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beginning & ending in Durban
(but that can also be offered with the option of ending and/or beginning in Johannesburg)
Tailor-made Tour Packages – South African Guided Safaris Tours
Please note that as our tours are exclusive to only those persons making the reservation, Far and Wild Safaris are able to tailor-make any of these itineraries below to suit you.
For example, you may opt to be dropped off in Johannesburg and not in Durban at the conclusion of the tour (or you may want to be collected and dropped off in Johannesburg), or you may want to stay one night longer at a lodge in the Nambiti Game Reserve, or even choose to stay at two different lodges in this reserve. You may also simply want an additional day at either Moorcroft Manor or Montusi Mountain Lodge, to explore this area or just to relax - the choices are yours.
However, it is recommended that you should really stay a minimum of two nights at a game lodge to get the full wildlife experience - a one night stay may be just a little too rushed.
These safaris can also be tailor-made to fit a visit into the Anglo / Zulu War Battlefields and particularly the battlefields of Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana. The Anglo-Zulu War was fought in 1879 between the British and the Zulus. Following Lord Carnarvon's successful introduction of federation in Canada, it was thought that similar political effort, coupled with military campaigns, might succeed with the African kingdoms, tribal areas and Boer republics in South Africa. In 1874, Sir Henry Bartle Frere was sent to South Africa as High Commissioner for the British Empire to bring such plans into being. Among the obstacles were the presence of the independent states of the South African Republic and the Kingdom of Zululand and its army. Frere, on his own initiative, without the approval of the British government and with the intent of instigating a war with the Zulu, had presented an ultimatum on 11 December 1878, to the Zulu king Cetshwayo, with which the Zulu king could not comply. Bartle Frere then sent Lord Chelmsford to invade Zululand. The war is notable for several particularly bloody battles, including a stunning opening victory by the Zulu at the Battle of Isandlwana, as well as for being a landmark in the timeline of imperialism in the region. The war eventually resulted in a British victory and the end of the Zulu nation's independence.
Giant's Castle – Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal :
Giant's Castle Game Reserve, home of eland and the majestic bearded vulture, lies in the central region of the Drakensberg Mountains (now called the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park), a World Heritage Site. Giant's Castle is situated on a grassy plateau among the deep valleys running down from the face of the High Drakensberg, offering glorious views and routes for hikers and mountain climbers.
Superb ancient San rock art is high among its special attractions. The renowned two vulture restaurants are open all year for visitors to watch bearded vultures and other endangered species feeding and the "Lammergeier Hide" is particularly world-renowned for its photographic opportunities, of particularly the endangered Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) and other raptors. Visit the Main Caves Museum for a fascinating insight into the past lifestyle of the San people with a guided interpretation and a realistic life-sized diorama set in Main Cave.
Montusi Mountain Lodge – near Royal Natal Park, Northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal :
The Montusi Mountain Lodge offers genuine hospitality in the tranquility of one of the most beautiful settings in Southern Africa. Space, comfort and peace are what you will find when you treat yourself to the natural splendour and peaceful, romantic ambiance of this Drakensberg haven.
Situated in the northern KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, Montusi Mountain Lodge is the only up-market destination in the area with a full and uninterrupted view of the Drakensberg's most famous feature, the Amphitheatre. Their guests enjoy this spectacular scenery in the comfort of their private individual garden suites.
Their intimate restaurant (with under-floor heating and log fireplace) is renowned for sumptuous local cuisine with innovative menus. In summer you may eat outside with the Amphitheatre view enhancing the delicious meals.
Moorcroft Manor – Himeville, Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal :
Moorcroft Manor is located in the foothills on the southern Drakensberg Mountains and is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful rural settings, rich in natural splendour and steeped in history. The accommodation at Moorcroft Manor comprises elegantly furnished rooms, all with bathrooms en-suite. Choose from standard double rooms, a junior suite or executive suite. Their rooms and bathrooms have under-floor heating to keep away the winter chill and are provided with wireless internet access, DSTV, ceiling fan, hair dryer, bath robes and tea/coffee .
Each room has its own adjoining private patio leading onto the lawns and the rock pool with an uninterrupted view towards Hodgsons Peaks and the sometimes snow-covered mountain tops of the Lesotho Kingdom.
The food they serve is always freshly prepared, and wherever possible they use locally-produced ingredients and herbs from their garden. Their menu offers an interesting variety of starters, main courses and desserts. They cater for vegetarians and are happy to comply with dietary requirements. Here you may enjoy your meal in the dining room with a view of the wine cellar, the terrace or the spectacular Drakensberg.
Nambiti Private Game Reserve – near Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal :
The Nambiti Private Game Reserve, with its waterfalls, diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife, offers a wonderful wildlife experience. Unlike most other game reserves, Nambiti 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. The Nambiti Private Game Reserve was begun in 1999 from what was originally a cattle and maize farming area. These farms were acquired and then the mammoth task of removing internal fencing and old buildings started. After all the unwanted manmade structures were removed, the task of removing all alien vegetation commenced. After some time the Nambiti Game Reserve was ready for the delicate task of re-introducing wildlife. Now after many years of productive management, Nambiti has come full circle. The fauna and flora is flourishing and has settled down into the slow moving time of Africa. Most of the endemic species have returned, giving a particularly diverse range of species not found in most protected areas in South Africa. This game reserve has plenty of water - so vital to the flourishing wildlife and maintaining this.
The Nambiti Private Game Reserve is home to the "Big Five", namely lion, elephant, black and white rhino and buffalo (leopard are here but are extremely shy and very rarely seen) and about thirty other game species, including cheetah and hippo. The bushveld on this game reserve has incredible biodiversity including savannah, grassland, thornveld and tall acacia trees of the Tugela Basin biome. The birdlife is fairly prolific with several rare bird species found in the ravine bush alongside the two 40 metre waterfalls of the Sundays River, which flows through the reserve.Nambiti Private Game Reserve – List of Game Lodges to select
Springbok Lodge –
Nambiti Private Game Reserve
Springbok Lodge in the Nambiti Game Reserve, offers beautifully appointed air-conditioned tented suites, excellent service, superb cuisine and prolific wildlife. Views from each tent allows guests expansive views of the bushveld and often a passing parade of wildlife beyond the fenced boundary. Guided game drives in open safari game viewers are conducted each morning and afternoons into the evening. Meals are enjoyed on the deck, in the dining room or alfresco in the Boma.
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