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Cheetah, Phinda Reserve

KwaZulu-Natal Discovery Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,890 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Save up to £245pp


Short description

Wildlife, culture and landscapes combine on this ten-day South African self-drive


  • Explore the magnificent landscapes of the Drakensberg Mountains – some of the most beautiful and dramatic in South Africa
  • Discover the fascinating and brutal history of the Anglo-Zulu War at the Battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana
  • Go in search of wildlife, including the Big Five, amid the pristine wilderness of the andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

In Brief

  • 1 Night Durban
  • 2 Nights Drakensberg Mountains
  • 2 Nights Zululand
  • 2 Nights Phinda Private Game Reserve


Recommended for:
Beach | History & culture | Natural world | Safari | Self-drive

The South African province of KwaZulu-Natal is perhaps the most dramatic and varied in the country, and with Durban so well served by international flights, it makes an easy and rewarding trip in its own right, especially tempting if this is not your first time in the country. Those who visit will find the stark and stunning Drakensberg Mountains, the emotive battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, some of the country's best private game reserves, the coastal dune forests and unspoiled beaches of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly Greater St Lucia Wetland Park), and the many resort towns that line the Indian Ocean around Durban. Any aspect of this sample itinerary can be tailored to suit your individual requirements by talking to one of our Southern Africa experts.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
London - Durban

Fly overnight from London to Durban. 

Day 2

Arrive at Durban International Airport and collect your hire car on arrival. Spend the day at the beautiful Oyster Box Hotel, which stands majestically on the Umhlanga beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse. Whilst staying at the Oyster Box Hotel, enjoy the spa, eat freshly-caught seafood at one of its fantastic restaurants, or spend the day on one of Durban's exquisite and pristine beaches.

Stay: Oyster Box, KwaZulu-Natal (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 3-4
Drakensberg Mountains

This morning drive towards the Drakensberg Mountains, located approximately two to three hours from Durban.

The Drakensberg is one of South Africa’s prime eco-tourism destinations and a well-deserved World Heritage Site. In this spectacular mountain range you can enjoy the ultimate freedom of great open spaces in a world of gigantic peaks and buttresses, where eland pick out paths along towering sandstone cliffs and vultures soar above crystal-clear rivers and remote hidden valleys.

Stay: Cathedral Peak Hotel, Drakensberg Mountains (Superior) or Cleopatra’s Mountain Farmhouse, KwaZulu-Natal (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Days 5-6

The name Zulu (which means Heaven) aptly describes the rolling expanses, mist-clad hills and traditional settlements of the Zululand region. Enjoy two nights at Isandlwana Lodge or opt for the highly recommended Fugitives’ Drift, the latter one being acclaimed for its battlefield tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Since establishing the lodge in 1989 until his death in 2007, David Rattray thrilled visitors with his knowledgeable, thought provoking and often emotionally charged depictions of the Anglo-Zulu War. His legacy lives on through the team he put in place, with his wife Nicky and her staff setting the benchmark for heritage tourism in South Africa - they are simply the best storytellers you are ever likely to meet.

Stay: Isandlwana Lodge (Superior) or Fugutive's Drift Lodge (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 7-8
andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Drive east to andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, a model for conservation, whose communities are supported by our not-for-profit charity The WEXAS Travel Foundation. Spread over 23,000 hectares of Big Five wilderness, the reserve offers chances to spot shy suni antelope, track rhino in the bushveld, observe breeding herds of elephants and see cheetahs teach their cubs how to hunt. Enjoy twice-daily game drives with expert rangers, spontaneous bush picnics and 5-star service in one of four luxury lodges.

Please Note: There is a possibility of taking a flight directly back from andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve to Joburg. Please call for more details. 

Stay: Phinda Game Reserve, South Africa (Deluxe) or Mountain Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal (Deluxe) or Vlei Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Depart Richards Bay

Continue to Richards Bay where you drop off your hire car, and take a flight via Johannesburg to the UK.

Meals: B

Day 10
Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK, and continue your onward journey home. 



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,890 incl. flights


Special Offer

Save up to £245 pp.

Book by: 30 November 2018

Low Season

from £2,890 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,240 pp. incl. flights

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return international flights from the UK to Durban and from Johannesburg to the UK
  • Domestic flights from Richard's Bay to Johannesburg
  • 9 days car hire (Compact car with sat-nav)
  • 1 night in a 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 2 nights in a 4* (Superior) hotel on a half-board basis 
  • 2 nights in a 4* (Superior) hotel on a full-board basis
  • 2 nights in a 5* (Deluxe) hotel on a full-board basis
  • Twice-daily shared game drives while on safari
  • Airport meet & greet 

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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