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Battlefields, Berg and a Wild Coast

South Africa


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Discover some of the lesser known landscapes of South Africa

Visit the Zulu battlefields, the Drakensberg escarpment and Sani Pass, but also some of the lesser known landscapes of South Africa… including Pondoland, Mbotyi and Mpongo.


  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga tour manager
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • 13 nights in hotels and two in flight
  • 34 meals: 13 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 13 dinners (D)

Excursions and visits

  • Scenic drive through Golden Gate Highlands National Park
  • The battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift
  • 4WD tour of Mbotyi's ravines and waterfalls
  • Visit to the Nelson Mandela Museum 
  • Game drive in Mpongo

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January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015

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Day 1 UK to Johannesburg

After taking Saga’s UK included door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to South Africa.

Day 2 Johannesburg to Clarens

On arrival you will be driven into the Free State to spend two nights at the Protea Hotel Clarens (4Q). D

Day 3 Clarens

Town of Clarens

Spend today at leisure and perhaps explore this charming village which is situated in Maluti Mountain foothills. B, D

Day 4 Clarens to Isandlwana

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Take a drive through the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, famous for its colourful sandstone cliffs. Continue to Isandlwana, pausing for lunch at the Thulana Museum in Dundee before two nights at Isandlwana Lodge (4Q). B, L, D

Day 5 Isandlwana

Anglo-Zulu battlefields

Find out about the Anglo-Zulu battles with visits to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. B, L, D

Day 6 Isandlwana to Southern Drakensberg

Howick Falls

Depart for the Southern Drakensberg where you’ll stay for two nights at the Sani Pass Hotel (3Q). B, L, D

Day 7 Sani Pass

Today is at leisure. B, D

Optional excursions

An optional 4x4 vehicle tour of the Sani Pass across the border into Lesotho.

Sani Pass mountain road
Sani Pass Eastern Cape South Africa Africa

Day 8 Sani Pass to Natal Coast


Depart after breakfast to the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Stay overnight at Pumula Beach Hotel (4Q), set in a quiet village. B, L, D

Day 9 Natal Coast

Humpback whale

Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities, with all meals included. Both hotel’s grounds stretch down to a sandy beach. In season (June – November) you may see humpback whales from the hotel grounds. B, L, D

Day 10 Natal Coast to Mbotyi

Mbotyi River Lodge view

Travel into the spectacular Transkei to remote Pondoland and the Mbotyi River Lodge (3Q) for three nights. The main lodge has views over the estuary, Indian Ocean, and tropical forest. Stay in simple, comfortable, rustic-wooden cabins, all dotted around the grounds. B, D

Day 11 Mbotyi

Mbotyi waterfalls

A 4x4 vehicle tour reveals spectacular waterfalls plunging into the ocean. Also enjoy a barbecue lunch. B, L, D

Day 12 Mbotyi

Perhaps set out independently for a walk using maps provided by the lodge. B, L, D

Optional excursions

Take an optional guided walk to a local village.

Rural settlement
Mbotyi Village Eastern Cape South Africa Africa

Day 13 Mbotyi to Mthatha to Mpongo

Nelson Mandela Museum

Stop at the Nelson Mandela Museum in his home town of Mthatha. Continue to Mpongo Private Game Reserve (4Q), a malaria-free reserve, for a two-night stay. B, D

Day 14 Mpongo Game Reserve

Search for the 'big five' including rhino

An included morning game drive goes in search of four of the ‘big five’ – lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Lunch included. This afternoon enjoy a walk to learn about ‘white lion’. B, L, D

Optional excursions

An optional second game drive is available.

Day 15 Mpongo Game Reserve-East London-UK

Early this morning, you could join an additional optional game drive. After breakfast you travel to the airport for your return overnight flight via Johannesburg and your included UK door-to-door travel service. B

Optional excursions

Early this morning, you could join an additional optional game drive.

Macleantown Eastern Cape South Africa Africa

4 nights

Cintsa, on the Wild Coast

Post-holiday extension, full board

Crawfords Beach Lodge (4Q) is a quiet holiday village on the Wild Coast. You can relax in this delightful little hotel and enjoy direct access to miles of deserted sandy beach beside the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The area is approximately 42 kilometres from the surfing city of East London and is malaria free. There are 30 rooms, most with sea views and all en suite with a bar, fridge, TV, coffee and tea-making facilities, a safe, air conditioning or fans and fully equipped kitchenettes.
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A beach in Cinsta

Battlefields, Berg and a Wild Coast

South Africa


Please call 0800 414 383 for latest availability