Tour party gathers at Roger’s house in Greytown or Imbabala Game Lodge, Muden, (depending on size of group). Over dinner the group will be briefed on each day’s riding that lie ahead and relax whilst getting to know each another.
After breakfast we ride out heading for Rourke’s Drift, keeping to as many gravel roads as possible. We follow the route via the rolling hills of the Tugela Valley and travel past Pomeroy, then down to Rourke’s Drift, scene of a fierce battle between a large Zulu Impi and a small force of wounded and sick British soldiers garrisoned in the hospital. After Rourke’s Drift we head on to Isandlwana after crossing the Buffalo River at Fugitive’s Drift. Isandlwana was the site of the biggest defeat of the British army by the Zulus during the 1871 British/Zulu campaign and was also the only battle where the most Victoria Crosses have ever been awarded.
After stopping at Isandlawana we ride on to Ntonjeneni Lodge for a well deserved lunch break. After lunch there is a short ride through the village of Melmoth whereafter we head down to Simunye Lodge.
On arrival at Simunye reception the pillion riders and support vehicle passengers have the choice of traveling the 4 kms down to the Lodge by ox wagon or in a 4x4 vehicle. The bike riders can ride down to the Lodge on their bikes.
On arrival at the Lodge we will be accommodated in either the unique rock rooms, these are rooms built into the cliff face using natural rocks and completely blend into the environment, or the traditional rondavels. All the accommodation is of a high standard and very neat and comfortable.
Once we have settled into our rooms and freshened up we meet in the bar overlooking the river for a sundowner before walking across the river to the local Zulu Chief’s traditional village. Once we have greeted the chief he will give a brief explanation of the traditional way of life of the Zulu Nation before we are entertained by his local Zulu dancers.
After this entertainment we head back across the river to the dining room to settle down to enjoy our dinner and reflect on the day’s activities.
In the morning you will be woken to the sound of a staff member gently strumming tunes on his guitar outside your door. We then gather at the dinning room for coffee and breakfast. After breakfast we make our way back up the hill to our support vehicle and begin the homeward leg of our journey. But wait, the adventure is not over yet! We ride home via the Nkandla Forest where magnificent indigenous trees can be seen and one can only marvel at the view of the magnificent rolling Zululand hills. Afterwards we head on to St. Cathryn’s Golf Estate at Kranskop for a light lunch. After lunch we ride the last 40Km’s back to Greytown and then on home.
Tour Duration: Friday night to Sunday afternoon
Road Condition: Easy rideable gravel roads with tar in places. The 4 km’s down to lodge is a steep 4x4 trail.