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.

Exceeded all expectations

"Cedarberg was professional, responsive, and personable. All flights, all transfers, all accommodation, all activities, and the safari itself went exactly to plan. The experience, end-to-end, exceeded all expectations." Mr Michael Barnard

Competitively Priced

"Cedarberg were helpful, easy to deal with, competitively priced." Mrs Jane Perrins, UK

Very pleased with service

"Very pleased with service received from Cedarberg – queries adequately answered, friendly + helpful staff (it helped me that there was a UK tel number to call), documents sent were clear and comprehensive." Mrs Johnn, USA
 
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"I will write in detail about all the places. In the meantime, I just wanted to write you a quick note to say THANK YOU so much for putting a wonderful trip together for our family. From the beginning to the end the trip was amazing. I will highly recommend you to anyone in the future for South Africa." Mr Gord Dubey, USA

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