South Africa Self-drive • 14 Days

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A 14-day self-drive tour discovering the greatest highlights of South Africa through Kruger National Park, the Panorama Route, Kingdom of Eswatini, Ballito, Port Elizabeth, Garden Route, Oudtshoorn, and Cape Town, at your own pace. On this self-drive tour of South Africa, we provide you with your personal rental car, arrange accommodations for you, and recommend sights to see along the road, but it is ultimately up to you how you spend your day.

Highlights of the Tour

  • Panorama Route, Mpumalanga
  • Kruger National Park
  • Kingdom of Eswatini
  • St Lucia, Kwazulu-Natal
  • Ballito, Kwazulu-Natal
  • Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
  • Tsitsikamma Forest, Garden Route
  • Knysna, Garden Route
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Bloukrans River

Accommodation

Day 1

Graskop Hotel (or similar)
Mpumalanga

Day 2 & 3

Casa do Sol (or similar)
Mpumalanga

Day 4

Foresters Arms (or similar)
Mhlambanyatsi, Eswatini

Day 5 & 6

Ghost Mountain Inn (or similar)
Mkuze, Kwazulu-Natal

Day 7

Lidiko Lodge (or similar)
St Lucia, Kwazulu-Natal

Day 8

Riverside Hotel (or similar)
Balito, Kwazulu-Natal

Day 9

The Beach Hotel (or similar)
Port Elizabeth

Day 10

Tsitsikamma Village Inn (or similar)
Garden Route

Days 11 & 12

The Rex Hotel (or similar)
Knysna, Garden Route

Days 13 & 14

La Plume Boutique Guest House (or similar)
Outshoorn, Klein karoo

Included

  • Avis Car Hire, group B (VW Polo Vivo or similar) for the duration of this tour.
  • Collision Damage Waiver, Theft Loss Waiver, Unlimited Kilometres, Claim Admin Fee, Tourism Levy, VAT, Sandblasting Damage, 1 x Additional Driver, Third Party Liability Insurance, Windscreen Damage Waiver, Tyre Damage Waiver, General Liability Insurance, Location Surcharge, Rim and Hubcap Damage, Young Driver Surcharge.
  • Accommodation and daily breakfasts

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance and visas
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, tips etc.
  • Park fees unless stipulated
  • Any meals & drinks not stipulated in the itinerary
  • Fuel, Contract Fee, One Way Drop Off Fees, E-tolls/Toll fees, Delivery & Collection Fees, Traffic Fine Administration Fee, Child Safety Seats, GPS Navigation, Water and Undercarriage damage & Additional Spare Tyre.

Pre-Tour Information

Group Size: Minimum 2

Vehicles

This self-drive safari includes car rental from Avis Car Hire, group B (VW Polo Vivo or similar), with premium insurance cover.

Premium insurance includes: Collision Damage Waiver, Theft Loss Waiver, Unlimited Kilometres, Claim Admin Fee, Tourism Levy, VAT, Sandblasting Damage, 1 x Additional Driver, Third Party Liability Insurance, Windscreen Damage Waiver, Tyre Damage Waiver, General Liability Insurance, Location Surcharge, Rim and Hubcap Damage, Young Driver Surcharge.

Excludes: Fuel, Contract Fee, One Way Drop Off Fees, E-tolls/Toll fees, Delivery & Collection Fees, Traffic Fine Administration Fee, Child Safety Seats, GPS Navigation, Water and Undercarriage damage & Additional Spare Tyre.

Meals

Breakfasts will be in restaurants at the various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Visas

The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit South Africa and Swaziland prior to departure.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with JENMAN African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, please proceed to Avis Car Hire depot to collect your hired car. From Johannesburg you will head east towards Mpumalanga. A landscape characterized by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests. You spend the night in the town of Graskop, a small forestry town. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.
This morning you will start with your scenic drive along the Panorama Route, arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in South Africa. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, and filled with lush vegetation and wildlife. The following day you will have an opportunity to visit the world famous Kruger National Park.
Today you cross the border into the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, led by King Mswati III, and one of the 3 monarchies in Africa. You will explore the traditions and discover the culture of which the Swazis are so proud. En route you will have the opportunity to visit the Ngwena Glass Factory.
Today you will re-enter South Africa via Northern Kwazulu-Natal. Continue to Ghost Mountain Inn, situated at the foot of the legendary Ghost Main in Mkuze. You will have the opportunity to embark on the following optional game activities; open vehicle game drive in the Mkhuze Game Reserve, guided walks, cultural excursions and boat cruises.
Today you will drive to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. This afternoon you will be able to partake in an optional boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary, getting up close to the hippos and crocodiles that inhabit the lake.
Today you will make your way to the coastal city of Durban. Experience some of the many diverse pursuits and visit enchanting locations within easy reach or simply relax on the golden sandy beaches to soak up the African sun.
Fly to Port Elizabeth and continue with Garden Route self-drive. Pick up your rental vehicle and continue to your hotel.
After breakfast, continue your journey along the Garden route, where you can stop and relax at a stunning beach before making your way towards the Tsitsikamma Forest. Explore the coastal bush and rocky shoreline and if you are more adventurous plunge off the world’s highest bungee jump at the Bloukrans River.
Drive along South Africa’s southern coastline, known as the Garden Route. You will experience a scenic drive to Knysna. you may also like to take a trip to the nearby Monkeyland, where you will get taken on a monkey safari in the forest to learn about these fascinating creatures, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. Next door is Birds of Eden, a free flight bird sanctuary, complete with a canopy walk, mysterious ruin and walk behind waterfall. The main attraction is the 220 species of birds that inhabit the aviary. The next day spend the day at leisure.  
After breakfast, drive to Oudtshroon, the ostrich capital of the world. explore the historical Klein Karoo at your own pace and partake in some activities available such as a visit to the show farm to learn about the history and use of these unique birds, as well as their life cycle and how they are farmed or tour the famous Cango Caves – the mysterious limestone formations in the subterranean wonderland.
This morning after breakfast, drive to Cape Town International Airport to drop off your hire car in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you on one of our African adventures again soon.
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