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7-day Rediscover Durban & the Drakensberg (Accommodated)

Tour Code 22RDD7A. Rediscover Africa
7 days from
$1'505 USD
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Plus 130 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Group Size: Maximum 16. Age Group: Open Age

Enjoy the highlights of South Africa's Mountain Range and Coastal town Durban

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Starting in the coastal city of Durban, this accommodated tour takes you into the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, boasting cool flowing streams and a picturesque landscape, with lots of optional activities, en route we visit the Nelson Mandela capture site along the Midlands Meander. As well as visiting the quaint town of Clarens, amidst the Golden Gate National Park - a natural park offering dramatic sandstone cliffs, a varied selection of wildlife, diverse flora and fauna, and it is a spectacular spot for birding.

Day 1. Durban Highlights. Durban Inanda Heritage Tour. Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

Our journey begins in the coastal city of Durban, having had the morning at leisure, we take a journey to the cradle of South Africa’s democracy and visit some of Durban’s most historical sites this afternoon.

Visiting places where the future of South Africa was changed by the hands of brave and committed individuals. The highlight of this guided tour is a visit to the site where Nelson Mandela cast his first democratic vote in 1994. We will also visit places such as: Inanda Township, Mahatma Gandhi homestead (Phoenix Settlement), Ohlange Institute, Phoenix Township & Temple.

A true and insightful tour that shows a side of Durban not many get to see.

Day 2. Durban Highlights. Durban City . Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

Today is a day of leisure to explore the beauty Durban has to offer. Head to the Durban beachfront, known as the Golden Mile and visit the colourful flea markets and the stretch of numerous quality restaurants with a view. A must is to try a deliciously spicy local dish, the Durban Curry. For the more adventurous, why not take a leap from the 'big swing' at the Moses Mabhida stadium which offers 360 degrees views of Durban.

Day 3. Durban to Midlands Meander Highlights. Midlands Meander, Nelson Mandela Site. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

Leaving behind the city of Durban we head inland to the Drakensberg mountains, stopping off at the Midlands Meander and Nelson Mandela’s Capture Site.

The Capture Site commemorates the moment in history when Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5 August 1962 for his anti-Apartheid activism. The Visitor Centre, built in connection with the Apartheid Museum, showcases Nelson Mandela’s achievements with visuals and infographics. Harmonized by the ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ which follows the timeline of Mandela’s life through a beautifully landscaped garden.

Culminating at the iconic sculpture, entitled Release. This sculpture features 50 steel columns which dramatically come into focus as Mandela’s face from a particular vantage point.

We retire to our lodge in the late afternoon where we can enjoy the artistically built bar or unwind in the nearby rock pool.

Day 4. Drakensberg Highlights. Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

We travel the short distance to the Royal National Park entry gate. This leading KwaZulu-Natal reserve offers wonderfully scenic views, lofty mountains, and waterfalls in a prime location within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.

There are many optional trails to explore on foot and on horseback with a comprehensive guidebook available for visitors. Walkers and hikers can enjoy short journeys which take about an hour, or longer excursions over a half or full day. This is a great way to explore the stunning picturesque surroundings at the foot of the Drakensberg, including the well-known Amphitheatre rock face.

We also visit some ancient cave dwellings and witness bush rock art sites. Satisfied and with our muscles stretched for the day, we enjoy the stillness and crispy clean air of the Drakensberg over a wholesome dinner.

Day 5. Drakensberg to Golden Gate National Park Highlights. Golden Gate National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Glen Reenen Rest Camp.

Leaving behind the Drakensberg mountains, we head to Golden Gate National Park. Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north-eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. This natural park boasts dramatic sandstone cliffs, a varied selection of wildlife, diverse flora, and fauna, and it’s a spectacular spot for birding.

Sun Rays reflecting on the gigantic sandstone rocks, creates a golden glow which is visible for kilometres on end, thus the naming of Golden Gate. The iconic sandstone cliffs, moulded in a variety of shapes and forms, are located throughout the park, and have become synonymous with this area. The cliffs are contrasted by vast open grassland planes and the occasional speckles of colour from the local flowers like red-hot pokers, lilies, and watsonias. A truly picturesque setting tucked between the mountains, Golden Gate offers an idyllic getaway.

We have time to explore the park and its many activities on this day. With the backdrop of a towering cliff face, our accommodation facilities include a cocktail bar, restaurant and more, it is the perfect setting for nature enthusiasts who prefer to be nestled in the natural environment.

Day 6. Golden Gate National Park to Clarens Highlights. Clarens, South Africa. Accommodation. Glen Reenen Rest Camp.

Today we visit nearby Clarens. Established in 1912, Clarens is said to be an artists' haven. There are numerous art galleries scattered around the village square and the quaint and quirky town.

There is a calming and tranquil village ambience, which when combined with the scenic views and the mild climate, makes Clarens a fast-growing popular destination. It is one of the most picturesque towns in South Africa, nicknamed the “Jewel of Eastern Free State” and offers some of the best trout fishing waters in South Africa.

There are a host of colourful bistros and restaurants to try, an adorable bookstore, named Bibliophile is also worth a visit.

Day 7. Golden Gate National Park to Pretoria Highlights. Pretoria City.

We leave Golden Gate National Park after breakfast and make our way back to the city of Pretoria where the tour draws to an end upon arrival in the late afternoon.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

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Road Lodge, Umhlanga

City Lodge is 4 km from the beach, 18 km from King Shaka International Airport and is adjacent to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping's sprawling upscale mall, cinemas, mini-golf and waterpark. Rooms have en suite bathrooms with showers. All rooms feature conservative decor, TVs, radios and desks. Free Wi-Fi is offered in the bar/restaurant. There's also a fitness room, an outdoor pool surrounded by tropical trees, and a sundeck.

Twin Room Double Room En-suite bathroom Dining area Reception Pool area

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
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Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

Entrance view of the Curt Classique Hotel Double en-suite room Restaurant Pool area Kipepeo Spa

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour starts early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival, but you can also pre book this with Acacia.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

ACCOMMODATION:
Twin / Double share accommodation with facilities (6 nights), some may be with bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT: Self-contained, custom-built safari vehicle with ‘club lounge’ seating for 8 including tables, 16 forward facing seats, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, music player input, safety features and 70-litre individual luggage compartments.

GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit. These local services are included in the Safari Pass.

TOUR STYLE:
Your help with occasional day to day duties, such as helping with shopping, cooking, dishes and keeping the Acacia vehicle tidy is entirely on a voluntary basis. It’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. It contributes greatly to the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment.

Meals
5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners

Accommodation
Twin / Double share accommodation with facilities (6 nights)

Includes.
All tour highlights
Transport
Accommodation
Meals as indicated
Services of driver/guide
All road tolls and vehicle taxes

Highlights Include:
Durban Inanda Heritage Township Tour
Midlands Meander Nelson Mandela Capture Site
Drakensberg Mountains
Clarens Town
Golden Gate National Park
Excludes.
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature or health related
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Safari Pass

Each small group tour, Short Safari & Trek, Short Break and City Stay has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

130 USD or * (If prepaid)

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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