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South Africa self-drive holiday

Durban, Zululand and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve


Thrilling six-night self-drive tour of South Africa, including three hotel stays, car hire and game drives

With you as the driver, this six-night road trip through South Africa takes in three stunning destinations. Starting in Durban for a beachfront stay on the 'Golden Mile', you'll experience cosmopolitan Umhlanga, the panoramic Valley of a Thousand Hills, the ancient traditions of KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the natural playground that is the Zululand coastline. Finally, you'll spend two nights at a luxury private game reserve, where you'll head out on morning and afternoon safaris in search of the 'Big Five'.

All of the three inclusive hotels have been selected for their character, upscale facilities and breathtaking views. Your final pad, Thanda Private Game Reserve, is acclaimed world-wide for its five-star lodges and luxurious Africology Spa. See the 'Second opinion' box (right) to check out their accolades, which include nine World Travel Awards, as well as recognition from Elle Decoration and Marie Claire magazines.

Flights are included with Emirates from London (via Dubai) to Durban, where you'll be met on arrival to be assisted with your car hire (a VW Polo Hatch or similar). Breakfast is included at Southern Sun North Beach (Durban) and Lidiko Lodge (Zululand). At Thanda Private Game Reserve, full board is included, as well as selected drinks and four scheduled game drives.

Day one: Fly from London to Durban (via Dubai), arriving the following afternoon
Day two: Durban
Day three: Umhlanga, Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
Days four to five: St Lucia (Zululand)
Days six to seven: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, morning and afternoon game drives
Day eight: Morning game drive, return flight to the UK

Good to know:


Both your outbound and inbound flights are overnight, so while this is a six-night tour, you will be away for a total of eight nights.

This is not a guided tour. You will be driving independently between the airport and the three listed destinations. Please note that a collection/pick-up fee of approximately £70 is not included. For important information regarding the car hire, please see 'Travel details'.

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We like

  • The balance of world-class luxury and untamed wilderness at the Thanda Private Game Reserve, where game drives and all meals are included
  • Staying beachfront on Durban's 'Golden Mile', where surfing is the activity of choice
  • This tour has been designed to put you at the wheel (literally), with six days' car hire
  • This holiday is ATOL protected (ATOL 2550)

Second opinion

  • To find out more about the hotels, click here for Southern Sun North Beach (Durban), here for Lidiko Lodge (Zululand) and here for Thanda Private Game Reserve
  • Click here to view the full, lengthy list of accolades awarded to Thanda Private Game Reserve

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