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Cape Town, Battlefields and Safari Adventure

Inspirational self-drive holiday to South Africa

An itinerary for the culture vulture and those with an interest in South African history. Indulge your passion by having guided tours of the fascinating Zululand battle sites of the Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer wars. This is sandwiched between a city break in Cape Town to start and a Big 5 safari tagged on at the end. You will independently explore the 3 areas in your own hire vehicle.

In Cape Town you will stay at the boutique hotel The Clarendon Fresnaye which is ideally situated to explore this beautiful city and its many sights including Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront. It’s then off to the province of KwaZulu Natal and to the Battlefields Region. You will stay at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge on a 5000-acre Natural Heritage Site which overlooks both the Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift battle sites. Here you will gain a deep and tangible insight into these historic battles (and others) with the animated and highly informed guides. There’s also abundant game and birdlife and superb food and wine to enjoy. Conclude your adventure with a Big 5 Safari at Namibiti Hills Game Reserve enjoying day and night game drives, bushwalks and spa treatments.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 4 nights - The Clarendon Fresnaye, Cape Town
  • 3 nights - Fugitives Drift Lodge, KwaZulu Natal
  • 3 nights - Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge, KwaZulu Natal
  • Ends - Transfer to Durban King Shaka for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 10 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Day 1 - 5

Arrive at Cape Town Airport, collect your hire car and drive yourselves to your boutique guest house in the upmarket suburb of Fresnaye.

  • 4 nights

The Clarendon Fresnaye
Bed & Breakfast | Superior Room
South Africa

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Day 5 - 8

Today you will return to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Durban’s King Shaka Airport. Here you will collect another hire car and begin your +-4-hour drive to the Battfields region of Zululand.

  • 3 nights

Fugitives Drift Lodge
Full Board | Standard Room
South Africa

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Day 8 - 11

Today you will journey for +-2-hours for your safari experience at Namibi Hills Game Reserve.

  • 3 nights

Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge
All Inclusive | Luxury Suite
South Africa

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Day 11

Today you will drive the +-3.5-hour drive back to Durban’s King Shaka Airport to catch your international flight home.

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  • International flights as detailed
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • National Park Fees
  • Group C Hire Car (Toyota Corolla or similar) + GPS
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any sightseeing activities mentioned
  • Petrol
  • Additional Driver’s Fee
  • Beverages
  • Additional activities or options on offer
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Wine Tour Icon Wine Tour
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Zebra
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Kudu
  • Hippo
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Baboon
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
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