Garden Route, Addo & Lesotho 18 Day Self-Drive

Cape Town | Garden Route | Addo & Mountain Zebra National Park | Lesotho

Enjoy the very best of South Africa’s Western and Eastern Cape as you explore Cape Town and the Garden Route before enjoying excellent wildlife encounters in the Addo Elephant and Mountain Zebra National Parks before ending in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho on an epic self-drive journey. 

Cape Town and the scenically spectacular Garden Route offer some of South Africa’s most popular travel destinations. While most travellers stick to the tarred N2 highway which runs through the Garden Route, with one of our Jimny 4×4 rentals you can take the road less travelled and explore the Garden Routes many mountain passes and back-roads to truly experience the best of this remarkable region. After enjoying quality time in Cape Town and the Garden Route your safari awaits at the renowned Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. Departing Addo, choose from a variety of dusty mountain passes as you head inland to the Mountain Zebra National Park for a completely unique safari to compliment your time at Addo Elephant. Your vacation ends with quality time with three nights in the spectacular Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

From ZAR 54,000.00 per person sharing

Including 18 days Jimny 4×4 hire & 17 nights self-catering/B&B accommodation through South Africa & Lesotho.

Tour Overview & Includes

New Jimny Rental

18 Days 4x4 Jimny Hire

Travel with freedom in our All-New Suzuki Jimny Rental including our Packed-For-You gear to complete your self-drive vacation across South Africa.

Experience the best of Cape Town

3 Nights Cape Town

Start your vacation with three nights exploring the very best of the mother city of Cape Town. Choose from our selection of boutique B&B’s for the ideal start to your vacation.  

Africamps Stanford in the Cape Winelands on a self-drive vacation

2 Nights Cape Winelands

Enjoy delicious food, spectacular wines and unique accommodation at the Africamps on the Standford Wine Estate overlooking the Klein River Mountains in the Overberg. 

Eplore the Garden Route from Ingwe Camp in Plettenberg Bay

3 Nights Plettenberg Bay

Get active with an array of outdoor activities and explore the diversity of the Garden Route from Africamps at Ingwe near the popular coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. 

Elephants in the Addo Elephant National Park

2 nights Addo Rest Camp

Start your Big Five self-drive safari in the Addo Elephant National Park with a two night stay at Addo Rest Camp in a self-catering cottage. This will be the perfect start to your safari.   

Nyathi Camp at Addo Elephant National Park

2 Nights Nyathi Rest Camp

Head across to Nyathi Rest Camp in the Addo Elephant National Park for a two-night extension to your self-drive safari. Nyathi Rest Camp offers beautiful views from its unique location.

2 night stay at Mountain Zebra on South Africa 4x4 self-drive

2 nights Mountain Zebra

Travel inland via several beautiful mountain passes before spending two nights in a self-catering mountain cottage (4×4 required) in the Mountain Zebra National Park. 

Self drive to South Africa and Lesotho

3 nights Lesotho

Depart Mountain Zebra National Park for the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Spend 3 nights at Semonkong Lodge where you can enjoy a variety of adventure-based activities. 

Itinerary Highlights

  • Starts in Cape Town & ends in Johannesburg
  • CAPE TON: Explore the Mother City of Cape Town and the surrounding attractions including Table Mountain, Cape Point, and the city centre.
  • GARDEN ROUTE: Take advantage of your 4×4 rental and explore the back roads and dusty tracks of the famed Garden Route including Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 
  • BIG-FIVE SAFARI: Start your safari searching for the Big Five and more in the Addo Elephant National Park. 
  • MOUNTAIN PASSES: Take in the beauty of the South African countryside from a variety of sandy mountain passes including the Suurberg Pass. 
  • KAROO SAFARI: Expand your safari horizons with quality time in the Mountain Zebra National Park, staying in a mountain cottage accessible only by 4×4. 
  • LESOTHO MOUNTAINS: Take in the splendid mountain scenery and enjoy a variety of active adventures from guided walks to pony trekking in the ‘Kingdom in the Sky’.

Detailed Self-Drive Itinerary

3 Nights Cape Town

Arriving in Cape Town, your adventure starts at a leisurely pace with 3 nights in the South African mother city. We have a variety of small owner-managed boutique B&B’s to choose from, offering you the perfect start to your self-drive vacation. Your 4×4 equipped Jimny rental will be delivered to the B&B where one of our team will hand over the vehicle and ensure you are set for the adventure that lies ahead. While in Cape Town, be sure to explore Table Mountain and Cape Point for some of the best coastal vistas imaginable. The city of Cape Town offers some of the best food and hospitality in South Africa so be sure to get out and explore the city and its many cultural and historical attractions. With your Jimny rental available throughout your stay in Cape Town, feel free to explore at your own pace or allow us to help you with a few tailor-made activities to make sure you get the most out of your time in Cape Town.

2 Nights Overberg

Departing Cape Town, your self-drive adventure begins with a stop in the Winelands region of Stanford with two nights at Africamps Stanford Hill. You will love the tented self-catering accommodation on offer with Africamps and will be enthralled by the variety of activities on offer. Wine tasting is of course on top of the list but there is so much more on offer in the Overberg than meets the eye. If you are travelling in the whale season we strongly recommend a visit to the coastal town of Hermanus for some of the best whale-watching imaginable. This is a short two night stop but your itinerary is guaranteed to be jam-packed if you so choose.

3 Nights Garden Route 

Leaving the Winelands and Overberg behind you, it is time to take in the splendour of the world-famous Garden Route. We’ve set aside three nights at Africamps at Ingwe located just outside Plettenberg Bay.  We recommend an early departure from Stanford so you can take in the back roads of the Garden Route as you make your way to Plettenberg Bay. The Garden Route has some of the best mountain and forest passes in South Africa so we recommend you get into your Jimny and explore the roads less travelled. Make sure you pack your walking shoes and a daypack so you can stretch your legs on the many mountain trails. The town of Knysna is also worth the visit so make sure you plan your routes carefully. We are of course on hand to assist.

4 Nights Addo Elephant National Park

From the Garden Route, it is time to leave the coastal vistas behind you and start your self-drive safari. We’ve set aside four nights at Addo Elephant National Park to give you the best chance of spotting the Big-Five while enjoying one of South Africa’s most picturesque parks. Your time at Addo Elephant National Park is split between the popular Addo Rest Camp and the newly built Nyathi Rest Camp. The main rest camp is the ideal base from which to explore the park’s popular wildlife regions while Nyathi Rest camp is set in a more secluded region of the park with spectacular views of the floodplain. Addo Elephant National Parks is South Africa’s third-largest national park and offers an immense diversity of wildlife. Whether this is your first time on safari or as a regular visitor to South Africa, the park is bound to blow you away.

2 Nights Mountain Zebra National Park 

After your stay in Addo you will head further inland through the famed Suurberg Mountain Pass which is one of South Africa’s longest mountain passes – guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on you as you soak up the magnificent views. Once through the pass, you will make your way to Mountain Zebra National Park for a two-night stay in one of the Mountain Cottages. The cottages have no electricity and are only accessible by 4×4 which adds to the experience. Mountain Zebra National Park offers a complete contrast to the Addo Elephant National Park with its arid vegetation and mountainous landscapes. The wildlife which inhabits the park is also different, allowing you to add additional species to your safari checklist. A highlight will be the mountain zebra as well as the black wildebeest. We also recommend you join the guides on a cheetah trekking expedition and try to find the lion which was introduced to the park in 2013.

3 Nights Lesotho

Your final stop is the Mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. We have included this in the itinerary as the ideal place to kick back and relax after a busy adventure across South Africa. We have picked Semonkong Lodge as it is one of our favourite hideaways in Lesotho owing to the spectacular location and the massive variety of activities available from the lodge. A must-see is the Maletsunyane Falls which is the highest single dropping falls in Africa and an easy walk from the lodge. For the adventurer at heart, take on the highest abseil in Africa which runs next to the falls, enjoy the many mountain trails on foot or pony and explore the local community for a chance to experience Lesotho’s warm hospitality. While there you will love the local Duck and Donkey Tavern and Restaurant which is a firm favourite among guests and locals alike. 

Departing Lesotho, you will make your way to Johannesburg where one of our team will meet you to receive the vehicle before your flight home. Extensions to the Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls are also available on request.   

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