Your journey begins in Durban at 09h00. The first stop will be in the village of Howick. It is known as the place of many waterfalls, owing to the many tributaries of the uMngeni River that tumble-down gorges on their way to the Indian Ocean. Howick is best known as the place where Nelson Mandela was arrested in August 1962 and its famed Howick Falls. The journey continues through the rolling hills of the Drakensberg mountains through the towns of Winterton and Bergville.
Overnight in the Drakensberg.
After breakfast, you will depart for Dundee at 08h30. Today’s visit will be the Talana Museum. Talana is Zulu and means, “the shelf where precious items are kept”. This is a trip back in time to the first battle between British forces and Boer commandos during the Second Boer War. It is then on to the Ladysmith Siege Museum to relive the epic siege of Ladysmith that began on the 24th of November 1899 and lasted 118 days. These historical tales are a fascinating insight into the past.
Return to your hotel for overnight [Breakfast & Packed Lunch]
After a delicious breakfast, the day will be spent at the Royal Natal National Park. This park has some of the best mountain scenery in Africa and its main feature is a famous amphitheatre, where the Orange River begins its long journey to the Atlantic Ocean and the Tugela River cascades down the face. You will enjoy a scenic nature walk and some bird watching, immersing yourself into this beautiful natural setting. [Breakfast]
Today will spent exploring the arts and crafts route of the Drakensberg region. You will leave the hotel at 10h00 and learn all about the age-old handcrafts and traditions that have been passed down generations. This is a wonderful opportunity to support local vendors, that produce high quality handmade wares such as wood carvings, woven baskets, ceramics and leather goods. [Breakfast]
After breakfast, it’s time to return to Durban through the Midlands Meander Arts & Crafts Route. This is a route through picturesque landscapes that showcase awe-inspiring natural beauty. You will spend time with weavers, woodcrafters, cheese makers, beer brewers and a myriad of other craftsmen along the route. This is truly a unique experience. You will then arrive back in Durban at approximately 16h30. [Breakfast]