South Africa has played a very special role in shaping Africa continent’s history. It is home to a vast number of tribal cultures, animals and an unique vegetation of our biosphere. So many facinating stories are originated from this country where the game of evolution is constantly in action.

The area known as the Battlefields is rich in historical memorabilia, fascinating museums, monuments and artefacts – right down to inscriptions carved into rocks by army cooks. Guest will be staying in a lovely accommodation developed by the renowned late historian David Rattray. The hotel is situated in a Natural Heritage Site and organize Battlefield tours that brings you to the scene of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British were defeated by an army of traditional Zulu warriors. Learn about the background to the conflict, walk the fields where the battle raged and find out how the outcome influenced history. You could also choose to visit the site of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, where the British garrison fought off a vast Zulu army against seemingly unsurmountable odds.

Tribal conflict is just part of the excitment. The rest of the journey embrace a wide range of animal encounterment, either on land or in the sea, that allows you to understand how conservationist is fighting the battle to save some iconic Africa animals. You could participate in activities including night turtle drives, scuba safaris, black rhino tracking on foot, visits to an endangered wild cats project and swimming with whale sharks. Another highlight of this journey is the stay in Mabibi which is close to UNESCO World Heritage Site St Lucia Wetland Park, snorkelling in rock pools along the coastline or set off in search of dolphins in a sea kayak.

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – 2

Fugitives’ Drift Lodge

On arrival at King Shaka International Airport. You will be transferred to Fugitives’ Drift Lodge and spend 2 nights here. Situated in a Natural Heritage Site, the lodge is set in magnificent scenery near the well-known battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Originally developed by the renowned late historian David Rattray, Fugitive’s Drift is renowned for its Battlefield tours, steeped in the history of the region and enriched with historical insight. Accommodation is in a standard room. Your stay includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and coffee.

Destination: South Africa

Day 3 – 4

Phinda Private Game Reserve

After breakfast, you will make your way to Phinda Private Game Reserve.
Spend two nights at &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge or &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge adventures. Adventures include twice-daily game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, nature walks, excellent bird watching and riverboat cruises along the Mzinene River (seasonal). Optional Phinda Adventures, available at an additional cost, include Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives, scuba safaris, black rhino tracking on foot, visits to an endangered wild cats project and swimming with whale sharks. Specialist Safaris at Phinda (also at an additional cost) are birding, photographic, rhino capture and research, tracking, luxury walking, family and private safaris.

Day 5 – 7

Thonga Beach Lodge

Situated in the heart of the greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mabibi is approximately 25 kilometres (16 miles) north of Sodwana Bay and close to the Mozambique border. A pristine, underdeveloped beach on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal, Mabibi is a subtropical ocean paradise. A magical place of unspoilt beaches, coastal forests, grasslands and shimmering lakes, its crystal-clear, warm waters offer leisurely swimming, amazing snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs and spectacular scuba diving.

Spend three nights in an ensuite forest room at Thonga Beach Lodge. Your stay includes accommodation, all meals, tea and coffee, as well as a selection of activities.

Destination: South Africa
Accommodation: Thonga Beach Lodge

Day 8

Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Coastal Cashews pickup point where you will collect your vehicle and make your way to King Shake International Airport.

Destination: South Africa

Included

  • Meet and Greet service at King Shaka International Airport
  • Accommodation inclusions as per itinerary above
  • Battlefields tour at Fugitives Drift Lodge
  • Car Rental for 8 days in Group B Vehicle on super cover including contract fee
  • Super cover inclusions and exclusions apply for the car rental
  • Scheduled pickup and drop off transfers at Coastal Cashews:
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Administration fee