A fair amount of debate has erupted here in the office over what would be the perfect South Africa safari itinerary; would it be self drive or guided, what destinations would be visited and most importantly how long is long enough at any one destination.

Those Perfect South Africa Safari Itineraries;

So since I (James) am the one writing this post let me describe my perfect itinerary first, so here I go.

For more itineraries;

Starting in Cape Town this would be a self drive (as I love driving), I have also divided my safari in to North and South

  • South (Western Cape and Northern Cape)
  • Days 1 to 2; Paternoster
  • Days 2 to 3; Tankwa National Park
  • Days 3 to 6; Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Day 7; Somewhere between the Kgalagadi and Madikwe
  • Days 8 to 10; Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Day 11; A night in Johannesburg
  • Days 12 to 15; The Timbavati
  • Day 16; Whiteriver
  • Day 17; Johannesburg, Fly back to Cape Town

This is Sue’s perfect safari (Self drive – starting Johannesburg ending Cape Town);

  • Day 1; Overnight on way to Kruger national Park
  • Days 2 to 4; Kruger National Park
  • Days 5 to 6; St. Lucia (Zululand)
  • Day 7; Durban
  • Days 8 to 10; Wild Coast (Transkei)
  • Days 11 to 12; Addo Elephant Park
  • Days 13 to 15; St Francis Bay
  • Day 16; Oudtshoorn
  • Day 17; Sanbona Game reserve
  • Day 18; Franschhoek
  • Days 19 to 21; Cape Town

This is Verity’s perfect safari (Tailor made including all transfers – starting Johannesburg ending Cape Town);

  • Day 1; Fairlawns in Johannesburg
  • Days 2 to 4; Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Day 5 and 6; Durban
  • Days 7 to 9; Phinda Game Reserve (Zululand)
  • Days 10 to 13; Cape Town
  • Days 14 and 15; Hermanus
  • Days 16 and 17; Stellenbosch
  • Day 18; Cape Town

This is Nicky’s perfect safari (Tailor made including all transfers – starting Durban ending Durban);

  • Day 1; Durban (Oyster Box, Umhlanga)
  • Days 2 to 4; Drakensberg (Cleopatra’s Mountain farmhouse)
  • Days 5 to 8; Phinda game Reserve (Zululand)
  • Days 9 to 12; Zululand Coast (Thonga Beach Lodge)
  • Day 13; Durban (Oyster Box, Umhlanga)
  • Day 14; Return to Cape Town

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