South Africa holidays
Self-drive itineraries are a flexible and cost-effective way to discover South Africa at your own pace. One popular itinerary starts in Cape Town and travels along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth. Alternatively, the garden province of KwaZulu-Natal lends itself to circular routes, starting and finishing in Durban.
Whatever appeals to you, our team of specialists will plan your holiday so that you can see the highlights of this remarkable country without spending too much time in the car.
Cox & Kings can arrange for you to collect your car from the airport upon arrival or have it delivered to your hotel. It is also easy for us to arrange one-way car hire within South Africa.
To ensure that you benefit from the highest standards of reliability, service and support, we work with Europcar in South Africa, which offers a 24-hour helpline, SOS emergency service and medical / legal assistance. All Cox & Kings self-drive holidays include Classic Plus car hire insurance and a local mobile phone with reliable coverage.
On arrival in South Africa, you are met by a guide and given a comprehensive self-drive pack. With a wealth of expert local knowledge, the guide can offer advice on any aspect of the itinerary. South Africans drive on the left side of the road and conditions are generally good.
This diverse circular self-drive journey,
starting and finishing in Johannesburg,
takes in a range of highlights within the
Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces
This popular self-drive explores one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, staying in hotels selected for their character and personal service. Explore Cape Town and the picturesque Winelands...
This 12-day self-drive is aimed at the
returning visitor to South Africa. Enjoy
stunning walking trails, unique wildlife and
delicious seafood and...
This flexible, self-drive itinerary offers an extraordinary diversity of experiences and landscapes within a 4-hour drive of Cape Town. Visit Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, a 'Big Five' reserve including...
This self-drive programme focuses on some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Eastern...
This self-drive tour is a worthy contender for visitors with an adventurous spirit looking to discover somewhere unique in South...
This self-drive tour combines stunning coastal scenery, remarkable wildlife and a varied selection of thrilling outdoor activities, making it ideal for all age groups. Start in Cape Town, dominated...
Explore craft markets, the Drakensberg
battlefields and wildlife reserves on this selfdrive
while staying in luxury...
Superb infrastructure, a great variety of
accommodation and world class service mean
that South Africa has something to offer the
most discerning traveller. This itinerary stays
in first class...
This adventurous self-drive trip takes you south from Windhoek in Namibia to Cape Town in South Africa, stopping en route in a diverse range of breathtaking landscapes. Explore the towering...
Self-driving allows for time to enjoy the diverse landscapes and culture of the Limpopo province. The wildlife on this tour is exceptional and includes 3 nights in Botswana's dramatic Mashatu Game...
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.