SELF-DRIVE HOLIDAY INFORMATION –
In addition to the suggested comprehensive day to day self-drive itineraries with options and deviations, we also supply you with the vital information to turn your trip into a great holiday you will remember for a long time to come! We know you can get the info on most, if not all the topics mentioned hereunder by searching Internet search engines, however, our information is derived from years of operating tours and services in South Africa. So you can imagine the intimate information and tips we built up over that time. We promise you all the self-drive logistical information to get you around all of South Africa without any of those small, or sometimes bigger, challenges you may encounter along the way.
DEPARTING FROM MAJOR CITIES
We suggest departure points on each itinerary from other major cities. For instance, if the itinerary you choose departs from Port Elizabeth, we supply available flight details with estimated times from your arrival city such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban to get you to Port Elizabeth to start your tour.
We supply the latest road conditions for the area you will be driving through. In addition, we recommend the type of vehicle to hire for your journey through the area.
We offer hotels, guesthouses, and other accommodation which we use regularly and are happy to vouch for, for you to choose from. Air BnB in South Africa is generally excellent and using them could be great! However, we cannot officially suggest them as they are not regulated, and do not have the licenses, insurances, and other requirements in place, which we need to offer to you. It is not necessary to be regulated in South Africa, but with Air BnB, you have no recourse should anything not be up to standard, or when something goes wrong. If you are happy to book Air BnB, knowing that, it could be a great way to have close encounters with South African friendliness.
We have website links to our suggested accommodation for your convenience.
SUGGESTED VEHICLE TYPE
This type of self-drive information is vital to have a relaxed time. As we have years of experience on the roads and areas you will be exploring, we will suggest the best vehicle type for each area that you travel through. This will enhance your self-drive experience, making your journey easier to navigate and your time here with us more enjoyable.
Weather conditions can play a vital roll in your tour experience. Knowing the conditions beforehand helps you plan your holiday well. We advise on them throughout your journey so that you arrive prepared.
You will notice interesting points in brackets after the route for that day within an itinerary. These are activities that occur during certain times of the year. They are incredibly special and recommended to be included/visited during the months indicated. So, when you travel during those specific months, you have the opportunity to encounter those, sometimes rare experiences, such as the sardine run along the east coast or the turtle breeding season, etc.
We explain the safety challenges you may encounter along with the particular areas you will be travelling through. This includes road safety, tips with the locals you may encounter, in and out of your vehicle, at scenic stops, etc.
We discuss the availability of healthcare units in the areas as well as medicine, health requirements, and possible issues you should look out for.
COMBINATIONS WITH OTHER SERVICES
While on a self-drive holiday it often pays to use a specialist, especially on safari inside game reserves. Rangers are specialists and good at spotting animals, which incidentally looks much easier than it really is. They are also well versed in animal behaviour with years of experience in the field. They impart a wealth of knowledge, interesting facts about wildlife, habitat, and environment – knowledge you could only gain doing some serious researching beforehand if you’re not a specialist yourself.
We discuss suggestions regarding matters around your self-drive holiday which include tips on seasonal activities in the areas you will be travelling through, etc.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OUR SUGGESTED DURATION FOR EACH SELF-DRIVE ITINERARY IN SOUTH AFRICA
We have built each self-drive holiday itinerary with a ‘minimum’ and ‘maximum’ duration. We recommend you spend not less time than the suggested minimum duration on the route. The minimum recommended duration would allow you to include all the popular visits/activities/spots. A shorter than our recommended length of stay could turn your holiday into a race with time. This may add unnecessary stress to your holiday that should be relaxing and you may miss out on experiences. The maximum duration depicts the time we think you need to take an in-depth look at a leisurely pace. It will give you time to include more visits or to do changes to daily activities, without having to rush things. Of course, you could stay longer if you wanted, to include more sightseeing or just to relax.