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South Africa Road Trip

Cape Town - Struisbaai - Plettenberg Bay - Port Elizabeth - East London - Durban - Richards Bay - Mbabane - Kruger N.P. - Masvingo - Bulawayo - Livingstone - Kasane - Rundu - Etosha N.P. - Okaukuejo - Windhoek - Swakopmund - Sesriem - Seeheim - Springbok - Lambert's Bay - Langebaan

Expect on your South Africa Road Trip Itinerary

Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Landscape Landscape
Wildlife Wildlife
Beach Beach
Urban life Urban life
Culture Culture
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
ACTIVATE MAP Stages23 km8,165 h/stage4.6

Best months to drive South Africa Road Trip

I II III IV V VI
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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a South Africa Road Trip in Republic of South Africa?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,350EUR drive & more 913EUR sleep & more 1,320EUR eat & more 1,080EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,313EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,663EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,025EUR drive & more 1,225EUR sleep & more 2,640EUR eat & more 1,440EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 5,305EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 7,330EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 3,600EUR drive & more 1,525EUR sleep & more 4,620EUR eat & more 2,160EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 8,305EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 11,905EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 6,750EUR drive & more 1,838EUR sleep & more 825EUR eat & more 1,080EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,743EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 10,493EUR
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South Africa Road Trip Itinerary

Avid road trips fans can expect plenty of exciting things to see while on South Africa Road Trip. explorer will be especially pleased with this adventure. There are plenty of places that you will explore on your way, as the route runs through Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay, and Port Elizabeth. The road plan presented in this article takes 30 days to complete, but drivers can easily complete it in 21. There is also a possibility to extend your trip, especially if you are charmed with the picturesqueness of the region. The average time that you will spend behind the wheel daily is 4.6 hours, and travellers have about 8,165km to cover. Ready for the journey? Let’s get on the road!
number of days 30 number of days
route length 8,165 km route length
budget fair budget
good for explorer good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level fair accident level
During South Africa Road Trip, holidayers will have a superb opportunity to admire breathtaking natural jewels. The whole experience during the adventure will be stress-free, and you will visit numerous interesting venues. Our adventure is also a perfect opportunity tosspot wild animals and birds. Despite of the fact that the hotels on the way are not that comfortable, they still guarantee good value for money. In spite of the fact that the trip is characterised by a lower security level in comparison to other road trips, staying careful while on the road will increase the security of you and your passengers. While in Republic of South Africa, the accident level is fair, and you will be moving on the left. If you are wondering about the best time to take the journey, make your plans somewhere between August and February.

START Cape Town

Distance 8,202 km Driving time 106.6 h Pace: fast Airports CPT
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Your journey starts at the Cape Town Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

1 Cape Town - Struisbaai

Distance 402 km Driving time 6.5 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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2 Struisbaai - Plettenberg Bay

Distance 405 km Driving time 4.4 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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3 Plettenberg Bay - Port Elizabeth

Distance 242 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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4 Port Elizabeth - East London

Distance 290 km Driving time 3.5 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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5 East London - Durban

Distance 661 km Driving time 8.1 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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6 Durban - Richards Bay

Distance 179 km Driving time 2.0 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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7 Richards Bay - Mbabane

Distance 368 km Driving time 4.6 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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8 Mbabane - Kruger N.P.

Distance 397 km Driving time 5.4 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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9 Kruger N.P. - Masvingo

Distance 594 km Driving time 8.5 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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10 Masvingo - Bulawayo

Distance 343 km Driving time 4.0 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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11 Bulawayo - Livingstone

Distance 455 km Driving time 5.8 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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12 Livingstone - Kasane

Distance 73 km Driving time 1.0 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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13 Kasane - Rundu

Distance 647 km Driving time 7.6 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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14 Rundu - Etosha N.P.

Distance 418 km Driving time 4.5 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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15 Etosha N.P. - Okaukuejo

Distance 133 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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16 Okaukuejo - Windhoek

Distance 435 km Driving time 4.4 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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17 Windhoek - Swakopmund

Distance 321 km Driving time 4.9 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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18 Swakopmund - Sesriem

Distance 343 km Driving time 3.9 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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19 Sesriem - Seeheim

Distance 416 km Driving time 9.0 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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20 Seeheim - Springbok

Distance 405 km Driving time 6.0 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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21 Springbok - Lambert's Bay

Distance 400 km Driving time 3.9 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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22 Lambert's Bay - Langebaan

Distance 132 km Driving time 1.8 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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23 Langebaan - Cape Town

Distance 144 km Driving time 1.5 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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South Africa Road Trip Summary

We hope that the presented journey idea gave you multiple inspirations for your future holiday excursions.
The itinerary we’ve suggested can be used as a foundation that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with original highlights.
If car travel is a travel option you prefer, there are a number of important road rules to follow and a bunch of elements to bear in mind to ensure safety. These tips will surely become useful for tourists who are interested in car hire or camper rental in Republic of South Africa.
In Republic of South Africa, there are a number of traffic rules to be bore in mind while sightseeing. Alcohol is best to be avoided at any price when travelling around Republic of South Africa. Drivers ought to remember that the amount of alcohol that the driver can consume is extremely low and cannot exceed 0.5‰. Exceeding the maximum allowed speed limit, which is 60km/h, inside the cities may result in a speeding ticket. When it comes to non-build-up areas, you cannot exceed the maximum car speed of 120km/h. Remember that the speed limit is 120km/h on highways in Republic of South Africa. Driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit increases the safety of you and your passengers.
How about the costs of the trip? Of course, depending on the budget option that you’re interested in, the amount of money that you have to spend on your travel expenses may vary. A wide range of budget configurations is showed below.
If you’d like to benefit from the cheapest offer to cover the planned 24 stages across Republic of South Africa, it can be roughly 913 EUR. Economy accommodation options can cost holidayers around 1,320 EUR. Holidayers who opt for this option will spend roughly 1,080 EUR on food and restaurants. If your aim is also the budget car rental option, you will pay approximately 1,350 EUR. Thus, going for car rental will increase the costs of the road trip from around 3,313 EUR to about 4,663 EUR.
Drivers who are interested in greater comfort and the standard option will pay approximately 1,225 EUR for the gasoline needed to cover the trip. Cost amounting to 2,640 EUR can be expected by all holidaymakers who are considering standard overnight stays. Holidaymakers can expect that the standard option in terms of food and restaurants will cost about 1,440 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a standard hire vehicle should expect a cost of about 2,025 EUR. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay around 7,330 EUR for the whole tour, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle rental will spend roughly 5,305 EUR.
Tourists who seek the highest level of comfort will be pleased with the premium option. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay around 11,905 EUR for the whole South Africa Road Trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle hire will spend about 8,305 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a premium rental vehicle should expect a cost of approximately 3,600 EUR. When it comes to the top standard version of the adventure, the cost of the fuel needed to cover all stages around Republic of South Africa is about 1,525 EUR. Tourists who are interested in top services in all aspects of their tour should expect to pay roughly 4,620 EUR for hotels and more or less 2,160 EUR for food and restaurants.
South Africa Road Trip will also live up to the expectations of all camper fans. If you are considering this transport option, the expenses may amount to roughly 6,750 EUR. Travellers will spend more or less 1,838 EUR on gasoline allowing to cover all stages of the South Africa Road Trip. Holidaymakers who are interested in camper rental should expect to pay approximately 825 EUR for overnight stays and approximately 1,080 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The Road Trip Costs section shows all the presented costs in detail.
The best travel opportunity when visiting the part of Republic of South Africa presented in our road trip idea is between August and February. There are countless interesting journeys that we offer on our website if South Africa Road Trip has sparked your creativity. Even the most demanding of tourists will surely be surprised by the great variety of road trips that we offer.

Facts for safer driving in Republic of South Africa

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 120 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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