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Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Durban Botanical Gardens showcases African plant species

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2 nights self-catering accommodation in a luxury tent in Africamps at Gowan Valley – The KZN Midlands or Africamps at White Elephant – Pongola Game Reserve

Public holiday stays, all meals, all transport, all activities, Insurance, visas, tips, personal items and any services not mentioned

Markets / Crafts

Howick Falls (23km): The nearby area of Howick is waterfall country. Explore one or all three of the trails at Howick Falls to capture the perfect photo. At Howick Falls, also known as KwaNogqaza which means ‘place of the tall one’, the uMngeni river plummets 95m into a gushing pool. You can hike to the foot of this waterfall via the official Howick Falls Gorge Walk.

Midmar Dam (23km): This well-known dam which also hosts the annual Midmar Mile is perfect for boating, fishing, sailing or just soaking up the sun!

Karkloof Falls (37km): A visit to the Karkloof Nature Reserve promises a mesmerizing experience considering the 80+ bird species flying overhead, and the 88m Karkloof waterfall crashing down from the cliff face. Bring a picnic or enjoy the braai facilities. For the more adventurous, the Karkloof canopy tour is a must, or bring along your mountain bike for the beautiful trails.

Drakensberg Mountains: During your visit to the Midlands, you will be able to access parts of the Central and Southern Drakensberg. Not up for the drive? You can simply view ‘The Giant’ from the Nottingham Road turnoff.

Highmoor Nature reserve (61km): This World heritage site in the Kamberg Valley forms part of the Mkhomzi Wilderness Area and takes you into the Southern Drakensberg mountains surrounded by grasslands and streams. Visit the reserve for hiking trails, fly fishing, rock art sightings.

Maloti Drakensberg Park (53km): Beautiful day walks like the self-guided Giants Cup Hiking Trail and a wealth of rock art sites are must-sees. Fly fishing, rock-climbing, mountain biking, bird watching and swimming or some more options.

Midlands Meander Horse Trails (7.5km): A breathtaking horse trail winds through mountains, hills, dams, and pine trees in Lidgetton, a short 7.5 km drive away. Options include outrides, pony rides and even lessons.

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

Nelson Mandela Capture site (15km): This famous Nelson Mandela Capture Site commemorates a significant moment in South African history with a visitor centre and a world-renowned sculpture. Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5 August 1962 outside of Howick. He spent the next 27 years of his life in prison.

Golfing

With two world-class golf courses around the corner, make a golfing glamping tour of it! Take a swing at Gowrie Farm, only 11km away. This course is known as one of the top 30 most fun courses in the country. (And we are serious advocates for fun) It is also the 3rd best short course in the world outside of America.

Bosch Hoek is a beautiful country course with loads of charm and becomes a beautiful display of colour in Autumn. The cosy club house with its fireplace is particularly inviting after as round of golf during winter.

Midlands Meander Routes

3-days Africamps at Gowan Valley – The KZN Midlands

Day 1 : Midlands Meander
ACTIVITIES ON THE PROPERTY

Hiking Trail

Guests can enjoy a 4km walk through indigenous forest where they will see the enormous 500-year-old Yellowwood tree, pass the mighty Mpofana River, the newly planted kiwi fields and Nguni cattle.

Picnics

Take strolls through the gorgeous rose gardens on the farm and settle down at a grassy picnic spot.

Swimming & Fishing

The property is graced by the crystal clear Mpofana river which flows strongly through the farm. As part of a water scheme, the river also provides water to the farm. A hollowed-out section in the river is a great spot to go for a dip or enjoy the river from the banks by settling down for a picnic. Try your luck and catch yellowtail or trout – strictly catch and release.

Wood-fired Hot Tubs

All five tents offer the exclusive use of their own wood-fired hot tub. A wood-fired hot tub is the purest form of relaxation. Soak up your beautiful Midlands surroundings while listening to the calming crackle of the fire. Or take a dip to cool off on the hotter days.

ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA

Markets / Crafts

Howick Falls (23km): The nearby area of Howick is waterfall country. Explore one or all three of the trails at Howick Falls to capture the perfect photo. At Howick Falls, also known as KwaNogqaza which means ‘place of the tall one’, the uMngeni river plummets 95m into a gushing pool. You can hike to the foot of this waterfall via the official Howick Falls Gorge Walk.

Midmar Dam (23km): This well-known dam which also hosts the annual Midmar Mile is perfect for boating, fishing, sailing or just soaking up the sun!

Karkloof Falls (37km): A visit to the Karkloof Nature Reserve promises a mesmerizing experience considering the 80+ bird species flying overhead, and the 88m Karkloof waterfall crashing down from the cliff face. Bring a picnic or enjoy the braai facilities. For the more adventurous, the Karkloof canopy tour is a must, or bring along your mountain bike for the beautiful trails.

Drakensberg Mountains: During your visit to the Midlands, you will be able to access parts of the Central and Southern Drakensberg. Not up for the drive? You can simply view ‘The Giant’ from the Nottingham Road turnoff.

Highmoor Nature reserve (61km): This World heritage site in the Kamberg Valley forms part of the Mkhomzi Wilderness Area and takes you into the Southern Drakensberg mountains surrounded by grasslands and streams. Visit the reserve for hiking trails, fly fishing, rock art sightings.

Maloti Drakensberg Park (53km): Beautiful day walks like the self-guided Giants Cup Hiking Trail and a wealth of rock art sites are must-sees. Fly fishing, rock-climbing, mountain biking, bird watching and swimming or some more options.

Midlands Meander Horse Trails (7.5km): A breathtaking horse trail winds through mountains, hills, dams, and pine trees in Lidgetton, a short 7.5 km drive away. Options include outrides, pony rides and even lessons.

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

Nelson Mandela Capture site (15km): This famous Nelson Mandela Capture Site commemorates a significant moment in South African history with a visitor centre and a world-renowned sculpture. Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5 August 1962 outside of Howick. He spent the next 27 years of his life in prison.

Golfing

With two world-class golf courses around the corner, make a golfing glamping tour of it! Take a swing at Gowrie Farm, only 11km away. This course is known as one of the top 30 most fun courses in the country. (And we are serious advocates for fun) It is also the 3rd best short course in the world outside of America.

Bosch Hoek is a beautiful country course with loads of charm and becomes a beautiful display of colour in Autumn. The cosy club house with its fireplace is particularly inviting after as round of golf during winter.

Midlands Meander Routes

Pick one of 5 Midlands Meander routes and experience the best food, drinks, arts and crafts of each section. Visit the Midlands Meander website to get your map.

Day 2 : Midlands Meander

Day 3 : End Of Itinerary

3-days Africamps at White Elephant – Pongola Game Reserve

Day 1 : Pongola Game Reserve
ACTIVITIES ON THE PROPERTY

All tents have wood-fired hot tubs!

Project Elephant *TOP PICK*
The Elephant Research Project is a unique educational full day activity. Guests depart early morning for a cruise on Lake Jozini to locate and watch the elephants from the boat. After a few hours on the water, guests return to camp. The activity continues in the afternoon with a game drive and a visit to our Research Camp where you will spend time with our research and conservation staff. At the Elephant Research Centre guests will watch the BBC production “Operation Elephant – The Mission” documenting the initial re-location of our elephants from the Kruger National Park. Guests examine elephant skulls and bones and participate in discussions and debates. Spending time in the world of elephants provides great insight into the reserve history, nature and elephant conservation.

Elephant Cruise

A safari by boat focussed on spotting herds of elephants on the other side of Lake Jozini. Guests will also see antelope, hippo and crocodile during this cruise.

River Safari
White Elephant Safaris is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water-based safari activities. The 15000-hectare Lake Jozini provides the focal feature of Pongola Game Reserve and is the perfect setting for an early morning or late afternoon boat cruise. Spot herds of antelope, hippo, crocodile as well as an enormous variety of bird species during this cruise.

Game Drive
Game drives are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles, either in the early morning or late afternoons by a professional guide who will show you, not only the larger game but also the many varied and interesting smaller species in our game reserve.

Bush walk
This is the best way for bird watchers to spot some of the 350+ bird species on the reserve. Walking trails are very much a part of the White Elephant Safaris experience. Being on foot is not only a more energetic way of experiencing the Bush but also provides a ‘closeup’ invigorating encounter with Nature. The sounds, smells and minute detail of the wilderness become much more apparent on a guided walk. The duration and speed of your walk will be tailored by your professional guide to suit your fitness and stamina. Walks go out daily, either early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Fishing / Boat Hire
Lake Jozini is the most southern lake where tiger fish are endemic. It’s the ideal location for the novice fisherman to the expert angler for a tiger fish catch of a lifetime, strictly catch and release, of course. Tilapia, Barber (sharp-toothed catfish), Yellowfish, Grass carp, Mozambique and Red-breasted Bream are also found in The Lake. The best time for tiger fishing at Lake Jozini is September through to April.

Rhino Project
This activity provides a glimpse into the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. With the use of a Telemetry device, we will follow the rhino’s signal, look for tracks and dung middens and examine our camera ‘trap’ locations as part of our rhino monitoring and conservation project. +/-3 hour excursion.

Tours can be pre-booked, or booked on arrival (subject to availability)

No self-drive game viewing is allowed in Pongola Game Reserve.

Day 2 : Pongola Game Reserve

Day 3 : End Of Itinerary

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2 nights self-catering accommodation in a luxury tent in Africamps at Gowan Valley – The KZN Midlands or Africamps at White Elephant – Pongola Game Reserve

Public holiday stays, all meals, all transport, all activities, Insurance, visas, tips, personal items and any services not mentioned

Markets / Crafts

Howick Falls (23km): The nearby area of Howick is waterfall country. Explore one or all three of the trails at Howick Falls to capture the perfect photo. At Howick Falls, also known as KwaNogqaza which means ‘place of the tall one’, the uMngeni river plummets 95m into a gushing pool. You can hike to the foot of this waterfall via the official Howick Falls Gorge Walk.

Midmar Dam (23km): This well-known dam which also hosts the annual Midmar Mile is perfect for boating, fishing, sailing or just soaking up the sun!

Karkloof Falls (37km): A visit to the Karkloof Nature Reserve promises a mesmerizing experience considering the 80+ bird species flying overhead, and the 88m Karkloof waterfall crashing down from the cliff face. Bring a picnic or enjoy the braai facilities. For the more adventurous, the Karkloof canopy tour is a must, or bring along your mountain bike for the beautiful trails.

Drakensberg Mountains: During your visit to the Midlands, you will be able to access parts of the Central and Southern Drakensberg. Not up for the drive? You can simply view ‘The Giant’ from the Nottingham Road turnoff.

Highmoor Nature reserve (61km): This World heritage site in the Kamberg Valley forms part of the Mkhomzi Wilderness Area and takes you into the Southern Drakensberg mountains surrounded by grasslands and streams. Visit the reserve for hiking trails, fly fishing, rock art sightings.

Maloti Drakensberg Park (53km): Beautiful day walks like the self-guided Giants Cup Hiking Trail and a wealth of rock art sites are must-sees. Fly fishing, rock-climbing, mountain biking, bird watching and swimming or some more options.

Midlands Meander Horse Trails (7.5km): A breathtaking horse trail winds through mountains, hills, dams, and pine trees in Lidgetton, a short 7.5 km drive away. Options include outrides, pony rides and even lessons.

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

Nelson Mandela Capture site (15km): This famous Nelson Mandela Capture Site commemorates a significant moment in South African history with a visitor centre and a world-renowned sculpture. Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5 August 1962 outside of Howick. He spent the next 27 years of his life in prison.

Golfing

With two world-class golf courses around the corner, make a golfing glamping tour of it! Take a swing at Gowrie Farm, only 11km away. This course is known as one of the top 30 most fun courses in the country. (And we are serious advocates for fun) It is also the 3rd best short course in the world outside of America.

Bosch Hoek is a beautiful country course with loads of charm and becomes a beautiful display of colour in Autumn. The cosy club house with its fireplace is particularly inviting after as round of golf during winter.

Midlands Meander Routes

3-days Africamps at Gowan Valley – The KZN Midlands

Day 1 : Midlands Meander
ACTIVITIES ON THE PROPERTY

Hiking Trail

Guests can enjoy a 4km walk through indigenous forest where they will see the enormous 500-year-old Yellowwood tree, pass the mighty Mpofana River, the newly planted kiwi fields and Nguni cattle.

Picnics

Take strolls through the gorgeous rose gardens on the farm and settle down at a grassy picnic spot.

Swimming & Fishing

The property is graced by the crystal clear Mpofana river which flows strongly through the farm. As part of a water scheme, the river also provides water to the farm. A hollowed-out section in the river is a great spot to go for a dip or enjoy the river from the banks by settling down for a picnic. Try your luck and catch yellowtail or trout – strictly catch and release.

Wood-fired Hot Tubs

All five tents offer the exclusive use of their own wood-fired hot tub. A wood-fired hot tub is the purest form of relaxation. Soak up your beautiful Midlands surroundings while listening to the calming crackle of the fire. Or take a dip to cool off on the hotter days.

ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA

Markets / Crafts

Howick Falls (23km): The nearby area of Howick is waterfall country. Explore one or all three of the trails at Howick Falls to capture the perfect photo. At Howick Falls, also known as KwaNogqaza which means ‘place of the tall one’, the uMngeni river plummets 95m into a gushing pool. You can hike to the foot of this waterfall via the official Howick Falls Gorge Walk.

Midmar Dam (23km): This well-known dam which also hosts the annual Midmar Mile is perfect for boating, fishing, sailing or just soaking up the sun!

Karkloof Falls (37km): A visit to the Karkloof Nature Reserve promises a mesmerizing experience considering the 80+ bird species flying overhead, and the 88m Karkloof waterfall crashing down from the cliff face. Bring a picnic or enjoy the braai facilities. For the more adventurous, the Karkloof canopy tour is a must, or bring along your mountain bike for the beautiful trails.

Drakensberg Mountains: During your visit to the Midlands, you will be able to access parts of the Central and Southern Drakensberg. Not up for the drive? You can simply view ‘The Giant’ from the Nottingham Road turnoff.

Highmoor Nature reserve (61km): This World heritage site in the Kamberg Valley forms part of the Mkhomzi Wilderness Area and takes you into the Southern Drakensberg mountains surrounded by grasslands and streams. Visit the reserve for hiking trails, fly fishing, rock art sightings.

Maloti Drakensberg Park (53km): Beautiful day walks like the self-guided Giants Cup Hiking Trail and a wealth of rock art sites are must-sees. Fly fishing, rock-climbing, mountain biking, bird watching and swimming or some more options.

Midlands Meander Horse Trails (7.5km): A breathtaking horse trail winds through mountains, hills, dams, and pine trees in Lidgetton, a short 7.5 km drive away. Options include outrides, pony rides and even lessons.

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

Nelson Mandela Capture site (15km): This famous Nelson Mandela Capture Site commemorates a significant moment in South African history with a visitor centre and a world-renowned sculpture. Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5 August 1962 outside of Howick. He spent the next 27 years of his life in prison.

Golfing

With two world-class golf courses around the corner, make a golfing glamping tour of it! Take a swing at Gowrie Farm, only 11km away. This course is known as one of the top 30 most fun courses in the country. (And we are serious advocates for fun) It is also the 3rd best short course in the world outside of America.

Bosch Hoek is a beautiful country course with loads of charm and becomes a beautiful display of colour in Autumn. The cosy club house with its fireplace is particularly inviting after as round of golf during winter.

Midlands Meander Routes

Pick one of 5 Midlands Meander routes and experience the best food, drinks, arts and crafts of each section. Visit the Midlands Meander website to get your map.

Day 2 : Midlands Meander

Day 3 : End Of Itinerary

3-days Africamps at White Elephant – Pongola Game Reserve

Day 1 : Pongola Game Reserve
ACTIVITIES ON THE PROPERTY

All tents have wood-fired hot tubs!

Project Elephant *TOP PICK*
The Elephant Research Project is a unique educational full day activity. Guests depart early morning for a cruise on Lake Jozini to locate and watch the elephants from the boat. After a few hours on the water, guests return to camp. The activity continues in the afternoon with a game drive and a visit to our Research Camp where you will spend time with our research and conservation staff. At the Elephant Research Centre guests will watch the BBC production “Operation Elephant – The Mission” documenting the initial re-location of our elephants from the Kruger National Park. Guests examine elephant skulls and bones and participate in discussions and debates. Spending time in the world of elephants provides great insight into the reserve history, nature and elephant conservation.

Elephant Cruise

A safari by boat focussed on spotting herds of elephants on the other side of Lake Jozini. Guests will also see antelope, hippo and crocodile during this cruise.

River Safari
White Elephant Safaris is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water-based safari activities. The 15000-hectare Lake Jozini provides the focal feature of Pongola Game Reserve and is the perfect setting for an early morning or late afternoon boat cruise. Spot herds of antelope, hippo, crocodile as well as an enormous variety of bird species during this cruise.

Game Drive
Game drives are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles, either in the early morning or late afternoons by a professional guide who will show you, not only the larger game but also the many varied and interesting smaller species in our game reserve.

Bush walk
This is the best way for bird watchers to spot some of the 350+ bird species on the reserve. Walking trails are very much a part of the White Elephant Safaris experience. Being on foot is not only a more energetic way of experiencing the Bush but also provides a ‘closeup’ invigorating encounter with Nature. The sounds, smells and minute detail of the wilderness become much more apparent on a guided walk. The duration and speed of your walk will be tailored by your professional guide to suit your fitness and stamina. Walks go out daily, either early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Fishing / Boat Hire
Lake Jozini is the most southern lake where tiger fish are endemic. It’s the ideal location for the novice fisherman to the expert angler for a tiger fish catch of a lifetime, strictly catch and release, of course. Tilapia, Barber (sharp-toothed catfish), Yellowfish, Grass carp, Mozambique and Red-breasted Bream are also found in The Lake. The best time for tiger fishing at Lake Jozini is September through to April.

Rhino Project
This activity provides a glimpse into the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. With the use of a Telemetry device, we will follow the rhino’s signal, look for tracks and dung middens and examine our camera ‘trap’ locations as part of our rhino monitoring and conservation project. +/-3 hour excursion.

Tours can be pre-booked, or booked on arrival (subject to availability)

No self-drive game viewing is allowed in Pongola Game Reserve.

Day 2 : Pongola Game Reserve

Day 3 : End Of Itinerary

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