Explore At Your Own Pace
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Explore At Your Own Pace

Explore At Your Own Pace

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Explore At Your Own Pace

Travelling with kids & adhering to set schedules can be challenging for some, so if you are an independent family who loves to explore at your own pace – why not rent a car & self-drive through South Africa or Nambia?

Both these countries have fantastic infrastructure & spectacular scenery to enjoy along the way – the ideal combination for an exciting road trip adventure!

South Africa stands out above the rest when it comes to family-friendly lodges & activities – so of, course we’ll recommend that you make this beautiful country your first pit stop.

Curious about which destinations to include in a self-drive holiday? Hop on board as we steer you in the right direction.

1. Cape Town – South Africa Nestled between the Indian & Atlantic Oceans with iconic Table Mountain as backdrop, lies one of the world’s most vibrant & breathtaking cities. Cape Town is a multi-faceted destination that deserves to be explored by everyone – from romantics & honeymooners who will love the luxurious accommodation & idyllic views to adventure lovers & families looking for an action-packed holiday.

2. Wine Route – South Africa Nestled between sun-kissed vineyards & majestic mountains, the picturesque valleys of the Wine Route (also referred to as the Cape Winelands) are renowned for its exquisite wines, grand old estates, pretty towns & award-winning restaurants. Within only a 60-minute drive from vibrant Cape Town, you reach one of the most breathtaking regions in South Africa where Alpine-style views, art galleries & quaint side-walk cafes are seen from almost every street.

3. Whale Route – South Africa The scenic Whale Route is the Overberg region’s Indian Ocean coastline - & also considered one of the most breathtaking drives in the country. The Whale Route’s claim to fame is that it offers the best land-based whale watching in the world! Each year between July & November, Southern Right whales & Humpback whales migrate here to calve & mate, so visitors can marvel at these gentle giants from one of the walking paths overlooking the ocean or from the comfort of a boat.

4. Garden Route – South Africa South Africa’s world-renowned Garden Route is a sunny stretch of coastline that lies just a few hours’ drive from the vibrant city of Cape Town, featuring a wonderful blend of beautiful beaches, lush forests, tranquil lagoons & bustling seaside towns. The malaria-free Garden Route is a big drawcard to independent families who prefer to do self-drive holidays & explore at their own pace as well as nature lovers & outdoor enthusiasts who are eager to tick off a list of exciting activities.

5. Panorama Route – South Africa The Panorama Route is one of South Africa’s hidden gems & a destination that you should not travel to without a camera! Just a stone’s throw away from the world-renowned Kruger Park, this breathtaking region consists of dramatic landscapes as far as the eye can see. Unspoilt mountains, majestic waterfalls & interesting canyons are just some of the natural wonders you will encounter on a Panorama Route holiday. The road conditions are easy & safe, so independent-minded self-drive guests will love exploring the Panorama Route at their own pace.

6. Eastern Cape – South Africa Just around the corner from the popular beaches & seaside towns of the Garden Route lies South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, a place of abundant wildlife, friendly service & plenty of fun-filled activities. A focal point of the Eastern Cape is its game reserves, most of which is home to the famous Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino. Moreover, this malaria-free region is a wonderful option for families who are looking for child-friendly activities that can keep the little ones active.

7. Kwazulu-natal – South Africa KwaZulu-Natal is all about diversity. Set along the coast in the southeast of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (or KZN) offers an amazing blend of experiences, including game reserves, mountains, battlegrounds & oceans. Two areas in KwaZulu-Natal have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the iSimangaliso Wetland Park & the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park – both popular stops to the discerning traveller in search of scenic experiences. The region boasts warm, sunny weather throughout the year & road conditions make it easy to explore the KZN via self-drive.

8. Madikwe Game Reserve – South Africa The 75,000-hectare Madikwe Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s largest Big 5 reserves. Lying on the edge of the Kalahari & close to the Botswana border, Madikwe is home to the coveted Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino – as well as an abundance of other wildlife. The reserve is malaria-free & is, therefore, the perfect choice for families with young children. Guests can choose from a wide selection of family-friendly safari lodges that offer exciting children’s activities, meals & even babysitting services.

9. Pilanesberg Game Reserve – South Africa Only a stone’s throw from the famous Sun City resort & a 2-hour drive from Johannesburg, the easily accessible Pilanesberg National Park offers its guests an abundance of wildlife & a wide selection of activities for the whole family. Located in a malaria-free region, Pilanesberg National Park is the top choice for families, particularly knowing that the adventure-packed Sun City is right next door!

10. Welgevonden Game Reserve – South Africa Welgevonden Game Reserve is a 36,000-hectare private game reserve in the Waterberg District of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The reserve is one of the most accessible premier malaria-free wilderness reserves in the country. After a pleasant 2,5-hour drive from Johannesburg, guests will arrive in Big 5 territory.

11. Kruger Private Reserves – South Africa The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s most acclaimed safari destination & consistently ranks among the best of Africa’s parks & reserves. Roughly the size of Israel or Wales – just under 20,000 square km - the Kruger National Park spans 2 of South Africa’s provinces & is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the coveted Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino.

12. Sossusvlei – Namibia Sossusvlei is one of Namibia’s top safari destinations. Set at the heart of the Namib Naukluft National Park, the clean-lined, curving slopes rise to a remarkable 300m & are – without a doubt – one of the most astonishing sights in the world. Since Sossusvlei can be reached by road, it is the ideal destination to include in a self-drive holiday through Namibia & most definitely, one for the bucket list!

13. Damaraland – Namibia Situated amongst rugged mountains, between the Skeleton Coast, the Etosha National Park & the even wilder & more remote Kaokoveld, lies the largely uninhabited Damaraland. Damaraland is tucked away under a canopy of stars & offers endless views over the dramatic, harsh landscape that consists of acacia woodland & rolling grasslands.

14. Etosha National Park – Namibia Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s premier wildlife destinations. This 23,000square km reserve is one of the easiest, safest & most rewarding big game reserves in Southern Africa. Safari enthusiasts have called this reserve a ‘photographer’s dream.’ - & rightly so. Etosha is famous for its many game-packed waterholes that attract an endless amount of wildlife. The reserve can easily be reached by self-drive, so travellers can explore Namibia at their own pace & end their trip with a safari to Namibia’s premier wildlife destination.

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Liselle was amazing in structuring our holiday package! Along with the accommodation booking, she offered us a range of recommended activities in the area. All of which were great! We appreciated the attention to detail, it removed all the guess work & uncertainty from the trip, ensuring that we relaxed and enjoyed the itinerary. We’ll definitely make use of Africa Unwind in the future! From the moment we arrived at Christiana Lodge, the owner Christine treated us like family. The rooms were beautiful, with lovely large white towels, crisp, clean linen & sublime views. We were offered various dinner options with complimentary reservations done on our behalf. The service was excellent. Depending on your family, we’d highly recommend the self -catering cottage, which provided us with ample space - especially on the few rainy days we had. The highlight of each morning was breakfast. A delicious menu of which we sampled everything over the course of our holiday. Each member of the family had their favourite & there was often a debate over who should be having the pancakes…again…. Being walking distance to the beach was also brilliant. We enjoyed some sundowner strolls. The lodge is also really close to the Robberg Nature Reserve walk, which was one of the favourite memories of our trip. Ensure you have enough sunscreen & water. A truly remarkable walk of diversity; from sea cliffs, to dunes to beach. We really felt looked after. It was a wonderful stay in a beautiful, quiet part of Plettenberg Bay. Highly recommended! The Bilton Family

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