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Midlands meander in South Africa

Explore the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and KwaZulu Natal

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Explore the Jewel of the Eastern Cape

On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met by a tour representative and assisted with the collection of your rental vehicle. From Johannesburg make your way to the small town of Clarens, which should take you roughly three to four hours.

This quaint Free State town is aptly titled ‘The Jewel of the Eastern Cape’ and is situated in the foothills of the breathtaking Maluti Mountains. Accommodation will be arranged for you for two nights at the Patcham Guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis. 

Meals: Bed and Breakfast

Transport: Included


4 to 5

Visit the Kingdom of Lesotho

Once you have checked out, make your way to the neighboring country of Lesotho, where accommodation will be arranged for you at Maliba Lodge on a full board basis for the next three nights.

Lesotho, officially known as the Kingdom of Lesotho is an enclave, landlocked country in Southern Africa, completely surrounded by South Africa. It is just over 30,000 square kilometres in size and has a population of slightly over two million. The name “Lesotho” translates roughly in to “the land of the people who speak Sesotho”.

Meals: All meals and selected drinks

Transport: Included


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Venture on a Midlands Meander

Make your way out of Lesotho the way you came in, travelling past Clarens and heading east, until you reach the start of the Midlands Meander. Accommodation will be arranged at the beautiful Hartford House for the next three nights.

It would almost seem that the Midlands Meander of KwaZulu Natal knows only tranquility and a certain small town charm lost in the bigger urban areas nearby. The route is littered with quaint towns, artisans of all variety plying their trade. Rolling hills and farms for scenic kilometres of roads makes this one of the most sought-after areas to visit in the whole of KwaZulu Natal. 

Meals: All meals and selected drinks

Transport: Included


9 to 10

Relive South Africa's iconic past

You'll head in a north-easterly direction until you reach the famous Rorke’s Drift. The lodge that will be home for the next two nights at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge. The rates include all your meals and a Battlefield Tour has also been included for you.

Relive history with this iconic part of the world as the location for the Zulu war which saw the British clash head on with the mighty Zulu warriors at both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The area is a living history lesson and definitely one for those passionate about both South African and colonial history. 

Meals: All meals and selected drinks

Transport: Included


11 to 12

Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge is your destination today. It’s a beautiful eco-friendly lodge on the east coast of South Africa. You are surrounded by coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches.

This wonderful lodge is situated inside the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and prides itself on its close proximity to a beautiful Kwazulu Natal beach. The property boasts 12 rustic yet luxurious huts which are all en suite and all have mosquito nets, ocean views and plunge pools. Meals are complimentary and there is wifi in the lounge area. Other activities include kayaking and snorkeling.

Meals: All meals and selected drinks

Transport: Included


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Phinda Private Game Lodge

Drive yourselves to Phinda Private Game reserve this morning. Your accommodation will be arranged for the next three nights on a fully inclusive basis At a time arranged with you, your rental will be collected overnight at Phinda Forest Lodge on a fully inclusive basis.

After your last morning activity, and depending on your flight time, you will be collected and transferred to the airstrip. Here you will connect with your scheduled private charter to Johannesburg International Airport.

Meals: All meals and selected drinks

Transport: Included

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