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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 1JohannesburgUrban Bistros, Historical Sites, Beautiful Architecture, Musical Rhythms
1 - 3Blyde River CanyonDramatic Rock Formations, Fabulous Panoramic Views, Boat RidesRissington Inn, Chestnut Country Lodge
3 - 5Southern KrugerGame Drives, Game Walks, Rugged LandscapeNkambeni Safari Camp, Umkumbe Safari Lodge
5 - 6EzulwiniBreathtaking Landscape, Rich Cultural Heritage, Abundant River and WaterfallsMantenga Cultural Village, Summerfield Botanical Garden & Exclusive Resort
6 - 8IsimangalisoPristine Beaches, Cultural Encounters, Off-The-Beaten-Path DestinationSt Lucia Wetlands Guest House, Serene Estate Guest House
8 - 9DurbanBeachfront Copacabana Vibes, Contemporary Cosmopolitan Culture, DivingFairlight Beach House, Lalaria Lodge
9 - 11Eastern Cape Game ParksAfrican Big Five, Private Safaris, Close Encounters with WildlifeWoodall Country House & Spa, Kariega River Lodge
11 - 14Garden RouteStunning Landscapes, Tsitsikamma National Park, Long Sandy BeachesKnysna River Club, Villa Afrikana
14 - 15Little KarooMassive Cliffs, Desert Landscapes, Crystal Clear RiversBerluda Farmhouse and Cottages, Rosenhof Country House
15 - 18Cape TownWine Tasting, Contemporary Cosmopolitan Culture, Winelands and Wine FarmsAcorn House, The Three Boutique Hotel

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 1

International Arrival

Pick up your rental car from Johannesburg airport


0 Nights

Discover South Africa’s beating heart! Johannesburg, or Jo’burg’ is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city with great places to eat and interesting sites to visit.

Day 1 - 3

Drive to Blyde River Canyon (5-6 hrs)

Blyde River Canyon

2 Nights

The gateway to Kruger National Park! A small farming town famous for its banana production, Hazyview gets its name from the shimmer during the summer heat.

Included Activities

Explore Blyde River Canyon on your own
Discover the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa, which will take your breath away with its sheer scale and beauty. Dotted with imposing rock formations of the Three Rondavels, cascading waterfalls of Kadishi Tufa, and the gigantic natural potholes of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the landscape offers spectacular views. Set out on one of the many hiking trails, some of them spanning a few days. Alternatively, take a helicopter ride to soak up panoramic sights from the sky. Cruise down the meandering river, stopping along the way to visit picturesque spots, or go river rafting if you are feeling more adventurous. Wildlife enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the hippo trail where you can discover the local flora and fauna and perhaps even chance upon a hippo or two, from a distance of course! (Full Day; Self-Exploring Activity; For self drive guests no transfers included; Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate; Please bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses)

Hotel Options
Rissington Inn – Opt 1
RoomCourtyard Room
MealsFull Board
Day 3 - 5

Drive to Southern Kruger (1-2 hrs)

Southern Kruger

2 Nights

Kruger National Park is the epitome of safari experience in Africa, rich with its lion prides, elephant herds and thousands of other animals, against shifting backdrops of savanna, forests, rivers and mountains.

Included Activities

Umkumbe Safari Lodge: Game Drives, Bush Walks
Search for the Big Five and experience wonderful game drives in the early morning when the animals are particularly active and in the late afternoon when the sun paints incredible colors on the horizon. You can also experience exciting night drives to observe rarely spotted nocturnal wildlife.
Stretch your legs and enjoy exciting bush walks with an experienced guide to discover the small wonders of nature.

Nkambeni Safari Lodge: Sunset Game Drive with Sundowner in Nkambeni Concession
Enjoy a sunset game drive in the Nkambeni Concession next to Kruger National Park. Head across the vast plains as they are bathed in the light of the setting sun. Observe the native flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for any wildlife sightings! Enjoy a wonderful sundowner before your day comes to a close. (Duration: 3 hrs; Time: 1630 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Easy to Moderate.)

Hotel Options
RoomCanvas Chalet
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
RoomStandard Room
MealsFull Board and Activities
Day 5 - 6


1 Night

Explore the last remaining traditional kingdom of Africa! A unique combination of breathtaking landscape and rich cultural heritage, Swaziland is nestled between Mozambique and South Africa.

Included Activities

Explore Ezulwini on your own
Nestled between the Lugogo and Mdzimba mountains, the Ezulwini valley in eSwatini, the former Swaziland offers a plethora of activities to liven up your day. Set off on any one of the walking trails crisscrossing the region, or ride out in a quad bike or even atop a horse to discover a beautiful landscape replete with waterfalls, gorges, and hills. If you are an adventure-seeker, then the Malolotja Nature Reserve is perfect with its canopy tour of zip-wires, bridges, and platforms or go climbing and abseiling. You could go on a cave exploration as well and discover a major granite cave system in the region. If you seeking cultural education, join a guided heritage tour to learn about the indigenous people and their traditional way of life. There are also several souvenir shops in the area that are filled with local knick-knacks. (Full Day; Self Exploring Activity; For Self Drive guests no transfers; Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate depending upon the choice of activity; Please bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses)

Hotel Options
Day 6 - 8

Drive to Isimangaliso (5-7 hrs)


2 Nights

Welcome to a sub-tropical paradise! The name iSimangaliso means ‘miracle’, which aptly describes this unique place.

Included Activities

Explore Isimangaliso on your own
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park in Zululand, South Africa, offers you an untamed wilderness. Based on your preference, choose from among exciting adventures and safaris of varying durations and intensities. Explore the magical bushland by road, foot, bike, or boat during the day or night. Take guided walks or trek along the forest trails to soak up stunning views of the terrain. Go deep-sea fishing or choose a peaceful turtle tour by the pristine sandy beaches where the turtles lay eggs during the summer season. Discover the rich culture and customs of the indigenous Zulu population by opting for a heritage walk. If you want a real African adventure, then go for the hippo or crocodile tour to discover these majestic animals from up close. (Full Day; Self-Exploring Activity; For Self Drive guests no transfers; Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate; Please bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses)

Hotel Options
StyleGuest house
RoomGarden Room
StyleGuest house
Day 8 - 9

Drive to Durban (3-5 hrs)


1 Night

Experience the eclectic! Durban is a sprawling, friendly city with beautiful beaches, often compared to Miami Beach.

Hotel Options
RoomLuxury double
MealsFull Board & Drinks
StyleBeach Resort
Lalaria Lodge – Opt 2
RoomSea View Room
MealsFull Board
Day 9 - 11

Drive to the airport (1 hr)

Drop off your rental car at Durban airport

Flight to Port Elizabeth (1-2 hrs)

Pick up your rental car at Port Elizabeth airport

Drive to Eastern Cape Game Parks - Look forward to an exciting safari in one of the malaria-free parks or reserves in the stunning Cape Region (1-2 hrs)

Eastern Cape Game Parks

2 Nights

Find the Big Five! The Eastern Cape Game Parks around Port Elizabeth are malaria-free safari destinations and are therefore ideal for families.

Included Activities

Kariega River Lodge: Game drives, Bush Walks, River Cruises
Relish from close quarters the sights of African wildlife roaming freely at the Kariega Game Reserve. The game drives, conducted twice daily with knowledgeable rangers who share the mysteries of the African bush, make your experience truly worthwhile. You can view the Big Five as well as giraffes and other smaller animals. Encounter the mesmerizing scenery and birdlife in an early morning cruise down the River Kariega. A guided bush walk through the walking trails of the Reserve gives you a firsthand experience of the African bush while you also get to spot wildlife and a myriad of birdlife in their natural habitat.

Hotel Options
Day 11 - 14

Drive to Garden Route - Explore the ancient forest of Tsitsikamma, take romantic walks on the white beaches of Plettenberg and enjoy the sunset over Knysna Lagoon (4-5 hrs)

Garden Route

3 Nights

Journey the Garden Route! One of the most impressive parts of South Africa, it offers spectacular mountain and sea landscapes with steep cliffs, long sandy beaches, forests and fertile farmland.

Included Activities

Explore Garden Route on your own
Set off at a convenient time to explore the splendid attractions of the famous Garden Route region at your own pace. You could start with a visit to Tsitsikamma National Park with its indigenous flora and fauna, and the Storms River flowing past. Take your pick of activities such as mountain biking, hiking down scenic trails, and bungee jumping. Head to Storms River village for lunch at the charming Marilyn’s 60s Diner where you can savor all-American cuisine as you soak in the retro ambiance. Afterward, enjoy the afternoon soaking in the sun as you lounge on the sand at one of two beautiful beaches by the crystal blue water in Plettenberg Bay. Alternatively, you could spend the day at the oceanside town of Knysna, picnicking by the water and enjoying a unique tour of its township. Follow it up with a trip to Knysna Elephant Park before heading back to your hotel with memories of a lifetime. (Full Day; For guests on self drive: No transfers included. Activity costs, snacks, drinks and entrance fees will have to be paid on site.).

Hotel Options
RoomGarden Chalet
Villa Afrikana – Opt 2
RoomGouna Suite
StyleGuest house
Day 14 - 15

Drive to Little Karoo - Be treated to a wide variety of incredible scenery while choosing the 23,8 km long Swartberg Pass north of Oudtshoorn (2-5 hrs)

Little Karoo

1 Night

Experience spectacular landscapes! The Little Karoo plateau is incredibly varied, with its huge cliffs, desert landscapes, crystal clear rivers and fertile wine-growing regions.

Included Activities

Explore Little Karoo on your own
Northeast of the verdant coastal strip of the Garden Route, over the forested slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains, lies the Little Karoo – a dry area of semi-desert which is one of the more diverse regions in the Western Cape, with gigantic cliffs, desert-like landscapes, crystal clear streams and fertile vineyards. The area is bounded by the Langeberg Mountains to the southwest, and separated from the much more extensive Great Karoo by the Swartberg Mountains to the north. Visit the main highlights close to Oudtshoorn which are the Cango Caves –  one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages – fascinating limestone formations in a wide variety of colours – and the Ostrich Farms where you can visit the hatchery, learn about their behaviour, their physiology, and how they contribute to local arts, crafts and industry. (For guests on self drive; Any meals, beverages,activity costs and entrance fees will be on guest account).

Hotel Options
RoomLuxury Double
StyleFarmhouse / Estancia
RoomStandard Room
Day 15 - 18

Drive to Cape Town - On your way enjoy the wonderfully rugged terrain of the Tradouw Pass as well as mountains, vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture of the winelands (2-5 hrs)

Cape Town

3 Nights

Your African metropolis awaits! With Table Mountain as a breathtaking backdrop, Cape Town is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Included Activities

Explore Cape Town on your own
Enjoy a day visiting Cape Town’s highlights. With your own self-drive vehicle you are at liberty to discover the cosmopolitan city at your own leisure and pace. Whether your interests lie in exploring Cape Town’s natural landscapes, its cultural history and art, or even in its gastronomic scene, the city has it all. Visit the Castle of Good Hope, the Company Gardens, and the Green Market Square. Or ride right up to the iconic Table Mountain with its panoramic view of the city and the coastline spread out beneath. The choice is yours. (Full Day; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable shoes, sunglasses & sun hats. Don’t forget your camera or binoculars. All expenses to be paid directly on site).

Explore Winelands in your own pace
Explore the beautiful wine-producing area in the mountainous towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in the Boland region through a range of activities on your own. Visit the Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch – home to the world’s first bottled Pinotage – and taste fine wines in the tasting room surrounded by breathtaking valley views. Gallop on a horse around nature reserves with stunning forest trails and rivers in the Klein Lanzerac Equestrian Club. Taste the finest Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot wines in Rust en Vrede, and relish classical French cuisine in the cellar, which is a National Monument built in 1785. Pamper yourself with an outdoor garden spa, swim in the farm dam, and take a walk in the sprawling fruit and vegetable garden in Babylonstoren – one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. View the carefully curated South African art collection, and explore the landscaped vineyard and gardens with water features and pools in Delaire Graff. Or hike through rolling hills, valleys and vineyards in Sir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle estate. (Full Day; For self drive guests no transfers included; all costs on guests account.)

Hotel Options
Acorn House – Opt 1
StyleGuest house
RoomStudio Suite

Make your own way to the Cape Town airport and drop off your rental car

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,690 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 5,790 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 18 days / 17 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • The following flights in economy class unless otherwise specified:
    • Durban – Port Elizabeth
  • All activities as indicated:
    • Blyde River Canyon: Explore Blyde River Canyon on your own
    • Southern Kruger: Umkumbe Safari Lodge: Game Drives, Bush Walks
    • Southern Kruger: Nkambeni Safari Lodge: Sunset Game Drive with Sundowner in Nkambeni Concession
    • Ezulwini: Explore Ezulwini on your own
    • Isimangaliso: Explore Isimangaliso on your own
    • Eastern Cape Game Parks: Kariega River Lodge: Game drives, Bush Walks, River Cruises
    • Garden Route: Explore Garden Route on your own
    • Little Karoo: Explore Little Karoo on your own
    • Cape Town: Explore Cape Town on your own
    • Cape Town: Explore Winelands at your own pace
  • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
    • Vehicle Type: Toyota Corolla or similar (Automatic)
    • Unlimited mileage
    • 18 days
    • Pick-up: Johannesburg Airport
    • Drop-off: Durban Airport
    • Pick-up: Port Elizabeth Airport
    • Drop-off: Cape Town Airport
    • A detailed description of your routing
    • GPS navigation system
    • One additional driver
    • Towing charges in the event of mechanical failure
  • For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
    • STLW Super Theft Loss Waiver
    • SCDW Super Collision Damage Waiver
    • TGDW Tyre and Glass Damage Waiver as well as Sand-, Water- and Underbody Damage
    • Third Party Liability Waiver
  • Additionally, our preferred partners offer the following:
    • Transport to the hospital in case of a medical emergency. Guaranteed hospital admission up to 2.000 ZAR, which is to be refunded by the client or the client’s medical air.
    • 24-hour call service for car breakdown or emergency. Repatriation to an appropriate facility in the client’s area of residence following an accident.
  • The general business terms apply
  • Game drives in high quality and well-maintained safari vehicle with professional English-speaking driver-guide. In case the game drives are booked through your lodge/camp, they will be shared with other guests with a maximum of 9 guests per vehicle
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognizable bank institution):
    • 80 ZAR Service/contract fee per rental car booking
    • 2.840 ZAR Deposit for the car
    • 300 ZAR Fine handling fee & fine in case of a speeding ticket
    • 1.070 ZAR One way fee within in South Africa
    • 1.000 ZAR Deposit for the GPS navigation system
    • Towing in case of an accident
    • Parking fees
    • Fuel (Please drop off the car with a full tank. In case fuel needs to be added, the car rental company will charge you the amount for it)
    • Rental car trips do not include any entry fees or expenses for national parks or game reserves.
  • Tips, additional meals, and personal expenses
  • Drinks and meals not specified above: Most of our camps and lodges include a variety of alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks on certain meal plans. Depending on the meal plan you are booked for, it is important to note that imported brands like luxury spirits, wines, and champagne are not included.
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above
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Road Trip: South Africa and eSwatini

18 days $ 3,690 / person

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