16 Day South Africa Self Drive Explorer

Discover South Africa from the beautiful Cape to Johannesburg. 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 
Meet & Greet, documentation handover and hired vehicle collection at the airport
Lunch (optional – own account)
Table Mountain and City afternoon guided tour (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Dinner at hotel (optional – own account)
Townhouse Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 2 – FULL DAY AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN
Breakfast at hotel (included)
Cape Point full day guided tour (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Lunch (optional – own account)
Dinner at hotel or in town (optional – own account)
Townhouse Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 3 – CAPE TOWN to STELLENBOSCH via CAPE WINELANDS (±100km| ±1hr 20min)
Breakfast at hotel (included)
Taalmonument in Paarl (optional – own account)
Wine tasting and lunch at a wine estate (optional – own account)
Dinner at hotel (optional – own account)
Protea Hotel Stellenbosch or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 4 – STELLENBOSCH to OUDTSHOORN via ROUTE 62 (±410km | ±4hrs 30min)
Breakfast at hotel (included)
Wine tasting in Robertson (optional – own account)
Pass through Route 62’s small towns and villages
Lunch and wine tasting en-route (optional – own account)
Arrive at hotel late afternoon
Dinner in town or at the hotel (optional – own account)
De Zeekoe or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 5 – OUDTSHOORN to KNYSNA via CANGO CAVES (±160km)
Breakfast at hotel (included)
Cango Caves (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Safari Ostrich Farm (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Lunch at Safari Ostrich Farm (optional – own account)
Outeniqua Pass
Quick stop at Victoria Bay
Wilderness lookout point – Map of Africa (optional and weather permitting – gratuity for own account)
Scenic drive through Knysna and stop at lookout point – views of Knysna Lagoon and Heads
Dinner at hotel or in town (optional – own account)
The Rex Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 6 – FULL DAY AT LEISURE in KNYSNA
Breakfast at hotel (included)
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 (optional – own account)
Dinner at hotel or in town (optional – own account)
The Rex Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 7  – KNYSNA to PORT ALFRED via EASTERN GARDEN ROUTE (±410km)
Early breakfast at hotel (included)
Storms River Bridge in Garden Route (Tsitsikamma) National Park (optional – own account)
Lunch in Tsitsikamma (optional – own account)
Arrive at hotel late afternoon
Dinner at hotel (included)
The Royal St Andrews Lodge or similar – dinner and breakfast (4-star)

Day 8 – PORT ALFRED to WILD COAST (±300km | ±4hrs)
Breakfast at hotel (included)
Lunch en-route (optional – own account)
Afternoon at leisure
Dinner at hotel (included)
Trennery’s Hotel or similar – dinner and breakfast (3-star)

Day 9  – FULL DAY AT LEISURE – WILD COAST
Breakfast at hotel (included)
Full day at leisure – many optional activities available (optional – own account)
Lunch at hotel (optional – own account)
Traditional home visit (optional – own account)
Seafood buffet dinner at hotel (included)
Trennery’s Hotel or similar – dinner and breakfast (3-star)

Day 10 – WILD COAST to KOKSTAD/HARDING (±380km | ±5hrs 30min) 
Breakfast at hotel (included)
Mthatha sites – Mandela’s Route (time permitting)
Lunch en-route (optional – own account)
Arrive at hotel late afternoon
Dinner at hotel (included)
Ingeli Forest Resort or similar – dinner and breakfast (4-star)

Day 11  – KOKSTAD/HARDING to ST LUCIA (±460km | ±5hrs)
Early breakfast at the hotel (included)
Early departure at 07h30
Lunch en-route (optional – own account)
Arrive at hotel late afternoon
Dinner in town (optional – 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)
Breakfast at hotel (included)
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 en-route (optional – own account)
Arrive at the lodge late afternoon
Dinner at lodge (optional – own account)
Mantenga Lodge or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 13 – SWAZILAND to HAZYVIEW via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±250km| ±5hrs)
Breakfast at hotel (included)
Enter South Africa at Jeppes Reef Border (if applicable, multiple entry to SA for own account)
Enter the Kruger National Park at Malelane Gate (optional – own account)
Game viewing in Kruger National Park in a closed vehicle
Lunch in the Kruger National Park (optional – own account)
Exit the Kruger National Park at Phabeni Gate
Arrive at hotel late afternoon
Dinner at hotel (included)
Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – dinner and breakfast (4-star)

Day 14 – FULL DAY IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK 
Early breakfast at hotel (included)
Enter Kruger National Park (optional – own account)
Open safari vehicle guided game drive (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Lunch in the Kruger National Park (optional – own account)
Return to hotel late afternoon
Dinner at hotel (included)
Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – dinner and breakfast (4-star)

Day 15 – HAZYVIEW to JOHANNESBURG via PANORAMA ROUTE (±500km | ±6hrs)
Breakfast at hotel (included)
Wonder View (optional – own account)
Bourke’s Luck Potholes (optional – own account)
Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondawels (optional – own account)
Lunch en-route (optional – own account)
Arrive at the hotel late afternoon
Dinner at the hotel (optional – own account)
Protea Hotel Balalaika or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 16 – DAY OF DEPARTURE – Johannesburg
Breakfast at hotel (included)
Soweto morning guided tour (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Drop-off hired vehicle at the airport

Contact African Sands to find out more about the 16 Day South Africa Self Drive Explorer holiday