16 Day: Highlights of South Africa Self Drive Holiday

Discover South Africa from the beautiful Cape to Johannesburg on this 16-day Highlights of South Africa Self Drive Holiday. Experience the Cape Winelands and journey to 3 World Heritage Sites. Celebrate various cultures’ success stories, relish the scenery on the Panorama Route and encounter the ‘Big 5’.

Day 1 – DAY OF ARRIVAL – AFTERNOON AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN 

On arrival at Cape Town International airport, you will be met by our friendly team who will handover all your documentation and will walk you to your hired car. They will give you a map and show you the best route.
Lunch is at leisure, and for your own account 
Table Mountain and City afternoon guided tour (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Dinner is at leisure, and for your own account.
Townhouse Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 2 – FULL DAY AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel
Your day is at leisure. Why not explore the Cape Point in a full day guided tour (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Lunch is at leisure, and for your own account 
Dinner is at leisure, and for your own account.
Townhouse Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 3 – CAPE TOWN to STELLENBOSCH via CAPE WINELANDS (±100km| ±1hr 20min)

Breakfast at the hotel
Your day is at leisure. Why not explore the Winelands including Stellenboshc, Franschhoek and the Taalmonument in Paarl, followed by a Wine tasting and lunch at a wine estate (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Dinner is at leisure, and for your own account
Protea Hotel Stellenbosch or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 4 – STELLENBOSCH to OUDTSHOORN via ROUTE 62 (±410km | ±4hrs 30min)

Breakfast at the hotel before heading off along Route 62
Pass through Route 62’s small towns and villages. Why not enjoy a Wine tasting in Robertson before enjoying Lunch and wine tasting at one of the many wines estates en-route (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
In the late afternoon, arrive at the hotel
Dinner is at leisure, and for your own account
De Zeekoe or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 5 – OUDTSHOORN to KNYSNA via CANGO CAVES (±160km)

Breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a day of exploring
Why not explore the world famous Cango Caves. See how Oudtshoorn got its name as the “Feather Capital” of the world by exploring Safari Ostrich Farm and enjoying lunch at the farm. (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Explore the Outeniqua Pass
Stop at Victoria Bay – Wilderness lookout point – Map of Africa 
Scenic drive through Knysna and stop at lookout point – views of Knysna Lagoon and Heads
Dinner is at leisure, and for your own account
The Rex Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 6 – FULL DAY AT LEISURE in KNYSNA

Breakfast at the hotel
Why not go on an Excursion to Featherbed Nature Reserve including lunch (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Visit Tenikwa Wildlife Centre (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Lunch is at leisure, and for your own account 
Dinner is at leisure, and for your own account
The Rex Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 7  – KNYSNA to PORT ALFRED via EASTERN GARDEN ROUTE (±410km)

Early breakfast at the hotel
Take your time exploring Storms River Bridge on the Garden Route (Tsitsikamma) National Park (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Lunch at leisure in Tsitsikamma, and for your own account 
In the late afternoon, arrive at the hotel late afternoon
Dinner at the hotel
The Royal St Andrews Lodge or similar – dinner and breakfast (4-star)

Day 8 – PORT ALFRED to WILD COAST (±300km | ±4hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel, before departing for the Wild Coast
Lunch is at leisure, and for your own account 
Afternoon at leisure
Dinner at the hotel
Trennery’s Hotel or similar – dinner and breakfast (3-star)

Day 9  – FULL DAY AT LEISURE – WILD COAST

Breakfast at the hotel
Your day is at leisure to explore this beautiful area
Lunch is at leisure, and for your own account 
Traditional home visit (optional – own account)
Seafood buffet dinner at the hotel
Trennery’s Hotel or similar – dinner and breakfast (3-star)

Day 10 – WILD COAST to KOKSTAD/HARDING (±380km | ±5hrs 30min) 

Breakfast at the hotel
Mthatha sites – Mandela’s Route (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Lunch is at leisure, and for your own account 
In the late afternoon, arrive at the hotel late afternoon
Dinner at the hotel
Ingeli Forest Resort or similar – dinner and breakfast (4-star)

Day 11  – KOKSTAD/HARDING to ST LUCIA (±460km | ±5hrs)

Early breakfast at the hotel before departing for St Lucia
Lunch is at leisure, and for your own account 
At the end of the day, arrive at the hotel
Dinner is at leisure, and for your own account
Forest Lodge or similar – breakfast (4-star) 

Day 12 – ST LUCIA to SWAZILAND (±335km | ±4hrs) 

Morning game drive in an open safari vehicle and short forest walk in iSimangaliso Wetlands Park (optional – own account)
Return tot he hotel for Breakfast
Boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (optional – own account)
Enter Swaziland at Lavumisa Border (visa, if applicable for own account)
Visit the Candle Factory
Lunch is at leisure, and for your own account 
Arrive at the lodge late afternoon
Dinner is at leisure, and for your own account
Mantenga Lodge or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 13 – SWAZILAND to HAZYVIEW via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±250km| ±5hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel
Enter South Africa at Jeppes Reef Border (Please note you may need a multiple entry visa to SA. It is your responsibility to check your visa requirements, and for your account)
Enter the Kruger National Park at Malelane Gate (optional – own account)
Game viewing in Kruger National Park in a closed vehicle
Lunch is at leisure, and for your own account 
Exit the Kruger National Park at Phabeni Gate
In the late afternoon, arrive at the hotel
Dinner at the hotel
Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – dinner and breakfast (4-star)

Day 14 – FULL DAY IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK 

Early breakfast at the hotel (included)
Enter Kruger National Park   – one of the Highlights of South Africa (optional – own account)
Open safari vehicle guided game drive (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Lunch is at leisure in the Kruger Park, and for your own account 
In the late afternoon, return to the hotel
Dinner at the hotel
Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – dinner and breakfast (4-star)

Day 15 – HAZYVIEW to JOHANNESBURG via PANORAMA ROUTE (±500km | ±6hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel
Your day is at leisure to explore the Panorama Route. Stop at Wonder View, 
Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondawels (optional and a guided tour may be pre-booked – own account)
Lunch is at leisure, and for your own account 
Arrive at the hotel late afternoon
Dinner is at leisure, and for your own account
Protea Hotel Balalaika or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 16 – DAY OF DEPARTURE – Johannesburg

Breakfast at the hotel
Why not make the most of your time and book a guided Soweto Morning Tour (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Drop-off hired vehicle at the airport

We hope you enjoy this 16-day Highlights of South Africa Self Drive Holiday.

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