Full Day-Drakensberg-MandelaCaptureSite-HowickFalls-MidlandsMeander from Durban | La Vacanza Travel

Full Day-Drakensberg-MandelaCaptureSite-HowickFalls-MidlandsMeander from Durban

Duration: 13 hours
Destination: South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

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  • 13 hours
  • Durban
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Travel through the gentle pastoral beauty of the Natal Midlands. Pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands and see plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Take in the endless vistas and incredible scenery. Explore the magnificent Drakensberg.

The day's highlights are:
• See the Howick Falls
• See the site where former SA President Nelson Mandela was captured in 1962 and went on to spend 27 yers in prison
• Enjoy the Drakensberg
• Minimum 2 people booking
*All this in one day.
We can cater for groups larger than 15 on request. There is also a discount for groups of 4 and more. if only 2 or 3 of you are booked for the tour, the tour can become a private tour for you at no extra charge.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Howick Falls, Corner of Falls Drive & Morling Street, Howick South Africa

We set off on our tour towards Pietermaritzburg, the capital of Kwa Zulu Natal at around 8:00am. From Pietermaritzburg we continue to Howick where we visit the 100m high Howick Falls.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nelson Mandela Capture Site, R103, Howick 3620 South Africa

We continue our tour, with our next stop at the monument erected on the spot where police arrested Nelson Mandela in 1961 as a result of his resistance to the former Apartheid government, The Nelson Mandela Capture Site.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, KwaZulu-Natal

From the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, our tour takes us through an area of gentle pastoral beauty called the Midlands Meander. We pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze.

Experience the Midlands Meander - Routes span more than 50 miles between Pietermaritzburg and the uKhahlamba-Drakensburg World Heritage Site including many back roads. The Midlands Meander isn’t a single attraction at all, but rather a network of more than 150 artisans, activities, restaurants, lodging and tours that have banded together to promote the rural but creative Midlands Region of KwaZulu-Natal.

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Drakensberg Mountains, Drakensberg Region South Africa

We eventually arrive at the Drakensberg Mountains. It is very peaceful. Enjoy the mountains, the valleys, the scenery, all beyond description.

Duration: 3 hours

  • Howick Falls
  • Nelson Mandela Monument
  • Nelson Mandela Capture Site museum
  • Midlands Meander
  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Air conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick ups and drop offs
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Howick Falls
  • Entry/Admission - Nelson Mandela Capture Site

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Departure Point

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Travelers can send their pick up locations to African Sun Safaris. We can arrange to pick you up wherever you are, any hotel in Durban and surrounding areas.


    • King Shaka Intl Airport, Durban South Africa


    • Durban Port, South Beach, Durban, 4001, South Africa

    Departure Time

    07:30 AM

    Voucher info

    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


    13 hours

    User's Reviews


    15 May, 2023

    Great experience with a very caring guide in a fantastic and very diverse Kwazulu Natal. Really worth it!


    14 Aug, 2022

    The vehicle used for the tour was an old Datsun, which was wholly unsatisfactory for a full day's driving tour owing to very cramped conditions in the rear for 2 adults, as well as being unsafe, because the rear seat belts were unavailable for usage due to a seat cover. The tour driver's driving skills were at times reckless with speed limits and road markings ignored. We were very relieved to return to our hotel without a major incident occurring. Howick Falls was nice to see, albeit the approach and viewing areas are in dire need of update and maintenance. The Mandela Capture Site & Museum was excellent. The Museum's memorabilia is comprehensive and the Mandela sculpture must rank as one of the best in the world and is highly recommended to go view. The 'Midlands Meander' drive towards the Drakensberg was very uninteresting. The roads are in large parts in very poor condition and the towns passed were very run-down. Eventually, the road towards Champagne Castle provided good viewing of part of the mountain range. We were very disappointed that this tour does not go into or amongst the Drakensberg mountains, unlike the headline picture shows, which is somewhat misleading. Nor does the tour have fixed stops for drinks/lunch/toilet; the driver stops for viewing/photos only if requested. Having engaged with several La Vacanza Travel tours in the past in various countries, I have found them to be generally very good: however, this tour ranks by far the worst I have done.


    29 Jun, 2022

    The falls and the capture site were nice. We were expecting to reach the mountains but we were far from them. It was a long drive.


    18 May, 2022

    The visit all the Howick falls and the Mandela museum were really interesting to do. We had a great time there! Although, the Drakensberg part is quite limited.. A long road for a small view of the moutain. Not what we were expecting with the price of that tour.


    24 Oct, 2021

    Beautifull and interesting tour. Tour guide was very polit and helpfull. Would have expected more Information dringend the ride from him.

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