6-day Package Tour –
Battlefields Route & Midlands Meander
A barrier of upward-pointing spears for the Zulu name “Quathlamba”, describes the craggy pinnacles that form the most spectacular part of the Great Escarpment of Southern Africa’s major watershed. The name “Drakensberg” derives from Dutch, meaning “mountain of the dragon”, for the jagged peaks seem like a natural domain for these fabled creatures.
Explore the intriguing history of the bygone battlefields, while enjoying spectacular wildlife scenery.
If you arrive a day or two early, we recommend booking an excursion to Soweto or the Apartheid Museum.
You will be picked up at any of the following spots for the start of the tour between 8 am and 9 am:
1. O.R.Tambo Airport, 2. Gautrain Centurion Station,
3. Your centrally located hotel, 4. Home pick up
Please request a quote (firstname.lastname@example.org) for home pick up, or if your hotel is not on our route. (Between the O.R.Tambo Airport and our destination.) Pick up point must be indicated on the booking form.
Day 1: Leaving from the O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg, we head to the province of Kwazulu Natal to discover the Battlefields Route. A cross-shaped Memorial in honour of British Soldiers who died during battles around the Volksrust and Amersfoort areas is to be visited in the town of Volksrust. O'Neil's Cottage in the Newcastle area follows on the road between Newcastle and Volksrust. The home of Eugene O'Neil became a makeshift hospital for British after defeat at Majuba. The peace treaty ending the war was negotiated here. (Lunch en-route) We spend the night at Ndaka Safari Lodge at Nambiti (or similar) and enjoy a game drive to see the big 5 (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo). (D)
Day 2: We head to Ladysmith and meet up with a Battlefields Tour Guide for a tour of the Ladysmith, Elandslaagte and Midlands region. Lunch is enjoyed en route, and we stay for the second night at the Ndaka Safari Lodge (or similar). After a morning game drive on the third day, we leave for Winterton in the Drakensberg. (B, L, D)
Day 3: As we head to the Drakensberg Boys Choir’s Wednesday-afternoon concert, we visit the Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre at the Eastern side of Champaign Valley to view some Zulu arts and crafts and have lunch at the restaurant. Now we visit the Dragon Rock Reptile Centre and then head over to the Drakensberg Boys Choir concert. We spend the night at the Monks Cowl Golf Resort (or similar). (B)
Day 4: We head out to do the Drakensberg Canopy Tour and then to the Midlands Meander route, and visit the Wine Cellar and Mouse Trap Deli, Marrakesh Cheese and Chocolate Heaven where we savor a drink at the delightful Bierfassl restaurant. Tsonga shoes and bags are next, and then we visit the Mandela Monument. We overnight at Fern Hill Hotel near Howick (or similar).
Day 5: We are on our way to the Dundee-Rorke’s Drift area, to meet a Battlefield Tour Guide who will take us on a tour of the battlefields and historical sites of the area. Lunch is enjoyed en route, and we spend our last night at The Lapha in Dundee (or similar). (B)
Day 6: Heading on our way back to the airport in Johannesburg, we consider doing another tour with Amatungulu Tours. (B)
We recommend booking an excursion to Freedom Park Museum, the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria and other places of interest if your flight is due a day or more later.
Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Meals (B=breakfast x 1, L=lunch x 3, D=dinner x 3
Food and drinks, unless specified
Travel insurance; Flights; Airport transfers; Porterage; Visa fees
Accommodation as per itinerary
National Park fees
Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast x 4, L=lunch x 0, D=dinner x 2)
Professional guide at specialist venues
Transport by private vehicle
Welcome pack, and free use of smart phone and data