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Durban to Durban
Private Guided Safaris & Garden Route Tours in South African
Day 1 : Private Game Reserve
This morning Far and Wild Safaris will collect you from the King Shaka International Airport, Durban or from your overnight accommodation in Durban and travel to a private Game Reserve in the Hluhluwe region, arriving in time for lunch.
Over a late afternoon tea, our ranger will discuss what you hope to see during the afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. This game begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Listen to lions roar in the dark or admire the small nocturnal animals.
Day 2 : Private Game Reserve
Today we follow the lodge programme, which includes a morning game drive (with a stop for drinks during the drive), breakfast, sometimes a guided walk (which is optional), lunch, afternoon tea followed by the evening game drive and dinner.
Day 3 : Private Game Reserve / Anglo Zulu Battlefields, Isandlwana Lodge
As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. Your ranger will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and biscuits or rusks. After our morning game drive, we return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast we check out and make our way to at Isandlwana Lodge. Isandlwana Lodge is carved into the iNyoni rock overlooking the Isandlwana Battlefield, the site of the historic Anglo-Zulu war battle that took place on the 22nd of January, 1879. Today, the enigmatic mountain of Isandlwana nestles peacefully amongst the majestic beauty of the Zululand hills. In January 1879, however, it was the site of one of the most dramatic and enthralling events in the history of the Zulu Kingdom. Take time to relax at the luxurious Lodge.
Day 4 : Isandlwana / Rorke's Drift
After breakfast we visit the museum and battlefield of Isandlwana, where on the 22nd January 1879 about 20-25,000 Zulus defeated the British, in what was to be Great Britain's biggest defeat ever in her entire colonial history, at the Battle of Isandlwana. Over 1300 British and Allied officers and troops were killed in this battle, more so than in the Battle of Waterloo.
From Isandlwana we make our way to Rorkes Drift, where on that same fateful day a brave little garrison of 139 British soldiers held out all night against an immense Zulu attack, and in the process winning eleven Victoria Crosses for bravery, the most ever in a single battle in history. We return to the lodge in the late afternoon for some much needed rest and reflection.
Day 5 : Nambiti Private Game Reserve
This morning after breakfast we travel to Dundee where we visit the Talana Museum, nestled at the base of Talana Hill in Dundee. The Zulu name "Talana" meaning "the shelf where precious items are stored" is a most appropriate name for this large and varied museum. The museum comprises 17 buildings, dedicated to subjects as diverse as war and agriculture, mining, industry and domestic life. Started in 1979 to commemorate the Anglo Zulu war, the small collection moved to the present site at the beginning of 1983.
After breakfast we make our way east of Ladysmith to the extraordinarily beautiful and geographically diverse Nambiti Private Game Reserve, home to elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino (including the rare and endangered Black Rhino), as well as over 30 other animal species. It is also rich in birdlife and indigenous flora. Unlike most other game reserves, the Nambiti Private Game Reserve has the carrying capacity of almost twice that of wildlife regions such as Botswana, thus being able to carry more game per hectare than many other game reserves. Knowledgeable guides will plan a safari that takes into account your particular interests and requirements.
Over afternoon tea, our ranger will discuss what you hope to see during the afternoon game drive. This game drive begins in the afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Listen to lions roar in the dark or admire the small nocturnal animals. We may enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.
Dinner is waiting for you at your lodge's boma or the dining room upon your return.
Day 6 and 7 : Nambiti Private Game Reserve
These two days we follow the lodge programme, which usually includes a morning game drive, breakfast, sometimes a guided walk (which is optional), lunch, afternoon tea followed by the evening game drive and dinner. Game viewing here is very good, and generally close up sightings of their animals are experienced.
Day 8 : Nambiti Private Game Reserve - Durban
After our morning game drive and breakfast in this very productive private game reserve, we leave and head for Durban, arriving in the afternoon.
Upon departure, we may also visit the nearby Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project. Kwa Cheetah plays a large role in the rescue and release of other animals and smaller cat species; these include the likes of Serval, African Wild Cat, Meerkat and some other orphaned or injured animals. These are all raised and released onto the reserve. Kwa Cheetah allows only one public interaction per day as not to put any unnecessary stress on their animals, and this facility is not open every day of the week. These interactions include an educational talk exposing guests to the vulnerability of cheetahs and their future plight - guests get the chance to see their cats run in the running area and of course get to interact with most of the cats.
If Kwa Cheetah is not an option on that specific day, we may visit the Durban Botanic Gardens. The Durban Botanic Gardens traces its origins to colonial times, when it was founded in 1849 for the introduction and trial of potentially useful commercial crops. The gardens later developed collections of sub-tropical trees, palms and orchids. The Durban Botanic Gardens remains a classic botanic garden, reflecting the universality of the plant kingdom. It has, for over 100 years, had a fine mixed arboretum of African, Asian and American trees.
After our visit here we will drop you off at your overnight accommodation or at the King Shaka International Airport in time for your return flight.