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. Or we can transfer you to your hotel and then your rental car is delivered later that day.

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.

South Africa self-drive -Winelands

Mix Self-Drive with Touring

Remember you don’t have to take a rental car for ALL of your 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?

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.

South Africa self-drive - Drakensberg

Off the Beaten Track South Africa Self -Drive

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 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.

Mr Guy Crabb - Ginny

"Ginny listened to what we wanted and delivered an itinerary that pretty much blew us away." Mr Guy Crabb

Rwanda was inspiring

"My wife and I approached Cederberg requesting a draft itinerary and recommendations for a visit to Rwanda. We received prompt, well-informed assistance, and a final itinerary which was absolutely perfect. Our tour of the country was well-structured in terms of acclimatisation, pace and variety. On the second last day of our visit, we met up with another group who had opted for a different tour agency, and were exhausted by the disproportionate amount of time spent on the road rather than enjoying the delights of their respective destinations." Mr David, USA

Mr Chris Day, UK - Peter

"Peter couldn’t have been more helpful, and his suggestions were all relevant and useful to us." Mr Chris Day, UK
 
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Most amazing holiday in SA

"Thank you for the most amazing holiday in South Africa. The three lodges were all selected with great care and each had a different atmosphere. All transfers worked entirely smoothly and we were even met on arrival at Johannesburg airport to be escorted the few yards to the airport hotel! Cedarberg really came into their own when BA messed up theoutgoing flight (twice) and Ginny spent her entire Bank Holiday weekend sorting it out for us." Mr Mike Ricks, UK

I loved the trip!

"I loved the trip. The accommodation was all lovely, i.e. comfortable, nicely located, some nice touches (e.g. treats at bed turn down), the managers were all helpful. The locations of each were also beautiful and convenient for what we wanted to do" Mrs Deb, USA

10 out of 10 for everything

"The holiday was exceptionally good and we all enjoyed every moment, especially my son Stephen (10 years old). The fact that Stephen enjoyed it says a lot since he is a seasoned traveller (as are most expat kids) having been to almost 20 countries already in his lifetime. We returned with more than a thousand photos and wonderful memories of what Africa can offer at its best" Family De Waal,