Self Drive Holidays

Going down the road less travelled, setting your own pace, changing your travel as per your mood - the sheer joy of not being on a schedule! Snapping away with pictures of the stunning views, stopping at a little restaurant for lunch, taking your time and enjoying your surroundings – a self drive is the perfect way to discover Africa in your own time.

To get the real sense of the beauty of Africa, coupled with a sense of adventure, self drive is an awesome opportunity. Depending on which part of Africa (we can help you select) there is a good infrastructure in terms of roads and facilities to make your road trip an experience to enjoy and remember with your travelling partner. 

We can help you select where you can travel with ease, with routes and maps that suit your wanderlust.  We can arrange a hire car for you, either at the airport or at the hotel of your choice. With a great choice of accommodations to pick from, we will make sure to keep your trip as comfortable as possible, without restricting your freedom to move. You can take the scenic Garden Route  or the action packed family holiday for the kids to learn and enjoy the vast exotic land!

Self Drive Holidays Ideas


Namibia's Desert Delights
17 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £3,295

Namibia's Desert Delights

For an experience like no other and to really get away from it all, make sure you head to Namibia. Explore the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei along with the famous Skeleton Coast, to dropping by and witnessing the spectacle that is the lunar landscape of Damaraland and the wildlife of Etosha. Make sure Namibia is on your bucket list. 

Brief Overview:

  • 1 night Olive Grove Guesthouse
  • 3 nights Kulala Desert Lodge
  • 3 nights Villa Margherita
  • 2 nights Camp Kipwe
  • 3 nights Onguma Bush Camp
  • 2 nights Okonjima Plains Camp
  • 2 overnight flights 

 

Secret South Africa
16 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,275

Secret South Africa

From catching a glimpse of the big five on safari to relaxing in a boutique hideaway, before ending it in the big city of Cape Town, this luxury holiday leaves nothing behind and will create memories to last a life time. And one of the things which South Africa does best is the smaller, more personalised hotel, away from the crowds but close to the action - and this itinerary has been created to showcase such properties.

Brief Overview:

  • 3 nights Amakhala Game Reserve
  • 2 nights Plettenberg Bay
  • 2 nights Knysna
  • 3 nights Stellenbosch
  • 3 nights Cape Town
  • 2 overnight flights
Highlights of South Africa
16 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,945

Highlights of South Africa

When planning a holiday to South Africa, known as ‘a world in one country’, it can sometimes be difficult to choose where to start. This 15-night itinerary provides you with a snapshot of what this amazing country has to offer. Starting with an exciting safari in the Kruger National Park and then embarking on a self-drive tour along the picturesque Garden Route, venturing onwards to explore the winelands of Franschhoek before ending your holiday with a few nights in the vibrant city of Cape Town. 

Brief overview:

  • 2 nights Greater Kruger National Park
  • 3 nights Plettenberg Bay
  • 2 nights Outdshoorn
  • 2 nights Franschhoek
  • 4 nights Cape Town
  • 2 overnight flights
The Very Best of South Africa
14 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £5,190

The Very Best of South Africa

Brief Overview:

  • 2 nights Greater Kruger National Park
  • 1 night Johannesburg
  • 1 night Blue Train
  • 3 nights Cape Town
  • 2 nights Hermanus
  • 2 nights Franschhoek
  • 2 overnight flights
Taste the delights of South Africa
11 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,295

Taste the delights of South Africa

For all those culinary experts, this is the ideal luxury holiday for you. Self-drive your way across South Africa and taste as you go. South Africa has some of the finest cuisines in the world and if you're a foodie, it's a haven. Dine at the chef's table in one of the most exclusive spots in town - La Petite Colombe. You won't want to put your knife and fork down!

Single supplement: £760.00

Brief overview:

  • 3 nights Cape Town
  • 2 nights Franschhoek
  • 3 nights Cederberg
  • 2 overnight flights
The Best of KwaZulu Natal
17 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,975

The Best of KwaZulu Natal

This 16-night itinerary takes you into the heart of South Africa and Kwa-Zulu Natal, self-driving through some of the most spectacular and breath-taking wonders of this beautiful region. The drives are easy, the accommodation so welcoming and activities range from historical tours of the famous battlefields of Rorke’s Drift to exciting game drives in an incredible, game-rich private reserve, not to forget the wide variety of opportunities that await you in the seaside resort town of Umhlanga Rocks.

Brief overview:

  • 3 nights Midlands
  • 3 nights Zululand
  • 4 nights Phinda Game Reserve
  • 4 nights Umhlanga Rocks
  • 2 overnight flights
Secrets Of The Cape & Garden Route
13 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,255

Secrets Of The Cape & Garden Route

This itinerary combines the best parts of the Garden Route with some of the best properties we have on offer. The self-drive element means you will get to see this are of South Africa at your leisure, knowing you will arrive at luxurious accommodation at the end of a day of driving. 

Brief Overview:

  • 3 nights Cape Town
  • 2 nights Stellenbosch
  • 3 nights Plettenberg Bay
  • 2 nights Eastern Cape
  • 2 overnight flights
Explore The Last Word
10 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £1,395

Explore The Last Word

The Last Word properties are South Africa's great hidden gems - small, boutique, and with personalised service and expert local knowledge. Located in the lush countryside in the peaceful Cape Town suburb of Constantia; in the heart of the winelands in South Africa's gourmet centrale Franschhoek; and by the endless, unspoilt beaches of Kommetjie – these three delights combine to offer the great Cape escape.  

South Africa: For All The Family
13 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,390

South Africa: For All The Family

Featuring stays in some of South Africa’s best deluxe family properties, this wonderful itinerary caters for all generations to enjoy the best of South Africa's fun, sun, bush and beach. Starting in the magical City of Cape Town with it’s wide range of activities, you then head out to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve where there is an abundance of things to do for all the family. No visit to South Africa would be complete without an exciting safari, and both day and night game drives in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park will not disappoint. You spend the last couple of nights at the incredible sea-side town of Umhlanga Rocks with its incredible sandy beaches before you head on back to the UK.

Brief Overview:

•    2 nights Cape Town
•    3 nights Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
•    3 nights Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
•    2 nights Umhlanga Rocks
•    2 overnight flights

 

Affordable South Africa
13 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £1,995

Affordable South Africa

A superb value self-drive trip visiting some of South Africa’s major highlights, beating the credit crunch and offering the high life for a low price.

Brief Overview:

  • 2 nights Cape Town
  • 2 nights Franschhoek
  • 2 nights Oudsthoorn
  • 2 nights Plettenberg Bay
  • 2 nights Amakhala Game Reserve
  • 2 overnight flights
Classic South Africa
13 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,395

Classic South Africa

The classic self-drive tour combines the famed wine region and varied attractions of the Cape & Garden Route with the scenery and beaches of KwaZulu-Natal.

Brief Overview:

  • 2 nights Cape Town
  • 2 nights Kommetjie
  • 2 nights Knysna
  • 2 nights Drakensberg Mountains
  • 2 nights Umhlanga Rocks
  • 2 overnight flights
The Grand Namibia Self-Drive
29 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £5,550

The Grand Namibia Self-Drive

Namibia is a wonderful country to explore on a self drive itinerary with little traffic, good roads and some spectacular sights to visit. This comprehensive trip takes you to many of Namibia’s highlights including the stunning Fish River Canyon, the famous huge sand dunes at Sossusvlei, the coastal resort town of Swakopmund and game viewing in rugged Damaraland and Etosha before finishing in the lush game parks of the Caprivi Strip, a complete contrast to the desert scenery you will experience in the rest of the country. 

Tatler Travel Guide Offer - Near & Safari
9 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £3,395

Tatler Travel Guide Offer - Near & Safari

This incredible 8-night itinerary includes stays in some of South Africa’s most luxurious yet relaxed properties. A whole host of experiences await you in this itinerary which takes you through the game-rich greater Kruger National Park, the gourmet capital of South Africa, and the incredible sandy beaches of the South African coastline. 

Brief overview:

  • 2 nights Greater Kruger National Park
  • 2 nights Franschhoek
  • 2 nights Hermanus
  • 2 overnight flights
Ultimate South Africa
15 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,695

Ultimate South Africa

This exciting 15 day itinerary explores the very best that the Cape has to offer. Discover cosmopolitan Cape Town, enjoy word class wines in Franschhoek, scenic drives through the mountains and  whale watching at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. All of this while staying at luxury hotels and small intimate guest houses will ensure you have a truly unforgettable  holiday.  

Brief Overview:

  • 3 nights Kensington Place
  • 2 nights Leeu House
  • 1 night Vineyard Country House
  • 1 night Rosenhof Country House
  • 1 nights Moontide Guest Lodge
  • 2 nights Lairds Lodge
  • 2 nights Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
  • 2 overnight flights
Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari
13 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,650

Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari

This 12 night self-drive itinerary takes you from the vibrant city of Cape Town to South Africa’s Eastern Cape. On your way discover one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, The Garden Route and enjoy whale watching, white sandy beaches, and picturesque towns before ending your incredible journey with an exciting safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape.

Single supplement: £765 .00

Brief overview:

  • 3 nights Cape Town
  • 2 nights Mosaic Lagoon Lodge
  • 2 nights Knysna
  • 3 nights Kichaka Luxury Lodge  
  • 2 overnight flights
The Battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal
9 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,959

The Battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal

An 8 night self-drive journey through the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal with tours of some of the area’s fascinating Anglo-Zulu and Boer War battlefields in the company of expert guides.

Brief Overview:

  • 3 nights Fugitives Drift Lodge
  • 3 nights Spionkop Lodge
  • 2 overnight flights
Explore Etosha National Park & Beyond
14 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £3,335

Explore Etosha National Park & Beyond

Namibia is a great country for self-drive holidays and Etosha National Park can easily be explored in your own vehicle and at your own pace.  Beyond that this itinerary takes you to Okonjima to learn about their carnivore conservation and rehabilitation programme, a private reserve on the edge of Etosha and rugged Damaraland where you may be able to spot desert elephants.  

Brief Overview:

  • 1 night Olive Grove Guesthouse
  • 2 nights Okonjima Plains Camp
  • 2 nights Onguma Tree Top Camp
  • 1 night Okaukuejo Camp
  • 1 night Dolomite Camp
  • 2 nights Damaraland Camp
  • 2 nights Erongo Wilderness Lodge
  • 2 Overnight flights
Ultimate Namibia
17 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £4,895

Ultimate Namibia

Magnificent, magical and mysterious, Namibia should be at the top of any traveller's bucket list. From incredible game viewing in Etosha National Park to the dramatic landscapes of Damaraland, you will discover the very best that this extraordinary Southern Africa country has to offer with our ultimate itinerary.

Brief Overview:

  • 1 night Olive Exclusive
  • 2 nights Okonjima Bush Camp 
  • 2 nights Mushara Outpost
  • 2 nights Ongava Tented Camp 
  • 2 nights Etendeka Mountain Camp 
  • 2 nights Villa Margherita 
  • 2 nights Kulala Desert Lodge 
  • 1 night Olive Exclusive
  • 2 overnight flights
The Cape In Depth
16 Nights | Incl. Fights
From £2,495

The Cape In Depth

South Africa’s Cape region is said by many to be one of the most beautiful areas in the world, with scenery which varies from mighty mountain ranges and vast plains covered in vines, to thrilling cliff-top drives and wild stretches of beach. Experience all of this and more on this exclusive luxury five-star self-drive itinerary, which incorporates the many attractions of Cape Town, the famed wine region towns of Wellington & Franschhoek, and the coastal settlement of Paternoster. Getting under the skin of the Cape, a number of exclusive experiences are included, from wine-tasting and a beach buggy tour, to complimentary room upgrades and access to a Business Class lounge. Those wanting to explore further afield can choose from optional extensions to the Victoria Falls or to a Big 5 safari in the Eastern Cape (please call us for prices and more details on these extensions).

Book before 28th Feb and receive a free helicopter flight over Cape Town


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