Classic South Africa self drive vacation
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.
Cape Town Robben Island Table Mountain Winelands DeHoop National Park Garden Route Plettenberg Bay Tsitsikamma Forest Kruger National Park Optional boat trips to Plettenburg Bay or Featherbed Nature Reserve
US $5650 including domestic flights only
The price includes 13 nights accommodation, private transfers, car hire and all domestic flights within South Africa.
Description of Classic South Africa self drive vacation
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.
This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.
3 Reviews of Classic South Africa self drive vacation
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019 by Karin HiltonThe most exciting part of the vacation was the safari. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Dec 2017 by Jill RobertsSo many memories as it was so varied - the safari experience, the wildlife and the birdlife, dramatic coastlines and mountain passes. Excellent for a first time visit to South Africa. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Aug 2016 by Philippa RollOur trip took in 5 different areas of South Africa and every single part of it was unforgettable Read full review
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PlanetThere 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.
PeopleThe 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.