South Africa Drakensberg & Zululand Guided Walking Holiday

Blyde River Canyon
Duration: 12 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 3
from £3,499pp with flights

Explore the mighty Drakensberg Mountains on foot with incredible views of Crystal Falls and Makhulamane Rock. Ignite your curiosity with a trip to the Anglo-Zulu battlefields, put yourself at the heart of nature on the Elephant Coast, and check out the hidden valleys of this extensive landscape steeped in ancient culture and precious rock art.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking in the mighty Drakensberg mountains, know to Zulus as the ‘Barrier of Spears’
  • Explore both the northern and central Drakensberg, including walks to Tugela Gorge and the Contour Path
  • Visit the battlefields of Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift with a specialist guide to bring the story of the battles to life
  • Spot elephants, hippo, crocodile and bird life on a cruise on Lake Jozini and a guided bush walk
  • Visit a Zulu village
  • Stay in a collection of luxurious country lodges in spectacular locations
  • Enjoy excellent South African cuisine and hospitality

What’s included

  • 10 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from lunch on day 2 to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a local tour director and local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan
  • Tips

Trip Notes

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Overnight flight from London to Durban via Johannesburg.

 


Morning arrival and drive up the Elephant Coast to the Ghost Mountain where we stay for 2 nights. This luxurious hotel is located in a lovely relaxing location in a traditional area, close to a number of game reserves and in the shadow of Ghost Mountain. Afternoon walk to Ghost Mountain, a sacred place for local tribes, which is said to be haunted.


Enjoy a morning game drive in the Mkuze reserve, a great place to see wildlife. This afternoon we take a guided naturalist walk through the reserve’s Fig Forest.

Ghost Mountain Inn - South Africa Drakensberg & Zululand

A secluded retreat with a traditional colonial country house character. As well as modern well appointed rooms, there are a number of restaurants and a large bar. The fragrant gardens have watchtowers for viewing the wonderful bird-life as well as views towards Ghost Mountain. 


Morning cruise on Lake Jozini, for wonderful scenery and hippo, crocodile and other wildlife as well as lovely tropical birds. Continue inland into the heart of Zululand (2 nights), through rolling countryside with small traditional villages.

In the company of an expert historian guide explore the Rorke’s Drift & Isandlwana battlefields of the Anglo Zulu wars, the haunting fields of Isandlwana and the famous siege at Rorke’s Drift. Your guide will bring to life the history, events and personal stories surrounding the battles in this area as we walk through where they took place.

Battlefields Country Lodge - South Africa Drakensberg & Zululand

The Battlefields Country Lodge is a stone's throw from the hub and heartbeat of the battlefields, in a beautiful position with magnificent views of Zululand, rolling lawns and browsing wildlife.


A morning drive across the countryside of KwaZulu-Natal, rich in history. The Drakensberg mountains come into view and we climb into the central part of the range (3 nights). An unbeatable location for walking and offering a splendid place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. This afternoon we take a walk to see San bushman paintings.

Enjoy two excellent full or part day walks in the stunning mountains. Walk options include the dramatic Rainbow Gorge or the popular Contour Path.

Champagne Castle Hotel - South Africa Drakensberg & Zuluand

Our base in the central Drakensberg, an area of high peaks, lush valleys and a long settler history. The hotel offers dramatic views of the Drakensberg Escarpment and the 'Barrier of Spears', the magnificent amphitheatre of the Little Berg. With ample space in the restaurant, bar, lounges and spa for relaxing. 


Morning at leisure, followed by the short drive to the northern area of the main Drakensberg range and the Royal Natal National Park (3 nights), where it is easy to see why the Zulus named it the Barrier of Spears. We stay in the heart of the park.

We'll enjoy full day’s walking, with harder and easier options, in the stunning Tugela River gorge, through valleys of yellowwood trees and protea savannah, unusual geological formations with names like Devil’s Tooth and Toothpick and great mountain views.

The following day we enjoy a fantastic full day’s walk to the summit of the Amphitheatre, the symbol of the Drakensberg and close to the highest point in South Africa. Drive to a well marked trail with a zig-zag path leading onto an undulating contour path which then leads to the summit. A less challenging shorter walk in the area is available.

Cavern Resort - South Africa Drakensberg & Zululand

In the northern Drakensberg we stay at the Cavern Resort, located on a private mountain reserve with great views of the river gorge below and across to the mountains. It has large rooms, sumptuous dining area and bar with a terrace.   


Enjoy a relaxing final morning in the mountains. Afternoon drive to Johannesburg for our flight home (airport lounge entry included)


Drakensburg Itinerary Map

Ghost Mountain Inn - South Africa Drakensberg & Zululand

A secluded retreat with a traditional colonial country house character. As well as modern well appointed rooms, there are a number of restaurants and a large bar. The fragrant gardens have watchtowers for viewing the wonderful bird-life as well as views towards Ghost Mountain. 

Battlefields Country Lodge - South Africa Drakensberg & Zululand

The Battlefields Country Lodge is a stone's throw from the hub and heartbeat of the battlefields, in a beautiful position with magnificent views of Zululand, rolling lawns and browsing wildlife.

Champagne Castle Hotel - South Africa Drakensberg & Zuluand

Our base in the central Drakensberg, an area of high peaks, lush valleys and a long settler history. The hotel offers dramatic views of the Drakensberg Escarpment and the 'Barrier of Spears', the magnificent amphitheatre of the Little Berg. With ample space in the restaurant, bar, lounges and spa for relaxing. 

Cavern Resort - South Africa Drakensberg & Zululand

In the northern Drakensberg we stay at the Cavern Resort, located on a private mountain reserve with great views of the river gorge below and across to the mountains. It has large rooms, sumptuous dining area and bar with a terrace.   

What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light coloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug

Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets

Essential Equipment

  • Passport (and copies)
  • booking confirmation
  • insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form

Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional Equipment

  • walking (‘approach’) trainers
  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

Guest Reviews

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These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2020
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Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £399
Duration:
12 nights
Type:
Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
3

12 nights from £3,499pp with flights

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