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.
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)
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.
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.)
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.
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)
Welcome to a sub-tropical paradise! The name iSimangaliso means ‘miracle’, which aptly describes this unique place.
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)
Find the Big Five! The Eastern Cape Game Parks around Port Elizabeth are malaria-free safari destinations and are therefore ideal for families.
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.
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.
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.).
Experience spectacular landscapes! The Little Karoo plateau is incredibly varied, with its huge cliffs, desert landscapes, crystal clear rivers and fertile wine-growing regions.
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).
Your African metropolis awaits! With Table Mountain as a breathtaking backdrop, Cape Town is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
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.)
Make your own way to the Cape Town airport and drop off your rental car
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.
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)
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
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
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.
Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above