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Blyde River Canyon, Mpumulanga, South Africa

Kruger, Eswatini & Natal Self-Drive • 9 Days


We invite you to go on this adventurous self-drive safari from Johannesburg to Durban to explore this beautiful country independently. We provide you with your own rental car, book accommodation for you and suggest highlights to see on the way – but after all, it is up to you how you plan your day. Get a chance to see world-famous national parks like Kruger.

Country(s): South Africa
Duration: 1 - 2 Weeks
Type: Self-Drive Safaris
Kruger, Eswatini & Natal Self drive step map

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$ 697.00

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A self-drive safari discovering the greatest highlights of South Africa at your own pace, starting in  Johannesburg and ending in Durban – 9 Days

Highlights of the Tour

Panorama Route – Situated within the Mpumalanga province, the Panorama Route is seen as one of South Africa’s most beautiful scenic routes that link many great cultural and natural locations.

Blyde River Canyon – Blyde River Canyon is known as the world’s third largest canyon and the biggest green canyon.

Kruger National Park – There are eight main gates in the Kruger National Park, and the Park itself is home to six ecosystems, 517 different bird species and the world-renowned Big Five.

Kingdom of Eswatini – The country is named after the 19th century king Mswati II and is known for its stunning open natural landscapes and traditional African style with its different cultures 7 heritage.

St Lucia – Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site known for its outstanding natural importance.

Ballito Bay – A premier destination with wonderful climates, long, clean beaches and safe bathing and surfing within a sparkling sea.

Included / Excluded


  • Avis Car Hire, group B (VW Polo Vivo or similar) for 9 days
  • Accommodation including breakfast


  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature such as souvenirs, tips etc., park fees unless stipulated, meals & drinks not stipulated.
  • Fuel, Refundable rental deposit, Rental contract fee, One way drop off charges
  • Delivery and collection fees, Traffic fine administration fee, Additional driver, Child safety seats, GPS navigation, Additional spare tyre rental and deposit


We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, with en-suite bathrooms. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools, restaurants and/or bar areas.

Day 1: Graskop Hotel, or similar
Day 2 & 3: Casa do Sol, or similar
Day 4: Foresters Arms, or similar
Day 5 & 6: Ghost Mountain Inn, or similar
Day 7: Lidiko Lodge, or similar
Day 8: Riverside Hotel, or similar

Pre-tour Prep

Group Size: Minimum 2

Vehicles: This self-drive safari includes car rental from Avis Car Hire, group B (VW Polo Vivo or similar), with premium insurance cover.
Premium insurance includes: Theft and collision damage waiver, personal accident insurance, unlimited mileage, location surcharge, third party liability insurance, general public liability insurance, tourism levy, VAT and claims admin fee, tyre, rim and hubcap damage, windscreen damage/repair, sandblasting damage, water and undercarriage damage.
Excludes: Fuel, refundable rental deposit, rental contract fee, one-way drop off charges, delivery and collection fees, traffic fine administration fee, additional driver, child safety seats, GPS navigation, additional spare tyre rental and deposit.

Meals: Breakfasts will be in restaurants at the various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Visas: The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit South Africa and Swaziland prior to departure.

Travel Insurance: Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.


On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, please proceed to Avis Car Hire depot to collect your hired car. From Johannesburg you will head east towards Mpumalanga. A landscape characterized by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests. You spend the night in the town of Graskop, a small forestry town. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.
This morning you will start with your scenic drive along the Panorama Route, arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in South Africa. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, and filled with lush vegetation and wildlife. The following day you will have an opportunity to visit the world famous Kruger National Park.
Today you cross the border into the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, led by King Mswati III, and one of the 3 monarchies in Africa. You will explore the traditions and discover the culture of which the Swazis are so proud. En route you will have the opportunity to visit the Ngwena Glass Factory.
Today you will re-enter South Africa via Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. Continue to Ghost Mountain Inn, situated at the foot of the legendary Ghost Main in Mkuze. You will have the opportunity to embark on the following optional game activities; open vehicle game drive in the Mkhuze Game Reserve, guided walks, cultural excursions and boat cruises.
Today you will drive to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. This afternoon you will be able to partake in an optional boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary, getting up close to the hippos and crocodiles that inhabit the lake.
Today you will make your way to the coastal city of Durban. Experience some of the many diverse pursuits and visit enchanting locations within easy reach or simply relax on the golden sandy beaches to soak up the African sun.
This morning after breakfast, drive to King Shaka International Airport to drop off your hire car in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you on one of our African adventures again soon.
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