Berg, bush, beach and battlefields
Berg, bush, beach and battlefieldsOn this tour we visit 3 countries of Berg, bush, beach and battlefields. Namely South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. The trip starts in Pietermaritzburg with a transfer from Durban airport if required and usually takes 10 days depending on the route we take. We head up the world famous Sani pass 4x4 track into Lesotho with a stop at the highest pub in Africa. Sani Pass links Kwazulu-Natal with Lesotho and is one of the most rugged drives in Southern Africa. Driving up it is an experience as rarefied as the air you breath when you finally reach the summit. Lesotho, also known as the roof of Africa, isn't just another country; it's another world and it's begging to be explored. Please click here to read more about Lesotho.
After 3 days in Lesotho we drive to the battlefields around Kwazulu-Natal.The Cape has it's wine routes and Kwazulu-Natal has it's battlefield routes. While here we visit the battle sites of Blood river, Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana. This is where we hear some of the amazing stories of the battles fought in and around Kwazulu-Natal. The battlefield guides are wonderful story tellers and we feel like we are right in the middle of the action. From here we experience some friendly Swazi hospitality in Swaziland, most noteworthy the home of Africa's last true monarch, King Mswati III and Hlane Royal National Park. After a short tour of Swaziland we visit South Africa's First World Heritage Site, the Isimangaliso Wetland. Here we experience the stunning beaches along the Indian ocean. The marine wild life here is not to be missed. If we do this trip in December or January we will be lucky enough to witness nature in action. I love to see huge 900kg turtles crawling up the beach to lay their eggs. Near the Isimangaliso Wetland is Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Nature Reserves. These 2 reserves are the oldest in Kwazulu Natal and is where Dr Ian Player helped save the white rhino from extinction. We finish our tour with game drives around these 2 iconic reserves.