Durban: Secrets of KwaZulu Natal including Air - 10 Days

Durban: Secrets of KwaZulu Natal including Air

This 10-day South Africa trip takes you to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal, encompassing history, wildlife, and the natural beauty of this much-loved part of the country.

Staying in Durban itself, start with a full day exploring the city’s highlights. Come face to fins with the local ocean life at UShaka Marine World, and follow the revitalized ‘Golden Mile’ beachfront before browsing the markets of Warwick Triangle, where up to 6000 street vendors sell their wares. The tour concludes with a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens and the spectacular view from the top of Moses Mabhida Stadium. The following day, journey into the heart of Zululand with a visit to the largest Zulu kraal, a visit with an iSangoma or traditional healer, a local beer tasting, and a thrilling display of traditional dance.

It may not have the instant name recognition of Kruger, but Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is one of South Africa’s best game parks. Rising early, you’ll embark on a game drive, searching for the Big 5 (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and black rhino) among other majestic creatures. Bird watchers will also love this region with 425 distinct species recorded. From wildlife to landscapes, go on to the Drakensberg Mountain Range, including the Giant’s Castle. You’ll explore the nearby caves, and see Bushman paintings dating back millennia.

South Africa boasts a rich mix of ethnic influences from near and far, which has contributed to its distinctive and delicious cuisine. To devotees, the Curry Buffet is more a site of pilgrimage than a restaurant. But even a currysceptic will appreciate the sweeping Indian Ocean views as you enjoy this multicultural feast at Oyster Box Hotel. Your final full day is one of history, exploring the Battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu war,Isandiwana and Rorke’s Drift.

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Prices are “from”, per person, based on twin share and include international airfare from the cities mentioned above, and all taxes. For departures from other cities, please inquire. Subject to availability.

Departs Saturdays

New York
Los Angeles
10 Jan – 31 Mar ’19$2,899$3,099
1 Apr – 31 May ’19 &
11 Aug – 3 Sep ’19
1 Jun – 10 Aug ’19$3,549$3,749
Day 01:
Depart North America

Depart North America on your flight to Durban, South Africa.

Day 02:
Enroute to Durban

Travel To Durban, South Africa

Day 03:

Upon arrival at Durban King Shaka International Airport, you will be met by a Goway representative and transferred to your hotel.

Meal Plan – Breakfast

Duration 7 Nights

Accommodation – Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani

Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani is a 449 room hotel located on Durban’s North Beach with incredible views of Durban’s Golden Mile and the beautiful Indian Ocean. Business and leisure travellers are welcomed to enjoy fine service and hospitality at one of Durban’s top hotels. The bright, vast lobby is the starting point to a memorable stay.

Day 04:
Scheduled Full Day Durban Highlights Tour

Departs between 08:30am & 09:00am – Returns at 5:00pm.

If you want to get to grips with Durban, this full day tour is for you. Ample time to discover the cultural and historical contrasts of this city…before spending time at the world class attraction: uShaka Marine World. Tour begins as you travel along the brand-new Golden Mile, the revitalised beachfront promenade which hugs the beckoning beaches of Durban viewing the newly upgraded Point Waterfront. You move through the City, viewing the majestic City Hall, and enjoying its humorous history! You continue to the small craft harbour viewing the 8th largest harbour in the world. Drive past the sugar terminals and very busy harbour warehouses on your way to the University of Natal – Durban Campus where you’ll view lovely sights of the harbour down below. Then, visit the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle – home to 9 distinct markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange and where approximately 6000 street vendors ply their trade, to an average of 460 000 daily commuters – an authentic experience. Visit the fascinating Phansi Museum – home to the largest publicly accessible collection of Southern African artefacts and traditions, including beadworks, headrests, Zulu clay pots and various other treasures. (Closed on weekends and entrance fee for own account). From culture to nature, visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens founded in 1849, a treasure trove of massive trees from Asia, Africa and America, and a magnificent orchid house. You then proceed to an icon of Kwazulu Natal, the Moses Mabhida Stadium where you will have the option of experiencing the cable car ride (own account) to the top of the Stadium for that phenomenal view of Durban and its surroundings. Afterwards, you’re going to sit back and be entertained at uShaka Marine World, where the dolphin, seal and penguin shows are not only spectacular, but fun and light-hearted too!

Meal Plan – Breakfast

Day 05:
Scheduled Full Day Shakaland Tour

Departs between 08:30am & 8:45am – Returns at 4:30pm

Experience traditional Zulu culture and customs at the largest Zulu kraal in all of Zululand, look into the future with an iSangoma or traditional healer… all this and more, packed into one exhilarating day. Laid on some traditional Zulu beer for you to sample, while the craftsmen and community who make the spears, shields, beadwork, pots and their huts, open their doors so you can witness their skills and artistry. The Zulu dancers will thrill with their grace and energy, and made sure you’re treated to a most satisfying lunchtime feast! Come live a day in the life of a traditional community – you’ll find it informative and a far cry from anything you’ve ever experienced!


Zulu kraal

iSangoma or traditional healer

Sample Zulu beer

Discover Zulu skills and artistry

Zulu dancing


Meal Plan – Breakfast

Day 06:
Scheduled Full Day Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Tour

Departs between 6:30am & 6:45am – Returns at 6:30pm

This magnificent Big Five game park is not only home to 84 species of game, but it’s the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, world-renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme. A day on safari in the magical Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park doesn’t stop at the thrill of searching for the Big Five, but the hilly terrain offers spectacular views of the Reserve and your camera is going to love it. There’s an arranged lunch at the lofty Hilltop Camp – or similar – and it’ll give you a chance to check how close your bird count has come to the 425 listed birds in the Park. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is Kwazulu-Natal’s pride and joy, and after your visit, you’ll understand why.


Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Big Five game drive


Meal Plan – Breakfast

Day 07:
Scheduled Full Day Drakensberg World Heritage Tour

Departs between 6:00am & 6:30am – Returns at 5:30pm

Discover the beauty of the undulating Drakensberg Mountain range as you travel through such breathtaking vistas as you visit the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Castle. The enigmatic Bushman paintings in the vicinity are not far, so you set off on foot for a leisurely 3km round hike to the site of the caves to discover this magical legacy of the bushmen (moderate fitness level required). Your guide there will share his knowledge of the paintings which date back 2 000 years. You’re bound to have built up an appetite, so you’ll tuck into the hearty lunch laid on. Your return to Durban is via a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture site – a historically significant moment in South African history and now commemorated with a world class sculpture, in memory of Nelson Mandela and his heroic role in the struggle against apartheid.


Drakensberg Mountain range

World Heritage Site, Giant’s Castle

3km foot hike (moderate fitness level required)

Explore caves

Bushman paintings


Nelson Mandela Capture site

Meal Plan – Breakfast

Day 08:
Curry Buffet at Oyster Box Hotel

The Curry Buffet in the Ocean Terrace Restaurant continues to attract fans from far and wide. Set in the casual, Mediterranean-inspired Ocean Terrace, with gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean, the impressive curry selection, of at least 11 curries daily, includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs, each curry is a masterpiece in itself.

From the delicate flavours of the Singapore Fish Curry, using the freshest fish of the day, to the spicy, hot Lamb Vindaloo and smooth-textured Butter Chicken. Vegetarian options delight as Bean and Botie sit side-by-side with, Vegetable Korma and Sugar-Bean Curry. The city’s famous Chicken and Prawn Curry and the Oyster Box’s signature Traditional Durban Lamb Curry remain firm favourites.

Accompanied by fresh, home-made condiments including lime and vegetable pickle, home-made Chutneys, Raitas, Sambals and freshly baked Naan breads, Papadums and Roti, the Curry Buffet, compels diners to return time and again.

Two Tandoori ovens guarantee authentic, freshly prepared Tandoori chicken, also available on the Buffet.

Meal Plan – Breakfast

Day 09:
Scheduled Full Day Isandlwana & Rourkes Drift

Departs between 6:15am & 6:45am – Returns at 7:30pm

Historians will love it for sure, but if you enjoy a really great story, the Battlefields tour is for you too – it’s both a thriller and a drama. KwaZulu-Natal is rich in Anglo-Zulu war history, where two of the most famous, at times heart-wrenching battles fought between the Zulu and British Armies took place. Visit the eerie battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and let your imagination paint mental pictures of the battle scenes played out here. Your tour includes lunch, and you wind your way home thereafter through some of the most spectacular scenery in the province of Kwazulu Natal.



Rorke’s Drift


Meal Plan – Breakfast

Day 10:
Depart for Home

Transfer to the airport for your departure to North America

Meal Plan – Breakfast

What's Included

  • All transfers
  • International Airfare from North America including taxes in Economy Class
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Full Day Durban Highlights Tour
  • Full Day Shakaland Tour
  • Full Day Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Tour
  • Full Day Drakensberg World Heritage Tour
  • Curry Buffet at Oyster Box Hotel
  • Full Day Isandlwana & Rourkes Drift


  • Travel insurance,
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks

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