Cathedral Peak Hotel, Drakensberg Mountains
Giraffe, Isandlwana
Verandah, Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge
Game drive, Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa
Thonga Beach Lodge, South Africa

Complete KwaZulu-Natal

13 day Self Drive Holiday - from £2549

With flights from £3199

This circular KwaZulu-Natal self drive offers a holiday of wonderful variety, staying in carefully-selected hotels and safari lodges set in unforgettable locations.


  • Explore the city sights of Durban and stroll along the Golden Mile
  • Stay in the heart of the towering Drakensberg Mountains
  • Learn about the Anglo-Zulu War at Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana
  • Go in search of rhino, elephant and lion on a 4×4 safari in a private reserve
  • Relax by the Indian Ocean at the exclusive Thonga Beach Lodge

Your Self Drive Holiday Includes:

  • 13 days’ car hire from Durban
  • Pre-booked 4 star plus, hotel accommodation
  • 4 game drives in a private reserve
  • Well planned route, maps and information
  • Optional UK flights
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 to 3 - Durban

Feel the excitement build as your plane lands at King Shaka International Airport, where you will collect your rental car to drive to  the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani hotel for a two night stay.

With a full day in Durban you have time to explore the city sights, take a dip in the Indian Ocean and relax in the bars and cafes along the Golden Mile. For thrill seekers, uShaka Marine World has some of South Africa’s best rollercoasters and waterslides, as well as an impressive aquarium. For those who enjoy more gentle pastimes, Durban Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit, to wonder amongst its indigenous and exotic collections.

Hotel: Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 & 5 - Drakensberg Mountains (260 kms)

Collect your hire car this morning to begin your KZN road trip, heading east into the Drakenserg Mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the range forms part of the Great Escarpment, which forms a natural border between South Africa and Lesotho.

Nestled in the heart of the ‘Bergs, the views from Cathedral Peak Hotel, your base for the next two days, are astounding. There are 19 walking trails that start and end at the hotel, with options for most abilities, plus a guided hike that you can join each morning.

If you are seeking a greater challenge, why not take on Champagne Castle, South Africa’s second highest peak at 3,377 metres? Or head to the incredible Amphitheatre, where you can hike to Tugela Falls, the second highest in the world? Also make time to visit the caves at Giant’s Castle, adorned with ancient rock art by the San people.

Hotel: Cathedral Peak Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 & 7 - Battlefields (250 kms)

From the Drakensberg Mountains, head north east to the town of Ladysmith and then onwards to Fugitives Drift Guest House, your accommodation for the next two days.

Located in the heart of the battlefields region, the lodge overlooks the historically important sites of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, where bloody battles were fought out in the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. The guided tour from Fugitives Drift is highly recommended and can be booked at reception.

Hotel: Fugitives Drift Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 & 9 - Manyoni Game Reserve (315 kms)

The journey to Manyoni Game Reserve is a pleasant drive through rolling hills. The views then only get better when you reach Leopard Mountain Lodge, where each suite has a private balcony and plunge pool overlooking the forested ravines of Zululand.

Early morning and afternoon game drives are included in your stay, on which your ranger will seek out the wide variety of wildlife that calls the private game reserve home, including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Likewise, breakfast, lunch and dinner are all provided, the latter served al fresco in the lodge’s ‘million star’ boma and followed by a campfire to swap stories with fellow guests.

Hotel: Leopard Mountain Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 to 12 - Thonga Beach Lodge (140 kms)

From the mountains and plains, your next stop is the pristine beaches of the Indian Ocean, on South Africa’s Elephant Coast.

Three nights of luxury await at the secluded Thonga Beach Lodge; a collection of just 12 thatched rooms, with ocean or forest views. All meals are included, as well as a host of activities including snorkelling, kayaking, guided nature walks, sundowner excursions to Lake Sibaya and, from November to February, a chance to see turtles waddle ashore to lay their eggs.

Hotel: Thong Beach Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 - St. Lucia (180 kms)

Head south today to the pretty coastal town of St. Lucia, that sits by the estuary of the vast lake that shares its name.

In the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a boat tour is recommended, for a chance to see hippo, crocodile, vulture, eagle, and African broadbill. Walking safaris can also be joined locally, with zebra, warthog, wildebeest, kudu and samango monkeys often spotted.

Hotel: Elephant Lake Hotel (3 star)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Farewell from Durban (215 kms)

This morning, continue south from St. Lucia to King Shaka International Airport, in northern Durban, for your flight back to the UK, on which you can start planning your next South African adventure!

13 day Self Drive Holiday - from £2549

With flights from £3199


  • Add extra nights in Durban, on safari or at any location en route
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin or double room. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information and availability. Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar standard.

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Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. You can book this itinerary as it is or ask your Travel Consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your self drive tour includes:

  • Well planned route
  • Time to explore
  • Modern, air-conditioned car
  • Maps and information
  • Pre-booked hotels
  • Flexible itineraries

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