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Discover the sights, sounds and smells of South Africa on this self-drive itinerary, learn about the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, search for the Big 5 and other game on safari, experience the culture of Swaziland and drive the famous Panorama Route.

Duration: 23 days

Holiday Type:
Independent & Tailor-made

Price from:
£4,999 per person

Departure dates:

  • Year round
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Highlights

  • Cape Town
  • Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Camdeboo National Park and the Valley of Desolation
  • Addo Elephant Park
  • The Garden Route
  • Hermanus and the Whale Coast
  • Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands

Route Map

What's Included

  • International flights from London to Johannesburg
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • 2 nights in a 4 star hotel in Johannesburg including breakfast
  • 18 nights pre-booked campsites including power
  • Full day guided Battlefields Tour
  • Nambiti Private Game Reserve – lunch and 3 hour guided Big Five Safari Experience
  • Sani Pass full day tour in the Drakensberg
  • Hippo & Croc Cruise in St Lucia
  • Swaziland Cultural tour
  • Full day Kruger National Park guided Big Five safari game drive includes conservation fees
  • 19 days in a 2 berth motorhome including;
  • Medium Cover Insurance which reduces the insurance excess to R10,000 and the security deposit to R10,000 (payable on collection) – Higher cover is available locally
  • Unlimited mileage, contract fee & credit card fees plus up to 2 drivers
  • Living, kitchen & sleeping equipment, table and chairs
  • Full water tank and gas bottle
  • Emergency motorhome assistance (08:00 – 22:00)

Itinerary

Days 1 - 3: UK to Johannesburg

Fly from the UK to South Africa’s main airport in Johannesburg. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Sandton for 2 nights. The hotel is close to Nelson Mandela Square and the Sandton Shopping Centre and you have time at your leisure or we can arrange optional activities for you such as a tour to the Soweto Township or the Lesedi Cultural Village.

Days 4 - 6: KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields

Distance: 369km (229miles)

Today you’ll be transferred to the motorhome depot where you will collect your motorhome and can start your overland journey as you head southeast to the province of KwaZulu Natal.

KwaZulu-Natal boasts the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa, with Rorke's Drift Battlefield being the most famous. At the Isandlwana Battlefield site white cairns marking the positions of buried British soldiers are scattered across the battlefield, giving a scale to the events that took place here. Nearby is the Cenotaph memorial was built in memory to the many men who died in the First and Second World Wars. The campsite is centrally located, providing an excellent base from which to visit these famous historical monuments.

On day 5 a specialised guide will accompany you on a tour of the battlefields sharing their knowledge and stories of the Anglo-Zulu War including the Battle of Isandlwana and the Battle of Rorke’s Drift site of the epic defence by the small British garrison against seemingly impossible odds.

Day 6 takes you to the Nambiti Private Game Reserve for lunch followed by a 3 hour game drive. Nambiti is the only game reserve in the area with the Big 5 and currently has over 40 other species of game including cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, eland and zebra. The Reserve’s 22,000 acres boasts incredible biodiversity; including savannah, thornveld, riverine bush, acacia trees and extensive grasslands that mirror the plains of central Africa. In addition, the Reserve is completely malaria free, falling far outside the low risk zone.

Days 7 - 9: Southern Drakensberg

Distance: 319km (198miles)

This beautiful part of South Africa offers scenic landscapes and a range of activities that includes visits to Rock Art sites, beautiful hiking trails, fishing, horse riding and so much more. You can explore the area in your motorhome or alternatively guided excursions can also be arranged.

Day 9 includes a guided tour of the Sani Pass. The Sani Pass was once a bridle path which allowed Basotho folk to transport their wool and goods to and from the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho and Kwazulu Natal and today offers visitors the opportunity to experience the adventure of climbing to a height of 2,874 metres above sea level in a 4X4 vehicle and experiencing lunch in Africa’s highest pub.

Day 10: Dolphin Coast

Distance: 256km (159miles)

This morning continue your journey to Ballito, where you’ll spend the night. The area is host to a number of sandy beaches and dolphins are frequently spotted surfing the waves of the Indian Ocean. Based in sub-tropical forest like surroundings, Ballito offers peace and tranquillity and the opportunity to put your feet up and relax.

Days 11 - 12: iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site

Distance: 214km (133miles)

Continue your holiday as you travel to the St Lucia Wetlands region. Cape Vidal is a magnificent coastal holiday destination, set in a sheltered bay in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with shallow pools and rock ledges for snorkelling, unspoiled beaches for walking and self-guided trails around the fascinating wetlands, in the rich coastal forest and on the shores of Lake Bhangazi.

Cape Vidal has the best of both worlds. On one side you can access to the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia, where you can take a guided game drive with the opportunity to see a wide variety of game including antelope, hippos, crocodiles and buffalo. On the other side lies the wonderful Indian Ocean shore line with its startling array of marine animals. On day 12 we have included a guided Hippo & Croc tour, where you can observe Hippo's, Nile Crocodiles and hundreds of bird species in their natural environment.

Days 13 - 14: Umkuze Game Reserve

Distance: 87km (54miles)

Mkuze Game Reserve is situated in Northern Zululand and is renowned for the birdlife that can be found here. The Mkhuze River runs along the northern and eastern borders with fig forests along its banks. Some of the animal species that may be found in the reserve include White and Black Rhino, Leopard, Elephant, Giraffe, Wildebeest and much more. Rare species include Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hyenas and Suni. At Mkuze Game Reserve you can either self-drive and experience the park at your own time and pace or alternatively you can book a guided safari game drive in open vehicles.

Days 15 - 16: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

Distance: 245km (152miles)

Your next destination is Swaziland and the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, where the freedom to explore is unique. Upon your arrival you will receive a detailed map of the reserve to guide you through the park on your search for Mlilwane’s wildlife which is amazingly tolerant, allowing for unparalleled memories and photographic moments. Be on the lookout for zebra, wildebeest, nyala and blesbuck - a daily occurrence in the park.

On day 16 we’ve included a Swaziland cultural tour for you. Learn about the culture and people of Swaziland, take in some of the country’s art and craft attractions and view the local scenery. Your guide will share stories of Swazi history and you’ll also get to see traditional Swazi dancing.

Days 17 - 18: Kruger National Park

Distance: 281km (175miles)

Heading north from Swaziland takes you to South Africa’s main National Park. Stretching over more than two million hectares, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. Owing to its exceptional size, visitors are able to experience fantastic diversity – from changing scenery and ecosystems to an impressive array of animals, plant life and birdlife. The park is home to over 130 mammals and over 500 bird species. You can look forward to viewing the abundant wildlife including the famed Big Five. The diversity sheer density of wildlife makes Kruger National Park an unforgettable and potentially life-changing experience.

Spend two nights at the Marlothi Safari Park which is located 20km from the entrance to Kruger National Park. From Marlothi you can enjoy a morning coffee or an evening sundowner from a nearby viewing point where you are almost guaranteed to see an abundance of wildlife.

On day 18 enjoy an included full day Safari Game Drive in the park as your ranger takes you in search of not only the Big 5 but also the many other mammal species, 507 bird species and 114 reptile species that are found there.

Days 19 - 21: Sabie

Distance: 145km (90miles)

Discover Pilgrims Rest situated on the magnificent Panorama Route. The history of this quaint and delightful village dates back to 1873 when a miner, Alex Patterson, discovered alluvial gold nearby. Interesting historical sites include old church buildings, the Dredzen Shop and House Museum, Joubert Bridge plus the Digging Museum & Gold Panning and the Printing Museum. There is an abundance of gorgeous arts and crafts shops where you can purchase pottery, stained glass, and even custom crockery.

We highly recommend that you take a self-drive tour of the Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon. The route is one of South Africa’s most scenic drives and explores the Mpumalanga highlands and the north-eastern section of the Great Escarpment of the Drakensberg. In these rugged mountains the plateau comes to an abrupt and dramatic halt, falling steeply away into the Lowveld accompanied by incredible views out over the grasslands of Africa. But it is also favoured for the access it provides to one of the province's major scenic draw cards, the Blyde River Canyon.

Stops we suggest are at God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and The Three Rondavels followed by a lunch stop in Hazyview before returning to your campsite in the late afternoon.

Days 22 - 23: Sabie to Johannesburg and the UK

Distance: 393km (244miles)

Drive to OR Tambo International Airport and return your rental vehicle at the Motorhomes Depot in time for your overnight flight home.

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Duration: 23 days

Holiday Type:
Independent & Tailor-made

Price from: £4,999 pp

Departure dates:

  • Year round
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