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Summary of this Budget Safari Package

This small group tour of South Africa begins with a safari in the world-famous Kruger National Park, home to the Big 5 of Africa, as well as many other wildlife species and prolific birdlife. We go wildlife viewing here in an open safari vehicle, which offers ideal viewing and is great for photo opportunities.

Moving on to the Kingdom of Swaziland, we explore the surrounds of Mbabane, the capital of the country and learn more about the Swazi culture and traditions on visits to the market and traditional villages.

Back in South Africa, we travel to the coast and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean at St Lucia, part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where we enjoy some of the many optional activities on offer here. This diverse area offers deep-sea fishing tours, horse-riding, cruises on the St Lucia estuary and much more or you may want to just chill on the beach at Cape Vidal.

From here we travel along the coast to Durban where our Kruger to Swaziland & Durban South Africa Camping Safari ends.

Itinerary for this Tour Highlights:
  • Wildlife viewing in Kruger National Park
  • Visit Swaziland, steeped in tradition and culture.
  • Marvel at St Lucia Lake, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Enjoy some adventure activities in St Lucia.
  • Travel through the scenic South Eastern section of South Africa and scenic Swaziland
Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park, South Africa

Leaving Johannesburg behind we travel, in our comfortable microbus, through the scenic Lowveld en-route to Kruger National Park. We pause on our journey so guests may enjoy brunch (own account) before continuing to our campsite near Kruger National Park.

The early afternoon is spent settling in at our camp, enjoying some relaxation around the pool before embarking on a sunset wildlife viewing drive in the African bush, going in search of the abundant wildlife inhabiting this expansive park.

Our open vehicle is ideal for spotting the wildlife, which in the late afternoon is taking refreshment at the waterholes before settling for the night. We break our search to enjoy sundowners as we watch, what will undoubtedly be, a spectacular African sunset.

Heading back to our lodge for a welcome dinner we keep an eye out for the nocturnal animals, particularly the elusive leopard, as they emerge from their daily rest to go in search of their dinner.

Our evening is spent around the campfire, in safari style, chatting with our fellow travellers.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Travel: 340 km
Day 2: Kruger National Park, South Africa

We have a full day of wildlife viewing today in an open safari vehicle with a local, knowledgable guide travelling mostly around the Skukuza area of Kruger National Park.

Your experienced guide is extremely knowledgeable and will interpret the bush and explain the animal's behaviour, enhancing your wildlife experience.

Although not guaranteed, there is every chance of sighting the Big 5 and much more including exceptional birdlife.

Lunch is taken at one of the rest camps in the park for the guests' own account.

Back at our camp, there is time to freshen up and relax before enjoying dinner and an evening around the campfire under unpolluted, starry skies.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 3: Kruger National Park to Swaziland 

Today we leave Kruger National Park and journey south to the border of Swaziland (recently re-named Eswatini) and Jeppes Reef where we enter the country.

This tiny landlocked country, one of the smallest in Africa, has diverse landscapes ranging from the mountains along the Mozambican border to savannas in the east and rain forest in the northwest.

We camp at a site overlooking Maguga Dam, constructed as a joint venture between South Africa and Komati Basin Water Authority.

This is an ideal pit stop between Kruger Park and Mbabane and we spend tonight camping on a site overlooking the dam. We have a free afternoon so a boat trip on the dam is an option or just relax at camp.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Travel: 220 km
Day 4: Swaziland

Swaziland has a rich cultural heritage reflected in their annual ceremonies, which include music, food, architecture, religion and kinship.

The most important cultural event is the incwala ceremony held in December. As well as celebrating the harvest it celebrates the King too.

If there is no king, there is no incwala ceremony and it's high treason to hold a celebration when there is no king.

We spend the day exploring, visiting the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory, where beautiful glassware and animals are created from recycled glass in the age-old tradition of glassblowing. We spend time visiting the traditional villages and the market near the capital city of Mbabane, where many colourful mementoes of your tour are available to purchase.

Lunch is for guests' own account at the local market.

After an interesting, informative and colourful day, we return to Maguga Dam campsite for a second night.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 5: Swaziland to St Lucia, South Africa

On Day 5 we travel from Maguga Dam, through Mbabane and to the border where we cross back into South Africa. Continuing south through Pongola Game Reserve and the Hluhluwe Park to St Lucia, situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Lake St Lucia, the heart of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is the focal point of this UNESCO World Heritage Listing. At 80 km long and 23 km at its widest point, Lake St Lucia is home to more than 50% of all birdlife in KZN, which feed, roost and nest in this estuary.

More than 2180 species of flowering plants have been documented here and it is home to many species of antelope such as waterbuck, reedbuck, kudu, nyala, impala and duiker.

Truly another of South Africa's treasures, St Lucia earns its keep over and over providing livestock grazing on the floodplain, a harvest of raw materials and creating jobs and income from the annual 510 000 tourists who visit this area each year.

We spend the night in a lodge and prepare for a day full of exploration and activities tomorrow.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Travel: 400 km
Day 6: St Lucia, South Africa

Today guests have the whole day free to enjoy some of the optional exciting activities (own expense) available in St Lucia.

It's a smorgasbord from whale watching, deep sea fishing, a full day of wildlife viewing in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, a boat cruise or a full day trip to Cape Vidal - a coastal nature reserve and an ideal location for swimming, snorkelling and other water activities. Try horse riding, a turtle tour, kayaking, scuba diving - there is surely something for everyone.

Lunch (own expense) is at one of the local restaurants.

This evening our guide prepares a traditional South African meal for us at the lodge.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 7: St Lucia to Durban, South Africa

We breakfast this morning at our lodge and then prepare for the short journey to Durban, travelling along the coast of the warm Indian Ocean.

Arriving in Durban our South Africa and Swaziland safari ends as we say goodbye to our fellow travellers.

Please note that there is an option (at own expense) to take the shuttle back to Johannesburg.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Travel: 250 km
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Summary of this Self Drive Tour

Experience the wonders of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape regions at your leisure on this Drakensberg & Port Elizabeth Self Drive Tour. Embark on an independent self drive holiday to explore the delights of South Africa from Durban to Port Elizabeth.

Highlights on this self drive trip include the striking natural scenery of Drakensberg mountain range, the spectacular Durban coastline, the untouched beauty of the seaside village of Chintsa in the Eastern Cape, the Addo Elephant Park and the hidden secrets of Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s ‘friendly city’.

We will provide all accommodation and rental car bookings – and offer our expert recommendations for the best attractions along the way – but of course, you are entirely free to plan each day of your self drive journey, as you prefer.

Itinerary for this Tour Please Note: This self drive tour package is merely a sample itinerary that can be tailored for your self drive holiday in South Africa.

Self Drive Tour Highlights
  • Durban: Begin in the coastal city blessed with beautiful, sun-drenched beaches and balmy Indian Ocean waters.
  • Drakensberg Mountains: Experience incredible vistas across an untouched mountain range stretching several hundred kilometres.
  • Chintsa East: Stopover in this picturesque seaside hamlet and revel in its deserted empty beaches, vast undulating sand dunes and coastal bush.
  • Addo Park: View elephants and other game in South Africa’s third largest national park (optional).
  • Port Elizabeth: Discover the hidden treasures and welcoming atmosphere of South Africa’s ‘friendly city’.
Day 1: Durban – South Africa

This self drive tour of South Africa starts in the coastal city of Durban, one of the most popular seaside holiday destinations in the country.

Once you have arrived at King Shaka International Airport, pick up your rental vehicle at the Avis Car Hire Depot, then enjoy the city at your leisure. Visit any of the myriad exciting activities around the city, or make your way to one of Durban’s stunning golden sand beaches, where you can enjoy some dolphin spotting or just relax under the tropical African sun.

  • Accommodation: Riverside Hotel (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 2 & 3: Drakensberg Mountains – South Africa

Head inland for an incredible two nights in the Drakensberg, a World Heritage Site renowned for its rocky clifftop crags, untamed indigenous forests and fresh mountain streams. Also known by its Zulu name ‘uKhahlamba’ (‘Barrier of Spears’), the Drakensberg is South Africa’s largest mountain range. Topping out at 3,482 metres at its highest point and stretching for almost 1000 kilometres, the ‘Berg offering the visitor a wide array of exceptional landscapes to explore and enjoy.

  • Accommodation: Drakensberg Garden (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (x2)

Day 4 & 5: Chintsa – South Africa 

Leaving the majestic mountains of KwaZulu-Natal it's time for the beach holiday part of your trip. Drive from the undulating highlands of the Drakensberg Mountains, through to the perfectly picturesque pastoral scenery of the Eastern Cape, for an overnight stay in the village of Chintsa, on South Africa’s rugged Wild Coast. Often described as a little slice of paradise, this secluded seaside hamlet features a river, quiet lagoon, long, wide and often deserted beaches, overlooked by towering dunes and wild coastal scrub. Here you can choose to participate in a variety of activities or you may choose to simply enjoy its beautiful beach.

  • Accommodation: Crawfords Beach Lodge (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (x2)

Day 6 & 7: Addo Elephant Park – South Africa

Next up, the game viewing highlight of your self drive tour - Addo Elephant National Park. Setting an international example as a wildlife conservation park, Addo offers visitors a unique game viewing experience. While best known for its elephants, the 4.3-square-kilometre park is also home to a wide array of wild animals, including lion, leopard, buffalo and black rhino. Traverse the park at your own pace in your hired vehicle – or continue your quest to see the Big 5 in our optional open vehicle game drive on your second day here.

  • Accommodation: Zuurberg Mountain Inn (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (x2)

Day 8: Port Elizabeth – South Africa

A few hours from Chintsa is one of South Africa’s largest cities, Port Elizabeth or PE, which is widely regarding as its most welcoming – hence its title ‘the friendly city’. Located in the nub of the vast Nelson Mandela Bay, PE is home to a selection of attractions and activities, as well as several great beaches. Whether you spend the last afternoon of your South Africa self-drive tour at the seaside or exploring the charms of PE is entirely up to you.

  • Accommodation: The Beach Hotel (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Port Elizabeth – South Africa (End of Tour)

Following breakfast, you will depart for Port Elizabeth Airport to return your rental vehicle in time for your outbound flight bringing your self drive holiday to a close.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Departure Tour Information

Please take note of the following travel stipulations and requirements:

Tour Transport

Your South African self-drive safari encompasses vehicle rental of a VW Polo Vivo or similar (Avis Car Hire Group B). This includes Premium Insurance, which covers collision damage and theft waiver, as well as personal accident insurance, unlimited mileage, a location surcharge, third party and general public liability insurance.

It also includes a VAT and claim administration fee and a tourism levy, plus windscreen damage and repair, water, sandblasting and undercarriage damage as well as rim, tyre and hubcap damage.

It does not include your fuel or a refundable rental deposit, the contract fee for your vehicle rental, charges for a one-way drop off, delivery and collection fees, fees for the administration of any traffic fines you may incur, nor the cost of an additional driver, GPS navigation or a child safety seat should you require these. Additional spare tyre rental and deposit are also excluded.

Self Drive Tour Accommodation

We utilise mid-market or standard African lodge accommodation on this self drive tour package. These will be a variety of lodge types, which will come with en-suite bathrooms. Some also feature restaurants, bars and entertainment areas and swimming pools.

Tour Meals

Breakfast will be available in the restaurants or dining areas of the accommodation establishments. If you have any special dietary requirements, please notify us ahead of time.

Tourist Visas

It is your responsibility as the client to ensure you have applied for and received in good order any visas you may require to legally enter South Africa before your departure date.

Travel Insurance

Kindly note that travel and cancellation insurance is a mandatory requirement for all of our guests and obtaining this insurance is your sole responsibility. You must ensure that you arrange insurance with protection for the entirety of your self drive trip covering personal injury, damage and loss of personal items, such as but not limited to cameras and other electronic items and accessories, loss or theft of luggage, medical costs, repatriation costs, etcetera. For more information see our Travel Insurance guide or talk to one of our travel experts for assistance with obtaining suitable travel insurance.

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Summary of this Budget Safari Package

Experience the vast and otherworldly splendour of Namibia in your own time on this Namibia Self Drive Tour.

Following our recommended self drive itinerary will reveal a slice of the natural wonders of this incredible country over almost two weeks. Enjoy the unique ambience of the capital city Windhoek and other highlights, including game viewing in the immense Etosha National Park and Okonjima Nature Reserve. Travel to the striking Damaraland mountain region, the charming Germanic coastal town of Swakopmund and the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert - a spectacular sight best viewed at sunrise or sunset.

Take the hassle out of planning your holiday to Namibia with this self drive tour which includes accommodation, breakfasts, car hire and a recommended itinerary mapped out with optional activities to make your trip a once in a lifetime experience in Africa.

Itinerary for this Tour Please Note: This self drive tour itinerary is merely a sample. We can tailor-make your Namibia self drive holiday to suit your needs. Self Drive Tour Highlights
  • Windhoek: Begin your journey in the Namibian capital.
  • Etosha Pan National Park: Enjoy a full day game drive in one of the world’s most famous wildlife parks.
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve: Stay on a nature reserve renowned for its conservation projects with carnivorous African predators, including cheetahs.
  • Damaraland: Visit one of Namibia’s most beautiful mountain areas, inhabited by the vibrant Damara people.
  • Swakopmund: Enjoy miles of empty Atlantic beaches and the unique architecture and culture of this Germanic coastal Namibian town.
  • Sossusvlei: Marvel at the world’s highest sand dunes and visit the rugged Sesreim Canyon.

Day 1: Windhoek – Namibia

Your self drive holiday adventure begins and ends in the capital of Namibia, Windhoek.

Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, pick up your rental vehicle at the Avis Car Hire Depot, then drive to your accommodation and begin your exploration of this small but fascinating African city. You can start your trip with a visit to some of the historical and cultural highlights of Windhoek followed by dinner at one of the excellent local restaurants.

  • Accommodation: Vondelhof Guest House (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 2: Windhoek to Okonjima Game Reserve – Namibia

Following breakfast, drive north from Windhoek to the first stop on your itinerary, Okonjima Game Reserve in the Otjozondjupa region. Situated in the Omboroko Mountains (loosely translated as ‘place of the baboons’), Okonjima features the Cheetah Project, which you may choose to visit to learn more about these endangered predators of the African plains.

  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp (rooms with en-suite bathrooms) or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 - 5: Okonjima Reserve to Etosha National Park – Namibia

The next destination on your self drive safari is one of the crown treasures of Namibia, the Etosha National Park. Declared a national park more than 110 years ago, Etosha is home to hundreds of animal, reptile and bird species (and, surprisingly, one fish species). With your accommodation based just outside the park, you will be eligible to join several optional game drives. Etosha resorts also feature waterholes with floodlights, enabling excellent night time game viewing.

  • Travel: Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: Etosha Okaukeujo with Waterhole chalet double rooms or single rooms (with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast (x3)

Day 6: Etosha National Park to Omaruru – Namibia

Depart Etosha bound for Kamanjab, to experience a village populated by the local Himba tribe. You’ll be fascinated by their lifestyle, traditions and beliefs, including a milking ceremony, smoke bath, and herbal medicine around the holy fire. Overnight in the nearby town of Omaruru, which was once a mission station but has now evolved into a hub for local artists, crafts and other artisanal industries.

  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: Omaruru Guesthouse (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant or swimming pools) or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Days 7 & 8: Omaruru to Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund – Namibia

Spitzkoppe is a highly distinctive, curved granite mountain range jutting skyward from the Namib Desert, where you can hike among its massive boulders to view engravings and paintings by ancient Bushmen. Then continue your self drive to the Namibian coastline and the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund, known for its distinctive Germanic architecture and ambience. Here you can participate in several optional activities* or enjoy the promenade and Atlantic Ocean beaches and enjoy a typical Namibian evening meal at one of the town’s many great restaurants (not included).

  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: The Stiltz (standard bungalows with en-suite bathrooms) or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast (x2)

The following are some of the most popular activities on offer in Swakopmund (optional). Please note that booking ahead to avoid disappointment is highly recommended. All rates are quoted in South African rand and apply per person. All activities may require a minimum amount of individuals, are subject to availability and may not operate at certain times of the year. Please contact us for more information. Should you wish to take part in an activity not listed below, we will happily assist you with reservations and rates.

  • Living Desert Tour
  • Township Tour
  • Sandboarding (lie down or stand up)
  • Sky Diving
  • Quad biking (2 hours)
  • Kayaking
  • Tandem Shore fishing
  • Boat fishing
  • Dolphin, Seal and Whale Cruise

Days 9 & 10: Swakopmund to Sossusvlei – Namibia

A bright and early breakfast followed by a trip from Swakopmund through the fishing town of Walvis Bay sees you arrive in Namib Naukluft National Park, considered to be the oldest desert in the world. On the way, you may not be able to resist a stop at the small village of Solitaire for a slice of their legendary apple crumble (only ever served without cream). Later that day embark on the African cat walk at your lodge and then wake up early the next morning (highly advised to catch the best light) to view the incredible dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, the highest of their kind in the world. At 300 metres or more, these provide spectacular photo opportunities, making for amazing images, especially if there is water in the vlei itself. A stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, carved several million years ago by the Tsauchab River, is also highly recommended.

  • Travel: Departure – 07h00 / Distance – 400 km
  • Accommodation: Sossus Dune Lodge (standard bungalows with en-suite bathrooms) or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast (x2)

Day 11: Sossusvlei to Windhoek – Namibia

Depart the giant dunes of Sossusvlei and drive back through the deserts and haunting landscapes of Namibia to the capital Windhoek. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the city, and round off your self drive tour with dinner in one of its popular restaurants.

  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 360 km
  • Accommodation: Vondelhof Guest House (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Windhoek (End of Tour)

Following breakfast this morning you will depart for Windhoek International Airport to return your rental vehicle in time for your outbound flight. 

  • Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Departure Information

Please take note of the following self drive travel stipulations and requirements:

Tour Transport

Your South African self-drive safari encompasses vehicle rental of a VW Polo Vivo or similar (Avis Car Hire Group B). This includes Premium Insurance, which covers theft and collision damage waiver, theft loss waiver, unlimited kilometres, claim admin fee, tourism levy, VAT, sandblasting damage, personal accident insurance, one additional driver, third party liability insurance, windscreen damage waiver, tyre damage waiver, general liability insurance, location surcharge, undercarriage damage*, rim and hubcap damage.

This insurance does not include fuel, refundable rental deposit, environment contract fee, one-way drop off charges and equipment charges, delivery and collection fees, traffic fine administration fee, child safety seats, GPS navigation, additional spare tyre rental or deposit.

Please note: We do not recommend you drive Group B vehicles on the dirt and gravel roads of Namibia as their poor condition may damage the rental car.

Self Drive Tour Accommodation

We utilise mid-market or standard African lodge accommodation. These will be a variety of lodge types, chalets or tented camps in national parks, either on the riverside or in other interesting locations. Most feature a private bathroom with a shower and toilet and some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Tour Meals

Breakfast will be available in the restaurants or dining areas of these establishments. If you have any special dietary requirements, please notify us ahead of time.

Tourist Visas

It is your responsibility as the client to ensure you have applied for and received in good order any visas you may require to legally enter Namibia before your departure date.

Travel Insurance

Kindly note that travel and cancellation insurance is a mandatory requirement for all of our guests and obtaining this insurance is your sole responsibility. You must ensure that you arrange insurance with protection for the entirety of your trip covering personal injury, damage and loss of personal items, such as but not limited to cameras and other electronic items and accessories, loss or theft of luggage, medical costs, repatriation costs, etcetera. For more information see our Travel Insurance guide or talk to one of our travel experts for assistance with obtaining suitable travel insurance.

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Summary of this Budget Safari Package

On this self drive tour you get to experience the splendour of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe at your own leisure. Follow our recommended self drive itinerary to discover the natural wonders of the landscapes and unique flora, fauna and culture of these three incredible countries over almost two weeks. Visit several game reserves, including Etosha and Chobe national parks to see Africa's animals in the wild. Spend an afternoon with a local tribe and embark on sunset cruises along the Okavango, Chobe and Zambezi rivers to soak up the magic of the African bush.

This self drive holiday package includes all accommodation and rental car bookings. We also offer our expert recommendations for the best attractions along the way unless you prefer to plan each day of your Southern Africa trip as you wish.

Itinerary for this Tour Please Note: This self drive tour itinerary is merely a sample. We can customise your self drive holiday to Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls, tailor-making a budget trip for you. Self Drive Tour Highlights
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve: Stay on a nature reserve renowned for its conservation projects with carnivorous African predators, including cheetahs.
  • Etosha National Park: Enjoy full-day game drives in one of the world’s most famous wildlife parks.
  • Rundu: Experience the Mbunza Living Museum, home of the Kavango people, a traditional cultural school and communal farming project (optional).
  • Caprivi Strip: Watch wildlife in Mahangu National Park in the scenic western Caprivi region.
  • Chobe Park: Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe river of Botswana.
  • Victoria Falls: Opt to take the 'Tour of the Falls' sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River and visit Vic Falls.

Day 1: Windhoek – Namibia

This self drive tour of Namibia, Botswana and Vic Falls, kicks off in the historical Namibian city of Windhoek.

Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, collect your rental vehicle at the Avis Car Hire Depot, then drive to your accommodation and relax, or explore this small but fascinating African capital city.

  • Accommodation: Vondelhof Guest House (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 2: Windhoek to Okonjima Game Reserve – Namibia

Hit the road on day two of your Windhoek to Victoria Falls self drive holiday. Following breakfast, you drive north from Windhoek to the first stop on your itinerary, Okonjima Game Reserve in the Otjozondjupa region. Situated in the Omboroko Mountains (loosely translated as ‘place of the baboons’), Okonjima features the Cheetah Project, which you may choose to visit in the afternoon to learn more about these endangered predators of the African plains.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp (rooms with en-suite bathrooms) or similar.

Day 3 - 5: Okonjima Game Reserve to Etosha National Park – Namibia

The next destination on your two-week self drive trip is one of Namibia’s treasures, the Etosha National Park. Declared a national park more than 110 years ago, Etosha is home to hundreds of animal, reptile and bird species (and, surprisingly, one fish species). With your accommodation based just outside the park, you will be eligible to join several optional game drives, on which you will hopefully sight a variety of wildlife. Etosha resorts also feature waterholes with floodlights, enabling excellent night time game viewing.

  • Meals: Breakfast (x3)
  • Travel: Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: Etosha Okaukeujo Camp - waterhole chalet double rooms or single rooms (with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 6: Etosha National Park to Rundu – Namibia

Continue further north to the small town of Rundu, where you can explore the Mbunza National Museum, and see the tribal home of the Kavango people, who survive by fishing, farming crops and tending livestock. This stop also includes an optional visit to a traditional cultural school and communal farming project. Following this enlightening experience of indigenous Namibian culture, you will then set out for your accommodation for the night, where you will be able to relax at the pool while sipping a sundowner, as the soothing sounds of nature echo around you.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 561 km
  • Accommodation: Hakusembe River Lodge (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 7 & 8: Rundu to Caprivi Region – Namibia

Travel east from Rundu in the morning to the Caprivi region, where your home for the next two nights, the Nunda River Lodge, is situated on the bank of the Okavango. Enjoy a tranquil sunset cruise to the tumbling Popa Falls before you retreat to your room for a well deserved and restful night’s sleep.

  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 207 km
  • Accommodation: Nunda River Lodge (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 9: Mahangu National Park – Namibia

This morning your self drive safari takes you along the meandering Okavango river to Mahangu (meaning ‘food of the local people’), home to the Greater Bwabwata National Park. This game park stretches from the Kwando river in the east to the Kavango river in the west and encompasses the Mahangu Game Reserve. From here you will embark on a morning game drive, on which you are likely to spot elephant, roan, kudu, and buffalo, among others, as well as a myriad of bird species. You will then be able to relax for the rest of the afternoon in this spectacular setting.

  • Travel: Departure – 07h00 / Distance – 199 km
  • Accommodation: Camp Kwando (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar, and restaurant), or similar.

Day 10 & 11: Mahangu National Park to Chobe National Park – Botswana

Drive north from Mahangu towards Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park in Botswana. This is the second largest park in the landlocked southern African country. Spread across more than 10,500 square kilometres, Chobe is home to one of the greatest concentrations of elephant in Africa. Shake off your drive to Chobe by joining one of several optional activities or relax next to the swimming pool.

The following morning you will be able to undertake an optional game drive, where you are almost guaranteed to get up close to several game species and will hopefully see large predators. Later the same day you will embark on a memorable cruise down the Chobe river to view animals from the boat and witness the sun setting spectacularly over the river.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (x2)
  • Travel: Departure – 07h00 / Distance – 229 km
  • Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant), or similar.

Day 12: Chobe to Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

On your penultimate day, you will cross the border from Botswana to Zimbabwe, bound for the mighty Victoria Falls. On arrival, you can spend the remainder of the day relaxing or choose from a wide selection of activities, including a tour (at your own expense) of the Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya or ‘the smoke that thunders’. Later that afternoon, you will embark on the final experience of your tour, a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi, an experience you will never forget.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe (End of Tour)

Following breakfast you will depart for Victoria Falls International Airport to return your rental vehicle in time for your outbound flight. This brings your self drive tour of Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe to an end, sending you off with the memories of a lifetime.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Departure Tour Information

Please take note of the following travel stipulations and requirements:

Self Drive Tour Transport

Your South African self-drive safari encompasses vehicle rental of a VW Polo Vivo or similar (Avis Car Hire Group B). This includes Premium Insurance, which covers theft and collision damage waiver, theft loss waiver, unlimited kilometres, claim admin fee, tourism levy, VAT, sandblasting damage, personal accident insurance, one additional driver, third party liability insurance, windscreen damage waiver, tyre damage waiver, general liability insurance, location surcharge, undercarriage damage*, rim and hubcap damage.

This insurance does not include fuel, refundable rental deposit, environment contract fee, one-way drop off charges and equipment charges, delivery and collection fees, traffic fine administration fee, child safety seats, GPS navigation, additional spare tyre rental or deposit.

* We do not recommend you drive Group B vehicles on the dirt and gravel roads of Namibia as their poor condition may damage the rental car.

Self Drive Tour Accommodation

We utilise mid-market or standard African lodge accommodation on this Windhoek to Victoria Falls Self Drive Tour. These will be a variety of lodge types, chalets or tented camps in national parks, either on the riverside or other interesting locations. Most feature private bathroom with a shower and toilet and some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Tour Meals

Breakfast will be available in the restaurants or dining areas of the accommodation establishments listed in the self drive tour package. If you have any special dietary requirements, please notify us ahead of time.

Tourist Visas

It is your responsibility to ensure you have have applied for and received in good order any visas you may require to legally enter Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe before your tour departure date.

Travel Insurance

Kindly note that travel and cancellation insurance is a mandatory requirement for all of our guests and obtaining this insurance is your sole responsibility. You must ensure that you arrange insurance with protection for the entirety of your trip covering personal injury, damage and loss of personal items, such as but not limited to cameras and other electronic items and accessories, loss or theft of luggage, medical costs, repatriation costs, etcetera. For more information see our Travel Insurance guide or talk to one of our travel experts for assistance with obtaining suitable travel insurance.

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Summary of this Budget Safari Package

Experience the vast and otherworldly splendour of Namibia in your own time on this Namibia Self Drive Tour.

Following our recommended self drive itinerary will reveal a slice of the natural wonders of this incredible country over almost two weeks. Enjoy the unique ambience of the capital city Windhoek and other highlights, including game viewing in the immense Etosha National Park and Okonjima Nature Reserve. Travel to the striking Damaraland mountain region, the charming Germanic coastal town of Swakopmund and the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert - a spectacular sight best viewed at sunrise or sunset.

Take the hassle out of planning your holiday to Namibia with this self drive tour which includes accommodation, breakfasts, car hire and a recommended itinerary mapped out with optional activities to make your trip a once in a lifetime experience in Africa.

Itinerary for this Tour Please Note: This self drive tour itinerary is merely a sample. We can tailor-make your Namibia self drive holiday to suit your needs. Self Drive Tour Highlights
  • Windhoek: Begin your journey in the Namibian capital.
  • Etosha Pan National Park: Enjoy a full day game drive in one of the world’s most famous wildlife parks.
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve: Stay on a nature reserve renowned for its conservation projects with carnivorous African predators, including cheetahs.
  • Damaraland: Visit one of Namibia’s most beautiful mountain areas, inhabited by the vibrant Damara people.
  • Swakopmund: Enjoy miles of empty Atlantic beaches and the unique architecture and culture of this Germanic coastal Namibian town.
  • Sossusvlei: Marvel at the world’s highest sand dunes and visit the rugged Sesreim Canyon.

Day 1: Windhoek – Namibia

Your self drive holiday adventure begins and ends in the capital of Namibia, Windhoek.

Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, pick up your rental vehicle at the Avis Car Hire Depot, then drive to your accommodation and begin your exploration of this small but fascinating African city. You can start your trip with a visit to some of the historical and cultural highlights of Windhoek followed by dinner at one of the excellent local restaurants.

  • Accommodation: Vondelhof Guest House (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 2: Windhoek to Okonjima Game Reserve – Namibia

Following breakfast, drive north from Windhoek to the first stop on your itinerary, Okonjima Game Reserve in the Otjozondjupa region. Situated in the Omboroko Mountains (loosely translated as ‘place of the baboons’), Okonjima features the Cheetah Project, which you may choose to visit to learn more about these endangered predators of the African plains.

  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp (rooms with en-suite bathrooms) or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 - 5: Okonjima Reserve to Etosha National Park – Namibia

The next destination on your self drive safari is one of the crown treasures of Namibia, the Etosha National Park. Declared a national park more than 110 years ago, Etosha is home to hundreds of animal, reptile and bird species (and, surprisingly, one fish species). With your accommodation based just outside the park, you will be eligible to join several optional game drives. Etosha resorts also feature waterholes with floodlights, enabling excellent night time game viewing.

  • Travel: Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: Etosha Okaukeujo with Waterhole chalet double rooms or single rooms (with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast (x3)

Day 6: Etosha National Park to Omaruru – Namibia

Depart Etosha bound for Kamanjab, to experience a village populated by the local Himba tribe. You’ll be fascinated by their lifestyle, traditions and beliefs, including a milking ceremony, smoke bath, and herbal medicine around the holy fire. Overnight in the nearby town of Omaruru, which was once a mission station but has now evolved into a hub for local artists, crafts and other artisanal industries.

  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: Omaruru Guesthouse (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant or swimming pools) or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Days 7 & 8: Omaruru to Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund – Namibia

Spitzkoppe is a highly distinctive, curved granite mountain range jutting skyward from the Namib Desert, where you can hike among its massive boulders to view engravings and paintings by ancient Bushmen. Then continue your self drive to the Namibian coastline and the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund, known for its distinctive Germanic architecture and ambience. Here you can participate in several optional activities* or enjoy the promenade and Atlantic Ocean beaches and enjoy a typical Namibian evening meal at one of the town’s many great restaurants (not included).

  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: The Stiltz (standard bungalows with en-suite bathrooms) or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast (x2)

The following are some of the most popular activities on offer in Swakopmund (optional). Please note that booking ahead to avoid disappointment is highly recommended. All rates are quoted in South African rand and apply per person. All activities may require a minimum amount of individuals, are subject to availability and may not operate at certain times of the year. Please contact us for more information. Should you wish to take part in an activity not listed below, we will happily assist you with reservations and rates.

  • Living Desert Tour
  • Township Tour
  • Sandboarding (lie down or stand up)
  • Sky Diving
  • Quad biking (2 hours)
  • Kayaking
  • Tandem Shore fishing
  • Boat fishing
  • Dolphin, Seal and Whale Cruise

Days 9 & 10: Swakopmund to Sossusvlei – Namibia

A bright and early breakfast followed by a trip from Swakopmund through the fishing town of Walvis Bay sees you arrive in Namib Naukluft National Park, considered to be the oldest desert in the world. On the way, you may not be able to resist a stop at the small village of Solitaire for a slice of their legendary apple crumble (only ever served without cream). Later that day embark on the African cat walk at your lodge and then wake up early the next morning (highly advised to catch the best light) to view the incredible dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, the highest of their kind in the world. At 300 metres or more, these provide spectacular photo opportunities, making for amazing images, especially if there is water in the vlei itself. A stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, carved several million years ago by the Tsauchab River, is also highly recommended.

  • Travel: Departure – 07h00 / Distance – 400 km
  • Accommodation: Sossus Dune Lodge (standard bungalows with en-suite bathrooms) or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast (x2)

Day 11: Sossusvlei to Windhoek – Namibia

Depart the giant dunes of Sossusvlei and drive back through the deserts and haunting landscapes of Namibia to the capital Windhoek. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the city, and round off your self drive tour with dinner in one of its popular restaurants.

  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 360 km
  • Accommodation: Vondelhof Guest House (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Windhoek (End of Tour)

Following breakfast this morning you will depart for Windhoek International Airport to return your rental vehicle in time for your outbound flight. 

  • Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Departure Information

Please take note of the following self drive travel stipulations and requirements:

Tour Transport

Your South African self-drive safari encompasses vehicle rental of a VW Polo Vivo or similar (Avis Car Hire Group B). This includes Premium Insurance, which covers theft and collision damage waiver, theft loss waiver, unlimited kilometres, claim admin fee, tourism levy, VAT, sandblasting damage, personal accident insurance, one additional driver, third party liability insurance, windscreen damage waiver, tyre damage waiver, general liability insurance, location surcharge, undercarriage damage*, rim and hubcap damage.

This insurance does not include fuel, refundable rental deposit, environment contract fee, one-way drop off charges and equipment charges, delivery and collection fees, traffic fine administration fee, child safety seats, GPS navigation, additional spare tyre rental or deposit.

Please note: We do not recommend you drive Group B vehicles on the dirt and gravel roads of Namibia as their poor condition may damage the rental car.

Self Drive Tour Accommodation

We utilise mid-market or standard African lodge accommodation. These will be a variety of lodge types, chalets or tented camps in national parks, either on the riverside or in other interesting locations. Most feature a private bathroom with a shower and toilet and some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Tour Meals

Breakfast will be available in the restaurants or dining areas of these establishments. If you have any special dietary requirements, please notify us ahead of time.

Tourist Visas

It is your responsibility as the client to ensure you have applied for and received in good order any visas you may require to legally enter Namibia before your departure date.

Travel Insurance

Kindly note that travel and cancellation insurance is a mandatory requirement for all of our guests and obtaining this insurance is your sole responsibility. You must ensure that you arrange insurance with protection for the entirety of your trip covering personal injury, damage and loss of personal items, such as but not limited to cameras and other electronic items and accessories, loss or theft of luggage, medical costs, repatriation costs, etcetera. For more information see our Travel Insurance guide or talk to one of our travel experts for assistance with obtaining suitable travel insurance.

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Summary of this Self Drive Tour

On this self drive tour you get to experience the splendour of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe at your own leisure. Follow our recommended self drive itinerary to discover the natural wonders of the landscapes and unique flora, fauna and culture of these three incredible countries over almost two weeks. Visit several game reserves, including Etosha and Chobe national parks to see Africa's animals in the wild. Spend an afternoon with a local tribe and embark on sunset cruises along the Okavango, Chobe and Zambezi rivers to soak up the magic of the African bush.

This self drive holiday package includes all accommodation and rental car bookings. We also offer our expert recommendations for the best attractions along the way unless you prefer to plan each day of your Southern Africa trip as you wish.

Itinerary for this Tour Please Note: This self drive tour itinerary is merely a sample. We can customise your self drive holiday to Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls, tailor-making a budget trip for you. Self Drive Tour Highlights
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve: Stay on a nature reserve renowned for its conservation projects with carnivorous African predators, including cheetahs.
  • Etosha National Park: Enjoy full-day game drives in one of the world’s most famous wildlife parks.
  • Rundu: Experience the Mbunza Living Museum, home of the Kavango people, a traditional cultural school and communal farming project (optional).
  • Caprivi Strip: Watch wildlife in Mahangu National Park in the scenic western Caprivi region.
  • Chobe Park: Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe river of Botswana.
  • Victoria Falls: Opt to take the 'Tour of the Falls' sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River and visit Vic Falls.

Day 1: Windhoek – Namibia

This self drive tour of Namibia, Botswana and Vic Falls, kicks off in the historical Namibian city of Windhoek.

Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, collect your rental vehicle at the Avis Car Hire Depot, then drive to your accommodation and relax, or explore this small but fascinating African capital city.

  • Accommodation: Vondelhof Guest House (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 2: Windhoek to Okonjima Game Reserve – Namibia

Hit the road on day two of your Windhoek to Victoria Falls self drive holiday. Following breakfast, you drive north from Windhoek to the first stop on your itinerary, Okonjima Game Reserve in the Otjozondjupa region. Situated in the Omboroko Mountains (loosely translated as ‘place of the baboons’), Okonjima features the Cheetah Project, which you may choose to visit in the afternoon to learn more about these endangered predators of the African plains.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp (rooms with en-suite bathrooms) or similar.

Day 3 - 5: Okonjima Game Reserve to Etosha National Park – Namibia

The next destination on your two-week self drive trip is one of Namibia’s treasures, the Etosha National Park. Declared a national park more than 110 years ago, Etosha is home to hundreds of animal, reptile and bird species (and, surprisingly, one fish species). With your accommodation based just outside the park, you will be eligible to join several optional game drives, on which you will hopefully sight a variety of wildlife. Etosha resorts also feature waterholes with floodlights, enabling excellent night time game viewing.

  • Meals: Breakfast (x3)
  • Travel: Distance – 250 km
  • Accommodation: Etosha Okaukeujo Camp - waterhole chalet double rooms or single rooms (with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 6: Etosha National Park to Rundu – Namibia

Continue further north to the small town of Rundu, where you can explore the Mbunza National Museum, and see the tribal home of the Kavango people, who survive by fishing, farming crops and tending livestock. This stop also includes an optional visit to a traditional cultural school and communal farming project. Following this enlightening experience of indigenous Namibian culture, you will then set out for your accommodation for the night, where you will be able to relax at the pool while sipping a sundowner, as the soothing sounds of nature echo around you.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 561 km
  • Accommodation: Hakusembe River Lodge (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 7 & 8: Rundu to Caprivi Region – Namibia

Travel east from Rundu in the morning to the Caprivi region, where your home for the next two nights, the Nunda River Lodge, is situated on the bank of the Okavango. Enjoy a tranquil sunset cruise to the tumbling Popa Falls before you retreat to your room for a well deserved and restful night’s sleep.

  • Travel: Departure – 08h00 / Distance – 207 km
  • Accommodation: Nunda River Lodge (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.

Day 9: Mahangu National Park – Namibia

This morning your self drive safari takes you along the meandering Okavango river to Mahangu (meaning ‘food of the local people’), home to the Greater Bwabwata National Park. This game park stretches from the Kwando river in the east to the Kavango river in the west and encompasses the Mahangu Game Reserve. From here you will embark on a morning game drive, on which you are likely to spot elephant, roan, kudu, and buffalo, among others, as well as a myriad of bird species. You will then be able to relax for the rest of the afternoon in this spectacular setting.

  • Travel: Departure – 07h00 / Distance – 199 km
  • Accommodation: Camp Kwando (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar, and restaurant), or similar.

Day 10 & 11: Mahangu National Park to Chobe National Park – Botswana

Drive north from Mahangu towards Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park in Botswana. This is the second largest park in the landlocked southern African country. Spread across more than 10,500 square kilometres, Chobe is home to one of the greatest concentrations of elephant in Africa. Shake off your drive to Chobe by joining one of several optional activities or relax next to the swimming pool.

The following morning you will be able to undertake an optional game drive, where you are almost guaranteed to get up close to several game species and will hopefully see large predators. Later the same day you will embark on a memorable cruise down the Chobe river to view animals from the boat and witness the sun setting spectacularly over the river.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (x2)
  • Travel: Departure – 07h00 / Distance – 229 km
  • Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant), or similar.

Day 12: Chobe to Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

On your penultimate day, you will cross the border from Botswana to Zimbabwe, bound for the mighty Victoria Falls. On arrival, you can spend the remainder of the day relaxing or choose from a wide selection of activities, including a tour (at your own expense) of the Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya or ‘the smoke that thunders’. Later that afternoon, you will embark on the final experience of your tour, a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi, an experience you will never forget.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe (End of Tour)

Following breakfast you will depart for Victoria Falls International Airport to return your rental vehicle in time for your outbound flight. This brings your self drive tour of Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe to an end, sending you off with the memories of a lifetime.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Departure Tour Information

Please take note of the following travel stipulations and requirements:

Self Drive Tour Transport

Your South African self-drive safari encompasses vehicle rental of a VW Polo Vivo or similar (Avis Car Hire Group B). This includes Premium Insurance, which covers theft and collision damage waiver, theft loss waiver, unlimited kilometres, claim admin fee, tourism levy, VAT, sandblasting damage, personal accident insurance, one additional driver, third party liability insurance, windscreen damage waiver, tyre damage waiver, general liability insurance, location surcharge, undercarriage damage*, rim and hubcap damage.

This insurance does not include fuel, refundable rental deposit, environment contract fee, one-way drop off charges and equipment charges, delivery and collection fees, traffic fine administration fee, child safety seats, GPS navigation, additional spare tyre rental or deposit.

* We do not recommend you drive Group B vehicles on the dirt and gravel roads of Namibia as their poor condition may damage the rental car.

Self Drive Tour Accommodation

We utilise mid-market or standard African lodge accommodation on this Windhoek to Victoria Falls Self Drive Tour. These will be a variety of lodge types, chalets or tented camps in national parks, either on the riverside or other interesting locations. Most feature private bathroom with a shower and toilet and some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Tour Meals

Breakfast will be available in the restaurants or dining areas of the accommodation establishments listed in the self drive tour package. If you have any special dietary requirements, please notify us ahead of time.

Tourist Visas

It is your responsibility to ensure you have have applied for and received in good order any visas you may require to legally enter Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe before your tour departure date.

Travel Insurance

Kindly note that travel and cancellation insurance is a mandatory requirement for all of our guests and obtaining this insurance is your sole responsibility. You must ensure that you arrange insurance with protection for the entirety of your trip covering personal injury, damage and loss of personal items, such as but not limited to cameras and other electronic items and accessories, loss or theft of luggage, medical costs, repatriation costs, etcetera. For more information see our Travel Insurance guide or talk to one of our travel experts for assistance with obtaining suitable travel insurance.

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Summary of this Self Drive Tour

Experience the natural splendour of Swaziland and South Africa's Kruger National Park and KwaZulu-Natal Province. Travel independently, exploring at your own pace on this nine-day self drive tour. Follow our suggested schedule, get us to tailor-make your tour or create your own program. We will provide all accommodation and rental car bookings – and offer our expert recommendations for the best attractions along the way – but of course, you are entirely free to plan each day of your self drive holiday, as you prefer.

Highlights include a drive through the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, big game viewing in the iconic Kruger National Park, experiencing the colourful culture and traditions of the Kingdom of Swaziland, and a boat cruise across the stunning waterscape of St Lucia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Itinerary for this Tour Please Note: This self drive tour package is merely a sample itinerary that can be tailored for your Swaziland and South Africa holiday. Self Drive Tour Highlights
  • Panorama Route: Drive from Johannesburg to the Kruger National Park traversing the spectacular South African highveld, encompassing the spectacular Blyde River Canyon on the Panorama Route.
  • Kruger National Park: Experience the wonder of South Africa’s most famous and iconic game park, where you can view almost every African animal imaginable, including lion, elephant, cheetah and rhino.
  • Swaziland: Cross the South African border into the mountain kingdom of Swaziland and experience incredible landscapes and seven separate African cultures.
  • St Lucia: Take a boat cruise across the blue waters of iSimangaliso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its natural significance and incredible beauty.

Day 1: Johannesburg to Graskop – South Africa

Once you have arrived at OR Tambo International Airport, pick up your rental vehicle at the Avis Car Hire Depot, then head out of Johannesburg to the South African province of Mpumalanga, through a landscape of panoramic mountain passes, picturesque mountains, lush valleys, waterfalls and bushveld. Stay for the night in Graskop, a small town and hub of local forestry on the edge of South Africa’s escarpment that is the unofficial gateway to the Kruger National Park. Spend the remainder of the first day of your self drive holiday relaxing and enjoying the stillness of the deep African bush.

  • Accommodation: Graskop Hotel (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and a restaurant), or similar.

Day 2 & 3: Hazyview, Panorama Route & Kruger Park –  South Africa

Begin the day with a drive through the aptly named Panorama Route in Mpumalanga province, widely regarded as one of the most stunning places to visit across the whole of South Africa. Savour the incredible vistas of the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest in the world, teeming with wildlife and lush vegetation, and offering the opportunity to visit God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Take your time and stop to admire the views in peace - one of the perks of doing a self-drive trip.

Prepare for the following day, when you will visit the iconic Kruger National Park. South Africa's most famous and popular game park, a wildlife safari in Kruger promises to be one of the most unforgettable experiences on your self-drive tour! Embarking on a self-guided safari also has its perks, like choosing your own routes, setting your own pace and enjoying the tranquillity of the African bush.

  • Accommodation: Cassa Do Sol (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Mhlambanyatsi – Swaziland

Visit the Kruger National Park first or go straight across the border into mountainous, landlocked Swaziland, ruled by King Mswati III, one of only three remaining monarchs in Africa. Explore the traditions and culture of the Swazi nation, which includes seven different cultural groups. In Swaziland, you'll encounter a more traditional African way of life, presenting interesting cultural experiences. Take the opportunity to visit the Ngwena Glass Factory, producers of many different and wonderful glass creations including miniature animals and themed wine glasses.

  • Accommodation: Foresters Arms (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 & 6: Mkhuze – South Africa

Return to South Africa, crossing the border into the northern reaches of the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, where you will continue on to Ghost Mountain Inn, situated at the foot of the eponymous Ghost Mountain. With this as your base, you’re welcome to participate in several optional game-viewing excursions, including an open vehicle game drive through Mkhuze Game Reserve, guided walks, excursions to cultural attractions and a boat cruise. Enjoy the freedom of creating your own program of activities and setting your own pace.

  • Accommodation: Ghost Mountain Inn (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: St Lucia & iSimangaliso Wetland Park – South Africa 

Next, your self drive tour takes you southwest through the emerald Kwa-Zulu hinterland to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, just outside the picturesque coastal resort of St Lucia. iSimangaliso, South Africa’s first-ever World Heritage Site, offers you the chance to embark on a boat cruise across the St Lucia estuary, where you will get up close and personal with the crocodiles and hippos that call the lake their home (optional).

  • Accommodation: Lidiko Lodge (rooms with en-suite bathrooms and swimming pool), or similar.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Ballito – South Africa

From St Lucia, take an incredibly scenic drive through the rolling hills and sugar cane plantations of the North Coast to Durban, where you’ll be entertained by a plethora of attractions or may choose to simply relax on the golden sands of the city’s many wonderful beaches.

  • Accommodation: Riverside Hotel (rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant), or similar. 
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Durban – South Africa

Following breakfast at your hotel in Durban, you will depart for King Shaka International Airport. Here you hand over your rental vehicle in time to catch your onward flight, bringing this scenic self drive tour of South Africa and Swaziland to a close.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Departure Tour Information

Please take note of the following travel information and requirements:

Tour Transport

This South Africa self drive trip encompasses vehicle rental of a VW Polo Vivo or similar (Avis Car Hire Group B). This includes Premium Insurance, which covers theft and collision damage waiver, personal accident insurance, unlimited mileage, location surcharge, third party liability insurance, general public liability insurance, tourism levy, VAT and claim admin fee, tyre, rim and hubcap damage, windscreen damage/repair, sandblasting damage, water and undercarriage damage.

This insurance does not include fuel, refundable rental deposit, rental contract fee, one-way drop off charges and equipment charges, delivery and collection fees, traffic fine administration fee, additional driver, child safety seats, GPS navigation, additional spare tyre rental or deposit.

Tour Accommodation

We utilise mid-market or standard African lodge accommodation on this self drive package. These will be a variety of lodge types, which will come with en-suite bathrooms. Some also feature restaurants, bars and entertainment areas and swimming pools.

Tour Meals

Breakfast will be available in the restaurants or dining areas of the accommodation establishments. If you have any special dietary requirements, please notify us ahead of time.

Tourist Visas

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have applied for and received in good order any visas you may require to legally enter South African and Swaziland before your tour departure date.

Travel Insurance

Kindly note that travel and cancellation insurance is a mandatory requirement for all of our guests and obtaining this insurance is your sole responsibility. You must ensure that you arrange insurance with protection for the entirety of your trip covering personal injury, damage and loss of personal items, such as but not limited to cameras and other electronic items and accessories, loss or theft of luggage, medical costs, repatriation costs, etcetera. For more information see our Travel Insurance guide or talk to one of our travel experts for assistance with obtaining suitable travel insurance.

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Summary of this Budget Safari Package

This accommodated South Africa safari begins with a visit to the world-famous Kruger National Park, home to the Big 5 of Africa, as well as many other wildlife species and prolific birdlife. We take wildlife viewing drives here in an open safari vehicle, which offers ideal viewing and is great for photo opportunities.

Moving on to the Kingdom of Swaziland, we explore the surrounds of Mbabane, the capital of the country and learn more about the Swazi culture and traditions on visits to the market and traditional villages.

Back in South Africa, we travel to the coast and St Lucia, part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park where we enjoy some of the many activities on offer there. From here we travel to Durban where our South Africa & Swaziland Safari - Kruger to Durban Lodge Tour ends.

Itinerary for this Tour Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park, South Africa

Leaving Johannesburg behind we travel through the scenic Lowveld en-route to Kruger National Park. We take a break in our journey so guests may enjoy brunch (own account)  before continuing to our lodge near Kruger National Park.

The early afternoon is spent settling into the lodge, enjoying some relaxation around the pool before embarking on a sunset wildlife viewing drive in the African bush, going in search of the abundant wildlife inhabiting this expansive park.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Travel: 340 km
Day 2: Kruger National Park, South Africa

We have a full day of wildlife viewing today in an open safari vehicle with a local guide travelling mostly around the Skukuza area.

Although not guaranteed, there is every chance of sighting the Big 5 and much more including exceptional birdlife.

Lunch is taken at one of the rest camps in the park for the guests' own account.

Back at our lodge, there is time to freshen up and relax before enjoying dinner in the company of our fellow travellers.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 3: Kruger National Park to Swaziland

Today our Kruger safari comes to an end as we journey south to the border of Swaziland.

This tiny landlocked country, one of the smallest in Africa, has diverse landscapes ranging from the mountains along the Mozambican border to savannas in the east and rain forest in the northwest. 

We cross the border and head to the Maguga Dam, constructed as a joint venture between South Africa and Komati Basin Water Authority and completed in 2001.

This is an ideal pit stop between Kruger Park and Mbabane and we spend tonight at a lodge there overlooking the dam. We have a free afternoon so a boat trip on the dam is an option or relax at the lodge.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Travel: 220 km
Day 4: Swaziland

Swaziland (re-named to Eswatini in 2018) has a rich cultural heritage reflected in their annual ceremonies.

We spend the day exploring, visiting the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory, the traditional villages and the market near the capital city of Mbabane.

Lunch is for guests' own account at the local market.

We return to Maguga Dam for a second night.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 5: Swaziland to St Lucia, South Africa

We travel from Maguga Dam, through Mbabane and to the border where we cross back into South Africa, continuing south to St Lucia, situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Here there is a host of activities to enjoy from whale watching, deep sea fishing, full day wildlife viewing in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, a boat cruise or a full day trip to Cape Vidal, a coastal nature reserve and an ideal location for swimming, snorkelling and other water activities.

We spend the night in a lodge and prepare for a day full of activity tomorrow.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Travel: 400 km
Day 6: St Lucia, South Africa

Today guests have the whole day free to enjoy some of the activities available in St Lucia.

Lunch (own expense) and dinner are taken in the town's restaurants.

Day 7: St Lucia to Durban, South Africa

Today after breakfast we travel along the coast to Durban, situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Our South Africa & Swaziland Safari has come to an end, as we say goodbye to our fellow travellers.

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Summary of this Budget Safari Package

From the beautiful mother city of Cape Town, this desert safari takes us through the diverse landscapes of the Northern Cape, across the border into the parched regions of Namibia.

We explore southern Namibia visiting the Fish River Canyon, the ancient Namib Desert with its world famous dunes, the coastal resort of Swakopmund where we enjoy some adventure activities before ending our budget safari in Windhoek, capital of Namibia.

Travelling with a small group of no more than seven, in a comfortable microbus, we camp in well-equipped two-man dome tents and spend two nights in a guesthouse on this unforgettable South Africa and Namibia safari.

Itinerary for this Tour Day 1: Cape Town to Niewoudtville, South Africa

Leaving Cape Town behind we head north to Niewoudtville, our first overnight camping spot.

The landscape changes as we travel through the citrus orchards of Citrusdal, past the Clanwilliam Dam overlooked by the towering Cederberg Mountain range and becomes arid as we continue to the quiet little town of Niewoudtville.

Should you be travelling in spring you will be delighted by the way in which this route is transformed as the area becomes carpeted with wildflowers.

On arrival, we set up camp, explore our surroundings and enjoy dinner around the campfire, under a canopy of stars.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Travel: 350 km
Day 2: Niewoudtville to Augrabies Falls, South Africa

After breakfast, we pack up camp and continue north to Augrabies Falls. The Khoi people called it "Aukoerebis", or place of Great Noise, an apt title for this powerful flow of water cascading into the Orange River Gorge.

We pause along the way to admire the changing landscape as it becomes more lunar-like, home to succulents and Quiver Trees.

On arrival, we take a short hike around the falls situated in the Augrabies Falls National Park, one of six national parks in this area.

We camp tonight on the banks of the Orange River. After setting up camp there's time for a paddle downstream, a swim in the river or you may even like to try your hand at fly fishing.

We spend another night under the spectacular starry skies, enjoying dinner and a chat with fellow travellers around the campfire.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Travel: 500 km

Day 3: Augrabies Falls to Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Today we cross the border into Namibia so have your passport with the relevant visas ready. As with some border crossings, there may be unexpected delays so patience is the watchword today.

Once in Namibia, we head for the Fish River Canyon, along barren, orange dirt roads overlooked by rock formations and blue skies.

Arriving at our campsite, quite close to the canyon, we settle in and then drive to the canyon, as the afternoon sun casts its shadows, for our first view of the second largest canyon in the world.

Second, only to the Grand Canyon in size, the canyon stretches 160km in length and up to 27km in width with a 500m vertical drop - a dramatic sight.

We spend another night around the campfire listening to the sounds of silence.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Travel: 370 km
Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem, Namibia

After breakfast, we drive back to the canyon for a final view in the early morning sunlight.

Then it's time to hit the road en route to Sesriem and another, albeit much smaller, canyon. We head North through the small town of Bethanie and Helmringhausen, along seemingly deserted roads keeping an eye for any wildlife.

On arrival in Sesriem, we set up camp under the shade of a Camelthorn tree. Welcome to the ancient, mysterious Namib Desert. This coastal desert is thought to be the oldest desert in the world and stretches alongside the Atlantic Ocean from Angola in the north to South Africa in the south.

Another evening around the campfire listening to the absolute silence, broken only by the occasional bark of a gecko.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Travel: 340 km

Day 5: Sossusvlei, Namibia

This morning we get up REALLY early but it's well worth it as we head into the Namib Desert to watch the sunrise over the dunes. A breathtaking sight that will live with you forever. Surely this must be the highlight of the tour.

The morning is spent exploring the dunes, including the famous Dune 45 and Dead Vlei before the desert heat becomes unbearable.

After lunch, as the day becomes cooler, we venture into Sesriem Canyon for a stroll through the canyon.

Tonight is our last night of camping and socialising around the campfire.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund, Namibia

This morning we drive to Walvis Bay, via the Kuiseb Canyon. After exploring the industrial town, its surrounding salt pans and lagoon, we head for Swakopmund and some adventure.

Lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, this coastal town is known for its adventure activities. Today is spent exploring the town, finding out what activities are available and deciding which ones you are going to try.  This is important as you need to tell your guide in the evening and he will make the bookings. These activities include short scenic flights, Catamaran cruises, dune-boarding, quad-biking and so much more.

Dinner can be enjoyed at any one of the town’s best restaurants at your own expense. Tonight we enjoy the comforts of a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch 
  • Travel: 320 km
Day 7: Swakopmund, Namibia

Today is yours to spend at leisure enjoying your pre-booked adventure activities. We do recommend that you take a catamaran tour in Walvis Bay.

Dinner is for your own account at one of the local restaurants.

  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Swakopmund to Windhoek, Namibia

The final day of this Namibia and South African safari has sadly arrived.

After breakfast, we set out for Windhoek, but take the time to visit the Spitzkoppe Mountains en-route to Windhoek.

Our arrival in Windhoek signals the end of this South Africa & Namibia Safari.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Travel: 365 km
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  • Tour transport is in a microbus.
  • Accommodation is in two-man dome tents with mattresses.
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Summary of this Budget Safari Package

Pilanesberg National Park is South Africa's fourth largest wildlife reserve. It's ideally situated, close to Johannesburg, for a quick foray into a reserve teeming with wildlife, exceptional birdlife and home to the Big 5.

Take early morning and evening wildlife viewing drives in both open and closed vehicles with an experienced guide, as you go in search of the Big 5 and more.

Travel with a small group of no more than seven guests in an air-conditioned vehicle and camp in comfortable 2-man dome tents, with mattresses. The camping resort is close to Pilanesberg and offers great facilities including two swimming pools.

Itinerary for this Tour Day 1: Johannesburg to Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa

This short, malaria-free wildlife safari departs Johannesburg early in the morning after collecting guests from their accommodation. Travelling via the scenic Hartbeespoort Dam it's a three and a half hour drive to the National Park. On arrival, guests assist in setting up camp and then it's time for the first three-hour wildlife viewing drive.

Pilanesberg is set in an extinct volcanic crater, with grasslands, wooded valleys and multihued rock formations. It lies within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation and is known as 'bushveld'. The various habitats are suited to a diverse collection of wildlife which includes elephants, lions, leopards, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, rhinos, exceptional birdlife and more. 

As night falls we return to camp and a hearty South African style braai (barbecue). Replete, we relax around the campfire, chatting with our fellow travellers under starry African skies.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Travel: 200 Kms
Day 2: Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa

We are up with the dawn this morning and after a light snack, we board the open safari vehicle to join our local game trackers on a three-hour wildlife viewing drive.

Early morning is the best time to view wildlife as they emerge from the bushveldt and head to the waterholes. As soon as the day heats up they wander back into the bushveldt in search of shade.

The open safari vehicle brings guests up close and personal with the wildlife and makes for great photo opportunities and the professional local game trackers are a mine of information.

Back at camp, after an exciting morning, it's time for a hearty breakfast and then some relaxation at the campsite. Enjoy a cooling dip in one of the two pools and then find a shady spot for a nap or some reading.

You may choose to go out in the afternoon on another wildlife viewing drive, either in an open vehicle (own expense) or with your guide in a closed vehicle.

Back at camp, your guide will conjure up another typical South African meal in the evening after which guests gather around the campfire.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3: Pilanesberg National Park to Johannesburg, South Africa

There is an option, early in the morning on day three to take a final, open vehicle wildlife viewing drive with the local trackers (own expense). 

We journey back to Johannesburg via Hartbeespoort Dam where we stop to take a trip in the cableway (own expense) which takes guests to the top of the Magaliesberg. The panoramic views from the top are well worth the trip.

Continuing to Johannesburg your guide will drop you back at your accommodation or at the airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Travel: 250 Kms
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