The Battlefields of South Africa with Rob Caskie

9 days from £2790 per person
Travel from October 2018

What's Included

  • Return flights from the UK including taxes
  • Meals as specified
  • World Traveller class travel
  • Escorted by Rob Caskie
  • Sightseeing & enterence fees
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Battlefield of Isandlwana

With its epic scenery, distinct cultural identity and distinguished history, KwaZulu-Natal combines the very best of South Africa. This special journey in the company of eminent story-teller and historian Rob Caskie predominately focuses on the important events of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The battles that took place here during the latter part of the 19th century not only made a huge impact on the British Empire but also changed the course of South African history. Aside from the battlefields, time will also be spent in the spectacularly beautiful Drakensberg Range.

A professional speaker, story-teller and tour guide Rob Caskie is a leading authority on the Anglo-Zulu battlefields. Rob feels that there are important lessons to be learnt from the events of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift and through the power of story-telling he brings these two legendary events to life. Aside from guiding, Rob travels extensively and has given presentations in the United Kingdom and South Africa including being invited to speak at the Royal Geographic Society in London.

Prices start from £2,790.00 per person, based on two adults sharing twin accommodation and Economy Class air travel. A single room supplement is £525.00 per person.

Price includes:

  • The tour will be led by Rob Caskie commencing from arrival in Durban on 21st October 2018 through to departure from Durban on 27th October 2018

  • Economy Class air travel to and from the UK using the scheduled services of British Airways. Once issued, flight tickets are restricted for use only on the dates specified in the itinerary and are non-refundable

  • Please note that airlines are required by new laws to give border control agencies access to passenger data. Accordingly any information we hold about you and your travel arrangements may be disclosed to the customs and immigration authorities of any country in your itinerary

  • Sightseeing and entrance fees 

  • Between locations you will travel by air-conditioned coach and will be escorted by Rob Caskie from arrival and through to departure from Durban

  • Accommodation based on standard category rooms as specified in the itinerary including hotel service charges and local taxes

  • Meals as follows as indicated in the above itinerary:

    B = Breakfast L = Lunch D= Dinner N = No meals    

Price excludes:

  •  Any personal expenses (tips, travel insurance, room service etc.)

  • Any other services not listed as ‘inclusive’

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday 20th October 2018 - Depart London Heathrow (N)

Today depart from London Heathrow Terminal Five on British Airways flight BA055 at 1905 hours non-stop to Johannesburg.

Day 2: Sunday 21st October - Johannesburg to Durban (D)

Arrive into Johannesburg at 0755 hours and connect onto flight BA6215 (operated by Comair) to Durban which departs at 1035 hours and arrives in Durban at 1140 hours. On arrival meet Rob Caskie and transfer to the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel for your overnight stay.

This evening meet Rob Caskie and the remainder of the group in the hotel bar for pre-dinner drinks where Rob will set the scene for your forthcoming journey.

Day 3: Monday 22nd October - Durban to Drakensberg – 250kms (B/D)

After breakfast depart by coach for the Drakensburg. The beautiful Drakensberg range or Dragon Mountains, also known in Zulu as uKhahlamba or barrier of spears, is a voluminous stretch of mountains that covers over 1000 kms from the south-west to north-east, lying mostly in KwaZulu-Natal. Collectively this region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its outstanding natural beauty. On arrival, the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel and experience the location.

Stay overnight at the Cathedral Peak Hotel. Since the hotel first opened to guests in 1939, the van der Riet family has succeeded in offering warm hospitality, combined with exceptional service. 

Day 4: Tuesday 23rd October - Drakensberg to Rorke’s Drift – 200kms (B/L/D)

Today leave your hotel and continue by road to Rorke’s Drift. Not only the place of some of the most picturesque landscapes in the country, the sweeping hills and knotty rock formations that pepper the rolling plains and valleys of northern and central KwaZulu Natal are also the site of a concentration of historical battles that took place over numerous years and shaped the history of both South Africa and Britain.

On arrival stay for three nights at the Fugitives Drift Lodge. This spectacular Lodge overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment. If one tried to dream up geography and topography for the clash between two great nations, one could hardly come up with a more fantastic scene than this one. The Lodge is the original establishment, built by David and Nicky Rattray in 1989 and houses the majority of the memorabilia in the central lounge and dining room area. Spacious luxury en-suite rooms all have a private veranda. A feature of the Lodge is the beautiful shady, well-established garden – home to innumerable birds and a spectacular, large swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River Gorge.

Days 5 & 6: Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th October - The Battlefields with Rob Caskie (B/L/D)

Spend the next two days exploring the battlefields with one of its leading authorities – Rob Caskie. At the Battle of Isandlwana – on the 22nd January, 1879, the Centre Column of the British Invasionary Force, under the command of Lord Chelmsford, was defeated while camped on the Eastern slope of the Isandlwana Mountain. 1,329 British and Colonial soldiers died in an attack by King Cetshwayo’s Zulu Army. Rorke’s Drift - in the aftermath of Isandlwana an impi of 4,500 Zulu warriors mounted an assault on a British garrison of 140 men stationed at the border post at Rorke’s Drift. After eleven hours of ferocious fighting, the remnants of the Zulu impi departed in defeat, leaving 600 dead. 17 British soldiers died. 11 Victoria Crosses and 4 Distinguished Conduct Medals were awarded to the brave men manning the garrison.

Day 7: Friday 26th October - Rorke’s Drift to The Drakensberg – 200kms (B/D)

This morning return to the Drakensburg where the remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure. Stay overnight at the Fordoun Hotel and Spa.

Day 8: Saturday 27th October - The Drakensberg to Durban – 250kms (B/L) Depart Durban

Today transfer to Durban Airport stopping on the way for lunch. Later, depart Durban on Comair flight BA6212 to Johannesburg which departs Durban at 1725 hours and arrives into Johannesburg at 1830 hours. On arrival in Johannesburg connect onto British Airways flight BA054 to London Heathrow Terminal Five which departs at 2150 hours.

Day 9: Sunday 28th October - Arrive London Heathrow (N)

Arrive back into London Heathrow Terminal Five at 0715 hours.

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