Port Elizabeth to Durban Self Drive Safari

Tour Length7 days

Summary of this South African Self Drive Tour

  • Departs from Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Ends at Durban, South Africa
  • Accommodation Halyards Hotel / Cintsa Lodge / Umngazi River Bungalows / Beachcomber Bay / Le May’s Guest House / The Tropicana
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Quick Itinerary Overview

The Port Elizabeth to Durban self drive takes you through two Provinces and several unique areas within each of these provinces. This self drive option is a beach lovers delight, as it takes in some of the best beaches available within the borders of South Africa. It's the perfect family holiday option.

Your first port of call is the coastal town of Port Alfred, which is the "capital" of the Sunshine Coast. From there you head towards the Wild Coast experiencing a change of climate to that of semi tropical. You take in the small seaside hamlets of Cintsa and Port St. Johns with its unspoilt beauty and rich cultural history. The Wild Coast is the traditional home of the Xhosa tribe who make up the majority of South Africa's population. From the Wild Coast you head further up the coast towards the South Coast of Natal with its warm waters and modern first world facilities. You will end your holiday in the vibrant city of Durban with its rich Indian and Zulu fusion.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1 - Port Elizabeth to Port Alfred

Leaving Port Elizabeth you head up the coast towards the Port Alfred. Port Alfred is located along the banks of the tidal Kowie River; this picturesque seaside holiday resort has more sunshine days than any other town along the coast and is the perfect way to start you holiday.

Port Alfred or the Kowie as it is known by the locals has magnificent stretches of unspoilt beach, you can walk in solitude collecting shells, or swim sociably with other bathers, while surfers enjoy the famous beach breaks at East Beach and various other well-known sites, and scuba divers explore the colourful reef.

Accommodation: Halyards Hotel

Day 2 - Port Alfred to Cintsa

Heading from Port Alfred you continue your journey up to Cintsa. Cintsa has been described as a little piece of unspoilt paradise. Cintsa has a subtropical climate.
And is one of the jewels of the Eastern Cape coast. Cintsa area offers a variety of recreational activities. An abundance of bird life including sea, estuary and river birds as well as inland species may be seen. Within a ten minute drive the rolling savannah of Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve offers sights of rhino, giraffe, zebra and a variety of buck on guided tours in an open vehicle.

When sun tanning, bathing, body surfing and beach games have been exhausted a canoe ride up river at high tide provides a pleasant alternative. Walkers can reach Cefani Mouth or Cintsa West with ease. Fishing off the rocks is also popular.

Accommodation: Cintsa Lodge

Day 3 & 4 - Cintsa to Port St. Johns

Leaving Cintsa you head towards Port St. Johns the heart of the Wild Coast.

The lack of coastal development and the sheer rugged beauty earned this 300-mile stretch of the Africa coast its name ``The Wild Coast". The Wild Coast is home to South Africa's second largest ethnic clan, the Xhosa, with the Pondo tribe in the north-eastern section

The Wild Cost is characterised by great abundance of estuaries, rarely more than five or six miles apart with green rolling hills that slope steeply from 300-400 feet down to the sea, interspersed with short stretches of sheer cliffs and sandy beaches, a true visual delight.

Accommodation: Umngazi River Bungalows

Please note that Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included in your stay at Umngazi River Bungalows.

Day 5 - Port St. Johns to Margate / Ramsgate

Heading out of the solitude of the Wild Coast you continue your travels out of the Eastern Cape into the South Coast of Kwazulu Natal. Your first port of call is the coastal towns of Margate and Ramsgate. (Your accommodation falls in the between the two towns.) Margate is the heart of the Hibiscus Coast and the region's beauty is obvious, Margate is a sub-tropical paradise with its golden beaches, coastal forests and endless sunny days.

Margate and Ramsgate are well established holiday towns with all the modern amenities on offer from great restaurants to art galleries. Its time to re-enter civilization.

Accommodation: Beachcomber Bay

Day 6 - Margate to Scottburgh

Heading out of Margate / Ramsgate you head further up the Kwazulu Natal South Coast to Scottburgh. The quaint village of Scottburgh is nestled alongside kilometres of shoreline washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Scottburgh is sited on a prominent headland overlooking the ocean and is characterised by its golden beaches, indigenous forests and rolling hills.

Accommodation: Le May's Guest House

Day 7 - Scottburgh to Durban

Leaving Scottburgh you head for the final destination of your holiday the thriving city of Durban.

Today Durban is South Africa's busiest port and beach resort. The Zulu people populate most of the province of Natal and Durban has a strong infusion of tribal citizens.

Durban has the largest Indian population descendants of indentured labourers who came in the 1860's to work on the sugar cane fields. It is also the city where Mahatma Gandhi started a political career that eventually led him to great prominence in the struggle for independence in India.

The wealth of influences will entertain and enthral you with traditional warrior dancers, mystic fire-walkers and colonial heritage. Durban offers you the unique vibrancy of township life, the finest curries outside India and a calendar filled with thrilling, spectacular events.

Durban is a holiday destination quite unlike any other. Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Durban after dark is abuzz with elegant lounges, funky taverns, local theatre and live music, trendy clubs, pubs and discos.

Durban is world-renowned for its "Golden Mile" - the Durban beach front. Merely a few paces from an enticing selection of international-class tourist accommodation, clean golden sands and warm Indian Ocean beckon with irresistible allure. Protected year round by shark nets and expert lifeguards where designated areas keep bathers and surfboard riders a safe distance apart.

Although Durban is viewed by most as a resort city, it offers a rich cultural heritage and history with numerous and a variety of museums, parks and gardens.

Accommodation: The Tropicana


The accommodation indicated in each area is dependant on availability. Should there be no availability during your requested period African Budget Safaris will provide an alternative option.
You can extend your package by checking out our other self drive options or alternatively you can drop your hired car of at the Durban Airport and fly onwards to your next destination. Check with African Budget Safaris for a list of budget airlines that can be booked online.
Pre tour accommodation can be booked for you in Port Elizabeth. Please contact African Budget Safaris for details.
This package is available in reverse (Durban to Port Elizabeth)


You have a choice of vehicles available through African Budget Safaris. Each vehicle is priced according to make, model, size and attributes of the vehicle (i.e. manual / automatic, airbags etc.). When enquiring about a self drive option, please indicate the vehicle group that you are wanting to hire.

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