KwaZulu Natal
Fly Drive

The area between Johannesburg and the Indian Ocean coast around Durban is the Kingdom of KwaZulu Natal. The area encompasses the historic homelands of the Zulu nation, who were once feared and respected throughout Southern Africa as one of the most powerful indigenous people. So famous is the name that “Zulu” is the call sign used around the world for the letter Z in the International Aviation Alphabet.
KwaZulu Fly Drive Itinerary

Day 1 Your first taste of Africa

Most flights leave the UK in the early evening and travel through the night to arrive into Johannesburg early the following morning.

Day 2 Welcome to Africa

You will be met at Johannesburg Airport by our personal Meet & Greet service and a transfer arranged to your hotel in either Johannesburg or Pretoria. The area has much to offer and we will discuss the options for the remainder of the day.

Day 3 Discover the Drakensberg

Your car will be delivered to your hotel this morning and you will set out to discover the Drakensberg Mountains, the largest mountain range in South Africa. A collection of mountain ranges, small lakes, breathtaking views and interspersed with some of the most fertile and productive land in the whole of Africa. It is not surprising that the food is the feature of many hotels in this area. If you enjoy fishing, wildlife viewing (not the big cats), birding, great walking and climbing, this area is a definite must. Overnight in the central Drakensberg area.

Day 4 The Midlands Meander

Within this area there is a beautiful day drive known as the Midlands Meander. This allows clients to drive slowly through the area taking in some of the unique sights and historical markers. Return this evening to your hotel in this most scenic area.

Day 5 Rorkeís Drift

A short drive away are some of the most famous battlefield sites of the Zulu Wars. Rorkeís Drift is an emotive visit and also the site of the highest number of VCís awarded in one battle. Your comfortable lodge in this area, set amongst magnificent scenery, will form your base for the next two days. The visit to Rorkeís Drift is normally done late afternoon to coincide with the timing of the battle and making the whole experience more realistic.

Day 6 Isandlwana

The site of what many acknowledge to be the biggest defeat of the British Army in Africa, which preceded Rorkeís Drift by 24 hours. A short drive away takes you to an open plain dominated by a mountain peak, from this peak your guide will vividly describe what happened in the period leading up to and during the battle. Certainly an emotional experience, which helps to illustrate what a great nation the Zulu people really are.

Day 7 KwaZulu Natal Coast / The Dolphin Coast

A short drive away is the stunning coastal area north of Durban. The farther north you go the more deserted the beaches become. There are some superb beach resorts in this area and on some of the more deserted beaches the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. This part of the trip can be expanded to fit your individual schedule. Overnight on the coast.

Other things to do in the area

We can also arrange for you to fly back from Richardís Bay or Durban, saving the long drive back to Johannesburg, at a very reasonable price. If you are looking for a trip with historic interest, outstanding scenery, great food and great beaches this area of South Africa will not disappoint.

What to do next

If you would like to start planning your own amazing KwaZulu Natal Fly Drive then either:

KwaZulu Natal Fly Drive Map
KwaZulu Natal Fly Drive Hotels
For your convenience, we have put together a list of some of the outstanding properties we feature in KwaZulu Natal:

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Things to remember about planning your fly drive
1. Select the right size of vehicle for your party. Distances are a little further than you perhaps expect in South Africa.

2. Think about a good mix of accommodation and we strongly encourage use of some of the smaller guest house accommodation, which you will find is first class.

3. The information you will be provided with will give you detailed directions to your hotel/safari and we provide maps for your whole itinerary.

4. Please allow time for excursions along the route.
Additional information
This fly drive gives you an example of what can be achieved in a specific time period.

Some of our fly-drives can be joined together to provide extended stays, often by the use of relatively low priced internal flights within South Africa.

Please ask a member of our dedicated team to help tailor a trip to meet your specific requirements.
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