Self Drive family safari South Africa

13 Days – Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
Perfect rental car route.
Stay in carefully selected family room accommodation.
Witness Africas Big 5.
Enjoy Cape Towns Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. 

Accommodation and Meals as per the itinerary
Family rooms are included


Not included:
International Flights
Car Hire (enquire for info)
Fees for the National Parks, optional excursions and activities
Travel insurance




Day 1 and 2: Port Elizabeth – Addo Elephant Rest Camp

Takeover of the rental car at the airport. Drive to the Addo Elephant Rest Camp. This is a fairly short drive covering around 100kms. We recommend you drive on the N2 and then onto the N10. Then follow the signs onto the R342 to Addo Elephant National Park.

Today and tomorrow you go in search for the wildlife. In Addo you have the leisure of conducting your own self drive in search of the wildlife. We encourage you to ask the local guides and fellow travellers about the daily sightings.

There is an option to upgrade your travel plans. Our middle tier option is Sibuya River lodge (or similar) and top tier is Kwandawe Ecca Lodge (or similar). These locations offer private guided drives with tracker in Private Game Reserves. Afternoon and morning game drives. Bush walks can be organised but no children under 16 can participate. These PRIVATE reserves offer you the chance at seeing the Big 5  ~ Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard.

Day 3: Addo Elephant National Park – Saint Francis Bay.

Drive towards the coast. This is roughly 200kms. We recommend that you head back to the N10 as the route that you entered back to Port Elizabeth. Continue along the N2 until you see signs for Saint Francis Bay. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the small town of Saint Francis Bay. Head down to the beach for a sunset walk or swim. 

Accommodation at Oyster Bay Lodge. Middle tier option is inclusive of Bed, Breakfast and dinner. Top tier is All inclusive ~ Bed, Breakfast, dinner, beverages and 1 activity.

4 – 5 Day: Saint Francis Bay – Knysna

Today you drive to the coastal town of Knysna. Stop in and visit the Tsitsikamma National Park on the way. This is around 200kms.

Overnight at The Rex or similar. We suggest as our middle tier option The Hog Hollow or similar and as our top tier  The Conrad Pezula.

Day 6: Knysna – Oudtshoorn

Drive over the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn.This is roughly 150kms. Visit an ostrich farm close to your accommodation.

Overnight at De Zeekoe or similar. As our middle Tier Option we recommend Buffels Drift Game Lodge (Luxury Tent) or similar. As our top tier option we recommend The Buffels Drift Game Lodge (Waterfront Tent).

7 – 8 Day: Oudtshoorn – Gondwana Game Reserve

After breakfast, drive to the Gondwana Game Reserve. This is about 150kms. You will have the opportunity to experience game drives in open off-road vehicle.

There is also a special children’s program (from 6 years). Overnight Garden Route Game Lodge or similar. As our middle and top tier options we recommend Gondwana Game Lodge or similar.

Day 9: Gondwana Game Reserve – De Hoop Nature Reserve. 

The journey is around 200kms and takes you to the beautiful nature reserve of De Hoop. Top tier activities are included. Lodging De Hoop Vlei Cottage or similar. Middle tier De Hoop Opstal Houses or similar. Our top tier recommendation is Grootbos Garden Lodge.

Day 10: De Hoop Nature Reserve to Cape Town

Drive to Cape Town and stop at Betty’s Bay. This is a 200km drive depending on which route you would like to do. There you will have the chance to see the African Penguin Colony that resides here. Once you have had your full of the wonderful penguins continue onto Cape Town. A further 100kms to the V&A Waterfront.

Lodging for this evening will be at Village & Life Waterfront Village or similar. Our middle tier option is  Lawhill Luxury Apartments or similar and our top tier option is The One & Only.

11 – 12 Day: Cape Town. 

There are many activities for both adults and children to share in Cape Town. Drive to the Cape of Good Hope or visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. Boulders beach for a second chance to see the threatened African Penguin. Climb Table mountain or head to Lions head for sunset. Explore Clifton beach or the V&A Water front. 

Lodging Village & Life Waterfront Village or similar. Middle tier Lawhill Luxury Apartments or similar and top tier The One & Only or similar.

Day 13: Cape Town – Flight home. End.

Price: Based on a family of 4 with children over the age of 12

Please Enquire for the total for the 12 nights and 13 days

Price includes:

2 Nights accommodation at Addo Elephant Rest Camp Family Chalet (Self Catering)
1 Night Oyster Bay Lodge Family Room breakfast
2 Nights at aha The Rex Hotel (restaurant on site)
1 Night De Zeekoe including breakfast (Optional extra -Meerkat Excursion R500 Per Person – Highly recommended)
2 Nights accommodation at Garden Route Lodge – Full Board
1 Night De Hoop Collection – Vlei Cottage self catering Cottage (restaurant on site)
3 Nights accommodation at the Village and Life – V & A Waterfront

Price does not include:

National Park Entrance fees
Any optional extra activities – Most can be paid direct
International Flights
Travel Insurance
Room service or services of a personal nature
Rental Car fees
Petrol for the duration of the trip
Drinks at the various locations

These rates can change and CM Travels reserves the right to do so. Due to currency fluctuations, change of season or prices from suppliers.

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