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Durban Markets Walking Tour (approx. 5hrs) NEW

If you can't resist the urge to shop while in cosmopolitan Durban, hit the urban streets with a local guide and browse the stalls at several diverse markets. On this small-group walking tour in the thriving South African port, you’ll visit Grey Street, Victoria Street Market and Warwick Junction, where eclectic Indian influences meet Zulu traditions – including crafts and culinary treats. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.

 
 

Zulu Heritage Trail (approx. 6hrs) NEW

Enjoy a cultural walking tour of diverse Durban, and learn about the Zulu and Indian subcultures of this South African city as you stroll. This half-day tour with a local guide takes you to historical apartheid-era points of interest like the Kwa Muhle Museum, the Cato Manor Heritage Centre and the Old Court Museum. Learn about Zulu tribal customs at a dance performance, as well as Indian-African history along the Inanda Heritage Route. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.

 
 

South Africa black rhino charity trek (8 days, ex Durban)

In the heart of the Kingdom of the Zulu, at the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains our journey will start. Our route, especially and exclusively designed for us, will take the trekking groups through some of South Africa's most beautiful game reserves and end at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. All these reserves also host various other big game such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe and hippo; not to mention being a birding “hotspot” with over 350 species present in this area.
With five days of trekking through these reserves, and camping under the stars, you can be assured of a true African experience, getting up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures to walk, swim and fly our planet. You will cover nearly 100km in five days, trekking your way through savannah and the rolling mountains of this area. Participants must be capable of walking for up to eight hours per day in mild but humid conditions.
The money raised will be split between Save the Rhino, Hluhluwe- iMfolozi Park and Project Rhino.

 
 

Zulu Heritage Trail (5 - 6 hours)

Get acquainted with South Africa's proud Zulu culture on this enriching Durban tour that takes in local history, tribal customs, traditional food and bustling markets. From moving museums to heritage centre, cultural villages and busy hubs of commerce, this tour uncovers the heart of contemporary Durban with a nod to it's historic past.

Highlights:

  • Learn about South Africa's apartheid era at the Kwa Muhle Museum
  • Browse the eclectic range of goods on offer at the Victoria Street Market
  • View the moving photographs displayed at the Cato Manor Heritage Centre
  • Travel along the Inanda Heritage Route
  • Experience the raw energy of a Zulu dance performance
 
 

The Seven Markets of Durban (4 - 5 hours)
Why see one market when you can see seven in one day? Join this Durban tour to experience the ultimate market 'package deal', with healers and hawker-food, spices and saris, beads, and bongos all featuring in one eclectic, frenetic adventure.

Highlights:

  • Experience the Indian cultural delights of Grey Street
  • Visit one of the biggest mosques in the Southern Hemisphere
  • See the historic Emmanuel Cathedral
  • Explore the vibrant Victoria Street Market
  • Admire street stalls full of colourful handicrafts
 
 

 Durban City Tour
This half day city tour is the perfect way to sample some of the attractions and get your bearings. The tour starts off with a drive along the Golden Mile beachfront area, which takes it’s name from the Portuguese explorers who referred to the sea sand along the coast in this area as the 'Sands of Gold'. See Vetchies Pier and lavish casinos as wells as diverse cultural mix of locals from sari clad Indian ladies walking on the sand to surfers, children feeding the pigeons to traditional healers collecting bottles of seawater to use as muti (medicine). Continue to the harbour entrance for magnificent views of Durban’s coastline before taking in Emanuel Cathedral and the City Hall. The next stop are the Indian and herbal markets where you get a real taste of the Indian influences for which the city is renowned. Enjoy the scents of spices and see the hawkers and herbalists ply their trades. Afterwards, drive through the sprawling informal settlement of Cato Manor before concluding at the Botanic Gardens where you can purchase a refreshing cup of morning tea.  
 

Shakaland Zulu Experience
A wonderful cultural experience unique to South Africa, visit the tropical beauty of Zululand and experience the A-Z of traditional Zulu life.
Journey along the verdant KwaZulu-Natal north coast through sugarcane fields into beautiful Zululand and the nKwalini Valley. The largest Zulu kraal in Zululand proudly stands at the crest of a hill over looking the uMhlatusi River – birth place of Shaka, the legendary Zulu King. Built on the set of the film Shaka Zulu, today it is a living museum where you can learn all about the culture and traditions of Zulus and experience the Zulu way of life. Observe the skill and artistry that goes into building their huts, making pottery, brewing beer and crafting bead-work and baskets. During your visit make sure you sample the unusual beer, visit the isangoma (witchdoctor) and enjoy the grace and raw energy of the Zulu dancers. A delicious lunchtime feast is also enjoyed.
 
 

 Drakensberg World Heritage Tour
Spend a day in the stunning scenery of the Drakensberg Mountains. The first European settlers called them 'Dragon Mountains'; the Zulus call them 'Barrier of Spears', but whatever their name, there is no denying that the Drakensberg mountain range is one of the most spectacular natural features of Africa. These magnificent peaks soar up to 3000 metres offering spectacular views of high mountains, waterfalls and often you can see large herds of eland. Visit Giants Castle and enjoy a three kilometre walk to the site of the caves adorned with the Bushman's legacy. Two of the best places to see San rock art are at the Main Cave and Battle Cave. The paintings here date back thousands of years, and are still clearly visible on the walls and the ceilings. After your guided tour enjoy a hearty lunch before returning to Durban via the Midlands Meander route, with its many craft and farmers markets.  
 

 Isandlwana & Roukes Drift Tour
The tour is a great introduction to the history and heritage of the region providing you with a great insight of Anglo-Zulu war history. Go back in time to 1879 as you visit the legendary battle sites where the Zulu army attacked the British camp by surprise just beneath the mountain of Isandlwana. The Zulus armed with simple muskets overpowered the British infantry armed with Martin-Henry riffles. Your second stop will be at Rorkes Drift, an internationally renowned area where 100 British soldiers fought and succeeded against 4,000 Zulu worriers in a 13 hour battle losing only 17men. Enjoy a meal and a scenic tour across KwaZulu-Natal where the bloody history of these sites contrasts with the tranquil scenery of unspoiled nature.  
 

 uShaka Marine World
Set on the Durban beachfront, uShaka Marine World spans over 15 hectares and comprises over wonderful exhibits including one of the aquariums in the world. Explore the Shark infested waters of Africa’s East Coast, touch a star fish or feel a sea cucumber at the rocky shore and swim with sea creatures at snorkel lagoon. Other attractions include the 1200-seater Dolphinarium, seal pool and penguin rookery.
Those looking for something a bit more active will not be disappointed with uShaka Wet’n Wild, with a host of slides and pools. Climb to the top of the adrenalin-pumping freefall slide, try the kamikaze ride for gut-wrenching thrills or race down the five-lane racer. For the less adventurous, relax on the sand or take a leisurely float through the park on a lazy river.
 
 

Valley of 1000 Hills
Revisit a bygone era as you travel along the same dirt road as the ancient Zulu tribes did into the Valley of Thousand Hills, a stunningly beautiful region. A landscape of rolling hills and sleepy villages of the ancient Zulu communities nestled in thick forests welcomes you into the Valley.
The PheZulu Safari Park on Botha’s Hill is famous for its Crocodile Farm, showcasing a large number of Nile crocodiles, of which the oldest has completed a century, and the longest is 4.5 metres long! Learn of the African Zulu tribe as you visit its Cultural Village. Enjoy the energetic Zulu dances as pounding drumbeats reverberate in the air.
Surrounded by the beauty of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, you will learn of South Africa’s rich culture on this tour.
 
 

Drakensberg Mountains, Sani Pass and Lesotho - Tour from Durban
Steer through a curtain of clouds as you travel to the third highest pass in the world, Sani Pass, and thereon to the 'Kingdom in the Sky', Lesotho, on an exhilarating trip to the Drakensberg Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Sani Pass is a spectacular mountain road and is the entry point into Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho from South Africa’s Natal Drakensberg Park. This highest pass in South Africa is the gateway to the ‘Roof of Africa’ scenic route that links the spectacular scenery of the Drakensberg with the mountains of northern Lesotho.
Travel past streams, forests and cultivated fields in the Midlands and the quaint Underberg town. On reaching the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains area, a 4WD drive takes you literally up in the clouds!
Visit the dwelling of the Sotho people, inhabitants of this beautiful, desolate region and enjoy their warm hospitality.
Like a painter’s canvas, the picture of the towering Drakensberg Range cloaked in clouds and the quaint Lesotho village makes this an out-of-the-world experience!
 
 

The Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields - Tour from Durban
Relive the horror of the two most famous Anglo-Zulu War battles. Visit the eerie battlefield of Isandlwana, where British troops were massacred by the Zulu army in 1879, then continue to Rorke's Drift, where a handful of British soldiers heroically held a mighty Zulu regiment at bay, a battle made famous by the movie 'Zulu'. The tour winds through some of the most spectacularly beautiful scenery in KwaZulu-Natal.
Often referred to as the ‘jewel of KwaZulu-Natal, Greytown lies in the forest-clad, rolling hills of the Natal Midlands, a picturesque little town originally settled during the 1850s and subsequently awash with buildings of note, scenic drives and Boer history.
Visit the battlefields of Zululand and learn more about the eventful history of South Africa’s struggle with British soldiers at Isandlawana and Rorke’s Drift. You can visit the memorial of two renowned British soldiers of this battle, Lt. Coghill and Lt. Melville, at the Fugitive’s Drift.
This battlefield tour in South Africa will bring you closer to its history, leaving you richer for the experience.
 
 

Mountain Splendour Tour in Sani Pass
Bask in the scenic splendours of KwaZulu-Natal as you meander your way to the ‘Kingdom of the Sky’, Lesotho. Cloaked in clouds and situated at the highest pass in South Africa, the Sani Pass, Lesotho is a sight to behold.
The Sani Pass is a spectacular mountain road and is the entry point into Lesotho from South Africa’s Natal Drakensberg Park. Sani Pass is the gateway to the ‘Roof of Africa’ scenic route that links the spectacular scenery of the Drakensberg with the mountains of northern Lesotho.
Visit the second largest ethnic group in South Africa - the Sotho people - residing there. In addition to their dominant occupation, which is rearing cattle and cultivating grains and tobacco, the Sotho people are gifted craftsmen as well. Bag some exquisite products made of metal, leather, wood and ivory. Living a simple life, these warm-hearted people will readily welcome you to their cosy homes.
What's more, don't miss the opportunity to dine in the highest pub in Africa!
Surrounded by the blissful environs of the towering Drakensberg Range blanketed with clouds, this trip to Lesotho will be an out-of-the-world experience!
 
 

Natural Wonders in KwaZulu Natal: Oribi Gorge Tour
The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve in KwaZulu Natal is a wonderfully scenic area offering an immense variety of South Africa’s flora and fauna. Named after the antelope called Oribi, this gorge is one of the wonders of KwaZulu Natal.
A photographer's paradise, this little Eden encompasses forests, rivers, rapids and huge ravines. High sandstone cliffs dominate this 24km long gorge carved out by the Umzimkulwana River. Leopards, troops of baboons, various small antelope and a prolific bird life, including five species of kingfisher and seven species of eagle inhabit the reserve. There are several nature trails for the adventurous.
Take this tour and acquaint yourself with the unique flora and fauna of South Africa at Oribi Gorge.
 
 

 

 

 

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