17 days – Garden Route & Kruger Self Drive South Africa – EXCLUSIVE

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17 days
Self Drive
Cape Town - Johannesburg
South Africa
Min Age : N/A (18 for car rental)
Tour Details

This self drive allows you to explore the various highlights of magnificent South Africa at your own pace. A magnificent tour through this amazing country that will leave you wanting more! Highlights include Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Tsitsikamma, St Lucia, Lobamba, Kruger, Kruger Private Reserves and the Panorama Route.

Optional excursions
Extra excursions such as bicycle tours, game drives, surf lessons, cooking class, etc. can be added to the travel program on request!

[Detailed itinerary]

This is a customized trip. Additional overnight stays, upgrades and route changes are possible on request!

Highlights

Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Tsitsikamma, St Lucia, Lobamba, Kruger National Park, Kruger Private Reserves and Panorama Route

Restrictions

Minimum age is 18 for car rental 

Extras/Upgrades

  • Car Rental upgrade
  • Accommodation upgrade
  • Extra nights
  • Pre-planned activities

Departure & Return Location

Cape Town – Johannesburg

Departure Time

Any time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation & Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Car rental Group E (Toyota Rav 4 or similar model SUV) including total waiver, second driver's fee,unlimited kilometres, GPS, cross border letter, tourism levy, Windscreen&Tyre waiver, VAT, contract fee, R0 damage responsibility
  • Reservation costs
  • Travel App with your itinerary
  • Travel Documentation & Directions
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Coverage by guarantee fund
  • Hippo&Croc cruise in St. Lucia
  • 2 game drives in Greater Kruger Park
  • 1 full day guided game drive in Kruger National Park

Price Excludes

  • All flights (international and within South Africa, bookable via African Travels)
  • Meals/drinks not mentioned in the travel schedule
  • All Insurance (travel and/or cancellation)
  • Petrol
  • One way fees
  • All entrance fees and conservation fees for parks and attractions
  • Car Bond (refundable if no damages)
  • Tips
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • E-toll
  • Meet & Greet service upon arrival

Accommodation

16 nights in small guesthouses &lodges based on meals as specified in the detailed itinerary

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African Travels will send you to the most beautiful and unique accommodations in Africa. They are not only run by excellent staff, they also give back to the local community and operate as eco friendly as possible. Located in the most beautiful and safe locations, they will contribute to your ultimate Africa experience. From small questhouses, tented safari camps to luxury boutique hotels. We will make sure they tick all the boxes!

Itinerary

Day 1, 2Cape Town

Your start your journey in Cape Town, also known as the Mother City. Upon arrival you will be welcomed at the airport and taken to your guesthouse. The next morning you will be taken to the car rental depot in the centre of Cape Town for collection of your rental vehicle.

Explore the many attractions on the hop-on-hop-off bus, take a drive along Chapmans Peak, visit cape Point, the V&A Waterfront, the penguins at Boulders Beach or take a stroll on one of the many breath-taking beaches! The active amongst you could try to climb Table Mountain, or hike one of the many trails. Soak up the vibes of this amazing city, it never disappoints!

Day 3Stellenbosch

Today you can enjoy some of the worlds best wine tasting in the area. Drive around and visit various wineries while enjoying the stunning landscape as well. The historic centre of Stellenbosch, a cosy university town is also definitely worth a visit!

Day 4Oudtshoorn

After breakfast, you will continue your journey via the very scenic R62 road towards your next destination; Oudtshoorn. Famous for its ostrich farms, this Klein Karoo town offers good old-fashioned hospitality and plenty of things to do.

Day 5, 6Knysna

Knysna has a stunning lagoon. There is plenty to do here; Go for a sailing cruise or whale/dolphin cruise, visit the many shops at the Waterfront, visit the nature reserve, play a round of golf on one of the amazing courses in the area, visit the Knysna Elephant Park or have cocktails after an oyster tasting at the Project Bar on Thesen Island!

Day 7, 8Addo Elephant Park

You will travel along the magnificent Garden Route towards Addo. Your accommodation is nearby the park. You can drive through the park yourself, or – if you prefer- you can book a guided game drive in an open safari vehicle. We will happily assist with this.

Day 9, 10St. Lucia

In the morning you drive to Port Elizabeth Airport, where you hand in your rental vehicle and take an in-land flight to Durban. After collecting your rental vehicle, you drive to St. Lucia and spend the next 2 days exploring the town,or have a swim at Cape Vidal! Isimangaliso Wetland park is definitely worth a visit too!

On day 2 we will book you on a Hippo&Croc cruise on the lagoon.

Day 11eSwatini

Today you will cross the border into Swaziland. The lodge will help you to arrange some local activities. You will see that Swaziland has a completely different vibe to South-Africa and the people are extremely kind and friendly.

Candle factories, craft markets, nature reserves, no need to get bored here.

Day 12Southern Kruger

After breakfast, you will continue your journey back across the border into South Africa, to the magnificent Kruger Park. The next few days offer you have the opportunity to explore the Kruger Park yourself, see if you can spot the big five! You can also book some organized game drives. The camp where you will be staying has a restaurant and a shop.

Day 13Central Kruger

Drive to Satara camp, your drive there is your game drive for the day! This camp also has a restaurant and shop where you can get supplies.

Day 14, 15Kruger Private Reserves

Leave in the morning for Baluleni Safari Lodge, situated in the Great Kruger Park. Your program for the next 2 days is as follows:

Day 1
Arrive for lunch at 13h00 in the restaurant
Relax at the pool or chalet/safari tent
Enjoy high tea/drinks and see animals in and around the Lodge
Depart 15h30 in an open 10-seater safari vehicle for a safari in the greater Kruger National Park
Return 18h30 for drinks and a 3 course dinner around the fire in the boma under the stars.

Day 2
Depart 05h00 in an open 10-seater safari vehicle for an unforgettable guided full day journey in the public sector of the Kruger National Park
Packed breakfast and lunch will be served at picnic spots.
Entrance fees included
Return 18h30 for drinks and a 3 course dinner around the fire in the boma under the stars.

Day 3
​Depart 06h00 in an open 10-seater safari vehicle for a safari in the greater Kruger National Park
Return 09h00 for a full breakfast at the restaurant
Depart from Lodge after breakfast.

Day 16Panorama Route

After your last game drive and breakfast you will travel towards Sabie, Spend today on the stunning Panorama Route and enjoy the various magnificent viewing points!

Day 17End of itinerary

After breakfast you can drive back to the airport of Nelspruit or to Johannesburg. This is the end of an unforgettable journey!

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