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6 Days Budget Self-Drive Safari South Africa

  • Johannesburg - Pretoria - Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre - Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

6 Days Budget Self-Drive Safari South Africa

  • Johannesburg - Pretoria - Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre - Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Amazing South Africa Safari

Join Self Drive Southern Africa in this amazing 6-day safari in South Africa. This self-drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace with a large degree of flexibility and offers you a bit of everything, from wildlife and bird watching to stunning scenery, fascinating cultures, interesting history, and amazing sightseeing. From enjoying a day of exploring Portia to spending the entire day in Kruger to search for the Big Five, you can experience the best things South Africa has to offer!


  • Big Five safari
  • Portia City sightseeing
  • Animal rehabilitation center visit
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 5 activity days
  • English
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During the safari, you will be staying at 3-star accommodations provided by Self Drive Southern Africa.

Day 1

In the morning, Self Drive Southern Africa’s representative will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). Collect your hired vehicle from the rental office at Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport (JNB). Then, depart Johannesburg to Pretoria for a city tour that includes the Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger House, Church Square, and Union Buildings. You will stay overnight at the charming little lodge, Journey’s Inn Africa, located near the airport in Johannesburg.

Day 2

Travel via Middelburg, Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Robbers Pass, and Pilgrim’s Rest to Hazyview which is situated in the province of Mpumalanga, meaning “the land of the rising sun”. You can spend a couple of hours in the old gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a museum in its entirety. You will stay overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley where you will be served breakfast in the morning.

Day 3

Travel the Panorama Route with the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, admire the natural beauty of God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third deepest canyon in the world, and enjoy lunch along the way. Depending on availability, you can enjoy some African culture with singing, dancing, and dinner at Shangana, a traditional Shangaan village. You can meet the chief with his 3 wives and 36 children. You will stay overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley. The breakfast will be included.

Day 4

Depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park, visit Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (Kapama Cheetah Breeding and Research Centre). Enter Kruger National Park through Orpen Gate, spend the rest of the day in Kruger National Park. Tonight, you will stay overnight in Kruger National Park where you will also be served breakfast.

Day 5

You have this entire day in Kruger to search for the Big Five and a host of other animals. Travel to the southern section of Kruger. Kruger National Park is known to be the most diverse park in the world with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, 506 birds, 55 amphibians and 1980 plant species. You will stay overnight in Kruger. For optional activities, you can enjoy unset on the open vehicle safari with a local ranger.

Day 6

Breakfast and another morning at leisure in Kruger, before returning to Johannesburg, the commercial hub of South Africa. Drop off your hired vehicle at the rentals office at O R Tambo International Airport (JNB). There will be time for some last-minute shopping, before your departure home or onward flight.

The safari will take place in Johannesburg, Portia, Kruger National Park, Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in South Africa.

  • 3 breakfasts
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Big Five safari at Kruger National Park
  • Car hire
  • Insurance on vehicle hire
  • Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre visits
  • Beverages
  • Conservation and entrance fees
  • Cost of excess baggage
  • Flights
  • Gratuities
  • Passport / visa fees
  • Personal purchases
  • Phone calls
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Dale Leeds from Colorado, USA
    9 out of 10

    "I have used the services of this company twice for two very different trips. Both experiences were terrific and everything was handled exactly as I told it would be. I was slightly nervous doing something like this over the internet the first time but everything was professionally and expediently handled including Laurence and Alida giving me clear expectations of what to expect and their follow through on communications has been superior. I don’t have experience with the guided tours but I am an experienced traveler and very comfortable with the self-drive experience. Basically, I wanted to travel with this company to save me the work of setting everything up which takes a ton of time and I wanted a “safety net” should something come up during the trip. If you have traveled a bit on your own Laurence and Alida can save you a lot of time at very low cost and the company will be there to support you should something unexpected come up. The recommended tours are good but many times I wanted to make some modifications to see or do specific things, which is not on the recommended tour. These modifications were graciously accepted and changes to the itinerary were made on my behalf. Something I found very helpful is that on a couple of occasions I was told that a request I had made was unrealistic (distance of travel in a day) or unnecessary (GPS on most recent trip). You can see that I like working with this group and the last sentence is a compliment rather than something negative about my experience. I think this company has something for everyone. If you are a confident or experienced traveler go with the self-drive tour and you won’t be disappointed. If not, give the guided tour a go as based on my experience the quality of the work done on your behalf will be equally high in quality. When I have another opportunity to self-drive in South Africa I will definitely use this company again."

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  • Review by Agneta and Martin Pigotte from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "We met Laurence and Alida at a travel show in London. We were impressed by their enthusiasm and approach and knowledge of South Africa and decided to request a proposal from them. We opted for a comprehensive tour, including three days of safari in a private game park in the Kruger area, a self-drive tour of the Garden Route, ending in Cape Town. Laurence was very prompt and helpful in providing a proposal and tailoring it as a result of our comments and preferences. We booked our own flights, but everything else was organized by Laurence and Alida. He met us a Johannesburg airport and we spent the first night at their pleasant lodge. We were very pleased with the itinerary and choices of accommodation that they made for us. This was our first trip to South Africa and we were slightly apprehensive about security but found Laurence’s advice very helpful and we felt completely confident and safe by following his itinerary and advise. All in all a very memorable trip made easy."

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  • Review by Alex Miller from United States
    9 out of 10

    "I had a nice visit. Now that I’ve done it once, I would be in a much better position to provide you with my interests. I felt like the safari didn’t really begin until I hit Kruger, and I would place greater emphasis on wildlife viewing and less emphasis on driving and sightseeing. Umlani was fantastic. We saw the Big Five both days I was there. We saw a leopard take down an impala from only 20 feet away! We were surrounded by herds of elephants and cape buffalo. It was simply superb and the staffs were first rate. The truck and camper were fine. I very much appreciate your help in organizing the trip. It would not have been possible without you. I especially appreciate the honesty and integrity you showed in processing exchange rates, handling payments, etc. I would not hesitate to use your services again or to recommend you to anyone else. More folks from the USA need to understand how easy you make it to visit South Africa and enjoy an unforgettable African adventure."

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