+27 31 572 4227
info@southerncircle.com
We Specialize In Creating Wow Memories of Southern Africa
info@southerncircle.com
We Specialize In Creating Wow Memories of Southern Africa
+27 31 572 4227
info@southerncircle.com
We Specialize In Creating Wow Memories of Southern Africa
+27 31 572 4227

Self-Drive Itinerary Design South Africa

Self-drive itinerary design

To start with your self-drive itinerary design, obtain an itinerary of a guided tour through the area you are planning to visit. See our pages describing the Full Itineraries of our tours. We highly recommend that you observe the general rule of thumb (to allow 25 – 30% more time for a self-drive) when using a scheduled tour itinerary to design your self-drive package. The distance travelled is extremely important. If you are trying to travel too far per day your holiday can turn into a miserable experience. South Africa covers an area of around 2,2 million square kilometres and distances on maps are easily misread when planning routes between stops.

Tour operators in South Africa generally work on a maximum distance of 350km per day. You may increase this to 500km on some days as you can save time at stops when on a  self-drive. If you exceed the 500km mark one day, it is advisable to have a relatively short distance the following day. Allow 45 minutes to an hour for each stop, and more where meals are involved. Our main roads are generally good and not too congested with traffic.  Instead, you may encounter the odd domestic or wild animal, so plan on 60 to 75 minutes to travel 100km. Smaller roads could be worse and it is advisable to check road conditions with our local Automobile Association beforehand.

Nothing prevents you from adding a guided tour/s to specialized areas such as game reserves or city tours for orientation purposes to your self-drive itinerary. In fact, most self-drivers have some guided sections as part of their overall holiday package.

Follow this link to get your own self-drive itinerary, already designed for you!

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