserve is home to over 40 species of game that include cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyaena, impala, eland and zebra. Guests will enjoy an afternoon game drive.
2 nights with all meals, morning and afternoon drives included at Nambiti Plains Private Game Lodge
Guests will enjoy a morning and an afternoon game drives exploring the Reserve. Activities at extra cost include swimming in the Sundays River, scenic flights with a light aircraft, catch-and-release fishing, spa and massage treatments at a sister lodge.
Breakfast and a morning activity will be followed by a six hour drive to Rocktail Camp set in the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest which covers the ancient that make up the edge of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal cost. The waters of the Maputaland Marine Reserve and an endless beach lie at the end of a 20-minute walk through the forest.
3 nights with all meals, two scheduled camp activities at Rocktail Camp
Activities include guided forest walks, snorkelling at Lala Nek, excursions to Lake Sibaya and surf/rock fishing. A full schedule of guided children’s activities is also on offer. Extra activities at extra cost included world-class diving (and courses) conducted along coral reef, Ocean Experience boat excursions, turtle drives (October to March), visits to Tembe Elephant Park and cultural village visits.
A last morning breakfast will be followed by a return journey.