So where do you start when it comes to planning your South Africa trip?
Realistically there is too much to see on just one visit, so it’s important to have a clear idea as to what your must see’s are.
Most people start in Cape Town as their first stop off point and then build their trip from there. Cape Town is home to Table Mountain, Robben Island and a good base for day trips to Cape Point, Winelands and Whale Coast if you would rather not move around too much.
Easy to navigate and driving on the same side of the road as the UK, means that the majority of visitors self drive. It allows for flexibility, value and is a great way to explore the tourist highlights as well as getting off the beaten track.
Self Drive the Garden Route
A self Drive itinerary can be as as short or as long as you want to make it. You could leisurely work your way into the winelands, down to the coast before returning to Cape Town or if you are keen to explore the garden route, you can drive right through to Port Elizabeth and the private game reserves of the Eastern Cape beyond.
There is a good flight network between the major cities, so if driving is not your thing, or you want to combine different areas easily then linking up is very straightforward.
Geographically there are many areas that offer a safari, depending on how important this is to the whole trip. The Eastern Cape and Kwa Zulu Natal offer a good safari experience but if you want wide open spaces and a more immersive safari experience then of course Kruger National Park and the surrounding areas is a must.
Don’t overlook Kwa Zulu Natal for rural retreats, unspoilt coastline, the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains and home to the historic battlefields. If you have interest in history this region really brings the story of the Anglo – Zulu war to life.