South Africa Uncovered

Durban, Drakensberg, Rorke's Drift, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi & iSimangaliso Wetland Park
11 nights private tour from $4,900 per person

Feel on top of the world as you road-trip through the Drakensburg Mountains, passing jaw-dropping scenery. Take to the trails on mountain bikes, go wild swimming in beautiful dams and waterfalls and hike through vast vistas, learning about the Anglo-Zulu battle in the heart of the Drakensburg. Track white rhino on foot with a renowned guide and explore the massive sand dunes and wetlands of St Lucia. This trip is ideal for second timers to Africa, wanting something truly unique.

South Africa Uncovered
At a glance
  • Whilst we provide you with expert guides on this tailor-made trip when you need them, you get a real sense of adventure and independence as you road-trip through this dramatic region in an SUV at your own pace.

  • Delve into the history of the battle between the British Empire and Zulu Kingdom whilst you stay at Fugitive’s Drift.

  • Track white rhino on foot under the supervision of a highly regarded expert guide.

  • Enjoy South Africa’s beaches with a twist, as you explore wildlife abundant wetlands.

Journey highlights
  • Whilst we provide you with expert guides on this tailor-made trip when you need them, you get a real sense of adventure and independence as you road-trip through this dramatic region in an SUV at your own pace.

  • Delve into the history of the battle between the British Empire and Zulu Kingdom whilst you stay at Fugitive’s Drift.

  • Track white rhino on foot under the supervision of a highly regarded expert guide.

  • Enjoy South Africa’s beaches with a twist, as you explore wildlife abundant wetlands.

  • Uncovered itinerary:Designed to immerse you in a destination, our Uncovered Journeys take you off the beaten path, with boutique hotels and cultural insight
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

KwaZulu Natal boasts a sub-tropical climate and tends to enjoy sunshine year-round with hot and humid summers, from November to March and much milder winters (May to September) than the rest of the country. The coastal line is typically blessed with around 300 days of sunshine while the elevation of the Drakensberg makes the temperatures more moderate. During the rainy season, the Drakensberg is likely to have daily thunderstorms and rain.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

Departing Price from*
  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
Deposit from * Enquire
May $4,900 $1,200 plan your trip
June $4,900 $1,200 plan your trip
July $4,900 $1,200 plan your trip
August $5,100 $1,300 plan your trip
September $5,100 $1,300 plan your trip
October $5,300 $1,300 plan your trip
November $5,300 $1,300 plan your trip
December $5,300 $1,300 plan your trip
January $5,300 $1,300 plan your trip
February $5,300 $1,300 plan your trip
March $5,100 $1,300 plan your trip
April $5,100 $1,300 plan your trip
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $4,900
    Deposit from*
    $1,200
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $4,900
    Deposit from*
    $1,200
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $4,900
    Deposit from*
    $1,200
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • plan your trip

Itinerary

Fly to Durban
Day 1-2

Durban

On arrival in Durban airport you will collect your SUV and make your way to Oyster Box, a colonial style hotel with stunning ocean views. Spend a relaxing afternoon by the pool or enjoy a lovely stroll on the promenade. In the evening you will have endless choices of restaurants and bars all within walking distance to the hotel offering the perfect occasion to try the world-famous Bunny Chow, a speciality of the Indian cuisine in Durban.

Accommodation: Oyster Box ( 1 night )
Day 2-4

The Drakensberg

This morning your road trip begins as you make your way across the majestic Drakensberg Mountains to Montusi Mountain Lodge, which has astonishing views of the Amphitheatre, which takes pride of place in the northern Drakensberg. Discover the space and nature of this region through a plethora of activities; mountain bike through vast vistas, go wild swimming in beautiful dams and canter into the river valleys on horseback. This region is brimming with endemic bird species, so bring your binoculars and admire the vibrant colours of kingfishers and sugarbirds against the lush green backdrop of the mountain range. Spend your evenings relishing on delicious local cuisine overlooking the Amphitheatre or on cooler evenings, cosy up by the log fireplace with a glass of South African sauvignon blanc.

Accommodation: Montusi Mountain Lodge ( 2 nights )
Day 4-6

Rorke's Drift

Today you journey to the cultural melting pot of Fugitive’s Drift, known for the Anglo-Zulu war in the battlefields. You’ll spend the next 3 days delving into the history of this fascinating region as you listen to the enthralling stories of the battle between the British Empire and Zulu Warriors recounted by expert guides, whilst exploring the breathtakingly beautiful scenery. You can also try your hand at fly-fishing and take to the nature trails on bike. Spend your evenings enjoying superb cuisine on the deck and drinking wine around the crackling fire.

Accommodation: Fugitives' Drift ( 2 nights )
Day 6-9

KwaZulu Natal and the north coast

It’s time for your fix of wildlife as you drive to Hluhwue-Imfolozi National Park for an unforgettable Big Five safari. As you drive through the park, you will be encased with rolling hills, sweeping valleys and lush, vivid green vegetation. Your base for the next 3 nights is Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge and after enjoying a delicious home-cooked lunch on the deck, with panoramic views over the park, you will head out on your first game drive. Let your excitement wander as you journey into the park in your open safari vehicle and approach your first wildlife sightings. As well as the Big Five, you may also be lucky enough to spot a pack of African wild dog; follow a pack of these fast-paced canines and watch in awe as they work together, racing through the park to hunt down prey.  In the evening, enjoy a gin and tonic and some nibbles out in the bush, as towering giraffes and the rolling hills are silhouetted against the burnt orange sky.  

During your time in this park, you will spend your time tracking wildlife with expert guides. You will also have the chance to experience the ultimate nature walk; journey out on foot with the lodge ranger and feel your senses awaken as you delve into the wilderness, walking past a myriad of little critters and plants and encountering white rhino along the way.

Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 9-12

KwaZulu Natal and the north coast

Make your way to Coastal Cashews, here you will leave your car and you will be collected and transferred to Thonga Beach House, your home on the wild and scenic coastline of the Elephant Coast. 

During your three-night stay, take walks through the sand dunes of this rugged beach, enjoy a snorkelling or scuba diving excursion, kayak, fish, or maybe even get involved in turtle monitoring in the Isimangaliso wetland park where during Nov-Feb both loggerhead and leatherback turtles emerge from the surf and nest on the beach. 

The perfect end to a wonderful trip in one of the most authentic regions of South Africa.

Accommodation: Thonga Beach Lodge ( 3 nights )
Fly Home
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Experiences included in this itinerary


Your Hotels


When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

KwaZulu Natal boasts a sub-tropical climate and tends to enjoy sunshine year-round with hot and humid summers, from November to March and much milder winters (May to September) than the rest of the country. The coastal line is typically blessed with around 300 days of sunshine while the elevation of the Drakensberg makes the temperatures more moderate. During the rainy season, the Drakensberg is likely to have daily thunderstorms and rain.

South Africa Uncovered
South Africa Uncovered

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Plan your trip

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

Plan your trip

Please tell us a few details about your vacation plans and provide your phone number so we can call you back..
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

When would you like to go?

Please select Enter your departure date
Please select Year

Where would you like to go?

Please select Select your interest

How many nights?

How many nights? Drag the slider to select nights
0 21 nights +

Guests

Number of adults (aged 15+). Minimum 1 adult  
Adults (age 15+)
Children (age 0-15)
Rooms

Select your budget per person

Please select  

Contact details

Your First name First name*
Your Last name Last name*
Your email address Email address*
Your phone number Phone number
+1
State is required State
Tell us about your trip
Let us know if you have fixed dates, who you’re traveling with or if it’s for a special ocassion
Please tick this box to continue  

Unable to submit your request

Unfortunately, we were unable to submit your request. Please try again later or contact us.