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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!
During the safari, you will be staying at 3-star accommodations provided by Self Drive Southern Africa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.