15 Day South Africa & Lesotho Self-Drive Vacation

Wildlife, Beaches & Mountains of South Africa & Lesotho

Explore the abundant wildlife of the Kruger National Park, the remote beaches of KwaZulu-Natal, and the beautiful mountain landscapes of Lesotho.

We have put this 15-day self-drive adventure across South Africa and Lesotho for nature enthusiasts who are looking for a unique travel package combining South Africa’s best wildlife locations and pristine beaches with Lesotho’s picturesque mountain vistas and fascinating culture. The travel package combines several unique accommodation options throughout including luxury self-catering tents, quaint B&Bs, and stunning mountain chalets. For the camping enthusiast, campsite alternatives are available in the Kruger National Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and the Drakensberg Mountains.

From ZAR 39,300.00 per person sharing

Including 15 days Jimny 4×4 hire & 14 nights self-catering/B&B accommodation through South Africa & Lesotho. 

Tour Overview & Includes

New Jimny Rental

15 Day 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.

Africamps Mackers on the Panorama Route

2 Nights Panorama Route

Start your vacation with two nights exploring the many attractions on the Panorama Route from Africamps at Mackers in a self-catering tent. 

Incredible lion sighting on self-drive Kruger safari

4 Nights KRUGER SAFARI

Go in search of the Big Five on a Self-drive Kruger National Park safari from two SanParks Rest Camps on a self-catering basis. 

Africamps White Elephant in the Pongola Game Reserve

2 Nights Pongola Game Reserve

Visit Africamps White Elephant in the Pongola Game Reserve for two nights on a self-catering basis and join the Elephant Research team for a memorable day out.

St Lucia and Cape Vidal in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

2 nights St Lucia

Enjoy quality time in a St Lucia bed & breakfast. Visit the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Cape Vidal for a chance to soak up the coastal vibes of KwaZulu-Natal.

Incredible lion sighting on self-drive Kruger safari

1 Night UNDERBERG

Head for the Drakensberg Mountains and spend a night at Khotso Lodge in one of their self-catering rondawels and take in the mountain vistas.  

Scaling Sani Pass between South Africa and Lesotho

1 Night SANI MOUNTAIN LODGE

Scale the notorious Sani Pass as you depart South Africa for Lesotho. Spend the night at Sani Mountain Lodge and enjoy a meal at the highest pub in Africa. 

Maliba Lodge in Lesotho

2 Nights Maliba Lodge

Enjoy two magical nights in the heart of the Lesotho Mountains with Maliba Lodge in their self-catering chalet or spoil yourself with a luxury upgrade. 

Itinerary Highlights

  • Starts & ends in Johannesburg
  • PANORAMA ROUTE: Discover the highlights of the Panorama Route including God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
  • BIG FIVE SAFARI: Enjoy a Big 5 Self-Drive Safari through the Kruger National Park in search of Africa’s prolific wildlife.
  • WILDLIFE RESEARCH: Spend a day with the Elephant Research and Rhino Project teams in the Pongola Game Reserve with Africamps at White Elephant.
  • UNIQUE SAFARI: Enjoy a boat cruise on the Jozini Dam for a truly unique wildlife encounter.
  • BEACH TIME: Enjoy quality downtime on the beach at St Lucia and Cape Vidal in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
  • EXTRA SAFARI: Take a drive through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park to enjoy the unique wildlife sightings including elephant, rhino, and buffalo.
  • SANI PASS: Test your driving skills as you tackle Sani Pass in our Suzuki Jimny and enjoy a beer and dinner at the highest pub in Africa.
  • 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’.
  • Slow down your tour by adding a third or fourth night at any destination along the way.

Detailed Self-Drive Itinerary

Arriving in Johannesburg, your adventure starts with a short drive to Hazyview outside the Kruger National Park with two days to acclimatise and discover the beauty of the Panorama Route. Your accommodation at AfriCamps @ Mackers is in delightful self-catering tents with everything you need for a comfortable stay. While exploring the Panorama Route be sure to visit God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes for a chance to take in the region’s magnificent scenery. 

Having settled into your grove, you will head into the Kruger National Park for a four-night self-drive safari as you search for Africa’s Big Five and the prolific wildlife that inhabits the park. The Kruger National Park is by far South Africa’s prime safari destination. With a comprehensive road network, you can explore the southern region of the park which is known for its exceptional wildlife encounters. You stay in the Kruger National Park will consist of two SanParks rest camps in self-catering chalets or tents. The choice of camps will depend on availability and your personal preferences. 

Departing the Kruger your time on safari is not yet over! We have included a two-night stay in South Africa’s oldest game reserve – the Pongola Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Here you return to the AfriCamps self-catering tents with a two-night stay at Africamps White Elephant located within the game reserve. A large portion of the Pongola Game Reserve lies on the banks of the Jozini Dam allowing you to enjoy boat-based game viewing for a different safari perspective. Other unique activities on offer include a day out with Project Elephant which incorporates a visit to the elephant research centre, and the local Rhino Relocation Project for a chance to understand the incredible conservation work being done in the reserve.

From here it is time to slow down and enjoy the remote beaches of Northern KwaZulu-Natal. You will take a break from the self-catering accommodation and relax in a local St Lucia B&B. St Lucia is located on the coast and just outside the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which includes Cape Vidal – a beautiful beach location offering excellent swimming and snorkelling conditions. iSimangaliso also offers excellent game viewing on the road from the entrance to Cape Vidal. 

After a relaxing time on the coast, it is time to head inland to the Drakensberg Mountains. An overnight stop at Khotso Lodge in one of their self-catering chalets gives you the chance to walk in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains or enjoy a guided horse safari with the lodge. We recommend an early start the next morning as you take the time scaling the famous Sani Pass (Read our post on Driving Sani Pass in a Jimny) into Lesotho. Once in Lesotho, an overnight stop at Sani Mountain Lodge gives you the chance to enjoy a meal at the highest pub in Africa overlooking the valley below. 

Your final stop is two nights at Maliba Lodge in the heart of Lesotho. With beautiful mountain vistas as the backdrop, spend your time exploring the mountains from a variety of activities. Your final stay is in one of the self-catering chalets or you can spoil yourself with a two-night stay in one of their luxury, all-inclusive cabins. 

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Comprehensive Insurance

With low excess deposits, all our vehicles include comprehensive insurance cover ensuing peace of mind while travelling throughout South Africa. 

24 Hour Roadside Assistance

Each vehicle is equipped with an emergency tracker which automatically alerts us in the case of an accident. 24 hour assistance is available throughout your stay.

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