DURBAN CITY TOUR: Half Day Or Full Day - Lunch optional
along the promenade - GOLDEN
MILE, we experience
a colourful hub of activity, with sunbathers and surfers occupying the
sun-drenched beaches and the warm Indian Ocean, while African women
selling their traditional crafts, and energetic Zulu Richsha drivers,
add a cultural flavour to this all year round sunshine playground.
Yachting, scuba diving, surfing, snorkelling and wind-surfing are only
some of the popular water sports available, and with the added
protection of safe netted beaches and life guards, offers full security
to the bathers.
HARBOUR is the
busiest port in Africa, and also has the largest container terminal in
Africa. It is also one of the 10 largest in the world. Dine in one of
the many harbour side restuarants, and enjoy the closeness of the huge
vessels entering into and departing from the Harbour. Watch the Harbour
Pilot being lowered onto these vessels by a helicopter, where he
assists in bringing them safely into the harbour to their berths, and
likewise as these vessels are leaving Durban, and being hoisted back up
into the helicopter again to return to port.
There are large mangrove swamps within the harbour, offering abundant
wildlife for the birdwatchers, including Pelicans, in a protected
Further round the Harbour, is WILSONS' WHARF, and the YACHT MOLE, very trendy, vibey fusions of
restuarants, live music, crafts, boating marina and magnificent harbour
views. Also offering Deep sea fishing cruises, Sundowner cruises, and
Charter boats for parties, for the romantics, a candle-lit dinner on
board the Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restuarant, which is a World
War 11 historic vessel, built for the British Admiralty as an air-sea
STREET MARKET - the
original Indian Market in Durban, is a world of fascinating Eastern and
African treasures, where the calls of the traders trying to sell their
wares, creates a pulsating sound. Browse and wander around this very
interesting market, savour the exotic aroma of the Herbs and Spices, or
stand in amazement at the huge selection of Wooden Carvings, Eastern
Silks, African Curios and Ethnic furniture, Gold, Silver and Precious
Stones and much more to see around every corner. In walking distance
from the market, is the largest Mosque in the Southern Hemisphere,
MUSJID MOSQUE, which
accommodates 5,000 people. During the 1890's Indian Traders sold fruit
and vegetables from the courtyard of the Mosque, then later moved to
what is now the Victoria Street Market. A separate Guide has to be
arranged for the tour of this magnificent Durban Mosque.
was founded in 1849 for the introduction of potentially useful
commercial crops, but later developed collections of sub-tropical
trees, orchids and palms. In addition, these lush tropical gardens are
known for an Orchid House, Rare Cycads, and a special garden for the
blind. A leisurely stroll around these magnificent gardens is well
worth the visit - if its sheer beauty and peace you are looking for.
Birdwatchers bring your binoculars! There is a shop where Curios and
refreshements can be purchased.
- An authentic African adventure
|Pictures courtesy 1000 Hills Tourism
Adventure and Tourism Centre is an exciting destination in the heart of
the Valley of 1000 Hills, offering accommodation in traditional Zulu
beehive huts, facilities for conferences and thrilling outdoor
adventure activities like skateboarding and rockclimbing.
The centre is situated near the foot
of Isithumba mountain, an imposing dome of rock that overlooks a
tranquil stretch of the Umgeni River. It is a unique community tourism
initiative that provides people from the surrounding community with an
opportunity to earn some much-needed income.
It includes four double-room chalets
with bathrooms en suite, a spacious conference centre which
accommodates 60 people, dining hall and outdoor boma where guests can
be treated to traditional Zulu dancing under the African sky (by
Isithumba’s location in the midst of
the KwaXimba tribal lands makes it a perfect place to show people the
traditional Zulu way of life. Guests can visit an authentic Zulu
homestead, enjoy a traditional meal or watch a sangoma (traditional
healer) in action. The Zulu people have an ancient culture which
involves communication with the ancestors, elaborate courtship rituals
and vibrant ceremonies.
They are also master crafters
specialising in wood carvings, intricate beadwork and clay pots. These
items are made in the valley, and make wonderful gifts to take back
home. Activities available include hiking trails through the bush or
along the river. Isithumba mountain is also a well known rock climbing
site with challenging crags for experienced climbers.
The beauty of Isithumba is that,
although it is only 45 minutes drive from the centre of Durban, you are
deep in traditional Africa where time seems to slow down and the pace
of life is measured only by the changing of the seasons.
VALLEY OF 1000 HILLS: Day
tour - Lunch Included (Cash Bar)
Valley of 1000 Hills
is one of Kwa Zulu Natals best known natural landmarks, and the route
follows closely the Ox Wagons of old, carrying goods for the early
traders and passengers, between the Port of Durban and Pietermaritzburg
during the 1800's. It is also the route followed by the old railway
line to Johannesburg, and last but not least, it is the route of the
world famous Comrades Marathon and the Dusi Canoe Marathon. The Valley
of 1000 Hills is only 35kms from Durban inland, offering authentic Zulu
culture, colonial shops/crafts, Zulu dancers, Nature trails, Raptor
displays, Paragliding, and even a Steam Train - 1000 Hills Choo Choo.
This area, with its breathtaking scenery,is known for Craft Making and
Markets and Zulu Cultural Villages, and was home to African hunters,
where Buffalo end Elephant used to roam on lush grassy slopes, that
tumble down to the banks of the Umgeni River. The lower slopes of the
Umgeni Valley, are traditional Zulu tribal lands where people live in
much the same way as they have always done. There are many colourful
ceremonies and rituals to mark important occasions, and Zulu people are
famous for their fine craftwork, particularly beadwork,
carvings,pottery and weaving. Browse around the many interesting shops
scattered around the Thousand Hills area, there is something for
PASS: Day /
overnight Tour - Meals Included (Cash Bar)
SANI PASS is an
old mule track, that takes the travellers from the Southern Drakensberg
Mountain Range - a World Heritage Site, to the top of the escarpment
and into the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, also known as The Roof of
Africa, (where the people are one of the poorest in the world). Sani
Pass was named after Rafolatsani, known as Tsani. In 1948, the first
vehicle a Jeep, made an arduous 12 hour trip to the top of the Pass,
driven by ex RAF pilot Godfrey Edmonds, who undertook this huge
challenge. Today, the climb to the top takes 2 - 2 and a half hours, in
a 4x4 vehicle, where colourful alpine flora, wild animals and endemic
birds will be seen.
2874m above sea level, there is a comfortable lodge, where one can stay
overnight and enjoy a meal and a drink in "the highest Pub on the
African Continent", which was originally a shelter for hikers, and a
half-way house for the people transporting goods. The views are
breathtaking, making one feel literally "on top of the world"
Meet the remote mountain tribe - the Basutho people, their music and
customs,and taste M'me Mathusos' delicious home-made bread and
home-brewed beer, together with the history of the San people, who
lived and hunted here. For serious birdwatchers, keep a lookout for
Ground Woodpecker, Bearded Vulture,Gurney's Sugarbird and the
Orange-breasted Rockjumper, to name but a few.
Passports are required and a very warm jacket!
CASTLE: Day Tour Or Longer - Meals included (Cash Bar)
Historic Giants Castle is part
of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. A
World Heritage Site, established in 1903, and home to
herds of Eland, Black Eagle, Cape Vulture, Jackal Buzzard, Lanner
Falcon and Lammergeyers, and the many indigenous plants. The Camp is
situated on a towering grassy plateau, surrounded by deep valleys,
offering spectacular views for animal viewing, mountain climbers,
hikers and birdwatchers (170 known species of birds), or for those who
are less energetic, and merely want to relax and breathe in the
refreshing mountain air. A host of other pastimes include camping,
trout fishing, swimming, horse-riding, photography and even painting.
This Park is well known for its caves and shelters, rich in Bushman
paintings on the sandstone cliffs and cave walls, depicting the past
lifestyle of the San people (Bushman). An easy 30min walk from the
Camp, takes you to the Main Caves Museum, where a large sandstone cave
contains prehistoric San Rock Art, which is one of the biggest and best
preserved painted sites in South Africa.
Accommodation can either be in the
relaxed setting of the Hutted Camp (Rondavels), where these chalets do
vary in size, or the luxury Lodge which accommodates 6 people, or for
the adventureous type, a Mountain Hut, there are 4 of these, and each
can accommodate 8 people.
A licensed restuarant caters for all meals (excluding the Mountain
Or Overnight Tour - Meals included (Cash Bar)
- a unique resort built on the set of the movies, Shaka Zulu and John
Ross, is situated North of Durban in the heart of Zululand on the top
of the Entombeni Hills, overlooking the Umhlatuze Lake.
Experience the Assegaai-wielding warriors, the secrets of the Sangomas
(Witchdoctors), tribal dancing,spear making, beer-drinking ceremonies,
and feel the pulsating rhythm of the mysterious magical Africa and
romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulus. Drink Zulu beer with
the Chief and his wives, and watch basket-weaving, bread-making and
pottery, while African women sit patiently trying to sell their
A sparkling swimming pool is a must to cool off in, on those very hot
and humid days.
For those that wish to enjoy an overnight stay, accommodation is
traditional first-class beehive thatched huts, equipped with modern
conveniences and superb views. The spectacular Kwabonamanzi Restuarant
and the U Kamba Bar, offers tasty meals and also magnificent views,
with excellent service to everyone.
This has to be the Greatest Zulu Experience in Africa!
GAME PARK: Day Tour
Or Longer - (2 nights min.recommended) - Meals included (Cash Bar)
in 1895, the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe
Game Park is the
oldest park in Africa, and was once the exclusive Royal hunting grounds
for the Zulu Kings. In the 1950's and 1960's the park became world
renowned for its Rhino Conservation, which saved the White Rhino from
extinction. This 96,000ha scenic park of rugged hills, river valleys,
savannah and woodland, has the largest concentration of Black Rhino per
square kilometer in the world, and also boasts 80 species of mammal,
and in excess of 300 species of birds - a birdwatchers paradise. Animal
and bird viewing hides over-looking waterholes, allows close-range
viewing in comfort, where one can sit for hours!
Besides the BIG FIVE (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino),
there are Wild Dog, Cheetah, Hyena, Nyala and Hippo with many other
bushveld species, offering visitors an excellent safari experience.
Enjoy a self-guided walk or for the less adventureous, a field Ranger
will accompany you. Conducted night/day drives in open game-viewing
vehicles is an absolute must, or enjoy a leisurely drive around the
game park with your Tour Guide, taking a break at some of the picnic
spots en route, and begin to get the "feel of Africa".
We recommend a minimum of 2 nights accommodation, to really experience
the stillness of the African Bush, and to hear the sounds of the night.
Catering is from Luxury Lodges/Chalets to Rustic
Huts, or try the superb Tented Camp, or even the comfortable Bush
This magnificent Safari Park caters
for everyone, and the popular Hilltop
Camp at Hluhluwe, has a relaxing Bar "Uzavolo", and a
buffet Restuarant "Mpunyane", boasting breathtaking views of the
forested hills. Keep a look out while having breakfast and lunch for
Buffalo and Rhino which seem to enjoy feeding close to the restuarant.
ST.LUCIA: Day Tour
Or Longer - Meals Included (Cash Bar)
This tour takes us to The
Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park - A World Heritage Site, North of Durban,offering some of the
most diverse wildlife and outdoor experiences imaginable. An 85km
Estuarine Lake,is filled with Hippos, Crocodiles, Black Rhino, Buffalo
and Water Buck. The Park is well known for the abundant birdlife,
including the African Fish Eagle, Flamingoes, Pelicans, Herons, as well
as many other rare species. It boasts over 500 species of birds - a
magnificent birdwatchers paradise.
Watch the Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles come ashore to lay their
eggs once a year on the beach.
Impressive Sand-Dunes exceeding 180m in height, are the highest
vegetated dunes in the world.
Diving on coral reefs, Whale and Dolphin watching, snorkelling,
deep-sea fishing, or a relaxing 2 hour boat cruise on the Lake, or just
a leisurely stroll on the golden beaches and in the coastal forests -
there is something for everyone to indulge in.
There is a wide variety of accommodation to suit all needs (including
the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe Game Park), plus restuarants, arts and crafts
shops, and a Golf Course only 16kms away.
TALA PRIVATE GAME PARK:
Day Or Overnight Tour - Lunch Included (Cash Bar)
ultimate African Bush in style, less than an hours drive from Durban, Tala Private Game Park,
is a wildlife conservancy, malaria free, which offers a mixture of
Acacia thornveld, open grasslands and wetlands, providing superb game
viewing and bird-watching. Enjoy and sit back in an open Safari 4x4
vehicle, and get up close to the animals i.e. Buffalo, Rhino, Hippo,
Giraffe, Kudu and the rare Sable Antelope, or view from horse-back - a
very exciting way to see this 3000ha safari park.
For the Birdwatchers, Tala boasts over 300 species of birds, and for
the Businessman, what a better way to conduct a conference in the
solitude of the African Bush. In the summer months, guests can cool off
in a sparkling rock pool.
Accommodation is first-class, and La Tala Restuarant offers
mouth-watering continental and local cuisine,or enjoy a Bush Braai
(BBQ) and relax around a camp fire under the African stars and listen
to the sounds of the night..
Tee - off
in some of the best Golf
Courses in the world. South Africa boasting over 500, and
Kwa Zulu Natal no less than 80 registered courses, all offering
excellent facilities, with many of them positioned close to exciting
Durban, situated in the lush
tropical Province of Kwa Zulu Natal, is a premier golfing destination -
wonderful weather through out the year, making this a superb golfers'
Whether it is for a social game or
a business game, there are golf courses to suit everyones needs.
Magnificent scenery, situated in natural settings, varying from coastal
courses with stunning sea views, to indigenous bush and mountain back
drops. Some courses even have a little wildlife roaming freely in the
bush alongside the fairways i.e. Vervet monkeys, small buck and even
The well know courses are The
Durban Country Club, rated internationally as South Africa's top golf
course, and known to have the best third hole in the world,
Mt.Edgecombe Country Club Estate, Beachwood Country Club and Kloof
Country Club, to name but a few.
Take a break in between games, and
enjoy some pure relaxation on our sun-drenched beaches, snorkelling,
surfing, dolphin, whale and shark watching, deep sea fishing, or visit
the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe Game/Safari Park, north of Durban in Zululand,
and see the "BIG FIVE".(recommended a min of 2 nights) Learn all about
the Zulu nation by spending the day in a Cultural Village, or a
day/overnight trip to Lake St.Lucia, part of the Greater St.Lucia
Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, well known for its abundant
Birdlife, Hippos, Crocodiles, Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles. A two
hour cruise on the lake is well worth it.
For the partners who won't be on
the golf course, we can shop until we drop!
rating), transfers from the airport and golf courses, can be arranged
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