South Africa Fly-drive Holidays

Fly-drive holidays in South Africa

South Africa is one of the most beloved African nations and, it has an excellent network of roads from which you can explore the country at your pace. Discover rich natural beauty, including the likes of Blyde River Canyon, Table Mountain and the Oribi Gorge. And then there's the wildlife. South Africa is home to some of the best safari parks in the continent – think Kruger and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi – not to mention unrivalled whale watching from the coast at Hermanus. Combine it all and you have the perfect recipe for the road trip of a lifetime.

The Garden Route and Eastern Cape

The Garden Route stretches for 190 miles along the south coast of South Africa. Start your road trip in Cape Town and motor through the beautiful Cape Winelands, taking in seaside towns such as Hermanus – where you can spot southern right whales, humpbacks, Bryde’s whales and 37 different dolphin species – nature reserves like Robberg Nature Reserve and Knysna Elephant Park, and a plethora of spectacular coastal scenery. The Garden Route officially starts in Mossel Bay and finishes in Port Elizabeth, a coastal city known for its beaches and proximity to great wildlife-watching opportunities.

Incorporating safari

When people think of an African holiday it's almost impossible not to conjure up images of tented camps, 4X4s and landscapes peppered with lions, elephants and giraffes. On a Garden Route road trip there is ample opportunity to experience an authentic South African safari. The most famous option is Shamwari Game Reserve – a private conservation initiative that offers a luxurious safari experience – as well as Addo Elephant National Park. This is the third largest national park in South Africa and perfect for viewing buffalo, elephants, zebra and lions.

Kwa-Zulu Natal

The coastal province of Kwa-Zulu Natal sits adjacent to the Indian Ocean and is one of South Africa's most underrated gems. However, it is the perfect place to experience the best of South Africa on an epic road trip. The spine of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Drakensburg Escarpment runs through this province and provides some spectacular scenery to drive through. Kwa-Zulu Natal is also packed with great wildlife experiences; off the coast at Aliwal Shoal Reef you can see dolphins, manta rays and sharks and, to the north, you can view whale migrations and the world-famous sardine run where 4.3 miles of these silver fish journey up the coast of Africa.   

Kruger and the Lowveld

One of the most renowned national parks in Africa, and the largest national park in South Africa, Kruger National Park has it all. In particular, it has a high density of wild animals including the 'Big 5': lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. It also has a wide selection of superb accommodation within, and just outside, the park. You can drive into the park in your own vehicle, making it perfect for a fly-drive itinerary. A short drive from Kruger National Park you'll also find a collection of incredible landscapes, such as the Blyde River Gorge, the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.