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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 popular self-drive route ticks off
many of the ‘must do’ features of South
Africa in one well-paced and beautifully
scenic itinerary. Begin with some time
in Cape Town, learning about the...
This flexible self-drive itinerary offers
a perfect introduction to South Africa’s
Western Cape. With stays in the vibrant
city of Cape Town, the scenic Winelands
around Franschhoek, the...
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 self-drive tour combines family
friendly accommodation, stunning
coastal scenery, remarkable wildlife and
a varied selection of thrilling outdoor
activities. Start in Cape Town and tour
This distinctive self-drive tour is perfect
for those looking to escape the crowds
and journey the road less travelled.
Created with second- or third-time
visitors to the country in mind,...
This self-drive programme focuses on some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Eastern...
This ‘alternative’ self-drive itinerary
takes in some of the less visited, but
equally impressive regions of South
Africa, with a large slice of historic
significance providing added...
This self-drive tour with a difference takes
you to the lesser explored north-eastern
region of South Africa. While Kruger
National Park is the country’s most wellknown
safari destination, there...
This self-drive stays in first-class hotels and lodges, all with something special to...
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.