Classic South Africa self drive holiday

“Explore Cape Town and the Winelands, drive a section of the Garden Route, drop off the car and fly to Kruger National Park for 3 days spent on safari.”

Highlights

Cape Town | Robben Island | Table Mountain | Winelands | DeHoop National Park | Garden Route | Plettenberg Bay | Tsitsikamma Forest | Monkeyland Primate Rescue Centre | Kruger National Park | Optional boat trips to Plettenburg Bay or Featherbed Nature Reserve |

Description of Classic South Africa self drive holiday

This South Africa fly drive holiday is just over two weeks in duration and provides the perfect introduction for responsible travellers wishing to visit South Africa for the first time.

Starting from Cape Town we suggest you take in the world-famous sites of Table Mountain, Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront prior to heading out on a day trip to the Cape Peninsula where Cape Point and Boulder's Beach provide a dramatic coastal setting to help put natural SA into perspective.

After the excitement of crashing coastal images and the fun of watching penguins in the surf, your South Africa fly drive holiday takes a gentler course with the vineyards of Franschhoek supplying the refreshment prior to heading off on one of the world's most scenic road trips, along the gorgeous Garden Route.

This stunning coastal drive takes South Africa fly drive holidays to new heights with stretches of lagoon, dense forests and sandy beaches allowing travellers to get a real taste of the country's stunning natural beauty alongside numerous hiking and boating activities to complement time spent out of the car.

Concluding your South Africa fly drive holiday with a safari is always going to be a hit and also offers an amazing opportunity to listen to experienced guides and rangers as they let you in on a few safari secrets and help you understand the fragility of the unique ecosystems that make up the South African bush.

As you'd hope from South Africa fly drive holidays, this suggested two week itinerary has been designed to let you explore in and out of the car at a pace that suits you. Hand-picked accommodation has been personally tried and tested by our experienced South Africa team and suggested day excursions have also undergone first-hand selection procedures before being added to the itinerary.

All accommodation has been selected for its proximity to local points of interest as well as first-class facilities, customer service and excellent dining options. Accommodation owners and staff are renowned for their knowledge and passion for South Africa, so don't be afraid to ask questions so as to increase your insight of the local area as you explore on your South Africa fly drive holiday.

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Departure information

Our trips are tailor made and departures can be arranged all year round. This itinerary is simply a suggestion which can be modified entirely to your personal wishes including departure date, duration accommodation used and how long you spend in each destination.
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Environment

There is an opportunity to visit a large number of national parks and reserves: Table Mountain National Reserve Park, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Wilderness National Park, Tsitsikamma National park, The Featherbed Nature Reserve and the Kruger National Park. The majority of the parks and reserves in South Africa run environmental educational programmes, support research projects and many have developed their own environmental projects. For example, The De Hoop Nature Reserve is an associate of the CapeNature organisation, which aims to transform biodiversity conservation into a key component of local economic development through eco-tourism. Your visit to this park will actively support this project. Nottens Lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve is a family run lodge employing local Shangaan staff from the small rural villages outside the Kruger and actively support the local communities. The lodge has no electric lighting and generates its power from natural sources.

The companies we recommend to use for whale watching and the Ocean Safari are also FTTSA-certified for their Responsible Travel work practices. The FTTSA-credited company that we recommend for whale watching is extensively involved in marine conservation, assisting scientific research and supporting several conservation organisations, such as CapeNature. They are also actively involved in the rescue and care of injured birds and seals and the clearing of marine litter in the area. In addition, the company runs educational tours for local school children to expose them to the marine environment and also initiated the Nolwandle Project which takes into consideration the social, economic and environmental impact of the cruises that they operate.

Monkey Land is a rescue centre where primates from zoos and private hands are allowed to return to their natural habitat after time spend in captivity. There are guides to take you on walks through the forested enclosure and introduce you to the monkeys and gibbons now living there.

Community

The property you will stay at for safari is one that has been accredited by Fair Trade and Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). FTTSA awards this status to qualifying guest houses as a way of signifying their commitment to Fair Trade criteria including fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing, fair operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and environment. By electing to stay at an FTTSA-certified establishment, tourists are assured that their travel benefits local communities and economies, and that the business is operated ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

All the other recommended accommodation are all locally owned and employ local staff who are learning the hospitality industry providing them with qualifications for the future. Because they are owner-run the passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for the local area is vast and the staff will sit with you helping you plan your days so you get the most out of this amazing country.

Reviews of Classic South Africa self drive holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our trip took in 5 different areas of South Africa and every single part of it was unforgettable. We spent 3 nights in the northern Drakensburg, 3 nights in The
Battlefields and 3 nights on safari in Thanda, KwaZulu Natal. Then went on to 3 nights in Cape Town and 2 nights in Hermanus. Every single aspect of the
holiday was memorable: the scenery, people, wildlife, food, wine.....I could go on.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The holiday will be planned entirely around your likes and preferences, so think carefully about what you want to get out if your trip. Then take advice from
the experts at the holiday providers, they really do know the country and will know what's feasible/best within your timescales and budget. Other providers may be slightly cheaper, but we were so thankful for their expertise and pro-active customer service.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All the hotels/guesthouses used were locally owned and investments were being made in projects to support their communities - education, health and
conservation. There was a high level of concern for the environment (Soth Africa has been suffering an extended drought) and green energy sources.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A-MAZ-ING in every single aspect!! Also, our youngest son broke his ankle one week before we flew. This was no problem for Anna at the holiday provider, who
arranged wheelchair assistance with the airlines and contacted the guesthouses to request rooms on the ground floor or close to communal areas, as applicable. So special thanks are in order.

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