Easy routes for South Africa self-drive tours

south africa self drive chapmans peak roadSo you’ve done our Quiz on whether a South Africa self drive is right for you,  and you are somewhere in the middle. You like the idea of a South Africa self-drive, but don’t want to be too adventurous.

Luckily South Africa –  specifically the Garden Route & Cape Town – offers plenty of great options for you.




A Quick Recap on why a South Africa or Garden Route Self Drive is easy

• Roads are generally wide, in good condition and signage is good.
• All our rental cars come with GPS as standard.
• We also provide comprehensive directions to each hotel or lodge.


How to choose a South Africa self drive tour?

We have plenty of sample self-drives on our website. Most of them are perfect for a first time visitor to South Africa. However many people opt for a tailormade trip.

Here are just a few of the easier Cape & Garden Route self drive routes:


Mellow Cape Self Drive

This popular and leisurely self drive tour begins in Cape Town and meanders through the Winelands and the whale country around Hermanus. Then you take the Route 62 to the Little Karoo andthe Garden Route to finish with Addo Elephant Park. It’s 11 nights but you can add on private safari if you want, making a 13 night trip…


Faces of the Cape Self Drive

This luxurious self drive tour begins in Cape Town and then heads to three contrasting areas – the verdant Cape Winelands, the dramatic Cedarberg mountains and the Whale Coast. It’s ideal for an easy-going honeymoon (you can add nights any where you want) and it’s simple to add a romantic safari afterwards.


Relaxing Rascals Family Self Drive

This relaxing tour is one of our Family Self Drives and is ideal for all ages of kids. It also includes Cape Town, the Little Karoo, Garden Route with a malaria-free family friendly safari at the end.


South Africa Self drive questions to ask yourself when planning a trip with us:


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However most of our clients do a tailor-made South Africa self drive that suits them taking their interests, time of year and budget into account.

1) How far do you like to travel (in terms of driving hours) when going from one destination to another?

2) Do you like to meander from one destination for 1-2 nights to another with relatively short travelling distance between* Or would you prefer a longer stays and a longer drive to the next destination (eg 4-5 hours drive)?

3) Would you like to break up the self-drive with some day excursions or transfers?

4) Would you like to reduce the driving with a short flight – if there is a suitable one. This is more expensive but can be more relaxing. Good examples of flights we usually include are the flights from Johannesburg to the Kruger area (saving 5-6 hours of driving), the flight from Johannesburg to Durban (saving 6 hours) and sometimes the flight from Cape Town to George on the Garden Route (saving 4-5 hours driving)

If you can think about your answers to these questions, it helps us to plan a trip that suits you perfectly.

* Remember that South Africa is a large country and so a ‘short’ travelling time for us is less than 2 hours! A typically travelling time between destinations would be 2-4 hours. We try to avoid longer trips but occasionally it’s unavoidable depending on what you want to see and the time you have.


What to do now?

Check out our South Africa Self drive sample tours

OR Send us an enquiry for a tailormade self drive

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Kate Bergh is co-founder of Cedarberg African Travel, a specialist tour operator for Southern and East Africa.

She heads up the South African office, having lived in South Africa since 1993. Her home looks up to the Cedarberg Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and cycling, when she’s not out discovering new places to visit, with her three children in tow. Kate has travelled extensively throughout the region to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as most areas of South Africa. She also loves history, meeting people and a good thriller...


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