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Rhino, Kruger National Park
Johannesburg, South Africa
Misty Mountain Lodge, Long Tom Pass
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
Lions, Kruger National Park
eSwatini
Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa
Aerial View, Coastline, Durban, South Africa
African Elephant, Zambezi River
Tsitsikamma National Park
Cango Caves, near Oudtshoorn
Montagu Pass, Western Cape
Robben Island
Table Mountain National Park

Ultimate South Africa

21 day Self Drive Holiday – from £1579

With flights from £2629

Embark on the ultimate South African road trip from Johannesburg to Kruger, eSwatini and Durban, then along the Garden Route to Cape Town.

Highlights:
  • Go in search of the ‘Big 5’ in Kruger and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi
  • Enjoy cultural experiences in eSwatini and Zululand
  • Marvel at the great herds of Addo Elephant National Park
  • Drive over the Outeniqua Pass and through the Winelands
  • Stay by the V&A Waterfront in the heart of Cape Town

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your South Africa self drive holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what your would like to do.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Day 1 – Johannesburg

Feel the excitement build as your plane touches down at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. Collect…

Feel the excitement build as your plane touches down at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. Collect your choice of hire car and make the short drive to your hotel, where you can relax after your flight or head out to explore the city.

The Apartheid Museum and former prison and fort at Constitution Hill provide a thought provoking insight into South Africa’s past, whilst the Maboneng Precinct, with its collection of galleries and bohemian cafes and bars, points to the country’s dynamic future.

    Protea by Marriott Balalaika

    Breakfast
Johannesburg, South Africa
Misty Mountain Lodge, Long Tom Pass

Day 2 – Long Tom Pass

After breakfast, your great South African road trip begins! From Johannesburg, cross the provincial border into…

After breakfast, your great South African road trip begins! From Johannesburg, cross the provincial border into Mpumalanga and enjoy the ever-changing dramatic scenery of high mountain passes and fertile valleys as you drive towards Long Tom Pass.

Your accommodation tonight is in heavens, a welcoming lodge that sits 1,700 metres above sea level with majestic views across the escarpment and into the lowveld, and not far from the ‘The Long Tom’ field canon monument, after which the pass was named.

    Johannesburg > Long Tom Pass | 320 kms

    Misty Mountain Lodge

    Breakfast
Misty Mountain Lodge, Long Tom Pass
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

Day 3 – Panorama Route

This morning, continue along Long Tom Pass towards Sabie and then onto Graskop, stopping en route…

This morning, continue along Long Tom Pass towards Sabie and then onto Graskop, stopping en route to marvel at Sabie Falls or Mac Mac Falls or taking a short detour to visit the historic gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest.

From Graskop, unbelievable vistas come thick and fast as you drive the Panorama Route, past the geological wonders of God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels, to Blyde River Canyon, the third largest in the world and arguably the most beautiful!

It’s then not too far to Hazyview, your base for the next two nights.

    Long Tom Pass > Panorama Route | 70 kms

    Hippo Hollow

    Breakfast
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
Lions, Kruger National Park

Day 4 – Kruger National Park

Today is dedicated to big game spotting in the world famous Kruger National Park, home to…

Today is dedicated to big game spotting in the world famous Kruger National Park, home to nearly 150 different species of mammal, including lion, leopard and wild dog, and over 500 species of bird.

From Hazyview the Phabeni Gate is just a 20 minute drive or Numbi Gate a 25 minute drive, the later offering sweeping views over the reserve. You can explore Kruger on a self drive safari in your hire car, with an early start recommended, or pre-book a full day game drive led by an experienced guide.

    Hazyview > Kruger National Park (roundtrip) | 28 kms

    Hippo Hollow

    Breakfast
Lions, Kruger National Park
eSwatini

Day 5 – eSwatini

Travel today to the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), one of Africa’s smallest nations, with a…

Travel today to the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), one of Africa’s smallest nations, with a rich culture and welcoming people.

Your hotel is south of the capital Mbabane near the Ezulwini Valley and Mantenga Nature Reserve, which is home to the tumbling Mantenga Falls and a replica 19th century Swazi village, at which you can learn about traditional life and witness a high-kicking Sibhaca dance to the beat of African giant drums.

    Hazyview > eSwatini | 275 kms

    Foresters Arms

    Breakfast and dinner
eSwatini
Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Day 6 to 7 – Hluhluwe-iMfolozi

Traverse the lowvelds of eSwatini, perhaps stopping at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or to go white…

Traverse the lowvelds of eSwatini, perhaps stopping at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or to go white water rafting on the Great Usutu River, before crossing back into the mountainous South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.

You’ll be staying for two nights close to the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park, where you can go game spotting in your own car or opt to join a guided safari with an experienced ranger who will seek out the ‘Big 5’.

    eSwatini > Hluhluwe-iMfolozi | 260 kms

    Ghost Mountain Inn

    Breakfast
Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

Day 8 – St Lucia

This morning, a stop at Lake St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park to join a…

This morning, a stop at Lake St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park to join a wildlife cruise is highly recommended. 80 km long and 23 km at its widest point, the estuarine lake and its shores are home to hippo and Nile crocodile, as well as over 530 species of bird, including fish eagle, white stork and bee eater.

For the rest of the day you may like to enjoy the superb and often deserted beaches of this spectacular stretch of coast. This evening be sure to watch out for hippos wondering through town – a regular site enjoyed by visitors.

    Hluhluwe-iMfolozi > St Lucia | 125 kms

    Elephant Lake

    Breakfast
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa
Aerial View, Coastline, Durban, South Africa

Day 9 to 10 – Durban

From St Lucia, the beaches and cafes of Umhlanga are a popular lunch spot en route…

From St Lucia, the beaches and cafes of Umhlanga are a popular lunch spot en route to Durban, with this part of South Africa enjoying year-round warm weather.

You have two nights in Durban, giving you a full day at leisure. In the city centre, uShaka Marine World combines an impressive aquarium with rollercoasters and waterslides. Durban Botanical Gardens offer a more relaxing avocation, likewise a stroll along the promenades of the Golden Mile.

    St Lucia > Durban | 240 kms

    Garden Court Marine Parade

    Breakfast
Aerial View, Coastline, Durban, South Africa
African Elephant, Zambezi River

Day 11 to 12 – Addo Elephant National Park

Drop your car off this morning at Durban Airport and board your 1.5 hour flight to…

Drop your car off this morning at Durban Airport and board your 1.5 hour flight to Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. On arrival, pick up your new vehicle from the airport and head north to Addo Elephant National Park.

Your two night stay gives you time to explore the reserve; to marvel at the great herds of African bush elephant and spot lion, zebra, cape buffalo and the several species of antelope that live there. You can drive round the park in your own car or pre-book a day safari from your hotel.

    Durban > Addo Elephant National Park | 65 kms

    Elephant House – Stable Cottages 

    Breakfast
African Elephant, Zambezi River
Tsitsikamma National Park

Day 13 to 14 – Tsitsikamma & Knysna

Make your way this morning from Addo to the village of Stormsriver on the N2 highway,…

Make your way this morning from Addo to the village of Stormsriver on the N2 highway, the ‘official’ start/end point of the Garden Route. Here, turn off the main road to visit Tsitsikamma National Park, where ancient forests tumble down rocky cliffs, shaped by the waves of the Indian Ocean. Admire the view or follow a hiking trail to the Tsitsikamma Waterfall or across the suspension bridge over the mouth of Storms River.

Carry on to Knysna this afternoon, perhaps stopping at the upmarket seaside town of Plettenberg Bay to stroll along its beautiful sandy beaches or try to spot southern right whales from the Robberg Peninsula (June to November).

With a free day in Knysna, make sure to take a boat tour across the lagoon to Featherbed Nature Reserve, home to blue duiker antelopes, tortoises and blue cranes. The town itself has plenty of shops, galleries and eateries as well.

    Addo Elephant National Park > Tsitsikamma > Knysna | 250 kms

    Waterfront Lodge

    Breakfast
Tsitsikamma National Park
Cango Caves, near Oudtshoorn

Day 15 to 16 – Oudtshoorn

From Knysna, there is a choice of routes to your lunchtime stop at the town of…

From Knysna, there is a choice of routes to your lunchtime stop at the town of George. The easier N2 highway continues to hug the coast, with the beach on one side and lakes of Wilderness National Park on the other. Alternatively, you can take the winding Seven Passes Road, which crosses seven gorges as it meanders inland then back to the ocean.

Between George and Oudtshoorn, your base for the next two nights, is the spectacular Outeniqua Pass. Take your time as you climb 800 metres into the Outeniqua Mountains, stopping at the various viewpoints to admire the beauty of the Garden Route.

Oudtshoorn is on the edge of the Little Karoo region, with a visit to an ostrich farm almost essential! The impressive Cango Caves are also worth an excursion for a guided tour through the magnificent halls and limestone formations.

    Knysna > Oudtshoorn | 110 kms

    Hlangana Lodge

    Breakfast
Cango Caves, near Oudtshoorn
Montagu Pass, Western Cape

Day 17 – Montagu

The journey along Route 62 to Montagu is simply stunning, with several small farming communities to…

The journey along Route 62 to Montagu is simply stunning, with several small farming communities to visit on the way. Stop at Calitzdorp to pick up a bottle of the town’s famous port wine, admire its sandstone church and historical buildings or take a dip in the nearby hot springs.

Your accommodation tonight is a charming guesthouse with just eight individually decorated rooms, each with a private patio and wonderful view of the beautiful gardens.

    Oudtshoorn > Montagu | 250 kms

    Montagu Vines

    Breakfast
Montagu Pass, Western Cape
Robben Island

Day 18 to 20 – Cape Town

Today marks the last leg of of your journey, that started over two weeks ago in…

Today marks the last leg of of your journey, that started over two weeks ago in Johannesburg! Continue on Route 62 to the town of Worcester, with its fine botanical gardens, before heading through the glorious Winelands to the historic Dutch town of Stellenbosch, and finally onto Cape Town.

After dropping off your car, you have three nights to relax after your adventure, with the restaurants and bars of the V&A Waterfront offering a welcoming atmosphere and cuisine for all tastes. During your time in the Mother City, make sure to take the cable car up Table Mountain and visit its culturally important sites, such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. A day tour to the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins, is also recommended.

    Montagu > Cape Town | 150 kms

    Protea by Marriott Breakwater

    Breakfast
Robben Island
Table Mountain National Park

Day 21 – Farewell from Cape Town

Gaze up at Table Mountain for one last time this morning before heading to Cape Town…

Gaze up at Table Mountain for one last time this morning before heading to Cape Town International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Breakfast
Table Mountain National Park

Your Itinerary

You can customise your South Africa self drive holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what your would like to do.

Day 1

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Johannesburg

Feel the excitement build as your plane touches down at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. Collect your choice of hire car and make the short drive to your hotel, where you can relax after your flight or head out to explore the city.

The Apartheid Museum and former prison and fort at Constitution Hill provide a thought provoking insight into South Africa’s past, whilst the Maboneng Precinct, with its collection of galleries and bohemian cafes and bars, points to the country’s dynamic future.

    Protea by Marriott Balalaika

    Breakfast
Johannesburg, South Africa

Day 2

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Long Tom Pass

After breakfast, your great South African road trip begins! From Johannesburg, cross the provincial border into Mpumalanga and enjoy the ever-changing dramatic scenery of high mountain passes and fertile valleys as you drive towards Long Tom Pass.

Your accommodation tonight is in heavens, a welcoming lodge that sits 1,700 metres above sea level with majestic views across the escarpment and into the lowveld, and not far from the ‘The Long Tom’ field canon monument, after which the pass was named.

    Johannesburg > Long Tom Pass | 320 kms

    Misty Mountain Lodge

    Breakfast
Misty Mountain Lodge, Long Tom Pass

Day 3

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Panorama Route

This morning, continue along Long Tom Pass towards Sabie and then onto Graskop, stopping en route to marvel at Sabie Falls or Mac Mac Falls or taking a short detour to visit the historic gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest.

From Graskop, unbelievable vistas come thick and fast as you drive the Panorama Route, past the geological wonders of God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels, to Blyde River Canyon, the third largest in the world and arguably the most beautiful!

It’s then not too far to Hazyview, your base for the next two nights.

    Long Tom Pass > Panorama Route | 70 kms

    Hippo Hollow

    Breakfast
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

Day 4

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Kruger National Park

Today is dedicated to big game spotting in the world famous Kruger National Park, home to nearly 150 different species of mammal, including lion, leopard and wild dog, and over 500 species of bird.

From Hazyview the Phabeni Gate is just a 20 minute drive or Numbi Gate a 25 minute drive, the later offering sweeping views over the reserve. You can explore Kruger on a self drive safari in your hire car, with an early start recommended, or pre-book a full day game drive led by an experienced guide.

    Hazyview > Kruger National Park (roundtrip) | 28 kms

    Hippo Hollow

    Breakfast
Lions, Kruger National Park

Day 5

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eSwatini

Travel today to the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), one of Africa’s smallest nations, with a rich culture and welcoming people.

Your hotel is south of the capital Mbabane near the Ezulwini Valley and Mantenga Nature Reserve, which is home to the tumbling Mantenga Falls and a replica 19th century Swazi village, at which you can learn about traditional life and witness a high-kicking Sibhaca dance to the beat of African giant drums.

    Hazyview > eSwatini | 275 kms

    Foresters Arms

    Breakfast and dinner
eSwatini

Day 6 to 7

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Hluhluwe-iMfolozi

Traverse the lowvelds of eSwatini, perhaps stopping at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or to go white water rafting on the Great Usutu River, before crossing back into the mountainous South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.

You’ll be staying for two nights close to the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park, where you can go game spotting in your own car or opt to join a guided safari with an experienced ranger who will seek out the ‘Big 5’.

    eSwatini > Hluhluwe-iMfolozi | 260 kms

    Ghost Mountain Inn

    Breakfast
Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Day 8

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St Lucia

This morning, a stop at Lake St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park to join a wildlife cruise is highly recommended. 80 km long and 23 km at its widest point, the estuarine lake and its shores are home to hippo and Nile crocodile, as well as over 530 species of bird, including fish eagle, white stork and bee eater.

For the rest of the day you may like to enjoy the superb and often deserted beaches of this spectacular stretch of coast. This evening be sure to watch out for hippos wondering through town – a regular site enjoyed by visitors.

    Hluhluwe-iMfolozi > St Lucia | 125 kms

    Elephant Lake

    Breakfast
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

Day 9 to 10

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Durban

From St Lucia, the beaches and cafes of Umhlanga are a popular lunch spot en route to Durban, with this part of South Africa enjoying year-round warm weather.

You have two nights in Durban, giving you a full day at leisure. In the city centre, uShaka Marine World combines an impressive aquarium with rollercoasters and waterslides. Durban Botanical Gardens offer a more relaxing avocation, likewise a stroll along the promenades of the Golden Mile.

    St Lucia > Durban | 240 kms

    Garden Court Marine Parade

    Breakfast
Aerial View, Coastline, Durban, South Africa

Day 11 to 12

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Addo Elephant National Park

Drop your car off this morning at Durban Airport and board your 1.5 hour flight to Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. On arrival, pick up your new vehicle from the airport and head north to Addo Elephant National Park.

Your two night stay gives you time to explore the reserve; to marvel at the great herds of African bush elephant and spot lion, zebra, cape buffalo and the several species of antelope that live there. You can drive round the park in your own car or pre-book a day safari from your hotel.

    Durban > Addo Elephant National Park | 65 kms

    Elephant House – Stable Cottages 

    Breakfast
African Elephant, Zambezi River

Day 13 to 14

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Tsitsikamma & Knysna

Make your way this morning from Addo to the village of Stormsriver on the N2 highway, the ‘official’ start/end point of the Garden Route. Here, turn off the main road to visit Tsitsikamma National Park, where ancient forests tumble down rocky cliffs, shaped by the waves of the Indian Ocean. Admire the view or follow a hiking trail to the Tsitsikamma Waterfall or across the suspension bridge over the mouth of Storms River.

Carry on to Knysna this afternoon, perhaps stopping at the upmarket seaside town of Plettenberg Bay to stroll along its beautiful sandy beaches or try to spot southern right whales from the Robberg Peninsula (June to November).

With a free day in Knysna, make sure to take a boat tour across the lagoon to Featherbed Nature Reserve, home to blue duiker antelopes, tortoises and blue cranes. The town itself has plenty of shops, galleries and eateries as well.

    Addo Elephant National Park > Tsitsikamma > Knysna | 250 kms

    Waterfront Lodge

    Breakfast
Tsitsikamma National Park

Day 15 to 16

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Oudtshoorn

From Knysna, there is a choice of routes to your lunchtime stop at the town of George. The easier N2 highway continues to hug the coast, with the beach on one side and lakes of Wilderness National Park on the other. Alternatively, you can take the winding Seven Passes Road, which crosses seven gorges as it meanders inland then back to the ocean.

Between George and Oudtshoorn, your base for the next two nights, is the spectacular Outeniqua Pass. Take your time as you climb 800 metres into the Outeniqua Mountains, stopping at the various viewpoints to admire the beauty of the Garden Route.

Oudtshoorn is on the edge of the Little Karoo region, with a visit to an ostrich farm almost essential! The impressive Cango Caves are also worth an excursion for a guided tour through the magnificent halls and limestone formations.

    Knysna > Oudtshoorn | 110 kms

    Hlangana Lodge

    Breakfast
Cango Caves, near Oudtshoorn

Day 17

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Montagu

The journey along Route 62 to Montagu is simply stunning, with several small farming communities to visit on the way. Stop at Calitzdorp to pick up a bottle of the town’s famous port wine, admire its sandstone church and historical buildings or take a dip in the nearby hot springs.

Your accommodation tonight is a charming guesthouse with just eight individually decorated rooms, each with a private patio and wonderful view of the beautiful gardens.

    Oudtshoorn > Montagu | 250 kms

    Montagu Vines

    Breakfast
Montagu Pass, Western Cape

Day 18 to 20

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Cape Town

Today marks the last leg of of your journey, that started over two weeks ago in Johannesburg! Continue on Route 62 to the town of Worcester, with its fine botanical gardens, before heading through the glorious Winelands to the historic Dutch town of Stellenbosch, and finally onto Cape Town.

After dropping off your car, you have three nights to relax after your adventure, with the restaurants and bars of the V&A Waterfront offering a welcoming atmosphere and cuisine for all tastes. During your time in the Mother City, make sure to take the cable car up Table Mountain and visit its culturally important sites, such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. A day tour to the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins, is also recommended.

    Montagu > Cape Town | 150 kms

    Protea by Marriott Breakwater

    Breakfast
Robben Island

Day 21

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Farewell from Cape Town

Gaze up at Table Mountain for one last time this morning before heading to Cape Town International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Breakfast
Table Mountain National Park

This Self Drive Includes

20 nights hotel accommodation
20 breakfasts, 1 dinner
20 nights car hire, with unlimited kilometers
Comprehensive insurance with nil excess

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Ultimate South Africa

21 day Self Drive Holiday – from £1579

With flights from £2629

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information and availability. Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar standard.

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