Cruise around the Cape
Cape Town is a brilliant self-drive destination all on its own, with stunning coastal views at every turn and Table Mountain towering over the backdrop. Feel tiny at the edge of Cape Point, see the comedy penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach and visit the colourful villages scattered around the Cape Peninsula. Just an hour from Cape Town, you’ll find the green valleys of the sweeping Cape Winelands, carpeted in endless vines.
Drive the Garden Route
The Garden Route is one of life’s great road trips. Watch whales from the rocky headlands of Hermanus, stroll around the peaceful lagoon of Knysna, try riding an ostrich a little further inland at Oudsthoorn and trek to hidden waterfalls in the ancient forests of Tsitsikamma. At Plettenberg Bay, you can set out on dolphin-spotting boat trips and further along, you can drive through Addo Elephant National Park to see entire herds gathered around the waterholes in the dusk.
Discover Kruger National Park
Head deep into the African bush, driving into the untamed heart of Kruger National Park. You can sleep in rustic thatched rondavels and set off on self-drive safaris in search of the Big Five. Watch zebra graze in the long grass, antelopes leap between the trees, lions lounge in the shade of acacia trees and elephants cross the rivers in the dusk. Kruger is Africa at its most epic, and exploring it with your own four wheels is something quite extraordinary.
Explore the rugged east
South Africa’s east is a region that promises real adventure, with fewer tourists and endless eye-opening sights. You can stay in traditional beehive huts in Swaziland, follow in the footsteps of Zulu warriors on the rolling battlefields, trek between towering peaks in the Drakensberg and meet the friendly locals living in the St.Lucia Wetlands. At the end of it all, you can stretch out on the sunny beaches surrounding subtropical Durban and let your trip sink in.
A self-drive holiday in South Africa is the perfect way to explore this beautiful country at your own pace. We give you driving tips and our favourite routes.
4 min readRead More - Our guide to self-drive holidays in South Africa