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Battlefield Bush and Beach

Explore the diverse and scintillating region of KwaZulu Natal as you uncover the untamed beauty of the far northern coastline, see a diverse array of wildlife and birds in a private game reserve and explore the foothills of the Drakensberg and perhaps visit a battlefield of the South African War with an expert guide.

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Days

1-3

Days 1-3

Gaze out over the historic Battlefields

Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal

Gazing out over the rolling green hills, dotted with flat topped acacia and aloes, it’s hard to imagine the hysteria and fear of dark days where armies pitted spears against Martini-Henry rifles and blood flowed in vicious wars for dominance. From the fields of Isandlwana, to the fort at Rorke’s Drift and the numerous museums and sites of the area, ghosts of the past whisper their tales in a chilling memorial to the horrors of war.

The violent battles between Boer, Zulu and Brit, and the military strategies of Shaka, Cetshwayo, Churchill and General Botha live on in the stories told. Towns such as Spioenkop, Colenso and Dundee offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of brave men who fought for survival and ultimate victory. Explore the neighbouring Spioenkop Game reserve on foot or explore the farm by foot, mountain bike or horse.

2 Nights

Three Tree Hill

  • An eco-friendly lodge with stunning vistas over the secluded valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve
  • 6 rooms & 2 cottages with an old-world charm,  tasteful furnishings & private decks
  • Authentic turn-of-the-century décor, historic feel & colonial Natal farmhouse
  • Antique sash windows, wood panelling & corrugated iron exteriors
  • Elegant main areas & wrap-around verandahs for socialising & communal meals
  • Base for Anglo-Boer battlefields tours
Self-drive
Self-drive

Car rental: Group C or similar

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Days

4-6

Days 4-6

Welcome to Zululand

Mkuze, KwaZulu-Natal

Untamed and wild, Zululand is claimed by game parks and eco-reserves teaming with life. Extensive tracts of bush abut coastal stretches of swamp and vegetated dunes. Woodland forests open up onto lakes and rivers, and sandy beaches flow into seas and lagoons. Zululand is vitally alive, from the smallest creature seen on nature hikes, to the big tusker elephants which sway through the parks, disdainful of excited human onlookers. Nature conservation is of prime importance here, and some of the world’s most endangered species are carefully protected and nurtured. The area’s biodiversity offers both water and land-based game experiences, providing a uniquely well-rounded safari which includes big 5, marine and wetlands animals.

The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park is home to a healthy population of highly endangered black and white rhino and at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles can be witnessed laying their eggs on the very beaches from which they hatched many years before. The turtle’s ability to navigate back to their place of birth is still a source of wonder in the world of science. World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso offers supreme diving, a variety of ecological zones and claims the world’s highest vegetated dunes. Zululand’s private reserves afford both luxury and a top safari experience.

Ideally start your day with an early morning game drive, up at dawn to witness the birds and antelope which begin to surface the minute the sun comes up. A refreshing coffee stop provides the opportunity to admire the scenery and take in the sounds of the bush. This landscape is a diverse array of habitats of craggy mountains, open grasslands, and forests. We recommend heading back to camp for some down-time and a siesta during the midday heat, then hop onto open vehicles for a late afternoon game drive. Perhaps enjoy sundowners as darkness falls and continue your search for nocturnal species with the aid of a spotlight.

2 Nights

Rhino Sands

  • Each suite has an attractive living area, en-suite bathroom and an outdoor shower.
  • Private decks with a pool and beautiful riverbed views.
  • Central guest spaces include a casual bar, lounges, dining areas and a large boma for fireside meals under starry skies.
  • Day and night game drives are conducted through the reserve in search of the animals which call the region home – big 5 game as well as wild dog, cheetah and a variety of smaller animals.
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Days

7-9

Days 7-9

Explore Africa’s lake district

Kosi Bay, South Africa

Kosi Bay is a system of lakes, channels and an estuary, ranging from fresh to saline water and joining the ocean at the mouth. It is one of the most fascinating and beautiful pristine lake systems on the African coast, attracting a remarkable variety of brightly coloured marine life.

Kosi Bay is the gem of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. The Mozambique border forms the northern boundary of the protected area and the Indian Ocean the eastern boundary.

The Kosi system, where wild date palms, mangrove swamps, sycamore fig forests and the endemic raffia palm border the four lakes – Amanzimnyama, Nhlange, Mpungwini and Makhawulani – is home to hundreds of bird and animal species, including the rare palm-nut vulture, pels fishing owl, hippo and crocodile.

Humpback whales are seasonal offshore visitors, while leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to nest in the beaches from October to February.

2 Nights

Thonga Beach Lodge

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Aerial view of Mabibi Lake Sibaya
Lake Sibaya
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Rhino Sands 2
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Thonga Beach Lodge 5
  • 9 Nights accommodation with selected meals
From $3,149 per person

Trip Summary

Days 1-3
Gaze out over the historic Battlefields

Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal

The violent history of the region comes alive in a hauntingly poignant manner. The landscape is bleak to match the memories: endless expanses of remote farmlands, barren fields and rolling hills, mixed with rocky outcrops and harsh terrain.

Days 4-6
Welcome to Zululand

Mkuze, KwaZulu-Natal

Untamed and wild, Zululand is claimed by game parks and eco-reserves teaming with life.

Days 7-10
Explore Africa’s lake district

Kosi Bay, South Africa

Kosi Bay is a system of lakes, channels and an estuary, ranging from fresh to saline water and joining the ocean at the mouth.

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Guest Testimonials

Discover why our guests select Scintilla for their travel to Southern Africa.

Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

The Soloman Family, USA

My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

Tom Last, AU

Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

Paul & Wendy, UK

The trip was FANTASTIC, and our guide Marcus was absolutely superb! We took all of his recommendations for our last free day in the city and can’t thank him enough for the stellar suggestions.

Thomas & Mary Louise, Canada

Please convey my thanks to the Cape Town guiding teams! Without a doubt our most memorable moment of the trip was our visit to the Cape Peninsula with our guide, Chizzy. A major positive, thrilling time. The penguins, picnic and swim at the reservoir, continual birthday celebrations for Jack’s 18th Birthday were all home runs.

Suzanne, Jack & Family, USA

The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

Emma & Lori, USA

Well, we finished up Cape Town this evening, heading to safari tomorrow. We loved the country tour and winery tour, absolutely amazing. Also, our guide for both days, was one of the best we have ever had. We couldn’t imagine a better time and she couldn’t be more flexible. Thank you for setting up this first part of the vacation and setting us up with the tours.

Cory & Heather, USA

It was great! Everything worked out perfectly! We absolutely loved the Sidecar experience – wow, was that fun! We loved our guide in Cape Town, Josh, he was the BEST! He was so fun. We took him for dinners and played golf with him! We just thought Cape Town was fantastic. Wine Country was great. Fantastic.

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On Saturday, we met our guide, Charlene, who was OUTSTANDING. We had missed the Zeitz Museum, and she was happy to let us rearrange our schedule so that we could tour it as well as taking me to a beautiful craft market to buy gifts.  On arriving in the wine country, we enjoyed an amazing lunch at La Motte.  With Charlene's background in wines, she was able to recommend the best wineries to visit on the winetram, as well as several good restaurants in the area.

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Cape Town was so scenic and beautiful.  Had an interesting visit around town and to the houses of parliament with a very accommodating guide James.  James made that whole experience everything it was and deserves a lot of credit. What a great place to visit!  What phenomenal food!  What masters of hospitality they all are in Africa!

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