Visions of Zulu Highlights

Does the Zulu Route ring any bells?  It is rather like the South Africa’s Garden Route, with a Zulu flavour.  Zulu Route is a South African region of outstanding natural beauty and, with many places of interest, it is a popular destination for tourists. All amenities are within easy access of each other – just a short drive between them.  That makes it an ideal holiday spot for the self-driver.

In essence, the Zulu Route is a group of similarish properties around KwaZulu-natal in South Africa.  All share a common authenticity and ethos and can be accessed through a website which, being highly-interactive, lets you devise a custom-made holiday according to the information provided and the listed properties.  Alternatively, print off a ‘ready-made’ schedule and book through a travel agent.

The Zulu Route encourages would be visitors to explore a little “off the beaten track” in an area that offers an authentic African experience – including walking majestic mountains, listening to captivating story-telling and going on both land and ocean safaris to view Africa’s wildlife, including the Big 5 and some of Africa’s biggest tuskers!  Not to mention miles of white sandy beaches and some of the world’s best diving sites in warm tropical waters  and year-round sunshine!

The Zulu Route has recently launched a brand new itinerary incorporating some of our newer members called Zulu Highlights .  You fly into Durban, gateway to KwaZulu-Natal and head straight for the Drakensberg Mountains.  You will stay for 3 nights at The Cavern, an idyllic family run resort –playground for the whole family including guided hikes, horse riding, refreshing rock pool and Forest spa.  A 3-hour drive will find you in the remote Anglo-Zulu battlefields at Isandlwana Lodge for 2 nights.  Even those with only a mild interest in history will find themselves captivated by the fascinating tales of this great conflict between Britain, the Boers and the proud Zulus (It’s also the 50th anniversary of the movie “Zulu”) – and the guided walk down to the rural Zulu village is as un-touristy and authentic as Africa gets!  Then it’s a 4-hour scenic drive over the Lebombo Mountains  to Tembe Elephant Park – home to the Big 5 game including some of Africa’s largest tuskers (for a taster visit the ellie cam on www.tembe.co.za ). Accommodation for 3 nights is in luxurious tents with meals served under the stars. Your “Zulu Highlights” Adventure ends with 2 nights at Umkhumbi Lodge   – the ideal location to chill out and explore the surrounding Isimagaliso Wetland Park and the breathtaking beaches of the Elephant Coast including the Kosi Bay Estuary.  You can also enjoy diving, fishing, kayacking, sunset boat cruises on Lake St Lucia (hippo and croc spotting) or even whale watching and turtle hatching trips (seasonal).

BOOK IT: 

Visions Holiday Group (01444 225640/www.visionsholidaygroup.co.uk) is offering this 12-night Zulu Highlights holiday from  just £1,955 per person sharing including return flights from London to Durban on Emirates and Group B car hire for 10 days.  Accommodation includes 3 nights FULL BOARD at The Cavern, 2 nights DB&B at Isandlwana Lodge, 3 nights FULL BOARD (including 2 daily game drives)  at Tembe Safari Camp and 2 nights DB&B at Umkhumbi Lodge.  Based on travel before end November 2014.

For a detailed itinerary please visit  www.zuluroute.com  or email  claire@zuluroute.co.uk or call +44 (0)1403 243619.

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