Explore South Africa Safari
14 Nights exploring Natal Battlefields, the Cape and a Private Reserve
Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, our representative will meet you in the Arrivals Hall, holding a board with your names on it, and she will assist you with the collection of your hired vehicle. Your car hire will include Super Insurance Cover, the Contract Fee, Unlimited km, and a one way drop off fee.
You will proceed to drive to Isibindi Zulu Lodge, approximately 4.5 hours' drive away, in Kwa Zulu Natal. Please note that you will pass through a few toll road gantries’ en route, where you will need to pay small amounts of money to gain further access of the roads. You may pay these fees by using your Master or Visa credit card, or in South African Rand.
Isibindi Zulu Lodge is a 12 bed luxury lodge, situated a stone's throw away from the historically momentous Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana, where Zulu and British clashed in a devastating battle which had enormous consequences for the Zulu people.
Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated within the 4000 acre Isibindi Eco-Reserve which offers diverse habitats ranging from montane grassland and valley thornveld to riverine forests. The reserve is home to abundant indigenous game, morning and evening game drives are offered and there is excellent bird watching. It is also quite safe to walk or take a picnic along one of the meandering river beds and view Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, etc.
Architecturally inspired by the traditional Zulu beehive shape, the beehive suites offer panoramic views. Each Suite has its own private viewing deck overlooking the hills, including Rorke's Drift. The Suites have en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower. The rooms are individually set along the ridge ensuring ones privacy in this tranquil environment.
The main lodge lies amongst huge Buffalo Thorn Trees and dolerite boulders boasting a homely lounge with a large fireplace, a library, a unique bar carved out of a Wait-a-Bit Thorn Tree, a swimming pool with a view and spacious veranda. The privately set swimming pool has breath-taking views over the game reserve. Guests may gather around the bar in the evenings to recall their day's adventures.
During your stay, meals, teas, coffees, one daily game drive or walk, and a Zulu Boma Dinner are included. In addition, on an evening game drive, guests are entitled to one of the following: glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink.
Days 2, 3 and 4
The lodge offers a choice of authentic Zulu cultural experiences, which are included during your stay.
Zulu Boma Dinner (Included)
Isibindi Zulu Lodge offers the rare opportunity of learning about the Zulu culture and traditions as they remain in Zululand today.
A Zulu Boma Dinner begins just as the sun starts setting, casting our hills in soft golden light. Guests are led down a narrow path to the beat of drums. As one emerges into a clearing coming across an historical Zulu umuzi (village) the dancing bodies of Zulu children make for a profound experience. The traditional dances and their role in Zulu history and culture is explained amid the energetic displays. Here, you smell the smoke from the cooking fire and hear the cattle lowing, the beating of drums and the singing of the dancers. Before sun set, you are given an energetic and powerful performance of Zulu dancing and singing, the fading light adding to the magic of this unforgettable experience. A Zulu meal follows comprising traditional cuisine such as phutu (stiff maize meal porridge), isijingi (sweet pumpkin mash), umngqush (samp and beans with butter) and inyama (meat and potato stew) and is served in the Kraal of the Umuzi, under the night sky(weather depending). A knowledgeable guide is present throughout the experience to answer any questions and to share the Zulu traditions and customs with you.
Homestead Visit (Included)
A separate day trip to a Zulu Homestead gives guests a rare chance to experience the life of a rural Zulu family which has remained largely unchanged over the past hundred years since Shaka Zulu forged this mighty nation. This is a full day trip departing after breakfast. We head off to Elandskraal Store first, which is a traditional Zulu trading store where you can buy pots, curios and mingle with the locals. From there we go to a farmhouse to meet a lovely family involved in subsistence farming, who will show you around and explain how they farm. This is followed by a visit to a local village halfway between Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. Our lead Zulu dancer at the Lodge – Senzo, will escort and explain the everyday life of the people living here as well as hopefully seeing the resident Sangoma (witchdoctor). If she’s home, she will invite us into her house and explain her beliefs and practices and also show her special muti (magic potions). After this tour we drive to the nearby Museum for a picnic lunch and also have the opportunity to buy from the craft shop there. We usually return to the lodge around 3-3:30pm.
Battlefield tours (Included)
The tour includes a description of the context of the Anglo-Zulu War and events leading up to the outbreak of hostilities in January 1879. The battlefield tour starts at approximately 8h30 when guests are collected by their guide and head for Isandlwana. This battle was considered the greatest defeat in British colonial history and as the dramatic events of the day unfold, guests begin to envisage the tragedy and the bravery of this extraordinary battle that took place during a solar eclipse.
At approximately 12h00 guests travel to Rorke's Drift to enjoy a picnic lunch. The events of Rorke's Drift (the battle proceeded from Isandlwana to Rorke's Drift later in the same day) are described, as well as a short tour of the museum. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded at Rorke’s Drift for bravery, this being the largest a
Other battlefields and sites of historical interest in the area, such as Fugitives Drift; the site of the death of the French Prince Imperial and Blood River can be visited by prior arrangement.
Tours usually last a day, but are tailor-made to suit your particular interests and can also be arranged as a half day activity.
Panorama & Cultural Tour (Included)
These tours are only available through one guide in this area; He is a qualified historian with a special interest in the Zulu culture and his trips entail a day of unknowns in the surrounding rural areas. Your trip could consist of a varied list of things including:
Game Drives/Walks (Included)
Guided game drives and walks are available on request and subject to availability. All drives are in open game viewing vehicles to enable 360 degree viewing. The game farm can also be explored on foot as we have no dangerous predators, making it safe to walk. Do bear in mind that there are snakes in the bush, so always keep your eyes open! We encourage you to walk as much as you like.
We have 18 species of hoofed mammals on the reserve, including Giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, Black Wildebeest (White-tailed Gnu), Blue Wildebeest (Common Gnu), Red Hartebeest, Nyala, Bushbuck, Blesbok, Waterbuck, Common and Mountain Reedbuck, Impala, Kudu, Grey Duiker, Steenbok and Warthog. There is also a diverse array of carnivores including the elusive Leopard and smaller species such as Black-backed Jackal, 3 Mongoose species, Caracal (Lynx), 2 otter species and the Honey Badger (Ratel). The birdlife here is abundant and extremely rewarding for keen birders. Even novice birders will have a fabulous time spotting! Our species list currently stands at 234.
The Buffalo River forms the eastern boundary of the reserve and provides some excellent fishing opportunities. Barbel and Yellowfish (Scaly) are both to be found in the river. Guests must bring all their own fishing equipment, including bait. Transport to the river is on foot (about a 5km walk) or by 4 x 4 vehicle.
Today you depart Isibindi Lodge, driving to Durban King Shaka Airport, 4 hours' drive away, where you will return your vehicle and board your flight to Cape Town International Airport.
After collecting your luggage at Cape Town International, our representative will meet you, and he will transfer you to the town of Hermanus, just over an hour's drive from the Airport. Hermanus is a small coastal town, offering beautiful beaches, whale watching in season, markets, shopping and a variety of restaurants.
In Hermanus you will be accommodated at On the Cliffs Guest House, situated on the seafront with stunning sea views. Beautiful en suite rooms and a putting green, sauna, guest lounges, pub, pool etc. Hermanus golf club is 5 minutes away.
All rooms are en suite with king-size or twin beds, private balconies or patios, luxury fittings and have panoramic sea views for whale watching. On the Cliff is only a 1km walk to the village centre. You will be able to explore the town, its crafts, shops and restaurants at your leisure.
Your stay at OntheCliff will be in a sea facing room, inclusive of breakfasts.
Explore Hermanus - the Guesthouse can arrange cruises, scuba diving, parasailing, horse riding on the beach, fishing, golf, or great white shark cage diving at nearby Gansbaai. Or you can simply relax on the beach.
The Southern right whale visits Hermanus from the end of May to the end of November every year. Whales continue to be seen until early January but in far fewer numbers.
They come to give birth and mate in the warmer and protected waters of our bay.
They seem to be curious by nature and will often pop their heads out of the water to have a look at the people watching them and then put on a display of enormous strength launching their bodies out of the water several times in succession to the delight of the crowds. Seagulls always seem to be around to collect the somewhat stunned fish after the whales crash back into the ocean. Whales will often approach the whale spotting boats to within touching distance to have a good look and seem to have no fear at all.
A 2 hour whale watching cruise. You can walk from On The Cliffs to the whale cruise - it will take approximately 15 minutes.
Today our representative will collect you from On The Cliffs, and he will transfer you into Cape Town central and onward to the Cape Heritage Hotel.
At the Cape Heritage Hotel you will experience contemporary chic and historic graciousness. The Hotel is situated in Cape Town's fashionable Heritage Square, with direct access to the city's vibrant street life, business precinct, shopping and fine dining.
The Hotel's historic roots run deep into the 18th century, with the central courtyard shaded by the oldest known fruit-bearing grapevine in South Africa. Here you will find an oasis of calm from where to explore all that the Mother City has to offer.
At the Cape Heritage, you with enjoy a sense of history, of Cape Town's beginnings. With parts of the original walls exposed, tasteful furnishings that reflect Cape Town's rich heritage and culture, and murals from aspiring artists, the mood is one of elegance and comfort.
Guests may enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet in the breakfast room or beneath the famous grapevine in the historical courtyard, and each of the six fine restaurants in the square offer a unique dining experience on your doorstep.
You will stay in a standard room, on a bed and breakfast basis.
Days 8, 9 and 10
Located a stone's throw from the Mother City's many diverse attractions, a full concierge service is on hand at all times to assist you with planning day trips and outings.
The Hop On /Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tour has headquarters two block away, with tours taking you to all the places of interest in the Cape, including Table Mountain, the Constantia Winelands, the Waterfront, the City Centre, and at your own pace.
The hotel is within walking distance of many quant shops, neighbourhood parks and eating spots.
The famous "Greenmarket Square" lies a short walk away, and offers unbeatable value - a market where you can pick up local art, crafts, fabrics and artefacts from almost every country on the continent.
The tour starts at 09.00 from your Hotel and follows the Atlantic shore line all the way through Camps Bay, Llandudno, Hout Bay, and (weather permitting) over Chapman’s Peak along the cliff hugging drive and on through Noordhoek and Scarborough to eventually arrive at the Cape Point National Park. Once in the National Park you will visit both the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. It is at this point that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans are said to meet. In season (June to November) it is highly likely to spot the massive Southern Right Whales. After the visit to the point we follow the beautiful False Bay coastline to visit the Boulders Penguin Colony. Here thousands of African or Jackass Penguins live and breed.
Simonstown the SA Navy HQ is next and here we generally have a late lunch stop and have a chance to stretch ones legs around the town centre browsing the curiosity shops, Jubilee Square with the statue of “Just Nuisance” and for views of the Harbour. In the late afternoon you continue along the coastline through Kalk Bay, the Art Deco village of Muizenberg the Constantia Valley and through the “leafy Suburbs” past the Presidential residence finally arriving back at your Hotel around 18.00.
Collection at 09.00; Drop off at Approx. 18.00; Includes: Entrance fees to Cape Point and Boulders
Overnight at the Cape Heritage Hotel, breakfasts included.
Our representative will collect you from the Cape Heritage Hotel and he will transfer you to Cape Town International Airport (30 minutes), in time to check in for your flight to Hoedspruit Airport.
A representative of Baobab Ridge will meet you at Hoedspruit Airport, and he will transfer you to the Lodge, 45 minutes away. You will be required to pay Klaserie Conservation Fees directly.
Baobab Ridge Lodge is a private lodge situated in the prestigious Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. It provides exclusive yet affordable accommodation, offering guests beautiful bush-veld landscapes with an excellent possibility of coming face to face with the "Big 5" and bird species in their natural habitat.
During the hot summer days between game drives, you can relax in your cool air conditioned chalet, in the breeze of your private terrace or on the pool deck overlooking the waterhole and pool; allowing for a refreshing dip, with a view into the pristine African wilderness and the mountains beyond.
The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve (approximately 60 000 hectares) is part of the Greater Kruger National Park and open to the Kruger National Park and Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The game in both the Kruger and the neighbouring reserves is essentially the same, the only difference being the experience of driving off-road in open game viewers with professional guides and that this area is known worldwide, as the area the white lions originate from. They are born and live in the wild here, so the gene pool of the white lion is carried within the lions of this area.
Accommodation is offered in 7 chalets, one being a family chalet. All are air-conditioned.
The chalets are built on raised decks and have terraces with table and two chairs. They are en-suite, with shower, bath, 2 hand basins, bidet and toilet. The chalets have plug points and small safes for valuables, bedside lamps, a desk mirror and an open lounge area with 2 loungers, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Min bars may be requested at an additional price).
The Main Building has a bar, a lounge, Wi-Fi, outdoor terraces, guest toilets and a dining room. During the evening, a fire is lit in the Boma and braai area. There is a pool overlooking a small waterhole.
Your stay will be inclusive of all meals, snacks, teas/coffees, laundry, Wi-Fi, soft drinks, local-brand beers and house wines. Twice daily game drives per day, in an open 4x4 vehicle are also included.
Days 12, 13 and 14
The professionally trained guides who accompany you on drives or walks are expert rangers and are in contact with other lodge vehicles, greatly increasing your chances of finding the wildlife that you want to see. Some of the other game found in the area, are giraffe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, warthog, porcupine, African wild cat, honey badger, genets, bush babies, kudu, zebra, wild dog, cheetah, pangolin, hyena, hippo and much, much more.
Birding is quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrant birds breed in the area.
Night drives are also possible here, and although bush walks can be arranged, they will cost extra.
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Hoedspruit Airport in time to check in for your flight back to Johannesburg International Airport.
- Johannesburg International Airport meet and greet service
- Car Hire for 5 days, including Super Insurance Cover, unlimited mileage, contract and one-way fee
- 4 Nights at Isibindi Zulu Lodge in an en-suite chalet
- All meals, teas, coffees, one daily game drive or walk, a Zulu Boma Dinner plus drinks on evening drives as stated in the itinerary
- A Homestead Tour; A Battlefields Tour; A Panorama Tour
- Scheduled flight from Durban to Cape Town International Airport
- Road transfer from Cape Town Airport to On The Cliff Hermanus
- 2 Nights at On The Cliff in a Sea View Room
- A Whale cruise
- Road transfer from Hermanus to the Cape Heritage Hotel in Cape Town
- 4 Nights at the Cape Heritage Hotel in an en-suite standard room
- A full day privately guided Peninsula / Cape Point Tour
- Road transfer from the Cape Heritage to Cape Town International Airport
- Scheduled flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit Airport, via Johannesburg
- Road transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to Baobab Ridge
- 4 Nights at Baobab Ridge in an en-suite chalet
- All meals, snacks, teas/coffees, laundry, Wi-Fi, soft drinks, local-brand beers and house wines
- Two game drives a day in open 4x4 vehicles with licensed guides
- Road transfer from Baobab Ridge back to Hoedspruit Airport
- Scheduled flight from Hoedspruit back to Johannesburg International Airport
- Travel and medical insurance
- Visa requirements
- Refundable deposit for your rental vehicle
- Most drinks and any additional activities not included above whilst at Isibindi Zulu Lodge
- Additional meals, drinks and activities whilst at On The Cliffs
- Additional meals, drinks and activities whilst in Cape Town at the Cape Heritage Hotel
- Klaserie conservation levy, spirits, other wines, imported beers, walking safaris whilst at Baobab Ridge
- Gratuities and items of a personal nature