Begin your journey by flying to Cape Town and driving 30 minutes to stay at Glen Avon Lodge which is set in the leafy, exclusive suburb of Constantia. Here you will find some of the oldest wineries in South Africa dating back to the 1680s. The lodge is just a 25 minute drive to the centre of Cape Town and Table Mountain and in the other direction around an hour’s drive to Cape Point. Glen Avon is a 5 star boutique hotel and is consistently one of South Africa Sun client’s favourites in Cape Town.
You will leave after a sumptuous breakfast and fly from Cape Town to Durban. After picking up your comprehensively insured car, you will drive 1 1/2 hours to Lythwood Lodge in the heart of the quintessentially English Natal Midlands. Lythwood Lodge is a charming boutique hotel with excellent food. The area is noted for its pretty scenery and bountiful arts & crafts locations.
From here you will drive to Isandlwana Lodge (2 hours). This is a great opportunity to indulge in KwaZulu- Natal’s turbulent past which will be graphically brought to life by a dramatic narrator skilled in military tactics. You will also be able to experience Zulu culture in the local community. The Lodge is beautifully thatched and set beneath the cliff where the Zulu commander directed his troops, annihilating an entire British Army contingent before going on to Rorkes Drift – the subject of the classic film, Zulu.
From here it is a 2 hour drive to Montusi Mountain Lodge. This exquisite, thatched lodge is set in a dramatic location overlooking the spectacular mountain wall known as The Amphitheatre. This is set in the northern part of the KwaZulu Natal Drakensbergs. From here you can enjoy guided hikes to the top of the mountain peaks to gentler rambles. You can also enjoy the scenery on horseback and experience Zulu culture in the nearby village. Accommodation in your own thatched cottage and dinner is included in the price.
From Montusi it is a relatively short (1 hour) drive to Three Trees @ Spioenkop. This is a luxurious retreat set in a nature reserve close to the spectacular Spioenkop Dam and overlooking the eponymous hill where, in the Second Anglo Boer War in 1901, the British Army and Boer Commandos fought bitter battles to gain control of a very small piece of hill. Winston Churchill helped to secure the hill but ultimately it was lost to the Boers with significant bloodshed. The battle is still held by many to epitomise the futility of war. A full battlefield tour is included for your stay.
After two nights, you will drive 4 1/2 hours along excellent roads to Johannesburg and get your overnight flight back home.
Accommodation is for 12 nights and is on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis except for Glen Avon Lodge and Granny Mouse Country House which are quoted on a Bed & Breakfast basis only.
The package costs from $8,800 ( £6,800 for our British clients), and is for two people. The price includes return flights, car hire, an exceptional standard of accommodation, battlefield tours, booking fee and the unique South Africa Sun Care Package.