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days 10 From US$ 2,183
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  • Go on a self-drive adventure in one of South Africa's most beautiful regions
  • Visit the battlefield of Spion Kop
  • Enjoy game drives in Nambiti Game Reserve
  • See scenic views of the Drakensberg
Book this 10-day, self-guided trip and get the chance to drive through one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa. This South Africa self-drive itinerary will take you to Umhlanga Rocks, the Drakensberg Mountains, the battlefields of Spion Kop and give you the chance to enjoy safari trips in Nambiti Private Game Reserve, where you can explore the rich biodiversity that this region has to offer.

Starting in Durban, where you’ll collect your vehicle before heading to the northern coast of KwaZulu Natal, this self-driving trip will take you through the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, where you will stay for 2 nights. Your next destination is Spion Kop, where you will get the chance to learn about one of the most significant battles in South Africa's history.

Head for Nambiti Private Game Reserve next. Go on morning and afternoon safaris in the national park. Drive to Johannesburg on the last day to catch your flight back home.
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5.0 - Excellent Based on 1 review
Exceeded expectations! South Africa.
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5 - Excellent
“Wayfairer were given a huge challenge to arrange a 5 week holiday for us in South Africa with some very specific places we wanted to visit. They were prepared to listen to our demands and also to advise on many things that we were unsure about. We stayed in 14 different places all together and the accommodation arranged for us was perfect. The car hire was also arranged for us and our itinerary planned in detail with maps and detailed driving instructions given.
Essentially, for a long complicated holiday we did not experience any problems and Wayfairer obviously played a key role in this with their prior arrangements. This allowed us to focus on enjoying the whole holiday, which is one of the best we have ever had!
Thank you Wayfairer!”
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Upon arriving in Durban, you will be met by a Wayfairer representative. Collect your rental car key, receive detailed driving directions and a sat-nav, plus emergency contact numbers. Drive for one hour to reach your superb accommodation in Umhlanga Rocks on KwaZulu Natal’s northern coast.
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  • Breakfast
5 Star Hotel
You have a full day to explore Umhlanga, a wonderful stretch of coastline. We recommend the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail. This 90-minute walk takes you through pristine coastal forest, where you can expect to see vervet monkeys, blue duiker antelope, colourful butterflies and a variety of birds.
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  • Breakfast
5 Star Hotel
Enjoy a scenic, two-and-a-half-hour drive towards the Drakensberg. We highly recommend that you stop to see the spectacular Howick Falls on the Umgeni River en route.

Your home for the next two nights is a charming lodge in the beautiful Kamberg Valley in the heart of the majestic Drankensberg Mountains. This rustic, yet luxurious lodge is one of South Africa's best culinary retreats and you can expect an incredible dining experience during your stay here.
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  • Breakfast
5 Star Hotel
Hop into your car and start driving through what is probably the most beautiful region in South Africa. You can choose to explore Giants Castle Nature Reserve and see numerous waterfalls, pools and lush, forested gorges. Travel to Kamberg Nature Reserve if you want to and discover bushman rock art sites within the reserve.

If you want some activity, you can choose to hike on the scenic trails of the Drakensberg before returning to your lodge.
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  • Breakfast
5 Star Hotel
You are off to the next destination of your South African adventure with a short drive to Spion Kop after a delicious breakfast. The lodge where you’ll stay for the next two nights is set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, overlooking the infamous battlefield of Spion Kop.

The lodge specialises in the history of the South African War (2nd Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902) with the Battle of Spion Kop being the focal point. It offers evocative and insightful battlefield tours, which you can book (own expense) and visit memorial sites as well as important strategic battle points with highly knowledgeable guides capable of bringing this dramatic period of South African history to life.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5 Star Hotel
You have a full day to enjoy Spion Kop and the surrounding area. You may wish to explore the battlefields region further, or join a game walk in the Spion Kop Game Reserve or wish for a guided mountain biking excursion in the foothills of the Drakensberg.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Eco lodge
Go on a 2-hour drive to Nambiti Private Game Reserve, near Ladysmith, in the heart of the battlefields area. A guide will meet you at the entrance of the reserve and transfer you from your rental vehicle to the lodge's 4x4 Land Cruiser.

Enjoy an afternoon game drive with sundowners. See great views of Amakhala's spectacular landscape. Return to the lodge for a delicious dinner.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Eco lodge
You can enjoy two game drives everyday, at sunrise and in the late afternoon, when you’re likely to spot an abundance of wildlife, including, if you are lucky, the ‘big five’ as well as hippos, cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, impalas, elands and zebras. The reserve is also known for its amazing variety of birds. The reserves' rivers, waterbodies and its spectacular, 40-metre-high waterfall on the Sundays River attracts several rare bird species.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Eco lodge
Enjoy a second day of safari in Nambiti Game Reserve.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Your South African adventure is coming to an end. Transfer back to the entrance of the reserve after breakfast. Collect your vehicle and drive for four hours to reach the airport in Johannesburg from where you can catch your flight back home.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Pickup service. Car rental charges
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Game reserve fees
  • Shared safari activities as per the itinerary
what's excluded
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance & visa
  • Anything not mentioned on the 'What's Included' section
  • Gratuities
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