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- Wildlife Watching
- City Tour
- Rental Car
Main travel focus
Self-Driving Tour: Impressions of South Africa
- Specially selected hotels and lodges that all have a personal touch, and deliver fabulous experiences
- With the freedom of self driving, you get to choose what you want to do and when!
- Staying in a safari lodge overlooking a winding dry riverbed, bustling waterhole, and the Drakensberg Mountain range
- Get an opportunity to view the Big Five on a fantastic safari in a Private Game Reserve
This 8-day trip encompasses the must-see elements of any tour around South Africa. From the sublime majesty of the Mother City to spellbinding views in the incredible Blyde River Canyon to the stunning wildlife and its environs, this trip has it all!
You'll spend your first three days traveling around the Cape Peninsula, seeing the historic sites and tasting amazing food and wines. Then embark on a quick trip to Blyde River Canyon to take in the breathtaking views. Finishing this all off are two days in Balule Private Game reserve, which being on the cusp of the Kruger National Park, will more than satiate your desire to see the fabulous wildlife roaming around in their natural habitat.
- Meet and Greet at Cape Town Airport
- Car rental category C with Classic Max insurance
- 7 nights accommodation in a double room in 3- to 4-star hotels/lodges
- 7 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 3 x dinner
- 2 game drives per day at Nambu Camp
- Flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit
- National park or reserve entrance fees and any conservation levy not stated as included
- Airport taxes and eventual Visas
- Extra day in Cape Town from $100 per day
- Preloaded Sim Card from $15
- Vehicle upgrade from $37 per day
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to South Africa!
Today, you arrive in South Africa at Cape Town Airport. Our knowledgeable guide will ensure that you have everything you need for your voyage. Pick up your rental car at the airport, which includes unlimited kilometers, 2nd driver, GPS, and one way fees.
Now you can set off for the Bergzichgt Guest House, where you'll spend the next three nights. Bergzichgt is named for its fabulous view as "bergzichgt" is the Dutch word for "Mountain View."
You'll have the opportunity here to unwind from your flight, settle in, and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. Have a nap, relax, and then maybe go out to one of the fabulous places to eat nearby. Cape Town is famous for its fabulous views and it's food, so you can't go wrong. Feel free to ask the staff for suggestions on where to go!
Discover Cape Town at Your Own Pace
Today is a free day for you to wander around and indulge in the sights of Cape Town! Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your leisure and then go out to explore! Wander around Cape Town’s Company Gardens or stop by the South African National Gallery and enjoy the local art. Drop by the District Six Museum or wander around the Castle of Good Hope, housed in the oldest colonial building in South Africa built by the Dutch East India Company - the choice is yours!
For more historical sights, head to Robben Island on a boat to discover where Nelson Mandela served his prison sentence. Take a cable car up Table Mountain for a fabulous view and an opportunity to see the true magnificence of Cape Town laid out before you.
Alternatively, we could organize a "cooking safari" for you, or you could check out the shops on the V&A Waterfront.
Visit Table Mountain National Park
Once again, you'll wake up to have a lovely breakfast at your leisure and then set out to see some of the most iconic sites around Cape Town!
You'll be driving around the magnificent Table Mountain National Park and doing a tour of the Cape Peninsula. A bucket list item on any trip to the area, this tour includes visiting World Heritage sites, observing the adorable penguins on Boulders Beach, and seeing the brightly colored beach huts lining the beach in Muizenberg.
Fly to Nelspruit in Southeastern South Africa
This morning, you'll be having breakfast and waving a fond goodbye to the lovely people at Bergzichgt Guest House. You'll head to the airport to hand in your car and fly to Nelspruit Airport, where you'll pick up your new car, and then drive to Gecko Lodge in Hazyview.
Relax beside the beautiful rock pool and enjoy the subtropical climate. Enjoy a sundowner at the bar or have a glass of world-famous South African wine while sitting next to the soothing water features, and prepare yourself for the next day of spectacular sights!
Explore the Blyde River Canyon
Today, you'll be enjoying your breakfast with one of the most magnificent views in Africa in the forefront.
Later on, you'll get in your car and take a self drive tour of one of Africa's great natural wonders, the Blyde River Canyon. This route includes a view of the world's third largest canyon and offers a dramatic terrain of lush mountain peaks, raging rivers, dozens of waterfalls, and one of the largest forest areas in South Africa. Take your time exploring this extraordinary area.
Set Out on a South African Safari
Bidding farewell to Hazyview, this morning you'll be heading to Nambu Camp located in the big five Balule Private Game Reserve in the heart of the Greater Kruger area.
You'll be going on your first safari in the late afternoon where you'll have your first opportunity to get a glimpse of the Big Five: lions roaring; elephants trumpeting; buffalos lurking in long grass; rhinos standing stately under a thorn tree; leopards prowling in the gathering darkness.
You’ve seen the Big Five in books and you’ve seen them on TV. But it’s time to come and see them for yourself.
Go on a Morning Game Drive
This morning you'll be waking up at the crack of dawn to go on your first early morning safari. As the sun rises, you'll be heading out and seeing animals come out to sip water, eat vegetation, and go on the hunt before it gets too hot!
After this, you'll be able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and explore the camp a bit.
During the heat of the day, relax by the camp’s poolside or bird watch from the lodge’s vast viewing platform which overlooks a bustling waterhole, winding dry riverbed, and the Balule Reserve's beautiful landscape.
During the late afternoon, you'll go on your second Safari drive of the day and have the opportunity to see the animals in the twilight.
Finish off a fabulous day relaxing with evening canapes, sunset drinks, and a lovely evening meal.
Catch Your Flight Home
This morning, go on your last safari.
After a light breakfast, you will, alas, be bidding a fond farewell to Nambu Camp. Head to Johannesburg Airport and hand in your car. From here, catch your flight home.
We hope that you have had an amazing time and wish you all the best on your journey home!