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Self Drive Budget Safaris in South Africa

Self Drive Budget Safaris in South Africa offer an affordable way to explore this amazing country independently. 

South Africa has an excellent infrastructure in place and most of the country has cell phone coverage, helping to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. We provide you with directions for your itinerary and roads are generally well sign-posted, so chances are you won't get lost. Each of the self-drive packages is designed to include the top highlights and attractions that make the various parts of this diverse African country so unique.

What makes Self Drive Safaris Special?

  • Freedom of a flexible itinerary
  • Independent travel without a tour group
  • Lower costs on tour accommodation
  • Well-selected accommodation options
  • Choose the kind of car you want to drive
  • Reliable car rental companies used
  • Directions for your trip itinerary
  • Customize your journey to suit you

Self Drive Tours with African Budget Safaris

We've selected some of the best Self Drive Safaris exploring different parts of South Africa:

  • Budget Jo’burg to Kruger National Park Self Drive Tour - 5 day Game Viewing Getaway to South Africa's Premier Game Park via Panorama Route
  • Cape Town to PE Garden Route Self Drive Package - 8 day Tour of Scenic Garden Route Beaches, Cultures and Game Viewing at Addo Park

  • Durban to Johannesburg Self Drive Safari - 7 day Kwazulu Natal Beaches, Widllife, Swaziland and Cultural Safari (ideal for nature lovers)
  • Port Elizabeth to Durban Self Drive Safari - 7 day Unique Cultural Journey to the Beaches of Sunshine and Wild Coast (ideal for families)

  • Pilanesberg & Sun City Self Drive Tour Package - 4 day Breakaway to Malari Free Big Five Game Park and Renowned Sun City Holiday Resort

More about our South African Self Drive Tours

Budget Jo’burg to Kruger National Park Self Drive Tour

The highlights of this package are game viewing in Kruger National Park and travelling through the scenic Panorama Route at your own pace.

The package includes your accommodation in Kruger National Park, game drives, meals and park fees. Alternatively you can simply book your accommodation in Kruger Park. This self-drive tour makes arranging your Kruger Safari a breeze.

Check out the Budget Jo’burg to Kruger National Park Self Drive Tour.

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Cape Town to PE Garden Route Tour - Self Drive Package

This self-drive safari takes you from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth via the scenic Garden Route coastline of South Africa.

Visit the famous Cape Winelands in the Western Cape, then the Whale Capital of South Africa, Hermanus, and on to Oudshoorn, renowned for its ostriches.

Explore the world-famous Garden Route, stopping at the charming coastal towns of Knysna and the Wilderness, before going game viewing in the Malaria Free Addo Elephant National Park. This Budget Safari ends in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth, home to pretty beaches. The tour is available in reverse order, ending in Cape Town.

Take a closer look at the Cape Town to PE Garden Route Tour - Self Drive Package

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Durban to Johannesburg Self Drive Safari

A nature lovers delight, this budget tour offers spectacular scenery and warm beaches.

Drive from Durban to the coastal town of Ballito for a relaxing day on a tropical beach on the North Coast of Kwazulu Natal, before heading to St Lucia, where you explore the Greater St Lucia Wetland Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next you visit the prestigious Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park for game viewing in this Big Five wilderness area.

Leaving the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park drive to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland for more game viewing. Returning to South Africa your next stop is the historical mining town of Pilgrims Rest, on the scenic Panorama Route. This scenic and wildlife journey ends in the dynamic city of Johannesburg.

Visit the Durban to Johannesburg Self Drive Safari page to find out more.

Port Elizabeth to Durban Self Drive Safari

This self drive explores two provinces of South Africa visiting remote areas that are home to some of the country's best beaches.  

Set off from the coastal town of Port Alfred, the Sunshine Coast's capital, driving to the rugged Wild Coast. Stops include the seaside villages of Cintsa and Port St. Johns, offering unspoilt beaches and rich cultures. From the Wild Coast you continue further up the coast towards the South Coast of Natal and the warm Indian Ocean. The self drive package ends in the vibrant city of Durban with its rich Indian and Zulu cultural influences. This budget safari is ideal for family holidays.

Go to the Port Elizabeth to Durban Self Drive Safari tour page.

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Pilanesberg & Sun City Self Drive Tour Package

Combine game viewing in the malaria free Pilansberg National Park with an exciting day at the world-famous Sun City holiday resort, in just 4 days!

A great short getaway only two hours drive from Johannesburg city, offering Big Five game viewing and top-class entertainment at Sun City with its multitude of attractions and activities, from casinos and golf courses to The Palace of the Lost City and the Entertainment Centre. 

Check out this Pilanesberg & Sun City Self Drive Tour Package on our African Budget Safaris website.

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Check out the Self Drive Budget Safaris in South Africa overview page.


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