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Cultures and Coastlines of South Africa


This itinerary is designed to showcase regions less impacted by traditional tourism, although certainly no less beautiful and exciting as the more popular routing's. It offers a unique perspective focusing on boutique, eco-friendly and family-run properties, providing raw, authentic experiences. With KwaZulu-Natal generally benefiting from warmer winters than that of the Cape, it’s also the perfect choice if you are looking to travel during the British summertime.


place DAYS 1 - 2 - Johannesburg


Arriving into Johannesburg, transfer to The Peech Hotel in the city’s Melrose neighbourhood, a boutique property recognised for its stylish accommodation and sustainable ethos. Suggested experiences during your stay include visiting the Apartheid Museum for a deep dive into South Africa’s turbulent past, followed by a guided excursion of Soweto, a township known for its historical significance and lively culture. If staying on a Sunday, the rooftop market at Rosebank is a great spot for finding souvenirs and the area has a wealth of bars and restaurants to enjoy.

place DAYS 3 - 4 - Drakensberg


Collect your hire car to begin your road trip which will culminate in Durban. Travel via the N3 highway to Bergville for your first stop, experiencing the beauty and diversity of South Africa as you transition from the urban landscape of Johannesburg to the dramatic scenery of the Drakensberg mountains for two nights. 

place DAYS 5 - 6 - Umhlanga


Continue from the majestic Drakensberg mountains to the picturesque coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Relax in an upscale beachfront hotel in the heart of the seaside town of Umhlanga. With the backdrop of the stunning Indian Ocean, indulge in a variety of delectable dining options and luxurious accommodation with direct beach access from the hotel.

place DAYS 7 - 8 - Hluhluwe


Travel to the Western Lebombo Mountains in northern Zululand for an intimate and immersive wildlife experience. Staying at a family-owned lodge within a private conservancy, enjoy the opportunity to explore the rich biodiversity of the region through guided game drives and walking safaris. As fourth generation residents of this land, the Morrison family who own and run the lodge are deeply ingrained with the local community and are wholeheartedly committed to the social, economic, and environmental welfare of the people and the area they call home, and all team members working at the lodge are from the surrounding Zululand region.

place DAYS 9 - 11 - iSimangaliso Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Take a private transfer to Thonga Beach Lodge set on the pristine shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This eco-friendly lodge is nestled in a lush coastal dune forest with private access to a secluded, unspoiled beach and has breathtaking ocean views from the thatched suites. Snorkel in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, scuba dive at nearby reefs and during season (Nov-Feb) have the incredible opportunity to witness turtles nesting and laying their eggs at the protected site right in front of the lodge.

place DAY 12 - Umhlanga


Travel back to Umhlanga today to spend one final night staying at The Oyster Box hotel, a landmark property of the region. The curry buffet served in the Ocean Terrace Restaurant is legendary and we implore you to try Bunny-Chow, a signature Durban dish at least once before travelling home the following day.



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