South Africa Self-Drive

A self-drive holiday in South Africa offers independence and flexibility with a great road network. Outside the cities, the relatively empty roads remind us why we once loved driving for fun.

Overview

Self-drive holidays are wildly popular in South Africa and justifiably so. You can collect a rental car in one city and drop it in another. You can collect at the airport on arrival. Though we prefer to transfer you to your hotel, and then your rental car is delivered later that day when you are rested.

Our sample self-drive holidays in South Africa highlight some of the routes that are most popular with Cedarberg clients such as Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route. All are expertly planned, drawing on our many years of specialist experience. But most of our self-drive itineraries are tailor-made after listening to you.

Mix Self-Drive in South Africa with Private Touring

Remember you don’t have to take a rental car for ALL of your safari holiday. Many clients combine self-drive with other modes of transport. They take road or air transfers to their game lodge for their safari. Or enjoy some private touring in Cape Town - to get the lie of the land - before setting off on an easy meander along the Garden Route. What could be easier?

South Africa self-drive -Winelands

Naturally we believe that using a self-drive specialist to plan your trip is invaluable! We have an intimate knowledge of all the roads in South Africa. Which routes work well and which are a little more tricky. We know what’s a comfortable distance to travel in a day.

Off the Beaten Track Self -Drive in South Africa

Are you keen to head off-the-beaten-track? We have a number of options for more adventurous clients. These are priced with an SUV rental car for higher clearance and good visibility. (You rarely need an actual 4x4 in South Africa but we can advise you depending on when and where you want to go.)

Cape to Kalahari
Cape to Namibia
Zeederberg Trail

Highlights

  • Self-drive in South Africa gives you the freedom to explore, to immerse yourself in the landscapes and to to set the pace.
  • Car rental in South Africa is affordable, easy and flexible.
  • We provide route maps, detailed directions and a comprehensive itinerary with suggested routes & what to see.
  • The road network is excellent, signs are in English and driving is on the left-hand side.

Clearly experts on South Africa!

"Very helpful on the phone and by email. Lots of detailed advice and clearly experts on South Africa! Would definitely use again and have already recommended to friends. " Ms Abrahams, UK

A quite outstanding holiday

"We have just returned from a quite outstanding holiday. Milandi listened to what we wanted and organised it perfectly. The standard of the whole trip was even better than we expected and the itinerary was interesting, enjoyable, relaxing and fun in exactly the right proportions. " Mr Allan Cole

It was a fabulous holiday

"I have booked through Cedarberg before and this is why I came back, as I was highly satisfied. This time it was a bit more complicated as Peter had less experience with Uganda himself and he had to communicate with Wildlife Frontiers a lot, which took time and some backwards and forwards. In the end it was so worth it, as it was a fabulous holiday. Peter also recommended the group experience and that was the right thing for a single traveller, we had a fantastic group of five and had all meals together. Otherwise I would have been on my own for the whole trip. " Mrs Monika Maintz
 

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Africa Travel Specialist

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