Epic 3 Week Road Trip Through South Africa

The perfect 3 week South Africa itinerary

Epic 3 Week Road Trip Through South Africa

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Road Trip Highlights

South Africa

Car

21 days

1573 km

  • Encountering the abundant big cats of Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
  • Tasting the delicious Indian food of Durban.
  • Exploring the beautiful Cape Winelands, such as Stellenbosch and Paarl, on a wine tour
  • Hiking up the famous Lions Head for a sunset view.
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Author Bio

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I've spent the last decade exploring the world— everything from solo trekking in the Andes to overlanding in Zambia, all while completing a PhD in Biomechanics. In 2020, I finally fulfilled my dream of becoming a full-time nomad!

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Suggested Vehicles for hire

Mini Cooper Convertible

Mini Cooper Convertible

2 Seats | 2 Doors | 1 Medium Bags
  • Aircon
  • Power Steering
  • ABS
  • Petrol
Minimum rental: 1 day
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Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI SUV

Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI SUV

4 Seats | 5 Doors | 3 Medium Bags
  • Aircon
  • Power Steering
  • ABS
  • Diesel
Minimum rental: 1 day
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BMW M4 Convertible

BMW M4 Convertible

4 Seats | 2 Doors | 2 Medium Bags
  • Aircon
  • Power Steering
  • ABS
  • Petrol
Minimum rental: 1 day
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Road Trip Itinerary

Activities Kms Stay
Day 1 Arrived at the airport in Johannesburg and drove to our accommodation for a 1 night stay. 22 Johannesburg
Day 2-3 Drove to Kruger National Park for a 3 night stay. Explored on a self-drive safari during our stay. 406 Kruger National Park
Day 4-5 Drove to Sabi Sands Game Reserve for a 2 night. 33 Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Day 6-7 Flew to Durban and rented a car at the airport. Drove to our accommodation for a 2 night stay. 34 Durban
Day 8 Flew to Gqeberha and rented a car from the airport. Drove to our accommodation for a 1 night stay. 5 Gqeberha
Day 9-10 Drove to Plettenberg Bay via Addo Elephant National Park for a 2 night stay. 376 Plettenberg Bay
Day 11 Drove to Oudtshoorn for a 1 night stay. 152 Oudtshoorn
Day 12 Drove to Mossel Bay for a 1 night stay. 86 Mossel Bay
Day 13 Drove to Hermanus for a 1 night stay. 308 Hermanus
Day 14-17 Drove to Stellenbosch for a 4 night stay. Explored the Cape Winelands region during our stay. 98 Stellenbosch
Day 18-21 Drove to Cape Town for a 4 night stay. Explored the city and completed the road trip. 53 Cape Town

Photo Gallery

Walking in Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus, South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
View of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay from Lions Head, South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
Penguins at Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
View of the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
Elephant in the Kruger National Park, South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
Photographing a leopard in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
Walking in Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus, South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
View of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay from Lions Head, South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
Penguins at Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
View of the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
Elephant in the Kruger National Park, South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond
Photographing a leopard in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa | Photo credit: Brooke Beyond

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