Available until 29 December 2017
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - Cultural & Heritage Trail Full Day
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: A journey to some of Durban’s most important historical sites, places where South Africa’s future changed for the better because of the bravery of a few individuals.
Visit the Ohlange Institute in Inanda Township – the first fully African-run and African-funded educational system. This is the historical place where President Nelson Mandela coast his vote in South Africa’s first democtratic elections in 1994. Continue to Phoenix settlement where Mahatma Ghandi developed his philosophy of passive resistance. Also visit Ghandi’s restored home. Also visit Inanda Seminary, Ebuhleni and Cato Manor. "
* Inanda Township
* Ohlange Institute
* Phoenix Settlement
* Cato Manor
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up, Umhlanga & Durban based hotels.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: 9am.
-End/closing time: 5pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Operates on Monday and Friday.

Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - Drakensberg World Heritage Full Day Tour
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: Visit Giant’s Castle in the central Drakensberg Mountains and set off on a leisurely 3km round hike to the site of the caves adorned with enigmatic Bushman’s paintings to discover the magical legacy left behind by the Bushmen (average level of fitness required), which is followed by lunch (included). The silhouette of the Giant’s Castle mountain escarpment resembles the profile of a sleeping giant, hence the name! Look out for the mighty Eland here as well as the Lammergeier, a rare bearded vulture.
The Drakensberg is a pristine and tranquil place to enjoy the peace of nature and fresh, clean air while you admire scenery that will take your breath away and make you just want to pause and take all the perfection and simplicity of nature in.
The Drakensberg Mountains are a World Heritage Site in western KwaZulu-Natal, on the border with the “Mountain Kingdom” of Lesotho. The Drakensberg describes the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. It is in the Drakensberg that the Great Escarpment is at its highest – 2 000 to 3 000m. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park holds the richest collection of San rock paintings in Africa and it is where you’ll find the highest mountain range in South Africa.
Drakensberge” is Afrikaans for “dragon mountains”, as early settlers to the area thought it resembled a dragon's back, and so called it “Drakensberge”. In Zulu the range is called “uKhahlam
ba”, which means “barrier of spears”, which makes sense when you look at the dramatic basalt buttresses. Our return to Durban is via the charming Midlands Meander Route with its many art, craft and farmer’s markets and via a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture site, a historically significant moment in South African history and now commemorated with a world-class sculpture, in memory of Nelson Mandela and his heroic role in the struggle against Apartheid.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up in Durban beachfront hotels.
Duration: 11 hours.
Start/opening time: At 6:30am.
End/closing time: At 5:30pm.
Others: Average level of fitness required.

Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - Durban Half Day City Tour
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: Our tour begins as we travel along the Golden Mile, the revitalised beachfront promenade which hugs the beckoning beaches of Durban, viewing the upgraded Point Waterfront. We travel through the city, viewing the majestic City Hall, and enjoying its humorous history!
We continue to the small craft harbour viewing the 8th largest harbour in the world. Drive past the sugar terminals and very busy harbour warehouses on our way to the University of Natal – Durban Campus where we view lovely sights of the harbour below. Then we visit the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle – home to nine distinct markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange and where approximately 6 000 street vendors ply their trade, to an average of 460 000 daily commuters – an authentic experience.
From culture to nature, we visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens founded in 1849, a treasure trove of massive trees from Asia, Africa and America, and a magnificent orchid house. We then conclude with a visit to an icon of KwaZulu-Natal, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where you will have the option of experiencing the cable car ride (for own account) to the top of the stadium for that phenomenal view of Durban and its surroundings.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick up only for hotels located at Durban beachfront.
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.
Others: Alternative in case of conditions which affect the activity operation.

Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - Full day Sani Pass and Lesotho tour
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: Sit back and relax on a peaceful drive through the rolling midlands of KwaZulu-Natal to the little country town of Underberg, nestled at the foot of the majestic Drakensberg escarpment. Here, our 4×4 vehicle awaits …the only form of transport equipped to tackle Sani Pass! Take a 4x4 vehicle drive up Sani Pass, the highest road pass in Africa, and be rewarded with breathtaking scenery. Enter the high mountain kingdom of Lesotho and visit a nearby Sotho village. Enjoy a light lunch (included) at the highest pub in Africa – the views are utterly breathtaking.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from Durban beach front hotels.
Duration: Approximately 12 hours.
Start/opening time: At 6am.
End/closing time: At 7pm.
Opening days/period: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Languages: English.
Min. Age: 2 years.
Includes: Light lunch.
Required documentation: A passport is required and Lesotho visa conditions may apply.

Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve Full Day Tour
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: Spend the day exploring this picturesque game reserve famous for its highly successful white rhino conservation program. This guided excursion will take you into Africa’s oldest game reserve home to 84 species of game, including the Big 5, and an impressive 425 types of birds.
Enjoy game viewing at the lush waterholes and sit down for a delicious lunch (included) to be served at the lofty Hilltop Camp (or similar). An optional open safari vehicle game drive is available at a surcharge.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from Durban beachfront hotels and selected Umhlanga hotels.
Duration: 12 hours.
Pick-up time: At 6:30am (clients have to reconfirm).
Languages: English.
Others: Alternative in case of conditions which affect the activity operation.
Includes return transfers and lunch and park entry fees.

Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift Battlefields
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: Visit the eerie and historical battlefields of Isandlwana and then Rorke’s Drift, rich in Anglo-Zulu war history, where two of the most famous battles fought between the Zulu and British armies took place. Let your imagination paint mental pictures of the battle scenes played out here. Historians will love it for sure, but if you enjoy a really great story, the Battlefields tour is for you too – it’s both a thriller and a drama.
Travel and storytelling blend seamlessly on this compelling journey to the historical Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. As you stand at the sites of the 22nd January 1879 Battle of Isandlwana and the subsequent skirmish at Rorke’s Drift, your specialist Battlefield guide brings the account of 20 000 Zulu warriors armed with traditional weapons confronting British firepower vividly to life. The guide recaptures the atmosphere of each battle and provides in-depth information about the military strategies and tactics used.
The Battle of Isandlwana was the Zulus’ finest victory. The Zulus managed to wipe out a substantial British force including the 1st Battalion, 24th Foot, and their African allies, totalling over 1 300 men.
In the aftermath that followed – the Battle of Rorke's Drift – the British defeated the Zulus despite the low numbers of the British troops. The Zulu reserves raided the British border post at Rorke's Drift, where about 150 British and colonial troops were up against 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors. The Battle of Rorke's Drift took place at Tugela River and ended the following day, 23 January. This battle was made famous in the film “Zulu”.
Our tour includes lunch, and at the end of the tour, we wind our way home to Durban through some of the most spectacular scenery in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from Durban beach front hotels.
Start/opening time: At 6:45am.
End/closing time: At 7:30pm.
Languages: English.
Min. Age: 2 years old.
Others: From November 1st 2017 the tour will only be available on Saturdays.

Available until 28 December 2017
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - Marine Full Day Tour
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: An enlightening tour which explores South Africa’s contribution to the conservation of marine life along its shores and beyond.
Visit the Natal Shark’s Board where you will learn about how their research and conservation programmes. Highlights include an audio-visual presentation on the day-to-day work that the NSB carry out and a display hall. Continue to uShaka Marine World, the largest Marine Aquarium on the African continent and the 5th largest in the world. The unique design offers the visitor an underwater exploration as one traverses through sunken wrecks. The tour ends with an unforgettable Dolphin show.
* Natal Sharks Board
* uShaka Marine World
* Dolphin Show"
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9am.
End/closing time: 5pm.
Languages: English.

Available until 31 December 2017
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - Sani Pass experience (lunch not included)
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: Prepare yourself for an adrenaline pumping, heart-racing adventure of a lifetime with this full day tour of the Sani Pass region of South Africa, on an all-terrain vehicle. What better way to experience the vivid surroundings than a thrilling ride on a 4x4.
After a safety lesson, you'll set off on a journey to remember. Travel through the pristine nature of Himeville to the sprawling landscape of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Following the Mkomazana River up the Sani Pass Road, remark at the splendor of the scenery around you. With passport at the ready, you'll get a firsthand experience of a South African Border Post, before making your way to the Good Hope Trading Post. Stop here for an informative explanation of the history of the trading era. Afterwards, you'll ascend to 2874 metres, zig-zagging upwards beneath towering cliffs and buttresses. Take in the beautiful natural scene filled with cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation, and colourful birds.
Crossing the Lesotho Border, you'll stop for a bite to eat. Refuel your body with a satisfying lunch so you can be fresh for your afternoon descent of the Sani Pass. As you make your way down, you'll get quite the rush as you maneuver 20 hairpin bends which make up the steepest section of the Pass. Once safely down, enjoy the remarkable sights as you make your return and call it a day.
Definitely an adventure for thrill seekers and the young at heart; a 4x4 tour of the Sani Pass will exhilarate all your senses, allowing you a great view of the marvelous landscapes of the region and satisfying your need for speed all at once.
Meeting/pick-up point: Thaba Tours 4x4 Adventures Office, Clocktower Centre, Main Road, Underberg.
Duration: 12 hours.
Start/opening time: At 6am.
Languages: English.
Others: In the South African Border Post passports required.

Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - Shakaland Full Day Tour
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: Enjoy the opportunity to experience the traditional culture and customs of the proud Zulu nation on this guided excursion to the largest Zulu kraal in all of Zululand.
Sample traditional Zulu beer, marvel at the energy and rhythm of the Zulu dancers, and witness the artistry that goes into spear, shield, beadwork, pot making and building of huts. Visit an iSangoma (traditional healer), and look forward to a delicious ethnic lunch (included).
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from Durban beachfront hotels and selected Umhlanga hotels.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: At 8:30am.
End/closing time: At 4:30pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Alternative in case of conditions which affect the activity operation.

Available until 30 December 2017
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - The Valley of the 1000 Hills
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: A land unlike any you've ever seen before, come enjoy a unique cultural experience in the Valley of the 1000 Hills in South Africa. On this three hour excursion into the valley, you'll realize just how expansive and remarkable both the landscape and the local people truly are.
After you're collected from your hotel, you'll make your way into the vast and rugged terrain of the valley. With lush rolling green hills dotted with tribal settlements, you'll gain a better understanding of rural life in Africa. As you travel along, take in the sights and sounds of daily life in Westville, Kloof, and Hillcrest, some of the many residential areas in this colourful region. While viewing the fantastic scene of your surroundings, you will come to Phezulu Cultural Village, where you'll enjoy visual explanations of traditional Zulu culture in a model of a Zulu Village.
Experience the vibrant life and culture of the Zulu tribe as you watch traditional dancing, singing, and drumming. Let the rhythms of the community move and inspire you. Afterwards, explore some of the local wildlife with a visit to a crocodile farm and a snake park. Finally, you'll continue to an African arts and crafts studio, where you'll get a firsthand look at the extensive handicrafts made in the surrounding areas.
With the stunningly picturesque backdrop of the Valley of the 1000 Hills, this tour is sure to delight you with a local cultural experience that allows you to gain insight into the lives of the South African natives.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from central Durban and Umhlanga hotels.
Duration: 4.5 hours.
Start/opening time: Daily, except Christmas day at 8.30am.
Languages: English. German tour available at additional cost.

Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban - Ushaka Marine World Half Day Tour
Excursions in KwaZulu Natal - Durban: Explore the wonders of ocean life and a world of entertainment at the world-class uShaka Marine World, a wildly popular attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile. View exhibits of diverse marine life found in the Western Indian Ocean, in the southern hemisphere’s largest aquarium, where you get to revel in breathtaking underground viewing galleries that extend 500 metres through four wonderfully designed old ship wrecks. The displays represent sea creatures’ natural habitat while telling a story that ties in with the Phantom Ship theme, and animal descriptions and storyboards provide information in an informal way that all ages and abilities can relate to.
At Ushaka Sea World you’ll also find Africa’s largest dolphinarium, with terrific dolphin, seal and penguin shows – it’s a real adventure! There is an impressive Dolphin Stadium, with seating for more than 1 200 spectators. The Seal Stadium is next to the Dolphin Stadium and offers many fun-filled seal shows, as well as a Penguin rockery, which is home to over 63 African Penguins.
On ground level at Sea World, enjoy the beautifully landscaped gardens with many indigenous plants, while still being able to view the aquarium from the surface. Gaze into the larger exhibits from the surface while appreciating the unique bird's eye view you’ll get of the fish and sharks in the shallower exhibits. This is a virtual dive into the Indian Ocean!
As you walk through uShaka Marine World, experience the unique African-themed Village Walk, a premier open-air shopping mall with eateries and entertainment in one-of-a-kind, relaxed settings. The Village Walk offers one of the most unique shopping experiences and is a shopper’s paradise, with a variety of outdoor adventure stores, curio stores, surf and ethnic clothing stores, and more.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at Durban beachfront hotels.
Duration: 3 hours.
Pick-up time: At 2pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Alternative in case of conditions which affect the activity operation.
Service includes dolphin, seal and penguin show and entrance to the aquarium.
Voucher validity: One day.

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