Durban, South Africa

City skyline of Durban, South Africa, beautiful beach

Introduction to Durban

Durban is a true paradise blessed with balmy weather all year round and an incredible stretch of beach called the Golden Mile that boasts wonderful views of the idyllic Indian Ocean and many restaurants and bars to enjoy. The largest port city in South Africa, Durban is always busy and vibrant and is one of the continent's most popular tourist destinations.​

The sweeping beaches of Durban makes a perfect holiday paradise with its idyllic views of the glistening Indian Ocean. Durban boasts a beautiful contrast of busy city life and its heritage and close proximity to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, where the Zulu drum still beats.

Durban is a major gateway to Africa and is also the largest and busiest port city on the continent. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city’s balmy subtropical climate and vast beaches, also known as the Golden Mile. You can walk along this stretch of coastline as there are many piers that separate the Golden Mile, offering restaurants and bars.

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DURBAN - INFORMATION

Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal and the third largest city in South Africa. It forms part of the Thekwini metroplitan municipality. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. The municipality, which includes neighbouring towns, has a population of almost 4.5 million, making the combined municipality the biggest city on the east coast of the African continent.


TOUR A - DURBAN CITY & HIGH TEA

  • Appreciate the main sites of Durban City Centre
  • Discover upmarket Umhlanga
  • Enjoy high tea at an a leading hotel
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Long sandy beaches, a cosmopolitan collection of white hotel buildings and blocks of timeshare apartments easily signify the lifestyle sought by many on this incredible stretch of Durban’s coast. It was once a tourist Mecca and a seaside village that has refused to lose its small town appeal.

After departing the quayside, follow the palm tree-lined Victoria Embankment towards the city centre. Pass by the Juma Mosque, which is reputedly the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and is famous for its massive golden dome and turrets. Continue past the Old Market Square, which is reminiscent of the City Hall in Belfast and serves as Durban’s municipal offices. Glimpse the Natural History Museum and Post Office before continuing past the Old Inland Revenue Building and Reserve Bank.

Stop briefly at Currie Road View point to take in the panoramic views of the city. You will then drive north up the coast to Ballito, a small holiday town located 40 kilometres north of Durban, that was originally a Sugar Cane Farm. Dolphins are common on this stretch of the North Coast shoreline known as the Dolphin Coast.

From here, you drive to Umhlanga Rocks, which is situated just north of the vibrant port city of Durban, on the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Umhlanga has the best South African accommodation, upmarket office parks and first world shopping centre. The golden sandy beaches stretch northwards for more than 200 kilometres, all the way to the spectacular Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage site. Inland from Umhlanga, endless fields of sugarcane give way to the tumbling area of the Thousand Hills, the massive Inanda Dam and mystical hidden valleys of Zululand.

Enjoy high tea at one of Umhlanga’s leading hotels before returning back to the quayside in Durban.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a small amount of walking, some of which will be over hilly and uneven ground; therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users as long as individuals are able to board the coach unaided and walk approximately 100 metres. Comfortable clothing and sun protection are highly recommended. The order of sites visited may vary to that described to avoid congestion. High Tea is served at the venue’s communal restaurant; therefore this will not be exclusive to Fred Olsen guests.


Crocodile, Phezulu, South Africa

TOUR B - VALLEY OF A THOUSAND HILLS

  • Enjoy the opportunity to discover more about the African tribal culture
  • Explore a traditional Zulu village
  • Visit the impressive reptile park
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

A visit to Phezulu will create the opportunity to discover first-hand the intricacies, ethnic customs and beliefs of the Zulu people. Here Zulu tales and history will be depicted in energetic, costumed song and dance by the renowned Gasa clan, who have been performing unique plays for over 40 years.

Your tour begins with a drive along the national road towards the Valley of a Thousand Hills. On arrival, discover modern and olden day African tribal culture in the traditional and spectacular homeland of the Zulu. In this geographically wondrous part of the world, shaped first by the windings of the great Mgeni River, then by the culture of the Zulu tribes and finally by the coming of European man, the hills still beat to the Zulu drum.

As you journey into the valley you will learn how historically these tranquil rolling hills belie the blood-soaked drama that unfolded almost two centuries ago when the Zulu King Shaka, known to historians as the Black Napoleon, dominated the tribes that today make up the Kingdom of the Zulu.

Once at Phezulu watch dances of courtship and betrothal, of the throwing of the Sangoma’s (witch doctor) bones, of war and of birth, all set to the mesmerising beat of the Zulu drum, will take you into another world. Afterwards explore the Zulu cultural village with its traditional beehive huts and fascinating glimpses into African tribal culture.

You will also be introduced to Phezulu’s impressive reptile park, taking home vivid images of some of Africa’s most renowned snakes and learning more about the crocodiles.

There will be time to browse through a wealth of ethnic home crafts on sale, ranging from pottery, Zulu fabric art, woodcarving, beadwork and curios.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour includes a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven ground with approximately five steps to negotiate; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Comfortable clothing and sun protection is strongly recommended. Please note that the cultural element of the tour is emphasised on the traditional Zulu dance show, and NOT the village huts which are set up at the venue, as these are more for decorative purposes than authenticity. The ground at Phezulu can be very muddy after heavy rainfall.


Kudu, Tala Private Game Reserve, South Africa

TOUR C - TALA GAME RESERVE

  • Hunt for big game and search for hundreds of bird species at the Tala Game Reserve
  • Admire the flora and fauna the area has to offer any visitor
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApprox. 5 hours
LimitationLimited to 80 per departure
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Hidden in the KwaZulu-Natal hills is the wildlife conservancy of Tala Private Game Reserve, an area of indigenous acacia thornveld, open grassland and sensitive wetland that provides an exceptional environment in which to game and bird watch.

Depart the quayside and drive towards Tala Private Game Reserve. Tala is the reserve to visit out of Durban, providing visitors with superb game viewing experiences in open game vehicles, with highly knowledgeable and experienced rangers and a tracker who will not fail to impress you with his bush skills. At Tala the aim is to get you close to nature, interacting with the environment and animals, and experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush.

The reserve, which spans nearly 3,000 hectares and incorporates many diverse natural environments, features well over 300 bird species, with big game that includes rhinos, kudu, hippos, giraffes and the rare sable antelope.

Several distinctive and remarkable plant species are also found on Tala. The fiery aloe in full bloom, the imposing euphorbia and the smell of the fragrant wild sage on a dewy morning make for wonderful, vivid memories.

Enjoy an open vehicle game drive at Tala. Upon your return some time will be given to browse through the curio shop.

Return to the quayside in Durban.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests are reminded that mobile phones and smoking are not permitted during the game drive. Guests should speak quietly and remain seated as not to disturb the wildlife along the way. The game vehicles are boarded by a high step; therefore guests must be able to board them unaided. The roads in the game reserve are gravel led with inclines and some areas can be bumpy; therefore this tour is not recommended for guests with back or neck problems, or pregnant ladies. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and a sun hat are strongly recommended. There is a small curio shop at Tala; please note that no cash is accepted in this shop, only credit/debit cards. Wildlife sightings are never guaranteed.


Magnolia, KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden, Durban

TOUR E - PIETERMARITZBURG MUSEUM & BOTANICAL GARDEN

  • Explore the Natal Museum, one of five national museums in South Africa
  • Learn of Mahatma Ghandi’s famous incident in Pietermaritzburg, whilst viewing his bronze statue
  • Appreciate the beautiful and tranquil National Botanical Garden
  • Spend time viewing the fascinating Useful Plants Garden
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox. 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited to 80
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

In the heart of the Kwazulu Natal Midlands nestles this province’s capital city, Pietermaritzburg. A city encompassing all its old world charm, country living and beautiful Victorian architecture, is now a modern South African town, home to over 600,000 people of diverse cultures and the second largest in this province. It is the legislative and administrative seat of the province and an important industrial contributor of aluminium, timber and dairy. A perfect way to spend a half day whilst in Durban.

Leaving the quayside, travel inland, into the beautiful hills of Kwazulu Natal. Upon entering Pietermaritzburg, you will drive to the Natal Museum.

Designed by EJ Wellman in 1904, the museum features spectacular sections which include African mammals, snakes, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects, geology and palaeontology. The Ethnology display contains fascinating items from many regions of Africa. Old guns from a Portuguese shipwreck on the Wild Coast are also attracting interested admirers. A replica of a bushman cave contains drawings of rock-art that can be interpreted.

Next, drive to the historic centre of Pietermaritzburg with its legislative buildings and enriching museums. Here at Churchill Square you can view the City Hall, allegedly the largest red brick building in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the Assembly Building and the Supreme Court.

Continue to the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden. The garden specialises in the conservation of plants from the eastern region of South Africa and of rare and endangered species from elsewhere.

Established in 1874, the Garden’s Victorian past is evident in its magnificent specimens of Northern Hemisphere plants, such as the swamp cypress, tulip trees, camphor trees, plane trees, giant figs and magnolias. One of the finest features of the Garden is the avenue of London Plane Trees, which has been stunning visitors since 1908. The focus of the Garden is to collect, display and promote the conservation of plants of the eastern grasslands, in particular the genera Clivia, Gerbera, Kniphofia and Watsonia.

A section of the Garden is planted specifically to attract birds, which along with other diverse habitats, makes it rich in bird life, with over 150 species recorded. The Useful Plants Garden displays plants used culturally by the Zulu people for medicine, crafts, food and other uses.

Following your visit enjoy refreshments before returning to Durban.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven ground with approximately seven steps to negotiate; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Flat comfortable shoes and sun protection are strongly recommended. The order of sites visited may vary to that described to avoid congestion.


TOUR I - SHARK DIVING

  • Brace yourself for an experience of a lifetime – fully submerged with one of the world’s most feared creatures
  • Witness these wonderful animals swimming and gliding around you
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationVery limited availability
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

If shark diving features on your bucket list then look no further - this tour will definitely put a tick in the right box! Get ready for an opportunity of a lifetime as you take to an acrylic diving cage and allow these magnificent creatures to swim around you. It’s not a tour for the faint-hearted, but definitely one for the thrill seekers amongst you!

The world class U-Shaka Marine World, situated in Durban, opened its turnstiles to the general public on April 30th 2004. Close to three years in the making, U-Shaka has fast positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile, offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness. U-Shaka has bought together cultures like no other place in Africa into a safe, secure and clean environment that resonates the sound of fun, laughter and the spirit of togetherness. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the day-time operations of Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, and U-Shaka Beach, to the night time festivities of the Village Walk.

Upon arrival at U-Shaka Marine World, your guide will escort you to the tank shark in which you will shortly be diving into in order to get a loser glimpse of these unique creatures. The shark cage experience presents a greater challenge as you immerse yourself into a world of living sharks. Some sharks circle the cage whilst others glide slowly past. The shark dive is the easiest way to get close to these magnificent creatures.

The inhabitants of the fierce shark tank are Zambezi sharks and ragged-tooth sharks. Here you need only your swimming gear, a mask and snorkel to be lowered into the tank in an acrylic cage to view these magnificent predators of the sea close up.

After your thrilling experience, enjoy some leisure time walking through the Marine Park and discovering U-Shaka Marine World by yourself.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The diving activity might be physically strenuous to some guests, therefore a reasonable level of fitness is required. All participants will be required to sign indemnity forms before taking part in this excursion. If you are pregnant, have had a recent operation or have a medical condition that may be deemed unsafe to do the dive (please speak to your doctor before booking if unsure), for safety reasons you may be refused to participate in this tour. Although there are very small amounts of walking involved in this tour, guests will need to be agile enough to climb the five vertical steps in order to enter and exit the shark cage. Don’t forget your swim wear and towel, masks and snorkels will be provided. Please remember, this tour is not for the faint-hearted!


TOUR J - BIRDS OF PREY

  • Learn of the conservation programme conducted at the Birds of Prey Sanctuary
  • Observe birds of prey as they soar overhead
  • Help to sponsor a raptor for a year simply by joining this tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Situated on 60 hectares of scenic valley bushveld, within easy access of Durban, the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary is a safe-haven to the widest selection of indigenous raptors in Southern Africa. Join this tour and appreciate some of the hard work that goes into caring for these magnificent creatures.

The Birds of Prey Sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of indigenous raptors and is the base to ongoing research, breeding and rehabilitation projects for birds of prey. The majority of these projects run behind the scenes to ensure that the integrity of the wild birds is not compromised and that a high release success rate is achieved.

The Sanctuary is also home to a wide selection of captive-bred or ‘non-releasable rehabilitation’, birds of prey. These raptors can be viewed in their micro-environment enclosures by anyone who wishes to visit and learn about South Africa’s magnificent aerial predators. Education and awareness is paramount to the effective conservation of the environment and its creatures. To facilitate this, a specially trained group of raptors are flown in daily flight displays. These demonstrations allow the raptors themselves to become both teachers and ambassadors for their wild counterparts, so that members of the public can experience these normally rare and elusive birds first-hand.

Visiting the Birds of Prey Sanctuary allows for the sponsorship of a raptor for a year – a portion of your visitors fee makes this possible.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over grassy terrain with two steps to encounter; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Comfortable shoes and sun protection along with a windbreaker is highly recommended. No credit cards are accepted in the shop or art gallery.


TOUR K - NELSON MANDELA CAPTURE SITE & HOWICK FALLS

  • Explore the Nelson Mandela capture site sculpture along with the museum that now resides there
  • Marvel at the spectacular Howick Falls
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Until 2012, Nelson Mandela’s capture site was very small and unassuming, but on the 50th anniversary an impressive steel sculpture and visitor centre were unveiled to give full recognition to the significance of this spot. Join your tour to witness the 50 steel pole sculpture that creates a stunning optical illusion. Follow this by the stunning 95 meter high Howick Falls and your tour will be complete.

Leaving the quayside, drive via Pietermaritzburg to the Nelson Mandela capture site in the Midlands.

The genesis of the project at the Nelson Mandela capture site and the installation of an internationally recognisable sculpture in the Natal Midlands landscape is a response to the modest original monument on the site consisting of a plaque set into a wall on the side of the road. In 1962, on 5th August, this otherwise ordinary piece of road along the R103, approximately five kilometres outside Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, suddenly took on profound consequence. Armed apartheid police flagged down a car in which Nelson Mandela was pretending to be the chauffeur. Having succeeded in evading capture by apartheid operatives for 17 months, Mandela had just paid a clandestine visit to ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli’s Groutville home to report back on his African odyssey, and to request support in calling for an armed struggle. It was in this dramatic way, at this unassuming spot, that Nelson Mandela was finally captured and arrested.

On arrival at the Nelson Mandela capture site, your guide will show you around the museum, before you can enjoy free time for shopping.

Next, drive to Howick Falls. Howick is located in the heart of the Natal Midlands, approximately 95 kilometres from Durban. View the magnificent Howick Falls, approximately 100 metres of spectacular display almost in the centre of the picturesque town itself. Known to the Zulu people as KwaNogqaza – Place of the Tall One – the Falls were first seen by European adventurers in the early 19th century, as transport riders and wagon trains pioneered routes inland from the coast. English missionary James Archbell was granted a farm here, but the rapid increase in horse-drawn traffic soon compelled the government of the day to expropriate a portion for the establishment of a village. This settlement was duly named Howick, in tribute to the Northumberland home of then British Colonial Secretary, Earl Grey.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven ground with approximately 15 steps to negotiate; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. In order to avoid congestion, the order of sites visited may be different to that described.


TOUR L - PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

  • Hunt for the Big Five with excellent opportunities to see cheetahs, white and black rhinos, elephants, nyala and lions
  • Enjoy a diverse bird-watching experience with approximately 400 different species in the area
  • Embark on game-drives in open 4x4 vehicles

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. TO BOOK PLEASE EMAIL OUR SHORE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk

PriceFrom £755.00
Duration1 NIGHT
LimitationLimited to 24 participants
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site – Phinda comprises 17,500 hectares (43,240 acres) of prime conservation land. Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, black and white rhinos, and buffalos) and around 400 bird species, while the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Day 1 – Thursday 4th February 2015 – Durban – Phinda Private Game Reserve

Depart Durban harbour and travel the approximate three-and-a-half hours to Phinda Game Reserve.

Phinda Mountain Lodge has 25 spectacular suites, each with their own veranda, positioned to ensure complete privacy. Each suite has an outdoor shower and plunge pool, allowing you to savour the outdoors and the fresh mountain air. Additional facilities include an African crafts shop, an open-air boma, shaded swimming pool and a look-out deck. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy interactive bush walks, canoeing and riverboat cruises on the Mzinene River. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch, followed by check-in.

Gather for afternoon tea before departing on an afternoon game drive. Sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush following your game drive, with the possibility of viewing several nocturnal wildlife species before returning to the lodge.

Free time to freshen up will be given before dinner is served at the lodge.

Day 2 – Friday 5th February 2016 – Phinda Private Game Reserve – Richards Bay

Your day begins with an early morning wake up call followed by tea, coffee and biscuits served in the lounge area. Depart from the lodge on an early morning game drive in open 4x4 vehicles, accompanied by your rangers and trackers.

Return to the lodge for breakfast, after which you will check out and transfer to the main entrance where you will board your vehicle for the approximate two-and-a-half hour drive to Richards Bay.

Arrive at the harbour in Richards Bay around midday and re-join your ship.

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. TO BOOK PLEASE EMAIL OUR SHORE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: The contents and order of activities in this tour are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to weather conditions and the movement of dangerous wildlife on the Phinda Private Game Reserve. During early morning game drives in open vehicles it can be a little cool; therefore we recommended that guests take some warm layers. During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are not covered and guests are therefore exposed to the elements; sun protection, including hats are recommended. Guests are reminded that mobile phones and smoking are not permitted during the game drive. Guests should speak quietly as not to disturb the wildlife along the way. Please be aware that game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with neck or back problems, or pregnant ladies. Wildlife sightings on this tour are not guaranteed as the creatures are in their natural environment. Large amounts of uneven ground and steps will need to be negotiated and guests must be able to board the game vehicles unaided; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Passports will need to be carried on this tour. The above tour excludes all items of personal use, such as telephone calls, laundry, mini bars, additional drinks and so on; these must be settled direct with the hotel.

The booking deadline for this tour is 19th December 2015. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request only basis. PLEASE BE AWARE ANY CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER THE BOOKING DEADLINE ADVERTISED ABOVE WILL ATTRACT 100% CANCELLATION CHARGES.

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. TO BOOK PLEASE EMAIL OUR SHORE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk


TOUR M - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK OVERLAND

  • Observe the Big Five in their natural habitat at Kruger National Park
  • Enjoy the exclusive use of Lukimbi Safari Lodge
  • Admire the amazing views of Lwakahle River 

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. TO BOOK PLEASE EMAIL OUR SHORE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk

PriceFrom £1,280.00
Duration2 NIGHTS
LimitationLimited to 10 participants
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

The Kuger National Park is South Africa’s largest game reserve and is larger than Israel. Nearly two million hectares of land which stretch 352 kilometres from north to south along the Mozambique border, it offers an almost indescribable wildlife experience. Certainly it ranks with the best in Africa and is the flagship of the country’s national parks – rated as the ultimate safari experience.

This is the land of baobabs, fever trees, knob thorns, Marula and mopane trees underneath which lurk the Big Five (buffalos, elephants, leopard, lions and rhinos), the Little Five (buffalo weavers, elephant shrews, leopard tortoises, ant lions and rhino beetles), the birding Big Six (ground hornbills, kori bustards, lappet-faced vultures, martial eagles, pel’s fishing owls and saddle-bill storks) and more species of mammals than in any other African Game Reserve. Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Day 1 – Thursday 4th February 2016 – Durban – Mpumalanga – Lukimbi Game Reserve

Upon disembarkation in Durban, you will be met and transferred to King Shaka International Airport to check in and board your domestic flight to Nelspruit.

Upon arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, you will be met and transferred approximately two hours by road to Lukimbi Private Game Reserve located within the Kruger National Park.

Lukimbi Safari lodge is a stunning luxury safari lodge situated in the easily accessible southern portion of the Kruger National Park. The lodge features carved plaster panels showing intricate mystical creatures and African patterns. There is something different and interesting to look at around every corner. Lukimbi is a photographers’ delight, both inside the surrounds of the lodge and out in the beckoning bush.

The main buildings are linked together with open wooden decks, making the most of the view, as the lodge meanders along the banks of the river Lwakahle. The raised walkways provide clear and easy access to their luxury and modern African décor suites with stunning river views. The private decks leading out towards the river provide the ideal place to relax or enjoy bird spotting and game viewing in peace and tranquility.

After a late afternoon arrival at Lukimbi, you will be given time to freshen up in your suite before dinner is served at the lodge.

Day 2 – Friday 5th February 2016 – Lukimbi Private Game Reserve

Hot and cold beverages will be waiting for you after your early morning wake up call. Enjoy a morning game drive showcasing the wildlife and nature of the southern region of Kruger National Park.

Bounded by the Crocodile River in the south and the sabie River in the north, the southern region is also host to the jagged ridge of the Lebombo Mountains along the border to Mozambique, and the highest point in the park, Khandzalive, in the southwest. The valleys are home to trees rarely found in other parts of the Kruger Park, such as the Cape chestnut, coral tree and lavender fever-berry. On the whole, there is more game purported to exist in the southern part of the park, so if you don’t make it to the northern reaches of the Kruger National Park, you won’t miss out.

Return back to your lodge and enjoy a leisurely breakfast and lunch before commencing on your late afternoon drive.

Dinner will be served on your return either in the Boma or in the Lodge.

Day 3 – Saturday 6th February 2016 – Lukimbi Game Reserve – Maputo

Embark on one last morning game drive followed by a leisurely breakfast and time to gather your belongings before bidding Lukimbi farewell as you travel to Maputo. The travelling time will be approximately two and a half hours.

At the South Africa/Mozambique border post, you will have to disembark your vehicle and proceed through immigration and customs control. Once these formalities are completed you shall continue your journey through to Maputo.

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. TO BOOK PLEASE EMAIL OUR SHORE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: The contents and order of activities in this tour are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to weather conditions and the movement of dangerous wildlife on the Lukimbi Private Game Reserve. Please be aware that this is a malaria risk area and that the necessary medication MUST be taken. During early morning game drives in open vehicles it can be a little cool; therefore we recommended that guests take some warm layers. During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are not covered and guests are therefore exposed to the elements; sun protection, including hats is recommended. Guests are reminded that mobile phones and smoking are not permitted during the game drive. Guests should speak quietly as not to disturb the wildlife along the way.  Please be aware that game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back or neck problems, or pregnant ladies. Wildlife sightings on this tour are not guaranteed as the creatures are in their natural environment. Large amounts of uneven ground and steps will need to be negotiated and guests must be able to board the game vehicles unaided; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The above tour excludes all items of personal use, such as telephone calls, laundry, mini bars, additional drinks and so on; these must be settled direct with the hotel. Passports will need to be carried on this tour. All guests entering Mozambique are required to be in possession of a valid visa. Anyone arriving without a visa will be refused entry and sent back to South Africa.

The booking deadline for this tour is 19th December 2015. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request only basis. PLEASE BE AWARE ANY CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER THE BOOKING DEADLINE ADVERTISED ABOVE WILL ATTRACT 100% CANCELLATION CHARGES.

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. TO BOOK PLEASE EMAIL OUR SHORE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk


TOUR N - AFRICAN MARKET EXPERIENCE

  • Immerse yourself in the local way of life
  • Hunt for that all important souvenir to take home
  • Enjoy a short orientation tour of the city
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Diverse cultural influences from Asia, Africa and Europe have each contributed to Durban’s Development and unique Character. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this sub-tropical city.

Follow the palm tree lined Victoria Embankment, passing the Vasco Da Gama Clock, the Dick King Statue, the imposing Durban Club and the Yacht Club en-route to the Victoria Street market.

As you step out of your vehicle, you will be welcomed by one of the local site and shopping guides to take you on an extra sensory shopping experience where your every sense will be tested; an experience unlike any other. The Street Market is no place for tasteful beige and mild mannered pastels – rich jewel colours will pull your eyes to their depths as you appreciate textures of fine skills and hard calicos. At the market, your guide will teach you all about Indian spices – the Durban Way!

From here you will continue by foot to the herb market. Take the opportunity to grind herbs and potentially find a cure for any ailment. This visually captivating market is unique to Durban and highlights the differences between Western and African medicine.

Moving on, explore the Bead Market, a colourful exhibition with works of beads from vendors who travel from the coastal regions adjacent to the city to sell their products that have been designed and hand crafted by themselves. Products include beaded jewellery, hats, shoes, bags and traditional clothing. Take the opportunity to watch the traders work, get a strand of your hair braded and tied with beads or adorn yourself with beaded products for a photo, so don’t forget your camera!

Back onboard your transport, drive into the city centre and past Cato Square, adjacent to Durban’s century old City Hall, a close copy of the Town Hall of Belfast which houses the Natural History Museum, a concert hall, art gallery and municipal offices. Glimpse the local History Museum and Port Office before continuing past the old Inland Revenue Building and Reserve Bank and continue to the Currie Road View Site, stopping briefly to take in the panoramic views of the city.

Finally drive along the Golden Mile beachfront, where Zulu Rickshaw pullers, resplendent in their colourful regalia, transport visitors in their decorated rickshaws.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 AROUND AFRICA HOLIDAYS

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 30 minutes of walking over paved terrain at each of the markets with five steps at each stop to negotiate in order to enter the markets; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. If you are wishing to purchase anything at the markets, cash only will be accepted.


TOUR O - CITY TOUR & GOLDEN MILE BY RICKSHAW

  • Enjoy the main sights in the city of Durban
  • Experience the wind in your hair and feel the sun on your face aboard a rickshaw
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 2½ hours (15 minute ride)
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

If you are looking for something that is uniquely Durban, then you may want to consider taking a tried and tested rickshaw ride! Following a drive through the city this really fun mode of transport is the perfect way to travel.

Boarding your coach you will take a drive into the city centre and past Cato Square, adjacent to Durban’s century old City Hall, a close copy of the Town Hall of Belfast which houses the Natural History Museum, a concert Hall, art gallery and Municipal offices. Glimpse the local History Museum and post office before continuing past the old Inland Revenue building and Reserve Bank. A short photo stop will be made at Currie Road View Site where panoramic views of the city can be afforded.

Your next stop will be the Moses Mabhida Stadium and this will be where your Rickshaw ride will begin. Jump aboard a very uniquely Durban mode of transport and let somebody else do the hard work. Brought to Durban in 1893 by the sugar magnate Sire Marshal Campbell from London, they were used to transport ladies and gentlemen to the Berea and back. Although there are only a handful of these pullers left today, they are dedicated to the art of thrilling their customers.

After approximately 15 minutes enjoying the Golden Mile you will alight your transport and some time at leisure along the beach front will be afforded before the short coach journey back to your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 AROUND AFRICA CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU: This tour involves small amounts of walking, however participants must be agile enough to board the rickshaw unaided; therefore this is not suitable for wheelchair users.


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