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Your Destination

South Africa

South Africa is an amazing country offering a remarkable diversity of sights and attractions, from beautiful beaches to exotic wildlife, soaring mountains and sprawling vineyards producing world-class wine. On this self-drive tour, you will encounter some of the country's most beloved highlights, including the vibrant city of Cape Town and an incredible opportunity to visit Kruger Park. 

Experience all the must-sees in South Africa, behind the wheel of your vehicle. The tumultuous Cape Town, the famous Kruger Park safaris, and The Zulu culture.

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9-Night Essentials of South Africa Self-Drive Tour

Your Itinerary In Brief

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town
Day 2: Cape Town- Cape Peninsula of Good Hope
Day 3: Cape Town - The Wine Route
Day 4: Cape Town - Durban (domestic flight)
Day 5: Durban - Hluhluwe
Day 6: Hluhluwe - Swaziland
Day 7: Swaziland - Kruger Park
Day 8: Kruger Park
Day 9: Kruger Park - Blyde River Canyon
Day 10: Blyde River Canyon - Johannesburg - Departure

The itinerary is subject to availability on the day of your booking.

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town and pick up your rental car. Head out on the road to the city of Cape Town.

Cape Town owes its fame to its exceptional site between the bay and the mountain - Cape Town or Kaapstad is one of the most geographically isolated metropolises in the world. Dominated by a mountain with flat tops and vertiginous slopes, it surrounds itself with a beautiful mountainous landscape that extends vineyards and beaches conducive to superb walks. It was the Portuguese who first passed off the Cape of Good Hope in 1487. It was only in the 16th century that the English and Dutch understood the importance of establishing a colony to allow ships en route to India to refuel. From its inception the colony was nicknamed "the tavern of the seas" by sailors all over the world.

Our Excursion Suggestions:
  • The company'sgardens, these gardens succeeded the orchard that Jan Van Riebeeck had planted to feed the crews of the dutch East India Company's ships.
  • The parliament, seat of government for 6 months, alternating with the capital PRETORIA
  • Tuynhuys, official residence of the Presidents of the Republic
  • StGeorge's Cathedral , Diocese of the Nobel Peace Prize, Monsignor Desmond TUTU
  • Castle Of Good Hope, a fort with impressive walls dating back to 1697
  • The City Hall, Italian Renaissance-style town hall
  • The Bo Kaap, or Malay neighborhood with colorful houses. 
  • Ascent of Table Mountain  to admire the view of the city and the bay. The main symbol of the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain, or Table Mountain, is a famous mountain that owes its name to its "flat as a table" summit spread over 3 km2. When the clouds reach the top of the mountain it is fun to say that "the tablecloth has been put". Table Mountain peaks at 1,086 m. The view at the top is splendid overlooking the beautiful bays and beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the rooftops of the city. It is flanked by two hills: Signal Hill and Lion's Head, a little behind. 

The day is free for you to discover Cape Town with no meals included. Then enjoy a 3-night stay at Grenadine Petite Hotel in a Standard room with breakfast.
Day 2: Cape Town- Cape Peninsula of Good Hope (Breakfast Included)
Enjoy breakfast followed by a day at leisure for you to make the most of the area. 

Our Excursion Suggestions:

Day on the Cape Peninsula
 
Departure for the Coastal Road, the Atlantic, Beach Road Sea Point, Bantry Bay and the beautiful Camps Bay Beach. Stop at Hout Bay, a picturesque village renowned for its fishing port. Departure for a sea excursion to  Duiker Island, sanctuary of seals and many birds. Your boat will allow you to approach them a few meters away and take unforgettable pictures of these very cocky animals.

Continue to the southwestern tip of South Africa that appears to split the waters between the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. A mythical place for explorers, it was for the first time defeated in the 15th century by the legendary Vasco da Gama. Today, Cape of Good Hope is part of the Cape Point Peninsula, which brings together a wide slee of coastal land in a superb nature reserve

You will reach the Cape of Good Hope, the extreme southern tip of the Cape Peninsula. Crossing the reserve, you may discover the momentum of the cape, the springbok, the bontebok, the impala or the ostriches. 
Stop at Boulder's Beach. With a windward ride and a wooden promenade, Boulders Beach is  the sanctuary of African penguins.

Then head for a night at the cape.
Day 3: Cape Town - The Wine Route (Breakfast Included)
Following breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore at your leisure.

Our Excursion Suggestions:


Departure to the Wine Route, a region of famous South African vineyards where towering mountains dominate fertile valleys where wonderful properties and mansions steeped in the Dutch architecture of Cape Town are nestled. Road to Paarl Founded in 1690, this town owes its name to a granite rock resembling a giant pearl clinging to the mountain that overlooks it. In the heart of the Winelands and the fruit region; Paarl offers a multitude of activities. This sprawling town is the ideal starting point for many hikes in the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, renowned for its huge variety of Fynbos and at the top of which you will enjoy breathtaking views of the valley.

Continuation to Franschhoek, the "corner of the French". It was in this beautiful valley that the French Huguenots and Dutch settlers began growing vines in the 17th century. Visit the city with the Huguenot Museum and the region. Stop for wine tastings in the winery in the region (not included). Visit Stellenbosch which today includes more than 100,000 hectares of vineyards. Cape Town's wines have long been world-renowned. 

Head back to the hotel for a night at the cape.

Day 4: Cape Town - Durban (domestic flight) (Breakfast Included)

After breakfast you will return your rental vehicle to Cape Town Airport. Check in for your flight to Durban. (20kg luggage per person/Economy Class). Arrival at Durban airport and prise in charge of your new rental car. Here you will stay at Quarters Hotel in a Standard Room with breakfast.

Our Excursion Suggestions:

Visit Durban, capital of the Natal region. A city with a subtropical climate, it remains a seaside resort renowned for South Africans. Durban is also the first city in Kwazulu Natal province and South Africa's third largest city after Johannesburg and Cape Town. During this city tour you will discover, the waterfront called Golden Mile, a kind of South African "Miami Beach", the Indian market and the botanical gardens.

Discovery of the Juma Mosque,nestled in the Indian quarter, remarkable construction famous for being the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. Enter the heart of the Indian Quarter to enjoy the atmosphere of the community. Stop at the Indian market, where the main food and crafts products of the Indian community are exchanged (attention open from 07:00 to 17:30 on weekdays and from 09:00 to 15:00 on weekends).

Meals are at your leisure. Enjoy night's stay in Durban.
Day 5: Durban - Hluhluwe (Breakfast and Dinner Included)
Enjoy breakfast before heading off on the road to Maputaland, a large region of sugar cane whose fields you will see from the road, as well as huge plantations of eucalyptus and fir trees. All the lands of Maputaland are under the tutelage of "King Zulu". It's the perfect natural place for private reserves. The Zulus arrived in this region in the early 17th century. They planted grain that they had brought with them, and lived from hunting. The maize was brought to them by Portuguese traders. Elephants were very common in this region during the time of the "Nguni" people For the Zulus, the elephant is "Ndlovu" or sacred. But King Shaka Zulu learned to know and appreciate the passion that whites had for ivory.

Our Excursion Suggestions:

Road to the Santa Lucia Wetlands Natural Park,a green paradise spread over 80 km between SODWANA BAY located in the north of the Maputaland region and to the south by lake St. Lucia.The Park alone comprises five interdependent ecosystems with a real national protection interest. The territory of Santa Lucia Wetlands also meets the criteria for the selection of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Continue to the natural lagoon of St. Lucia and board your flat-bottomed boat for an aquatic safari to meet crocodiles, hippos and other wader birds. During your 2-hour safari your ranger will explain the peculiarities of the biodiversity of the lagoon of St. Lucia, the translation will be provided by your local French-speaking guide.

Lunch is free at your leisure. Enjoy a 1-night stay at Falaza Game Lodge in a room/tent on a half board basis and 1 safari in the Falaza Reserve. Enjoy dinner and a night in Hluhluwe.

Day 6: Hluhluwe - Swaziland (Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Departure for your 4x4 safari in the reserve. Then head back to the hotel and have breakfast. Head off on the road to Swaziland, a small independent kingdom. The current King H.M. KING MSWATI III was crowned in April 1986. Swaziland owes its picturesque character to the prevention of its traditions, habitats, ceremonies and political institutions. The language of the country is SISWATI. This is traditional Africa. Most of the inhabitants will still consult the "Inyanga", the sorcerer healer, or the "Sangoma", the traditional healer. Lunch is at your leisure.

Our Excursion Suggestions:

Visit the many markets, craft shops  (including candles and glass). Visit Swaziland's national parks such as the Mlilwane Reserve  where you can enjoy the scenery during a mountain bike ride, a walk with a specialist guide.

Visit the Mantenga Cultural Village to discover the customs and language "Swazi" which has a strong "Sotho" influence. The passion with which this community will pass on its knowledge and indigenous practices will not leave you indifferent. It is a fine example of solidarity that this community full of energy and cultural knowledge shows us.

Enjoy a 1-night stay at Foresters Arms Hotel in a Standard Room on a half board basis. Dinner and a night in  Swaziland is included. 
Day 7: Swaziland - Kruger Park (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Enjoy breakfast before departing for Hazyview.

Our Excursion Suggestions: These will need to be booked and confirmed before departure

Interaction with elephants

Experience the fascinating experience of getting as close as possible to these magnificent creatures and discover their intelligence, compassionate nature and curiosity when it comes to interacting with their human counterparts. This activity offers you the opportunity to pet the elephants, greet them and offer them delicacies. Experienced healers will share their passion for the fascinating pachyderm. Duration: 1 hour / Schedule: 9am, 12pm and 4pm/ minimum age: 4 years 
Note: Kruger Park entry not included - price to date: ZAR  440 per person per day

Arrival at Kruger Park, created in 1898 by President Kruger.  Kruger Park is 350 km long and 60 km wide or 20,000 km2. It is the largest wildlife reserve in the country. The park brings together nearly 150 species of mammals, more than 500 birds and 100 reptiles, including the famous "Big Five" (Bufflos, Rhinoceros, Elephants, Lions and Leopards) but also zebras, giraffes, crocodiles.

Enjoy a 2-night stay at Mjejane River Lodge in a Standard Room on a full board basis with 2 safaris per day. Lunch will be depending on arrival time. Depart on an afternoon 4x4 safari. Have dinner before a night at the lodge. 

Day 8: Kruger Park (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Enjoy a day of full board dining and lodge activities.
Day 9: Kruger Park - Blyde River Canyon (Breakfast Included)
After breakfast depart towards the region of the Blyde River Canyon.

Our Excursion Suggestions:

Visit the 20 km long Blyde River Canyon,  where the construction of a dam gave birth to a charming lake. On the road, discover the Giant Marmites (Bourkes Luke Potholes), the 3 huts (Three Rondavels), the windows of God (God's Windows). There is also the option of possible hikes to take here. Guests can have lunch at Pilgrim's Rest and explore the village. Take full advantage of the largest man-made forest estate! It is possible to discover splendid waterfalls. Discover the incredible caves of Sudwala, via the Long Tom Pass.

Enjoy a 1-night stay at Blyde River Canyon Lodge in a Standard Room with breakfast. The rest of the meals are at leisure before a night at the hotel.

Day 10: Blyde River Canyon - Johannesburg - Departure (Breakfast Included)
Enjoy breakfast before heading off on the road to Johannesburg. Return your rental vehicle at the TAMBO JOHANNESBURG GOLD Airport. Note: The vehicle is rented in 24-hour increments. The vehicle must therefore be returned before the time when customers took care of it in Durban. Check-in to catch your flight home.

Your Tour Hotels

Our members will stay at the following 4* category hotels in a Standard Room with meals included as per itinerary.

4* Category Hotels

Your Tour Hotels Your Tour Hotels
The Cape - 3-night stay at the Grenadine Petite Hotel (breakfast)

Durban - 1-night stay Quarters on Florida (Breakfast)

Hluhluwe - 1-night stay at the Falaza Game Lodge (Half Board) + room/tent and 1 safari in Falaza Reserve

Swaziland - 1-night stay at Foresters Arms Hotel (Half Board) 

Kruger Region - 2-night stay at Mjejane River Lodge (Full Board) and 2 Safaris 

Blyde River - 1-night stay at Blyde River Canyon Lodge (breakfast)

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults
or
Adults Adults
2 Adults
+
1 Child

Please note: the bed for the 3rd/4th guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.

If one of the accommodations offered is not available, the tour will offer accommodation alternatives according to availability, indicating the difference in rates if necessary and we will validate these accommodation alternatives with your agreement.

Please note that due to the current global health pandemic (COVID-19), certain restaurants and buffets may be closed or places and tables may be limited. We strongly recommend that you contact the hotel for further information two days before your arrival.

Please note that due to the current global health pandemic (COVID-19), the cultural, leisure and wellness activities, as well as the outdoor swimming pools at this hotel, may be closed or limited in terms of access. We advise you to contact the hotel or the tourist office two days before your arrival.

Your Journey

Flights: You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process.

The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Transfers are not included in this offer.

Car Hire: For the freedom to explore your destination at your own pace, car hire is included. This will be in a Group C Toyota Corolla/similar. Details: Manual, air-con, power-steering, central locking, ABS, airbags, Radio/CD Luggage: 2 medium, 1 small suitcase, 1 carry on.

What you will need: 
- Compulsory international driver's license for all vehicle rentals.
- Mandatory credit card - An amount (ZAR 3,725 will be deducted at the beginning of the rental and returned at the end of the rental / GPS Caution - ZAR 1000.

Weather

Jan
min : 16°C max : 26°C
Feb
min : 16°C max : 26°C
Mar
min : 15°C max : 25°C
Apr
min : 13°C max : 23°C
May
min : 11°C max : 20°C
Jun
min : 9°C max : 18°C
Jul
min : 9°C max : 17°C
Aug
min : 9°C max : 18°C
Sep
min : 11°C max : 19°C
Oct
min : 12°C max : 21°C
Nov
min : 14°C max : 23°C
Dec
min : 15°C max : 25°C

Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information please click here. 

Please note that the advice can change, and you should continue to check all advice until you travel. 


Entry Requirements 

You must ensure you have a valid passport to travel on. 

If your passport describes you as a British Citizen, you do not need a visa to enter South Africa. For non-British citizens, you should check the current entry requirements on the website of the Foreign Ministry and if necessary, confirm with the South African High Commission. 


Health
 

For information about important health advice and any vaccinations required please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

As of 15th March 2018 Plasmodium falciparum malaria has been reported in 2 UK residents, who had recently returned from the Waterberg region. Further information is available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre

If vaccinations or other preventive measures are required, you will need to visit your health professional at least 8 weeks before your trip. In the event that you are referred to a medical facility for treatment, you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately. 

Please note that passport, visa and health requirements can change. It is every traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport, any required visas, and all the necessary vaccinations/health requirements as well as adequate insurance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UK Government is currently requesting that all travellers returning to the UK, (with exceptions), must provide their journey and contact details up to 48 hours before arrival, and self-isolate at home for 14 days. These restrictions will be reviewed every three weeks. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel, and this advice is also being kept under constant review.

In More Detail

Please find practical information about the property and your trip: 

This property is not accessible to people with reduced mobility. 
Check-in time: 3 pm
Check-out time: before 12 pm

Our price doesn't include any additional taxes which may be payable locally.

Please Note: 
Check-in outside the hotel's standard times may incur additional fees. Check out times are subject to change, please check these with the hotel upon arrival.
Schedules and prices are subject to change. 
If the property is accessible to people with reduced mobility, this is subject to availability. To book a room for reduced mobility, please contact our Customer Services Team. 

What's Included

  • 9-night stay in 4* hotels according to the program in a Standard Double Room
  • Meals according to program
  • English-speaking welcome on arrival for the handing over of your documents
  • Rental vehicle according to the program - Unlimited mileage / insurance / contract fees / abandonment fees Johannesburg- Durban - Vehicle type Base 2: car category C "Toyota Corolla / manual" (or similar)
  • 15% tax
  • Domestic CPT/DUR flight in economy class

Not Included

  • Tips guides/driver/rangers/porters/hotel as an indication, from
  • Accompanying guide 2 per person per day
  • Driver of the tour bus 1 per person per day
  • Ranger during safaris 2 euros per person per day
  • For car rental extras to know (estimated price, per hire): about ZAR 495 per additional driver per hire / petrol / child seat
  • Airport taxes /visas
  • International flights
  • Airports/hotels baggage port
  • Suggested excursions
  • Park entrances (Kruger Park: R440 PP /per day)
  • Personal expenses / Tips guides / drivers / rangers
  • Insurance
  • All services not mentioned
  • Any visas, vaccinations, or necessary administrative procedures: Please inform your clients via the entry/stay and health sections on https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/conseils-par-pays-destination/
  • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals.
  • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays

Car Hire

Please note you cannot be guaranteed a specific make of car within a certain group.The minimum age for driving a hire car in South Africa is 21 and drivers must have held a full driving licence for a least 1 year. 

If you don't have a driver's license for the country you are travelling in, you will need either a European or international driving license.

The lead name on the booking will be confirmed as the named driver.  The named driver must present a credit card in their name when collecting the car (credit cards in other names will not be accepted).

The named driver must also present a full valid driving licence on collection of the vehicle and in some cases a credit card or cash deposit will be required.

Please ensure that you check your car hire documents carefully once received as this will advise if there are any taxes/charges to be paid locally as well as potential mileage restrictions.

Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Important Information

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

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