Zululand has no formal boundaries, but its influence on the region and historical signifficance is profound. This is the region that shaped the character of modern South Africa and it encompasses the traditional terrtory of Shaka, Dingane and Cetshwayo - the great Zulu leaders of their time.
The region is the cradle of the Zulu nation, much of it still shrouded in mystery while guided by legend and tradition. The many mountain slopes of this magnifficent area are dotted with communities - many of which still follow the traditional ways of their forefathers.
It is also a land of memorials to a turbulent past - monuments that mark battles fought by Zulu's in defence of their heritage against encroachment by British and Boer settlers. But it also reflects other wars when the British and Boer forces pitted themselves against the ideologies of one another.
This region borders the Maputoland region, an area of lakes, lagoons and reserves - home to a wealth of indigenous species, landscapes and experiences. It provides access to no less than three wildlife sanctuaries, from the magnificence of the Hluhluwe National Park and its well-respected reputation for conservation, to the intimate Mkuze Game Reserve and the unique Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site.
Our tour to this region is designed to give you an insight into the culture, sights and natural beauty of this, a uniquely African destination.
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25 May 2019
21 September 2019
We meet at our base and head-out towards Heidelberg before heading through Balfour, Standerton and Volkrust. The route will take us through the quaint village of Wakkerstroom before reaching Piet Retief, our first overnight stop.
Our day starts with a crossing into Northern Kwa Zulu Natal and we pass through Paulpietersburg and Vryheid before entering Maputoland via Mkuze. The route then traverses the majestic Lebombo mountains before reaching the edge of Kosi Bay Coastal Forrest Nature Reserve and meanders through the Sodwana Bay State Forests to our next overnight stop at Hluhluwe.
After an early morning game drive, day three sees us depart a little later as we travel from Hluhluwe to Mtubatuba and on to the coastal town of Richards Bay for our next overnight.
Today we enter the Kingdom of the Zulu as we travel to the former capital at Gingindlovu. From here, our route takes us through to Greytown, marking the turning-point of the tour, heading towards Tugella Ferry and through the heart of the Battlefields. We overnight in Dundee where we will spend time exploring this interesting town and it's surrounding historical sites.
After a relaxing evening in Dundee, our route takes us back to Piet Retief and into the Kingdom of Swaziland. We will travel to Mbabane via Manzini for our overnight stop, having adequate time to explore and savour this remarkable destination.
We start the final leg of the tour today - heading back into South Africa and travelling to the wetlands town of Chrissiesmeer before routing via Carolina, Belfast and Middelburg to reach our base by the late afternoon.
What can you expect?
This tour provides an opportunity to explore the region in a little more depth. It includes visits to all important tourist sites en-route - and even some diversion rides to those lesser-known attractions. You will experience everything from the culture and traditions of the area, to the natural beauty and history that makes this such a facinating trip.
What is included?
Four nights accommodation in 4-5 Star (or equivalent) accommodation
All breakfasts and dinners
Bike hire (excl deposit)
Specialist guides at major sites
Comprehensive Route Guide with all relevant route information
Personalised post-tour photobook
From £1 850.00 or $2 500.00
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