South Africa is a world in one country. Spot on! In this tip of Africa your resolve may be put to the test by the steep climb to the "Cape of Good Hope", your curiosity by looking for the Big Five, your borderless inquisitiveness by hopping across to Swaziland, Botswana and Vic Falls, your engagement by crossing the Drakensbergen and the Karoo and your nerve by tackling White Shark cage diving and white-water rafting. But the rewards are never-ending: stunning vistas, refreshing bays, soothing hot springs, blissful beaches, exhilarating activities and lifetime friendships. And then, there’s the braai (BBQ), the wine and the sunsets…
Day 1 - Johannesburg
You arrive at Johannesburg OR Tambo airport during the course of the morning. You can pick up your car at the airport or consider having it delivered to your hotel tomorrow. If you arrive early in the morning you have all day to discover its different neighbourhoods.
Days 2 to 3 - Johannesburg > Hoedspruit (480km/6h)
Today you will leave for a scenic drive to the Wild Rivers Nature Reserve in the surroundings of the Kruger National Park. Your final destination is the Rukiya Safari Camp where you stay 2 nights in a River View tent. You can expect daily included game drives and organized bush walks. Spot the Big Five, learn all about fascinating animals and enjoy life on the wild side.
Day 4 - Hoedspruit > Hazyview (117km/2h20)
You drive along the famous Panorama Route to Hazyview and visit the Blyde River Canyon and its rondavels, Bourke's Luck potholes and God's Window.
Day 5 - Hazyview > Lobamba (Swaziland 260km/ 3h15)
Your journey continues via the kingdom of Swaziland! If you have booked a morning safari in the Kruger Park please take into account the borders operating hours in order to enter Swaziland, a country the size of Wallonia in Belgium. Enjoy the varied, hilly landscape, the vibrant African culture and its colourful markets.
Day 6 - Lobamba > Bonamanzi (Hluhluwe - 269km/3h30)
Swaziland is so small that you are back at the border with South Africa in no time. Today's destination is the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park. A safari is included in the Bonamanzi Lalapanzi Camp. You can therefore better arrive on time and enjoy it to the max.
Day 7 - Bonamanzi > Salt Rock (190 km/2h)
From Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park you head towards Durban. Along the way you may want to stop for a cruise on Lake St Lucia, a World Heritage Site. The road from St Lucia to Durban hugs the coastline and passes many sugar cane fields; the produce Kwazulu Natal is most famous for. Check in to your hotel and stroll along the Durban beach promenade with its quaint little stalls; go for a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean; visit UShaka Marine World or indulge in a real Indian curry, Durban’s speciality.
Days 8 - 9 - Salt Rock > Plettenberg Bay (flight + 234km/2h30)
On day 8 you board your domestic flight (not included) to Port Elizabeth or P.E as it is referred to locally and find yourself in Plett in no time. This cozy village is has a pleasant holiday feel to it. En-route make sure to stop at the Tsitsikamma National Park for a walk along the shore of the Indian Ocean or across Storm's River Bridge.
On day 9 you can continue your exploration of the region surrouning Plettenberg Bay at leisure The beaches here are among the most beautiful in the country and you can choose from a whole range of outdoor activities.
Day 10 - Plettenberg Bay > Oudtshoorn (151km/2h)
On your way to Oudtshoorn, you should definitely stop at Knysna, the capital of the Garden Route and take some time to browse the area, taste its delicious oysters or discover the Featherbed Nature reserve.
Next your path will lead you through the Klein Karoo and across the magnificent Outeniqua pass into the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn. Here everything turns around ostrich farms and produce, made of every single part of the bird: feathers, shin, meat and eggs. The Cango caves in the neighbourhood are definitely worth your while.
Day 11 & 12 - Oudtshoorn > Stellenbosch (391km/4h30)
A Golden Tip? Rise early and go meet the meerkats! Today the superlatives will pile up again as you drive along one of the most beautiful routes in South Africa; the emblematic Route 62. Between Oudtshoorn and Montagu, she makes her way in-between the mountains to eventually ends up in a valley. This awesome ride takes you all the way to the heart of the wine region and famous Stellenbosch.
In the 17th century, the Dutch colonists brought french Huguenots to the Cape to assist them with the viticulture. Gastronomy and world-famous wines place this wine region prominently on the map. Visit some of the more than 120 wineries and enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
Day 13 & 14 - Stellenbosch > Cape Town (50km-1h)
A mere 50 km separates you from the final destination of this selfdrive, Cape Town. When entering the Mother City you cannot miss them: the stunning views of the iconic Table Mountain. Hike up the mountain or take a cable ride up and explore this exciting city at your own pace.
An extra day is just perfect to discover the peninsula. Drive to the old naval Simon’s Town and discover the colonial façades and atmosphere. Just a little further you can take the turn of for Boulders Beach. Here you can admire a colony Jack Ass penguins, picnic on the beach or go for a morning swim between the penguins. Cape of Good Hope lies at the end of this ocean-hugging road. Drive back via Scarborough and the stunningly scenic Chapman’s peak drive to Hout Bay. Don’t miss out on a visit to Groot-Constantia before heading back to your hotel.
From the Victoria and Alfred Mall and Waterfront you may take a boat trip across to Robben Island, made (in)famous by Mandela detention. Or maybe a helicopter flight is a dream come true for you? Check out our excursions tab for inspiration.
Day 15 - Cape Town
Hotels & Meals
South African culture is diverse; foods from many cultures are enjoyed by all and especially marketed to tourists who wish to sample the large variety of South African cuisine. In addition to food, music and dance feature prominently.
South African cuisine is heavily meat-based and has spawned the distinctively South African social gathering known as a braai, or barbecue. South Africa has also developed into a major wine producer, with some of the best vineyards lying in valleys around Stellenbosch,Franschhoek, Paarl and Barrydale.
- All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 30 days after your departure from South Africa. This a minor travels as an unaccompanied minor, additional documents are required. Please verify the Home Affairs webpage of South Africa.. These measures also apply in case you transit through South Africa.
- For Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana, your passport must be valid for 6 months after return. In Zimbabwe and Swaziland a visa is required. In Zimbabwe it costs 30US$ - single entry - 15/08/2018 - subject to modification; in Swaziland it is free for Belgians. Please verify the opening hours of the border posts.
- Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
In order to enhance a safe and carefree trip a travel insurance is an absolute must. Our selection of Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover and include travel-orientated plus factors such as a fly-on-time, a natural catastrophe and epidemics cover. Whether you leave on one single jurney or you travel year-round. They guarantee the most comprehensive cover at the best price.
The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.
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No mandatory vaccinations. In Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), in Botswana & Swaziland anti- malaria tablets are recommended during certain periods of the year. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to http://www.itg.be
Malaria has recently been reported in some areas in the Limpopo province. Travellers heading to the Vaalwater area (Kololo Game Reserve) during our "Limpopo" Selfdrive are advised to adhere to the following set of precautions: the use of a DEET-based repellent spray, the use of long trousers and long sleeves as soon as twilight sets in and anti-malaria tablets. Inquire with your doctor. The problem cases are restricted to the Vaalwater region.
+1h (winter), no time difference (summer)
- South African Rand; 1 EUR = 16 ZAR of 100 ZAR = 6.22 EUR (01/01/2020)
In Botswana worden Amerikaanse dollars en Euro’s aanvaard. Je krijgt het verschil terug in Pula (BWP, de lokale munt).
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- 14 nights accommodation in listed hotels
- All listed meals
- Rukiya Safari Camp Hoedspruit: game drives & bush walks
- Lalapanzi Bonamanzi : one activity according programme
What's not included?
Your intercontinental return flight and your domestic flight from Durban to Port Elisabeth, your car rental, optional excursions and tipping.
Good to Know
All listed hotels are subject to availability and may be replaced by equivalent hotels.
Start or end your journey with an unforgettable citytrip, experience one or more captivating excursions or extend with another awesome selfdrive. Please contact our call centre or your nearest travel shop for a custom made itinerary and price offer.
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