5 Nights Established Camps, 12 Nights Lodges
|6 NIGHTS INN 11 NIGHTS CABIN
South Africa is a haven of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse cultures and first world norms, topped with a healthy and invigorating climate. These qualities, as well as a relatively cheap currency, make it an adventure destination not to be missed. A country virtually the size of Europe with over 3000 kilometer’s of unspoiled coastline, boasting climatic differences from searing hot desert to snow-capped peaks, and varied cultures, from the primitive Bushman to the most Western of ways. We visit the highlights, but leave the beaten track to explore the great outdoors. Overnight stops are mostly at Drifters owned properties and reserves where extensive conservation and game introduction projects have created truly unique accommodations and surroundings. The tour requires a certain amount of flexibility and an adventurous mentality.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking, so a small daypack is advisable. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions may be necessary and can be purchased locally. Passports/visas are required for entry into Swaziland.
The price includes all transport, accommodation, food, coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast etc, group equipment, permits and entry fees, optional pony ride and professional guides. The price does not include alcohol and soft drinks, meals where stipulated, curios, tips and optional excursions. Before departure clients will be required to enter into a agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
DAY 1: JHB – BUSHVELD CAMP D
||Departing at 06h30 from DRIFTERS JOHANNESBURG LODGE, we travel the scenic road to Mpumalanga. Along the way we visit Dullstroom, traverse Robbers Pass and spend time at the quaint historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest. We also visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon. Thereafter we wind our way down the escarpment to the Lowveld bushveld where we overnight in our well appointed DRIFTERS BUSH CAMP. In a private reserve adjacent / unfenced to the Kruger Park, the tented Camp is tastefully designed, totally blends in with the environment, and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding bush. Dinner tonight is cooked on the open fire. D
DAY 2: BUSHVELD CAMP BRUNCH D
||We start the day with customary coffee and rusks, before setting off on a game walk. We walk for approximately 3 hours in search of game, stopping regularly to learn more about the ways of the bush. A Drifters guide and tracker lead all walks. Return to camp for a late morning brunch after which it’s time to relax around the pool and to enjoy the camp. In the afternoon we conduct an open vehicle game drive, which develops into an extensive night drive, being in the bush at night provides us with the opportunity of viewing nocturnal animals, otherwise not normally seen. This evening we enjoy a hearty bush “braai” and again fall asleep to the sounds of the wild. Brunch D
DAY 3: HAZYVIEW B L D
||A leisurely start, we travel through the rural Bushbuck ridge area to the sleepy settlement of Hazyview, and then on to the DRIFTERS HAZYVIEW LODGE, a log cabin spectacularly situated on stilts in indigenous subtropical forest on the banks of the Sabie River. This afternoon we will have time to relax at the bird hide, or enjoy swimming and forest walks. B L D
DAY 4:KRUGER NATIONAL PARK B L D
||Leaving Hazyview early, we travel the short distance to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Here we spend the entire day viewing animals from the high vantage point of our well-equipped vehicle. We enjoy a picnic lunch and then a night in one of the park’s camps. B L D
DAY 5-6: SWAZILAND/ZULULAND D5: B L D | D6: B L D
||Traveling south through the Kingdom of the Swazi, our journey takes us into an area of spectacular scenery, and past numerous traditional homesteads and curio markets, then we enter Zululand, the area once ruled by the famed Shaka Zulu, a region of Game Reserves and impressive scenery. We spend the next two nights at the DRIFTERS ZULULAND CAMP, a rustic camp situated in the sand forest on our private game reserve adjoining the World Heritage Site of St Lucia. During our stay we will do a game walk on the reserve and will conduct an open vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. We will also visit a rural Zulu school which Drifters sponsors through the benefits of tourism. B L D ; B L D
DAY 7: DOLPHIN COAST B L D
||A short drive today, we travel to one of the world’s finest coastlines, where the unrelenting waves of the Indian Ocean continuously pound deserted beaches. Our next night will be at the DRIFTERS DOLPHIN COAST INN, situated literally on the beach. Our time here will be spent soaking up the sun and simply enjoying the beach and warm ocean. Tonight we enjoy a traditional fish braai on the Inn’s patio. B L D
DAY 8 – 9: DRAKENSBERG B L D
||After a visit to the holiday city of Durban, where we have the option of visiting the Ushaka Marine World or exploring the Golden Mile and the traditional market, we travel back inland to the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, “Barrier of Spears”. (Lunch today will be own expense in Durban.) On reaching the foothills we transfer to a 4X4 vehicle, and then enjoy an exciting drive on mountain tracks up to the DRIFTERS DRAKENSBERG INN where we spend two nights in cosy log cabins. We will spend time hiking and exploring the wonders of this National Heritage Site and visiting a San rock art site. Pony trekking is also available. B D ; B L D
DAY 10: LADYBRAND B D
||After a 4×4 transfer back to our vehicle, we cross the Oliviershoek Pass to view the turquoise waters of Sterkfontein Dam, then on through the Golden Gate National Park, well known for its towering sandstone cliffs and wealth of unique wildlife. Lunch today will be own expense in the artful little village of Clarens – clients will have time to explore the art galleries and other unique attractions. Those that wish to experience white water rafting have the option here. This night will be spent on a farm near the town of Ladybrand B.D
DAY 11 – 12: KAROO B L D
||Exploring lesser-known gravel roads, we head into the dry Karoo interior. We will travel via quaint and remote farming villages including Nieu Bethesda to the DRIFTERS KAROO INN. Our home for the next two nights will be in stone cottages on a traditional farmstead nestled against the Sneeuberg Mountains. During our stay here, we will enjoy an extensive walk in the mountainous terrain, home to a variety of interesting plants, animals and bird life. B
DAY 13 – 15: GARDEN ROUTE D13: B L D |D14: B D |D15: B L
||An early start, we head for the historic town of Graaff-Reinet where we spend time visiting the various museums, strolling around the town, meeting the locals and admiring the unique architecture. We then cross the mighty Outeniqua Mountains, barrier between the dry interior and the lush coastal Garden Route area. We arrive at the well located DRIFTERS KNYSNA INN where we will spend the next three nights. Our days here will be spent exploring this renowned region and its many attractions. We will walk in the forest in search of the elusive Knysna Lourie, we will travel to the Tsitsikamma coastal National Park where we will walk part of the acclaimed “Otter Trail”. On our return journey, those with suicidal tendencies may try the world’s highest bungi jump at 216 meters or clients may choose a sea kayak trip. (Own expense). We will visit sun-kissed beaches , the Knysna Heads , and our superb location will allow free time to explore the old woodcutter town of Knysna.. One lunch and one dinner will be own expense. B L D ; B D ; B L
DAY 16 – 18: CAPE TOWN B
||A leisurely start, we leave Knysna to travel through the Lake District and then to follow the “Whale Route” around the Hottentots Holland Mountains toward our final destination. Arriving in the “Mother City” of Cape Town in the late afternoon, we check into the DRIFTERS CAPE TOWN INN, which is situated on the Sea Point beachfront. Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and we will spend two days visiting Cape Point, Hout Bay, and the Waterfront, secluded beaches, a wine farm and many more highlights. We will also hike up Table Mountain. (Lunches and dinners in Cape Town are own expense). B ; B ; B
This tour ends at 16h00 on day 18, however clients are welcome to extend their stay by booking post-tour nights at the DRIFTERS CAPE TOWN INN. If arranging an onward flight on this day, please allow time for an airport transfer and for check-in procedures (up to three hours).
This tour departs from Johannesburg every Tuesday, every Friday.
Durban • Battlefields • Durban
This tour recounts fascinating tales of the Anglo-Boer and Anglo-Zulu wars. Many British, Boer and Zulu lost their lives at the battles of Isandlwana, Fugitive’s Drift, Rorke’s Drift and Spioenkop. Re-live these intriguing stories, some of astounding bravery, recounted by an expert Battlefield Guide. May the memories of all the brave soldiers and warriors live on?
• Experienced and specialist Battlefield Guides expertly recount the tragic battles.
• Discover all about the Anglo-Zulu war battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
• Learn about the battle of Spioenkop and the Armored Train Incident during the Anglo-Boer war.
• Enjoy spectacular scenery.
• Experience country guest house hospitality.
• Tour in air-conditioned micro-buses or 18-seater mini-buses.
• Discover the Battlefields with our professional Tour Guides.
• Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
• All accommodation is of a guest house standard.
• 1 Breakfast.
• 2 Lunches.
• 1 Dinner.
• Hotel porterage included.
• We can tailor-make tours to the Battlefields over 3, 4 and 5 days, which can also include wildlife and the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.
Day 1: (Sun) Isandlwana & Fugitive’s Drift (LD)
Make an early start from Durban and head inland towards South Africa’s famous battlegrounds, where more
battles were fought in this remote area of KwaZulu-Natal than anywhere else in South Africa. Your expert Battlefield guide will recount the Anglo Zulu War Battle of Isandlwana, where 20 000 Zulu warriors took on the firepower of the British troops, and wiped out almost an entire regiment in about 2½ hours. Then on to Fugitive’s Drift, where many of the 402 soldiers who fled from the Battle managed to escape from Zululand into Colonial Natal. Several of the fugitives were killed after they had crossed the Mzinyathi (Buffalo) River and the graves of Lieutenants Nevill Coghill, Teignmouth Melvill and others lie on the hillside overlooking the River. Visit Rorke’s Drift, where a handful of British soldiers, outnumbered 35 to 1, fought off 4 000 Zulus for 12 hours, in a battle which saw 11 Victoria Crosses awarded, the highest number awarded to a Regiment (the 24th Regiment of Foot) in a single action. We continue, thoughts lingering about young lives lost and medals won, to our guest house for warm, country hospitality and a delicious dinner before retiring for the night.
Accommodation: Guest House or similar
Day 2: (Mon) Spioenkop (BL)
After a hearty traditional South African breakfast we make our way to the summit of Spioenkop Mountain. From
here your guide will recreate the tragic battle between Boer and Brit which unfolded over 9 days in January 1900. The British occupying Spioenkop’s summit were in full view of Boer rifle and artillery fire, in this, the third and bloodiest attempt by the British to relieve Ladysmith. Incredibly, General Louis Botha (who became the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa), Winston Churchill, by then a Lieutenant serving in the South African Light Horse, and Mohandas Gandhi, then a stretcherbearer and later the Mahatma, witnessed the battle. We then continue a little further to visit the site of the armoured train incident, made famous due to the fact that Churchill (at that stage a correspondent with the Morning Post) was among those captured. After lunch, we take our leave of bloody battlefields and head for Durban, arriving in the late afternoon.