Day 1: Durban
Upon arrival at Durban International Airport, you will be met by
a local tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Durban is a major gateway to Africa and is also the largest and
busiest port city on the continent. Blessed with its sub-tropical
climate all year round, Durban is a perfect holiday paradise.
After checking-in at your hotel, we will visit the Ushaka Marine
World, situated on the Durban Beachfront. Ushaka incorporates one of
the five largest aquariums in the world; the
largest dolphinarium in Africa and one of the largest collection of
sharks in the southern hemisphere.
Enjoy lunch at one of the numerous restaurants situated within
the Ushaka Village Walk. Anyone interested in doing an
optional micro-light flight over La Mercy may do so
during the afternoon, time permitting. This evening we will be
transferred to Durbans Wild Coast Sun for a casino evening, with
dinner at one of the restaurants within the casino complex.
Overnight at City Lodge, Durban B&B basis.
Day 2: Durban
This morning after breakfast, we will view the most historical
and captivating sections of Durban, and the Victoria Street Market,
before we wind our way up to Botha's Hill, where we will
visit the traditional Zulu village Phe-Zulu for
lunch. Tribal Dancing and a display of Zulu customs
and folklore will be staged in front of the most spectacular
viewpoint of the Valley of 1000 hills.
We then proceed to the Assegai Safari Park, for
a guided tour around the crocodile enclosures and a
fine collection of venomous and non-venomous snakes of Natal. Late
afternoon return to your hotel with time to freshen up before
enjoying dinner at one of Durbans local beachfront restaurants.
Overnight at City Lodge, Durban - B&B basis.
Day 3: Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe Game
Today we travel up along the scenic north coast to reach
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve (approx. a 3-hour
drive from Durban central). Set in the heart of Zululand, covering
an area of 96 000 hectares, we find the oldest game reserve in
Africa (established in 1895).
Being one of the largest game parks in South Africa, this reserve
is renowned for its wide variety of bird and animal
life. The Park also became world renowned for its white
rhino conservation. Besides the Big Five, elusive cheetah, wild
dogs and many other well-known bushveld species inhabit the park,
offering visitors a rich game viewing experience.
We will spend 2 nights at the award-winning Hilltop
Camp winner of the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow
award. The lodge is situated on the summit of a forested hill,
offering guests stunning views over the surrounding countryside.
Overnight at Hilltop Camp Fully inclusive of all meals & game
Day 4: Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game
Today is for you to enjoy a full day at your
lodge, offering fantastic game-viewing opportunities in the
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Lodge facilities at this
award-winning lodge include a buffet restaurant, an attractive pub
and lounge decorated with photographs and memorabilia of the history
of Hluhluwe, as well as a gift shop and convenience store as well as
a visitors information centre.
Lodge activities include self-guided forest trails, day walks,
open vehicle night and day game drives, bird-watching and boat trips
on the Hluhluwe River. Overnight at Hilltop Camp Fully inclusive
of all meals & game activities.
Day 5: Makaranga Garden Lodge
After breakfast we depart Durban central and head out to our next
destination Makaranga Garden Lodge. Situated 25
km from Durban, this lodge was specifically built for
wheelchair-users. Makaranga Garden Lodge is set amongst 30
acres of lush botanical gardens in the sub-tropical village of Kloof
The main attractions at Makaranga are the gardens ... guests are
able to make their way down the wheelchair-friendly winding path to
an oasis of peace and serenity. There are 18 ponds
including Venus Pond and Long Pond, the latter being the largest
waterway in Makaranga - a wonderfully quiet place to rest for a
moment. There are also many beautiful statues in both bronze and
marble, which have been imported from Italy for your enjoyment.
These include a wonderful hand carved reproduction of Michelangelo's
famous David. Dinner and overnight Makaranga Garden Lodge Fully
inclusive of all meals.
Day 6: Makaranga Garden Lodge
Today is for your to enjoy at your leisure at Makaranga
Garden Lodge which boasts the following facilities: 30
acres of private botanical garden; 18 ponds and
waterways; authentic Japanese garden; numerous indigenous plants;
rare and exotic plants; prolific bird life; a natural waterfall;
Tuscan Tea Garden; swimming pool with full access for
wheelchairs; bowling green; etc. This is the perfect place
to relax whilst enjoying the tranquil setting of the beautiful
gardens. Overnight Makaranga Garden Lodge Fully inclusive of all
Depending on the departure time of your international
homebound flight, your airport transfer today will
be arranged to connect with your flight schedule.