Self Drive Destinations in Southern Africa

Cape Town, the “Mother City” and one of the most beautiful cities of the World is a very popular self-drive destination.

With a world class road infrastructure – well sign posted and tarred roads – this makes sightseeing in Cape Town easy and accessible.

Take a few days to explore all the highlights of this wonderful city  – with not only incredible scenic beauty, but also enjoy the culture and history.

Take a leisurely drive to Cape Point and Cape Point Nature Reserve  and visit the penguins at Boulders Beach !

Spend a morning exploring Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens nestled in the backdrop of Table Mountain

A variety of accommodation is available in Cape Town, all with safe and secure parking for your hire car.

Perhaps extend your self drive holiday with a meander along the Garden Route and ending with a Eastern Cape Safari.

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Self Drive The Garden Route 

The Garden Route is an ideal self-drive destination offering a host of activities for all ages.

From the semi- arid landscape of the Little Karoo to scenic Mountain passes and beautiful coastlines  – The Garden Route offers the independant traveller incredible photographic opportunities, adventure, quaint coastal towns and pristine nature reserves.

Stop off for a night in Oudtshoorn  – Ostrich Country   and perhaps ride an Ostrich.  Meander your way to the coastline and spend time in the seaside towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

With plenty of sightseeing opportunities  – a Self-drive Garden Route is a perfect holiday to combine with a few days in Cape Town.

The roads along the Garden Route are well travelled,  mainly tarred and well sign-posted, with a range of fantastic accommodation from your quaint little guest houses, Eco-hotels in nature reserves and beautiful luxury hotels overlooking the ocean.

Perhaps end your Garden Route adventure with a couple of nights in an Eastern Cape Game Reserve to view the Big Five, dropping off your hire vehicle at Port Elizabeth Airport, in time for your onward flight back home.

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Self Drive Kwa Zulu Natal 

A pristine Sub-tropical area with great weather all year round, this makes Kwa Zulu Natal a wonderful option of a self-drive holiday.

Collect your hire car at Durban King Shaka Airport, and head off to the Anglo-Boer War Battlefields to indulge in some history.

Enjoy the tranquility of the Drakensberg Mountains, with days spent hiking and walking in this Natural World Heritage Site – a photographers dream  !

A Safari awaits you at Phinda Private Game Reserve or head up to St Lucia for your Big Five Safari.

An easy drive takes you to the Dolphin Coast, where you perhaps would enjoy spending a few days at Thonga Beach Lodge or Kosi Forest Lodge – one of the few untouched pristine coastlines in South Africa

Kwa Zulu Natal is easily accessible from Johannesburg or via the Kruger National Park

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Self Drive The Kruger National Park & Mpumulanga

Spend time in the picturesque Panoramic Route,  taking in sights such as Bourke Luck Potholes and The Blyde River Canyon.   With rugged Mountain Rangers and natural wonders, The Panoramic Route remains one of the most beautiful self drive destinations.

An easy drive from Johannesburg takes you into this scenic area of Mpumulanga.

After spending a couple of nights enjoying the Panoramic Route,  a short drive will take you to the Kruger National Park, where you will enjoy your African Safari.

You can either spend time in the South African National Parks accommodation in the Park itself, waking up early each day to enjoy game viewing from the safety of your hire car, or perhaps you would prefer to spend time in one of the Private Game Lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park.

At these private game lodges although you will not be using your hire vehicle for game drives, you still have the flexibility of knowing you can enjoy a side trip in the area – perhaps an adventure activity in the area !
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Self Drive in Namibia

Nambia is a vast and beautiful country, full of contrasts – from awe inspiring vast sand dunes in Sossusvlei to amazing Game Viewing in Etosha.

Due to the vastness of this country, the travelling distances are greater than in South Africa, and we recommend a leisurely trip to enjoy Namibia to it’s fullest.

Namibia cannot be done in a rush – you need a few days in each area to absorb the beauty and all that Namibia has to offer the self-drive traveller.

Take time to fit in a visit to Damaraland  – possibly the most pristine wilderness areas in Namibia.  Boasting panoramic vistas of stark plains, ancient valleys and  the soaring inselberg of the Brandberg Mountains – a worthwhile inclusion in your self-drive itinerary.