Impala in South Africa

12 day self drive Itinerary

Cape to Kruger Self Drive

Discover South Africa

A fantastic self drive beginning in beautiful Cape Town where you can enjoy the amazing beaches and abundance of restaurants before heading along picturesque 'Route 62' to Oudtshoorn. Enjoy beautiful scenery from wineries to the vast open spaces of the Klein Karoo before finishing the trip with the opportunity to spot the Big Five while tracking through the bush in your open-topped safari vehicle.

Tour highlights

Cape Town (3 nights) Camps Bay Beach. Table Mountain. Robben Island. Penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Montagu (1 night) Time to relax in this wine producing town.
Oudtshoorn (1 night) Cango Caves. Visit an ostrich farm.
Knysna (2 nights) Time to explore this coastal town with its lively waterfront.
St Francis (1 night) Boat cruises, surfing or golfing.
Kruger National Park (3 nights) Game drives. Guided walking safaris.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Discover Cape Town
  • Drive along Scenic Route 62
  • Ostriches in Oudtshoorn
  • Explore coastal Knysna
  • Safari in Kruger National Park

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
12 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private basis, Self-Guided
Included
  • Accommodation as detailed in a double or twin room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year)
  • Meals included as stated
  • Full board basis and game drives at Thornybush
  • Hertz Group B vehicle (Chevrolet Aveo Hatch or similar) including airport surcharge and one-way drop off fees
  • Return airport transfers between Hoedspruit and Thornybush
Not included
  • International flights
  • Incidental car hire surcharges including contract fee, delivery and collection fee, young driver surcharge (if applicable) and any optional extras

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive into Cape Town and collect your hire car. Your accommodation is located on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles, a stone's throw from the famous white beach, elegant restaurants, and nightlife of Camps Bay, an ideal base to explore the city.

Overnight Accommodation

  • De Waterkant House or similar

Today embark on a day of exploration around Cape Town. If weather permits why not take a ride on the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views? Or a short boat trip to Robben Island, famous for being where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for many years.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • De Waterkant House or similar

Today take the car and drive south along the peninsula through wonderful coastal roads, experiencing the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. Visit the rugged Cape of Good Hope or the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • De Waterkant House or similar

This morning you will leave Camps Bay and travel to the wine producing town of Montagu. Spending time in Montagu is sure to relax and recharge your batteries or, if you are so inclined, there is a list of activities to get the adrenalin flowing.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Mimosa Lodge or similar

After spending the morning in Montagu, you will take the short drive to Oudtshoorn where you can enjoy a number of activities, including a trip to the spectacular Cango Caves or a visit to see the world's biggest bird at an ostrich farm.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • De Opstal Country Lodge or similar

Today you will continue your journey along the Garden Route towards Knysna. The Knysna Log Inn is just a five minute walk from the popular Knysna Quays, also known as the Waterfront, where you will find a good selection of bars and restaurants.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Knysna Log Inn or similar

Spend the day exploring the sights and sounds of Knysna and surrounding towns. Why not take a catamaran cruise on the lagoon, the breeding ground of the Knysna oyster and home to the threatened Knysna seahorse?

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Knysna Log Inn or similar

After breakfast, depart Knysna and head towards the beautiful coastal town of St Francis where you can enjoy a range of activities from boat cruises to surfing to golfing.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Sandals Guest House or similar

This morning drop your car off at Port Elizabeth Airport and fly to the Kruger (via Johannesburg) for some spectacular game drives in the Thornybush Game Reserve.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Thornybush Chapungu or similar

Spend your time in Kruger enjoying morning and afternoon game drives where you will experience the bush from the comfort of a 4x4 vehicle.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Thornybush Chapungu or similar

Spend a second day enjoying the morning and afternoon game drives, or spend the day at leisure. Guided walking safaris can also be arranged (may be subject to additional fees).

Overnight Accommodation

  • Thornybush Chapungu or similar

Your final morning brings a last game drive before your flight back to Johannesburg for your onward journey.

  • South Africa

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Discover Cape Town
    • Drive along Scenic Route 62
    • Ostriches in Oudtshoorn
    • Explore coastal Knysna
    • Safari in Kruger National Park