20 days – Self drive South Africa: Kruger, Swaziland, Garden Route, Cape-Town

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20 days
Self drive
Johannesburg - Cape Town
South Africa
Min Age : 18
Max People : 6
Tour Details

This self drive starts in Johannesburg and finishes in Cape Town. Including Kruger National Park, the Wild Coast and the Garden Route.  You visit the highlights, but leave the beaten track to explore the great outdoors and visit a variety of African eco-systems!
This tour can be tailor made for you by African Travels. So any adjustments like extra nights, upgrades, changes in the route are possible.
After your confirmation you will receive a login code for our travel app (which is also accessible offline), as well as a pdf and your travel directions.

Detailed itinerary


Kruger National Park; Panorama Route; eSwatini; Kwazulu Natal; Sint Lucia; Wild Coast; Garden Route; Knysna, Oudtshoorn; Cape Town; Table Mountain Hike; Unspoiled Beaches and much more!

Departure & Return Location

Johannesburg – Cape Town

Departure Time

Any time


19 nights small guest houses, self catering chalets and lodges

Price Includes

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Tour Guide(s) and Transport
  • Entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Rental car group C (Toyota Corolla or similar sedan) including: Total Waiver Unlimited kilometers Tyre/Windscreen waiver Contract fee GPS Additional drive one way fee cross border letter
  • Travel app with your itinerary Itinerary in PDF + travel directions
  • Reservation Costs
  • Coverage guarantee fund
  • 24/7 support from our backup team

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Tips and Personal Expenses
  • Drinks
  • Optional Activities
  • Travel and/or Cancellation Insurance
  • Fuel
  • E-Toll
  • Car Bond (refundable if no damages)
  • All entrance fees and conservation fees for parks and attractions
  • Meals/drinks not mentioned in the travel schedule

Please Note

Fully Accommodated Tour in lodges. No camping. All Linen Provided.


Minimum age is 18 for car rental 


  • Car Rental upgrade to SUV 
  • Accommodation upgrade
  • Extra nights


20 days – South Africa self drive | Johannesburg to Cape Town over land

DAY 1 & 2 Southern Kruger

Upon arrival, you will collect your rental car and drive 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! On one of the mornings or afternoons you will go on an organised game drive.

Self Catering
1 game drive in Kruger Park

Conservation and Entrance fees

DAY 3 Swaziland

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 4 & 5St Lucia

After breakfast 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 you go on a Hippo&Croc cruise on the lagoon.

Hippo&Croc Cruise

DAY 6Umhlanga

After breakfast you travel south towards Umhlanga, a nice coastal town close to the airport. Spend the afternoon on the beach, or just relax at the guesthouse!


DAY 7 & 8Port St Johns

Long trip today, which offers you the opportunity to see of South Africa’s coastal beauty! Next stop is the Wild Coast. Spend 2 nights at Umngazi River Bungalows, along one of the most beautiful coastal stretches of the country!


DAY 9 & 10Chintsa

Next stop is Cintsa, a popular place for South African locals. Enjoy the scenery!


DAY 11 & 12Addo Elephant Park

You will continue your journey, now to Addo Elephant Park. Spend the next 2 days trying to spot the big 5 in a very different environment from the Kruger, and get up close and personal with the many elephants in this lovely park.

Self Catering chalet

DAY 13 Storms River

Storms River Mouth is a beautiful location on the coast. Enjoy the amazing scenery, go for a walk, a canoe trip or conquer the highest bungy jump in South Africa from the Bloukrans bridge!


DAY 14Knysna

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 15Oudtshoorn

After breakfast, you will continue your journey 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. The famous Cango Caves are also here, definitely worth a visit!


DAY 16Montagu

Follow the scenic Route 62 towards Montagu. One of the prettiest roads in the country, the R62 takes you through some cosy and hospitable little towns. Stop at one of the farm stalls for something to eat, home cooked meals and snacks are plentiful and delicious!

Montagu is a nice town where people are welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere is relaxed, enjoy country life!


DAY 17 - 19Cape Town

Spend the last few days in Cape Town, also known as the Mother City. 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 20Departure

Today it’s the end of your holiday, return the rental vehicle at Cape Town Airport and start your journey back home.



I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single room. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use ZAR and your Bank card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars

Should I pre book Robben Island?

Yes, we recommend to pre book Robben Island (via us our via their website). Time slots are limited.