9 Days
Heidi’s Spectacular Self Drive Tour of KwaZulu Natal with a Huluhluwe-iMfolozi Safari Experience

 1  night Durban | 1 night KwaZulu Natal Midlands | 2 nights Drakensberg | 2 nights Rorke’s Drift | 2 nights Hluhluwe – iMfolozi Game Reserve

Tour Highlights

  • The Oyster Box Hotel
  • KwaZulu Natal Midlands
  • Drakensberg Adventures
  • Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields Tours
  • Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve
  • Big Five Game Drives & Bush Walks

Client Review

Heidi from Pembury Tours was in constant contact with us from the beginning process of planning the tour, during our tour and then afterwards to see how we enjoyed our tour.  Every detail of our tour was so thought of.  What a beautiful country!

Our tour was seamless and ran so smoothly, there was nothing we could find fault with.

Our safari experience in Hluhluwe was breath-taking, we got to see the BIG 5 and so much more!

It has been a delight to work with Pembury Tours and Heidi and we will definitely recommend their service.


Tour Consultant's Overview

Abigail, a  born South African contacted me about bringing a friend to South African and doing a self-drive tour through Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Abigail hadn’t been back to South Africa for a few years and was excited to visit the places she used to visit as a child. After a few options, Abigail decided on combining, Durban, The Midlands, Drakensberg, The Battlefields and ending off their tour with a two night safari.
Heidi Bedford
Day 1 Arrival in Durban (1 night)

Upon arrival in Durban, you are met at Durban King Shaka Airport and assisted to the car hire rentals terminal. You drive yourself to your luxury beachfront hotel in the suburb of Umhlanga.

Visitors from around the world flock to the holiday resort village of Umhlanga Rocks to relax and have fun on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The suburb of Umhlanga is known affectionately as the “village” and has a relaxed holiday atmosphere.

Driving time: Durban Airport to The Oyster Box Hotel – approx 20 minutes

Day 2 Durban to KwaZulu Natal Midlands (1 Night)

This morning after breakfast you check out of your hotel. You begin your journey northwards to the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. You check into Granny Mouse Country House for your one night stay.

Driving time: Durban to KwaZulu Natal Midlands – approx. 1½ hours

Day 3 KwaZulu Natal Midlands to The Drakensberg

This morning you set off in a north easterly direction through the rolling hills of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands to the Drakensberg Mountains. You check in at your country lodge for your three night stay.

Driving time: Midlands to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse – approx 1 hour

Day 3 to 5 The Drakensberg (2 nights)

The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 metres (11,424 ft) in height. Soaring basalt cliffs and golden sandstone ramparts tower over rolling grasslands, steep-sided valleys, rocky gorges and ancient San rock art. Adventure activities abound: hiking, abseiling, canoeing, mountain-biking, mountain-climbing, while the more sedentary will enjoy the awe-inspiring views and abundant birdlife.

Day 5 to 7 The Drakensberg to Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields (2 nights)

Today you leave the mountains behind and cross the Natal Midlands to the battlefield sites of the Anglo-Zulu War – Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Fugitive’s Drift. The Ango-Zulu War battlefields region abounds in evocative symbols of South Africa’s turbulent past. Dramatic and bloody battles such as Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are brought to life by raconteur tour guides. You check in at your guesthouse overlooking Fugitive’s Drift.

Driving time: Drakensberg to Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields – approx 4 hours

Day 7 Battlefields to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

This morning you set off eastward through rolling hills to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve in the heart of Zululand. You check in at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in a private concession within the park in time to freshen up before departing on the late afternoon game drive.

Driving time: Fugitive’s Drift Lodge to Rhino Ridge – approx 4 hours

Day 7 to 9 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve (2 nights)

Set in the heart of Zululand, this is the oldest game reserve in Africa where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the "big five" of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. Established in 1895, game viewing is the prime attraction. Viewing hides overlook waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range.

As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, the Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. Other areas of focus for which Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is famed include wilderness trails which originated in Imfolozi in the 1950s and its renowned Game Capture unit recently upgraded into the Centenary Capture Centre, a bench mark for animal capture and sustainable utilization throughout Africa. The Park covers some 96 000 ha and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. Hluhluwe is characterised by hilly topography, and this northern section of the park is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life.

At Rhino Ridge you will enjoy twice daily game drives in an open game drive vehicle with an experienced ranger.

Day 9 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi & Departure

After your morning game drive, you bid farewell to this African wonderland and drive to Durban Airport. Here you will drop your hire car off and board a flight to Cape Town.

Driving time: Rhino Ridge to Durban Airport – approx 2¾ hours

Durban: The Oyster Box Hotel

The Oyster Box is one of the world’s best-loved and most distinguished, luxury seaside hotels, perfectly situated right on the ocean’s edge at Umhlanga on Durban’s northern outskirts. From the moment the Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947, the combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting swiftly gained it a reputation that was legendary the world over. This iconic landmark has been lovingly refurbished to offer guests a vibrantly contemporary experience, whilst still evoking feelings, memories, and the warm nostalgia of days gone by. The Oyster Box, like its famous lighthouse, once again acts as a beacon of exceptional hospitality, luxurious accommodation and personal service unmatched in all Africa and the world at large.

With 86 luxurious rooms, suite and villa to choose from, The Oyster Box offers old world charm with modern day comfort. All of the colonial charm has been lovingly preserved – the exquisite tiles, murals, paintings and antique furnishings have all been retained in their original glory. The décor also makes excellent use of natural stone and timber, complemented by calming colours that reflect the soothing shades of the surrounding ocean and tropical vegetation.

Based on the principles of using the freshest seasonal ingredients, sourced from local suppliers, the cuisine at The Oyster Box gives guests the very best taste of local flavours. The Grill Room is a true fine dining restaurant serving the finest local cuisine. Breakfast, a Curry Buffet and Pizzas are served daily on the Ocean Terrace, while traditional afternoon high tea is served in the Palm Court. There is also a choice of three elegant bars.

The award-winning Spa, with seven superbly equipped treatment rooms, has a team of qualified therapists to oversee wellbeing and rejuvenation during your stay. There is also a fitness centre and two swimming pools, one sea facing and one in the tropical garden.

The Oyster Box’s ‘child-friendly’ attitude makes it a must for parents who want to spoil the whole family.

KwaZulu Natal Midlands: Granny Mouse Country House & Spa

Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, lies Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, the perfect combination of relaxation and luxury. With a heritage spanning 30 years, award-winning cuisine and wine, coupled with a host of elegant accommodation options, Granny Mouse Country house has customised their ethos of being a, “home away from home!”
Granny Mouse offers 32 luxurious rooms, located within our magnificent gardens or looking over the meandering Lions River. Each room has been elegantly decorated with warm, inviting décor, modern bathrooms, private balconies and individual fire places for those romantic winter Midlands evenings.

Drakensberg: Montusi Mountain Lodge

Montusi Mountain Lodge is an exclusive guest lodge in the northern Drakensberg Mountains of Kwazulu Natal, offering superb views of the magnificent Amphitheatre escarpment. Montusi Mountain Lodge consists of a large and beautifully thatched main building with reception, dining room, terrace, bar, lounge and massage treatment room. The 14 spacious, tastefully decorated, individual garden suites are among the most luxurious in the Drakensberg.

The peace and quiet, like the homemade chocolates and bread, are quite addictive! Each suite is decorated in the earthy colours of Africa and has a comfortable bedroom with en-suite bathroom (bath and walk-in shower), a lounge with a television, gas operated fire place and private patio. The suites all have panoramic views of the mountains. The cuisine at Montusi is the subject of much praise. The intimate restaurant is renowned for sumptuous local cuisine with innovative menus. In summer meals are eaten outside on the Phumleni with views of the Amphitheatre. The surrounding rocks have provided inspiration for the unusual and beautifully crafted swimming pool.

The 1,000 hectare Montusi estate is a rehabilitated conservation area. Indigenous trees and forests have been re-established and the resultant birdlife (once non-existent) has become abundant. This ethic has resulted in the return of the Mountain Reedbuck, Vaal Rhebuck, Bushbuck and the elusive Eland to the area.

Activities on the 1000 hectare estate are diverse: Hiking (on the Montusi estate or in the nearby uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park); horse-riding on the estate; swim in mountain streams, birding, fly-fishing, flying trapeze and zip-line adventures.

KwaZulu Natal Battlefields: Rorke’s Drift Lodge

Rorke’s Drift Lodge is a small guesthouse in the heart of the Battlefields region, tucked up against the Sinqindi Mountain in kwaZulu-Natal and only 5 km from Rorke’s Drift battlefield.

The Lodge is a tastefully converted farm house that is situated in an expansive 5 hectare garden with rolling lawns on a 1,000 acre property. The main building of the Lodge houses the cozy and tastefully decorated lounge, the dining room and kitchens, and the reception area with a small curio shop.. There are four en-suite rooms, two in the main lodge and two in cottages in the garden. All the rooms are tastefully decorated in a Contemporary African style and two units have baths and two have showers.

Accommodation is offered on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis. Cuisine with a South African flavour is the lodge speciality. They also pack delicious picnic lunches for guests who want to spend the day on a Battlefields tour.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

Rhino Ridge is situated in one of Africa’s oldest proclaimed Game Reserves, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. The Lodge enables guests to enjoy 4-star luxury at a private lodge that offers spectacular scenery and excellent safari opportunities in the heart of Big 5 territory.

Rhino Ridge Lodge has 18 luxurious rooms, ranging from Bush Villas, Honeymoon Villas and Safari Rooms to Family Safari Rooms. All the rooms and villas are located away from the main lodge building. The rooms have been carefully positioned high up on a ridge to take full advantage of the spectacular views over the hills and valleys of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park while at the same time giving each room maximum privacy. This has resulted in some of the rooms being quite a distance from the central lodge facility with some of them being a 200 metre walk to the main lodge area. Guests are advised to pack comfortable flat shoes for walking along the paths. Each room has a private viewing deck, air-conditioning, mosquito nets, an outdoor & indoor shower and a bath.

The welcoming and comfortable central lodge facility houses a lounge, dining area, swimming pool and viewing deck.

Rhino Ridge offers a great range of activities to enjoy during your stay in this safari paradise. Some of the activities include game drives, a visit to the Spa and a visit to the Mpembeni Community to learn more about the Zulua in the area.

Suggested Drakensberg: Activities at Montusi Mountain Lodge

Mountain hikes and walks:
The Ukahlamba Drakensberg Park is a well-deserved World Heritage Site and the soaring basalt cliffs and golden sandstone ramparts towering over rolling grasslands, steep-sided valleys and rocky gorges call out to be explored on foot. There are many trails within the Park and in the many nature reserves surrounding the Park. Whether you prefer to stroll through the rolling foothills, hike the upper reaches or take on the challenge of man against mountain, the Drakensberg is a hikers’ paradise.

Horse Riding
There are several companies offering horse riding in the Drakensberg. All levels of rider are catered for. They specialise in customising trails to suit the rider with everything from gentle strolls over flat fields and along bridle paths to exhilarating descents into the river valleys and up the escarpments.

Fly Fishing:
There are two dams on the property stocked with trout (and with a beautiful view). Bring your rod and flies. This ‘Catch and Release’ activity is strictly reserved for Montusi residents.

The Drakensberg mountain range hosts more than 290 species and is a birder’s paradise. Amongst the towering peaks of the majestic Drakensberg, the bearded vulture is undisputed monarch of the skies. This soaring raptor has a wingspan of nearly three metres. Witness these giants flying at great height and speeds between the towering peaks and along the crags. Other regularly sighted raptor species include lanner falcons, jackal buzzards, black eagles and cape vultures. Birders will also enjoy spotting the Natal sugarbird, swifts, sunbirds, kingfishers and the orangebreasted rockjumper.

Included in price Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields: Half Day Historical Tour

Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. On a battlefield tour, you will visit places that will evoke a deep sense of history. As your raconteur-tourguide shares dramatic stories of the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, you will experience the hardship, tragedy, sense of victory and the futility of war.

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879 was a part of the Anglo-Zulu war that saw the first defeat of the British Forces - by an imposing Zulu Impi - in the morning at Isandlwana and a complete turnaround in the evening of the same day at Rorke’s Drift. Also during this time the French Prince Imperial died in a skirmish and ended the Bonaparte dynasty. Today it is marked by a single cenotaph in a lonely field. At Fugitive’s Drift is another lone cenotaph raised to the honour of two men, Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill, who lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment and whose bravery was acknowledged by the award of a Victoria Cross.

Included in price Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge situated inside the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park so all their game drives start from the lodge. Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers both early morning and afternoon/evening game drives. Game drive safaris are conducted in specially adapted open game viewing vehicles, with professional guides (maximum 9 people per vehicle). To preserve the wilderness, no off-road driving is practised. In addition to driving on our private concession within the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park we also have unlimited access to the greater RHluhluwe iMfolozi Park where you have the opportunity to spot the Big 5.

This itinerary started on 20 March 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 2,100
Remember, this is an actual itinerary, 100% tailor-made to meet this client's expectations. We can use this itinerary as a starting point for you.
I'm Heidi Bedford
I tailor-made this itinerary for my client and can do the same for you.
Heidi Bedford
My direct contact details are EMAIL ME+27 87 353 7872
Pembury Tours office details +27 41 581 2581 EMAIL US